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Jolyon & Katya Ralph March 16, 2009 10:54AM
I agree - alphabetical locality order the way you are doing it currently is the best option.

Ronald J. Pellar March 07, 2012 09:20PM

Here is one that you might want to add to the best of species.

Rock Currier March 08, 2012 12:49PM
Thanks for the suggestion. It certainly is good enough to go into the best minerals article. This articles needed a rework and a little TLC which I gave it and you picture is now there.


Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Aksel Österlöf March 09, 2012 01:20PM
Dear Rock,

About the occurence of Alabandite in Garpenberg Norra;
The associated minerals together with the alabandite crystals on calcite crystals are pyrrhotite, asphaltum, pyrite(?), and cubanite but NOT rambergite. As far as I know- most of this material came from deep levels~800 m (my own selfcollected are from 790).

Rambergite occurs in small cavities together with fluorite, apofyllite, calcite, barite, sphalerite, galena, samsonite, pyrargyrite, pyrrhotite and small amounts of freibergite. ( transl from summary descr: The 2 Rambergite crystals I have occur in a diopside-rhodo skarn.

The phrase "and the management put some of the material out on the dump for collectors to collect" is somewhat imprecise. The dumps was created as an intermediate storage for the mine, not intended for collectors but the management did allow collecting if one asked for permission.

Best regards

Rock Currier March 10, 2012 12:52PM
Thanks for you comments. I have added them to the Alabandite article.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Ferdinando Giovine March 10, 2012 05:06PM
Alabandite twinned with spinel law.
3 samples from Uchucchacua Mine, Peru (in my twinned crystals collection)
open | download - Alabandite geminata a spinello, UCHUCHACQUA MINE.jpg (129.3 KB)
open | download - alabandite geminata con rodrocrosite, UCHUCHAQUA MINE.jpg (47.2 KB)
open | download - Alabandite xx geminati a spinello, Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru.jpg (38.5 KB)
Rock Currier March 11, 2012 06:18AM
Fernando, some of them might make it into best minerals, but they would first have to be uploaded to our mineral gallery.


Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Rob Woodside May 27, 2012 11:12PM
The small black xls on the lead Alabandite photo are manganoquadratite

There's a good story about this specimen. I'll try to get permission to tell it
Rock Currier May 28, 2012 06:57AM
Which specimen are you talking about? The one that heads the article?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Ferdinando Giovine May 28, 2012 08:04AM
I have add the 3 samples in my page
Rob Woodside May 28, 2012 06:38PM
Rock, That's the one.
Jeff Krueger January 13, 2014 09:59PM
Hi Rock,

People are touting the new Alabandites from Merelani Hills (Mererani), Lelatema Mts, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania as being potentially world class. see

And allow me the opportunity to profoundly thank you for all the work you do in the "Best of" Dungeon. It is an indispensible resource that I refer to weekly.

Rock Currier January 13, 2014 10:40PM
Thanks for the kind words. That alabandite is worthy of inclusion in the article and Ill put it there. Did you take the picture? If I may suggest, next time stop your camera down to F22 or 35 if you can. That way more of the image will be in focus. Also you might try taking the picture on a lighter background so that the mineral outline will stand out a little more. You can also often do this in photoshop if you fiddle around with it.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Reiner Mielke October 04, 2014 06:40PM
You might want to add this to your gallery. It isn't much but it is likely the best found in Canada.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/04/2014 06:44PM by Reiner Mielke.
Anonymous User November 28, 2014 02:24AM
This alabandite is from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. It is 4" across.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2014 07:00AM by Olav Revheim.
open | download - 039.JPG (146.6 KB)
Rock Currier November 28, 2014 09:52AM
Nice but somewhat over exposed. These used to be great till they found the well crystallized new ones in Peru and Tanzania.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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