Acanthite Ps. Argentite
Imiter Mine, Atlas Mountains, Quarzazate Province, Morocco
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 6.9 x 3.8 cm
A hefty and massive, large specimen, this is a floater without a visible point of attachment, complete all around! This very impressive acanthite after argentite has octahedral, splendent, jet-black individual crystals to 2.3 cm in length. The crystals on the right-hand side are mostly single sharp octos while those on the left side have grown one atop another, forming a vivid resemblance to Chinese pagodas. This new find has luster - bright sparkling luster that is hard to convey in photos and quite another world from the appearance of previous finds here. Small druses of proustite are present at the bottom of the backside. This large, important specimen has real presence in person, and stands as a major acanthite from any locality, though I feel these new Moroccan pieces are priced less for their quality than similarly recent acanthites (of somewhat different habit) coming out of China now.