Chlorargyrite (Var: Bromian Chlorargyrite)
Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
Miniature, 3.3 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm
This is an extremely rich and fine specimen of this very rare silver species, with superb discrete crystals, from the classic and best locality of old Broken Hill. This piece is solid bromian chlorargyrite with a unique coral-like form. The dark olive-green crystals have excellent waxy luster. This is a rare member of the group of related silver chlorides from Broken Hill, and hard to obtain today in good specimens. This old-time piece is certainly around 100 years old or older. It was purchased by the Smithsonian or their donor perhaps, from A.E. Foote around the turn of the 1900s. Ex. Smithsonian Collection, exchanged to Dr Gary Hansen in the 1970s. Ex. Hansen Collection, 2005.