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Iodargyrite - Sold

Iodargyrite is simple silver iodide; the mineral names comes from Greek words for iodine and silver. Iodargyrite has hexagonal symmetry and the wurtzite crystal structure. At Broken Hill, large concentrations of this mineral provided an excellent silver ore. French chemist Vauquelin (1825) first noted the presence of iodine in silver ores, but finally Leymerie (1859) proposed the current name iodargyrite for this mineral. Iodargyrite is quite soft, almost plastic, and must be handled carefully. This specimen a flat lying cluster of crude pale yellow crystals, measuring 1.8 by 1.2 cm. This is good quality crystallization for it size in this species.