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Jolyon Ralph has uploaded:
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Jolyon Ralph has published 264 articles on
Hello, and thank you for reading!

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

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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Total messages posted:16,991
New threads started:1,799
First message posted:12th Dec 2005
Latest message posted:17th Sep 2019

My Latest Discussions and Replies

25mReason for User Gallery OnlyPosted by Charles D Young. 38 replies in Improving Mineral Shows 2019Posted by Jolyon Ralph. 14 replies to an article.11hCrystal "healing" and DarwinismPosted by cascaillou. 7 replies in Fakes & Frauds.22hThe Nature Thread Part IIPosted by Russ Rizzo. 84 replies in General.23hMeteorite? Posted by Mary Vaughn. 3 replies in Identity Help.2dNevada’s Rich Mining History.Posted by Jon Aurich. 232 replies in General.2dZincite...That must have been one HUGE Smokestack in Poland!Posted by Justin Zzyzx. 64 replies in Fakes & Frauds.3dBest photographs of specimens larger than 1cmPosted by Rudolf Hasler. 506 replies in Mineral Photography.4dWhat is the locality of this Dioptase?Posted by Tama Higuchi. 20 replies in Identity Help.5dThe other side of Rock CurrierPosted by Jolyon Ralph. 6 replies in General.5dPreservation of LaumontitePosted by Eric He. 13 replies in Techniques for Collectors.6dDzhezkazgan Mine, KazahkstanPosted by Peter K. Szarka. 9 replies in Improving on identification of this mineralPosted by David McNamara. 12 replies in Identity Help.1wPutnisite photographs have wrong localityPosted by Peter Elliott. 3 replies in Photos.1wThe Mineralogy of RubidiumPosted by Łukasz Kruszewski. 9 replies in Improving can now upload video in a messagePosted by Jolyon Ralph in General.1wFatal ErrorPosted by Matthew Stanley. 8 replies in Improving to succesfully maintain a fee-collecting site?Posted by The Evje og Hornnes geomuseum, Fennefoss. 3 replies in General.1wVisit to the Natural History Museum, LondonPosted by Jolyon Ralph. 22 replies to an article.1wNew potentially new epidote-supergroup species addedPosted by Łukasz Kruszewski. 4 replies in Mineralogical Classification.

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