In late 2005, there was a major strike of excellent Realgar specimens from the Baia Sprie, Maramures, locality in Romania. Production was limited, but it still produced some of the most exceptional quality Realgar ever found from this region! These wonderful specimens listed below, are from that find.

 Awesome Realgar crystal on matrix # REA03

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Striking Realgar crystal on matrix

A very aesthetic "competition" quality miniature specimen! As you can see in the photos, the large perfectly double terminated, deep-red/burnt orange crystal sits real pretty on the matrix. What really sets it apart is another small piece of matrix on top, sandwiching in the crystal. Several tiny Realgar crystals also lie around the main crystal. I've kept this one in my collection for a couple of years, and now reluctantly I am offering it for sale.

Dimensions in cm: 4.2 x 2.5 x 2.5
Largest crystal in cm: 2.2
Baia Sprie, Maramures, Romania

Specimen # REA03

Superb Realgar crystals on matrix # REA01

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Realgars are very visually striking!

Largest crystal is
2 cm!

Dimensions in cm: 4.5 x 3.5 x 2
Largest crystal in cm: 2.0
Baia Sprie, Maramures, Romania

Specimen # REA01

Superb Realgar crystals on matrix # REA02

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Realgar crystals on matrix

Chock full of beautiful Realgar crystals on matrix, this very aesthetic large miniature displays many perfect, double terminated, deep-red/burnt orange, crystals!

Dimensions in cm: 5.1 x 4.2 x 2.5
Largest crystal in cm: 1.5
Baia Sprie, Maramures, Romania

Specimen # REA02


Please note: REALGAR should be kept out of any DIRECT LIGHT. The dealer that I had acquired these from at the 2006 Tucson Show, said that exposure to normal light would not see these Realgars lose color in our life time. However, the consensus seems to be that over-exposure to direct light will result in the crystals turning yellowish and powdery, essentially altering to pararealgar. In other research that I have personally done regarding this light sensitivity issue; one mineral dealer reports that all the specimens he sold over 10 years ago, are reported today as still being in original condition. These were mostly kept out of light. I personally displayed the above specimen #REA03 in my cabinet (out of direct sunlight, but exposed to cabinet & ambient light), with absolutely no change in crystal color/composition.

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PLEASE NOTE: All of the photographs are not to scale. Some are enlarged to give you an accurate and an in depth view of all the details for you to see. Please always refer to specimen size in all my listings for the actual size, as this is what the final price is based on. Although picture colors can vary slightly from browsers to computers, I go to great lengths in photographing all mineral specimens with complete color accuracy, without any retouching whatsoever! My photo studio lighting consists of 4800K fluorescent lighting, which simulates the wavelengths of daylight. In some cases for a different effect I have utilized regular incandescent lighting to provide a different effect. If a specimen has knowingly been repaired, I will always disclose this information to you.