Orpiment and Calcite
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
8 x 6.8 x 7.9 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
Sharp white Calcite scalenohedrons make a wonderful contrast to the orange red crystals of Orpiment. The Orpiment is sharp and well terminated with translucent to gemmy area. In excellent condition for such a delicate mineral, this displays well from all sides. These came on the market 8-9 years ago but have been getting scarce now, especially in this higher quality specimen. From the Shields Flynn/ Frances Trafford collection.