Dims: 2.48x1.57x1.18" (6.3x4.0x3.0cm)
Wt: 1.74oz. (49.2g)
This small hand specimen of realgar has some excellent crystals. The color is dark red, and (especially under a loupe) the crystals are transparent and have a high luster. While most of the crystals are damaged or incomplete, there are a number of small perfect crystals, and a large crystal is contained within a protective cavity and is excellent, although largely buried. All of the cavities of the host rock contain nice realgar crystals. The bottom of the specimen has additional minerals visible, and the most noteworthy example is a black mineral which otherwise looks like realgar, and indeed some crystals appear to shade from realgar red on one end to black on the other (but I have never heard of a black realgar).