Dragon Minerals - Update July 14, 2019

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Spessartine, Beryl (variety Aquamarine), Quartz, Calcite, and Muscovite - $75
Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature - 6.1 x 5.9 x 4.3 cm (2.4 x 2.3 x 1.7 inches)
134 grams with stand (0.30 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

This busy specimen is dominated by a 3.4 cm wide, deep red, mostly opaque but fairy sharp spessartine crystal with stepped growth features on each face. (Some attribute these to etching but I am unconvinced.). This spessartine has numerous natural fissures which have been filled by matrix. Numerous other spessartines, some gemmy, are scattered about. Also present we find a 7 mm elongated and well-terminated beryl crystal with just enough color to be called aquamarine, jutting out from a feldspar crystal at the base of the main spessartine (last photo). One region of the specimen hosts a number of chalky calcite rhombs which reach about 6 mm (fifth photo). Lightly frosted quartz crystals and some muscovite complete the assemblage. Other things I haven't noticed may also be present. Probably from Shengus in the Haramosh Mountains but other Skardu District localities are possible. Sits nicely for display on its acrylic base, which is easily removed if desired.

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