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Gail's NEW favourite of the day, PART 2

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Jolyon & Katya Ralph November 11, 2011 12:07PM
Continuing Gail's excellent thread.

Here were her rules, which I totally agree with:

"Hey everyone, on this thread let's stick to favorites that you have in your collection, or that you have seen in a Museum. NOT what you have for sale! The original concept of my Favourites thread is to chat about, and show, a piece that you really enjoy on that particular day. Limit ONE posting per day! It started for me when I was walking past a case in our home, stopped, turned on the lights and admired a piece in our collection that really gave me a thrill. Thus the name, Favourite of the Day. Don't worry about sizes unless you wish to add them, many new people aren't overly familiar with sizing their minerals and this is a FUN thread, sorry to the moderators who will cringe at that. This thread is about showing the mineral that THRILLS you today! "



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Peter Andresen November 11, 2011 02:39PM
This specimen with silver and erythrite from Nippissing 404 Mine in Cobalt, arrived in the post today. From Maggie Wilson and Reiner Mielke - I would have kissed you both, or at least a very good hug ;) when I opened it, and could look at this 3,5 x 3,2cm treassure. This will be a favourite for many, many, many days, months and years!!! X(




Photo is by Maggie, I couldn't have done it better :)
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Michael Shaw November 11, 2011 03:08PM
Calcite - Daye Mine, Edong District, Hubei Province, China. 6.1 x 8.7 cm

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Adam Berluti November 11, 2011 04:02PM
Nice calcite Michael. Here is a chalcedony from Tampa Bay.




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Gerhard Brandstetter November 11, 2011 05:37PM
Love that silver wires with Erythrite - a real beauty!





Today i'll show you the good ghost of Mindat:
Agate, 11 cm - Nowy Kosciol, Lower Silesia, Poland.
A look in his eyes makes me smile!
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Don Windeler November 11, 2011 07:19PM
Fabulous silver, Peter – I’m a copper guy myself, but would love something like that on my shelf! Michael, my first thought at seeing your calcite was somewhere in Indiana, as Midwestern US calcites are another favorite of mine.

Back in August I organized a group display case for the SF Crystal Gazers at the San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society’s annual show. The theme was “A Sea of Gems” and we went with the approach of a mineralogical coral reef.

With the 11/11/11 date, the entertainment section of this morning’s newspaper made reference to “Ocean’s 11” among other numerologic silliness, which reminded me of the case.



Not a single mineral, admittedly, but it’s one of my favorite pics. Cheers!
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Adam Berluti November 11, 2011 10:50PM
Green Street,
Go to the top of this page and press new topic. Call it "No Gangue" in the subject box and fill in the large message box with what you want said.
-Adam
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Malcolm Southwood November 11, 2011 11:48PM
Green Street,
Why not register first with your real name? Otherwise we might think you are someone else in disguise, if you get my meaning:)
Just a thought!
Mal
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Andrew Tuma November 12, 2011 12:24AM
Peter that is seriously nice Silver...just a stunning combination.

Getting over some recent negativity I though I better do what this thread is for and post a few special bits share so others can enjoy. So here is the first.

And I agree with Peter that some minerals are just favorites for more than one day. The following specimen is one of these for me...(and it is not mine), self collected by my son Luke at Mt Bischoff a couple of years ago. Amazing 8mm +/- ball of vivianite on fluorite, and yes this is the right colour.





Now how to get it into my collection...;)

Enjoy

Andrew
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Gail Spann November 12, 2011 02:45AM
This arrived today, we had bought it and then saw Jolyon had put it in his Munich show report. Jim is ecstatic, it's a fine adventure under the microscope I can tell you!
Here is our new Genthelvite with Quartz on Andradite. China
Jolyon took the photo, I borrowed it with his permission.



Gail Patricia Copus Spann



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Rob Woodside November 12, 2011 03:06AM
That's a nice Genthelvite. Where is it from?
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John Stolz November 12, 2011 04:41AM
Peter,
I'm still picking myself off the floor after your silver/erythrite. I am absolutely taken by it! Congratulations!

John
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Ray Hill November 12, 2011 06:42AM


I really really want to know where Maggie and Reiner got that piece...was it a purchase from an old collection?...by self collection? and if so , How long ago? And if they collected it , do you have another similar piece I might be able to obtain?
It is "the piece" I have been looking for from Cobalt ever since I got my first group of Cobalt silvers....and they are the nicest erythrites that I have ever seen from there, and to have that all combined
so beautifully, with such a killer Silver wire group....OOOOh , I so want that in my collection....

but I digress....my fav for today, resides in my Mount Brussilof collection and is the nicest
and gemmiest < and it is a DT> natrolite xl that I have ever seen out of Mount Brussilof. < with dimensions of 5.45 x 3.49 cm>..so please enjoy



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Patrick Gundersen November 12, 2011 08:36AM
Here's one that jumped out of the cabinet and begged to be photographed, an unusual "heart" shaped, double terminated Amethyst "reverse-scepter" Quartz crystal from Harts Range, Northern Territory, Australia, measuring 40mm x 40mm, collected in 2009.

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Valere Berlage November 12, 2011 09:33AM
Here is what I want to share today! This year is a nice year for Morocco, and some nice erythrite went out from two mines, including this one, from Bou Azzer, It has the style of the finds of the 50's: large crystals, quite tick, with very sharp terminaisons.
So many crystals, up to 2 cm long, on a 12 cm speciment. A little souvenir from Munich. Even during my 3 trips to Bou Azzer, I never saw an erythrite looking like this!
Have a great day to all
Valère
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Gail Spann November 12, 2011 01:24PM
My favorite of the day is this grouping of minerals in our U.K. case. I found myself standing there this morning, just loving all these minerals.
The Witherite, in particular, catches my attention.

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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Michael Shaw November 12, 2011 03:45PM
This inesite from the NcChwanning II Mine is today's favorite. 7.2 x 9.5 cm.

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Tony H. Gill November 12, 2011 06:13PM
This just has to be one of my all time favs! Topaz on Quartz from El Chaltén, Argentina!

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Juergen Merz November 12, 2011 08:17PM
Today I cleaned my collection. Always a pleasure for me is to see this Crocoite miniature from the Adelaide Mine.
4.0 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm.

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Stephanie Martin November 13, 2011 06:40AM
Awesome photos everyone!

Peter! :)-D I do not know how Reiner and Maggie were able to let that one go, but I'm sure that what made it easier is knowing that you will take good care of it. That is a truly exceptional, galaxy class specimen ~ berry extraordinary !!!

There are currently many Best Of threads running and while they are inspiring it is difficult to keep up with them all (:D

And now for a wee bit of fun.
I get a giggle out of these and in this case I think 3 are more fun than just one.

Sand Calcite concretions
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co., Hungary (near Malyi)
longest one rear right - approx 6.0cm x 3.5cm

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AM Mizunaka November 13, 2011 08:55AM
Transparent fluorite cubes with calcite from Dal'negorsk is today's favorite. 6.9 x 5.0 cm.

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Maggie Wilson November 13, 2011 01:02PM
AM! spectacular photo! ::o
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Ralph Bottrill November 13, 2011 02:25PM
My latest acquisition:


Regards,
Ralph
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Debbie Woolf November 13, 2011 05:18PM
Very nice specimens everyone, it's a pleasure to view them.

(:D
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Gail Spann November 14, 2011 03:41AM
This is the first mineral that Jim and I purchased together in Breckenridge , Colorado, at a small shop called Nature's Own. I thought it might look nice on our coffee table, ha!
When we left the shop I turned to Jim and said " I can't believe how much we just paid for a ROCK!"
They also gave us a copy of the MinRec Sweet Home mine publication and a DVD of the SHM history.
This is what got us to the Houston Museum to go see the Alma Queen. I fell in love with minerals while there and that was the start of that!

So, to our first piece purchased as a couple......

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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Joseph Polityka November 14, 2011 04:04PM
Hi,

Gail, I see a lot of miniatures in that beautiful rhodo.

Maybe this specimen in our collection came from the same pocket?

Rhodocrosite. Cash Flow Pocket 1992. 4 cm by 5 cm.
Joseph and Lorraine Polityka collection. Pictured in "The Mineralogical Record", Vol. 29, #4, 1998. A photo of this specimen is on page 27



Best wishes,

Joe
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Michael Shaw November 14, 2011 04:17PM
Gail, it's nice to be able to look back on the one specimen that got everything started. I wonder how many collectors still have that first piece that sent them down this crazy road. For me it was the following piece that I was given back in 1963 by a generous collector friend.

Calcite - Put-In-Bay Island, Ohio

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AM Mizunaka November 15, 2011 09:14AM
Today's favorite is a pale blue apatite cluster on quartz from Portugal. 2.6 x 4.7 cm.

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Gail Spann November 15, 2011 04:30PM
Everyone's photos are spectacular, great to see.
AM, wow.....speechless.

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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Joseph Polityka November 15, 2011 09:24PM
AM,

Great specimens and great photos.

I'm still in a hungry mode and mood: Apatite on quartz, 7.5 cm by 7.5 cm from the Noyes Mountain Quarry (Harvard Quarry), Greenwood, Oxford County, Maine.



Best,

Joe
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Glenn Rhein November 16, 2011 01:18AM
My favorite of the day was this 3cm spinel on chondrodite which I call " A spinel cone", until I saw AM's blue apatite on quartz.
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Ray Hill November 16, 2011 09:40AM

This miniature pyrites from Nanisivik mine, now closed for over 10 years, is a nice example of the less common simpler crystal forms . Usually the pyrites and pseudomorph marcasites from this mine are much more complex. It is one of the pieces in the Babet Collection that I have.
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Adam Berluti November 18, 2011 02:36PM
Here is a calcite crystal from Indiana
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Joseph Polityka November 19, 2011 12:00AM
Adam,

Nice Indiana calcite.

I went into New York last week for lunch and visited the American Museum of Natural History with my daughter. I happen to like Mimetite so I thought I would post a picture of this classic which is in their collection. Huge crystals of Campylite from Roughten Gill, Cumbria, England.
The speicmen is approximately 10cm by 16cm in size.



Best,

Joe
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Gail Spann November 20, 2011 01:13PM
The one that got my attention today, this lovely Brookite.


Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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Ibrahim Jameel November 20, 2011 02:36PM
Gail,

Are you sure the locality on that brookite is correct? It looks more like one of the pieces from Baluchistan Prov. (most likely Kharran, where the majority if these things came from). Zagi Mtn is farther north near Peshawar and the border with Afghanistan, and I haven't really seen any decent brookite from there...

Ibrahim
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Gail Spann November 20, 2011 05:29PM
One never really knows, it is what was stated when we bought it from the Arkenstone. We have it labeled as such but we will research it now that you have brought it up, we have had this piece for quite some time, so need to ask our friend who often goes to Pakistan. I don't doubt your statement though, not unusual to find out things are not from where they were stated to be from.
Thank you.


Ibrahim Jameel Wrote:
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> Gail,
>
> Are you sure the locality on that brookite is
> correct? It looks more like one of the pieces
> from Baluchistan Prov. (most likely Kharran, where
> the majority if these things came from). Zagi Mtn
> is farther north near Peshawar and the border with
> Afghanistan, and I haven't really seen any decent
> brookite from there...
>
> Ibrahim

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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Gail Spann November 20, 2011 05:30PM
Ibrahim, do you think it is from the Dalbandin area? All our other Brookites are from there.
We have nine other Brookites from the area you suggest. We will change the info on the above piece, again..thank you!
Here is a recent one, very different, from the Obodda private collection, now in our collection.



Gail Patricia Copus Spann



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Ibrahim Jameel November 20, 2011 05:52PM
Gail,

I really couldn't tell you precisely.... Mindat lists 7 occurrences of brookite in Baluchistan Prov.: Taftan, Dalbadin, Quetta, and 4 localities in Kharran (including Kharran itself).

The listing for Quetta is almost certainly an error.

Unless your source obtained this piece at the mine, it would be impossible to determine the locality with certainty. In all likelihood, your brookite was found somewhere in Baluchistan then taken to Peshawar, where it probably changed hands a couple times. It was exported from there, and may have changed hands a couple more times in the western market (assuming you did not buy it from a Pakistani dealer.)

In any case, the original locality information of this piece and your other brookites was probably lost as soon as the specimens made it to Peshawar. Baluchistan is the only part that is certain, beyond that probability would point to somewhere in Kharran.

ibrahim
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Gail Spann November 20, 2011 05:55PM
Thank you again! Appreciate your help.

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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AM Mizunaka November 21, 2011 05:32AM
Fluorite with quartz and calcite from Naica is today's favorite. 6.9 x 5.3 cm.

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Ikram Mohammad November 21, 2011 02:38PM
Gail,
i would like to add more precisely for your brookite is Thurdok(Thurdook) , Zard , Kharan District , Baluchistan , Pakistan.
Cheers.
ikram
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Gail Spann November 21, 2011 11:55PM
Thank you Ikram.

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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Barry Miller November 23, 2011 03:25AM
This is only one half inch. But this clear smoky quartz that I found 43 years ago in Rosendale, New York, is my favorite for today.
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Michael Shaw November 23, 2011 04:47PM
While photographing this specimen this morning I realized how much I like the combination of rose quartz, feldspar, and muscovite. Pitorra Mine, Lananjeiras, Brazil. 6.0 x 6.8 cm.

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Philip Perkins November 24, 2011 07:50AM
My favourite that catches my eye everytime that i walk past it, due to it's beautiful color,
is this Saleeite, from the Ranger Mine, NT, i believe it was found in the early 80's.
crystals average 6mm...

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AM Mizunaka November 25, 2011 06:20AM
A pale green fluorite cube from Alaska is today's favorite. 2.4 x 2.5 cm.

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AM Mizunaka November 27, 2011 08:49AM
Continuing the fluorite theme. Blue fluorite on quartz with chalcopyrite.

Siglo XX mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico 3.6cm wide




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Bob Griffis November 28, 2011 08:51PM
My favorite today is...
Smithsontite on Coronadite
MMM Open Cut
Broken Hill
New South Wales
Australia

65.0 x 47.0 x 30.0 mm overall. Lustrous, translucent, frosted, light-grey, tear-drop-shaped Smithsonite to 3 mm richly covers a grey to sparkling black matrix of Coronadite.

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Luiz Alberto Dias Menezes, Fo. November 29, 2011 12:53AM
Michael:

Very nice rose quartz; the correct name of the locality is Pitorra mine, Galiléia, Minas Gerais.
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Philip Perkins November 29, 2011 02:11AM
This one is always my favourite Topaz, Marambaia Mine, MG. Brazil.
love it for it's termination, the crystal is 12.5cm high, maybe Luiz can tell me if the locality is correct?

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Ruggy Holloway November 29, 2011 02:27AM
Very nice specimens all

My favorite this past week - Stibnite with Gold, Baia Sprie, Mamures, Romania- 4x3.5x2 cm roughly

note scale in lower left of photo

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AM Mizunaka November 29, 2011 10:43AM
Today's favorite is anatase inclusions in quartz from Russia.

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Joseph Polityka November 29, 2011 02:50PM
Hi,

Thanks, everyone, for sharing photos of your beautiful specimens.

My favorite today is bixbyite, 2cm crystal, from the Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah. Formerly in the Minette collection.



Best wishes,

Joe
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Bob Griffis December 01, 2011 04:39PM
Today's favorite...I have had this for over 30 years, and rediscovered it.

75.0 x 60.0 x 37.0 mm overall. White blades of Barite form interlocking groups of distinct appearance, with blades reaching 2.2 cm on edge. Choice small cabinet from this classic American mine.

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Bob Griffis December 02, 2011 03:55PM
Today's contribution....

148.0 x 80.0 x 40.0 mm overall. Striking specimen of opaque cream-colored rhombs of Dolomite to 2.1 cm nicely perched on limonitic matrix. The Calcite crystals partly engulf glassy Hemimorphite crystals to 1 cm in length. Translucent yellowish Mimetite in spherical crystal aggregates to 3 mm are perched on both Hemimorphite and Calcite crystals.

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Jay Buscio December 02, 2011 04:15PM
AM, Love your floating Anatase crystals!!

Bob, It would be nice to know where the specimens in your last two posts are from.
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Bob Griffis December 02, 2011 04:21PM
Oops...

The Dolomite is from San Antonio Mine (San Antonio el Grande Mine), East Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico.

The Barite is from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA.
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Maggie Wilson December 02, 2011 04:23PM
Hi Jay - clikck on the photo and it will take you to Bob's gallery page - in the latest post, that GORGEOUS dolomite piece is from here http://www.mindat.org/loc-5890.html , San Anotino, Mine

A beauty, Bob!

the Baryte is from Bisbee http://www.mindat.org/photo-428259.html
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Jay Buscio December 02, 2011 04:32PM
Bob, Maggie thanks. That's one fine dolomite and hemimorphite you got Bob. Looks very similar to a piece I have from the same locale collected back in the 1960's.
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Bob Griffis December 02, 2011 04:44PM
Jay,
The 1960s is about the correct time frame for this piece as well.
Bob
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Joseph Polityka December 02, 2011 06:32PM
Hi,

This is just a quartz crystal from Brazil 2.5cm by 6cm. What makes it unusual is its 2mm thickness. It possibly formed in a book of mica.





Best,

Joe
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Bob Griffis December 04, 2011 04:41PM
Today's favorite is .....

Mercury with Cinnabar

Socrates Mine
Pine Flat District
Sonoma County, California
United States of America

72.0 x 52.0 x 41.0 mm overall. An extremely rich specimen liberally covered with shiny silvery globules or drops of native Mercury (quicksilver) on a Cinnabar-rich matrix. Mercury is the only recognized mineral that is found as a liquid at room temperature. Cinnabar alters to native mercury in the oxidized zone of deposits. Native mercury is also quite rare. This specimen is from an uncommon California locality, the Socrates Mine. Very rare in specimen form and a very difficult element to obtain in its pure form for an elements suite in a collection.



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Jay Buscio December 04, 2011 09:55PM
Fluorite, on St. Genevieve Limstone, Rosiclare Horizon, South End, Denton Mine, Illinois. Mined in January 1983. Measures 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.2 cm.
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Luiz Alberto Dias Menezes, Fo. December 05, 2011 01:58AM
Phil:

Nice and sharp topaz; the locality looks correct, but Marambaia is indeed the name of a district, where there are many small mines (most unnamed), and you can also add the name of the city: Caraí; so I would write it as "Marambaia district, Caraí, MG, Brazil".
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AM Mizunaka December 05, 2011 08:36AM
A floater cluster of pyrite from Austria is today's favorite. 4.9 x 4.7 cm.

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Michael Shaw December 05, 2011 03:58PM
Cerussite - Tsumeb, Namibia 3.6 x 5.3 cm

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Bob Griffis December 07, 2011 04:47PM
Silver, Calcite
New Nevada Mine, Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico

36 x 25 x 15 mm overall. This native Silver from Batopilas is a classic example of the herringbone-style this locality is famous for. It has sharply elongated spinel twins, connected together in an aesthetic framework. What sets this specimen apart from most is the accents of snow-white Calcite, some showing classic rhombs.

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Stephanie Martin December 09, 2011 05:09AM
Even though I haven't been able to post much lately, I have been enjoying everyone's specimens. Thank you for all for sharing!

My postman brought me a number of nice items this week, and while I have been trying to work on my Canadian section, I made time to snap a few pics of some that were better in hand than expected. I love it when that happens!

My favourite for today is this nicely centered almandine in schist from the Alps.

Almandine
Ötz valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria
specimen approx 6cm x 4cm
Crystal approx 12mm x 12mm

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AM Mizunaka December 09, 2011 08:22AM
Pyrite from the Czech Republic. 4.5 x 3.3 cm.

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Peter Andresen December 09, 2011 10:32PM
A smal spesimen I've played with in front of the camera today, just because it's caught my eyes...

Citrine, Ørsdalen, Rogaland, Norway
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Joseph Polityka December 10, 2011 02:45AM
Hi,

Thanks for posting those great specimens from classic and unusual locations.

My favorite for today is Pyromorphite on quartz, 6cm by 10cm. from the classic Bad Ems location in Germany. Formerly in the late Neal Wintringham collection. Neal aquired the specimen in the 1950s from the Sunshine Acres School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Sunshine Acres was a nudist colony in southern New Jersy that was run by a clergyman, so I was told.



Best wishes,

Joe
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Stephanie Martin December 10, 2011 06:46AM
Joseph, I am amazed at your historical pieces, with very interesting stories!

Yet another iron mineral as my favourite today, and from another classic locale.
Just a thumbnail, however it has a colourful personality along with some iron stained quartz teeth.
The iridesence is evident an all sides of the piece.

Hematite, Quartz
Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
Approx 2.0 x 2.0 cm







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David Sheumack December 10, 2011 10:37AM
A great example Stephanie, of the colours that iron and manganese can impart . My example is by no means a classic sample nor from a classic site but has always caught my eye. The photo FOV is about 4cm, of a sandstone cobble from Maroota, NSW, Australia. I live in sanstone country surrounding Sydney where one of a few volcanic dykes intrude the wet sandstone formation. A friend mines sandstone in the area and many years back excavated into the said sandstone adjacent to the dyke. The fresh excavated material in 5 tonne boulders was to say at the very least, eye catching in the sunlight, BIG BLUE/PURPLE irridescent boulders. Alas all I was allowed to grab were a few hand sized pieces. The memory lingers on :-)
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Stephanie Martin December 11, 2011 06:35AM
David, thanks for sharing the memory of your lasting impression, at least you were able to get a few pieces to preserve the moment. Who could resist the lure of those colours?

For today… these andradites that instantly charmed me by their form and placement.

Andradite
Imilchil, High Atlas Mts, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Specimen overall size approx 4cm x 2.5cm
Largest crystal approx 1cm x 1cm



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Andrew Tuma December 11, 2011 09:12AM
A favorite for today,

I always wanted a matrix specimen of an Emerald from Torrington NSW, and last Zeehan show i finally found one. 60mm high/





Andrew



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Gail Spann December 13, 2011 02:43PM
Amazing minerals everyone!!!!!!

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
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Bob Harman December 13, 2011 03:31PM
BOB GRIFFIS, in your description of cinnabar and liquid mercury globules given with your specimen above on this page, your statement "mercury is the only mineral that is liquid at room temperature" is not quite correct as most scientists consider WATER H2O a mineral (ice) and, of course, it is a liquid at room temperature.



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David Sheumack December 14, 2011 09:35AM
What great photos of pieces that catch our eye have been produced this year. This particular piece I have been trying to photograph for some time with rather poor success but at last the something is starting to please me, but it still has a long way to go. Ahh the holidays!!!

Over the past 12 months, may helpful tips and tricks for that "better mineral photo" have been provided by mindat professional photographers, recently "Better Backgrounds....." by Volker B has been especially helpful for an amateur like myself.

A very informative 2011 from Mindat it has been,

Thank you Mindat and a Very Merry Christmas to you all (tu)

David
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David Sheumack December 15, 2011 03:40AM
Woops, I forgot the identification of the previous specimen: hematite roses with etched quartz. From Jinlong, Quangdong Prov.
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