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Hematite, Brézouard Massif, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Alsace. France
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 08.18.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added a small number of excellent hematite specimens in this France Hematite Update. I’ve had a few of these in the past, and have managed to obtain a few more. These hematites were excavated from a deposit in the hills just above the town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.

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.

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.

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.