Acanthite Ps. Argentite
Imiter Mine, Atlas Mountains, Quarzazate Province, Morocco
Miniature, 4.6 x 3.3 x 3.1 cm
A complete floater clustered around a pagoda-like 3-cm-tall central crystal, with no visible point of attachment, this specimen of acanthite after argentite is just incredible. It has luster, for starters. Most of the octahedral, splendent, dark gray crystals, to 1.25 cm in length, have grown on top of each other, making the specimen look very much like a cityscape of Chinese pagodas or of South African hausmannite which you could easily mistake this for (though it would be about the best imaginable hausmannite quality!). Aesthetic and mesmerizing full miniature specimen, from this new find.