Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

One Word Photo Challenge: Silver

elura a elura b elura c elura d

Four views of a 3.9 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm silver crystal from the Elura Mine, New South Wales, Australia

Inspired by Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challengeย 

Categories: It's a Hobby, Mineral Collecting, Photography

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37 replies

  1. It’s so pretty – like a little piece of art all by itself ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. We are rock and mineral hounds ourselves. Great shot!


  3. Looks like something at the end of a long pole some primitive guy stuck in another primitive guy’s rhumbus.


  4. Beautiful. it reminds me of an elvish broach ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. The first one is absolutely gorgeous! The first thing I thought of was what a beautiful hair clip or brooch it would make. Just lovely, Maggie. I am a silver kind of gal!


    • It is one of my favourite silver pieces. Usually silver is massive, or in plates, flakes, blobs, and nuggets. To find crystals is not necessarily rare, but still a big deal. This crystal displays what mineralogists call “spinel twinning.”

      OK, the scholar in me forced me to search out the definition, so for what it’s worth:

      It is called the “Spinel Law” because it is most commonly seen in spinel crystals. The twin plane is parallel to the octahedron {111}, and the twin is formed by an apparent “rotation” of one part of the crystal through 180ยฐ about a triad axis. The same twin law is also responsible for the tabular habit of diamond crystals known as “macles”.

      Yeah, I’m no further ahead, either. It’s pretty, and that’s all that matters to this rockhound!


  6. I remember once being given a piece of rock called, I think, Blue John. Incredibly beautiful. There is so much natural beauty on our planet.


  7. Wow, beautiful. I’ve never seen silver in it’s raw state. Is that completely untouched? It looks like it was been intricately carved. Amazing.


    • Hi Jenny! Thanks for stopping by!

      Yup, this be a silver crystal. In the raw. It may have had some dirt washed off, but that’s all any human has done to it. Other than ooh and aaah! (hey, I rhymed!) (Sorry for the lame humour. Just finished my morning coffee and am totally outta control!)



  8. Lovely Maggie, the silver too. ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. It is like a piece of jewellery,great!


  10. I was thinking fairies and futuristic. It’s stunning. I had no idea it came just like this. Much more beautiful than anything that could be fashioned from it I think.


    • Oh you are so right, Anne Marie. We might be able to fashion a reasonable facsimile, but only reasonable. Copper and gold form crystals similarly, but I think silver has an edge in the aesthetics department. But that’s just me.



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