4.5" Barite On Orpiment From Peru - Collector Specimen

This is a fantastic specimen of clear barite on bright orange, botryoidal Orpiment from Peru. The rectangular barite crystals and well defined and nearly all are damage free. The Orpiment has a rich orange coloration and there are some ruby red Realgar crystals and the back-side of the specimen. It measures 4.3" wide and is a excellent collector specimen from a location not producing any new material.

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.
Barite on Orpiment with Realgar
Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, Peru
4.5 x 3.1 x 2.1"