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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.23.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve made no secret of my belief that excellent black crystals are very cool. But colour is great too, and the latest update has lots! The new DR Congo Update (click here) features some amazing hues of pink in beautiful specimens of cobaltoan dolomite from Katanga, some of which have green malachite in association. The update also includes a specimen with exquisite twinned calcite crystals from Mashamba West.

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the CongoDolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite with malachite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo – field of view 3 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the CongoDolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 7.3 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the CongoDolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo  – 8.5 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the CongoDolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite with malachite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo – field of view 3 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the CongoDolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 5.9 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Malachiteon dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo – field of view 2.4 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the CongoDolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo – field of view 2 cm

Calcite on chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Calcite twins on chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 4.1 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 10.14.2014 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

This Brazil Update (click here) features a few selected excellent pieces from Brazil, from the unusual to the amazing.

Brazilianite, Telirio

Brazilianite on Albite, Telirio Mine, Linopolis , Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil – 7.5 cm

The update includes two remarkable brazilianite specimens from the closed Telirio Mine, a classic Medina aquamarine, a fantastic rutilated quartz from Novo Horizonte, tourmalines, Sapo fluorapatites, a super Brumado dolomite, blue quartz, and a Novo Horizonte hematite that is a black mirror.

aquamarine medina

Beryl var. Aquamarine, Medina, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil – 5.5 cm

Rutilated quartz

Rutilated Quartz, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil – 8.2 cm