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MD-114514
Realgar, Picropharmacolite
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 4.2 x 3.2 cm
Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen As-(Au) deposit, Shimen Co., Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
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There is hardly any match in the mineral kingdom for the intense cherry red of Chinese realgars. They also have an almost wet-looking luster and gemminess that add to the appeal. Two notes about these: they are very light-sensitive, so do not keep them in the light - and, they are poisonous due to the arsenic content (they are a sulfide of arsenic), so even though they look good enough to eat - it is a very bad idea!