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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.12.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium is one of the best mineral events of the year. Here’s my report from RMS 2019, with lots of great mineral photos.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 11.14.2018 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted a small number of specimens in this Morocco Update. From a recent find at Mibladen, there are vibrant orange wulfenite crystals – the colour of these crystals is intense. I have also posted top quality blue barites from Jebel Ouichane – these are from about four years ago (this locality is no longer producing).

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.13.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium is one of the best annual events in Mineral World. This post about RMS 2017 includes lots of great mineral photographs, with many from prominent mineral photographers Jeff Scovil and Michael Bainbridge. And hopefully, if you missed this year’s RMS, this will help you catch up – and plan for next year…

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.02.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added some great new French specimens in this France Update. Several are recently-collected from the Mésage Mine, Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Isère, France, along with a bournonite from Saint-Laurent-le-Minier and a gem-clear calcite from Pau, Aquitane.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.02.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

Every summer, for a few days, the quiet town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines transforms into a bustling mineral and gem extravaganza. This is the most beautiful major mineral show setting, and attending is a great experience. This year’s show included some excellent minerals, including some great new finds.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.25.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added a new Morocco Update featuring a small number of excellent quality blue barite specimens from the Sidi Lahcen Mine, from beautiful cabinet specimens to super miniatures. These specimens are from a 2013 find of amazing top-quality crystals and crystal groups.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.17.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added a new USA Update, with excellent specimens of microcline var. amazonite and a rhodochrosite from Colorado, purple fluorapatites from South Dakota, a Missouri millerite, Arizona chrysocolla and more.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 07.11.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

In this France Update, I am including the first of the specimens from the 2015 Ste. Marie Show. Despite the host country, the show is truly not full of French mineral specimens, given their relative scarcity, and the ones that are there are highly prized. Nonetheless, I was able to acquire a few excellent French pieces.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 07.08.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The annual mineral show at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines is so different from all others. Sure, we all love the large exciting mineral-filled halls and general mineral mayhem of the large shows, and the hotel shows in Tucson and Denver. But Ste Marie’s character and charm, from the theatre and the tent-lined streets within the show, to the town and the countryside beyond, make this an experience not to be missed.