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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.

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  • 11 Aug, 2018
    Roger Curry
      This instrument was invented by Edmond Becquerel in 1857, and the design developed during the eighteen sixties. It enabled him to see very short lived phosphorescence in minerals. Since fluorescence and phosphorescence...
  • 10 Aug, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      After a short break we welcome back e-Rocks dealer – Jaroslaw Skupiewski, from Poland. Under the banner Geo-Trader Minerals Jaroslaw has been establishing himself as an European show dealer for the last 12 years, but he...
  • 02 Aug, 2018
    Roger Curry
      My friend Paul and I recently went to The Weardale Mineral Show at St. Johns Chapel, a small village 7 miles west of Stanhope, here in the North East of England. I primarily went there to meet up with e-Rocks boss Mark....
  • 31 Jul, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Two more mineral firsts are on show on e-Rocks at the moment. Our first specimen of fuettererite is due to close on Joy Desor's auction this evening. Fuettererite   Originally described back in 2002 from the type locality...
  • 29 Jul, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    For those who don't already know I have been an avid collector of antique bottles for nearly as long as I have been interested in minerals. Time permitting I like to keep my interests alive by visiting the various "bottle...
  • 27 Jul, 2018
    Roger Curry
    Terlingua 1936 The Terlingua quicksilver district is a narrow, east-west area about 20 miles long, in the southern part of the Big Bend region of southwestern Texas. The cinnabar deposit was discovered by Comanche Native...
  • 20 Jul, 2018
    Roger Curry
      The Italian town of Larderello was created to exploit the mineral riches of boraciferous fumaroles. Its chemical production was soon eclipsed by geothermal power generation. The minerals found around the area (33 in total...
  • 19 Jul, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      Coldberry Gutter is a prominent scar in the hills high above the Weardale and Teesdale valleys at the head of Bow Lee and Hudeshope valleys, within County Durham, UK. Location of Coldberry Gutter   All across this area...
  • 18 Jul, 2018
    Roger Curry
    A small flake of Californian gold from Coloma, the location of Marshall's '48 discovery. Sutter's Mill was a sawmill, owned by 19th-century pioneer John Sutter, where west-coast gold was first found in significant quantities...
  • 17 Jul, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Here is another odd mineral featured in Armin Scholer's current auction. Kaiyuhite was first proposed as a new mineral back in the 1980s by young mining geologist Tony Dunn, who had noticed and collected this silver-grey...
  • 16 Jul, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      Last weekend was the 2nd Weardale Show, and I made the 250 mile journey north to St Johns Chapel in the heart of Weardale to catch up and see what was new in the world of UK mineral collecting. Organised by Enrico Rinaldi...
  • 13 Jul, 2018
    Roger Curry
    Venus’ rolling uplands in 1982, with Venera 13 in foreground. Well below the sublimation altitude The North Pennines region of England is blessed with mineral riches. During the 18 & 19th centuries, vast quantities of...