Dims: 2.0x1.3x1.7" (5.1x3.3x4.3 cm)
Wt: 2.30 oz. (65 g)
Elbrusskiy Mine, North Caucasus, Russia
This is a very pretty orange-yellow orpiment specimen. While there are areas of the common foliated yellow orpiment, most of this specimen's orpiment is in a dozen radial clusters of translucent (almost transparent) orange-yellow crystals. The crystals are very sparkly, giving the specimen an almost gemmy appearance. The only damage to the crystals (along the edges where this specimen was separated from its neighbors) is apparent as the translucent orange-yellow crystals become yellow and nearly opaque when they are bent. This gives the sides of the radial clusters an interesting appearance, as they each appear to be edged with yellow radiating crystals - a nice contrast.