Dragon Minerals - New Arrivals Page 12

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19777:
Azurite - $14
Bou Azer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco
Miniature - 5.3 x 5.2 x 4.5 cm (2.1 x 2.0 x 1.8 inches)
ex Ed and Carol Headley collection
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A deep blue and quite lustrous 1.5 cm azurite cluster nested in a cleft on matrix. Contact on one side easily hidden when displayed as shown. Previous owner's label indicates a repair but  it's certainly not obvious. Multiple display angles without a stand are possible. Could probably be trimmed to a smaller miniature without significant loss, if desired.




19784:
Spodumene
Dara-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan
Miniature - 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.2 cm (1.7 x 0.9 x 0.5 inches)
ex Ed and Carol Headley collection
Specimen status: Sold

A nearly colorless, doubly terminated, translucent to transparent spodumene crystal. Both terminations are complete. The top is sharp and angular while the bottom is naturally etched. A small cleave on one bottom corner, and some tiny edgewear noted.







19807:
Tourmaline and Opal-AN - $200
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
Large cabinet - 17.5 x 4.0 x 3.6 cm (6.9 x 1.6 x 1.4 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A large, lustrous, black tourmaline 'club' with interesting surface growth patterns. Probably schorl, but tourmaline species generally cannot be assigned by visual inspection alone. One termination is a forest of contacts (many incomplete) and the other is complete but partially buried in residual feldspar/quartz matrix. The while, translucent crust is opal-AN (hyalite), which exhibits bright green fluorescence under both longwave and shortwave UV. If you like black minerals this is for you.







19945:
Cerussite and Barite - $60
Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Cabinet - 11.1 x 9.6 x 4.9 cm (4.4 x 3.8 x 1.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This specimen features a rich, glistening layer of translucent to transparent cerussite crystals to about 5 mm, accented with a few sprays of white, bladed barite. Very sparkly! Underneath the barites is a pitch-black carpet, which provides great contrast. Rich yellow fluorescence under longwave UV, and more muted color under shortwave. No damage.







20049:
Dolomite
Livingston Quarry, Palos Verdes Hills, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California
Cabinet - 9.1 x 7.3 x 5.0 cm (3.6 x 2.9 x 2.0 inches)
ex Bob Trimingham collection
Specimen status: Sold

From the Trimingham collection card: "Intergrown light gray rhombic xls to 1 1/4" on an edge, atop a thin matrix of much smaller xls. Fine cabinet specimen that displays well. Fluoresces white [under shortwave UV], weaker [under longwave UV]". A tough locality for good specimens for the California collector.




20090:
Pyrite - naturally etched - $125
Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, Green Ridge, King County, Washington
Small cabinet - 8.3 x 5.9 x 5.7 cm (3.3 x 2.3 x 2.2 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

From the only locality to produce naturally-etched pyrite in any quantity and quality comes this large and sharp example. Bright and brassy, with a very weird skeletal texture. A few small areas are incomplete, but these are just lost in the overall presentation. This is just about the largest specimen of this material that I have ever handled. Unclear if these are formed by etching of pure pyrite, or etching of some admixed species -- perhaps marcasite -- leaving the pyrite behind.







20205:
Copper - $12
Bou Nahas Mine, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Miniature - 4.6 x 3.1 x 2.1 cm (1.8 x 1.2 x 0.8 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A saddle-shaped, crudely crystallized copper specimen. Typical for this species from this locality. I'm not terribly fond of copper so you can have this one for cheap. No damage.




20394:
Halite and Trona
Owens Lake, Olancha, Owens Valley, Inyo County, California
Large cabinet - 30 x 17 x 5 cm (11.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A **large** plate of very pale pink (more like off-white) halite crystals, on bed of white trona. Individual crystal edges reach 2.5 cm. This was received in trade from the person who collected it in the summer of 2015. It's shown no signs of decay, so (at least in our dry southern California climate) appears stable.




20439:
Azurite - $30
Touissit-Bou Beker District, Jerada Province, L'oriental Region, Morocco
Miniature - 3.1 x 2.8 x 1.7 cm (1.2 x 1.1 x 0.7 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A lovely deep blue azurite crystal cluster, with aesthetic shape and crystal structure. I see no point of attachment - this is a floater. Minimum microchipping is seen, only under magnification, but there is no distracting damage. A fine small miniature with many display possibilities.







20747:
Hemimorphite - $10
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
Small cabinet - 7.8 x 4.0 x 3.6 cm (3.1 x 1.6 x 1.4 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This specimen is composed almost exclusively of colorless, transparent hemimorphite 'broadsword' crystals reaching about 1 cm in length. Most are terminated but some a broken or contacted. A few spots are colored brown due to inclusions of limonite matrix. Sits well for display without needing a stand.







20892:
Scheelite, Quartz, Muscovite, Chalcopyrite, and Dolomite - $12
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Small cabinet - 6.1 x 4.2 x 3.2 cm (2.4 x 1.7 x 1.3 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

The muscovite/dolomite matrix hosts several brown, mostly opaque scheelite octahedra and well as a single, translucent to transparent quartz point. The largest scheelite crystal measures 1.2 cm and the quartz point is 2.6 cm. The scheelites display bright bluish-white fluorescence under shortwave UV. Some chipping present. Sits well for display without needing a stand due to a flat base.







20953:
Calcite - $40
Berry Materials Corp. Quarry, North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana
Miniature - 5.5 x 5.0 x 3.7 cm (2.2 x 2.0 x 1.5 inches)
ex Al Ordway, Ed and Carol Headley collections
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A fine golden-brown, translucent calcite crystals from a classic Indiana calcite locality. Very lightly frosted. A few very tiny issues are noted. Currently glued to an acrylic stand, but this could easily be removed if desired.






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