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Pyrargyrite Galena, Sphalerite & Pyrite

#PD30624

Pyrargyrite Galena, Sphalerite & Pyrite

#PD30624
Availability
Sold
Size
9.5 x 5.5 x 8 cm - Cabinet 
Formula
Ag3SbS3 (RRUFF)
Locality
Highland Bell mine, Beaverdell, British Columbia, Canada
Tagged
Ore Minerals

Large heavy Silver ore specimen rich with dark silver-black massive Pyrargyrite (Ruby Silver) with deep red internal color associated with Galena, Sphalerite, and Pyrite. The old label with this specimen mentions that this is a piece of high-grade ore.
In the Mineralogical Record's article on the Highland Bell Mine (20-6,p441) the silver lodes occur in brecciated Quartz veins in a mineralized zone approximately 6.4km E-W that is interrupted by numerous offset faults.

Pyrargyrite

Formula
Ag3SbS3 
Crystal System
Trigonal 
Crystal Habit
Massive, Crystalline - Poor, Prismatic 
Cleavage
Poor, None, None 
Luster
Sub Metallic 
Color
deep red, red gray 
Streak
cherry red 
Class
Trigonal - Ditrigonal Pyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle - Conchoidal 
Hardness
2.5 

Data courtesy of Webmineral.

Collection
Phillips Collection

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