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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.

Palm
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.22.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The Tucson Gem and Mineral show was great this year! This report includes photos of mineral specimens from many new finds.

Fluorite, Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.14.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added some excellent specimens in this Russia Update. In particular, there are some super, transparent, colourless fluorites from Dal’negorsk, with crystals exhibiting up to five crystal forms. Among these area couple of great overgrowth and phantom pieces. This update also includes some great calcite specimens, with some fascinating crystal forms, and some fine datolite specimens with sharp crystals.

Two Islands, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 11.23.2016 | Filed under: Adventurers, Latest

This new post is Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy Part 2: The Islands. Superb specimens of many minerals have been found at Two Islands and Five Islands, including world class gmelinite crystals, and great specimens of natrolite, analcime and stilbite. This post offers a glimpse into these classic Canadian localities.

Kermesite, Caiwa Mine, Danfeng Co., Shaanxi, China
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.25.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted a very small group of excellent specimens from the 2002 find in the new China Kermesite Update. These kermesite specimens are from the find of the best kermesite crystals known to date. Unfortunately no specimens have been collected since the 2002 find, so it seems to have been a one-time find.