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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.19.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve posted the second 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)

Chabazite, Stilbite, Pune District, Maharashtra, India

 Chabazite on Stilbite, Road cut at Bavdhan, Pune District, Maharashtra, India – 6.2 cm

Elbaite Tourmaline, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan, Myanmar

Elbaite Tourmaline, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan, Myanmar – 5.4 cm

Epidote, Tormiq, Gilgit-Baltistan Road, N.A., PakistanEpidote, Tormiq, Gilgit-Baltistan Road, N.A., Pakistan – 4.3 cm

Epidote, Hachupa, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan Epidote, Hachupa, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan – 3.5 cm

Epidote, Maldeen, Ras Koh Mtns., Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan

Epidote, Maldeen, Ras Koh Mtns., Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan – 5.4 cm

Fluorapatite, Panasqueira Mines, Covillhã, Castello Branco, Portugal

Fluorapatite, Panasqueira Mines, Covillhã, Castello Branco, Portugal – 3.2 cm

Fluorapatite, Panasqueira Mines, Covillhã, Castello Branco, Portugal

Same specimen as above, under ultraviolet light

Fluorapatite, Kunar, Afghanistan

Fluorapatite, Kunar, Afghanistan – 6.5 cm

Fluorapatite, Kunar, Afghanistan

Same specimen as above, under ultraviolet light

Fluorapophyllite, 	Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India

 Fluorapophyllite, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India – 7.3 cm

Fluorite on Quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China

Fluorite on Quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China – 10.8 cm

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina – 5.9 cm

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina

Hematite pseudomorph after magnetite, Payún Volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina – 6.1 cm

Hematite with Rutile, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil

Hematite with Rutile, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil – 4.5 cm

Hubnerite and quartz, Mundo Nuevo Mine, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad Dept., Peru

Hubnerite and quartz, Mundo Nuevo Mine, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad Dept., Peru – 7.6 cm

Hydroxyapophyllite, Prehnite, Fairfax Quarry, Centreville, Fairfax Co., Virginia, USA

Hydroxyapophyllite on Prehnite, Fairfax Quarry, Centreville, Fairfax Co., Virginia, USA – 15.1 cm

Ilvaite, Quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China

Ilvaite and quartz, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China – 6.5 cm

Löllingite, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China

Löllingite, Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad, Inner Mongolia A.R., China – 10.2 cm

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

Olmiite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 5.2 cm

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

Same specimen as above, under ultraviolet light

Pentagonite, Wagholi, Pune District, India

Pentagonite, Wagholi, Pune District, India
Field of view 2 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.26.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added some superb new specimens on the website in this week’s South Africa Update (click here).

A small pocket at the N’Chwaning II Mine recently produced some exquisite new inesite specimens. These are very sharp and intricate, and in superb condition. I was lucky to have the first chance at these and selected out only a few specimens, the ones I judged to be the best.

Inesite, N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South AfricaInesite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 4.5 cm

N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South AfricaInesite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 5.0 cm

N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South AfricaInesite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 3.8 cm

This update also includes a couple of hematite specimens, including a brilliant, top, connoisseur-level specimen of ettringite and hematite together, which is ex Marshall Sussman – this is an absolute killer!

Ettringite, Hematite - N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South AfricaEttringite, Hematite – N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 6.7 cm

And finally in this update I have included some gorgeous green fluorite specimens from Riemvasmaak.

Fluorite, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South AfricaFluorite, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 10.8 cm

Fluorite, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South AfricaFluorite, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 8.3 cm

Fluorite, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Fluorite, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Field of view approximately 3 cm

Fluorite, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Fluorite and Quartz, Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Field of view approximately 4 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 11.27.2014 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

This South-Africa – Kenya Update (click here) includes a small number of excellent specimens. From South Africa, there are beautiful complex hematite crystals from the N’Chwaning II Mine. And from Kenya, there is a small group of the superb epidotes from Pakot, North Eastern Province, from the 2002 find.

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

Hematite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 4.8 cm

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

Hematite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 3.5 cm

Even though the finest quality epidotes from Pakot rank among the world’s finest, to date not much has been written about them. The find occurred in 2002 in North Eastern Province, which was known at the time as Northern Frontier District, or NFD. It is noted by Tom Moore in his write-up of the 2003 Tucson show (The Mineralogical Record, May-June, 2003, Vol. 34:3). The deposit, described as a metamorphic skarn, was worked by Wayne Thompson and the late, famous African mineral explorer Campbell Bridges. This is a remote area of Kenya, home to tribal communities and is sometimes a conflict region, so mineral specimen collecting is not an easy or frequent matter – this 2002 find was remarkable.

Epidote, Pakot, North Eastern Province, KenyaEpidote, Pakot, North Eastern Province, Kenya – 7.7 cm

Epidote, Pakot, North Eastern Province, Kenya

Epidote, Pakot, North Eastern Province, Kenya – this field of view shows approximately 4.5 cm of this crystal