Baryte, Orpiment
El'brusskiy (Elbrusskii) Arsenic mine, Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Northern Caucasus Region, Russia
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 4.9 x 1.7 cm
This is one of the very top, if not the top, small cabinet specimen from a small find a year ago of a pocket containing baryte crystals dramatically set on bright fiery-orange-red orpiment crystals. To give you some idea, this specimen was wrapped up in a drawer in the room of the Russian who brought them in, and only brought out to show select people. It is a TOP GEM QUALITY baryte crystal set right on a bed of intense bright orange-red orpiment famous from this locality. The baryte measures 1.5 cm, and is complete, glassy and terminated. Only a handful of the specimens from this pocket did not have major damage.