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Jolyon and Katya with the large fluorite specimen

Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Stanhope, County Durham, England, UK

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This is my personal page on mindat, and I will update this from time to time to explain a bit more about me and my interests. As you probably know, I created It started as a personal PC database that I wrote from scratch - work I started on Christmas Day 1993. The first website version of went live in October 2000 - and it has grown phenomenally ever since - thanks to the huge efforts of everyone who contributes.

My First Specimen
My First Specimen (magnified)
My First Specimen
My First Specimen (magnified)
My First Specimen
My First Specimen (magnified)

My first specimen was this pebble containing some very rough Quartz crystals, from Tintagel in Cornwall, which I found when I was 6 years old in the summer of 1976. It was a family holiday to Cornwall, we were staying in a bungalow in the village of Egloshayle, near Wadebridge. Looking at the specimen more recently, I noticed it had dozens of tiny but perfect Anatase crystals throughout it! Here is a macro photo taken by my brother of one of these sub-millimetre crystals.

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Latest message posted:18th Apr 2021

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