Dims: 3.0" x 2.6" x 1.9" (7.6 x 6.6 x 4.8 cm)
Wt: 7.09 oz. (201.0 g)
Hunan Province, China
This specimen is rather interesting. I am having difficulty finding a single complete, undamaged Realgar crystal on it. However, there is a lot of material to look over! Over 80% of its mass is made up of bright red intergrown Realgar crystals. Though damage is pervasive, crystal form is well-defined, and there are alternately many intact prisms and terminations, it is simply that few are found together on one crystal. The Realgar has the obligatory bright red color, a pearly to vitreous luster, and is translucent, with slight transparence in areas. Attached to this intergrown confusion is a small amount of crystalline calcite with a few small clusters of acicular, radiating white needles that I cannot identify. It is one of our more "Realgar-rich" specimens.