New August New Finds Update 03 August 2021

3 August 2021

THIS week it’s all about new finds, be these new in our Somerset showroom or new to the internet from the showroom. Whatever the case, all specimens this week have never before appeared on the web so you have 21 brand new specimens both today and Friday. New specimens require no prior introduction, so let’s get started without further comment!

Where to begin? Well, casting my eye over today’s picks I notice a lovely selection of USA classics. Listing these will conjure many famous mine scenes together with the perpetual thrill of the classic minerals for which they have become legendary.

Spangolite with Brochantite from Mex-Tex mine, New Mexico; Cyanotrichite with Brochantite from the Grandview mine, Arizona; acicular Cuprite (Chalcotrichite) on Native Copper from Ray mine, again in Arizona; a splendid miniature Vivianite from Blackbird mine, Idaho and my favourite, a pair of beautifully developed, sharp Willemite crystals from Sterling mine at Ogdensburg in New Jersey. Willemite forming such good crystals from the Franklin Mining District is a delight and, as would be expected, fluoresce lime green against bright orange-red fluorescing Calcite matrix and non-fluorescent Franklinite crystals.

Another good, yet perhaps not so well-known locality is the Bull Run quarry in Virginia, from which we have a superbly crystalised Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) with face edges up to 4 cm.

Moving north, we have a terrific thumbnail Grossular Garnet (variety Hessonite) from Jefferey mine at Asbestos in Canada and then southwards to Mexico where many fine morsels break surface! Two classics from the iconic Ojuela mine at Mapimi in Mexico are Adamite and Austinite. If you’re unsure which of the many famous Mexican mines Ojuela is, then picture the famous narrow suspension bridge which gave access to the mine entrance. It appears perilously high above the canyon below! The Adamite forms light peppermint green spherical clusters averaging 1 cm diameter, richly lining an open vug in a rusty dark chocolate brown gossan matrix. The Austinite forms splendid lemony-grey to buff spherical clusters, yet when viewed close to appear more olive green-yellow. These average 1 cm across and cover a rusty-chocolate brown limonitic matrix.

Also from Mexico, see the three quite different Wulfenites from La Morita mine in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, two of which are with Mimetite. This mine works a hydrothermal Baryte vein and since about 2019 has produced some fabulous specimens of Wulfenite. One beautiful thumbnail displays strong lemon yellow tabular Wulfenite crystals, yet with a diminished intensity on the prism faces due to their high level of transparency. A thing of beauty!

Lastly from Mexico, we have a charming ex-matrix, inky blue cubic crystal of Boleite from the Amelia mine at Santa Rosalía.

A country we seldom see in our updates is Iceland. Teigarhorn is one of its most famous zeolite localities and one where collecting has been banned since 1976 as the sea cliffs are protected as a Natural Monument. Our magnificent cabinet specimen has magnificent pinkish to snow white Heulandite crystals lining a large vug in a greenish-grey basaltic matrix.

Although double terminated Aragonite from Minglanilla in Castile-La Mancha, Spain is commonly considered a beginner’s favourite, this specimen is an outstanding example grading from light translucent grey terminations at both ends to a deep lilac central prism.

Well crystallised specimens of Cassiterite were, and are, not common from the mining complex at Panasqueira at Covilhã in central Portugal, so this wonderful specimen bucks the trend. Beautiful metallic black equant crystals of between 5 to 8 mm densely cover the upper domed surface of a pale olive green Muscovite-rich matrix. The Cassiterite has a brilliant lustre and is a superb specimen worthy of any fine Panasqueira suite.

Let’s end our tour with two great Rhodochrosites, one with Gypsum from the N'Chwaning Mines in South Africa and a lovely miniature from Uchucchacua mine in Oyon Province, Peru. The latter displays quite gemmy pink Rhodochrosite crystals composed of slightly stepped rhombic crystals richly covering a micro-botryoidal and granular jet black Goethite matrix.

Today’s is a colourful selection from a wide range of world-wide localities, many famous and some enigmatically obscure given their quality of specimens. In terms of species and locations, many tastes are catered for, so enjoy all these minerals new to the market and perhaps one or two are destined for your own ever evolving collection. PT

                                         

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Crystal Classics, and our sister company UK Mining Ventures, will be in attendance at the following shows for the remainder of 2021:

AUGUST 13-15
East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show 2021
Better Living Center, Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089, USA

SEPTEMBER 10-18
Colorado Mineral and Fossil Fall Show 2021
Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 15500 E 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239, USA

SEPTEMBER 16-19
Hardrock Summit 2021 - Evolution
Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

OCTOBER 9-10
The Bakewell Rock Exchange 2021
Lady Manners School, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1JA, UK

OCTOBER 22-24
The Munich Show 2021
Exhibition Center Messe München, WEST Entrance, Munich, Germany

NOVEMBER 20
The Sussex Mineral & Fossil Show 2021
Haywards Heath College, Harlands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1LT, UK

NOVEMBER 27
Crystal Classics Winter Open Day 2021
No.1, The Old Coach Yard, East Coker, Somerset BA22 9HY, UK

 

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