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Iran Update – April 2015
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.29.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

This Iran Update (click here) includes beautiful top-quality hemimorphite groups in pale hues of blue, subtly ranging from an ice-blue to a hue a bit closer to the warmer hue of seawater. Also in this update is a striking wulfenite with a coating of calcite crystals, and several specimens of vibrant orange mimetite.
Although Iran has long been known to be a source of spectacular mineral specimens, it has never been easy to procure them. A window opened for a while, and these specimens came out in 2012, from contemporary finds at that time. (They made their debut in Ste Marie in 2013.) Sanctions in various jurisdictions around the world since then have restricted specimen buying in many places, but hopefully this will change so that we’ll be able to see more interesting things from Iran again.
Hemimorphite, Qaleh-Zari Mine, South Khorasan Province, Iran

 Hemimorphite, Qaleh-Zari Mine, South Khorasan Province, Iran Р8.1 cm

Hemimorphite, Qaleh-Zari Mine, South Khorasan Province, Iran

Hemimorphite, Qaleh-Zari Mine, South Khorasan Province, Iran – 11.0 cm

Hemimorphite, Qaleh-Zari Mine, South Khorasan Province, Iran

Hemimorphite, Qaleh-Zari Mine, South Khorasan Province, Iran – 9.6 cm

Wulfenite, coated with Calcite Crystals, Ahmad Ahad, Yazd Province, Iran

Wulfenite, coated with Calcite Crystals, Ahmad Ahad, Yazd Province, Iran – 7.7 cm

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran – 7.1 cm

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran – field of view 3.0 cm

Mimetite, Barite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran

Mimetite, Barite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran – 8.0 cm

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran – 4.6 cm

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran – 5.1 cm

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran – field of view 1.4 cm

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran

Mimetite, Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran – 2.8 cm


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