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SPERRYLITE (repaired)
Broken Hammer Property, Val Caron, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada 4 cm × 5 cm × 3.5 cm

$20,000 Specimen Number: 1202-44 Browse All Specimens
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During bulk sampling operations in 2011 a world class discovery of exceptional sperrylite crystals was made at the Broken Hammer prospect near Sudbury, Ontario. The crystals were found in a mineralized breccia containing chalcopyrite, millerite, epidote, and quartz that comprise most of the matrix for the sperrylite crystals. Many loose crystals were found, but we concentrated on purchasing the best matrix specimens we could get our hands on, and finally, after two years, export permits were granted for the best pieces and we were confident that we had the best lot that was released from Canada. The biggest problem with the specimens is that the breccia commonly fractured the larger crystals. Also, several specimens are repaired because as the crystals were exposed from the encasing matrix, some had a tendency to pop off and needed to be reattached to the matrix.

This is one of the top pieces in the find. The single 15 x 13 mm crystal is perched on an iron-stained breccia matrix. Unfortunately, the crystal has been repaired along the obvious crack and has been re-attached to the matrix.

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