Oreck family donates 'remarkable' specimen to Mines Geology Museum
GOLDEN, Colo., April 10, 2009 – A rare and sought-after mineral — pyrargyrite — is the newest specimen on display at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum thanks to a generous donation by the David Oreck family.
In celebration, Mines is hosting a specimen dedication at 11 a.m. on April 18 at the museum, 1310 Maple St., in Golden.
“Specimens of the silver sulfosalt found at Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico, during the last 20 years are most likely the finest ever found,” said Bruce Geller, Mines Geology Museum director. “This specimen donated to the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum by the Oreck family is one of the top in existence.”
Geller said the remarkable specimen, a relatively rare silver antimony sulfide, is not only amazing due to its contained silver (60 percent), but also for its crystal size, perfection, luster and pedigree. It is one of the most sought minerals among connoisseur mineral collectors.
Since 2003, David Oreck (creator of Oreck vacuum cleaners) and his family have generously donated dozens of high-quality, aesthetic specimens to the Mines Geology Museum. These exotic specimens have come from every continent except Antarctica, and some have been displayed by invitation at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
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