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A. A. Faller's Photo Gallery

M7D-PM9Quartz

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Tibet, China

A doubly terminated Quartz crystal from "Tibet." The yellow region appears, under magnification, to be a "smear" of some hydrocarbon. Within that area is a fluid filled cavity with a moving gas bubble that is 1.95 mm across.

Crystal measures: 38.25 mm x 21 x 15.9 mm.
Photo ID: 559720     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 306   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1534 x 994 pixels (1.5 Mpix)

8C4-TJWDescloizite

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Berg Aukas Mine, Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

I add this specimen to the database because of the scant material available for viewing from this location. Personally, this mineral specimen is so ugly it's oddly attractive!

Specimen measures: 56.0 mm x 48.7 x 39.9 mm.
Photo ID: 558210     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 135   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1268 x 1102 pixels (1.4 Mpix)

7L0-F0RQuartz, Calcite, Goethite

Santa Eulalia Mining District, Aquiles Serdán Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico

An exquisite stack of lustrous, doubly terminated Quartz crystals, generously covered with tiny, sharp calcite crystals (non-fluorescing). The largest quartz is 31.9 mm across, and is one of over 20.

Specimen measures 11 cm. tall, and 30.1 mm. wide x 24 mm deep.

This is my personal favorite (Mexican) specimen in my collection.
Photo ID: 557842     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 118   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1096 x 2127 pixels (2.3 Mpix)

48Y-4C6Elbaite, Albite

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Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

My favorite personal specimen, my wife gave me this Elbaite crystal with minor Albite. It was purchased in the late 1980's. Since the accompanying label only read: Taquaral, Minas Gerais, Brazil, I asked for help with a better I.D. Mindat member (management group) Luiz Alberto Dias Menezes, Fo. offered the following: "It is possible that this tourmaline came from Taquaral district, Itinga, Minas Gerais; the more likely candidate would be Urubú mine, because it has produced on the past several pockets containing pale pink, pale green or pale bi-color crystals (pale pink/pale green, normally with the watermelon feature: pink core, green cast); the Urubu pegmatite is not weathered, so the tourmaline crystals were often found associated with cleavelandite, like on your crystal."

This crystal measures 47.1 mm x 29.1 x 23 mm.
Photo ID: 557712     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 339   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1212 x 1773 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

61C-9D6Scheelite, Muscovite, Fluorite

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Pingwu Co., Mianyang, Sichuan, China

Scheelite (F:S/W) crystal from China with Muscovite and colorless Fluorite crystals.

36 mm X 37.4 X 39.65 mm.
Photo ID: 555192     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 295   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1618 x 1371 pixels (2.2 Mpix)

P2L-FWEAndalusite, Kyanite, Sillimanite, Corundum, Mica Group

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Campbell Co., Virginia, USA

This cluster of three Andalusite crystals (described as paramorphs by R.S. Mitchell et al) are replaced by blue Kyanite and fibrous Sillimanite. Visible on the bottom is an aggregate of blue Corundum also common at the site, and Mica is also apparent on the specimen. A very noticeable reddish-brown coating of Metahalloysite on the Andalusite is apparent.

Measures 72.7 mm X 110.5 X 47.5 mm.

Location: about 2 3/4 miles N/N.E. of AltaVista, in Campbell County, VA

For complete information on this locale, please see the Virginia D.O.M.R. paper titled Large Andalusite Crystals from Campbell County, Virginia: Their Alteration to Kyanite and Sillimanite and Their Other Associated Minerals; by Mitchell/Giannini/Penick.

Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 6th May 2014
Photo ID: 555062     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 639   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1510 x 1358 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

LGW-6N9Quartz (Var: Amethyst)

Schaar farm, Buffalo Ridge, Amherst Co., Virginia, USA

This crystal measures 39.9 mm X 23.5 mm x 14.5 mm. It was collected by then property owner (the late) Mr. Charlie Schaar, in 1962. It exhibits typical color zoning/blending of Amethyst and Quartz from the location, and is a complex intergrowth containing a "scepter". Gifted to, and from the collection of, Mr. Tim Bryant. (2 of 2)
Photo ID: 553425     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 169   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 825 x 690 pixels (0.6 Mpix)

W4U-JD2Quartz (Var: Amethyst)

Schaar farm, Buffalo Ridge, Amherst Co., Virginia, USA

This partial crystal measures 22 mm X 15.6 mm x 10.9 mm. It was collected by then property owner (the late) Mr. Charlie Schaar, in 1962. It exhibits typical color zoning/blending of Amethyst and Quartz from the location. Gifted to, and from the collection of, Mr. Tim Bryant. (1 of 2)
Photo ID: 553424     Uploaded by: A. A. Faller   View Count: 181   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 528 x 578 pixels (0.3 Mpix)
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