Wakabayashilite on Calcite
White Caps Mine, Manhattan District, Nye County, Nevada, USA
Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.9 x 7.8 cm
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).