Dragon Minerals - New Arrivals Page 05

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12421:
Coquimbite
Javier Mine, Huachuas, Lucanas Province, Ayacucho Department, Peru
Miniature - 5.0 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm (2.0 x 1.5 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Here we have an example from the Javier Mine find of a few years ago that defined how good coquimbite can be. This miniature features sparkling, lavender coquimbite crystals to about 8 mm scattered about a contrasting matrix. No notable damage.







12430:
Coquimbite - $18
Javier Mine, Huachuas, Lucanas Province, Ayacucho Department, Peru
Miniature - 4.2 x 3.9 x 2.4 cm (1.7 x 1.5 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

Here we have an example from the Javier Mine find of a few years ago that defined how good coquimbite can be. The specimen is mostly lavender coquimbite crystals and crusts, with little bits of adhering matrix. No notable damage.







12431:
Coquimbite - $16
Javier Mine, Huachuas, Lucanas Province, Ayacucho Department, Peru
Miniature - 3.6 x 3.4 x 2.1 cm (1.4 x 1.3 x 0.8 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

Here we have an example from the Javier Mine find of a few years ago that defined how good coquimbite can be. The specimen is mostly lavender coquimbite crystals and crusts, with little bits of adhering matrix. No notable damage.







13065:
Cinnabar, Quartz, and Dolomite
Hunan Province, China
Cabinet - 6.3 x 4.3 x 1.5 cm (2.5 x 1.7 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A flat plate of small, transparent quartz points hosts a set of silvery-red cinnabar crystals. A deep red translucency is observed when the crystals are strongly backlit. Each cinnabar crystal is a sharp drill bit twin, and the largest is 1.1 cm. A few small dolomite clusters are also noted. The specimen is pristine and displays quite nicely. Probably from the Chatian Mine.







13615:
Spodumene (variety Kunzite) - $100
Konar Province, Afghanistan
Large cabinet - 13.3 x 4.9 x 4.7 cm (5.2 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A connected group of spodumene blade crystals, starting as white and opaque on one end (the left end of the first photo) and transitioning to gentle lavender, slightly frosted but rather gemmy at the other end. The opaque portion -- which serves nicely as a natural stand of the specimen -- has etched terminations, whereas the terminations at the gemmy end are quite sharp. The opaque portion has a cleave along each edge, but these are underneath and out of view when displayed as shown. Something a little different in a kunzite!







13621:
Tourmaline - $40
Little Three Mine, Ramona District, San Diego County, California
Miniature - 4.0 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm (1.6 x 1.5 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A very glossy, jet black tourmaline crystal from a famous Southern California gem pegmatite mine. Probably schorl, but the precise tourmaline species usually cannot be assigned by visual inspection alone. Some chipping present, which is why this isn't a two hundred dollar specimen.




13666:
Tourmaline - $18
Anza, Anza Valley, Cahuila District, Riverside County, California
Miniature - 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm (1.6 x 0.9 x 0.7 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A lustrous, jet-black and terminated tourmaline crystal from an unusual Southern California locality. Stand by itself for display. A little microchipping, but no significant damage.




13726:
Epidote - $125
Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Cabinet - 8.7 x 7.4 x 6.8 cm (3.4 x 2.9 x 2.7 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A stout and well-crystallized epidote from the fantastic find a few years ago. This example is among the largest I have seen. Deep green, lustrous, doubly terminated, and no obvious point of contact - a floater. The darker epidotes from this locality tend to be magnetic due to magnetite inclusions. (This one is not magnetic.) When these first became available the locality was given as Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, perhaps to hide the the true locality and reduce unauthorized collecting. Many display possibilities that don't need a stand. A few small scars where sidecar crystals once stood, and a few small broken sidecars, but no significant or otherwise detracting damage.







13806:
Stibnite and Calcite
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramureș County, Romania
Cabinet - 8.1 x 4.9 x 1.4 cm (3.2 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches)
ex Angela Cannon collection
Specimen status: Sold

This yin-yang specimen features two contrasting faces: one face is covered with a mat of small but lustrous stibnite needles, and the obverse thin off-white calcite rhombohedra to about 8 mm. Sprinkled about on the calcites are tiny, botryoidal goethites. A few incomplete calcites, but no significant or detracting damage (especially at this price).







13868:
Cerussite - $36
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature - 4.6 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm (1.8 x 1.3 x 1.0 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A cluster of cerussite crystals, in which the largest crystal is very glassy, highly transparent (although slightly included), and 3.4 in size. A little edgewear is noted, but the main crystal is in quite good condition. Sits for display as shown (first photo) without needing a stand.




13869:
Cerussite - $14
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature - 3.6 x 2.9 x 2.9 cm (1.4 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A partially reticulated and very glassy cerussite cluster, having transparent (mostly) to opaque, broad crystals with sharp terminations. The yellow spot in the first photo is a reflection of a lamp (this is how glassy this is). Numerous incomplete spots are noted.







13883:
Scheelite
Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Miniature - 3.4 x 3.2 x 1.4 cm (1.3 x 1.3 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A flat, translucent to opaque scheelite crystal group with very light frosting and a brownish-orange color. Strong blue-white fluorescence under shortwave UV. Scattered microchipping noted, but overall in very good condition.



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