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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 11.18.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve posted a number of beautiful elbaite crystals from Afghanistan and Pakistan in this Tourmaline Update (click here). Several of the tourmalines from Stak Nala were very recently collected – I acquired them from a family that is mining the specimens.

Elbaite Tourmaline, Paprok, Afghanistan

 

Elbaite Tourmaline, Paprok, Afghanistan – 5.8 cm

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

 

Elbaite Tourmaline on Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 6.8 cm

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

The same specimen as above, photographed in ultraviolet light

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

Elbaite Tourmaline with Muscovite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 4.8 cm

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

Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 4.2 cm

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

Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 4.6 cm

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

Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 4.2 cm

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

Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 3.8 cm

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

Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 4.2 cm

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

Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 3.9 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 11.06.2014 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

This Pakistan-Afghanistan Update (click here) features a small number of excellent specimens, from tourmalines and a gorgeous cabinet specimen of spessartine garnet, to some much more unusual specimens, including scapolite and pseudomorphs from Sar-e-Sang.

Spessartine Garnet Crystals

Spessartine Garnet, Albite, Apaligun, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, N.A., Pakistan – 10.2 cm

Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals

Elbaite Tourmaline, Albite, Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan – 4.1 cm

Schorl Tourmaline Crystal, Laila Peak, Pakistan

Schorl Tourmaline, Laila Peak, Haramosh Range, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan – 2.9 cm