Hessite, Gold
Botes, Alba Co., Romania
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm
A stunning, superbly crystallized thumbnail specimen of hessite crystals. Hessite is a very rare silver telluride that occurs at its best, in fine large crystals as you see here, only from this old classic locality. It is likely this was found prior to the 1900s. Specimens are extremely hard to obtain today. When they are available, it is only out of old collections. What is more, there are small flecks of gold attached at a few places, a rare association.