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Zircon, Astor Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 07.27.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted some wonderful new zircon crystals in this Pakistan Red Zircon Update. These are from a new find of red zircons from the Astor Valley, in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 07.26.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

In the heart of France’s Vosges Mountains, each June, Mineral World assembles at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, for what is always a great mineral show. This post gives a glimpse of some of this year’s finds, including gorgeous red zircon crystals, bi-coloured spodumene, clinochlore crystals and some classic French hematites from just outside of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.

Chabazite, Wasson's Bluff, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.13.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium is one of the best annual events in Mineral World. This post about RMS 2017 includes lots of great mineral photographs, with many from prominent mineral photographers Jeff Scovil and Michael Bainbridge. And hopefully, if you missed this year’s RMS, this will help you catch up – and plan for next year…

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.14.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added some super specimens from Mount Malosa in this new Malawi Update. These include excellent crystals of aegirine, arfvedsonite, smoky quartz with epididymite inclusions, microcline and zircon. Under shortwave ultraviolet light, the microcline is a striking deep pink-red colour, and the zircons exhibit various hues of yellow.

Quartz with red phantoms, Orange River, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.18.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

As you may have seen in my Tucson blog post, a recent find at Orange River, South Africa has produced some beautiful quartz crystals with exquisite sharp red phantoms. I’ve posted them in this Red Phantom Quartz Update.

Rutile on Hematite, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.26.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted some great new pieces in this Brazil Update. These include gorgeous stars of rutile on hematite from Novo Horizonte, older specimens of cyclically-twinned rutile from Diamantina, and beautiful muscovite crystals from Mantena, Minas Gerais.

Wodginite, Linopolis District, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.25.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted the first of the new Tucson specimens in this Wodginite Update. These are sharp, lustrous wodginite crystals from a small recent find in the Linopolis district, near Divino das Larajeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil.