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Baryte With Realgar Inclusions

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Baryte With Realgar Inclusions

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Description
Locality: 
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramureș County, Romania
Class: 
Crystals on Matrix
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
7 × 5.5 × 3.7 cm
Description

This is a specimen from the famous discoveries at shaft No.5. The Realgar crystals from this locality are famous, the world´s best Realgar specimens. But Realgar - although the color is amazing - has the disadvantage to be light-sensitive and after a while in daylight it will turn to dust and so these specimen always have to kept in darkness. The Baryte crystals with Realgar inclusions are always stabile - the Realgar is included to the Baryte and so this material is not light-sensitive at all.

This material was discovered in the late 90ties and early year of the 21st century. The quantity of this stuff was always low and the prices for this stuff went up to a crazy level. This one is a really attractive, well balanced specimen with good contrast. The crystals are sharp terminated, glossy and show intense red color. It should be high ranked as rarity, which is very hard to obtain in our days

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Baryte

Formula: 
BaSO4
Strunz: 
7.AD.35
Hardness: 
3.0 - 3.5
Streak: 
White

Realgar

Formula: 
As4S4
Strunz: 
2.FA.15a
Crystal System: 
Monoclinic
Hardness: 
1.5 - 2.0
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