Lustrous, Striated Pyrargyrite Crystal

Lustrous, Striated Pyrargyrite Crystal from St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Lower Saxony, Germany


Robert Lavinsky


A brilliant, lustrous crystal of Pyrargyrite 1 cm tall with intense striations surmounts this matrix cluster. It is as good a matrix German silver species thumbnail as one could wish. A question arose whether this could be from Freiberg (because it is so darned good for Andreasberg material), and although it is possible, this collection is heavily weighted towards specialist Andreasberg material, with no Freiberg pieces present. This update was also previewed by two specialist German collectors of our era, who didn't see a problem with the attribution. Its a killer either way, but I do think at this point one can confidently say it is a Pyrargyrite (as opposed to Proustite), and most likely from Andreasberg.


St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Lower Saxony, Germany


2.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm.