Dragon Minerals - New Arrivals Page 04

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10495:
Vanadinite - $14
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Cabinet - 7.8 x 5.2 x 3.6 cm (3.1 x 2.0 x 1.4 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A cluster of translucent, tabular vanadinite hexagonal crystals nicely contrasted by a black carpet (probably goethite or a manganese oxide mineral). The vanadinites reach about 7 mm in size. Sits on 'limonite' matrix. Several incomplete crystals are noted.







10501:
Vanadinite
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Large cabinet - 10.2 x 7.8 x 4.6 cm (4.0 x 3.1 x 1.8 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A cluster of translucent, tabular vanadinite hexagonal crystals nicely contrasted by a black carpet (probably goethite or a manganese oxide mineral). The vanadinites reach about 8 mm in size. Sits on 'limonite' matrix. Several incomplete crystals are noted.







10529:
Pyrolusite - $10
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Miniature - 4.4 x 4.0 x 2.9 cm (1.7 x 1.6 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A matte gray, bulbous mass of pyrolusite. Some needle crystal structure is evident around the base. Yes you can write on paper with certain portions of this specimen. Other than where removed from matrix (the base), no damage.




10542:
Tourmaline and Quartz
Dassu, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature - 3.7 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm (1.5 x 1.0 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A parallel pair of doubly terminated, mostly translucent tourmaline crystals on a quartz and feldspar (microcline?) matrix. The tourmalines are lustrous, black (or very dark green) at the bottom, and transition to silky green, pointed terminations. These terminations have a gentle dusting of microcrystalline feldspar, resembling early snow on the mountains around the valley from which this specimen came.No damage.




10680:
Tourmaline - $28
Risør, Aust-Agder, Norway
Large cabinet - 12.6 x 8.7 x 6.4 cm (5.0 x 3.4 x 2.5 inches)
W. M. Foote label; ex University of Utah
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

Perhaps the single ugliest rock I have ever photographed. (No, I didn't have to Photoshop it to make it look this ugly.) Besides the locality, what is notable about this specimen is the W. M. Foote label, dating the piece to the 1895-1916 period. Note: this is **not** an Albert Edward Foote label! Numerous dealers and collectors attribute any specimen bearing 'Foote' on the label to A. E. Foote, who sold minerals in Philadelphia in the 1876-1895 period. However (I strongly believe) that when A. E. passed in 1895 and his son Warren Mathews Foote inherited the business, 'A. E.' was no longer used on the labels.




10945:
Hydroxylherderite
Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature - 3.9 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm (1.5 x 0.9 x 0.8 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A cluster of light brown, opaque hydroxylherderite crystals, with individual crystals reaching 1.7 cm. The crystals have a distinct axe head shape. The matrix is a mixture of muscovite, quartz, and feldspar (microcline?). Minor chipping is not a distraction at this price.




10953:
Hydroxylherderite - $20
Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature - 3.3 x 2.5 x 0.7 cm (1.3 x 1.0 x 0.3 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A single, flat hydroxylherderite crystal, with distinct axe head shape. The surface is lustrous but the crystal is opaque. Except where removed from matrix, no damage. A good single-crystal example of the species.




11086:
Albite and Tourmaline - $35
Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut
Cabinet - 8.6 x 8.6 x 4.8 cm (3.4 x 3.4 x 1.9 inches)
ex Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A nondescript matrix specimen, featuring a few terminated albite crystals, shot through with fragments of black tourmaline. The Academy collection number (#3769) indicates this is an earlier acquisition. The Academy label (included) records the donor as one G. P. W. Neff. Read about the Academy collection sale here.







11217:
Annabergite, Dolomite, etc. - $20
Lavrion District, Attikí Prefecture, Greece
Miniature - 4.6 x 4.1 x 3.3 cm (1.8 x 1.6 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A vuggy matrix hosts several cavities hosting sprays of green annabergite, brown dolomite rhombs, smithsonite, calcite, etc. Lost to explore with hand lens or camera lens.







11766:
Scheelite - $15
Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Miniature - 3.0 x 2.1 x 2.1 cm (1.2 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This scheelite specimen consists of a conjoined crystal pair, with light butterscotch color and good luster. The crystals are mostly translucent, and accented with a little silvery muscovite. Some minor termination chipping and edgewear noted. Brilliant blue-white fluorescence under shortwave UV. Your basic, affordable classic locality scheelite group.




11818:
Epistilbite and Julgoldite
Nasik District, Maharashtra, India
Miniature - 5.4 x 4.4 x 3.4 cm (2.1 x 1.7 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A colorless, translucent and curved epistilbite crystal group on a contrasting, black basalt matrix pedestal. The back side of the epistilbite is nearly completely covered with a carpet of small, deep golden green, submetallic julgoldite crystals. No damage.




11932:
Hausmannite, Manganvesuvianite, Andradite, and Barite
Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature - 4.2 x 2.9 x 2.4 cm (1.7 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

This interesting association specimen features highly lustrous, pitch-black stacked hausmannite tetrahedra (to about 7 mm), a few scattered, jet-black and lustrous manganvesuvianite elongated prismatic crystals (to about 3 mm), and scattered red-brown andradite crusts (with distinct crystals to about 2 mm), all set on an opaque, white barite matrix. Minor microchipping on the display face -- hardly noticeable without magnification. A rich miniature.






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