|CERARGYRITE MINERAL FACTS|
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Cerargyrite Mineral Facts:
Colors: White, gray, yellowish, sometimes colorless.
1 to 1.5
Cleavage: Crystals are rare, usually found in a massive form, resembling wax; often in plates and crusts.
Crystallography: Isometric with cubic habit
Luster:. Waxy, massive, Vitreous, transparent to translucent, white streak.
(Refractive Index) 2.07
Structure and Associated Minerals:
Cerargyrite was an important mineral in the mines at Leadville and elsewhere in Colorado, at Austin, White Pine and the Comstock Lode in Nevada, and at several places in Utah. In Idaho at several mines, but most notably in the form of well developed crystals at the Poorman's Lode.
Outside the US, the most important localities for cerargyrite are the silver mines of Peru, Chile, Honduras and Mexico, where it is associated with native silver. It was also mined in the silver mines of Saxony in Europe.
Identification and Diagnostics
Testing for the presence of Silver:
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