3.4" Vibrant Orange Orpiment Crystals on Barite - Russia

This is a beautiful, 3.4" wide specimen of brilliant orange orpiment on barite, collected from the El'brusskiy Arsenic mine of Elbrus Mountain in Russia. The isolated sprays of orpiment stand out nicely against the white barite matrix, making for a vibrant display.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Orpiment is a bright orange to yellow arsenic sulfide mineral. Its 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
3.4 x 3.1"