Yesterday at around mid day George and his partner Sam became parents for the second time. Their little girl has been named Hazel [ ] Wrigley, and Alex has a younger sister.
Apart from becoming a grandparent for the second time I am out of retirement and running this show, while George gets up to speed with his additional parental duties.
Sellers in particular may see/hear more from me over the next few days.
Congrats again to George Sam Alex and Hazel
A shout-out to mobile and tablet users on e-Rocks!
A while back we created the e-Rocks Mineral Database App to provide phone users a quick and easy mineral database. The app is fast and contains tons of useful information on species, chemistry, properties and classification.
This is a nice little tool when you are at a show or otherwise away from your desktop/offline; a massive thankyou to the 1,500 or so users that are using it.
We now have new servers with much more processing, storage, security and up-to-date software.
As we said previously hopefully you will not notice anything different - a few page caches may need to rebuild etc.
Please let us know if you are seeing any problems - it really helps to fix if we know what you are seeing.
Moving forward with our modernised platform we can continue to introduce new features as promised.
This week we have some big things to do on the e-Rocks service.
We last went through this in September 2015 when we had much less traffic and data to store.
If things are going well 5 years is quite a long life-span for a system, and apart from routine uplifts in storage and processors we have done well.
However some of what we have is out of date, under capacity and due for an uplift.
Please be aware of our updated TVM Terms & Conditions before bidding or buying anything TVM offers on e-Rocks.
There is also a link showing the details below on each and every item listed.
Our Terms and Conditions - 31 December 2020
RESPONSE TIME: We will generally respond within 24hrs to questions and purchase requests, via the e-Rocks contact and invoice system.
If you contact us directly via email this will be the same, via social media this cannot be guaranteed.
Two unusual and colourful Uranium (U) minerals have been reported from Germany for the first time: Green to bluish paddlewheelite and yellow-green glassy albrechtschraufite.
The locality is Uranus Mine, Kleinrückerswalde, in the Erzgebirge Mountains in Saxony. This is only the second locality in the world after the type locality at Jachymov, Czech Republic.
The identification of the minerals has been done by PXRD & EDS.
Analytical investigations of the germanite and renierite associated secondary minerals have lead to the discoveries of many unique minerals eg. otjisumeite, bartelkeite, stottite from the Tsumeb Mine, Otavi Highlands, Namibia in the past decades.
There are still many undescribed Germanium (Ge), Gallium (Ga) bearing secondary minerals present in this assemblage, that lack size or other parameters for further structural work, but the main focus of this article are new Cadmium (Cd) bearing minerals, that are already known from other localities.
It has been very quiet on the blog front for a while, there has been a reason for this which will be explained at a later stage; but we are back with some great news (for a change).
e-Rocks seller Jason Smith, better known as Bucket of Holes Minerals, has had a mineral named after him!
Back in early April the announcement slipped out onto Facebook, that the new structure type phosphate mineral; Mn2+4ZnAl(PO4)4(OH)(H2O)7•3.5H2O is going to be named Jasonsmithite.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect all our communities and day to day life wherever you live, we want to share our latest thoughts on how we are trying to adapt to this new reality.
As you will have seen, and after discussion with our sellers, e-Rocks intends to carry on as near normal as possible.
Circumstances, especially by country are different and also changing day by day. So we intend to keep this page active/updates as necessary.
Several months ago we could confirm tavagnascoite from the famous Bastnäs mines, well known for rich pink cerite specimens partially covered by haleniusite-La (first recognized by the e-rocks dealer nothernminerals) and also from the Sadisdorf region, Germany (Münchner Mineralien Lithothek e.V.).
Now another significant find was made in cavities of an altered bismuthinite specimen from the Esmoraca district, Bolivia (Germania mine is very likely the exact locality). This material is very fresh and rich and is as good or even better than material from the type locality.
In October 1881. the illustrious scientist Benjamin Silliman Jr. was at the Torrance mine, Socorro, New Mexico -
Merry Christmas to all! The mineral baubles decorating the above tree are all from the same unusual American mine. The Christmas of 1902 was a corker for George B. Chittenden of Gila County, below (that's a contented smirk he's got) -
Analysis of a sample from the Moschellandsberg mainly consisting of malachite, calomel and minor eglestonite provided the evidence of a
new mercury arsenate from this locality: Chursinite.
As we have passed Thanksgiving and now moving into the Christmas festive period, you might want to indulge yourself in a box of chocolates to go along with the celebrations?
If so you might be interested in this listing from Norbert Stotzel starting today.
On the morning of the fifth of August 1898, a large rock entered the atmosphere over Maine, USA. Traveling at around 50 times faster than Concorde, it plunged from frictionless space into ever thickening layers of air. Atmospheric ram pressure began sharply braking the descent at around 50 miles above the ground, with the energy being dissipated by heating the air ahead white hot, and ablating the surface of the stone.
We are having quite a golden time for new mineral species additions to e-Rocks.
This short blog features news from from Jason Smith and Volker Betz regarding two new phosphate minerals from Foote Mine in North Carolina, USA. Apologies for the pun in the title.
The new minerals aniyunwiyaite and fanfaniite were discovered in a boulder in the dumps: when samples were analysed one proved to be triclinic, but with similar chemistry to kingsmountite.
In the current YourSystemmaticCollection (YSC) auction closing tonight, as well as the usual range of rare minerals there is another mineral first seen here on e-Rocks.
George was talking with Roberto Bracco of YSC at Munich and told us to look out for the mineral bonacinaite; Roberto was involved in the analysis and publication.
In November 1777 French botanist Joseph Dombey, above, set sail for Peru and Chile, as part of the joint Spanish-French Ruiz & Pavón Expedition. The arduous eleven year botanical exploration provided a wealth of plant specimens, an international incident known as the "Dombey Affair," and two minerals previously unknown to science.
Today (23rd October) we notched up item #680000 into our specimen database, completing another 10,000 increment to the catalogue.
The honoured rock is a specimen of Cleusonite from Fibbia, Ticino in Switzerland. The specimen was listed by Soenke Stolze of Nothern Minerals.
We covered the latest 10,000 step in 60 days averaging 167 minerals per day, as predicted a little faster than during the previous count.
Our daily sales rate in the same period has been ticking along at 140 sales per day.
It is Munich time again and I am sure you will have noticed a number of "Munich" themed auctions here on e-Rocks.
As usual there is a great choice of minerals coming up and more to come over the next week or so, there is also a full programme of auctions running during the show.
The Shinkolobwe radium mine, 1922. The Belgian mining engineer above is sitting on a 7 ton boulder of pitchblende. An immense quantity of gamma-rays is irradiating his gonads. Safety equipment, a tie and a pith helmet.
Here I am back in the office on a wet and dull Monday morning after the 2018 Bakewell Show. Having spent a “full on” weekend in the bosom of the UK mineral collecting scene I am feeling a little bit tired.
As usual George and I drove up to Bakewell from TV Towers on Friday afternoon to ensure we were there fresh and early for the Saturday start, plus indulge in the local (Chinese) cuisine the evening before!
Steverustite is a secondary mineral of copper and lead with an interesting and rarely occuring (in nature) thiosulphate anion (S2O3) within its structure.
Named after UK mineralogist and collector Steve Rust the mineral was first discovered at the Frongoch Mine, Ceredigion in Wales in 2008.
Steverustite is a supergene mineral formed through the oxidation of combined lead and copper sulphide ores.
Some interesting additions made to the e-Rocks catalogue from new seller Marco Frigerio of Classic Rocks and Gems, for both Iridium Chalk and Iridium Clay: these are examples of an iridium rich sediment found localised in unique layers in deposits spanning a certain age.
How the days and months seem to fly by, and now summer has passed we are into the autumn season of mineral shows. We start our outings as usual by visiting Bakewell show next week end.
Arguably Bakewell (Rock Exchange) is the UK's largest show for mineral collectors, it is the only one currently that is held over 2 days.
It is a great opportunity for mineral people to get together and we are again very much looking forward to it.
Here below are some details as given by the organisers - the PLMS.
In 1985 I had acquired some palladium metal, as a by-product of some illicit platinum reclamation I was undertaking. I made the above quarter-ounce "nugget" with it, drilled to be worn as a pendant.
Natural Pd specimens below, from the type locality, Bom Sucesso Creek, Serro, Minas Gerais, Brazil
We have just unveiled a new app for e-Rocks - we hope you will like it.
We have called it My List
My List is a feature available to all logged in users of e-Rocks, and it allows anyone to store specific minerals or mineral variations from our database into a list of bookmarks for that mineral.
When viewed in My List you are able to see a count of available items featuring that mineral, with links to view all, newly added items, also personalised views of items being bid/watched and items purchased.