Merlinite drusy quartz with psilomelane specimen 1.5'' New Mexico druse

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  • Item Category: Natural History
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 22, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House
This auction is for a Merlinite specimen
Merlinite is Drusy Quartz with Psilomelane from Grant County New Mexico. Merlinite was discovered by Scott Bennett and Terry Glockner. This piece is from a lot purchased from them by my father at the Tucson Gem and mineral show many years ago. According to Simon and Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals, Psilomelane is 'Hydrous Barium Manganese Oxide.' Much of the stones listed as Merlinite on ebay and around the web are dendritic agate or dendritic opal. I'm not sure how that came to be.
This piece is approximately 47 grams and 1.5'' long.
I inherited this as part of a rock and mineral collection.
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