Dragon Minerals - New Arrivals Page 03

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09079:
Siderite/Sphalerite epimorph after Calcite
Broken Hill Mine, Aggeneys, Namakwa District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature - 3.7 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm (1.5 x 1.3 x 0.7 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Complete crusts composed of siderite and sphalerite, formed over calcite crystals which later dissolved away, leaving these classic, sharp yet hollow epimorphs. The largest shell is 1.7 cm. No damage to this 'toenail' sized specimen.




09085:
Siderite/Sphalerite epimorph after Calcite
Broken Hill Mine, Aggeneys, Namakwa District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature - 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.6 cm (1.4 x 0.9 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Complete crusts composed of siderite and sphalerite, formed over calcite crystals which later dissolved away, leaving these classic, sharp yet hollow epimorphs. The largest shell is 1.8 cm. No damage to this small miniature.







09139:
Wulfenite - $12
Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang County, Bayin'gholin Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
Miniature - 3.9 x 3.3 x 1.6 cm (1.5 x 1.3 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

When these Chinese wulfenites hit the market a few years ago they were immediately popular due their unusual locality and exceptional color. In the mineral world popular usually also means expensive, especially when free of damage (and many specimens in the initial offering were not). This small but sparkly miniature example features a very rich coverage of orange to brown, translucent to opaque tabular wulfenite crystals over most of the matrix. Individual crystals reach almost 5 mm. Some incomplete crystals noted. A few affordable example for the species/locality, which has become hard to find on today's market.




09401:
Adamite - $16
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
Miniature - 4.5 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm (1.8 x 1.5 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A cluster of sharply-crystallized, lustrous and translucent adamite sprays in a nook on a typical Ojuela Mine limonite/gossan matrix. Bright green fluorescence under both longwave and shortwave UV. Sparkly! No damage, and displays nicely.




09494:
Azurite, Cerussite, Malachite, and Barite
Aouli, Upper Moulouya Lead District, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Morocco
Miniature - 3.3 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm (1.3 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

The apex of a tan, crystalline barite/cerussite matrix hosts a covering of very sparkly, lustrous, and deep blue azurite crystals. Accenting the azurites are small, white cerussite clusters, like the first snow. A bit of deep green malachite at the base of the azurite adds nice contrast. A very nice small miniature, which stands beautifully for display as shown without needing a stand. No damage. Excellent photographic possibilities.







09515:
Annabergite
Lavrion District, Attikí Prefecture, Greece
Miniature - 4.2 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm (1.7 x 0.9 x 0.5 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

The 'inside elbow' of a thin scrap of matrix hosts numerous clusters of bright green annabergite crystals. Some boring calcite is also present, and a little galena is noted in the matrix. No damage. Excellent photographic possibilities.







09744:
Metatorbernite
Level 2, Santa Cruz Mine, Villa Matamoros, Chihuahua, Mexico
Cabinet - 6.4 x 5.6 x 3.3 cm (2.5 x 2.2 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Vivid green, opaque (meta)torbernite crystal groups to about 4 mm scattered about on matrix. Some are distinctly blocky. The dark matrix coating provides nice contrast. The majority of the crystals are in fine shape.




09913:
Dolomite and Chalcopyrite - $16
Picher Field, Tri-state District, Ottawa County, Oklahoma
Large cabinet - 12.4 x 11.9 x 4.4 cm (4.9 x 4.7 x 1.7 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Light pink (closer to white), opaque dolomite crystals - distinctly curved -- reaching about 8 mm on matrix. Scattered about are iridescent (in the right light) chalcopyrites to about 4 mm. Your basic Picher Field association specimen. No damage.




09986:
Vesuvianite, Calcite, and Quartz
Alchuri, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature - 3.5 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm (1.4 x 1.2 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A cluster of deep brown, barrel-shaped, prismatic vesuvianite crystals are nestled among translucent calcite crystals. The vesuvianites have slightly 'brushy' terminations (where the color is lighter) and reach 1.3 cm. This rests on a knob of golden, micaceous matrix (biotite?) decorated with one small quartz crystal. No damage. Even when these were fresh from the mine a few years ago, they were never abundant, and they are rather scare on the market now.







10485:
Vanadinite - $12
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm (2.6 x 1.8 x 1.2 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A matte black matrix (probably a combination of iron and manganese oxides) hosts numerous clusters of resinous, orange/red/brown vanadinite crystals. These crystals are generally translucent,  distinctly hexagonal, and reach about 3 mm. Some incomplete crystals are noted (hence the price) but still plenty to explore with hands lens or camera lens. Displays nicely on its naturally flat base.







10487:
Vanadinite
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Cabinet - 8.3 x 5.0 x 3.9 cm (3.3 x 2.0 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A matte black matrix (probably a combination of iron and manganese oxides) hosts numerous clusters of resinous, red-brown vanadinite crystals. These crystals are generally translucent,  distinctly hexagonal, and reach about 4 mm. Plenty to explore with hands lens or camera lens. Displays nicely on its naturally flat base. The vanadinites are free of damage.







10491:
Vanadinite - $14
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Cabinet - 7.2 x 5.6 x 3.8 cm (2.8x 2.2 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A matte black matrix (probably a combination of iron and manganese oxides) hosts numerous clusters of resinous, red-brown vanadinite crystals. These crystals are generally translucent,  distinctly hexagonal, and reach about 3 mm. Some incomplete crystals are noted (hence the price) but still plenty to explore with hands lens or camera lens. Displays nicely on its naturally flat base. Some incomplete crystals are noted.






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