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Argyrodite

Sulfide mineral

Argyrodite is an uncommon silver sulfide mineral with formula Ag8GeS6. The color is iron-black with a purplish tinge, and the luster metallic.

Discovered by Clemens Winkler it is of interest as it was described shortly after the element germanium was isolated, 15 years after it had been postulated by Mendeleev. It was first described for an occurrence in the Himmelsfürst Mine, Erzgebirge , Freiberg, Saxony

The Freiberg mineral had previously been imperfectly described by August Breithaupt under the name "Plusinglanz", and Bolivian crystals were incorrectly described in 1849 as crystallized brongniardite

Isomorphous with argyrodite is the corresponding tin bearing mineral Ag8SnS6, also found in Bolivia as pseudocubic crystals , and known by the name canfieldite There is also a related mineral, putzite , with composition (Cu4.7Ag3.3)GeS6.

Argyrodite gets its name from the Greek words that loosely translate into "rich in silver

Identification

Color of mineral

Black

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

2.5

Luster ( interacts light )

Metallic

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic