Green prismatic crystals. Width of specimen 11mm.
Butterscotch tabular crystals, largest 15mm across. Five views of the one specimen, each taken with iPhone 11 Pro Max plus Struman macro lens.
Nice sharp group of cassiterite crystals with a partial coating of fluorescent green hyalite opal. The hyalite fluoresces under longwave UV (Convoy) but is much brighter under shortwave. The green fluorescence is due to uranyl...
Highly fluorescent under longwave and shortwave. Size 45x30x25mm.
A nice little group of anatase crystals on matrix. Width of view 3.5mm. Stack of 50 images.
A single sharp zoned blue and yellow anatase crystal on matrix. Width of view 3.5mm. Stack of 75 images.
A large number of mostly bluish anatase crystals from an alluvial deposit. Width of view 3.5mm. Stack of 75 images.
8186 M3762 Anatase, Chlorite, Cassiterite, Albite, Quartz, Craddock Moor Mine, Craddock Moor, St Cleer, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England
A single blue anatase crystal on a specimen containing dark green chlorite, orange-brown cassiterite, white albite and colourless quartz. Ex Bernie and Margaret Day Collection. The label on the base of the box is in...
Blue anatase crystals with orange rutile needles on albite and quartz. Width of view 4.5mm. Stack of 50 images.
A single cube of pyrite altering to goethite in a sandstone matrix. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 100 images.
Intense blue thin bladed crystals, including one that has a distinct bend. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 100 images. Ex Margaret Brown Collection.
Grey rhombohedral smithsonite crystals with yellow mimetite. Specimen measures 49x28x20mm.
An unusual specimen. I am unaware of other zeolite specimens from Sunbury, although the basalt quarries do produce calcite and aragonite. This specimen also has what looks like calcite-coated prismatic augite crystals, unlike any other...
10027 Fluorite, Wulfenite, Barite, Blue Star prospect, South Canyon District, Dona Ana Co., New Mexico, USA
Colourless cubes of fluorite with thin purple edges, colourless fluorite with hematite inclusions/staining, purple cubes, yellow tabular wulfenite, minor white barite. Specimen is 50x36x30mm. Second image is under shortwave ultraviolet light.
One of my favourite Broken Hill smithsonite specimens. Width of view 5mm. Stack of 100 images.
Chlorite “worms” included in colourless datolite crystals. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 120 images.
30111 Kutnohorite, Rhodochrosite, Calcite, N’Chwaning II Mine, N’Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape, South Africa
Pink drusy crystals of rhodochrosite coating acicular kutnohorite and white calcite that fluoresces red. 40x36x33mm.
30110 Pyromorphite, Cerussite, Calcite, Avondale Mine, Mount Lyndhurst station, North Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Green hexagonal prisms of pyromorphite with off-white cerussite (orange fluorescence) and white calcite (white fluorescence). Specimen measures 60x50x32mm.
Stalactite of tabular orange wulfenite crystals 25mm in longest direction.
30109 Bournonite, Pyrite, Machacamarca subdistrict, Machacamarca mining district (Colavi mining district), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí, Bolivia
Two twinned bournonite crystals on matrix. Largest crystal 33x21x5mm.
20068 Azurite, Boomerang Mine (Matlock Mine; Mount Maggie Mine), Gunpowder District, City of Mount Isa, Queensland
Group of stacked azurite crystals. Ex George Reimherr Collection. 21mm wide.
20067 Barite, Hematite, Magma Mine (Magma Superior Mine; Magma Copper Mine), Superior, Pioneer Mining District, Pinal Mountains, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA
Dark tabular barite crystals on a fragment of hematite matrix. Ex George Reimherr Collection. 15mm wide.
ncat AA8 113 Titanite, Chlorite Group, Albite, Teufelsmühle, Habach valley, Bramberg am Wildkogel, Zell am See District, Salzburg, Austria
Green titanite crystals with tiny worms of dark green chlorite and colourless-white albite. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 85 images.
ncat MB Axinite-(Fe), Actinolite, Andradite, Tremolite, Dookie Mineralogical Reserve quarry, Dookie, City of Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Lilac group of axinite crystals with green actinolite, orange andradite and white fibrous tremolite. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 180 images. Ex Margaret Brown Collection. Ex Gerry Morvell.
Purple cubes with small modified edges with tiny brassy marcasite crystals. Some of the matrix is vein calcite that fluoresces bright red. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 130 images.
Rings and curved crystals of boulangerite on pink rhodochrosite. Header image width of view is 5mm. Stack of 110 images. Second image is an old one, width of view 2.5mm and stack of 12.
30108 Topaz, Bischoff Extended (West Bischoff; Wheal Bischoff), Waratah, Waratah-Wynyard Municipality, Tasmania
Slightly iron-stained topaz crystals in vugh in a vein. Width 50mm. Closeup photo width of view 5mm. Stack of 60 images.
Larger stilbite crystals with multiple terminations (parallel growth?) on smaller crystals with single terminations. Width of view 5mm. Stack of 80 images. Exact species unknown.
Sharp prismatic green crystals with quartz, dark green chlorite, and unknown pink balls. Height of view 5mm. Stack of 60 images. Locality not specifically in Mindat. Maltatal is a river north of Malta.
Stacked crystals of gold that twist and bend giving an almost curved wire gold look. In one image, the red circled areas show a change to the tips of these “wires”. One in particular is...
Collected… Also ended up having minor surgery after this collecting trip. A piece of chisel ended up embedded in my wrist!
30107 Heulandite-Ca, Mordenite, Rat’s Nest claim (Rat’s Nest mine), Challis, Bay Horse Mining District, Custer Co., Idaho, USA
Pink heulandite with white mordenite from John Cornish’s Rat’s Nest Claim. Acquired from John in Tucson 2007. Measures 46mm wide.
5713 Mcguinnessite, Copper, Dolomite, DeGrussa Copper Mine (DeGrussa Gold-Copper Mine; DeGrussa Mine), Doolgunna Station, Peak Hill Goldfield, Meekatharra Shire, Western Australia
Genie of the lamp. Colourless bladed dolomite crystals over pale blue mcguinnessite on native copper. Height of view 11mm. Stack of 160 images.
Single zircon crystal occurs as a xenolith in basalt. Width of view 11mm. Stack of 150 images.
Colourless crystal, main one being 35mm long.
Blue-green boracite crystals with orange hilgardite. Ex Lindsay and Patricia Greenbank Collection. Ex Joseph Funke Collection.
5712 Atacamite, Gypsum, Volborthite, Sweet Nell (Ironstone Lagoon), Ironstone Lagoon, Stuart Shelf, South Australia
Colourless gypsum over dark green to almost black atacamite. Yellowish green volborthite on specimen but not in photos. Ex John and Betty Weir.
20066 Lavoisierite, Punta Gensane, Col San Giovanni, Viù, Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Type Locality. Orange fibrous laths frozen in matrix. Width of view 18mm. Stack of 120 images.
5711 Goethite, Quartz, Robert Mine (Roberts Mine; Kennedy Mine), Cuyuna Range, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota, USA
Reddish brown goethite botryoidal matrix hosting colourless quartz crystals. Width of view 18mm. Stack of 240 images. Ex Lundgren Collection.
20065 Ferrierite-Mg, Burra Burra Copper Mine (Burra Mine; Monster Mine), Burra, North Mt Lofty Ranges, Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia
White sprays on quartz matrix. Width of view 11mm. Stack of 220 images. Ex Vince Peisley.
Thin vein of light blue caledonite crystals. Width of view 7.5mm. Stack of 100 images.
5710 Copper in Gypsum, Mission pit, Mission complex, San Xavier, Pima Mining District (Olive Mining District; Mineral Hill Mining District; Twin Buttes Mining District), Sierrita Mountains, Pima Co., Arizona, USA
Arborescent copper included in gypsum. Width of view 7.5mm. Stack of 150 images. Ex Charles Willett Collection.
ncat BJ Box RL Smithsonite, Malachite, Akjoujt Mine (Guelb Moghrein Mine), Akjoujt (Akjout; Fort Repoux), Inchiri Region, Mauritania
White smithsonite, green malachite.
4910 Torbernite, Pseudomalachite, Mottramite, Libethenite, Monakoff Mine, Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland
Green platy torbernite, bluish green hemispheres of pseudomalachite, tiny green crystals of libethenite and tiny yellow-green crystals of mottramite. Width of view 7.5mm. Stack of 120 images. Ex Barry Schubert Collection.
1277 Barite, Chabazite-Na (Herschelite), Apatite, Siderite, Bickers Quarry (Simpkins Quarry), Tokatoka, Kaipara District, Northland Region, New Zealand
Small cavities containing white bladed barite, colourless pseudo-hexagonal chabazite, colourless prismatic apatite and brown siderite. Width of view 3.75mm. Stack of 80 images.
1447 Fluorite, Natrolite, Rhodochrosite, Aegirine?, Poudrette quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
Wedge-shaped reddish-brown rhodochrosite on and with natrolite, colourless tiny cubes of fluorite with small octahedral corners on thin acicular aegirine(?) (see first crop). Unidentified white platy crystals (see second crop). Width of view 7.5mm. Stack...
Pale pink crystals. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 160 images. Acquired from Ian Graham in 1993.
1389 Rhodochrosite, Pyrite, Capillitas mining district, Andalgalá Department, Catamarca Province, Argentina
Pale pink section of a stalactite. Interesting that there is pyrite on the outer edges. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 130 images. Acquired from Roger Webb at the Salamanca Market, Hobart, in 1993.
Olive green cubes of pharmacosiderite with pale blue platelets of chalcophyllite. Width 3.75mm. Stack of 100 images. Old photograph (2005) is a single shot taken with a Sony DSC P150 hand held on microscope eyepiece....
5709 Pyrite, Ammonite Tragophylloceras sp, Charmouth Beach, Charmouth, West Dorset, Dorset, England, UK
Ammonite fossil replaced by pyrite.
5708 Pyrite, Ammonite Androgynoceras sp, Charmouth Beach, Charmouth, West Dorset, Dorset, England, UK
Ammonite fossil replaced by pyrite.
Ammonite fossil replaced by pyrite.
Ammonite fossil replaced by pyrite.
Ammonite fossil replaced by pyrite.
5704 Pyrite, Ammonite Crucilobiceras sp, Charmouth Beach, Charmouth, West Dorset, Dorset, England, UK
Ammonite fossil replaced by pyrite.
Featured on the cover of the Australian Journal of Mineralogy Volume 21 Number 1, 2020. If you were to ask my granddaughter Gracie what my favourite colour is, she would tell you blue! And what...
Green transparent sprays of ulrichite with a couple of turquoise balls. Height 7.5mm. Stack of 200 images. Type Locality.
Bluish-green massive falcondoite. Specimen is 30x25x25mm.
20063 M446 Marshite, Cuprite, Dolomite, Mutooroo Mine, Pine Creek – Mutooroo area, Mingary, Olary Province, South Australia
Pale greenish marshite(!) crystal with dark cuprite crystals and white dolomite. The marshite fluoresces strongly red with Convoy UV torch. There are three other areas of the specimen that also fluoresce bright red, but individual...
8519 Tenorite, Second scoria cone, Northern Breakthrough (North Breach), Great Fissure eruption (Main Fracture), Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka Krai, Russia
Lustrous black rounded wires of tenorite. Width 7.5mm. Stack of 90 images.
Small vugh full of silky white crystal sprays. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 200 images.
Pyrite cube partially altered to goethite. Collected on the dumps 31 July 2020. Crystal width 4mm. Stack of 80 images. Scene of Australia’s worst mining disaster in 1882 when 26 men perished. Water from the...
8518 Bariopharmacosiderite, Clara Mine, Oberwolfach, Ortenaukreis, Freiburg Region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Orange cubes. Type Locality. Width 6mm. Stack of 90 images.
Orange to red hessonite garnet showing a combination of dodecahedron and hexoctahedron forms with green curving worms of clinochlore. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 300 images.
8516 Natrolite, Phillipsite, Höwenegg Quarry (Hewenegg Quarry), Immendingen, Tuttlingen district, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Colourless prismatic natrolite with a stalactite of colourless phillipsite. Width 7.5mm. Stack of 200 images.
Pale yellow radiating groups that strongly fluoresce green under Convoy longwave light. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 126 images (white light). Stack of 34 images (UV). Ex Malte Bartholomaus.
7136 JL2851 Veatchite, Colemanite, Emet Eti Bor Mine (“Killik Mine”; “Kilik Mine”; Espey mine), Emet Borate deposit, Emet District, Kütahya Province, Turkey
Rounded crystals are veatchite, prismatic crystals are colemanite. Specimen is 19mm wide. Ex Joan Lamond Collection.
8514 Villiaumite, Tuperssuatsiaite, Ellingsenite, Unnamed Fe Analogue of Zakharovite, Aegirine, Albite, Nepheline, Aris Quarries, Aris, Windhoek Rural, Khomas Region, Namibia
Pink villiaumite, brown tuperssuatsiaite, white ellingsenite, tiny brown unnamed Fe analogue of zakharovite, green prismatic aegirine, colourless albite. Type Locality for ellingsenite and unnamed Fe analogue of zakharovite. Villiaumite fluoresces red (Convoy LW) and nepheline...
4660 Shadlunite, chalcopyrite, pentlandite, cubanite, magnetite, galena, sphalerite, and silver, Mayak Mine (Majak Mine), Talnakh Cu-Ni Deposit, Noril’sk, Putoran Plateau, Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
Type Locality. Polished section & analysis of this very rare lead-iron analogue of pentlandite, from the type locality, present as typical submicroscopic grains embedded in massive sulphides. Ex Raymond Hodgson Collection (4272) obtained in 2007....
Greenish yellow platy crystals that react strongly to Convoy longwave ultraviolet light. Width 9.25mm. Stack of 120 images (white light). Stack of 15 images (UV). Ex Margaret Brown Collection.
White pseudocubes with a slight pinkish tinge (altering to erythrite). Width 18.5mm. Stack of 109 images. Ex Diederik Visser.
Thin twinned crystal, partial sixling. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 170 images.
5694 Bastnäsite-(Ce), Coronadite, Mimetite, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine, Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Tiny triangular orange bastnäsite-(Ce) crystals on black coronadite. There are three vughs with at least a dozen bastnäsite-(Ce) crystals in each. Mimetite is mostly yellow prismatic crystals with one grey crystal. Width 3mm. Stack of...
Glassy brown bipyramidal crystals of a probable beudantite group mineral, with nearby yellowish-green material probably also the same species. Width 2.25mm. Collected underground. Stack of 90 images.
5692 Fluellite, Wavellite, Fairview Quarry, Robertstown, North Mt Lofty Ranges, Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia
Grey blocky fluellite crystals with tiny white wavellite crystals. Fluoresces under longwave UV. Width 18.5mm (except for cropped UV image). White light: stack of 130 images. UV: stack of 18 images. Ex John Weir. The...
Small glassy micro fluorite crystals to less than 2mm on an ironstone matrix. From a large hushed working within the Pike Law area. Collected in 1990’s. Fluoresces strongly. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 160 images. Fluorescent...
Lovely little thumbnail (in micro box) of a group of zoned golden mimetite crystals. Ex American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Collection number 45287. Ex Eugene Carmichael Collection. AMNH received it as a gift from...
Yellow prismatic crystals that fluoresce orange-pink under longwave ultraviolet. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 200 images. Ex Ambros Kissling.
1006 Barite, Smithsonite, Mimetite, Plaka mines, Plaka, Lavrion Mining District, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece
Zoned white to brown barite with tiny colourless mimetite crystals and white “smithsonite”. The latter is not listed in Mindat. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 200 images. Ex Ted Johnson.
A single blue octahedral spinel with minor matrix attached. Width 11mm. Stack of 140 images. Ex Ted Johnson. Collected in July 1987.
A single black bixbyite with pale pinkish topaz crystals. Width 11mm. Stack of 140 images. Ex Ted Johnson. Labelled as from Delta, Utah.
A single grain of gold approximately 1mm wide, mounted on the point of a pin. Label says recovered from the rock run below the Eagle mine. Width 3mm. Stack of 50 images. Label also includes...
A small number of dark green uvarovite garnets with a single bronze pyrrhotite. Width 8mm. Stack of 150 images.
White agate-patterned calcite filling small vesicles in basalt. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 50 images. Collected 16/7/2020.
20060 Cassiterite, Ferberite, Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China
A group of cassiterite crystals on a striated single ferberite crystal. Width 11mm. Stack of 130 images.
5690 Zircon, Biotite, Taratimi Bay (Crater Bay), Mayor Island (Tuhua), Bay of Plenty Region, North Island, New Zealand
Sharp and very thin crystals of biotite with white concertina zircon crystal (indicated by red arrow). Width 5.5mm. Stack of 100 images.
5689 Calcite, Chabazite, Mn Oxide, Aranga Quarry (Stone’s Quarry; Hood Road Quarry), Aranga, Kaipara District, Northland Region, North Island, New Zealand
Black manganese oxides on curved white calcite crystals and colourless pseudocubic chabazite crystals. Width 11mm. Stack of 100 images.
Colourless to white bladed crystals of hydromagnesite. There is also an unknown green tabular crystal towards the top left of the specimen, maybe apophyllite (see closeup). Width 18mm. Stack of 180 images. Ex Bernie and...
8202 M354 Epidote, Laumontite, Pumpellyite, Quartz, Kapaa Quarries, Kailua, Oahu, Honolulu Co., Hawaii, USA
Green prismatic epidote with apparent paler tips, white prismatic flattened crystals of laumontite, and green platelets of pumpellyite. Small colourless quartz crystals. Width 9mm, stack of 78 images (epidote). Width 4.5mm, stack of 30 images...
Zoned yellow and brown sphalerite crystals with colourless rhombs of dolomite and colourless round groups of quartz crystals. A couple of very pale yellow sphalerite crystals exhibit an unusual pinkish fluorescence. Width 9mm. Stack of...
5687 Cavansite, Waipouaite, Okenite, Chabazite-Ca, Aranga Quarry, Aranga, Kaipara District, Northland Region, North Island, New Zealand
Pale blue tufts of cavansite with green crystal of waipouaite(?) on chabazite pseudocubes. Aranga is the Type Locality for waipouaite. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 110 images. Most crystals of waipouaite are almost black, but many...
Orange-red hexagonal crystals in tabular and prismatic habits on cream-coloured barite plates. Width 11mm. Stack of 150 images. Close-up photo of a 30x27x20mm specimen.
Brown-tinged cerussite crystals in argentiferous galena with pyrite and minor sphalerite and siderite. Width 11mm. Stack of 100 images.
20058 Mimetite, Guatomo Mine (‘Hat Yai’ mimetite locality), Tham Thalu, Bannang Sata District, Yala Province, Thailand
Zoned orange-capped yellow hexagonal prisms with small prism faces. Some twinning visible. Width 11mm. Stack of 130 images.
0.2g of the Murchison meteorite (9 fragments). This meteorite which fell in 1969 is classed as a CM2 Carbonaceous Chondrite. 38 mineral species have been identified including 3 Type Locality minerals. Largest piece in photo...
Interpenetrant pseudo-cubic crystals.
5686 Mimetite, Goethite, Cerussite, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine, Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Yellow butterfly of mimetite with goethite casts after cerussite. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 70 images.
5685 Axinite-(Mn), Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp (Landsman group), Aravaipa, Santa Teresa Mountains, Aravaipa Mining District, Graham Co., Arizona, USA
Pale green transparent crystals. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex John Sobolewski. Ex Matt Gibbs.
5684 Azurite, Malachite, Copper Queen Mine (Halero Mine), Queen Hill, Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Azurite roses. Width 11mm. Stack of 130 images. Ex John Sobolewski. Ex Matt Gibbs.
5683 Goldichite, Halotrichite, Dexter No. 7 Mine, Calf Mesa, San Rafael Mining District, Emery Co., Utah, USA
Yellow masses of crystals of the rare potassium sulphate goldichite on crystalline pinkish halotrichite. Type Locality for goldichite. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 170 images. Ex John Sobolewski. Ex Matt Gibbs.
Intense blue linarite crystals. Width 8mm. Stack of 51 images.
A crudely-terminated 5mm tall bicoloured crystal (purplish-blue and greenish-grey) that has experienced dissolution. Stack of 100 images. Ex John Sobolewski. Ex Matt Gibbs.
5680 Manganbabingtonite, Johannsenite, Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Aravaipa, Santa Teresa Mountains, Aravaipa Mining District, Graham Co., Arizona, USA
A brownish-black crystal of manganbabingtonite (actually a group of parallel grown crystals) together with pale green crystals of johannsenite. Width 11mm. Stack of 80 images. Ex John Sobolewski. Ex Matt Gibbs.
Green hemispheres on matrix. Width 11mm. Stack of 70 images. Ex John Sobolewski. Ex Matt Gibbs.
5678 Crocoite, Pyromorphite, Platt Prospect, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast municipality, Tasmania
Collected underground in 2004. Specimen width 11mm. Stack of 98 images (Helicon Focus).
Sharp native copper crystals. Specimen height 7mm. Stack of 100 images. Ex Joan Lamond Collection.
Phacolite habit of chabazite. Brown ferroan calcite is fluorescent and phosphorescent. Width 11mm. Stack of 110 images. Ex Joan Lamond Collection. Ex Museum Victoria.
5192 JL1451 Newberyite, Skipton Caves, Mt. Widderin (Anderson’s Hill), Skipton, Corangamite Shire, Victoria
Ex Museum of Victoria. Width 11mm. Stack of 70 images. Some of the smaller crystals are transparent.
Single loose brown flattened dodecahedron diamond crystal weighing 0.35ct. Pale blue fluorescence. Crystal width 5mm. Stack of 90 images.
Deep red octahedral crystals when strongly lit. Width 11mm. Stack of 116 images. Ex Bernie and Margaret Day Collection.
One of the rarer zeolites. Silky white sprays. Width 11mm. Stack of 140 images.
5674 Barwoodite, Eggletonite, Aegirine, Big Rock Quarry (3M Quarry; Arch Street Pike Quarry), Granite Mountain area, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas, USA
Brown barwoodite in matrix, tan to brown fibrous to acicular eggletonite, and green aegirine. Portrait photo height 4.5mm, stack of 80 images. Landscape photo width 9mm, stack of 94 images. Type Locality for barwoodite and...
9049 JP2360 Phenakite, Quartz, Assunção Mine, Aldeia Nova, Ferreira de Aves, Sátão, Viseu District, Portugal
Colourless crystals. Width 11mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Green brochantite and pale blue devilline. Width 9mm. Stack of 44 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9047 JP2218 Axinite-(Fe), Actinolite, Glandon Pass, Maurienne valley, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
Fiery brown axinite associated with and included by pale needles of actinolite. Width 18mm. Stack of 100 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9046 JP2316 Apophyllite, Chabazite-Ca, Thomsonite-Ca, Moonen Bay, Dunvegan, Duirinish, Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland, UK
Prismatic colourless apophyllite crystals with pinkish chabazite and colourless bladed thomsonite. The latter fluoresces strong white. Width 18mm. Stack of 180 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Light blue crust on matrix. Width 11mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9044 JP2265 Senaite-Crichtonite series, La Léchère (Notre Dame de Briançon), Tarentaise valley, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Shiny black crystals. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 90 images. Closeup photo width 2.25mm and stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Blocky brown rutile crystals with green-brown prismatic dravite. Height 5.5mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9042 JP2253 Skutterudite, Ightem Mine, Ightem, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Silver euhedral crystals. Width 11mm. Stack of 50 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9013 JP2318 Beudantite, Serpieri Mine, Kamariza Mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion District Mines, Lavrion District, Attikí Prefecture, Greece
Olive green beudantite crystals, and some as an epimorph after a cubic mineral (pyrite?). Width 11mm. Stack of 80 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Euhedral oxidised pyrite crystals with small rutile needles. Width 11mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Gold (trying very hard to be an octahedral crystal) in quartz. Width 11mm. Stack of 58 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Sharp platy crystals. Width 7mm, stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
5673 Elbaite, Stewart Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA
Single green terminated crystal 13mm long.
Dark bluish anatase crystals. Width 7mm. Stack of 50 (dark one) and 70 (one with reflected face) images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9038 JP2266 Raspite, Stolzite, Les Montmins Mine (Ste Barbe vein), Échassières, Ébreuil, Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Tiny orange-brown raspite crystals and yellow stolzite crystals. Width 9mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Very small patches of hackly gold embedded in quartz. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Silvery-white crystalline native bismuth. Width 9mm. Stack of 62 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Orange-red realgar and yellow orpiment micro crystals. Width 9mm. Stack of 62 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Collected on the Pinnacles Dumps. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 54 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9034 JP2220 Wollastonite, Saint-Maime mines, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France
Sharp colourless crystals. Width 9mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
White hexagonal calcite crystals that fluoresce pink, green epidote and orange-brown grossular garnet. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 62 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
In slag. Colourless octahedral crystals of senarmontite, and yellow sulphur(?) crystals in other cavities. Maybe rosickýite? Senarmontite: Width 9mm. Stack of 54 images. “Sulphur”: Width 1.55. Stack of 16 images. I had to overexpose the...
9030 JP2226 Anorthite, Esseneite, Wollastonite, Leucite, Lapanouse-de-Severac slag locality, Aveyron, Occitanie, France
Colourless tabular anorthite (not shown in photo), black esseneite, colourless thin prismatic wollastonite and colourless euhedral leucite. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Green acicular camérolaite with light blue fibrous cyanotrichite. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9028 JP2267 Monazite-(Ce), Anatase, Fluorapatite, Quartz, La Léchère (Notre Dame de Briançon), Tarentaise valley, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Greyish-yellow monazite with yellow-orange anatase, colourless quartz and white apatite. The apatite fluoresces a pinkish white. Width 9mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9027 JP2293 Olivenite, Kaolinite, Ting Tang Mine, West Clifford United Mines, Carharrack, Carharrack, Cornwall, England, UK
Fine green needles of olivenite with white kaolinite. Width 9mm. Stack of 70 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9026 JP2279 Libethenite, Plimerite, Broken Hill South Mine (BHS Mine; South Mine), Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Lighter green libethenite with almost black bladed plimerite. Natrodufrenite listed on label but I am not able to pick it. There are also other minerals, including possible calcian pyromorphite as white prismatic crystals, hoppered green...
Clusters of blue bladed azurite with many colourless prismatic twinned harmotome crystals, and colourless bladed barite crystals. The barite fluoresces a creamy white. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Small amount of gold with iridescent goethite in white quartz.
Bright gold patches with iridescent goethite in white quartz. Width 9mm. Stack of 50 images.
9024 JP2257 Heulandite, Whitianga Road cutting, Whitianga, Coromandel peninsula, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand
Typical coffin-shaped crystals. Width 9mm. Stack of 70 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Sharp bluish crystals of anatase on quartz. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 52 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9022 JP2363 Synchisite-(Ce), Hematite, Quartz, Montecrestese, Ossola Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province, Piedmont, Italy
Hexagonal pale-coloured prism of synchisite (label says Ce, but Mindat shows this as questionable), with silver hexagonal plates of hematite. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 56 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Cluster of pink octahedral crystals, pale blue fluorescence. Ex Roger Colling Collection.
28002 VH34 Fluorite, Calcite, North Mine (North Broken Hill Mine; NBH Mine), Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Group of deep purple fluorite cubes with octahedral faces, with white calcite that fluoresces red. Width 9mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Val Hannah Collection.
28001 VH230 Stolzite, Pyromorphite, Sphalerite, Anglesite, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine, Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Greenish-brown short to long prismatic stolzite crystals with brown pyromorphite. Width 9mm. Stack of 100 images. Ex Val Hannah Collection. Pyromorphite is fluorescent pale orange, but also fluorescing are patches of sphalerite in the matrix...
9021 JP2347 Coronadite, Pyromorphite, Kaolinite?, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine (BHS Mine; South Mine), Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Acicular needles of coronadite with a few hexagonal green pyromorphite crystals and white fibrous kaolinite(?). Width 9mm. Stack of 30, 42 and 62 photos. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9020 JP2381 Arsenopyrite, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite, Colebrook Hill, Rosebery district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania
Sharp crystals of pale brass arsenopyrite and black sphalerite, and a tiny bit of chalcopyrite. Photo width 9mm. Stack of 50 images (arsenopyrite), and 60 images (sphalerite). Ex Jo Price specimen.
A single purple octahedral crystal of fluorite (fluorescent) with golden sprays of goethite on quartz. Width 9mm. Stack of 110 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9145 JP2287 Vésigniéite, New Cliffe Hill Quarry, Cliffe Hill Quarry, Stanton under Bardon, Leicestershire, England, UK
Clusters of tiny olive-green crystals. Width 7mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9019 JP2268 Monazite-(Ce), La Lechere (Notre Dame de Briancon), Tarentaise valley, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
A single pale yellow crystal. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 20 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Rich hackly gold in quartz. Width 9mm. Stack of 62 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9017 JP2203 Jarosite, Goethite, Wiperaminga Hill West Quarry (Wipperaminga Hill), Boolcoomatta Reserve (Boolcoomata Station; Boolcoomatta), Olary Province, South Australia
Sharp brown jarosite crystals with rainbow goethite. Width 9mm. Stack of 34 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9016 JP2307 Cookeite, Quartz, Noyes Mountain Quarry (Harvard Quarry), Greenwood, Oxford County, Maine, USA
Purple cookeite, rare according to Tom Klinepeter. Width 9mm. Stack of 66 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Sharp brownish crystals. Width 9mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9014 JP2366 Tetrahedrite, La Sanguinede mine, Les Malines District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Occitanie, France
Tarnished silver tetrahedral crystals. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 24 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Although not that uncommon, zircon xenocrysts that have come up as part of the molten material are usually hard to spot. This zircon has only been affected a little. It also exhibits a nice rainbow...
Powellite is uncommon in Australia, particular as distinct crystals. Mindat has only one photo, a powellite with ulrichite and fluorapatite from Lake Boga. This specimen has excellent crystals. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 180 images. Ex...
Pale greenish rounded pseudohexagonal twins of tridymite with goethite(?). Oxidation due to the breakdown of either ilmenite or magnetite. You can see the hexagonal outline of the tridymite here and there.
Ex Joan Lamond Collection. Brown grossular garnet crystals in vughs with trigonal hematite crystals. Acquired by Joan in 1994 from Geoff Randall at the Ballarat Gemboree. With 9mm. Stack of 60 images.
7231 JL1610 Chrysocolla, Gypsum, Trafalgar Mine (Mount Oscar Mine), Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland
Ex Joan Lamond Collection. Colourless gypsum crystals on green chrysocolla (labelled as pseudomalachite). Acquired by Joan in 1995 from John Toma while on a field trip to Lake Boga. Width 9mm. Stack of 30 images.
9010 JP2222 Kidwellite, Les Montmins Mine (Ste Barbe vein), echassieres, ebreuil, Allier, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
Brown puffballs of kidwellite in a cavity. Width 9mm. Stack of 42 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9135 JP2645 Molybdofornacite, Wulfenite, Pyromorphite, Whim Creek Copper Mine (Whim Creek Copper prospect; Whim Well Mine), Whim Creek, Roebourne Shire, Western Australia
Sharp green crystals of molybdofornacite on tabular yellow wulfenite with cream zoned hexagonal pyromorphite. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 37 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Brown equant crystals of andradite garnet. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 89 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Stubby orange crystals with unknown powdery yellow material. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 71 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9127 JP2632 Pectolite, Grossular, Jeffrey Mine (“Johns-Manville Mine”), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Quebec, Canada
Lemon pectolite crystals with green grossular garnets. Height 4.33. Stack of 45 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Black spheres of goethite on blue plumbogummite. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 52 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9118 JP2620 Pseudobrookite, Nepheline, Fluorapatite, Biotite, Rhonite, Nickenicher Sattel (Eicher Sattel), Nickenich, Andernach, Eifel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Sharp black prismatic pseudobrookite, colourless hexagonal nepheline, white fluorapatite, brownish biotite, single reddish rhonite. Width 2.77mm. Stack of 16 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Basketweave siderite with colourless drillbit twin phillipsite-Na crystals. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 38 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9108 JP2663 Phosgenite, Thorikos Bay slag locality, Thorikos area, Lavrion District slag localities, Lavrion District (Laurion; Laurium), Attiki Prefecture (Attica; Attika), Greece
Colourless blocky crystals fluoresce orange under longwave UV. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 64 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9107 JP2756 Kidwellite, Strengite, Iron Monarch open cut, Iron Knob, Middleback Range, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Pale creamy greenish-yellow tufts of kidwellite with glassy lilac strengite crystals. Width 3.25mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9009 JP2205 Natrolite, Chabazite-Na, Ardglen Quarry (State Rail Quarry), Ardglen, Buckland Co., New South Wales
Colourless natrolite needles with a pink base, possibly caused by hematite, on phacolitic chabazite crystals (probably chabazite-Na). Width 9mm. Stack of 110 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9097 JP2308 Laumontite, Pyrite, Stellerite, Graham Quarry, Ascot Hills, Dookie, City of Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Small pyrite cubes with minor octahedral corners, colourless to orange stellerite crystals and white laumontite. Height 4.5mm. Stack of 30 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9008 JP2389 Gold, Galena, Wirrealpa Mine (Flinders Range Silver Lead NL; Donkey Bore Prospect), Wirrealpa homestead area, North Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Small flakes of gold on vein quartz and on galena. Also present in one cavity – malachite and cerussite. Possible acanthite on silver in another. Width 9mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9088 JP2652 Aurichalcite, Hydrozincite, Calcite, Narlarla Mine (Barker Gorge), Napier Downs Station, Derby-West Kimberley Shire, Western Australia
Pale blue aurichalcite with white hydrozincite and pink calcite. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 162 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Transparent brown to almost black prismatic cassiterite crystals with dark greenish schorl and yellow calcite. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 109 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Many flakes of gold on matrix. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 44 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9072 JP2642 Crocoite, Pyromorphite, Platt Prospect, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast municipality, Tasmania
Green pyromorphite crystals with sharp orange-red crocoite crystals. Width 3.25mm, stack of 102 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9032 JP2374 Anatase, Brookite, Quartz, Hematite, La Lauzière massif, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Sharp orange-red doubly-terminated anatase crystals with platey brookite, on quartz with minor hematite. The specimen was only labelled as anatase, but the brookite, although small, is very nice. Header photo (anatase) width 9mm, stack of...
9007 JP2350 Aragonite, Calcite, Phillipsite-K, Chabazite-Ca, Trentham Falls, Trentham, Hepburn Shire, Victoria
Tiny crystals of calcite, phillipsite and chabazite on the sides of aragonite needles. Aragonite fluoresces white with a fading greenish afterglow. Photo width 9mm. Stack of 50 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Pale blue needles on quartz. Width 9mm. Stack of 62 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Colourless crystals. Yellowish fluorescence in matrix. With 9mm. Stack of 86 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9004 JP2269 Scheelite, Tête des Econduits, Mont Chemin mining district, Martigny, Valais, Switzerland
Single yellow transparent scheelite crystal. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 44 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9003 JP2390 Erythrite, Cobaltite, Hörnesite, Heterogenite, Roselite, Queen Sally Mine, Kajabbi, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland
Sharp pink erythrite crystals and masses. Cobaltite as cubes mostly replaced by tan hörnesite. Black/purplish heterogenite. Ex Jo Price Collection. Width 4.5mm.
Flat bladed bright blue crystals. Width 4.5mm. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Tiny purple octahedral fluorite crystals with green epidote and colourless albite. Width 5mm.
30102 Quartz, Pyrite, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite, Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
A lot going on here. Orange phantoms in quartz crystals. These are coated in white drusy quartz. Then there are colourless quartz scepters. But not just at the tips. There are tiny little sceptres ALONG...
10074 Morganite, Albite, Quartz, Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field (Darra-i-Pech; Darra-e-Pech; Pech; Peech; Page), Chapa Dara District, Konar Province (Kunar Province; Konarh Province; Konarha Province; Nuristan), Afghanistan
Pale pink morganite beryl, labelled as Pakistan but identified as Pech by Rocksaholics. Purchased at Keystone, priced at $290.
Agate-patterned calcite, commonly called eye agates, are generally found loose on the eastern side of the bay. Video best viewed full screen.
Aesthetic yellow crystal cluster. Acquired at the 2013 Bendigo Show. Video best viewed full screen.
9001 JP2561 Duftite, Cornwallite, Mt Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Victoria-Daly Region, Northern Territory
Labelled pseudomalachite and does look like it. But more likely cornwallite(?) given the occurrence of many arsenate minerals at Mt Bonnie. Ex Jo Price Collection. Width 9mm, stack of 70 images.
Single crystal with neat phantoms. Video best viewed full screen.
Kaolinite pseudomorph after orthoclase (Pig’s Egg). Purchased at the 2013 Ballarat Gem Show. Video best viewed full screen.
Terminated crystals of blue beryl with colourless crystals of sellaite and quartz. Fluorite was picked up by fluorescence under longwave ultraviolet. A yellow-orange fluorescence may be non-crystalline sellaite. In the fluorescent photos, there are also...
Sharp orange-red crystal groups and single crystal. Ex Brian Shelton Collection.
Single crystal on small amount of matrix. Ex Brian Shelton Collection.
White natrolite and red (hematite-stained) gmelinite in a vugh in basalt. Video best viewed full screen.
Superb cluster of azurite crystals. Very solid piece. Video best viewed full screen.
Two sharp azurite crystals in a V formation with unidentified green and white minerals. Video best viewed full screen.
Sharp orange-red tabular/platey crystals. Locality likely Jianshan Mine, although not labelled as such. Labelled as Guangxi, China – no wulfenite listed in Mindat in this region. Recent similar specimens from seller are noted as Xinjiang...
Quartz and hematite pseudomorph after an epidote crystal coated with tiny quartz crystals. MinID RMK-561. Video best viewed full screen.
Slender quartz crystal with goethite inclusions and unknown black rhombohedral species. Video best viewed full screen.
5667 Rhodochrosite, N’Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape, South Africa
Deep orange-red sharp crystals. Ex Brian Shelton Collection. Photo widths 9mm and 5mm.
Heavy specimen. Sharp pale blue crystals. Video best viewed full screen.
Many crystals not terminated. The largest terminated crystal has smaller parallel growth crystals. Video best viewed full screen.
30093 Pyromorphite, Malachite, Emerald Pocket, Brown’s Prospect, Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Coomalie Shire, Northern Territory
Collected August 2010 by Dave Rosewall and Paul Melville. Video best viewed full screen.
Predominantly blue and green thin opal seams.
Butterfly twin. Pink fluorescence. Video best viewed full screen.
An attractive copper specimen partially altered to dark red cuprite. Video best viewed full screen.
30091 Sphalerite, Quartz, Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Complex black sphalerite with orange coated quartz crystals. Video best viewed full screen.
Heavy specimen. Most of the matrix is cassiterite too. Video best viewed full screen.
30089 Fluorapatite, Calcite, Liscombe Deposit, Monmouth Township, Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada
Fluorapatite crystal is repaired in three places. It is not fluorescent, but the glue used is. The calcite matrix fluoresces pink. Video best viewed full screen.
Often, Rogerley specimens are larger with bigger crystals. But this one is cute. And of course, fluorescent. Video best viewed full screen.
Pyrite after marcasite, with calcite and a second generation of pyrite. The calcite is fluorescent pink under longwave UV. Video best viewed full screen.
Mineralisation on all faces with no obvious point of contact so was probably a breccia. Some glue on one side. Video best viewed full screen.
Ex Ron Galbraith Collection, Northern Districts. Video best viewed full screen.
Deep orange-brown crystals, with some tan coloured faces. Video best viewed full screen.
Orange tabular wulfenite crystals with yellow mimetite on pale pinkish crystalline barite. Video best viewed full screen.
20052 Wulfenite, Calcite, Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang Co., Bayin’gholin Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China
Sharp orange wulfenite blades, some with a dusting of white calcite on one face. Video best viewed full screen.