Dims: 1.5x1.5x0.9" (3.8x3.7x2.4 cm)
Wt: 1.7 oz. (47.5g)
Elbrusskiy Mine, North Caucasus, Russia
Typical of Elbrusskiiy orpiments, this specimen has translucent yellow-orange crystals in radial clusters. Under a loupe, the crystals almost look transparent. They have a lot of sparkle for orpiment, looking vitreous. The only damage is along the edges, where cleaving (or flexing) the crystals has turned them a golden yellow and opaque, although they still have that bright luster. This is a pretty specimen, even if the individual crystals are small.