KRa-14
Hessite
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Miniature, 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm
Botesti, Zlatna, Alba Co., Romania
Ex. Kay Robertson

This rich miniature, with a matrix association of Quartz, is an excellent reference specimen for this very rare silver telluride species. The Hessites range up to 2-3 mm, and several are very well formed with entirely different crystal shapes. The dark grey crystals have a metallic luster with a mostly matte finish. Hessite specimens reach their worldwide zenith from the Botes area, and in reality any Hessite from the famous old 1800's-era locale is desirable. These are rare and very hard to find, and the richness of the piece elevates its quality. Purchased in 1962 from the German dealer Krantz.