Dragon Minerals - New Arrivals Page 02

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08840:
Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Gypsum or Azurite - $25
Morenci Mine, Morenci, Copper Mountain District, Greenlee County, Arizona
Cabinet - 6.3 x 5.5 x 2.9 cm (2.5 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This began as a cluster of azurite or gypsum crystals (exactly which remains a matter of debate) which over time was replaced by light pastel blue-green, opaque chrysocolla, but the original azurite/gypsum crystal shape was retained. The largest distinct 'crystals' are 5.3 and 3.8 cm in length. In places the chrysocolla cores can be seen. An affordable example of a classic pseudomorph from a classic pseudomorph locality.







08879:
Stibnite/Jamesonite/Boulangerite, Fluorite, and Muscovite
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Miniature - 5.5 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm (2.2 x 1.3 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Of main interest in this specimen is the dark, metallic needle inclusion in colorless, water-clear fluorite. The needles are most probably stibnite, but could also be jamesonite, boulangerite, or several other sulfosalts. (See the Mindat locality description for more on this issue.) The fluorite and muscovite are both somewhat damaged. An interesting inclusion, association, or locality specimen. Fun to explore with hand lens or camera lens.




08887:
Rosasite - $8
Omega Mine, Helvetia-Rosemont District, Pima County, Arizona
Miniature - 5.5 x 4.7 x 2.7 cm (2.2 x 1.9 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This specimen features blue alien space mold mounds of blue, somewhat fluffy rosasite on a gossan matrix. The rosasite color is a deeper blue than the photos on my computer suggest. A good locality/species specimen.




08895:
Wulfenite - $10
Glove Mine, Tyndall District, Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Miniature - 4.4 x 4.2 x 2.5 cm (1.7 x 1.7 x 1.0 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

Most often when we think of Glove Mine wulfenite, we think of thin (often brittle), tabular crystals. However with this specimen the wulfenite exhibits a bipyramidal habit, with truncated terminations (perhaps more commonly seen in Ojuela Mine wulfenites). These sharp wulfenites rest on a gossan matrix. Somewhat unusual specimen for the Glove Mine.




08896:
Wulfenite - $14
Glove Mine, Tyndall District, Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Miniature - 5.3 x 3.7 x 3.0 cm (2.1 x 1.5 x 1.2 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

Most often when we think of Glove Mine wulfenite, we think of thin (often brittle), tabular crystals. However with this specimen the wulfenite exhibits a bipyramidal habit, with truncated terminations (perhaps more commonly seen in Ojuela Mine wulfenites). These sharp wulfenites rest on a gossan matrix. Somewhat unusual specimen for the Glove Mine.




08903:
Mottramite pseudomorph after Wulfenite with Calcite
Total Wreck Mine, Empire District, Pima County, Arizona
Miniature - 5.5 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm (2.2 x 1.0 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A Total Wreck Mine classic! Flat wulfenite plates have been completely replaced by black, microcrystalline mottramite. Accented with a few gemmy, colorless calcite crystals. No damage.




08933:
Fluorite and Sphalerite - $25
near Shawnteetown, Gallatin County, Illinois
Cabinet - 8.2 x 6.0 x 4.4 cm (3.2 x 2.4 x 1.7 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A dark cubic fluorite cluster from an obscure locality: Mindat doesn't even list this Illinois county (although it does have many coal mines). As is common for fluorite, the color depends upon the light source: for example this specimen is either deep purple or deep blue, depending which of my white LED desk lamps I use. Accented with a few patches of deep root beer brown sphalerite crystals. No damage.







08959:
Ernstite pseudomorph after Childrenite/Eosphorite
Roberto Caldeira claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature - 5.7 x 2.7 x 1.0 cm (2.2 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A sharp and faithful example of this classic but now uncommon pseudomorph. This must have been a rather large childrenite/eosphorite specimen in its past. Interesting layered crystal growth (first photo). The locality is noted for large (nonpseudomorphed) eosphorite crystals.







08962:
Ernstite pseudomorph after Childrenite/Eosphorite
Roberto Caldeira claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature - 5.3 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm (2.1 x 0.8 x 0.4 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A sharp and faithful example of this classic but now uncommon pseudomorph. This must have been a rather large childrenite/eosphorite specimen in its past. The locality is noted for large (nonpseudomorphed) eosphorite crystals.




08963:
Ernstite pseudomorph after Childrenite/Eosphorite
Roberto Caldeira claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature - 3.8 x 1.7 x 0.8 cm (1.5 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A sharp and faithful example of this classic but now uncommon pseudomorph. This must have been a rather large childrenite/eosphorite specimen in its past. The locality is noted for large (nonpseudomorphed) eosphorite crystals.




08966:
Hemimorphite - $16
Potosí Mine, Francisco Portillo, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
Miniature - 5.6 x 2.7 x 2.0 cm (2.2 x 1.1 x 0.8 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A cluster of very lustrous, snow-white, translucent hemimorphite crystals. The largest crystal terminations are complete but some of the lesser terminations are damaged.




08967:
Hemimorphite - $22
Potosí Mine, Francisco Portillo, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
Miniature - 4.8 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm (1.9 x 1.3 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A cluster of very lustrous, snow-white, translucent hemimorphite crystals. The largest crystal terminations are complete; a few small, scattered chips are otherwise noted.






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