- Stephanite on Acanthite
- Miniature, 5.2 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm
- Schemnitz, Banska Stiavnica Co., Banska Bystrica Region, Slovakia
- Ex. Richard Barstow; Giancarlo Fioravanti
Probably dating back to the 1800's, this old-time plate of slightly rounded Stephanite crystals is quite rich and showy for the locale. The grey crystals have a small bit of iridescence, and the visible crystal edges add character and detail. The largest crystal is 1.1 cm, and the half-dozen crystals make a nice grouping on the matrix. Perhaps not elegant, these silver minerals have an aesthetic all their own. A very good miniature. Fioravanti obtained this from the legendary British collected Richard Barstow in 1974.