Mineralpedia Details for Silver
Named likely in relation to the Old English word for the metal, soelfer, and closely related to the German and Dutch words for the metal, silber and zilver, respectively. The chemical symbol, Ag, is from the Latin word argentums, where the root word arg-means “grey” or “shining.” Occurs chiefly in the oxidized zone of ore deposits. Widespread. Crystals usually as thin and thick curled wires, arborescent growths, and as scales sheets and masses, less commonly as cubic, octahedral and dodecahedral crystals. Silver is usually tarnished black. Silver is paramagnetic, and can be magnetically attracted with the application of an external magnetic field.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/silver.pdf
- Crystal System
- Crystal Habit
- Arborescent, Dendritic, Massive
- None, None, None
- silver white, gray white, gray
- silver white
- Isometric - Hexoctahedral
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Silver from Double Rainbow mine, Galena, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, United States
Curled wires 1cm across with surficially Acanthite alterations and associated with Polybasite.
Silver from Dzhezkazgan mine, Karagandy, Kazakhstan
Wire Silver to 3cm.
Silver from Linqiu, Shanxi Province, China
Curled Silver wires. FOV 4cm.
Silver from Las Chispas mine, Arizpe, Sonora, Mexico
Thick Silver wires. FOV 5cm.
Silver from Cobalt-Gowganda dist., Ontario, Canada
Sheets and massive Silver.
Also, wire silve to 10mm on Acanthite.
Silver from Cole Shaft, Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, United States
Silver from Majuba Hill mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, United States
Silver scales to 1cm.
Silver from Cerro de Pasco, Pasco dept., Peru
- Special Info
- Phillips Collection
Older specimen with dozens of twisted Silver wires throughout matrix and black to silvery micro crystals of Polybasite.
Silver from Pribram, Bohemia, Czech Republic
A 1cm area of wire Silver (with Acanthite overgrowth) associated with deep red Sphalerite, Galena and Siderite.
Silver from Creede, Mineral Co., Colorado, United States
Curly wire Silver thickly filling small open vugs in matrix and longer crystals to 2cm set nicely on matrix.
Silver from Christmas mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States
Silver is rare at the Christmas mine. This specimen has tarnished black dendritic growths in a 1cm string. You can see the silvery color only when you smear a little bit of these crystals because of the outer oxidation.
Silver from White Pine mine, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, United States
2cm Silver nugget.
Silver from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Native Silver in crude crystals and leafs. The front side has a few 2mm areas of Silver and minor showings elsewhre. The back side shows an area over 1.5 x 1.5cm with good coverage of untarnished leaf silver. An interesting association with blue Calcite, Malachite and Chalcocite. It is from the 3rd oxidation zone.
Silver from Molly Gibson mine, Aspen, Pitkin Co., Colorado, United States
Dendritic or arborescent Silver throughout matrix with acicular tarnished Acanthite.
Silver from Algonquin mine, Philipsburg dist., Granite Co., Montana, United States
Nice curly wire silver to 1mm in vug with Galena and creamy Woodhouseite.
Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
Herringbone habit Silver crystals.
Silver from Garpenberg Norra mine, Hedemora, Dalarna, Sweden
This specimen exhibits a modest presence of leaf Silver. The Silver lies flat on the quartzite or quartz-rich matrix with other sulfides dissemenated throughout.
Silver from Oliver, British Columbia, Canada
Leaf Silver, tarnished on Galena with possible scarce Hessite.
Silver from New Nevada mine, Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
Wire silver with spinel twin and an overgrowth of seconday Silver and Acanthite. Nice piece from this classic locality.
Silver from Stonewall Jackson mine, McMillanville dist., Gila Co., Arizona, United States
This is probably a specimen which would be coveted by an Arizona collector. An offbeat mine north of Globe, said to contain chlorides. On this specimen, Silver is abundant as seen in the photos. The dark grey mineral with the Silver could be Chlorargyrite, however it is not sectile and is hard perhaps a Quartz replacement.
Silver from Toughnut mine, Tombstone, Cochise Co., Arizona, United States
Here's a hard one to get from Toughnut mine in Arizona. The Silver is in leaf form occuring in veinlets in black Chalcocite matrix and also on Malachite. Ex. Joe Cilen collection with tag.
Silver from Kongsberg dist., Buskerud, Norway
A thin 3mm plate of arborescent Silver from this famous and historic mining district.
Silver with Safflorite from Silverfields mine, Cobalt dist., Ontario, Canada
A fabulous slab of Silver rimming goldish grey Safflorite in plumose growth in a carbonate mass. The piece shows ore mineralogy nicely.
Silver from Pöhla, Schwarzenberg dist., Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
This is a picture perfect example of the herringbone habit Silver. It is essentially dendritic growth in fabulous 3-D crystals the longest of which is a string to 2cm. The Silver is exposed by etching away the native Arsenic matrix.
Silver from Bulldog mine, Creede dist., Mineral Co., Colorado, United States
Extremely rich specimen loaded with wire Silver and tarnished black micro crystals and masses of Acanthite on light blue Baryte. The Waidler tag indicates that it is from the Puzzler vein.
Silver from New Bailey mines, Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
Plate of Silver, thick with masses of black Stromeyerite.
Silver from San Martín mine, Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico
A large specimen of sheet Silver with a plate 10cm long by 5cm wide attached to spectacular iridescent Bornite.
Silver from Mollie Gibson mine , Aspen dist., Pitkin Co., Colorado, United States
Two small bundles of wire silver from the famous Mollie Gibson! Note they are small and the dimensions below are for just one of the wires, but both are roughly the same size.
Silver from Bote mine, Zacatecas, Mexico
Two wire Silvers, one is 8mm the other 5mm on Pyrite and other sulfides matrix.
Silver from Cebada Mine, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
Curly wires of Silver crystals to 3mm with iridescent blue Bornite pods and crude crystals on Quartz.
Silver from Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
Wire Silver at it's best. Small TN size with a wire to over 2cm along the curled length.
Silver from Capillitas mine, Andalgalá, Catamarca, Argentina
Tiny 1-4mm wire silver crystals on in in vuggy pink Rhodochrosite. The original tag makes a claim for Pearceite. These could be the the plates seen in the photos, if so they have been replaced by Acanthite.
Silver from White Raven mine, Boulder Co., Colorado, United States
An old-timer Silver specimen. The Silver occurs virtually everywhere between white blades of Barite along with the black Acanthite. Very nice piece from the mine. There is a location sticker on the backside. Ex. J. Hamel Collection.
Silver from Butte dist., Silver Bow Co., Montana, United States
An ugly specimen but loaded with somewhat tarnished Silver in Augite(?), garnet matrix.