Cabinet, 12.9 x 8.1 x 2.0 cm
Quiruvilca Mine, Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru

An attractive rolling plate of botryoidal native arsenic, with a big bubbly growth atop. Minor cracking in some botryoids, as in some other specimens, but the cracks do not go through the piece. From a large but highly unusual find of pure arsenic in this historic mine, found in summer of 2013. Although we have seen many specimens from this mine, including fine orpiment, I had not previously seen pure native arsenic. Moreover, this is of the quality to rival the old German specimens of native arsenic, which have traditionally sold for far higher prices.

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