Skutterudite (Var: Smaltite), Silver
Cobalt-Gowganda region, Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 5.5 x 1.1 cm
Smaltite is the arsenic-deficient variety of skutterudite and is quite uncommon worldwide and is rare in display-quality specimens. This is a very rich, sculptural and aesthetic specimen of bubbly/botryoidal, very sparkly, silvery-bright smaltite microcrystals on a very thin sheet of native leaf silver. Exceptionally rich ore here. This is exceptional quality material from the renowned Cobalt-Gowganda area of Ontario. Weighs 72 grams.