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Q7F-RYVPyromorphite Pb5(PO4)3Cl

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Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guilin, Guangxi, China

Dimensions: 78 mm x 68 mm x 36 mm
Weight: 176 g

The Daoping Mine has produced a flood of pyromorphite specimens (more so in the past; less so these days). Many of these were just typical: thumbnails, or if large, mostly crystals scattered on matrix. This example, on the other hand, is superbly notable in that is 100% pyromorphite (no matrix), of pleasing olive green color, completely free of damage, and of a nifty 'wreath' or 'doughnut' shape! (We call this specimen the Christmas Wreath.) Many of the crystals have barrel shapes. This is, hands down, the coolest pyromorphite I have ever seen.

This specimen was part of Roy Foerster's 2003 Tucson display case, for which he was won a First Place ribbon and a Best Master trophy. This pyromorphite was judged to be among the four best specimens in the case.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 940196     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 29   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1652 x 1587 pixels (2.6 Mpix)

Q83-Y19Gypsum CaSO4·2H2O , Azurite Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

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Ray Mine, Scott Mountain, Mineral Creek Mining District, Dripping Spring Mts, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA

Dimensions: 93 mm x 66 mm x 57 mm

A carpet of deep blue azurite hosts an 8 mm tall, fishtail-twinned gypsum cluster. Ex Bon Englander collection.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 923639     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 58   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4044 x 2772 pixels (11.2 Mpix)

DM1-KG6Zircon Zr(SiO4) , Tourmaline A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z , Albite Na(AlSi3O8)

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Elizabeth R. Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 49 mm x 41 mm x 31 mm

A pair of roughly parallel, non-terminated black tourmaline crystals are nearly completely wrapped in a shroud of albite (variety cleavelandite). The specimen is noteworthy due to the 3.4 mm, opaque, sandy-tan zircon crystal hosted by one of the tourmalines. The zircon was identified by crystal shape and its bright yellow fluorescence under shortwave UV. Personally collected from the Elizabeth R dumps October 2004.

Specimen size: 4.9 x 4.1 x 3.1 cm
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 923539     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 37   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1891 x 2149 pixels (4.1 Mpix)

N8V-6YXCopper Cu

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Phoenix Mine, Phoenix, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA

Dimensions: 33 mm x 26 mm x 24 mm

A nicely three-dimensional copper crystal cluster. Distinct individual crystals reach about 5 mm. Practice naming crystal shapes with this specimen.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 874957     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 39   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 933 x 733 pixels (0.7 Mpix)

XKH-E3YCelestine SrSO4 , Gypsum CaSO4·2H2O

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Pilar de Jaravia, Pulpí, Almería, Andalusia, Spain

Dimensions: 55 mm x 42 mm x 34 mm

The specimen consists mainly of bundles and sprays of thin, nearly fibrous, celestine crystals, accented with a patch of colorless gypsum along one edge.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 874951     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 47   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1560 x 1317 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

7TG-YK5Lepidolite

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Cryo-Genie Mine, Warner Springs, Warner Springs Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 50 mm x 40 mm x 32 mm

A small boulder of pearly, light lavender lepidolite. Although lepidolite has been recently discredited as a distinct mineral species, the name is still widely used to denote pink or lavender mica, especially among southern California collectors.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 874948     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 41   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1522 x 1216 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

WN6-1TDTourmaline A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z , Albite Na(AlSi3O8)

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Anita Mine, Red Mountain, Cahuilla Mining District, Riverside Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 52 mm x 49 mm x 32 mm

Green to black tourmaline crystals, mostly incomplete, on a massive albite matrix. Ex James Bowersox collection.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 874947     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 45   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1474 x 1165 pixels (1.7 Mpix)

X87-8J7Almandine Fe2+3Al2(SiO4)3 , Tourmaline A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

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Sly Rick prospect, Little Cahuilla Mountain, Cahuilla Mining District, Riverside Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 42 mm x 32 mm x 19 mm

Opaque (with some translucent edges), red-brown almandine garnets reaching 1.8 cm and black tourmaline crystals cemented within a fine-grained mica matrix. The almandines display interesting growth patterns. Ex James Bowersox collection.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 874943     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 43   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1313 x 938 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

6W5-L8KCalcite CaCO3

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Sweetwater Mine, Ellington, Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA

Dimensions: 97 mm x 70 mm x 60 mm

A single calcite crystal with pristine termination, translucent at the termination but otherwise opaque due to an unidentified coating and inclusion (bitumen?). A narrow zone at the base has been naturally etched.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 874939     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 51   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2490 x 1753 pixels (4.4 Mpix)

XU8-G92Pyrite FeS2

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Ambas Aguas, Muro de Aguas, La Rioja, Spain

Dimensions: 55 mm x 42 mm x 40 mm

A large, elongated, bright and brassy pyrite crystal. The cracks appear to be shallow and the crystal is in no danger of falling apart.
Copyright: © Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals      Photo ID: 874933     Uploaded by: Steve Hardinger   View Count: 36   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1718 x 1573 pixels (2.7 Mpix)
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