Note: Specific gravity testing determined this specimen to actually be a crystal of Tellurium.
Sylvanite rarely forms good crystals and this is a sharp, single crystal of the rare gold silver telluride from the Emperor Mine on the island of Fiji. This thumbnail single of this precious metal species has an incredibly bright, silver metallic luster and exhibits skeletal growth along its length with a spear-point termination. This is one of the best single crystals of Sylvanite we've seen for sheer perfection and quality. It is 3-dimensional, not flat as are so many that came out of here, and honestly looks so sharp and shiny it could be a fake silver - but it is indeed a real sylvanite! This small but productive gold mine has been in nearly continuous production since 1935 and has yielded sporadic, but notable Sylvanite crystals over its history. Ex. Rock Currier collection with label.