Dims: 4.6" x 2.5" x 1.5" (11.7 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 12.7 oz. (360 g)
Shimen Mine, Shimen, Hunan Province, China
This Orpiment specimen consists of a cluster of long monoclinic prismatic crystals. Though there is much visible damage on some of their termiations, their size is exceptional- many of these crystals exceed 4" (10 cm) in length! All have a warped but definable crystal form and a bright, pearly-to-vitreous luster that shows an almost metallic shine in a few areas. Their color is a dull gold that has a hint of orange and most are surprisingly transparent, though their clarity is often spoiled due to internal fracturing. There is a small amount of what I would think is white calcite attached to the cluster in a few places, but no host rock.