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February 27, 2014- French Autunite. The first of my Tucson updates, this page contains a group of French autunite specimens collected pre-1962 from mines and quarries that are now closed. More new Tucson material will follow late next week. Click here to see the specimens!
March 28, 2013- Tucson III! A selection of Inner Mongolian Specimens obtained at this years Tucson show. Some of the material is familiar in nature, though there are a number of completely new things as well-- the two pieces below are examples of the new things-- and yes, that's a pyrrhotite. Click here to view the specimens!
March 5, 2013- Tucson I! Updates are resuming again, this first page containing numerous specimens including a new find of purple fluorite from Dal'Negorsk (yes, purple... not clear or light green), assorted Japanese minerals (including a new find of included quartz), and rare-earth species from northeastern D.R. Congo. Click here to see the specimens!
November 12, 2012- Inner Mongolia! Specimens from recent finds in Inner Mongolia! Killer new Lollingites, sphalerites, and an assortment of fluorite, quartz, and others! Click here to see the specimens!
September 28, 2012- Mixed Minerals! Updates are starting up again with this page of mixed minerals and a clearance page (link below.) Over the next couple weeks I'll be posting more new finds from Inner Mongolia and Madagascar as well. Click here to see the new minerals!
May 24, 2012- Barite! Large barite crystals from a recent find at the Linwood Mine, in Iowa, and a few others.
May 7, 2012- Peru! I recently returned from Peru with quite a few new specimens. This first page encompasses the majority of Peruvian finds made over the last few years, as well as a couple older pieces. Click here to see the specimens!
February 14, 2012- Korean and Japanese Amethysts. New from Tucson: a page containing specimens from a new find of Japanese amethyst, and a number of classic South Korean scepters. Click here to see the specimens!
February 14, 2012- Inner Mongolia III- More minerals from Inner Mongolia (including more new finds!), some sourced in Tucson and others sent to me directly from China. Click here to see the specimens!
January 15, 2012- Inner Mongolia II- A final update before Tucson containing more minerals from inner Mongolia, including pink fluorites and a number of (cheaper) genthelvites, among others. There are a few pieces from elsewhere in China included as well. Click here to see the specimens!
November 11, 2011 Inner Mongolia! A page containing specimens from recent finds at the Huanggang Iron mine in Inner Mongolia. I have tried to include examples of as much of the new material as possible, and to my knowledge there are only 3 items of note found there that are not included (rhodonite, purple fluorite/arsenopyrite and brown calcite balls). In any case, this should provide a more complete image of the interesting things that (to date) have been found at this important new locality. Click here to see the specimens!
October 1, 2011 New finds from Bolivia! A page containing specimens of new ludlmaite, valentinite, and a few slightly older pyromorphites. The ludlamites are exceptionally rich and from a new location, the Estano Orko Mine (virtually all previous pieces have come from Huanuni). The valentinites are exceptionally huge crystals of this very rare oxide species (despite being thumbnails). Click here to see the specimens!
July 3, 2011 Madagascar! A page containing varied specimens from my second trip to Madagascar. There is a bit of everything in here, from the gem minerals (particularly some exceptional matrix liddicoatites) that the country is famous for, to rare, ugly things like hibonite, monazite, and samarskite. Click here to see the specimens!
June 17, 2011 India II - Since my last update I have taken a second trip to India and continued on to Madagascar. This page contains a number of Indian minerals from the last two trips, including some exceptional fluorites and calcites. Minerals from Madagascar will follow in the coming weeks. Click here to see the speicmens!
April 20, 2011 India! I left for India immediately after Tucson. Although I was primarily there for non-mineral reasons, I took a couple day trips to see what I could find. Particularly notable in this update are the red fluorites-- I did not see any at Tucson 2011 and have only seen pieces very infrequently in the past, so I would assume that these specimens are from a new find. Click here to view the specimens!
March 29, 2011 Tucson 2! I had to leave for India shortly after Tucson, so my updates got delayed. Here is a second mage of specimens from Tucson, containing a number of Chinese specimens, as well as a few other interesting items. Click here to see the specimens!
January 1, 2011- Mixed specimens! A page of mixed specimens from recent acquisitions as well as pieces rediscovered as I prepare for Tucson. There are some exceptional alabandites, a cabinet henmilite, and a number of other pieces. Click here to see the specimens!
November 28, 2010- A note about irradiated specimens from Pakistan/ Afghanistan. I just saw more of this stuff for sale here in the US, the treatments were not disclosed, and I want to make sure more people know what to look for.
November 24, 2010- Pakistan/ Afghanistan . I returned from a buying trip to Peshawar, Pakistan a couple weeks ago, this first page contains 40 of the specimens I brought back. Click here to see the specimens!
October 18, 2010- South America! A page of minerals, all but two from South America. There are several specimens from a 2008 find of world class alabandite, a couple odd amethysts, and more. I had also received requests for more Peruvian realgar specimens, ten of those are also on the page. Click here to see the specimens!
June 29, 2010- Bolivia! It has been a while since I posted anything from Bolivia, so here is page containing nearly 40 specimens from various localities, including a number of silver minerals from the Porco Mine, operated since the 1500's. Click here to see the specimens!
June 16, 2010- Mixed Minerals. A page of mixed minerals acquired in Peru, Tucson, and elsewhere. This page has a number of display specimens, as well as rarities... I couldn't decide how to categorize them, so I threw them all together. Click here to see the specimens!
May 26, 2010- Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite! A page of over 50 specimens of the rare liddicoatite variety of Tourmaline from last summer's trip to Madagascar. These mainly range in size from thumbnails to miniatures, in various colors and habits- lots of reds, pinks, and even a yellow crystal. Click here to see the specimens.
May 16, 2010- Tucson Part 4! A page of 27 mixed specimens from Tucson and elsewhere. There are some very nice pieces in this update-- a barite from the "American Mineral Treasures" display, a killer rhodochrosite, an amazing parisite, a couple huge Chinese Wulfenites, and others. Click here to see the specimens!
March 26, 2010- Tucson Part 3! A page of 27 mixed minerals from this year's Tucson show. There are a couple few finds, some rarities, and a number of other beautiful and interesting pieces. There are also a few minerals from Honduras, of all places. Click here to view the specimens!
February 21, 2010- MOZAMBIQUE! A page of minerals from Mozambique. I came across a couple dealers in Tucson with minerals from this country. As bountiful as Mozambique's pegmatites have been, there never seem to be any specimens available from there. Click here to view the specimens!
February, 5 2010- TUCSON 2010!!! The first page of specimens from the Tucson show. There are specimens from a couple new finds, some old classics, and more. I will be posting a page every week for the next few weeks. Click here to see the speimens!
December 7, 2009- Peru, Part II. This update is more sulfide-intensive than the previous Peruvian update. Many of the sulfides on this page are from finds made over the last few years, and in my opinion were (for the most part) better than the usual. Click here to see the specimens!
September 2, 2009- New find of Demantoid Garnets! Over 30 specimens from a new find of bright green demantoid garnets from Madagascar. These were discovered a couple months ago in a mangrove swamp near the northern tip of the island. Most of what has been found went to Thailand to be cut, but I was able to obtain a number of beautiful clusters and matrix specimens on my recent trip to the country. Click here to see the specimens!
August 26, 2009- MADAGASCAR! I have just returned from my last buying trip of the summer, this one to Madagascar. This first page of Malagasy specimens contains a random sampling of the material I brought back. I will be posting more specimens from Madagascar, as well as from my previous trip to Peru, as time permits in the coming weeks. I also have a number of interesting mixed goodies that I have saved up for the coming updates.
But for now, click here to see the new specimens!
July 26, 2009- PERU! I have just returned from a buying trip to Peru, with a few hundred specimens. This first page is a random sampling of the material I
April 6, 2009- Bolivian Sulfosalts. This update contains 33 specimens from Bolivia, mostly rare sulfosalts, but there are also a few other oddities. There are some andorites, teallites cylindrites, metastibnites from the best of species find, and others. Click here to see the specimens!
March 19, 2009- Tucson Minerals III. This update contains specimens from the Amalia mine: Boleite, Cumengeite, and chrysocolla ps.boleite. The pseudos are from a limited new find, and are in my opinion amongst the most interesting novelties of the show. There are also several superb boleites, and a couple matrix cumengites. Click here to see the specimens!
January 11, 2009- Paravauxite! A page containing a number of paravauxite/ sigloite specimens, from the type locality for both species. The specimens range in size from a few centimeters to large cabinets, and come from the personal stash of a miner I met in Bolivia.
December 13, 2008- 2 Pages: Copper ps. Aragnonite and Bismuth Nuggets. While in Bolivia, I managed to obtain of a small quantity of bismuth nuggets from the Villaque Alluvial fields, along with number of classic copper ps. aragonite pseudos from Cocorro. Click an image below to view the corresponding page.
December 2, 2008- Pakistani Minerals! A selection pegmatite minerals, including aquamarines, garnets, topazes, and even a vayrynenite/herderite/topaz/tourmaline combo specimen. Click here to view the specimens.
November 06, 2008- Bolivian MONAZITE! A small selection of specimens form a new find at Llallagua. The monazites from this find are some of the best to come out in recent years, being richer and (in my opinion) more aesthetic than any other monazites found there in a long, long time. Click here to view the specimens!
August 29, 2008- BOLIVIA! I have just come back from a week in Bolivia, where I acquired a few hundred specimens. I have posted one page containing just over 30 pieces, all of very high quality. Click here to view the specimens!
August 17, 2008- Another page containing 30 clearance items, most priced under $50. There are some of the new Mexican wulfenites, stibnites, and a couple kesterites and afghanites have also been thrown... Click here to view the specimens
May 15, 2008-Rhodochrosite! Over 20 rhodochrosite specimens from Uchucchacua, along with a couple rhodonites. That was initially going to be posted after Tucson, but I decided to wait until after additional specimens arrived from Peru to post the page. Click here to view the specimens!!
March 21, 2008- Mimetite! A page of Chinese mimetite specimens, from the 2003 find. Not much of this stuff was available, but I managed to find a few rather good pieces. Click here to see the specimens!
August 17, 2007- Pyromorphite! After carefully assembling a collection of almost 100 pyromorphite specimens over the past two years, I'm putting it up for sale. There are a lot of very unique pieces here--some date to the last century, and many are nearly impossible to find in any quality. Most of the major finds of the past few decades are represented in the collection--Les Farges, Cordoba, various Bunker Hill pockets, Daoping etc. If nothing else, I hope you enjoy the photographs.
There are 4 pages of pyromorphites, organized by continent. Please click here to view the first page.