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John Cornish's Photo Gallery

3R7-J04Crocoite

Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australia

A fantastic new crocoite specimen fresh from the pocket! Measuring approximately 30 by 30 inches, this was not the biggest of the specimens we collected, but it certainly was my favorite! Collected in November of 2012, this is so fresh, it hadn't even seen the light of day yet! A magnificent collector's dream moment and specimen!
Photo ID: 504035     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 390   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 540 x 768 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

Digging in the guano!

Gallatin Co., Montana, USA

Ah, the romance of mining! Can you see my smile behind my respirator? This is what it was like collecting gemmy glowing golden calcite crystals, digging through bat guano and animal feces. In the foreground, you can see groups and singles already recovered. A glorious time!
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 268333     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 846   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2970 x 2358 pixels (7.0 Mpix)

KN1-1UTQuartz

Crystal claim, Elliston, Powell Co., Montana, USA

This is an incredible Japan-Law twinned Quartz collected by my friend Rosie Johnson several decades ago. It is a smoky phantomed twin an inch and a quarter thick by 5 inches in its longest dimension. Heart shaped twins are also known from this wonderful deposit.
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 268305     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 530   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2592 x 1944 pixels (5.0 Mpix)

V9Y-DJKCalcite

Gallatin Co., Montana, USA

This is a display case filled with some of my finest self collected specimens, all gemmy glowing golden calcite crystals, many which are twinned. The display is 3 feet across and about 20 inches deep. This display was offered in 2009 at the Kitsap County Gem and Mineral Society's annual show, Kitsap County, Washington.
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 268304     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 552   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2592 x 1944 pixels (5.0 Mpix)

4XW-Q8XCalcite

Gallatin Co., Montana, USA

This is one of my finer self collected specimens, a large matrix covered in gemmy glowing golden calcite crystals, many which are twinned. The specimen is 11 inches across and 14 inches long. It is photographed here on display in 2009 at the Kitsap County Gem and Mineral Society's annual show, Kitsap County, Washington.
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 268303     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 517   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2592 x 1944 pixels (5.0 Mpix)

EKV-2YPCalcite

Gallatin Co., Montana, USA

This is one of my finest self collected specimens, a large matrix slab covered in gemmy glowing golden calcite crystals, many which are twinned. The specimen is 14 inches across and 19 inches long and has no damage. It is photographed here on display in 2009 at the Kitsap County Gem and Mineral Society's annual show, Kitsap County, Washington.
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 268302     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 475   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2592 x 1944 pixels (5.0 Mpix)

DTM-12HCalcite, Stilbite subgroup

Beaver Valley Quarry, Shine, Jefferson Co., Washington, USA

This is a wonderful specimen of light-yellow calcite wreathed by colorless stilbite crystals from the Beaver Valley Quarry in Shine, Washington. The scale of the photo is about 4 cm. This specimen was recovered from the upper pit and aptly demonstrates the perfection seen within premier specimens recovered from this small somewhat obscure Olympic Peninsula locality exploiting Eocene Crescent formation basalt. With work, specimens like this can still be found today!
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 258097     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 405   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1178 x 1798 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

GMJ-J5JOpal

Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Dimensions: 6 cm x 4 cm x 3 cm

This specimen of Opal after Quartz is accompanied by a signed Martin Ehrmann label. While unconfirmed, it is believed that this effect is created by overheating Brazilian geode amethyst and is thus manmade. The specimen is a single quartz crystal approximately 6x4x3 cm.
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 255806     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 483   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1944 x 2592 pixels (5.0 Mpix)

L6X-50WCalcite, Natrolite, Analcime

Multiple photos available
Gopher Valley Quarry, Gopher Valley, Yamhill Co., Oregon, USA

Dimensions: 45 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm

One of my favorite self collected specimens! I received a phone call from friend Rudy Tschernich (tschernichite and Curator of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon) about a 10 cm hole, 11 meters up a sheer wall. Knowing of this localities potential, I had to go! Result... a fresh 2 meter pocket, the finest for natrolite yet found from Oregon. This was a fantastic and memorable day collecting with my friend Wes Gannaway!

There are two generations of calcite on this 13 cm specimen. The root-beer colored calcites are all penetrated by pristine white spears of natrolite and analcime shares the stage with these two other species. The calcites are also fluorescent.

This specimen was recovered from a large clean surface area on the ceiling of a very dirty pocket and represents, the finest specimen in this size range recovered during this dig.

As an additional note, this pocket also produced a monster calcite group weighing over 18 kg and nearly 45 x 30 x 30 cm. It is golden-brown colored and is comprised of rhombic crystals up to about 10 cm, the largest of which has an 8 x 2 cm channel near its surface that has a 2 cm bubble that travels freely along its length!!

This specimen is on long term loan and on display in the Northwest Gallery of the Rice Museum and is from the Gopher Valley Quarry, Yamhill County, Oregon. It was collected back in 1998.
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 195207     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 1551   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1536 pixels (3.1 Mpix)

2AY-HHWQuartz (Var: Sceptre Quartz)

Crystal Tips No. 1 pit, Petersen Mountain, Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA

Fresh from the hole! A perfect 13 cm quartz scepter with a milky head on a smoky shank. I collected this during a month + long dig back in 2006 where I lived on-site on the top of the mountain... it was a blast, an unforgettable experience!
Copyright: © John Cornish      Photo ID: 194890     Uploaded by: John Cornish   View Count: 1503   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2592 x 1944 pixels (5.0 Mpix)
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