Dims: 1.5 x 0.9 x 0.8" (3.8 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 16.6 g w/ base
Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
This thumbnail specimen consists of a intergrown "cluster" of amorphous Native Silver sheets. These sheets vary widely in size, and a few are bent and curled, as if they were heavily jarred sometime after mining. However, there is no visible fresh damage. The color and luster of the Silver varies widely- some blades have just a faint patina of tarnish, adding an almost pink coloration to their metallic luster, whereas other blades are almost black with oxidation. Accompanying the Silver on its base (which appears to be igneous) are several crusts and smatterings of calcite, some of which have the shiny, curved faces that suggest partial dissolution in acid. On the dark gray host rock rest several tiny, brown garnets- I cannot determine what variety of garnet they are, though. Their dodecahedral form is slightly warped but still discernable, and their luster is nearly adamantine upon first glance. The specimen is hot-glued onto a flat, square acrylic base.