1.9" Orpiment with Barite & Realgar Crystals - Peru

 
 
This is a beautiful specimen of clear barite with bright orange orpiment crystals from Peru. The rectangular barite crystals are well defined and nearly all are damage free. The orpiment has a rich orange coloration, and there is a very small realgar crystal sitting on what could be considered the top of the specimen. It measures 1.9" long and would make an excellent addition to any mineral collection.


Orpiment a bright, orange to yellow arsenic sulfide mineral, whose name is derived from the latin phrase auripigmentum meaning “gold pigment” It is frequently found as a decay byproduct and in association with another arsenic mineral, realgar. Orpiment crystals are commonly found in dense groupings containing small, prismatic crystals, often with chisel-shaped or triangular pyramidal terminations.

Orpiment contains a significant amount of the poisonous mineral arsenic. While it’s not going to pose a health hazard sitting on a shelf, it’s recommended that you wash your hands after handling it.
FOR SALE
$29
DETAILS
SPECIES
Barite, Realgar & Orpiment
LOCATION
Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, Peru
SIZE
1.9" long, 1.3" wide
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#63803