Calcite, Realgar
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm
Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen As-(Au) deposit, Shimen Co., Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
This is a gemmy yellow twin of calcite (the back half grew against matrix) decorated with small crystals of bright red realgar, with some minor calcites and matrix at the bottom forming an accenting base. A very attractive specimen that was once in the collection of Steve Smale.