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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 01.23.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

This Russia Update (click here) features a small number of excellent specimens from the famous mines of Dal’negorsk. Some are relatively recent and some are older, having resided in collections until now. The fluorites in this update are particularly beautiful examples of different combinations of crystal forms and the calcites are brilliant with clarity and internal play of light. The galenas are textbook twins (on the spinel law), the axinite-(Mn) is a remarkable high quality cabinet specimen and the ilvaite is super, particularly given how hard it has become to obtain the decent-sized Dal’negorsk ilvaites. Finally, the sceptered beta quartz specimens are aesthetic, high-quality pieces from the 2013 find.

Fluorite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Fluorite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 5.4 cm

Fluorite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, RussiaFluorite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 1.3 cm fluorite

Fluorite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Fluorite and Calcite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 1.1 cm (fluorite crystal)

Fluorite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Fluorite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 5.6 cm

Calcite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Calcite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 5.1 cm

Galena (Twin), Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Galena (Twin), Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 2.1 cm crystal

Axinite - (Mn), Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Axinite – (Mn), Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – field of view approx. 6 cm

Ilvaite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Ilvaite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 5.3 cm

Quartz (Sceptre, Beta), Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Quartz (Sceptre, Beta), Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 8.8 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