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Posted by David Von Bargen  
Francis X Dzubeck July 24, 2009 08:35PM

I have been watching your creation with a great deal of interest. But after seeing some of the comments it is obvious that some of the same mistakes made in the core of Mindat with Photos is being made again in the "Best of Sections." Since this is the Internet it is simple to like to folders by type within locality. An example of this would be Kongsberg. There are about 15 basic forms of Silver from the mines in Kongsberg. I do not mean associations. Example: Massive wires from the Kongens Mine such as that shown in Mindat ( but not listed in your Best Section. That specimen is over 1 kg of Silver with wires over 3 cm in thickness. Only one other of greater size exists (that I know of) in private hands (in Long Island). Perfect wires of such thickness are unique to Kongsberg. Kongsberg also produced seemingly unique pseudo-wires composed of stacked elongated cubic crystals that exceed 5 cm in length. Add to this the thick "herringbone" aggregates,dendritic crystal aggregates, large leafs, spinel twin "spikes," crystalline plates, cubic crystal aggregates, etc., and you have about basic 15 forms. Set up a key Photo of each form and then link that to a folder that can contain other Photos of that form. This will remove Photo clutter and allow for Photo depth. Since "Best" is always in the "eyes of the beholder" this will also allow numerous opinions to simultaneously exist.

Rock Currier July 24, 2009 11:23PM
Linking to image folders each of which contain similar images is an interesting idea and I may be one that I or some of the other authors of the best minerals articles may eventually experiment with. Would you be interested in becoming an author and trying to implement just that idea? What images to show is something we have thus far left to the discretion of each author. Over time however, others will certainly add to and modify our articles, hopefully to make them better.

When I started this thing I initially did some linking to other images but soon decided that it would be better to put as many images as I could right in the locality listing rather than continually have to click on links to see them. Of course I have a fairly high speed connection but can imagine that it might be possible for people on dial up to view some of the longer articles like gold and prehnite because of the very long time it would take for the images to appear. I personally don't feel, based on what I have done so far that we have on mindat enough good images of all the types of of the silver specimens you describe to warrant separate folders for them, especially if we break them up by listing some of the more prominent mines near Kongsberg. But it is also at the discretion of the author(s) on what localities they want to list, though if they leave out someones cherished locality, so far they have all had the grace to include that locality in their articles when it was brought to their attention. Do you think for instance that Kongsberg should be listed as one locality or several, perhaps with one as a general catch all for images where the exact locality is not known. How do you feel it should be arranged?

For many species/localities, there are really not all that many decent images to choose from so folders for sub crystal types would seam particularly not useful. So far when constructing articles on a particular species, I go through all the images available on mindat and select all the good images and arrange them alphabetically by locality, starting with the country first. Occasionally I chuck out one or two, but so far have not found myself overwhelmed with too many images for a particular locality. However as the quantity and quality of images increase on mindat, I can see that having folders of image subtypes or cotypes might be an attractive option. Hopefully you will come on board and show us how it can be done and in turn listen to the gripes of others suggesting how improve your work and do your best to find merit in their suggestions and try and put them to use.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Caleb July 25, 2009 08:04PM
001-Molly Gibson Mine, Aspen, Pitkin Co. Colorado
002-Chanarcillo, Chile
005-Cobalt Ontario
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Caleb July 25, 2009 08:17PM
009-Uchachaqua Mine Peru
011-San Martin Mexico
006- St Andreasberg, Germany (this one prolly wont count as its galena,Acanthite and Acanthite after native silver)
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Rock Currier October 30, 2009 12:41PM
Probably the blackening of silver specimens over time should be discussed in the article. There was a good discussion about this on the cleaning forum.,55,158074,158103,page=1#msg-158103

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
David Von Bargen October 30, 2009 03:54PM
It was a good discussion of the problem, however, the first place that I would search this site for info would not be the "Best minerals" forum. Best would be for someone to put it in article format. Secondly would be to put a link on the silver page in the special handling section to this thread.
Rock Currier October 31, 2009 01:31PM
My first concern is a place to collect information about specimens from silver localities and to head that up with a discussion about silver in general. Once the article has been written to our satisfaction, then we can place it where ever we want and link it however we want. But at least in best mineral these fields can act as notepads to collect the information. Can you suggest a better place to collect the information?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Anonymous User April 24, 2010 10:31PM
Bought a farm with an old claim 1947. Bought mineral rights with land 18 years ago. Plowed up lots of copper and what looks like silver? Do not have camera for pictures, Sorry.
Ronald J. Pellar December 04, 2010 06:45PM
Here is a very unusual silver with acanthites on both ends.
Specimen Size: 27.7mm x 20.0mm x 12.3.

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Tshepo Hope December 06, 2012 02:48PM
Hi there
I am Interested in been part of the Silver Mine even to learn more about it.
Do you perhaps Sell the Mine?
Could you be kind enough to forward me our Physical address?
Will you be in a position to Indicate to me all necessarily full specifications
Including the Reserves and Long life Span?

Map, Size, Proof of Ownership , Proof of the Department of Mineral & Energy?

Should you have any query or concern, kindly feel free to contact me at
+2783-355-3233 , email me at

I look forward to your response.


Tshepo Hope
David Von Bargen December 06, 2012 04:21PM
Mindat is a mineral specimen site. If you are interested in mining and buying mines, I would suggest that you look at a mining site such as .
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