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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 08.02.2020 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted a small group of specimens in this new Pakistan Epidote Update. These are fans of sharp, lustrous epidote crystals, some of which are associated with quartz crystals.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.19.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted the second in a series of updates with superb specimens from John White’s collection.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.24.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added super new specimens in this latest US Update, including a great Vesper Peak grossular, a top quality rutile from Graves Mountain, a Bisbee malachite after azurite, new lightly-amethystine quartz from North Carolina, and Colorado amazonites with excellent colour.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 01.03.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted some excellent new specimens in this Tinejdad Red Quartz Update. The quartz crystals from the Tinejdad area in Er Rachidia Province, Morocco, contain red colouring, red zones, or distinct red phantoms, due to included iron.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.18.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

As you may have seen in my Tucson blog post, a recent find at Orange River, South Africa has produced some beautiful quartz crystals with exquisite sharp red phantoms. I’ve posted them in this Red Phantom Quartz Update.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.27.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

The new Brazil Update on the website features a mix of excellent specimens from Brazil, including spessartine, rutile, struverite-ilmenorutile, alexandrite, montebrasite, brazilianite, kunzite and more.

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 06.07.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

Excellent new specimens from Mont Saint-Hilaire. The specimens in this update are from finds 1988-2007. This selection of specimens represents several different unique finds, including beautiful serandites, terminated elpidite crystals, twinned rhodochrosite, sodalite var. hackmanite, narsarsukite, leucophanite, analcime and more.