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Hi, my name's Chris.

Still living in my hometown LA north of Munich where I studied (engineering) geology until 1996. Mineralogy and palaeontology have always been my favorite subjects. Already collecting minerals since 1991 a geologic field trip in 1994 to the Western States (from NM to CA) made me angry after getting to know that I failed to visit the San Benito/Dallas Gem Mine then for a distance of just 50 km. Coming back after 6 weeks full of still vivid impressions a friend told me about the origin of my 1st small shabby Benitoite piece that I bought in 1992. I was so addicted to this blue from thenceforward that I just started to gather larger and more attractive pieces like one possessed.

The B-fever has diminished a bit by now though my interest in the orgin of the alkaline fluids especially from alkaline contintal intrusions of aborted continental rifts has not. Since 1996 I tried to get more attractive specimens of alkaline silciates of intrusions from all over the world - especially from MSH, Murun, Dara-i-Pioz, Gjerdingen, the Kola peninsula knobs and many many more. The number of newbies of these silicates is increasing faster each year than my room to store them.

Still searching for high quality specimens of Benitoite from Niigata prefectue, of Shcherbakovite from Eveslogchorr/Khibiny and Baotite from Zagi Mountain NW' of Peshawar...

help me pls!


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