Pyrite, Navajun, LaRioja, Spain

 

  Impressive groups of cubic pyrite crystals in matrix from the Navajun Mine, LaRioja, Spain.  Lots of variety in a wide range of prices for these fine mineral specimens.   

                                                                                           All the specimens seen above are Pyrite

 

Purchasing large quantities pays off at Tucson.  I purchased many boxes of this old reliable material this year, as in the past.  It sells out every year in smaller specimens so I thought I would offer some of the bigger matrix specimens this year.  These are nice quality specimens, most with multiple cubes in matrix.  They draw lots of attention and are a fine value.

These are beautiful display specimens which show pyrites, most often in perfect cubes, perched in high relief on a kaolin like matrix.  The matrix is soft yet durable.  It should not be soaked in water, however.  These fine specimens are always attention getters whether at a mineral show or in your display case.  They are all well represented by their photos so will require little in the way of individual descriptions.  All are damage free, larger than typical pieces offered by other dealers, often composed of multiple cubes, and of the highest display grade.  Almost all view equally well from any direction. 

 

 

 

 

OKN-447

OKN-447    Pyrite    Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.    RESERVED   Two intergrown cubes to 2.5 cm each on edge.  Zero damage, super sharp and lustrous.  Mirror like faces.  Perfect.   4.7 x 4 x 4 cm overall.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-433

OKH-433     Pyrite    Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.  2.8 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm cube that almost completely fills the perky box.  Some minor edge chipping.  Complete and attractive.  $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-150

OKM-150     Pyrite     Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.    Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This one is a really big handful.  The cubes are up to 3.7 cm each (on edge) and the cluster measures 11.2 x 8.5 x 8.3 cm.  Very large for a free cluster from this location.  One tiny corner chip and a couple spots with some minor edge marks...nothing at all serious for a specimen of this size from Navajun.  This specimen comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $800

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-702

OKK-702    Pyrite     Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.  An aesthetic cluster propped up high on a small section of matrix.  The specimen measures 5 x 4 x 3 cm and has crystals to 1.5 cm on edge.  Displays as damage free but there are a few micro chips as seen in the blow up images.  The highest luster possible.  Sits upright for display.  Miniatures from this location don't get much more aesthetic than this!    $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-703

This is the proper color balance for these specimens of pyrite.

OKK-703    Pyrite     Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.  n aesthetic cluster propped up high on a small section of matrix.  The specimen measures 7.2 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm and has crystals to 1.6 cm on edge.  Nine beautifully arranged cubes in matrix.  Damage free and of the highest luster possible.  Sits nicely on edge for display.     $240

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-691

OKJ-691     Pyrite   Navajune, LaRioja, Spain.  Two nice big cubes to 2.5 cm on edge are well place on this matrix specimen.  The base is sawn flat so it sits nicely for display which is pleasing from any angle.  9 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm.  A couple very minor contacts on one cube as can be seen in the images.  Attractive piece.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-691a

OKJ-691a.    Pyrite   Navajune, LaRioja, Spain.  Three outstanding, big cubes to 2.6 cm on edge are well place and stacked high on this matrix specimen.  The base is sawn flat so it sits nicely for display which is pleasing from any angle.  9 x 6.7 x 5 cm.  Outstanding problem free (damage free) specimen.  Attractive piece.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-410

OKJ-410    Pyrite    Navajune, La Rioja, Spain.  An attractive group of two cubes measuring 1.5 and 1 cm each on edge.  Sits perfectly.  4.3 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm overall.  No Damage.  Perfection!  $22

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-335

OKJ-335    Pyrite    Navajun, Spain.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   This exceptional example is very large, exceptionally well formed, and in perfect condition.  It is a complete floater with no points of attachment and only a few very tiny chips.  He measures over 3 cm on edge and is composed of a beautifully striated cube which is modified by dodecahedron forms.  There are also small embedded pyritohedrons on some of the sides.  Beautiful luster.  A superb display piece.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-336

OKJ-336    Pyrite    Navajun, Spain.  Ex. Paul and Dawn Dunning collection.  And attractive cube modified by octahedron.  1.6 cm on edge, no contacts, no damage.  High luster and nice visual appeal.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-337

OKJ-337    Pyrite    Navajun, Spain.  Ex. Paul and Dawn Dunning collection.  This nice example is a cube almost equally developed by octahedron.  It measures 1.8 cm on edge, is a floater, and has one very tiny chip( approximately 2 mm).  Beautiful luster and form.  A very fine example for this location.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Plate

Description:  Enormous plate with a dozen cubes to 2.5 cm each.  33 x 22 x 8 cm overall.  No damage or missing crystals.  Fairly even dispersal of crystals.  Impressive.  Much bigger than one seen at Albany show with cubes that are slightly smaller and better arranged on plate.  $600

 

 

 

 

OKH-547

OKH-547     Pyrite       Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.  This attractive display piece is composed of two interpenetrating cubes measuring 1.3 and 3.8 cm on edge.  There are two other cubes in close proximity measuring 1.3 and 1.5 cm each.  All the crystals sit up high on the matrix.  The specimen is very clean with the big cube having two tiny scrapes that do not distract from the overall impressiveness of the specimen.  Mirror like luster and minor surface striations.  Specimen measures 12.8 x 8 x 6 cm overall.  The matrix might benefit from some trimming but I like it as is so have not broke off any of the lower areas.  Nice views all around.  Exceptional.  $500

 

 

 

 

OKH-547

OKH-547     Pyrite       Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.  This attractive display piece is composed of two interpenetrating cubes measuring .8 and an enormous  4.5 cm on edge.  Huge cubes like this one are pricy but so impressive that when displayed with other fine mineral specimens, they like to dominate the show.  The dimensions are 12 x 11.3 x 8.4 cm.  There is a tiny back edge craze but no distracting marks.  Fine luster and nice surface textures.  This is a big, heavy, substantial specimen.  It sit nicely (better than the image indicates) and is a fantastic thing when you hold and evaluate it in person.  Well exposed and highly aesthetic.  $600

 

 

 

 

OKH-549

OKH-549     Pyrite       Navajun, La Rioja, Spain.  This attractive display piece is composed of a single large cube measuring 3.1 cm on edge.  It sits up high on the matrix, is beautifully formed, has high luster, no damage and the specimen even sits nicely for display.  A really fine moderately large cube.  $140

 

 

 

OKF-479

OKF-479    Pyrite    Navajun, Spain.    Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This cluster is composed of four cubes to 1.4 cm on edge.  The stack is aesthetic and measures out at 3.3 x 2.1 x 2.4 cm.  The crystals are perfectly formed and of the high luster one expects from the best material from this locale.  The smallest cube has a tiny chip on a single corner which is not distracting.  A great quality, affordable, thumbnail specimen.  35$

 

 

 

 

OKC-576

OKC-576  Pyrite on Matrix.  Navajun, LaRioja, Spain.  Two huge and two tiny crystal.  One crystal is likely reattached but I am unsure of this.  It sits up so high on the matrix that I canít fathom how it could have come out of the ground with that crystal staying in place!  110$

 

 

 

 

OKC-577

OKC-577  Pyrite on Matrix.  Navajun, LaRioja, Spain.  Another killer display piece with a pair of huge cubes.  90$

 

 

 

 

OKC-578

OKC-578  Pyrite on Matrix.  Navajun, LaRioja, Spain.  Five nice cubes which stand up nicely on upper section of matrix.  85$

 

 

 

 

OKC-579

OKC-579  Pyrite on Matrix.  Navajun, LaRioja, Spain.  A pair of cubes of moderate side.  Scuff on one cube. 90$

 

 

 

 

OKC-580

OKC-580  Pyrite on Matrix.  Navajun, LaRioja, Spain.  A number of nice cubes on this one... three on front and three on back.  The larger cube has a tiny rider which is clearly visible in the photo.  75$

 

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