Botanical name: Arsenic trisulfide
Scientific name:Yellow Arsenic Sulphide
English name:Orpiment
Farsi name: زرننیخ زرد
Arabic name:كبريتور الزرنيخ الأصفر
Hindi name:  
Urdu name: ورقیہ

Category Sulfide mineral
(repeating unit)
Strunz classification 2.FA.30
Crystal system Monoclinic
Crystal class Prismatic (2/m)
(same H-M symbol)
GHS pictograms Acute Tox. 3Aquatic Acute 1, Aquatic Chronic 1
GHS Signal word Danger
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flammability code 0: Will not burn. E.g. water Health code 3: Short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury. E.g. chlorine gas Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g. liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no code

NFPA 704 four-colored diamond

Science & Origin of Orpiment

Orpiment is an arsenic sulfide mineral that crystallizes in the form of masses, botryoidal, and small prismatic shards (extremely rare). Its color is bright yellow to pale yellow, and forms from the decay of a mineral called Realgar, near volcanic steam holes or natural hot springs. This mineral has been used for centuries, but was officially recorded as its own mineral in 1771 by J. Hill. He named it after the Latin word “auripigmentum”, meaning “gold paint,” referring to its main use during that time period. Orpiment can be found all over the world, with the most important deposits located in Hunan Province, China, as well as the El’brusskiy mine in Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Other countries with important localities include Peru, Iran, Macedonia, Argentina, France, Germany, Italy and the United States.


These deep orange-yellow orpiment crystals are absolutely enchanting. They make me feel like the fire within me is being awakened. These gleaming golden gems help connect you to your core, your Solar Plexus, which is where your confidence and self-esteem reside.

Orpiment is an arsenic sulfide mineral found in volcanic fumaroles. It provides us with insights into that which needs to be done. Keep a piece on your altar, or meditate with them to help ignite the flame of your inner power, especially in situations where you may be feeling like it may be depleted.

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