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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.11.2020 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows | Comments (0)

In these strange days, it’s hard to believe how different the world was, only a few weeks ago. Who imagined then, all the ways in which our lives would be impacted in the weeks after Tucson… As events evolve, it’s clear that it will be a while until all of us are once again together at a large international show, which makes it all the more important to enjoy a few memories of our most recent gathering and stay connected online. In that light, let’s travel back to Tucson…

Tracks

One of the best times of the year, the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral show is like no other time if the year for mineral people. It is gathering of countless thousands of mineral specimens!  OKOK… not just specimens… it is one of the mineral collecting community’s finest annual gatherings, with friends from all over the world converging on Arizona to catch up and share, and talk a lot about minerals (and even life beyond minerals, heaven forbid).

Cactus hills

Tucson is a great midwinter break for me and all of my northern friends – a chance to leave snow, ice and frigid temperatures behind for a bit. Instead of shades of white and grey, it’s blue skies, beige and every hue of green, not to mention the purple-blue shades of mountains all around the horizons.

I am lucky to be hosted by my friends David Joyce (davidkjoyceminerals.com) and Carol Teal, along with their dog Riley.

Carol, Riley, Dave

Riley and I have come a long way together – in the first year or two we knew each other, he had somehow failed to catch that I’m a dog person. I wasn’t speaking his language – I’m used to speaking Labrador Retriever. We’re sure good now though – he accepts me as a member of the pack.

Riley 1

We have an understanding that tummy rubs, ball throwing and treats are all part of the deal.

Riley 2

As always, Tucson was full of activity of all kinds, at shows spread out all over the city. It’s strange now to think that such a short time ago, COVID-19 was not a thought on many minds, and in Tucson there was virtually no visible indication of any difference – just lots of conscientious alternatives to handshakes and the occasional mask.

This year there was substantial movement of dealers and vendors around town. Of course this happens to some extent every year and the sands always shift over the longer term, as the individual shows and dealers evolve and migrate. Once upon a time, the Desert Inn was the place to be, and now it is no longer standing. Similarly, for many years, the show at the Best Western Executive Inn (also known as the “EI”) was the hub for a large number of dealers with the best selection of fie minerals. Years ago, the show moved to the Inn Suites (renamed the Hotel Tucson City Centre) and now the “EI” is closed and fenced for final demolition. In 2020, the Inn Suites completed its last contract year with the show organizers, and many dealers had already chosen to move to new venues. As for this show itself, the organizer is moving it to the Hilton Conquistador, up in Oro Valley – it remains to be seen what will happen at the Inn Suites next year. I’ve always really liked the setting at the Inn Suites and will miss the times when it was the major hotel show!

Inn Suites

Having said which, the larger development unfolding at the same time has been the development and opening of the “Mineral District” just off North Oracle, with the Mineral City show and other related venues all within a couple of blocks of one another.  The Mineral City venue hosts many excellent dealers and was greatly expanded into new buildings opened this year.

Meanwhile, another key spot in the Mineral District fully opened this year, as the conversion of the old La Fuente restaurant is now complete. It is the new main venue for Jewel Tunnel Imports (both the wholesale business and the selling of more of Rock Currier’s personal collection), as well as mindat HQ and the new location where you could have your favourites photographed by Jeff Scovil. Speaking of the new La Fuente, each restroom is particularly inclusive, inviting anyone:

Bathroom

Which makes a nice segue into a discussion of a few of the minerals in Tucson this year. Starting with JTI headquarters at La Fuente and Rock’s collection. As many of you will have seen in online reports, people lined up early in the morning to be able to see what was available. This was true for the original opening, and even to a lesser extent for each “refresh” opening, when they put out new material to fill spaces. Rock’s collection contained so many great high-quality pieces, including classic specimens, unusual localities and uncommon minerals and mineral associations.

Among the classics was this wonderful millerite from the Sterling Mine near Antwerp, New York – this is a fantastic specimen.

Millerite, Sterling Mine, Antwerp, Jefferson Co., New York, USA

Millerite, Sterling Mine, Antwerp, Jefferson Co., New York, USA – 6.6 cm

102543(2)(fov 1.6)Close-up of the same specimen

For unusual specimens from unusual localities, Rock had a small number of very cool hematite crystals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Great crystal forms!

Hematite, Kamoto Principal Mine, Kamoto, Kolwezi, Lualaba, democratic Republic of the Congo

Hematite, Kamoto Principal Mine, Kamoto, Kolwezi, Lualaba, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 3.2 cm

Moving on to recent finds at Tucson 2020, there were gorgeous new bournonites from the Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia. The locality has produced excellent bournonite specimens over the years, but the finds are have been sporadic, often years apart. The nature of the bournonite has varied from one find to the next, and some of the bournonite has been of modest lustre, sometimes dull, and of varying sharpness/definition. This latest find has produced sharp, lustrous bournonite crystals of the finest quality, exhibiting the classic “cogwheel” twinning.

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

 Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia – 5.2 cm

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

 Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia
Field of view 3.5 cm

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

 Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia – 4.2 cm

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

 Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia – 2.3 cm crystal group

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

 Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia – 4.1 cm

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

 Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia – 3.8 cm

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

 Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia – 4.9 cm

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia

Bournonite, Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Potosí, Bolivia – 4.1 cm

There has been a new find of beautiful prehnite from Morocco (it seems Morocco somehow always comes through!). In fact several localities in Morocco have produced fine prehnite specimens over the years, but I love the prehnite from Taza, Fès-Meknès, Morocco.

Prehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, MoroccoPrehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, Morocco – 8.6 cm

This prehnite occurs with minor quartz crystals, including one small crystal on one piece that looks to me to be a faden. The prehnite crystal aggregates exhibit two principal habits, sometimes together on the same matrix: (1) radiating balls of crystals and (2) radiating fans of varying size and thickness. These specimens are quite different from most prehnite balls and aggregates, in that the individual crystals are easily visible and differentiated/separated from their adjacent neighbours – they are sharp and lustrous with individual terminations. The colour of these specimens is a pretty green – they are so nice!

Prehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, MoroccoPrehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, Morocco – 9.1 cm

Prehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, MoroccoPrehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, Morocco – 10.0 cm

Prehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, Morocco

Prehnite, Taza, Fès-Meknès, Morocco – 5.8 cm

Also from Morocco, from a find at Mibladen that originally debuted at Munich last fall, are vanadinite specimens in a habit we only see once in a while, in some rather good-sized crystals for the species. These are the somewhat complex, somewhat skeletal-growth crystals, often in small aggregates. The colour and lustre varies, including on the same specimen, depending on the viewing angle. They are super-cool vanadinites.

Vanadinite, Mibladen, Morocco

Vanadinite, Mibladen, Morocco – 3.7 cm
Vanadinite, Mibladen, MoroccoVanadinite, Mibladen, Morocco – 3.7 cm

One last entry from the African continent from me – welcome to my nightmare…

I include this next photo partly to show just how hard it is to secure fine mineral specimens. As many of you know, I’m very fond of the best of the prehnites, epidotes and good yellow stilbite balls from Mali. They are wonderful specimens and they make beautiful display pieces, adding colour and form to any display case. The prehnites and epidotes have been coming out for quite a few years now, and the good stilbites have been trickling out – I seek out excellent specimens, particularly of the stilbite which are so nice for the species. It has become evident that the problem is not that there aren’t any in the ground – rather, it’s what happens to them next. Many are thrown into sacks and buckets, then transferred to other containers with little or no packaging. This is a process no fine mineral specimen – but particularly stilbite – can be expected to survive… As an example, here’s a photo of an actual Mali specimen-packing job, arrived at Tucson for sale.

Bucket o' Mali

Bucket O’ Mali
(The specimens in this bucket are now completely damaged/destroyed and of no value to collectors of fine minerals.)

As an aside, I’ve been building a small collection of excellent Mali specimens for a future update – was only able to add a couple nice small pieces in Tucson (sadly, none from this vendor!), but there will be some really nice specimens coming in that update.

Moving on to Asia, some nice entries from localities that have recently been producing fine specimens. From Balochistan, Pakistan comes another new find of epidote fans and quartz. The epidote fans are sharp and very lustrous, with high-lustre terminations. Some are partially-to-fully included within quartz crystals, but this was uncommon in the material I saw. It’s too bad the percentage of fine specimens was not higher, as they are really beautiful combination-pieces, but most were badly damaged. I acquired a small lot of choice specimens.

Epidote and Quartz, Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan

Epidote fans on Quartz, Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan – 5.8 cm

For a few years, we’ve seen the lollingite specimens from the Huanggang mines (Inner Mongolia, China) that redefined the species. The best are the world’s finest by far (for example, John White’s – if you have not admired that one, it’s here). Specimens have never been plentiful and those pieces we do see available are damaged (I know, my common complaint from urban field-collecting expeditions…). I found a very small number of excellent specimens from one of my Chinese friends.

Lollingite, Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China

Lollingite, Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China – 4.6 cm

Also from China, over recent years we’ve seen some creedite specimens from Qinglong. In Tucson I acquired three with a light lavender hue – very pretty specimens!

Creedite, Qinglong County, Qianxinan, Guizhou, ChinaCreedite, Qinglong County, Qianxinan, Guizhou, China – 8.5 cm

And I’m going to finish with some specimens that some people might consider a bit less pretty, but given their rarity and where they come from, they are worthy of a grand finale. From one of Canadian dealer Rod Tyson’s expeditions to the Yukon several years ago, some excellent specimens of the Rapid Creek phosphate minerals were available in Tucson. Expeditions to this remote part of Canada have become difficult to arrange and have also become extremely costly of late (they require a lot of helicopter time). Rod feels it’s tough to predict what, if anything, will come out in the foreseeable future. For several of the species found at Rapid Creek, specimens from there are the best from anywhere.

Kulanite, Rapid Creek, Yukon, Canada

Kulanite, Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon, Canada
Main ball of crystals 0.9 cm

Gormanite

Gormanite on siderite, Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon, Canada – 3.2 cm

Of course the Tucson experience is about so much more than the minerals. Meals and maybe a couple beverages with mineral friends from all around the world, sometimes accompanied by music…

David Joyce Banjo

 David Joyce leading the songs with his banjo. (Not pictured: a bunch of us singing along..).

As happens every year, I am always already home before the main show and related festivities, so I obviously am not able to report on them. However, there was one important development in Tucson that I do not want to miss mentioning. This year is a special year as it represents the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Mineralogical Record. And of course, the Mineralogical Record was founded by John S. White (if you have not already, you can read about that here). This year in Tucson, a new award was unveiled and presented at a dinner held by Jordi Fabre and Jim and Gail Spann: John was the first recipient of what will be the annually-awarded John S. White Mineral Legacy Award For Excellence in Mineralogical Education. Every year from now the same wording will appear on the awards to future recipients – it will always be, in fact, the John S. White Mineral Legacy Award. John called it “the mother of all humbling experiences”.  Which is of course the kind of thing he’d say. He’s always been humble about those early days of the Mineralogical Record. But it’s pretty incredible to think that at 36 years old, with a young family and full-time job at the Smithsonian, he founded this magazine. So many mineral collectors owe a good part of their knowledge to the publication he created. So many serious collectors have the Mineralogical Record in their home. He has touched the lives of literally thousands and the award could not be more fitting.

John S. White Mineral Legacy Award

And on a final note about this beautiful part of Arizona, I confess that this beauty is an  aspect of the Tucson experience that I really did not take in properly for the longest time. Time on these visits is at such a premium – and it was especially so when I was taking time out of my last career to do it – there are so many minerals to see, so many mineral friends and so many good times together. Until recently, I never took the time to immerse myself in just how amazing this place is. I have Dave and Carol to thank for that, not only because they live in a beautiful little nature paradise, but also because they love to enjoy it. I thought I’d share a few photos from our time the Santa Rita foothills.

I swear I did not pay the deer and doves to pose – it’s naturally as idyllic as it looks..

Deer Dove

This is a great area for hiking (as long as you give the sharp plants lots of clearance!). Dave led the way…

Dave trail

Some of the plants are astounding. The Tucson show does not correspond with most flowerings, but looking at last year’s yucca and agave stalks… they are huge. Here’s a sense, with me for scale:

Yuccas and me

The stalks dominated the landscape in places, making for unusual and beautiful scenes.

Yucca stalks

And of course one can see such expansive vistas from the lookouts…

DaveRileyLookout

Riley catching up with Dave to take in the view…

Goodbye Tucson, til next time.

Sunset

 

As always, I love being away and I love coming home.

Bit of a temperature change from Tucson (20c/68F) to Bancroft that night…

Cold

(-22F…)

We had lots of snow once again this year, beautiful in an entirely different way from Arizona.

SnowTrees

And of course Rudy is in heaven in it…

Snow Rudy

Again this year the snowbank beside our house (known each year as Mt. Rudy) grew to a major height, width and depth – that’s Rudy (full-grown Labrador Retriever) for scale at the top with a normal-sized soccer ball in his mouth.

MtRudy2020

I’m happy to say that because I’m writing this so late this year, Mt Rudy is now much reduced in size, only about 5 ft high (it will be all melted in May). And as happens every spring, the lake is beginning to thaw. In the sun, there’s a bit of water on the ice on a warmer day, but I can see that as of now the ice at the margin of the dock is at least a foot thick…

Snow Lake

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.29.2020 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve added great new specimens in a new update of pieces from the Steve Szilard Collection (click here).  This update includes fine mineral specimens from all over the world.

Steve Szilard is a well-known and highly respected Canadian mineral collector who began collecting in 1982. It may strike a chord with many of you that one of his first two mineral books was the Peterson Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals by Fred Pough – that was certainly true for me too (and my own copy sure looks as well used as it has been!). Steve is a skilled and accomplished field collector, having collected extensively in Ontario, as well as in almost all Canadian provinces and across the United States. Having travelled the world acquiring minerals in many countries, he has also attended many mineral shows – in particular, he has attended the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium for almost 30 years. Steve has a long record of mineral community involvement and contribution, having been with the Walker Mineralogical Club in Toronto since 1985 (and a member of the executive for many of the years since then) – he has also been a member of the Scarborough Gem and Mineral Club, the Kawartha Rock and Fossil Club and the Canadian Micro Mineral Association. As you might expect, given his mineral collecting career, Steve is incredibly knowledgeable about minerals and many mineral-related subjects. He has always been kind and generous with his knowledge. Steve has enjoyed assisting in the activities of a great organization, the Young Toronto Mineralogists Club, including talks, using binocular microscopes, and field trips. It is my pleasure to be able to share his collection with you.

Anglesite, Galena, Touissit, Touissit - Bou Beker District, Jerada, Oriental, Morocco

Anglesite, Touissit, Touissit – Bou Beker District, Jerada, Oriental, Morocco – 1.8 cm crystal

Arsenopyrite, Muscovite, Yaoganxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

Arsenopyrite on Muscovite, Yaoganxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China – 4.2 cm

Bastnäsite - (Ce), Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dneri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

 Bastnäsite – (Ce), Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dneri, Peshawar,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan – 2.0 cm

Benitoite, Neptunite, California Gem Mine, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria Mining District, San Benito Co., California, USA

Benitoite, Neptunite, California Gem Mine, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria Mining District,
San Benito Co., California, USA – 6.6 cm

Brookite, Magnet Cove, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas, USA

Brookite, Magnet Cove, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas, USA

Calcite, Celadonite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Calcite with Celadonite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – 11.3 cm

Calcite, Celadonite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Same specimen as above, under UV light

Calcite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Calcite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – 9.7 cm

Calcite, Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

 Same specimen as above, under UV light

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 7.3 cm

Calcite, Hematite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Calcite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico – 11.2 cm
Illuminated by UV light

Cassiterite, Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia

Cassiterite, Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia
Field of view 3.0 cm

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., PolandCelestine on Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland – 8.1 cm

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland

Same specimen as above, under UV light

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., PolandSame specimen as above, exhibiting phosphorescence after UV illumination

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland
Field of view 3.5 cm

Celestine, Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland Celestine on Sulphur, Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg City Co., Poland
Field of view 3.0 cm

Cerussite, Barite, Les Dalles Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Morocco

Cerussite on Barite, Les Dalles Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Morocco – 7.1 cm

Corundum var. Sapphire, Ratnapura, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri LankaCorundum var. Sapphire, Ratnapura, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka – 4.2 cm

Cuprite, Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, Democratic Republic of the Congo Cuprite on Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba,
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan – 4.8 cm

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan

Dioptase, Altyn-Tyube Deposit, Kirghiz Steppes, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan – 2.7 cm

Elbaite Tourmaline, Chiar Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Elbaite, Chiar Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil – 3.8 cm

Epidote, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan Mining District, Alaska, USA

Epidote (twinned), Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan Mining District, Alaska, USA – 4.2 cm

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

Ettringite, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa – 4.3 cm

Fluorite, Sphalerite, Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

Fluorite on sphalerite, Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

Fluorite, Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Fluorite, Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China – 10.5 cm

Fluorite, Xianghualing Mine, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Same specimen as above, under UV light

Gypsum var. selenite with halite, Salinas de Otuma, Paracas, Pisco, Ica Dept., Peru

Gypsum var. selenite with halite, Salinas de Otuma, Paracas, Pisco, Ica Dept., Peru – 5.0 cm

Gypsum var. selenite with halite, Salinas de Otuma, Paracas, Pisco, Ica Dept., Peru

Gypsum var. Selenite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico – 8.1 cm

Gypsum var. Selenite, Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico

Gypsum var. Selenite, Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico – 11.1 cm

Hemimorphite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Hemimorphite, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Malachite, Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Malachite on Chrysocolla, Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi Mining District, Lualaba,
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pyrite, Canutillos Mine, Machamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia

Pyrite, Canutillos Mine, Machamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia

Pyromorphite, Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guanxi Zhuang A.R., China

Pyromorphite, Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guanxi Zhuang A.R., China – 3.3 cm

Pyrrhotite, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Pyrrhotite, Dal’negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia – 5.7 cm

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA – 7.7 cm

Sphalerite, Dashkesan Deposit, Maly Caucasus, Koshkarchai Valley, Azerbaijan

Sphalerite, Dashkesan Deposit, Maly Caucasus, Koshkarchai Valley, Azerbaijan – 6.3 cm

Vanadinite, Taouz, Errachidia Province, Morocco

Vanadinite, Taouz, Errachidia Province, Morocco

Vivianite, Tomokoni Mine, Canutillos Subdistrict, Machacamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia

Vivianite, Tomokoni Mine, Canutillos Subdistrict, Machacamarcha District, Potosí, Bolivia – 4.3 cm

Zircon, Astor Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Zircon, Astor Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan – 4.3 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.05.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve posted the third in a series of updates with superb specimens from John S. White’s collection (click here). This update includes some interesting specimens of quartz, one to the areas in which John has specialized.

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) .

Quartz, Jinkouhe District, Leshan, Sichuan, ChinaQuartz, Jinkouhe District, Leshan, Sichuan, China – 7.8 cm

Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi – 4.4 cm

Quartz, Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Quartz, Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil – 8.4 cm

Quartz, Japan Law Twin, Pampa Blanca District, Huancavelica Dept., Peru

Quartz, Japan Law Twin, Pampa Blanca District, Huancavelica Dept., Peru – 5.0 cm

Quartz PS Apophyllite, Summer Storm Claim, Custer Co., Idaho, USA

Quartz pseudomorph after Apophyllite, Summer Storm Claim, Custer Co., Idaho, USA

Quartz PS Apophyllite, Summer Storm Claim, Custer Co., Idaho, USA

Quartz epimorph after Apophyllite, Summer Storm Claim, Custer Co., Idaho, USA

Quartz epimorph after Calcite, Dayu Co., Jiangxi, China

Quartz epimorph after Calcite, Dayu Co., Jiangxi, China

Quartz, Clinochlore inclusions, Tipling Mine, Ganesh Himal, Dhading District, Province No. 3, Nepal

Quartz, Clinochlore inclusions, Tipling Mine, Ganesh Himal, Dhading District, Province No. 3, Nepal – 4.6 cm

Quartz, Dolomite Inclusions, Fisher Mountain, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, USA

Quartz, Dolomite Inclusions, Fisher Mountain, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, USA – 9.1 cm

Quartz, Phantom, Hog Jaw Mine, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, USA

Quartz with phantom, Hog Jaw Mine, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, USA – 3.6 cm

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, McTavish Twp., Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, McTavish Twp., Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada – 7.1 cm

200088(1)(6.5)

Quartz var. Amethyst, Piedra Parada, Mun. de Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico – 6.5 cm

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Jacksons Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Jacksons Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA – 5.8 cm

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Quartz, var. Amethyst, Cristobalite inclusion, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Quartz, var. Amethyst, Cristobalite inclusion, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – 5.6 cm

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 02.27.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve added some super new specimens in this Elmwood Update (click here). This update features beautiful high-quality twinned calcite crystals, and also a great fluorite.

First opened in the 1970s, the Elmwood Mine (the Elmwood-Gordonsville-Cumberland mining complex) has produced some of the world’s finest calcite crystals, many of which are twinned. Over the years, the miners referred to the large orange Elmwood calcite crystals as “footballs”, and they referred to the clear gemmy calcites in this update as “jewels”. These are from a pocket found a few years ago. Most specimens were damaged and these are exceptional – the handful of top-quality specimens in this update are the result of a quest through many flats.

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 7.3 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 8.3 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 7.0 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 10.2 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 10.1 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 9.8 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 6.5 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 5.9 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 5.4 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, US

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 5.2 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US - 5.4 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 5.2 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US - 5.4 cm

Calcite (Twinned), Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 5.5 cm

Fluorite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co.,  Tennessee, US

Fluorite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US – 6.2 cm

Fluorite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co.,  Tennessee, US

Fluorite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, US

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.12.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

Great new specimens from the United States feature in this US Update (click here). Wulfenites from the Red Cloud Mine, a Kelly Mine smithsonite, a Colorado amazonite, excellent ramsdellite specimens, a beautiful specimen hosting covellite crystals, and more.

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US

 Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US – crystal 1.0 cm

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico, US

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico, US – 10.6 cm

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

Microcline, var. Amazonite, Smoky Quartz, Smoky Hawk Claim
Crystal Peak Area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA – 5.5 cm

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US – 4.7 cm

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US – 3.1 cm

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US
Field of view 1.5 cm

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, US
Crystal 0.6 cm

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountatins, La Paz Co., Arizona, US

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountatins, La Paz Co., Arizona, US
Field of view 2.5 cm

Quartz on Chrysocolla, Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, US

Quartz on Chrysocolla, Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, US – 4.0 cm

Covellite, Summitville Mine, Summitville District, Rio Grande Co., Colorado, US

Covellite, Summitville Mine, Summitville District, Rio Grande Co., Colorado, US
Rosettes 0.7 cm

Ramsdellite, Mistake Mine, Sam Powell Peak, Yavapai Co., Arizona, US

Ramsdellite, Mistake Mine, Sam Powell Peak, Yavapai Co., Arizona, US

Hubnerite, Little Dora Mine, Silverton, Colorado, US

Hubnerite, Little Dora Mine, Silverton, Colorado, US
Field of view 3.3 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.02.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added some beautiful, gemmy, twinned calcite crystals in this Elmwood Calcite Update (click here).

First opened in the 1970s, the Elmwood Mine (the Elmwood-Gordonsville-Cumberland mining complex) has produced some of the world’s finest calcite crystals, many of which are twinned. Over the years, the miners referred to the large orange Elmwood calcite crystals as “footballs”, and they referred to the clear gemmy calcites in this update as “jewels”. These are from a pocket found in late 2014. Most specimens were damaged and these are exceptional – the handful of high-quality specimens in this update are the result of a quest through
about 50 flats of specimens.

Highly dependent upon global metal prices and given the low price of zinc, the Elmwood Mine was unfortunately closed in December, 2015. Metal price fluctuations are cyclical and this is not the first time this has happened – the Elmwood Mine has closed and reopened under new ownership in the past. For now, the mine has been placed on care and maintenance with an uncertain future ahead. Hopefully at some point in the future it may be profitable for someone to reopen it.

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 8.4 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 6.2 cm crystal

 Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 5.8 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 5.7 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 7.0 cm

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Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 5.3 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 5.4 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 5.3 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 5.6 cm

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Calcite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA – 4.9 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.17.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve added a new USA Update (click here) with excellent specimens from various localities, most of which were collected between 25 and 50 years ago. Some of the specimens are from the collection of Robert Bartsch.

Rhodochrosite, American Tunnel  Mine , Silverton, Colorado, USARhodochrosite, American Tunnel Mine, Silverton, San Juan Co., Colorado – 12.5 cm
From the collection of Robert Bartsch

Microcline var. Amazonite with Smoky Quartz, Jack Rabbit Mine, Crystal Creek nr Crystal Peak, Lake George District, Teller Co., Colorado, USA.

Microcline var. Amazonite with Smoky Quartz, Jack Rabbit Mine, Crystal Creek near Crystal Peak,
Lake George District, Teller Co., Colorado – 5.7 cm
From the collection of Robert Bartsch

Microcline var. Amazonite with Smoky Quartz, Jack Rabbit Mine, Crystal Creek nr Crystal Peak, Lake George District, Teller Co., Colorado, USA.

Microcline var. Amazonite with Smoky Quartz, Jack Rabbit Mine, Crystal Creek near Crystal Peak,
Lake George District, Teller Co., Colorado – 4.8 cm
From the collection of Robert Bartsch

Mona Mine, Specimen Rock Area, nr Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado, USA

Microcline var. Amazonite, Mona Mine, Specimen Rock Area, near Colorado Springs,
El Paso Co., Colorado – 4.1 cm

Fluorapatite, King Lithia Mine, Greyhound Gulch, Keystone District, Pennington Co., South Dakota

Fluorapatite, King Lithia Mine, Greyhound Gulch, Keystone District, Pennington Co., South Dakota
Field of view approx. 3.5 cm
From the collection of Robert Bartsch

Fluorapatite, King Lithia Mine, Greyhound Gulch, Keystone District, Pennington Co., South DakotaFluorapatite, King Lithia Mine, Greyhound Gulch, Keystone District, Pennington Co., South Dakota
Crystal 1.1 cm
From the collection of Robert Bartsch

Millerite, Platte River, MissouriMillerite, Platte River, Missouri – crystal group 1.5 cm

Chrysocolla, Quartz, Planet Mine, Planet, Buckskin Mtns., La Paz Co., Arizona, USAChrysocolla, Quartz, Planet Mine, Planet, Buckskin Mtns., La Paz Co., Arizona
Field of view approx. 6 cm

Chrysocolla and malachite, Morenci Mine, Greenlee Co., ArizonaChrysocolla and malachite, Morenci Mine, Greenlee Co., Arizona – 4.9 cm

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

Fluorite, Cave-in-Rock District, Hardin Co., Illinois
Field of view approx. 5 cm

Goethite, Goethite Hill, Lake George District, Park Co., Colorado, USAGoethite, Goethite Hill, Lake George District, Park Co., Colorado – 6.1 cm

Barite, Pack Rat Mine, Pryor Mtns, Carbon Co., Montana, USA

Barite, Pack Rat Mine, Pryor Mtns, Carbon Co., Montana
Field of view approx. 4.5 cm

Quartz, variety Herkimer Diamond, Crystal Grove, Lassellsville, Town of Ephrata, Fulton Co., New York, USA

Quartz, var. Herkimer Diamond, Crystal Grove, Lassellsville, Town of Ephrata, Fulton Co., New York
Crystal 1.2 cm