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Ag3SbS3 A deep ruby-red to black mineral, crystallizing in the hexagonal system, occurring in massive form and in disseminated grains, and having an adamantine luster; hardness is 2.5 on Mohs scale, and specific gravity is 5.85; an important silver ore. Also known as dark-red silver ore; dark ruby silver.
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a mineral with composition Ag3SbS3, containing 59.76 percent Ag, 22.48 percent Sb, and 17.76 percent S. Pyrargyrite crystallizes in the trigonal system. It occurs as irregularly shaped grains and their aggregates and in the form of prismatic crystals. It is dark red, with an adamantine luster. A brittle mineral, it has a hardness of 2.5 on Mohs’ scale and a density of 5,770–5,860 kg/m3.

Pyrargyrite is not a widely occurring mineral. It forms in hydrothermal deposits at moderate or low temperatures. In the USSR, deposits are found in the Urals, Middle Asia, Transbaikalia, the Yakut ASSR, and the Far East. Other deposits are found in the German Democratic Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, Czechoslovakia, Mexico, Chile, and Bolivia. Along with other silver-bearing minerals, pyrargyrite is an important ore of silver.

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Characteristic minerals are milky white quartz, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite, sphalerite, and galena, along with minor pyrargyrite, sericite, and chlorite.
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During the 1890s and the first few years of the 20th century the Las Chispas mine near Arizpe produced some of the world's finest specimens of polybasite, pyrargyrite and stephanite.
A spectacular cabinet-size pyrargyrite crystal cluster from Hartenstein, Saxony rounds out the silver minerals suite.
The Crown Crescent lode in the Emperor mine has yielded very minor amounts of bournonite, pyrargyrite, proustite and polybasite.
The main sulfide minerals are pyrite, galena, sphalerite and chalcopyrite, and much less commonly tetrahedrite and silver sulfosalts (pyrargyrite, proustite and polybasite).
Similar-looking specimens are sometimes labeled proustite, sometimes pyrargyrite.
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