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Registered member since 3rd Mar 2009

Bill Dameron has uploaded:
625 Mineral Photos
2 Locality Photos
I was an intense collector in my youth until my interest in the opposite gender began to interfere, about 1958. That collection went to Emory University, Atlanta when I went off to Georgia Tech a few years later. I began again collecting again after 34 years, in the early 1990s, then more seriously when I retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1995. I have been active in Friends of Mineralogy on both the national level and in its quite vigorous Pacific NW Chapter, and am a board member of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. My wife is an active partner in collecting. We have been invited exhibitors at Tucson for many years, and dabble in field collecting in Colorado and occasionally elsewhere. We seek aesthetics, lack of damage and mineralogical interest in specimens from miniature to small cabinet sizes. We are interested in all species but increasingly are focussed on our specialities.
The barite suite is large (over 500 specimens), from many localities. I try to be very careful with localities, and run a non-commercial barite reference site for collectors and dealers, I contributed to the Best of Species Message Board, notably baryte, as it is quaintly called, but have not had time in lately. Perhaps in the future.
Our other extensive suite is smithsonite (many featured in the extraLapis English smithsonite issue), closely followed by amethyst, sphalerite, azurite, prehnite and the minerals of Mali.
Classical music is the center of our retirement interest, from opera to chamber music. I am active in/on the board of a major American chamber music festival, Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and also on the board of a community orchestra. I played oboe for 30 years and switched to bassoon a few years ago. I currently play bassoon in two community orchestras.


Favourite Photos

10U-1H4Baryte : BaSO4

Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Scott Co., Iowa, USA

Pristine,transparent prismatic crystal in perfect condition, 8x2.75 cm, with small matrix at bottom, sides & back. Very pale gold color. I have seen hundreds of these and own eleven (with great variety). This is among very good ones, at 8 cm.
Copyright: © Bill Dameron      Photo ID: 562881     Uploaded by: Bill Dameron   View Count: 227   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4012 x 2675 pixels (10.7 Mpix)

WXP-FVDSphalerite : ZnS, Quartz : SiO2

Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

Dimensions: 8.5 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 4 cm

Very nice 4 cm complex crystal, perfect condition. Nice deep yellow, good translucense. Sits on matrix and quartz crystals, nearly clear, to 3 cm each. Certinly genuine. Micro deep olive green crystals of unknown species, reportedly possible new species. 8.5x5x4 cm overall.
Copyright: © Bill Dameron      Photo ID: 561177     Uploaded by: Bill Dameron   View Count: 283   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4134 x 2756 pixels (11.4 Mpix)

6XJ-DHXBaryte : BaSO4

Meikle Mine, Bootstrap District, Elko Co., Nevada, USA

Dimensions: 6 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 4 cm

Gemmy, clear, lustrous tabular xls to 4x4 cm in group. One of the best of the very first ones to hit the market (Denver 1997), although not the largest. 5x6 cm overall. Later they had better, more intense color. This specimen pictured in Mineralogical Record 29/2 and Rocks & Minerals 74/6.
Copyright: © Bill Dameron      Photo ID: 482261     Uploaded by: Bill Dameron   View Count: 384   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3905 x 2603 pixels (10.2 Mpix)

CYC-UL1Baryte : BaSO4

Clara Mine, Rankach valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Three large excellent, zoned, pointed chisel crystals to 6 cm, with clear rims, pale yellow band then dark ochre in center. Also some smaller crystals. 5.5 cm x 7 cm overall. Photo of the Day - 29th May 2010
Copyright: © Bill Dameron      Photo ID: 293961     Uploaded by: Bill Dameron   View Count: 1817   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2765 x 1843 pixels (5.1 Mpix)

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