Hutchinsonite and Orpiment
Quiruvilca, La Libertad, Peru
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm
Ex. Ernest Schlichter
This specimen has a lot going for it. It starts with golden-orange spheres of orpiment, up to .5 cm across, sitting on a sulfide matrix. Then there are diverging groups of the rare thallium sulfosalt, hutchinsonite, which exhibit a bright metallic luster. These crystals reach 1 cm in length. Additionally, there are occasional colorless blades of Baryte, under .5 cm, sprinkled across the specimen. This piece is from the Enargite Zone at Quiruvilca and such rich specimens are considered to be very rare and desirable. In this case, it is aesthetic, as well. Note it can be trimmed into two equally nice miniatures...