Dragon Minerals - Update March 17, 2019

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27256: Beryl (variety Morganite) with 'Lepidolite'
Stewart Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, California
Miniature - 3.8 x 3.0 x 1.9 cm (1.5 x 1.2 x 0.7 inches)
28 grams (0.06 pounds)
Specimen status: Sold

Here we have a light pink, translucent morganite with complex crystallization, resembling the compound lens of a fly's eye. This structure appears to result from radial growth of elongated beryl crystals, evident from the back of the specimen. Minor 'lepidolite' adds a little color contrast. ('Lepidolite' is in quotes because it has been discredited as a separate mineral species, but because the name remains is wide use for purple or lavender micas we retain the name here.) Sits nicely for display without needing support on its naturally flat base (or back). No damage. Something a bit different from the Stewart Mine.

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