Hutchinsonite, Orpiment
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine; ASARCO Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 6.9 x 4.6 cm
Hutchinsonite is a rare thallium species. This is the BEST Hutchinsonite I have ever seen for sale, for the sharp 3-dimensional quality of the crystals and their size. NORMALLY, the mineral occurs as sharp acicular crystals. Seldom do they ever show a true termination. Here, though, you can see even by eye the sharp, wide, chisel-tipped terminations on these large crystals (to 8 mm!). They are, moreover, set against gorgeous contrasting orpiment crystals instead of, as you typically see, on brown matrix. It is a superb, and old, specimen. 8.8 x 6.9 x 4.6 cm