||Orpiment with minor Barite
El'brusskly (Elbrusskii) As Mine
Northern Caucasus Region, Russia
9.3 x 7 CM (cabinet)
Brilliant, electric color and sparkling luster, this is a very attractive and well proportioned piece. Shows fine clusters of radial and bladed oripment crystals nicely perched on matrix. Scattered micro crystals of Barite add to the appeal. The matrix is sawn on the back for collecting, not visible from the front. There is some minor damage on the face that is visible with magnification, but still this specimen is far better than most from the locale and is by comparison, pristine. These have become hard to get now in any condition, a future classic.