Dragon Minerals - December 16, 2022 Update

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25174: Andradite - $40
Stanley Butte, Stanley Mining District, Santa Teresa Mountains, Graham County, Arizona
Cabinet - 10.1 x 6.7 x 3.4 cm
366 grams
Specimen status: Available
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Lustrous and sharply formed, opaque andradite garnets to about 8 mm, in a shallow concave cleft on matrix. The light brown material appears to be a pseudomorph of an unidentified mineral after another unverified mineral (hedenbergite?). Andradite pseudomorphs after quartz are known (but uncommon) from this locality, but the morphology doesn't support such a replacement in this case. Might also be primary (not pseudomorphed) hedenbergite, but then the color is unusual (or downright wrong; hedenbergite is always seen as green to black). Sits perfectly for display on its sawn base. Excellent condition.

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