Dragon Minerals - September 10, 2020 Update

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20386:
Beryl (naturally etched) - $40
Maxixe Claim, PiauĂ­ valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature - 5.6 x 4.2 x 4.1 cm (2.2 x 1.7 x 1.6 inches)
116 grams (0.26 pounds)
Specimen status: Reserved     Send an email with specimen number to order

This is naturally etched beryl, with four obvious partial to complete crystal faces. Two of these faces are lightly but quite nicely frosted (interesting texture), while the base and termination are glassier (but still have some etched areas). The heaviest etching is on the rear, where the natural corrosion caused the crystal to become detached from matrix (left photo, middle row). Despite the etching, the characteristic hexagonal crystal shape is obvious. The specimen is highly translucent to transparent (best seen in a backlit photo; middle of top row). Sits quite nicely as shown without needing additional support. No damage.












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