Dims: 1.2" x 0.9" x 0.3" (3.0 x 2.3 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 3.0 g
Clear Creek Mine, San Benito County, California, U.S.A.
This small thumbnail specimen consists of what appears to be a massive quartz host that is intermixed with cinnabar and an unknown substance that turns the matrix green. In a small hollow in this host rock rests a droplet of native Mercury. As is expected of this native element, it has a silvery color and a metallic luster, and no crystal form whatsoever. It is definitely a liquid, as I poked it with a needle to make sure. The Mercury globule does not exceed 2 mm in diameter; there are a few other globules visible on the specimen, but most are much smaller than 1 mm in diameter, and thus are rather difficult to see.