Dragon Minerals - Update November 13, 2018

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17572: Cavansite and Calcite
Wagholi Quarries, Wagholi, Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Cabinet - 10.3 x 8.7 x 5.5 cm (4.1 x 3.4 x 2.2 inches)
Weight - 376 grams (0.83 pounds)
Specimen status: Sold

A concave cavity in basalt matrix hosts a string of beautifully deep blue cavansite sprays. These sprays reach 1.8 cm wide. Accented with a few small calcite rhombs, and on a carpet of tiny, sparkling heulandite crystals. Minor damage to one of the cavansite sprays, but not a significant detraction. A crack running through the matrix has been stabilized. Three years ago Indian mineral wholesalers reported that the cavansite-producing quarries are either worked out, flooded, or otherwise abandoned, and the cavansite/pentagonite supply is now only a trickle of what it was on the past, with no immediate hopes for more production.

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