Miargyrite ex. Miguel Romero, Univ. Arizona Coll.

San Genaro Mine, Castrovirreyna, Huancavelica Dept., Peru
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 02/25/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/10/2009 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Miargyrite is a rare silver species, rarely crystallizing dramatically. Here we have a cascade of SHARP crystals of this silver antimony sulfide, though?running aesthetically down the front of contrasting matrix. The spray of crystals extends 3.7 cm along the matrix face. I have not seen so nice a contrasting display specimen from this locality, or from another I can think of for that matter. The contrast highlights the sharp crystals much better than normal metallic massive ore behind them can do, and makes this a superb specimen. It was one of just a few dozen good international minerals that Dr. Miguel Romero purchased over the years (1970s-1980s mostly) to accompany his Mexican collection on display in theuacan, Mexico. He did love silver minerals, so I am sure this made a fun complement to his Mexican suite of silver species. This piece was then on display in the University of Arizona Museum for about ten years, before being sold along with the rest of the collection to me, in March of 2008. This specimen would be good even if it had no pedigree, but the Romero/Museum label and notice cannot hurt as a free bonus here. Valued $2500

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