Silver

New Nevada Mine, Batopilas, Chihuahua , Mexico
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 6.5 x 2.8 cm
Start Time: 11/26/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/01/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

SUPERB specimen of crystallized Silver from the famous Mexican locality in Batopilas, known for exquisite crystals. The Silver crystals range up to a significant 1.8 cm, with the largest having more of a flattened habit characteristic of spinel twinning in crystals from this mine. However, the closer you look at this intricate layer of Silver, the more amazing it becomes. First of all, the layer completely bisects the matrix of this small cabinet piece, which is impressive and uncommon. Then, as you dive deep down and enter the realm of this complex layer, you see how all the intergrown branches of crystals are composed of, and further branch into, sharp and lustrous Silver crystals. The crystals were exposed by acid-removal of teh surrounding calcite, leaving them elegantly freestanding and open. Seriously, this is like taking a look at one of those artificial silver christmas trees, but here it is made of crystalline Silver arrowheads, polished and sharp and glittering. This is one of those rare cases in which the aesthetics get better and better the closer you look. A marvelous and surprising piece. NOTE - fragile, exposed crystals. . . we can only sell this with hand delivery to be arranged, and do not want to ship this internationally unless customer understands there is risk of some few of these exposed crystals falling off.