Mineral Dragon Designs

These are all designed to be heavily inspired and influenced by the aesthetics of gems and minerals. Each teaches a little bit about the featured mineral and about the dragon’s personality. *The mineral photos are from Google searches.* 

Illustrations created using a Wacom Intuos tablet, Adobe Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai

AMMONITE

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This sea dragon carries a resemblance to the squid-like Ammonites from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The ammonite grew into its nautical, spiral shell with growth patterns called "sutures" which resembles a fall leaf shape. Fossilized gemstone grade ammonites contain the mineral calcite (the rich fiery browns and white contrast) and sometimes even become opalescent over time! This dragon's scales are tough but smooth, and the rest of it's body is slick and squishy like a squid!

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FLUORITE

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Fluorite

Fluorite is one of the most colorful minerals. It commonly displays purples, greens, blues and white. Fluorite is also the only common mineral with four directions of perfect cleavage. Combined with its isometric crystal structure, the mineral often cleaves, or breaks, into perfect octahedron shapes. Fluorite has fluorescence and glows blue/violet when put under UV light. This mineral has been implemented in ceramic processes, lenses in optical equipment such as microscopes, telescopes, and cameras, and even for dental uses to prevent tooth decay. This fluorite water dragon gives off a graceful and peaceful personality, yet occasionally playful. Like water, its beautiful colors draw others to it like a magnet. This dragon takes pride in its colors and beauty. It's often found dancing and swimming gracefully in a freshwater river or lake.

LAPIS LAZULI

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Lapis Lazuli is composed of royal blue Lazurite, white Calcite and specks of Pyrite (fools gold). This mineral has been used throughout history as ornamental material. It is highly sought after when there is no white calcite present and very few pyrite specks. The deeper the blue, the more valuable it is. The pigment "Ultramarine" is made from grounding the mineral into powder which can then become paint. Ultramarine paints were used by some of the most well known master artists such as Vincent Van Gogh. He used the pigment in his popular painting "The Starry Night". This eastern dragon certainly knows its worth and is very aware that its colors are coveted by others! Don't let the gold fool you for it is Pyrite and not actual gold! This dragon knows this but pretends it's real gold. 

AMETRINE

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Ametrine's color split is usually abrupt and is not a smooth blend of colors. Both the violet and yellow-orange colors are from traces of the impurity, iron. Although amethyst is very common, natural citrine is uncommon. The most valuable and attractive ametrine stones are those with a 50/50 split of color. Citrine is often associated with encouraging energy and joy in life. Amethyst is associated with peace, mindfulness and balance. This dragon has 2 sides. Citrine, the energetic, and Amethyst, the calm. The Citrine side is often seen twisting its neck and being very playful. The Amethyst side is cool, collected and very patient with its other half. Together they exist in harmony even though they are opposites.