3.2" Orpiment With Barite & Realgar - Peru

This is a beautiful specimen of clear barite on bright orange, botryoidal orpiment from Peru. The rectangular barite crystals are well defined and nearly all are damage free. The orpiment has a rich orange coloration and there are remnants of a realgar crystal on what could be considered the topo of the specimen. It measures 3.2" long and is a excellent collector specimen from a location not producing any new material.

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, Orpiment & Realgar
Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, Peru
3.2" long, 2.5" wide, 1.8" tall