Chinese Silver Specimens For Sale

 

     

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Silver, and silver ore mineral specimens, are never common on the mineral market.  This silver sulfide, acanthite, rarely forms nice crystals so the ones that have come from the Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China are certainly exceptional.  They form clusters between one and 12 cm in size sometimes with small silver wires attached.  They are nothing short of ugly looking in many cases, more like meteorites than crystal specimens, when the crystals are crudely formed.  When well formed they can create aesthetic displays worthy of note.  The largest of these specimens can get very expensive.  I have seen a great number of these at Tucson that were in the many thousands of dollars in cost.  I try to choose good specimens to post here that were excellent examples yet would not break the bank. 

Initially many of the matrix specimens of wire silvers were counterfeits so keep your eyes open for wires which are actually glued to their matrices.  The specimens to follow are free wires which have attractive patinas and no damage.  The individual silver wires do get quite long and are also important additions to any serious silver or Chinese theme collection.  My prices are way below what I am seeing elsewhere on the internet.  Most will have temporary mountings on acrylic squares which can easily be removed.  The descriptions will just be measurements of the specimen’s height.  Because most are twisted the overall length of the wire is longer.  Because I purchased hundreds of these I have always been able to work out a fair price on these expensive specimens.  Price these on the other guy’s web sites and see what you find… a few pieces, mostly at outrageous prices.  There are examples here for all levels of collectors.  These are an absolute steal for silvers!!

 

Also see Acanthite Specimens

 

 

 

OKP-164

OKP-163     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm.  It is composed of poorly formed and well formed crystals.  It has nice quantities of wire silver in attractive coils on all sides of the specimen.  Minor dolostone.  No damage.  $190

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-164

OKP-164     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 3.5 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm.  It is composed of poorly formed formed crystals.  It has nice quantities of wire silver in attractive coils on all sides of the specimen.  Minor dolomite crystals.  No damage.  $220

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-165

OKP-165     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 4.4 x 3.4 x 2.1 cm.  It is composed of poorly formed and a couple of nicely formed crystals.  It has large quantities of wire silver in attractive coils on all sides of the specimen.  Minor dolomite.  No damage.  A really nice quality piece in all regards.  $325

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-166

OKP-166     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 5 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm.  It is composed of nicely formed, blocky crystals to 1.3 cm each.  It has nice quality wire silver filling a seam on one side of the piece.  This one is on dolostone matrix.  A couple of contacts are present on the underside.  A really nice quality piece.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-167

OKP-167     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 4 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm cm.  It is composed of one crude, blocky crystal on massive acanthite.  It has large amounts of nice quality wire silver filling a depression on one side of the piece.  A bottom edge contact.  A really nice example.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-169

OKP-169     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 4.4 x 2 x .6 cm.  It is composed of nicely formed, tabular crystals.  Most of the wire silver is on one side of the piece.  Minor dolomite.  This one has no damage and is more aesthetic in-hand.  $275

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-170

OKP-170     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 3.8 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  It is composed of crude crystals with an almost complete coating of wire silver.  This one has no damage or contacts.  Great piece!  $300

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-171

OKP-171     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 2.8 x 2.4 x 1.6 cm.  It is composed of several well formed, blocky crystals to 2.3 cm each.  Limited wire silver on all sides of the piece.  There is also a fair amount of crystallized dolomite on one side.  A really nice quality piece.  $190

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-172

OKP-172     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 3 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm.  It is composed of one nicely formed, blocky crystal.  On this large crystals are small dabs of wire silver.  There is no damage or contacts on the specimen.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-173

OKP-173     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This piece measures 3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm.  It is composed of crude and nicely formed, crystals.  It has great, quality wire silver on both side of the piece.  This one is on dolostone matrix.  A contact on the backside.   $225

 

 

 

 

 

Back view.

OKP-174     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  This exceptional cluster measures 9.2 x 8 x 6.2 cm.  It is a complex network of crudely formed acanthite crystals to 2 cm each with fine wire silvers scattered about over all the surfaces of the piece with the exception of the matrix rock.  Most of the photos show the crystallization vs. the matrix which composes approximately 20% of the piece (its base).  This is seen best in the back view photo.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  The specimen sits on tits matrix in the base.  This is a very fine silver/acanthite specimen, especially for this location.  $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-623

OKK-623     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, China.  This one is a beautiful hoppered crystal of acanthite measuring 2.8 x 2 x 1.2 cm.  Floater, no damage.  Curls of silver here and there on both sides.  Very high quality TN for one of these specimens.  I have lots of these but few this nice for this value.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-624

OKK-624     Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong, Xiang Mine, China.  Single crystal, damage free floater with little detail to the crystal.  Minor silver wires.  Good example.  3.1 x 1.3 x .7 cm.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-748

OKJ-748    Silver    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, China.  Stocky silver wires measuring 3.1 x 2 x .7 cm thick.  They display great with the proper amount of paina and no damage.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-131

OKJ-131    Silver and Acanthite    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.   Small silver wires evenly scattered on a matrix of acanthite crystals.  This floater measures 2.9 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm overall.  No damage and some of the small acanthites are very nicely formed.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-138

OKJ-138    Silver and Acanthite    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.    Complex acanthite floater with attractive curled wires on much of its surface.  Floater with no damage.  2.4 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm overall.  Very nice.  $90

 

 

 

 

OKJ-139

OKJ-139    Silver and Acanthite    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  A really impressive TN of silver and acanthite.  Good aesthetics, form and dispersion of silver on the specimen.  Two small contacts on one side, could be the back, all sides display great.  3 x 2.5 x 2 cm.  Floater.  Sharp!  $190

 

 

 

 

OKJ-144

OKJ-144    Silver and Acanthite    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.   Small crystals of acanthite that are well defined and have pitted surfaces compose the matrix to this one.  The silver wires are in a saddle like area at the top of the piece.  2.3 x 2 x 1.5 cm with no damage or attachments.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-127

OKJ-127    Silver  RESERVED   Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  Numerous wires of varying diameters connected into a silver rich rock.  2.8 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm.  No damage.  Excellent example for this price.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-128

OKJ-128    Silver and Acanthite    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.   A high quality TN specimen measuring 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.5 cm with crystals to 1.4 cm each.  Nice patina with some smaller select faces having a brilliant metallic luster.  Excellent crystallization to this fine piece.  Minor silver wire groupings.  Zero damage.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-130

OKJ-130    Silver and Acanthite    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Lu Jiang, Anhui Province, China.  A small rectangular acanthite crystal with several wires extending in numerous directions.  2.7 x 2.6 x 1 cm.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-468

OKI-468    Acanthite and Silver     Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  In this example the acanthite crystal is a single floater with some cavernous regions.  It is tabular in form and has slightly curved faces.  The silver wires are attached as a single small compact grouping.  The specimen measures 2.1 x 2.3 x .5 cm and is very displayable.  No damage.  I would highly recommend this fine TN specimen.  100$

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-469

OKI-469    Acanthite and Silver     Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  In this example the specimen is a branching floater with silver wires attached in numerous places.  Great views all around.  One tiny piece of attached matrix.  The specimen measures 2.9 x 2.4 x 1.5 cm and is very displayable.  No damage.  I would highly recommend this fine TN specimen, also.  100$

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-470

OKI-470    Acanthite     Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  In this example the acanthite is a very large, somewhat cavernous crystal with a small rider crystal.  The rider is damaged and there is a tiny attachment spot on the opposite end, too.  The specimen measures 3 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm and is very displayable if damaged is positioned to back.  80$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-181

OKI-181    Acanthite and Silver     Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  Nice acanthite crystals and silver wires in combination with no damage or points of contact.  A fine specimen measuring 3 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm.  Nice aesthetics.  130$

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-182

OKI-182    Acanthite and Silver     Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  A large long acanthite single crystal with minor riders is almost completely coated by silver wires on one side of specimen.  Stands upright for display and measures 3.1 x 2 x 1.3 cm.  Great TN!  150$

 

 

 

 

OKI-083

Custom engraved acrylic base

OKI-083    Acanthite and Silver    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  I’ve owned probably 800 to 1,000 of these fine specimen and this beauty ranks in the top two or three.  It measures 7 x 6 x 3.8 cm and is somewhat triangular in shape.  The acanthite crystals are better than most from this locale being well formed and up to 1.5 cm each.  There are many silvers in the form of beautiful, metallic, lustrous curls of wire to around .7 cm each.  They are well anchored to the acanthite but stand up nice and high for inspection.  This may seem like a lot of money for a specimen but check out the prices on these with other dealers…comparable specimens seem to be in the 3 to 5K range.  No damage or problems with this one.  Just a great price compared to everyone else.   $880

 

 

 

 

OKI-085

OKI-085    Silver    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, Town of Lu Jiang, Anhui Prov., China.  This nice silver wire measures 11.3 cm tall and is quite sculptural.  It is a stocky wire with a small piece of matrix embedded on the top end.  I have it mounted on an acrylic base at this time.  No damage.  A fine native element specimen for a very fair price.   $150

 

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