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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 01.14.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve posted some beautiful new specimens in this Morocco Update (click here).  The pieces include azurite from Kerrochen and Bou Beker, vanadinite from Taouz, pyrite-coated fluorite from El Hammam, purple fluorite from Tounfit, twinned cerussite from Mibladen and quartz on siderite from Gourrama.

Azurite, Kerrouchen, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Azurite, Kerrouchen, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Crystal 2.5 cm

Azurite, Kerrouchen, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Azurite, Kerrouchen, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Crystal 3.1 cm

Azurite, Bou Beker, Touissit-Bou Beker District, Jerada Province, Morocco

Azurite, Bou Beker, Touissit – Bou Beker District, Jerada Province, Morocco – 9.7 cm

Azurite with Malachite, Bou Beker, Touissit - Bou Beker District, Jerada Province, Morocco

Azurite with Malachite, Bou Beker, Touissit – Bou Beker District, Jerada Province, Morocco – 6.3 cm

Vanadinite, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco

Vanadinite, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco – 5.2 cm

Fluorite coated with Pyrite, El Hammam Mine, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

Fluorite coated with Pyrite, El Hammam Mine, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco – 6.0 cm

Fluorite coated with Pyrite, El Hammam Mine, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

Fluorite coated with Pyrite, El Hammam Mine, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco – 4.2 cm

Cerussite with Barite, Les Dalles Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Cerussite with Barite, Les Dalles Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Field of view 2.0 cm

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Field of view 4.0 cm

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Field of view 3.5 cm

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Field of view 2.0 cm

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra Province, Morocco
Field of view 3.0 cm

Quartz, Siderite, Gourrama, Er Rachidia, Morocco

Quartz, Siderite, Gourrama, Er Rachidia, Morocco
Crystal 3.2 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.23.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve posted a small group of excellent specimens in the new Russia Update (click here).  These include beautiful high-quality crystals of axinite-(Fe) from two localites, intense blue azurite balls and sharp copper crystals from the Rubstovskoe Mine, great calcite crystals from the Dal’negorsk district and more.

Axinite-(Fe), Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Ural Mountains, RussiaAxinite-(Fe), Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Tyumenskaya Oblast’, Ural Mountains, Russia – 5.8 cm

Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 4.8 cm

Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Axinite-(Fe), Bor Pit, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Azurite, Rubtsovskoe Mine, Rudnyi Altai, Altiskii Krai, Russia

Azurite, Rubtsovskoe Mine, Rudnyi Altai, Altiskii Krai, Russia – 3.7 cm

Azurite, Rubtsovskoe Mine, Rudnyi Altai, Altiskii Krai, Russia

Azurite, Rubtsovskoe Mine, Rudnyi Altai, Altiskii Krai, Russia – 3.5 cm

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Copper, Rubtsovskoe Mine, Rudnyi Altai, Altiskii Krai, Russia
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Calcite, Second Sovietskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Calcite, Second Sovietskiy Mine, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 6.5 cm

Calcite, Yushnoe Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Calcite, Yushnoe Mine, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Calcite, Yushnoe Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Calcite, Yushnoe Mine, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 1.3 cm twinned crystal

Calcite, Yushnoe Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Calcite, Yushnoe Mine, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 4.5 cm

Datolite, Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Datolite, Bor Pit, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Field of view 1.5 cm

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Quartz, Anatase, Brookite
Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Tyumenskaya Oblast’, Ural Mountains, Russia
10.4 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.07.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added a few colourful new specimens in this Morocco Update (click here).  This update includes some particularly fine and unusual pieces, including a super azurite-malachite from the Tasalart Mine, Tafraout, exceptional fluorites from Sidi Said, hot pink cobaltoan dolomites, a glowing jewel of a cobaltoan calcite from the Agoudal Mine in the Bou Azzer district, a mirror-bright skutterudite from the Bouismas Mine and a beautiful, classic twinned cerussite from Touissit.

Azurite and malachite pseudomorphs after azurite, Tazalart Mine, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Morocco

 Azurite and malachite pseudomorphs after azurite, Tazalart Mine, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Morocco
Field of view 4.5 cm

Fluorite, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco – 4.o cm

 Fluorite, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite with quartz, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco – 5.2 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 5.7 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 13.7 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District,
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view 2.2 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 2.5 cm

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 2.5 cm

Quartz on Chalcedony, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco

Quartz on Chalcedony, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Quartz var. Amethyst, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco

Quartz var. Amethyst, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco
Field of view – 5.0 cm

Cerussite, Touissit, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco

Cerussite, Touissit, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco – 3.1 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.03.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows | Comments (0)

 

You may know that before my life as a mineral dealer, I was a corporate/securities lawyer on Bay Street (Canada’s Wall Street). For my entire 18-year career, I was with top Canadian firm, Stikeman Elliott LLP, and for most of that time I worked in the mining industry.

Each year at the beginning of March, Toronto hosts the world’s largest mining industry conference – the PDAC (Prospectors’ and Developers’ Association of Canada) Convention. We all just call the event “PDAC”. PDAC is centred at Toronto’s large downtown convention centre, with other events around the city’s downtown core.

Snowy Toronto PDAC 2015

Snowy Toronto, during PDAC 2015

Every March during PDAC, Stikeman Elliott’s Global Mining Group hosts a dinner as a thank you to the firm’s clients. In the event’s early years (when the world’s mining industry was in a low after the Bre-X scandal) our dinner was a bit smaller. Over the years the Stikeman Elliott dinner soon became an important event of PDAC week – invitations are prized! The evening is always hosted at one of Toronto’s top dining establishments.

This year, my former partners at Stikeman invited me to set up mineral displays for the dinner. Most were McDougall Minerals specimens, and there were a few in the front displays from my own collection as well. Of course it was great to be back and seeing everyone, and also fun to spend a night with great minerals under the lights!

McDougall Minerals at PDACDisplays at Stikeman Elliott’s Global Mining Group Dinner, PDAC 2015

McDougall Minerals at PDAC, Quartz from HuaronDisplay featuring a beautiful large (30 cm) quartz with pyrite from Huaron, Pasco Dept., Peru

McDougall Minerals at PDAC (3) - Celestite, MadagascarGorgeous celestite from Sakoany, Madagascar – (27 cm, with crystals to over 6 cm)

McDougall Minerals at PDAC (4)Morocco display

McDougall Minerals at PDAC - Vanadinite, Cobaltoan Calcite, Azurite-Malachite, MoroccoMinerals in the Morocco display (Vanadinite 10 cm, Calcite 13.5 cm, Azurite-Malachite 16 cm)

You might wonder why we invite people from warmer places around the world to come to freeze in the snow at a conference in Toronto during the first week of March. We admit it, the start of March is really not our time to shine.

It’s interesting – this is exactly the reason PDAC is in March. During the early days of Ontario’s mining industry, prospectors and miners would gather in Toronto in early March, because there is definitely no way to prospect in Ontario’s mining country at this time of year (as I write, it’s -20 C outside with almost 60 cm of snow on the ground, and Bancroft is a long way south of where people were prospecting in those days). It was the perfect time to get together at the bar of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto and swap tales of mineral greatness from the north country. That was over 75 years ago, and the tradition continues, on its modern grand scale, every March.

Many thanks to Stikeman Elliott and the Global Mining Group for the invitation and the great evening!

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.20.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

This Mexico Update (click here) includes great new specimens from a few localities. There are some super specimens from the Milpillas Mine – brochantite from the recent find, along with beautiful deep blue azurites and a eye-catching malachite pseudomorph after azurite.

Brochantite, Milpillas Mine, Mexico

 Brochantite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico – 2.8 cm

Brochantite, Milpillas Mine, Mexico

Brochantite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico – 6.0 cm

Azurite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, MexicoAzurite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico – top crystal 1.4 cm

Azurite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico, azurite crystal, azurite specimen, azurite for sale, Milpillas azurite

Azurite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico – 5.0 cm

Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico, malachite after azurite, malachite pseudomorph, malachite crystal, malachite specimen, malachite for sale, Milpillas malachite, Milpillas pseudomorph

Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite, Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico – 7.0 cm

The update also includes a pretty smithsonite with anglesite from the San Antonio El Grande Mine, and sharp, glassy datolite crystals and a gemmy danburite from Charcas.

Smithsonite, Anglesite, San Antonio El Grande Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico, smithsonite specimen, smithsonite crystal, anglesite specimen, anglesite crystal,  smithsonite for sale

Smithsonite, Anglesite, San Antonio El Grande Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico – field of view approx. 3 cm

Datolite, Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Datolite, Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico – 5.0 cm

Datolite, Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, datolite specimen, datolie crystal, datolite for sale

Datolite, Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico – 6.0 cm

Danburite, Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Danburite with Calcite,  Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Photographed portion approx. 4.0 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.

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

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

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

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.30.2014 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

This Democratic Republic of Congo Update (click here) features fine azurites from a new find at Kibwi, an excellent primary malachite from the Tantara Mine and deep pink cobaltoan calcite from Kolwesi.

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 Azurite, Kibwi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo – 4.3 cm

Although the copper deposits of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been famous for a long time, excellent crystallized azurite specimens are uncommon from the DRC (and have often been quite expensive). This lot is from a new find at Kibwi, located approximately 70 km northeast of Lubumbashi on the road to Likasi in Katanga.

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Azurite, Kibwi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo – 4.4 cm

azurite

 Azurite, Kibwi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo – 3.3 cm

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Malachite, Quartz, Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo – Malachite ball is 1.8 cm