Pyrargyrite (gem crystals) ex. Jean Hamel Coll.

San Genaro Mine, Huancavelica Dept., Peru
Thumbnail, 2.4 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm
Start Time: 06/13/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2009 6:15:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Pyrargyrite is the so-called "ruby silver" gem species that is a little more glamorous than silver itself to most of us because of the color. It comes in sharp crystals from a number of localities, of course?but these robust crystals from Peru would be standouts compared to any pyrargyrite from any other locale; and for Peru they are, quite literally, "killers". With xls to 2 cm, this robust cluster is a large thumbnail or toenail size overall. It is complete all around. The symmetry of these crystals is unusual for a species in which large crystals tend to deform (at least from many locales). It was part of Jaime Bird's well-known thumbnail collection which was displayed in Southern California many years ago. He got it from the personal collection of dealer Jean Hamel to collector Jaime Bird. Valued $2000

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