2.2" Vibrant Orange Orpiment - El'brusskiy Arsenic Mine, Russia

This is a beautiful, 2.2" wide specimen of brilliant orange and yellow orpiment on barite, collected from the El'brusskiy Arsenic mine in the Elbrus Mountain of Russia.

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.

Orpiment & Barite
El'brusskiy Arsenic Mine, Elbrus Mountain, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
2.2 x 2.1"