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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.

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.

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.

Andradite Garnet, Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Range, Khogyani District, Nangharhar, Afghanistan
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.06.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted a small number of great new specimens in this new Afghanistan Update. This update includes brilliant lustrous andradite crystals from the Spin Ghar range, and red zircon from the Dara-i-Pech District.

Spessartine Garnet, Navegadora Mine, Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.27.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

The new Brazil Update on the website features a mix of excellent specimens from Brazil, including spessartine, rutile, struverite-ilmenorutile, alexandrite, montebrasite, brazilianite, kunzite and more.