ex. Andrew Carnegie
An INCREDIBLY RARE cluster of bright orange Wakabayashilite on a showy, display-sized specimen of contrasting massive calcite! A piece such as this dates back over 100 years and is so rare that I have only seen one other genuine old Waka in my life , for sale. It was not recognized at the time as a new species, at least by Carnegie, and is labeled as orpiment in his catalogue (in line with its original nickname of "hair orpiment". This is a significant rarity of historic import, that actually HAS historic import as well! It is clearly visible in the lefthand case, second shelf down, as the second specimen from the lefthand side (next to a Himalaya Mine tourmaline cluster).
2.2 x 0.4 x 0.3 cm. Wakabayashilite is an ULTRA-RARE arsenic antimony sulfide, UNIQUE in having feather-like, soft, acicular crystals. This superb example the Type Locality features a cluster of waxy, golden-yellow needles in a wheat sheaf-like cluster. This piece comes from an old museum collection, via the George Elling systematic collection.
10.0 x 7.9 x 7.8 cm. A very rare cluster of bright orange Wakabayashilite on a cabinet specimen of contrasting massive calcite. Ex. Andrew Carnegie Collection.
7.4 x 5.6 x 5.5 cm. A very rare large specimen with several fan-shaped clusters of fibrous, bright orange Wakabayashilite on a cabinet specimen of contrasting massive matrix. With such huge, rich coverage, this is a major specimen for the species. While not the type locality, this is the most well-known locality for fine, large crystals in recent years (although it is still quite rare).
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