Dims: 3.0" x 2.2" x 1.6"(7.6 x 5.6 x 4.1 cm)
Wt: 6.49 oz.184.1 g)
Shimen, Hunan Province, China
I have been told that Orpiment crystals are rather rare. This specimen consists of almost 20 long, prismatic Orpiment crystals that probably pseudomorphed from Realgar, as is usually the circumstance. They have a dull golden color, are translucent, and have a pearly luster. There is a substantial amount of damage to the crystals, and the specimen should be handled with care and kept in a cool, dark place, as they are delicate and light will speed up their decay. The crystals range in size from about 0.3 - 1.0"(0.8 - 2.5 cm) in length, erupting from a bed of white calcite. The calcite itself rests on a base that seems to be made up mostly of Orpiment, and there is one visible spot of bright red realgar.