Tellurium, Emmonsite
Silver City, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm
Brilliant, silver-metallic, parallel-growth lathes of native tellurium are scattered on both sides of this very rare, older specimen from Silver City, New Mexico. The large lathe is 1.0 cm, large for the species. The lathes are in a very rich matrix of tellurium microcrystals and massive ore. Richly dispersed on the matrix are green crystal clusters of the rare iron, tellurium oxide emmonsite. This is probably 100 year-old material, but no proof. Ex. George Elling Collection. Weighs 63 grams.