Dragon Minerals - New Arrivals Page 06

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14063:
Crocoite
Dundas Mineral Field, Zeehan District, Tasmania, Australia
Cabinet - 7.6 x 4.7 x 3.1 cm (3.0 x 1.9 x 1.2 inches)
W. M. Foote label
Specimen status: Sold

A limonite/gossan matrix hosts red crocoite crystals to about 5 mm. As is common in crocoite specimens from the region many of the crystals are either contacted or broken. 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 strong 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. This specimen also has a glued price tag of $1.50 - a fairly expensive specimen for the day.




14270:
Inyoite
Monte Azul Deposit, Sijes, Salta, Los Andes Department, Argentina
Small cabinet - 7.1 x 7.1 x 3.8 cm (2.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

An intergrown cluster of colorless, slightly frosted, and mostly transparent inyoite crystals. The largest individual crystal edge is 3.5 cm. Some nice natural etching also present. No damage. These large, sharp inyoites made a splash when they first hit the market a few years ago -- large crystals for the species -- but quickly disappeared. Hard to find now.







14372:
Sphalerite - $10
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee
Miniature - 4.2 x 3.6 x 2.5 cm (1.8 x 1.4 x 1.0 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This miniature specimen, which is 100% sphalerite, has an excellent root beer brown color and sharp, complex crystallization. Mostly opaque. Sits well for displays without a stand, with several display angles possible. Two small bruises (these are not on the display face); otherwise no damage.







14430:
Conichalcite, Rosasite, and Calcite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
Miniature - 6.0 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm (2.4 x 1.1 x 1.0 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A typical Ojuela Mine cuprite/limonite/gossan matrix hosts a patch of deep green, opaque, mossy (nearly botryoidal) conichalite. (Not mimetite: dissolves quickly with effervescence in hydrochloric acid to give a yellow-green solution.) This accented with a patch of blue rosasite, and scattered, transparent, tabular calcite crystals (for some added sparkle). This large miniature displays nicely, and is free of damage. Attractive and fine quality for the size and price.




15248:
Scheelite
Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Cabinet - 6.6 x 5.1 x 3.7 cm (2.6 x 2.0 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A large and rather strangely crystallized scheelite from one of the most famous and most prolific scheelite localities. Yes this specimen has a wonderful burnt orange color (darker than the pictures on my computer suggest) and yes it is large for the species and less it has bright blue-white fluorescence under shortwave UV but the shape is what is truly outstanding and unusual here. The specimen has plenty of glassy, lustrous scheelite faces but also many areas that are just complex as if naturally etched (but I don't see any evidence of etching). The Chinese dealer from whom I obtained this said there were found in a sand area of the pegmatite; hence the weird crystallization. The dealer also indicated the find was very small -- just eight specimens total -- so I bough the entire lot. Something rather different for the collector of Chinese minerals or scheelite, or just oddball stuff. No point of attachment -- so this oddball is also a floater -- and no damage. Displays nicely on its naturally flat base.







15250:
Scheelite - $225
Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Small cabinet - 6.0 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm (2.4 x 1.7 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A large and rather strangely crystallized scheelite from one of the most famous and most prolific scheelite localities. Yes this specimen has a wonderful burnt orange color (darker than the pictures on my computer suggest) and yes it is large for the species and less it has bright blue-white fluorescence under shortwave UV but the shape is what is truly outstanding and unusual here. The specimen has plenty of glassy, lustrous scheelite faces but also many areas that are just complex as if naturally etched (but I don't see any evidence of etching). The Chinese dealer from whom I obtained this said there were found in a sand area of the pegmatite; hence the weird crystallization. The dealer also indicated the find was very small -- just eight specimens total -- so I bough the entire lot. Something rather different for the collector of Chinese minerals or scheelite, or just oddball stuff. No point of attachment -- so this oddball is also a floater -- and no damage. Displays nicely on its naturally flat base.







15308:
Siderite/Sphalerite epimorph after Calcite
Broken Hill Mine, Aggeneys, Namakwa District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Miniature - 5.3 x 4.4 x 4.0 cm (2.1 x 1.7 x 1.6 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A complete crust composed of siderite and sphalerite, formed over a calcite crystal which later dissolved away, leaving this classic, sharp yet hollow epimorph.  This large miniature specimen is absolutely pristine, and sits beautifully for display without needing a stand. Actual color is a bit darker than the photos on my computer suggest. This very fine specimen is equal in size to, or larger than the largest example of this material posted on Mindat.







15366:
Ulexite pseudomorph after Borax
Boron, Kramer District, Kern County, California
Miniature - 3.7 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm (1.5 x 1.1 x 0.7 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Although this nonphotogenic specimen is something that only a mineral collector would love, these pseuodmorphs were never common, even when the U. S. Borax Open Pit dumps were open for collecting. This example has the typical chalky texture, and is fairly sharp. A must for the pseudomorph or California collector.




15367:
Ulexite pseudomorph after Borax - $10
Boron, Kramer District, Kern County, California
Miniature - 5.4 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm (2.1 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

Although this nonphotogenic specimen is something that only a mineral collector would love, these pseuodmorphs were never common, even when the U. S. Borax Open Pit dumps were open for collecting. This example has the typical chalky texture. A must for the pseudomorph or California collector.




15368:
Probertite
Boron, Kramer District, Kern County, California
Miniature - 5.2 x 3.0 x 1.6 cm (2.0 x 1.2 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A cluster of more-or-less parallel, off-white and opaque probertite needles (and compact needle clusters), the longest of which is about 3.3 cm. Terminations are mostly broken or contacted. An affordable representative sample of this uncommon hydrated basic sodium calcium borate, NaCaB5O7(OH)4 · 3H2O.







15372:
Meyerhofferite and Unidentified
Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Furnace Creek District, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California
Miniature - 4.4 x 4.1 x 3.1 cm (1.7 x 1.6 x 1.2 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

White, elongated and sugary meyerhofferite crystals to about 5 mm scattered about in a sugary, beige matrix, accompanied by colorless and mostly translucent crystals of an unidentified (most probably borate) species. This is an affordable example of meyerhofferite, an uncommon hydrated basic calcium borate, CaB3O3(OH)5 · H2O.




15497:
Chabazite-Ca and Gmelinite
Wasson Bluff (Wasson's Bluff), Parrsboro, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Small cabinet - 6.7 x 5.9 x 3.7 cm (2.6 x 2.3 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A cavity in brown matrix hosts orange-brown chabazite-Ca crystals to 6.5 mm on a bed of colorless but lustrous gmelinite crystals to about 2 mm. A classic and very typical zeolite association for the locality. No damage.






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