Species: Fluorapatite, Arsenopyrite, Siderite
Locality: Panasqueira Mine, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal
Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.4 cm.
Portugal’s Panasqueira mines are known for their world-class crystals of colorful fluorapatite, often associated with ferberite, quartz, fluorite, siderite, and arsenopyrite. This is a beautiful example featuring a gemmy, sharp, color-zoned ~3.5 cm apatite crystal on an aesthetic “floater” matrix of arsenopyrite and siderite crystals. Great balance and aesthetics on this classic miniature. Mark Cross photo.