Dragon Minerals - Update January 28, 2019

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16168: Cinnabar, Quartz, and Dolomite
Fenghuang County, Xiangxi, Hunan, China
Small cabinet - 7.6 x 7.3 x 3.6 cm (3.0 x 2.9 x 1.4 inches)
Weight - 210 grams (0.46 pounds)
Specimen status: Sold

A gray, silicified limestone matrix hosts a carpet of opaque, snow white dolomite crystals, upon which rest numerous blood red cinnabar crystals. The dolomite crystals are distinctly curved are reach about 4 mm. The contrasting cinnabar crystals have very good luster, range from opaque to gemmy, and reach about 5 mm in size. Most are complete and some are contacted and/or naturally corroded, but there is very little identifiable damage. A single colorless quartz point is also present. The matrix has been sawn, but this is typically necessary to extract undamaged specimens when the matrix is very tough. The sawn matrix provides a perfect display base. Probably from the Chatian Mine.

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