Pyrite Sun Specimens
Pyrite Sun specimens, available in a few different sizes.
All of these specimens come from Sparta, Illinois, in the United States. As far as I know, this is the only place these unique formations occur.
Most, if not all of the mines around this area have now closed. As a result, the prices of these pieces is only likely to rise – they are steadily getting rarer and rarer.
They were formed by Pyrite forming in an underground crack between shale, and radiating outwards into a rough circle.
In some cases, you may find these type of formations on a matrix stone – but our pieces do not have any matrix.
They are also entirely natural pieces, unlike the iridescent pieces which have been treated. Bleach, heat, and acid treatments may be used – but our pieces are entirely untouched other than removal from their shale matrix and a thorough cleaning.
The pictures you see here are representative of the products and are usually not the exact item you will receive. Where various grades are available we do try to photograph each grade – but some photographs are still on their way.