Dims: 1.9 x 1.9 x 1.1" (4.9 x 4.8 x 2.7 cm)
Wt: 2.69 oz. (76.2 g)
Shi Meng Mine, Shi Meng, Hunan Province, China
This hand specimen consists of a cluster of partly intergrown Realgar crystals. Most of the crystals are moderately to heavily damaged, but a few are intact and very good condition. The largest of them has visible dimensions of 1.4 x 1.3 x 0.7" (3.6 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm). All have very good monoclinic form where intact, with a pearly-to-vitreous luster. All have the classic crimson color and are transparent but contain many internal fractures. Only a small smattering of a dark gray base rock is present.