Dims: 1.0 x 0.9 x 0.8" (2.5 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 17.9 g
El Bonanza Mine, Port Radium, Northwest Territories, Canada
This Native Silver specimen is one of the most delicate that I have seen, and in my opinion, one of the prettiest. It consists of several complex, crystalline dendritic formations of Native Silver that are partially embedded in what appears to be quartzite. The formations appear to be in excellent condition, showing very little damage, and are incredibly well-formed- my 10-power loupe is not strong enough for me to see all of the details therein. It has the classic silvery-white coloration with a slight pink hue and faintly dull metallic luster that denotes mild tarnishing. The tips of some of the dendritic formations are further oxidized to an almost black color and a dull luster. Several of these formations are coated with thin crusts of what is likely a gray-white semicrystalline quartz or quartzite. This quartzite is part of the host rock, which is permeated with many of these dendritic formations. Examination with the loupe has produced some surprises, however; a few of the formations are capped with tiny, violet fluorite cubes. These cubes measure less than 1 mm in diameter and appear to have good form, though 20 or 30x magnification would be better for close study.