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Paul Brandes' Photo Gallery

RV2-686Quartz

Katemcy area, Mason Co., Texas, USA

Dimensions: 4.4 cm x 2.8 cm

This exceptionally large single quartz point with hematite inclusions is from the "Emerald Ridge" claim located in Mason Co., Texas. This is one of the largest quartz points to have ever come from the pegmatite and came from the same pocket as the quartz group featured in Photo No. 927341.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927407     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 14   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1842 x 2048 pixels (3.8 Mpix)

62R-WT7Shigaite

Homer Mine, Homer-Wauseca Group, Mineral Hills, Menominee iron range, Iron Co., Michigan, USA

Dimensions: 1.2 cm x 0.7 cm

This specimen of shigaite was collected from the Homer Mine, located near Mineral Hills in Iron Co., Michigan.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927406     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 22   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1924 x 1460 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

856-PKGKyanite, Garnet Group, Clinopyroxene Subgroup

Lake Ellen Kimberlite prospect, Lake Ellen, Iron Co., Michigan, USA

Dimensions: 2.0 cm x 2.0 cm

This specimen of kyanite in eclogite (pyrope garnet/omphacite) was collected at the Lake Ellen Kimberlite prospect in Iron Co., Michigan. Pyrope can be commonly collected from the deposit, but kyanite is somewhat rare.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927405     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 32   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1824 pixels (3.7 Mpix)

YHF-1QFGold

Homestake Mine, Lead, Lead Mining District, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA

Largest Crystal Size: 4 mm

This specimen of gold in schist was collected at the Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota during a tour of the mine. The gold measures 4.0 mm in length and is plainly visible without the use of a magnifying glass.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927385     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 26   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1369 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

HTA-Q5KGold, Quartz

Sunnyside Mine group, Bonita Peak, Gladstone, Eureka Mining District, San Juan Co., Colorado, USA

Field of View: 1.0 mm

This small specimen of gold in quartz is labeled as coming from the "Sunnyside Mine" in Silverton, San Juan Co., Colorado. As noted, the Sunnyside is a group of mines located north of Silverton in the Eureka District, so pinpointing exactly which mine this came from is impossible.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927384     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 30   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1369 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

TF9-2VCGold, Quartz

Lecanvey prospect, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Field of View: 1.0 mm

This beautiful specimen of gold in quartz was acquired in a trade for other minerals. The FOV is quite small (1.0 mm), but it shows the bright gold stringers through the quartz. The entire specimen is loaded with gold, but this area is the best visible.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927383     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 42   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1369 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

337-EKPQuartz (Var: Chalcedony)

Chikwawa, Southern Region, Malawi

Dimensions: 3.8 cm x 2.4 cm

This beautiful orange/yellow agate was acquired from a friend of mine who specialises in agates from around the world. This agate is from the newer deposit recently discovered in Chikwawa, Malawi. The person did not have any additional information as to where this specimen was from, other than Chikwawa.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927382     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 28   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1284 pixels (2.6 Mpix)

CQ5-R9GLudjibaite, Quartz

Atwood-Henry Clay Mine, Virginia District, Lordsburg, Lordsburg District, Pyramid Mts, Hidalgo Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 2.0 cm x 1.3 cm

The Atwood Mine is the first recorded locality in New Mexico, as well as the United States and North America, for Ludjibaite. This specimen was obtained during the 2018 New Mexico Mineral Symposium benefit dinner and auction.

The story, as I understand it, is that the original discoverer (Bob Walstrom) was hunting minerals at the Atwood when he came across these typical green minerals on quartz. Thinking they were Malachite, he brought them home and stashed them in his garage where they sat for over 12 years. It was only after they were analysed by XRD that he realised he had Ludjibaite. Later, it was discovered that this was the first occurrence for Ludjibaite in New Mexico. Additional research found that this was also the first recorded occurrence in North America. This new mineral find was recently (2018) presented at the 39th Annual New Mexico Mineral Symposium.

The moral of the story: check every specimen you collect closely, it may just be a new find!

Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927381     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 72   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1847 x 2567 pixels (4.7 Mpix)

GAH-5R4Quartz

Katemcy area, Mason Co., Texas, USA

Dimensions: 5.0 cm x 3.2 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 4.0 cm

This stunning group of quartz crystals with hematite inclusions was found at the "Emerald Ridge" pegmatite claim in Mason Co., Texas. This is one of the best groups I have personally seen come from this locality.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927341     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 28   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1945 pixels (4.0 Mpix)

Y6N-WTNChalcedony (Var: Agate)

Agate Creek, Etheridge Shire, Queensland, Australia

Dimensions: 4.5 cm

This beautiful agate from Queensland, Australia was acquired from a friend who deals in agates from all over the world.
Copyright: © Paul T. Brandes      Photo ID: 927340     Uploaded by: Paul Brandes   View Count: 19   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1283 pixels (2.6 Mpix)
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