Dragon Minerals - Update November 23, 2018

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16140: Benitoite
Dallas Gem Mine, New Idria District, San Benito County, California  Type locality for benitoite
Miniature - 4.4 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm (1.7 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches)
Weight - 38 grams (0.08 pounds)
Specimen status: Sold

This specimen is nearly 100% benitoite, and is composed of a cluster of intergrown, 'stony' (crossite-included) benitoite crystals. The largest individual crystal measures 3.7 across. Strong blue-white fluorescence under shortwave UV, as is typical for the species (second photo). Weighs 38 grams. Something unusual from the Dallas Gem Mine. Previous dealer label with $800 price. No damage.

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