Realgar, Orpiment & Selenite

Well-preserved Realgar crystals within Selenite, with external Orpiment.

Minerals: Realgar, Orpiment, Selenite.
– Field of View: 3 cm (appr.)
– Found: Peru (Palomo Mine)
Photo: Leo Jahaan

In this extremely rare and unusual specimen, needles of red Realgar have formed and then been covered by translucent Selenite, with clear windows allowing viewing of the crystals within.  Some Realgar needles have penetrated the Selenite and altered to orange Orpiment.

Realgar, Orpiment and Selenite (clear Gypsum).

Minerals: Realgar, Orpiment & Selenite (clear Gypsum).
– Specimen Size: 8 x 6 x 3.5 cm (appr.)
Photo: Leo Jahaan

 

Orpiment filling Selenite surface crevices, with Realgar below the surface.

Decription: Orpiment (orange) filling crevices and exit points of red Realgar needles where they have penetrated the Selenite Matrix.
– Field of View: 3 cm (appr.)
Photo: Leo Jahaan