14PE29 Orpiment on Barite
La Libertad Mine, Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
11.4x 8.5x 2.3 cm
$445

 cabinet specimen of  botryoidal orpiment, hosting a number barite crystal from the La Libertad Mine.

 

There are a few scuffs and sports of damage, but compared to the bulk of what I have seen, this one is in pretty good condition (and to clarify what I mean by "the bulk": heavily scuffed, yellowed specimens with almost every barite crystal broken.)

 

Specimens like this are not coming out of the mine anymore, and if they are being found the miners are unable to remove them from the mine.  This one was held back in the old stock of a dealer.








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