Dims: 2.5 x 1.4 x 0.5" (6.4 x 3.6 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 1.6 oz. (44.0 g)
Molly Kathleen Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, U.S.A.
If I had the funds, I would buy this piece in a second! It consists of layers of quartz matrix rock that are divided by many thin, broad veins of Calaverite. The Calaverite shows some definite crystal tendencies, but the veins apparently did not have enough room to form actual crystals. There are, however, noticeable striations on the exposed veins and the quartz host where parts of the veins flaked off. The Calaverite has a silvery-white coloration and a bright metallic luster. Interestingly, the quartz matrix is transparent and clear enough so that in certain areas, one can see veins of Calaverite that are still trapped inside of it! Maybe that is the aspect of this piece that I like so much.