Dragon Minerals - Update December 27, 2018

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28922: Tourmaline and Lepidolite - $60
Stewart Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, California
Small cabinet - 6.3 x 4.4 x 4.2 cm (2.5 x 1.7 x 1.7 inches)
Weight - 104 grams (0.23 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

A cluster of sharp lepidolite 'books' envelop a terminated tourmaline. (Despite the recent discrediting of lepidolite as a legitimate mineral species, the term is still widely used to indicate a purplish mica, so we'll retain that usage here.) The lepidolites are mostly silvery with distinct purple zones at the top edges; hence the intense lavender color of the display face. The tourmaline is 1.2 cm wide, with a sharp, flat termination. It is colorless to pale for most of the exposed length, with a thin bluish zone right at the termination. Displays quite nicely without needing a stand. No damage.

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