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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.24.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added super new specimens in this latest US Update (click here). These include an exceptional grossular, from one of the world’s top finds, and the best known find of grossular crystals with prominent cube faces, Vesper Peak, Washington.  This update also includes a top quality rutile from Graves Mountain, Georgia, a very fine Bisbee malachite after azurite, great new lightly-amethystine quartz from North Carolina with an aesthetic growth habit, some Colorado amazonites with excellent colour, along with a La Sal azurite and a Cave-in-Rock fluorite.

Grossular garnet, Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USAGrossular, Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
Field of view – 4 cm

Rutile, Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., Georgia, USA

Rutile, Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., Georgia, USA – 4.0 cm

Malachite pseudomorph after azurite, Sacramento Pit, Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA Malachite pseudomorph after azurite, Sacramento Pit, Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
Field of view 5.0 cm

Azurite, Big Indian Mine, La Sal, San Juan Co., Utah, USA Azurite, Big Indian Mine, La Sal, San Juan Co., Utah, USA – 3.4 cm

 Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA – 4.0 cm

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA

 Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA – 4.7 cm

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA – 4.5 cm

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Purple Flame Pocket, Cabbaras Co., North Carolina, USA – 4.7 cm

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA – 5.6 cm

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Silent Valor Pocket, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area,
Teller Co., Colorado, USA – 4.5 cm

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Big Peggy Pocket, Old Man Rock, Florissant, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

Microcline, var. Amazonite, “White Cap”, Big Peggy Pocket, Old Man Rock,
Florissant, Teller Co., Colorado, USA – 3.8 cm

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA – 4.1 cm

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Foretell Pocket, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area,
Teller Co., Colorado, USA – 3.7 cm

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA – 4.0 cm

Fluorite, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

Fluorite, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA – 6.6 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.14.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added some super specimens from Mount Malosa in this new Malawi Update (click here). These include excellent crystals of aegirine, arfvedsonite, smoky quartz with epididymite inclusions, microcline and zircon. Under shortwave ultraviolet light, the microcline is a striking deep pink-red colour, and the zircons exhibit various hues of yellow.

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 8.0 cm

Aegirine with Zircon and Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Aegirine with Zircon and Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 8.3 cm

Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz with Epididymite on Albite, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz with Epididymite on Albite, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 8.2 cm

Zircon on Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz , Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Zircon on Quartz, var. Smoky Quartz , Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 5.7 cm

Microcline (Baveno Twin), photographed in shortwave ultraviolet light,  Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Microcline (Baveno Twin), photographed in shortwave ultraviolet light
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 4.0 cm

Arfvedsonite, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi

Arfvedsonite, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Field of view – 3.5 cm

Epidiymite and Eudidymite in Smoky Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi

Epididymite and Eudidymite in Smoky Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Field of view – 1.7 cm

Epididymite in Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi

Epididymite in Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Field of view 3.0 cm

Arfvedsonite, Zircon on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Arfvedsonite, Zircon on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 5.4 cm
Photographed in shortwave ultraviolet light

 Aegirine, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
Aegirine, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 7.3 cm

Albite on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Albite on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 3.8 cm

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Aegirine on Microcline, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 3.3 cm

Quartz with Riebeckite inclusions, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Quartz with Riebeckite inclusions, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 5.0 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.07.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added some great specimens in this Mont Saint-Hilaire Update (click here). One of the world’s great mineral localities, with over 400 species, the quarry has been closed to collecting since 2007 (with isolated exceptions that have not produced specimens in any quantity). The specimens in this update are from finds dated from 1988 to 2007.

One of the most remarkable aspects of collecting at Mont Saint-Hilaire is that no two occurrences are the same – the mineralized zones and pockets are each different, with varied mineral assemblages and crystal habits. This selection of specimens represents several different finds, each of which was unique.

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.4 cm

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.4 cm

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Analcime pseudomorph after analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime pseudomorph after analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.7 cm

Manganoneptunite on catapleiite pseudomorph after sodalite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Manganoneptunite on catapleiite pseudomorph after sodalite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Field of view 1.0 cm

Rhodochrosite (twinned), Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Rhodochrosite (twinned), Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.5 cm

Analcime on microcline, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime on microcline, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.6 cm

Serandite with epidiymite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite with epididymite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 7.3 cm

Sodalite, var. hackmanite, pink albite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with pink albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.4 cm

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with pink albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 2.5 cm

Narsarsukite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Narsarsukite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 1.2 cm crystal

Leucophanite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Leucophanite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 2.4 cm

Analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.6 cm

Rhodochrosite pseudomorph after serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Rhodochrosite pseudomorph after serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.3 cm

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.3 cm

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.2 cm

Quartz, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.5 cm