1.1 x 0.8 x 0.2 cm. Arquerite is a very rare variety of mercurian silver amalgam containing 13% of mercury. This rarity is found in only 4 localities worldwide, 2 in Chile (Type Locality) and 2 in British Columbia, Canada. This flattened, rounded thumbnail is river-worn, since arquerite is composed of two soft native elements, silver and mercury. The placer deposits here were mined intermittently between 1940 and 1963. Ex. John Saul Collection, a native elements specialist, who obtained this in a trade with Curator Pierre Bariand of the Sorbonne in Paris.
7.2 x 3.1 x 0.4 cm. A fine plate of kongsbergite from an uncommon for the species German locale - the Glasberg Quarry, Nieder-Beerbach, Odenwald, Hesse. Kongsbergite is the mercurian variety of silver and is relatively uncommon, worldwide. This two-sided piece has distinctly different lustre, one side bright, silver metallic and the other is matte gray.
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