El'brusskiy (Elbrusskii) Arsenic mine, Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Northern Caucasus Region, Russia
Small Cabinet, 5.8 x 5.2 x 2.0 cm
These gorgeous Russian orpiments are possessed of one of the brightest orange-red hues you will find in the mineral kingdom. They form in sparkly, ball-like clusters, which, observed closely, are actually extremely gemmy, euhedral crystals stacked closely together - of a higher quality, in fact, than even the famous Nevada orpiments - only smaller. This sculptural example is in extremely fine condition. Specimens like this, briefly common in the late 1990s, are now very hard to get. Ex. Wes Parker Collection.