Dragon Minerals - New Arrivals Page 07

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15543:
Calcite, Barite, and Fluorite
Moscona Mine, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Villabona mining area, Asturias, Spain
Large cabinet - 11.9 x 7.4 x 5.2 cm (4.7 x 2.9 x 2.0 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A dark matrix pedestal hosts calcites (mostly translucent; to 2.6 cm), barites (tabular and colorless; opaque to transparent, and reaching 1.0 cm), along with a golden fluorite crust. A typical assemblage for this locality. Sits well for display as shown without needing a stand. A few, scattered cleaves and broken crystals are noted.







15812:
Scheelite - $100
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 scheelites, 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.







15891:
Barite and Fluorite
Spar Mountain, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin County, Illinois
Large cabinet - 11.1 x 7.0 x 5.7 cm (4.4 x 2.8 x 2.2 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A carpet of snow-white, opaque barite crystals cover three faces of the massive, golden fluorite matrix. Individual barite crystals/clusters reach about 1 cm. Minor galena noted. No damage.







16002:
Andradite and Quartz - $22
Tepustete Ranch, Álamos, Mun. de Álamos, Sonora, Mexico
Small cabinet - 6.3 x 5.9 x 4.9 cm (2.5 x 2.3 x 1.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A massive andradite matrix hosts numerous distinct, lustrous, translucent to opaque, brown andradite crystals. The largest distinct crystal is about 1.3 cm across. Minor quartz points scattered about. Sits well for display without needing a stand. Some contact points and a few, scattered incomplete crystals are noted.




16006:
Andradite and Quartz - $26
Tepustete Ranch, Álamos, Mun. de Álamos, Sonora, Mexico
Small cabinet - 6.7 x 6.0 x 3.7 cm (2.6 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A massive andradite matrix hosts numerous distinct, lustrous, translucent to opaque, brown andradite crystals. The largest distinct crystal is about 1.6 cm across. Minor quartz points scattered about. Sits well for display without needing a stand. Some contact points and a few, scattered incomplete crystals are noted.




16056:
Crocoite - $100
2010 Pocket, Adelaide Mine, Dundas Mineral Field, Zeehan District, Tasmania, Australia
Small cabinet - 7.2 x 5.7 x 2.2 cm (2.8 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A flat, gossan matrix plate hosts a rich coverage bright orange-red, translucent to opaque crocoite crystals. Many of the crocoite crystals rise up from the matrix, and the longest is 2.1 cm. Many of the crystals are terminated, and some are not. (This is typical because crocoite often grows across pockets resulting in contacted terminations, and because crocoite is rather brittle.) Displays nice either flat, or up on a stand. A fine and affordable splash of color for your mineral cabinet.







16165:
Cinnabar (twins!), Dolomite, and Quartz - $30
Hunan Province, China
Miniature - 5.6 x 4.0 x 3.2 cm (2.2 x 1.6 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

Multiple deep red cinnabar crystals to about 1.2 cm rest on a bed of opaque dolomite crystals, decorated with a few small quartz crystals. Most of these cinnabar crystals are drill bit twins. No damage to the cinnabars. The specimen sits well for display due to sawn matrix. The matrix is very tough, so a diamond saw is needed to extract specimens without damage; hence saw cuts are pretty much inevitable. Probably from the Chatian Mine.







16169:
Cinnabar and Dolomite - $18
Hunan Province, China
Small cabinet - 6.6 x 5.9 x 3.8 cm (2.6 x 2.3 x 1.5 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A 1.5 cm wide, sharply crystallized and beautifully deep red cinnabar cluster rest on a bed of opaque dolomite crystals. A tine bit off one end of the cinnabar. The specimen sits well for display. The matrix is very tough, so a diamond saw is needed to extract specimens without damage; hence the two saw cuts are pretty much inevitable. Could be trimmed without significant loss, if desired. Probably from the Chatian Mine.




16201:
Cinnabar, Dolomite, and Quartz - $20
Hunan Province, China
Small cabinet - 6.0 x 4.9 x 2.5 cm (2.4 x 1.9 x 1.0 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A single, deep red, 1.5 cm long cinnabar crystals rests on a bed of opaque dolomite and colorless, transparent quartz crystals. No damage to the cinnabar. The specimen sits well for display due to sawn matrix. The matrix is very tough, so a diamond saw is needed to extract specimens without damage; hence saw cuts are pretty much inevitable. Probably from the Chatian Mine.




16210:
Cinnabar and Dolomite
Hunan Province, China
Cabinet - 7.7 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm (3.0 x 2.4 x 1.8 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Multiple deep red cinnabar crystals to about 7 mm rest on a bed of opaque dolomite crystals. No damage to the major cinnabars (one broken crystal along the edge is not a major distraction at this price). The specimen sits well for display due to sawn matrix. The matrix is very tough, so a diamond saw is needed to extract specimens without damage; hence saw cuts are pretty much inevitable. Probably from the Chatian Mine.







16211:
Cinnabar, Dolomite, and Quartz
Hunan Province, China
Miniature - 5.6 x 4.0 x 3.2 cm (2.2 x 1.6 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Multiple deep red cinnabar crystals to about 1.2 cm rest on a bed of opaque dolomite crystals, decorated with a few small quartz crystals. Most of these cinnabar crystals are drill bit twins. No damage to the cinnabars. The specimen sits well for display due to sawn matrix. The matrix is very tough, so a diamond saw is needed to extract specimens without damage; hence saw cuts are pretty much inevitable. Probably from the Chatian Mine.







16549:
Pyromorphite
Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho
Small cabinet - 6.7 x 4.1 x 3.1 cm (2.6 x 1.6 x 1.2 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A classic American pyromorphite! The front/display face of this specimen is completely covered with a forest of lustrous, sparkling, opaque pyromorphite crystals that reach about 5 mm in length. Sits perfectly for display without needing a stand. Nearly perfect, except for a few broken crystals (which is why this isn't a $500 specimen).






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