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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.29.2020 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve added great new specimens in a new update of pieces from the Steve Szilard Collection (click here).  This update includes fine mineral specimens from all over the world.

Steve Szilard is a well-known and highly respected Canadian mineral collector who began collecting in 1982. It may strike a chord with many of you that one of his first two mineral books was the Peterson Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals by Fred Pough – that was certainly true for me too (and my own copy sure looks as well used as it has been!). Steve is a skilled and accomplished field collector, having collected extensively in Ontario, as well as in almost all Canadian provinces and across the United States. Having travelled the world acquiring minerals in many countries, he has also attended many mineral shows – in particular, he has attended the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium for almost 30 years. Steve has a long record of mineral community involvement and contribution, having been with the Walker Mineralogical Club in Toronto since 1985 (and a member of the executive for many of the years since then) – he has also been a member of the Scarborough Gem and Mineral Club, the Kawartha Rock and Fossil Club and the Canadian Micro Mineral Association. As you might expect, given his mineral collecting career, Steve is incredibly knowledgeable about minerals and many mineral-related subjects. He has always been kind and generous with his knowledge. Steve has enjoyed assisting in the activities of a great organization, the Young Toronto Mineralogists Club, including talks, using binocular microscopes, and field trips. It is my pleasure to be able to share his collection with you.

Anglesite, Galena, Touissit, Touissit - Bou Beker District, Jerada, Oriental, Morocco

Anglesite, Touissit, Touissit – Bou Beker District, Jerada, Oriental, Morocco – 1.8 cm crystal

Arsenopyrite, Muscovite, Yaoganxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

Arsenopyrite on Muscovite, Yaoganxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China – 4.2 cm

Bastnäsite - (Ce), Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dneri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

 Bastnäsite – (Ce), Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dneri, Peshawar,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan – 2.0 cm

Benitoite, Neptunite, California Gem Mine, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria Mining District, San Benito Co., California, USA

Benitoite, Neptunite, California Gem Mine, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria Mining District,
San Benito Co., California, USA – 6.6 cm

Brookite, Magnet Cove, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas, USA

Brookite, Magnet Cove, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas, USA

Calcite, Celadonite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Calcite with Celadonite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – 11.3 cm

Calcite, Celadonite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Same specimen as above, under UV light

Calcite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Calcite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – 9.7 cm

Calcite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

 Same specimen as above, under UV light

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 7.3 cm

Calcite, Hematite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Calcite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico – 11.2 cm
Illuminated by UV light

Cassiterite, Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia

Cassiterite, Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia
Field of view 3.0 cm

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., PolandCelestine on Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland – 8.1 cm

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland

Same specimen as above, under UV light

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., PolandSame specimen as above, exhibiting phosphorescence after UV illumination

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland
Field of view 3.5 cm

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland Celestine on Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland
Field of view 3.0 cm

Cerussite, Barite, Les Dalles Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Morocco

Cerussite on Barite, Les Dalles Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Morocco – 7.1 cm

Corundum var. Sapphire, Ratnapura, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri LankaCorundum var. Sapphire, Ratnapura, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka – 4.2 cm

Cuprite, Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, Democratic Republic of the Congo Cuprite on Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba,
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan – 4.8 cm

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan – 2.7 cm

Elbaite Tourmaline, Chiar Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Elbaite, Chiar Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil – 3.8 cm

Epidote, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan Mining District, Alaska, USA

Epidote (twinned), Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan Mining District, Alaska, USA – 4.2 cm

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

Ettringite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 4.3 cm

Fluorite, Sphalerite, Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

Fluorite on sphalerite, Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

Fluorite, Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Fluorite, Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China – 10.5 cm

Fluorite, Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Same specimen as above, under UV light

Gypsum var. selenite with halite, Salinas de Otuma, Paracas, Pisco, Ica Dept., Peru

Gypsum var. selenite with halite, Salinas de Otuma, Paracas, Pisco, Ica Dept., Peru – 5.0 cm

Gypsum var. selenite with halite, Salinas de Otuma, Paracas, Pisco, Ica Dept., Peru

Gypsum var. Selenite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico – 8.1 cm

Gypsum var. Selenite, Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico

Gypsum var. Selenite, Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico – 11.1 cm

Hemimorphite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Hemimorphite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Malachite, Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Malachite on Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba,
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pyrite, Canutillos Mine, Machamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia

Pyrite, Canutillos Mine, Machamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia

Pyromorphite, Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guanxi Zhuang A.R., China

Pyromorphite, Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guanxi Zhuang A.R., China – 3.3 cm

Pyrrhotite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Pyrrhotite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 5.7 cm

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA – 7.7 cm

Sphalerite, Dashkesan Deposit, Maly Caucasus, Koshkarchai Valley, Azerbaijan

Sphalerite, Dashkesan Deposit, Maly Caucasus, Koshkarchai Valley, Azerbaijan – 6.3 cm

Vanadinite, Taouz, Errachidia Province, Morocco

Vanadinite, Taouz, Errachidia Province, Morocco

Vivianite, Tomokoni Mine, Canutillos Subdistrict, Machacamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia

Vivianite, Tomokoni Mine, Canutillos Subdistrict, Machacamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia – 4.3 cm

Zircon, Astor Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Zircon, Astor Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan – 4.3 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 01.21.2020 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve posted the fourth 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) .

Spodumene, var. Kunzite, Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Spodumene, var. Kunzite, Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil – 7.7 cm

Stibnite and Calcite, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou, China

Stibnite and Calcite, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou, China – 6.5 cm

Elbaite Tourmaline, Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Elbaite Tourmaline, Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Field of view 5.0 cm

Prehnite, Calcite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA

Prehnite, Calcite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey, US – 9.8 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 – 3.6 cm

Rutile and Hematite in Quartz, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil

Rutile epitactic on hematite in quartz, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Field of view 1.6 cm

Spessartine Garnet, Quartz. Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Fujian Province, China

Spessartine Garnet with smoky quartz and opal, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Fujian Province, China
Field of view 4.0 cm

Sphalerite, Quartz, Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria

Sphalerite with quartz, Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
Field of view  5.0 cm
Stellerite, Maharashtra, India

Stellerite, Maharashtra, India – 7.7 cm

Vanadinite, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra, MoroccoVanadinite, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifra, Morocco – 4.4 cm

Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Estrie, Quebec, Canada

 Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Estrie, Quebec, Canada

Wulfenite, Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos Mtns., Chihuahua, Mexico

Wulfenite, Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos Mtns., Chihuahua, Mexico – 8.5 cm

Wurtzite, epitactic Sphalerite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania

Wurtzite, epitactic Sphalerite, Merelani Hills, Lelatima Mountains, Manyara, Tanzania – 1.6 cm

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

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

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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.

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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

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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