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Rowan Lytle has uploaded:
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I am a CT mineral collector, but have collected in other New England states as well as the mid atlantic and midwest states. My collection includes a large amount of beryl and other pegmatite minerals. My specialty is tourmaline, and I have collected some very nice Elbaites from Maine. I am a field collector by trade, and have experience in many collecting situations from opening intact pegmatite pockets to searching for geodes on Kentucky sand bars.

Growing up in southwestern PA, I learned how to dig in the soft mud and clay, and that carried on into my current obsession. I collected fossils every once in a while. When I moved to CT, I was finally able to find the minerals I am currently working with today, the great pegmatite minerals! I am also currently engaged in finding new localities, as well as documenting those that have been lost. I have documented multiple new and under-explored localities, as well as well as making interesting finds at frequented places. Some of my other hobbies are fishing, hiking, and camping.

For any help anyone wants involving Connecticut localities or minerals, feel free to contact me via private message on mindat.

 

Favourite Photos

Pit 1 02

Hewitt Gem Quarry, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Southeastward view of Pit 1 with the shack in the background, Herb Hewitt drilling. November 1964. Photo courtesy Anthony Albini, photographer unknown.
Photo ID: 534631     Uploaded by: Harold Moritz   View Count: 494   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1567 x 1077 pixels (1.7 Mpix)

5JY-J8TFluorapatite : Ca2Ca3(PO4)3F

Jail Hill Road locality, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Close-up of a complexly terminated fluorapatite crystal, FOV is 1.6 mm. Richard Schooner collected a specimen showing a few "tiny colorless" crystals described as "short-prismatic, with compound terminations" in a vug with spessartine crystals. Gunnar Bjareby identified them as phenakite. Anthony Albini now possesses what appears to be this specimen. The crystal, shown here, visually resembles fluorapatite as described by Seaman and Gallant (1960), has the hardness of fluorapatite and fluoresces yellow-white.
Copyright: © 2013 Harold Moritz      Photo ID: 529100     Uploaded by: Harold Moritz   View Count: 229   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1000 x 818 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

T16-TJRCinnabar : HgS, Quartz : SiO2

Multiple photos available
Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China

A well formed transparent crystal of cinnabar included in quartz. Specimen is aobut 6cm tall. This may be the best specimen of cinnabar in quartz. The crystal is doubly terminated but some of the faces have been polished to show the cinnabar crystal to best advantage. When not strongly back lit as in this picture, the cinnabar crystal does not look nearly so red and transparent.
Copyright: © Stoller      Photo ID: 508440     Uploaded by: Rock Currier   View Count: 934   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3248 x 5536 pixels (18.0 Mpix)

97V-D2YQuartz (Var: Amethyst) : SiO2

Multiple photos available
Route 11 road cuts, Salem, New London Co., Connecticut, USA

Dimensions: 1.3 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.5 cm

Amethyst crystal in matrix collected by Daniel Kimball, during the fall of 2012, from the top of a vertical quartz vein. Crystal measures approximately 1.3cm x 1.7cm x 1.5cm.
Copyright: © Matthew Kimball      Photo ID: 507236     Uploaded by: Matthew Kimball   View Count: 834   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4608 x 3456 pixels (15.9 Mpix)

4RX-V3NBeryl (Var: Heliodor) : Be3Al2(Si6O18)

Slocum Prospect, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Water clear pocket heliodor crystal, 4.2 cm long. Collected by Miss Sally Davis, former president of the New Haven Mineral Club. Former Leslie Sweetman specimen. Anthony J. Albini collection (#7868). Harold Moritz photo.
Copyright: © 2012 Anthony Albini      Photo ID: 479460     Uploaded by: Tony Albini   View Count: 379   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 667 x 1000 pixels (0.7 Mpix)

E45-2VNBeryl (Var: Aquamarine) : Be3Al2Si6O18

Case Quarries, Portland, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Dimensions: 5 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.2 cm

Very rare pocket aquamarine, 5 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm. Collected in the 1970s by a Bristol, CT collector. Anthony J. Albini collection, (#3018). Harold Moritz photo.
Copyright: © 2012 Anthony Albini      Photo ID: 475478     Uploaded by: Tony Albini   View Count: 527   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 500 x 750 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

YMR-UFAElbaite : Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

Schoonmaker Mine, Strickland pegmatite, Collins Hill, Portland, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Dimensions: 4 cm x 1.2 cm x 0.8 cm

Gem, terminated elbaite crystal, 4 x 1.2 x 0.8 cm. Anthony J. Albini collection, (# 2043). This site was also known as the Judge Cramer quarry on old labels. Harold Moritz photo.
Copyright: © Albini      Photo ID: 475357     Uploaded by: Tony Albini   View Count: 359   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1000 x 1999 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

MHF-WP4Elbaite : Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

Multiple photos available
Strickland Quarry, Strickland pegmatite, Collins Hill, Portland, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Dimensions: 4.5 cm x 3.7 cm x 1.5 cm

Two sections of an elbaite crystal, larger piece formerly in the Richard Schooner collection. Per Richard Schooner, collected by F. E. Strickland, 1935. Two pieces long separated, but now re-united in the Anthony J. Albini collection. Larger section measures 4.5 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm (# 7899). Smaller section was in the Bruce Jarnot collection and measures 3.2 x 3 x 1.5 cm (# 7900). Small pieces from the center of the specimen were cut by Bruce Jarnot into five beautiful gemstones, four of which are in the Anthony J. Albini collection. Harold Moritz photo.
Copyright: © 2012 Anthony Albini      Photo ID: 475349     Uploaded by: Tony Albini   View Count: 327   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1000 x 583 pixels (0.6 Mpix)

VN1-NCGTantalite-(Mn) : MnTa2O6

Multiple photos available
Strickland Quarry, Strickland pegmatite, Collins Hill, Portland, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Dimensions: 6 cm x 4 cm x 2 cm

Iridescent tantalite-(Mn) crystals in quartz, specimen in 6 x 4 x 2 cm. Collected by Richard Schooner. Anthony J. Albini collection, (# 2004). Harold Moritz photo.
Copyright: © 2012 Anthony Albini      Photo ID: 475340     Uploaded by: Tony Albini   View Count: 304   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1000 x 667 pixels (0.7 Mpix)

DQ4-DCQTourmaline : A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

Gillette Quarry, Haddam Neck, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Tourmalines from the Gillette Quarry. They are resting on the top of a white flat lid that is about 27cm across which makes the longest tourmaline ~18cm long.
Copyright: © Zigras      Photo ID: 469793     Uploaded by: Rock Currier   View Count: 712   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3264 x 1840 pixels (6.0 Mpix)
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