Dims: 1.1" x 1.1" x 0.6" (2.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 10.4 g
Clear Creek Mine, San Benito County, California, U.S.A.
This small thumbnail specimen consists of a gray agate host rock on which rest dozens of tiny native Mercury globules. These globules do not exceed 1 mm in diameter, and are usually much smaller than that, approaching a microscopic size. They have the standard silvery-white color, metallic luster, and liquid properties that are expected of this element. The Mercury globules are scattered about on one face of the rock- the other faces look as if they had been exposed to weathering or air at an earlier time, which may have given any Mercury on them a chance to evaporate or be changed into the cinnabar that coats some of them.