Dragon Minerals - Update March 17, 2019

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RF406: Azurite (exceptional!) - $8000
Shilu Mine, Yangchun County, Yangjiang, Guangdong, China
Cabinet - 13.8 x 9.2 x 7.7 cm (5.4 x 3.6 x 3.0 inches)
786 grams (1.73 pounds)
ex Roy Foerster collection
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

In the early 2000's the Shilu Mine produced numerous high-quality azurite specimens, making it an instant classic. We have here an exceptional specimen from that production. It has large blocky and well-defined crystals in a radiating format, intense deep blue color, and very good luster. I see no obvious point of attachment to matrix, so this is a (huge) floater. This was the centerpiece of Roy's collection. When purchased, the dealer (who was also the head geologist at the mine) described the specimen as, "Oh that is a 'life-time' specimen; I will never see another one as good". It was used on the advertising postcard for the 2004 Mineralogical Society of Southern California show (last photo). This was the centerpiece for Roy's 2003 Tucson display, for which he was awarded a First Place ribbon and Best of Masters trophy. One judge summed it up with this comment "Wow!". (The mine geologist, advert postcard, Tucson judging, and other paperwork accompanies the specimen.) This choice and desirable specimen compares with the best from Chessy or Bisbee. No damage. This impressive azurite displays quite nicely without a stand but would benefit from a custom stand to sit vertically.

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