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|12312: Goethite replacing Siderite with
Rutile - Was $24 Now
Ellis Mine, Alexander County, North Carolina
Miniature - 5.7 x 3.6 x 3.1 cm
Specimen status: Available
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Some years ago, a dealer approached me with a flat of Ellis Mine material, consisting mostly of obviously assembled fakes. Normally I would have just laughed but I happily paid the very reasonable price because the lot contained a one-inch, doubly-terminated, etched emerald. Disassembling the 'works of art' resulted in a few dozen interesting pieces, including this piece, which consists of two blocky and sharp pseudomorphs of dark brown goethite after siderite (or much less likely, some other carbonate). Scattered about the pseudomorph faces are patches of deep golden red, reticulated rutile needles. A nice siderite pseudomorph example with the interesting association to boot. A little matrix removal damage to one of the pseudomorphs, as seen in the photos. Multiple display angles, none needing a stand, are possible.