Archives

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.19.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve posted the second in a series of updates with superb specimens from John S. White’s collection (click here).

Most of you will likely know a bit about John, given that among his many accomplishments in the mineral world he is the founder of the Mineralogical Record, former curator of the U.S. National Mineral and Gem Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and author of two books and over 200 articles. I’ve written a short post about him with some great photos – hope you enjoy it! (click here)

Chabazite, Stilbite, Pune District, Maharashtra, India

 Chabazite on Stilbite, Road cut at Bavdhan, Pune District, Maharashtra, India – 6.2 cm

Elbaite Tourmaline, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan, Myanmar

Elbaite Tourmaline, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan, Myanmar – 5.4 cm

Epidote, Tormiq, Gilgit-Baltistan Road, N.A., PakistanEpidote, Tormiq, Gilgit-Baltistan Road, N.A., Pakistan – 4.3 cm

Epidote, Hachupa, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan Epidote, Hachupa, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan – 3.5 cm

Epidote, Maldeen, Ras Koh Mtns., Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan

Epidote, Maldeen, Ras Koh Mtns., Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan – 5.4 cm

Fluorapatite, Panasqueira Mines, Covillhã, Castello Branco, Portugal

Fluorapatite, Panasqueira Mines, Covillhã, Castello Branco, Portugal – 3.2 cm

Fluorapatite, Panasqueira Mines, Covillhã, Castello Branco, Portugal

Same specimen as above, under ultraviolet light

Fluorapatite, Kunar, Afghanistan

Fluorapatite, Kunar, Afghanistan – 6.5 cm

Fluorapatite, Kunar, Afghanistan

Same specimen as above, under ultraviolet light

Fluorapophyllite, 	Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India

 Fluorapophyllite, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India – 7.3 cm

Fluorite on Quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China

Fluorite on Quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China – 10.8 cm

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina – 5.9 cm

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina – 6.1 cm

Hematite with Rutile, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil

Hematite with Rutile, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil – 4.5 cm

Hubnerite and quartz, Mundo Nuevo Mine, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad Dept., Peru

Hubnerite and quartz, Mundo Nuevo Mine, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad Dept., Peru – 7.6 cm

Hydroxyapophyllite, Prehnite, Fairfax Quarry, Centreville, Fairfax Co., Virginia, USA

Hydroxyapophyllite on Prehnite, Fairfax Quarry, Centreville, Fairfax Co., Virginia, USA – 15.1 cm

Ilvaite, Quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China

Ilvaite and quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China – 6.5 cm

Löllingite, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China

Löllingite, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China – 10.2 cm

Olmiite, N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Olmiite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 5.2 cm

Olmiite, N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Same specimen as above, under ultraviolet light

Pentagonite, Wagholi, Pune District, India

Pentagonite, Wagholi, Pune District, India
Field of view 2 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 01.13.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve added a new Morocco Update (click here) with some particularly fine specimens. I have managed to obtain five more blue barites from the Sidi Lahcen Mine in Nador that are worthy of including on the site. Although almost all barites from Sidi Lahcen have some amount of damage (many are badly damaged) these ones are in excellent condition – they are great high-quality pieces.

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco – 10.7 cm

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco – field of view approximately 10 cm

This update includes several wonderful individual specimens. A startling hot pink cabinet specimen of cobaltoan dolomite from Bou Azzer, a super sharp thumbnail-sized specimen of, and also a great glassy miniature of green fluorapatite from Imilchil, a sharp, gemmy brown titanite from Imilchil, a Tounfit fluorite that will have you looking a while to sort out the morphology, and an unusually fine specimen of sprays of goethite crystals included in quartz crystals from Tizi-n-Tichka.

Dolomite, var. Cobaltoan Dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Dolomite, var. Cobaltoan Dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 10.8 cm

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco – 4.3 cm

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco – 3.0 cm

Titanite, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Morocco

Titanite, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Morocco – largest crystal 1.5 cm

Goethite, Quartz, Tizi-n-Tichka, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Goethite in Quartz crystals, Tizi-n-Tichka, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra, Morocco – crystal approximately 1 cm

Finally in this update, I have included a group of new specimens of yellow fluorite cubes with barite and quartz. Although Moroccan yellow fluorite is often attributed to “Aouli”, an abandoned historical mining complex which is not producing specimens, contemporary specimens are in fact from an area near Sidi Ayed. It is road-accessible, but it is relatively remote in a barren, windswept area, which sees sandstorms in the dry weather and roads washed out in the rain. These fluorites are nice for Sidi Ayed specimens, for a few reasons – they are isolated on quartz crystals rather than massed together, some of the quartz has some nice red colouring from hematite, and a few of the crystals show tiny irregular zones of greenish blue colour.

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco

 

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco – crystal 0.8 cm

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco – crystal 1 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 11.14.2014 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

This Mexico Update (click here) features excellent new specimens from Mexico, including some exceptional fluorapatite crystals from Cerro de Mercado, beautiful wulfenite crystals with mimetite from the Ojuela Mine and a sweet azurite miniature from Milpillas.

100572(2)

Fluorapatite, Cerro de Mercado, Victoria de Durango, Durango, Mexico – 5.3 cm

100573(2)

Fluorapatite, Cerro de Mercado, Victoria de Durango, Durango, Mexico –  1.9 cm crystal

100581(1)

Wulfenite, Mimetite, Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico – crystals to 0.7 cm