Realgar, Picropharmacolite
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.9 x 2.0 cm
Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen As-(Au) deposit, Shimen Co., Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
A cute miniature/toenail with a spray of two 1-cm-plus cherry-red realgar crystals atop a matrix, and a sharp acicular spray of the rare species picropharmacolite (white needles) below. There is nothing like these, for deep red color! Old find, though the pharmacolite was only recently realized to be such.