Hutchinsonite, Orpiment
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine; ASARCO Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 4.2 x 2.8 cm
A classic specimen from what is undoubtedly the world's best location for the Hutchinsonite/Orpiment combination. The Orpiment is in two pockets at either end of the specimen, one 2 cm across and the other 4 cm (perhaps as a cast after another species). The color and luster are very good. The Hutchinsonite, which is very rare, covers the ENTIRE top of the specimen, and is finely-crystallized to well-crystallized blades that range up to an amazing .7 cm long. The elongated crystals are sharp and have a superb metallic luster. A terrific and large example of this rare Thallium-containing species in a display quality specimen. Ex. Charlie Key.