From: Shimen Mine, Hunan Province, China
Size: 5.1 x9.4 x 2.1cm
Realgar is not a mineral we normally collect, but this one was too incredible to pass up. This is easily the single best Realgar specimen we have ever seen! The main crystal is absolutely huge, and the color and gemmyness is amazing! The camera sensor has a hard time recording this shade of red, but in person it is less candy-red and more cherry-red. It isn't orange at all like many lower quality Realgar specimens can be. We haven't messed with the hue or saturation of the photos at all, and we calibrated the colors with an X-Rite ColorChecker board. Nevertheless, red is a color cameras do not capture well, so it is hard to really represent it accurately here. Suffice to say that it is absolutely the best one we have ever seen. It comes with an old Gary Hanson Collection tag from 1999.
The specimen comes with a labeled acrylic display base.
NOTE: Realgar contains natural arsenic and should be considered toxic. Wash your hands after handling.