Christopher Mine, Cobalt,Ontario. Proustite, or ruby silver as it is known for it’s deep red colour, is a product of weathering in rich silver deposits. The Christopher Mine is a rare locality in the Cobalt region in that, on occasion, it produced small but fine specimens of Proustite.
The sharpness and clarity of this image is achieved by a process called Stacking. 457 individual photo micrographs were taken at various focus distances. The final photo combines the sharpest parts of all of the 457 images. In the past, this was only possible with magic.
The scale bar on the box says it’s 300 Microns. Okay, fine - but what the hell does that mean for those of us who’ve never seen a micron, never mind 300 hundred of them all crammed together?
Take your two pointer fingers and put the tips together, then bring your thumbs in to touch. The little diamond shaped hole made by doing this would roughly be the size of the field of view. Now imagine if you were a fruit fly sitting on that specimen, wearing a t-shirt with this image on it. That’s about 300 microns - give or take a compound eye or two.