El'brusskiy (Elbrusskii) Arsenic mine, Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Northern Caucasus Region, Russia
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 4.0 x 2.4 cm
These beautiful Russian orpiments from a small find a few years ago 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. Ex. Wes Parker Collection.