• Orpiment
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Orpiment

$800.00   €756  £650.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC32377
I have to admit this is a locality unfamiliar to me, Cut 62 at Twin Creeks mine in Humboldt County, Nevada, USA. This makes me want to hum the Twin Peaks theme tune, but that is Peaks, not Creeks! Back to the specimen. According to mindat this mine produces only Baryte and Orpiment and this eye-catching miniature is a fine example of the latter. Translucent, rich barley sugar apricot crystals all around 1.7 cm wide form a symmetric dome covering an inner core of a granular, dark green matrix with a honeycomb structure, probably Orpiment infilled with inclusions. The odd Orpiment crystal has a slight rub or bruise but these are minor and don’t distract from the overall brilliant glassy lustre and striking colour. Should you buy this specimen, do remember it is an arsenic sulphide, so it’s good practice to wash your hands after handling. I’m about to do this right now.

Details

Dimensions
4.8 × 5.4 × 2.8 cm
Categories
Latest Additions, Sulphides, Sulphosalts and Arsenides
Locality
Cut 62, Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi Mining District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen