1.6" Orpiment On Barite Crystals - Peru

This is a beautiful specimen of clear barite crystals that formed in association with bright orange orpiment, collected from Peru. The barite crystals are well defined and nearly all are damage free. The orpiment has a rich orange coloration. It measures 1.6" wide and would make an excellent addition to any mineral collection. Small pyrite crystals can be found peppered throughout the specimen.

Orpiment a bright, orange to yellow arsenic sulfide mineral, whose name is derived from the latin phrase auripigmentum meaning “gold pigment” It is frequently found as a decay byproduct and in association with another arsenic mineral, realgar. Orpiment crystals are commonly found in dense groupings containing small, prismatic crystals, often with chisel-shaped or triangular pyramidal terminations.

Orpiment contains a significant amount of the poisonous mineral arsenic. While it’s not going to pose a health hazard sitting on a shelf, it’s recommended that you wash your hands after handling it.

Barite, commonly spelled baryte, is well-known for its great range of colors and varied crystal forms and habits. It is a heavy mineral consisting of barium sulfate, and typically has the chemical formula of BaSO4. The barite group consists of baryte, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. It's generally white to colorless and is the main source of barium.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Barite, Pyrite & Orpiment
LOCATION
Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, Peru
SIZE
1.6 x 1.4"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#133096