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Oxford Mineral Show, May 2008

Last Updated: 19th May 2008

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

A mini-report on the Oxford Mineral Show.

Here is Mike Brook from Broadstone Minerals at his table:

Mike Brooke, Broadstone Minerals


Amongst the nice pieces Mike had to offer was this very pretty Pyrolusite from Morocco. Not a rare mineral by a long shot, but this specimen was nice.

Pyrolusite from Mid-Atlas, Morocco


Moving along, I met again with Simon Hildred who had another Moroccan specimen of note - this time a very pretty Acanthite specimen, for once with decent lustre AND a core of deep red Proustite!

Acanthite from Imiter, Morocco


... and the Proustite core


Greenside minerals had this nice (well, I think it's nice, but many of you might think it's ugly) Cerussite from the Pentire Glaze mine in Cornwall:

Cerussite from Pentire Glaze mine, Cornwall


Geopolis, who came all the way to Oxford from France, had a great selection of minerals, but my favourite (and the cheapest!) were their Marcasite groups from Cap Blanc-Nez, near Calais. I bought a couple of them:

Marcasite in Chalk from Cap Blanc-Nez, France


Marcasite from Cap Blanc-Nez, France



Finally, Peter Briscoe (rock-site.co.uk) was selling a selection of the new find of Cornish Aragonite from Port Quin, which was described recently in the UK Journal of Mines and Minerals. Some specimens also contain Todorokite.

Large cabinet group of Aragonite from Port Quin


A smaller, but beautiful group of Aragonite crystals


This 6cm specimen of Aragonite came home with me!


That's all from Oxford for this time. The next Oxford Show is on Sunday July 6th this year - I won't be at that one, but I'll try to report back from the next Oxford Show after that.




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Comments

I thought the pyrolusite was spectacular! Thanks Jolyon, always a treat to see your show reports. Gail

Gail Spann
2nd Jun 2008 5:01pm
WOW, really nice specimens!

Steffan Giadach Axt
29th Jul 2008 7:10pm

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