Collector's Piece: Realgar and Orpiment on Calcite from Jiepaiyu Mine

Dimension: 7.3cm x 5.5cm x 3.5cm

Weight: 123g

Locality: Jiepaiyu Mine, Shimen Deposit, Shimen Co., Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China


A very rare and magnificent specimen of Realgar and Orpiment on Calcite from Jiepaiyu Mine, Shimen Deposit, Hunan, China.  Crystallized Realgar are regarded as precious gemstones and the Shimen Deposit in China produces the best specimen graded Realgar in the world.  The Realgar of this piece exhibits neon red color finely scattered on the translucent Calcite in places.  The other side of the piece has an intergrown aggregate of Orpiment "clinging" on the Calcite surface in a sharp orange and yellow colors, presenting an attractive visual effect.  This is definitely a great centerpiece to add to any collections!


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