2.8" Vibrant Red-Orange Orpiment Crystals on Barite - Russia

This is a gorgeous, 2.8" wide specimen of brilliant red-orange orpiment on barite, collected from the El'brusskiy Arsenic mine of Elbrus Mountain in Russia. The base of this specimen has been cut flat for presentation.

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
2.8 x 2.3"