Dragon Minerals - Update January 13, 2019

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RF493: Fluorite, Quartz, Barite, and Galena 
Blanchard Mine, Hansonburg District, Socorro County, New Mexico
Cabinet - 13.4 x 11.7 x 10.9 cm (5.3 x 4.6 x 4.3 inches)
Weight - 1672 grams (3.68 pounds)
ex Roy Foerster collection
Specimen status: Sold

Is this a sandwich with matrix bread, fluorite meat and quartz sauce, or the mouth of some alien monster? The sides of a cleft in matrix hosts two groups of highly translucent, very slightly frosted fluorite crystals, the largest of which is about 1.7 cm. The back of the cleft is covered with small, white, translucent to opaque quartz crystals, providing a very nice contrasting background for the fluorite. Minor, opaque barite blades and a bit of galena are also noted. Modest, purple longwave fluorescence is observed for the fluorite. The fluorite is, for the most part, in very good shape (except for the usual edge-of-specimen issues). Multiple display angles possible.









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