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Blogs & Articles: A complete library of User' uploaded posts about their collecting, collections, finds, acquisitions and anything else mineralogical they want to share.

Please feel free to write your own and cross reference with items in our database.

  • 22 Feb, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Jill Brunner's listing in her current Kalahari Classics Auction for a calcite and pyrite specimen from NChwanning takes the mineral additions on e-Rocks to #640000, or 140,000 items added since in October 2015. Jill was the...
  • 20 Feb, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Denial of Service Problems e-Rocks is being repeatedly attacked by a malicious web menace known as DDOS. DDOS is designed to flood our server with thousands of data requests, which blocks the CPU and jams everything up. ...
  • 10 Feb, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Today we have begun the deployment of many new changes to e-Rocks. We are working behind the scenes to introduce many new features for both desktop and mobile users of our site, and today’s upgrade represents the first stage...
  • 17 Jan, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    I spotted this wonderful photo of cuprorivaite posted by Joy Desor in a recent auction. Of course cuprorivaite has nothing to do with wulfenite apart from its tetragonal crystals with flattened tabular habit as shown....
  • 16 Jan, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Those of you who read my last Oxford Show report will remember a mention of Paul Nicholson at Waveney Minerals. We have known Paul as a collector for well over 15 years, and more recently as an occasional show dealer in the...
  • 04 Jan, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    As we head towards Twelfth Night and the final demise of Christmas trees worldwide, we have got back to work with quite a bump. Over the last few days we have been finalising a very large software release and plan to get...
  • 01 Jan, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    It is January 1st 2018 and welcome back to a new year of minerals and other things going on, on e-Rocks. I promised Carsten last week to make sure there was a "liroconite alert" in place for his auction closing tonight. A...
  • 31 Dec, 2017
    Chris Mavris
    On our way home, we recently encountered an unusual - for mineral collectors - scenery: a snow-covered Saint Marie-aux-Mines! With these pictures Plinius Earth Treasures wishes all its e-rocks friends a Happy 2018 full of...
  • 30 Dec, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      Today 30 December is the last day of auctions for e-Rocks in 2017, and quite a year it has been both on and off "the pitch".  The Piatek Minerals auction closing at 23:40 tonight will be the final and 1839th auction...
  • 26 Dec, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Here we are with another auction close coming up for a specimen of liroconite. This specimen is a nice thumbnail with abundant blue crystals from German seller Karin’s Mineral Shop. Liroconite is a comparatively rare mineral...
  • 26 Dec, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Jill Brunner's listing of anglesite with galena inclusion from Tsumeb has just chalked up item #630000, or 130,000 items added to the e-Rocks database since we renumbered the inventory in October 2015. Previously we reported...
  • 25 Dec, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Something we do not see very often (maybe twice a year), the administrator's "auction items closing panel" for the next 24 hours is blank! This means we don't have any auctions closing on Christmas Day, but we will be back...