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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.17.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve posted Indian specimens from the personal collection of Rock Currier in this new update – Rock Currier, India (click here).

Rock Currier was a remarkable person and highly influential force in the world of mineral collecting for decades. Beginning in the early 1970s, he travelled the world in search of mineral specimens and he was a pioneering mineral dealer in many countries. He grew his mineral business while at the same time building an impressive personal mineral collection. Rock was also a manager of – and a prolific contributor to – mindat.org, sharing his knowledge and expertise with the mineral community worldwide.

After Rock had begun his company (named Jewel Tunnel Imports, after the famous British railway “Jewel Tunnel” on the route from Mumbai to Pune, cutting through the zeolite “jewel” pockets), he travelled to India for mineral specimens. Over the years, he acquired and sold large volumes of Indian specimens, and he kept a few for his collection along the way.

Rock’s first trip to India was in 1972. The specimens in this update are just a few from Rock’s personal India collection and most date to the early years of his dealing in Indian minerals. Rock was a conscientious keeper of labels and information, such that all of his collection specimens were labeled with as much information as he had about them and they all bear catalogue numbers. Many also include a tiny label with the information affixed right to the specimen. Rock also wrote additionally about each specimen, and many typed specimen labels include this information.

This update includes beautiful specimens from India, many of which are from his early days buying and collecting there. Here are a few:

Scolecite twin, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 Scolecite twin with calcite crystals, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – 11.0 cm

Scolecite twin, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Scolecite twin with calcite crystals, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – 10.8 cm

Heulandite, Uran Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Heulandite, Uran Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – 6.2 cm

Heulandite, Quartz, Panvil Quarry, Panvil, Maharashtra, India

Heulandite on quartz, Panvil Quarry, Panvil, Maharashtra, India – 10.5 cm

Heulandite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Heulandite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 5.8 cm

Stilbite, Patharday Quarry, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite, Patharday Quarry, Nashik, Maharashtra, India – 11.2 cm
Personally collected by Rock Currier in 1974

Hydroxyapophyllite, Prehnite, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaHydroxyapophyllite on prehnite, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – 4.6 cm

Babingtonite, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Babingtonite (7 mm crystal) with hydroxyapophyllite, prehnite, laumontite, gyrolite, okenite and quartz
(seven well-crystallized minerals in this photo)
Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 8.9 cm
Personally collected by Rock Currier in 1974

Stilbite, Fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite on fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 7.4 cm

Stilbite, Heulandite, Quartz, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite and heulandite on quartz, Nashik, Maharashtra, India – 10.4 cm

Scolecite, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Scolecite, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – 3.8 cm tall

Stilbite, Fluorapophyllite, Patharday Quarry, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
Stilbite, Fluorapophyllite, Patharday Quarry, Nashik, Maharashtra, India – 7.0 cm

Stilbite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 5.2 cm

Stilbite, Fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite, Fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 8.2 cm

Stilbite, Cast after Calcite, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Stilbite cast after calcite, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 9.2 cm
Personally collected by Rock Currier in 1973.

Many of Rock’s specimens have extra background information with them, and those stories are included with each specimen. For those specimens I have included the information in each specimen’s description on the website.  But this one is too good to leave out of this blog post:

“A 9 cm hollow cast after a calcite crystal. Never been cleaned. The cast is faithful to the point of showing some striations that were on the calcite near its tip.Collected the specimens. Was feeling way back in the pocket and felt sometime alive twitch. Thought it was a cobra and jumped back, fell ass over teacups. Turned out it was a frog. Shoveled pounds of dirty stilbite druse plates onto the ground. The casts were the only things in the pocket worth keeping.”

Fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 4.0 cm

Rock was meticulous about labeling his specimens, and many (particularly the earlier ones) include both a painted number and a label with actual label information in a tiny printed font. Where a specimen did not readily have an easy place for a label of this kind, Rock attached a thread and label, as with the underside of the fluorapophyllite specimen above:

Fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Fluorapophyllite, Pashan Quarries, Pashan Hills, Pune, Maharashtra, India – 4.0 cm
Same specimen as previous photo

Prehnite, Quartz, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Prehnite, with gyrolite on top, on quartz, Kandivali Quarry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Field of view approx. 2 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.27.2018 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve posted some super specimens in this new Tanzania Update (click here). This group of specimens includes a variety of species from several different finds, and includes a world-class alabandite.

Alabandite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

 Alabandite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 7.0 cm

Alabandite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Alabandite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 4.7 cm

Diopside, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Diopside, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 3.7 cm

Grossular Garnet, var. Tsavorite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Grossular Garnet, var. Tsavorite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania
Crystal 0.7 cm

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 5.0 cm

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 5.4 cm

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 3,2 cm

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 3.1 cm

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 5.0 cm

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Prehnite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 4.2 cm

Spessartine Garnet, Nani, Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania

Spessartine Garnet, Nani, Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania

Tremolite, Mwajanga, Manyara, Tanzania

Tremolite, Mwajanga, Manyara, Tanzania

Kyanite (Twinned), Nani, Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania

Kyanite (Twinned), Nani, Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania – 3.0 cm

Kyanite (Twinned), Nani, Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania

Kyanite (Twinned), Nani, Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania – 3.0 cm