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Quartz, Russia

Posted by Rock Currier  
Rock Currier March 24, 2009 08:03PM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?

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Here will go a good picture of a quartz specimen from Russia and general remarks about the quartz from this country.

Here are some url's to some of the better quartz specimens here on mindat that can be considered for inclusion in the article. These, in mosc cases are just for temporairy use untill we can get images of the much better specimens that are almost certainly out there. We should also consider that there are probably localities out there with fine specimens that are not even mentioned on mindat. Also in some instances there are sometimes pictures on mindat, of specimens from a locality, but they were so ratty that I did not include them here, but there may also be relly good specimens from there that we should talk about in this article.

Kedon, Magadanskaya Oblast', Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

2nd Sovietski Mine (2nd Sovietskiy Mine), Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Bor Pit (Boron Pit; Bor Quarry), Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Kavalerovo Mining District, Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Sinerechenskoe skarn occurrence (Sinerechenskoye; Sineretschenskoye; Sinerechenskiy Mine; Blue River), Kavalerovo Mining District, Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Urals Region, Russia

Ekaterinburgskaya (Sverdlovskaya) Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia

Miass (Miask), Ilmen Mts, Chelyabinsk Oblast', Southern Urals, Urals Region, Russia

Sanarka, Chelyabinsk Oblast', Southern Urals, Urals Region, Russia

Puiva (Pouyva) Mount, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Urals Region, Russia

Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Olkhovka, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2012 08:01PM by Rock Currier.
Rock Currier August 29, 2009 05:26AM
The well known amethyst deposit has been a classical visit for soviet times geologists and is located at a cliff on a cape!
There was just a book published on it, but I think mostly interesting for people specialising in every tiny deposit on the Kola Peninsula.
Although it would probably be near the bottom of an importance list! Amethyst crystals are usually only a few mm in size lining cm wide fractures, typicall up to 10-20 cm long. So in short, not really so rich but of local interest. They are light to medium color!
There is no comparison to the marvelous gem quality scepters found in the Urals between 1820s-1993! or even to other russian and former Soviet Union deposits.
Richer deposits of larger amethyst crystals most around 10 cm are located in nortern Finland but do not qualify to compete with other world deposits. They have more local interest among Scandinavian collectors and for tourists to the area.
Peter Lyckberg

"Siberian" amethysts are mostly represented by material from Kedon locality in Magadan oblast'.

Amethysts from Mys Korabl' (Ship cape) on Kola sometimes are quite colourfull and nice, but most part of material is quite weak-coloured. Of course this locality is regional importance.

Amazonite deposit on Ploskaya Mt. in Keivy is very important. Really it mined only in Summer and mined material transported in Winter in trucks by "zimnik".

The article is real target for criticism. First of all natural gas and oil aren't minerals. I don't know any U deposit exploiting in Arctic Russia. No one word is spoken about "gigant" Mo-Re-Cu deposit discovered on Kola in 90th.
Pavel Kartashov

David as Pavel is pointing out in Siberia, the Kedon deposit is quite well known, although in Europe a few hundred crystals, typically 1-3 cm tall have been exhibited at one time as maximum (Munchen). Kedon specimens are mostly medium to rather strongly colored, very lustreous.

From old European perspective, all deposits east of the water divider in the Urals,. i.e. most of the Ural pegmatites, hydrothermal amethyst veins etc from Alabashka-Murzinka further south down to Adui were in European eyes Siberian, although the Urals, is a region, not belonging to Siberia in modern Russian geographical classifiaction.
In fact most of the "Siberian" gem deposits are either in the Urals or Transbaikal!

The world famous "Siberian" amethysts came from hydrothermal veins first to the north of the village of Murzinka (in fact halfway to Alabashka) where a dozen main veins are called Taljan Mines. The largest fine crystal from here were found around 1820s and measure some 10 cm tall on matrix, the best one beeing around 6 cm. Little seem to be left here, at least in the upper levels.
There are some veins in the eastern part of the Alabashka pegmatite field, but over 50 major veins are found east of Mursinka, the largest beeing the former Wattika mine. Wattika produce some wonderful amethyst, most specimens preserved beeing in the 4-7 cm range.
The last mine worked was the Artemjewa Mine worked at 12 and 20 m level where some very beautiful amethyst scepters were found to 5 cm and some of fantastic gem quality. Trials at 30 m level in 1993 with no economical success.

Thanks Rock
Some of the best Ural amethyst were found in a farming field to the NE of Ekaterinburg. Large and deeply colored hydrothermal.
In the Polar Urals, the Khasavarka deposit carried some superb deep amethyst crystals in the 1980s.
There is a deposit on the nortehrn shore of Lake Balkash in Kazachstan that produced small scattered amethysts, typically 1/2 cm each and 2-3 crystals on a hand specimen.
In the Far East, a small vein (only a prospect, hand dug pit 2 m deep) produced pale amethysts to 10 cm with octahedral pyrites to 3.5 cm growing on the faces (unusual)

There are great many quartz deposits which were mined not only in the Polar Urals.
Almost unknown, even in Russia are superb Dauphine habitus plates with colorless crystals from a vein in the Alabashka field, Urals! (almost identical to La Gardette!)
Peter Lyckberg

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2009 12:45AM by Rock Currier.
Sergey Sayamov August 29, 2009 07:24AM
While reading the discussion on the Kola amethysts I found that there's no records under the Korabl cape locality. Here it is:!
Rock Currier August 30, 2009 12:47AM
Sergey. Thankis for the Kola amethyst. It should definitely go in the Russian quartz article when it is written.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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