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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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  • 21 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    You may have noticed today's home page centre has changed; usually we display "today's auctions closing", but today we are showing "all auctions". There is a simple reason for this. Because of demand from our sellers, we...
  • 17 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    George flagged a mineral listing to me last night, an example of kämmererite from Mont Haïto in Togo. Very rarely do we have to add a new country to our geographical database, but until now we had seen nothing listed from...
  • 16 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    A couple of weeks ago we were contacted by a collector who had stopped collecting and was interested in moving his specimens on. After completing a purchase last week and having been away in Bakewell all weekend, today was...
  • 15 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    A Sunday lay-in follows the early Saturday start at Bakewell. The show does not open until 9am. This allows the dealers to get back or recover from various excesses of the previous night. Last night in addition to the...
  • 14 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Here we are at the 2017 Bakewell Show, and what a day it has been. Having stayed overnight in town last night we started the day early in the main "gymnasium" hall and straight into the business of looking at minerals and...
  • 12 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    In under 2 weeks it will be time for this year's Munich Show. Mineralientage München will be open from 27th - 29th October and George and I will be there from 25th October. As usual we will be based with Christian Rewitzer...
  • 10 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Yesterday our friend Aamir Shah came calling as he has been doing since 2007. We first met Aamir in the car park at Bakewell Show in October 2006 and ever since he has been a regular visitor to TV Towers 3 or 4 times a year...
  • 08 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Here we have yet another recently discovered mineral added to our database. "Jinan Stone" was first collected in 2015 by Daisuke Nishio-Hamane of Tokyo University. It was referred to by this name prior to identification/...
  • 07 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    It has now been 3 years since George joined us at TVM and a week since joining e-Rocks ltd! To celebrate he went off on his own this week to appraise and buy a mineral collection down in the West Country. We received a lead...
  • 06 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    We recently uncovered a specimen of botroidal marcasite and siderite from Hector Mine near Ibbenbüren in Münsterland (North-West Germany). The specimen itself is typical of the "schalen" or shell type ore formations...
  • 04 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Looking forward to next Saturday when it is Bakewell time once more! For us Bakewell show each year is a must and George and I will be making the trip again this year. We hope to see many of our UK based collector friends...
  • 03 Oct, 2017
    Mark Wrigley
    At the beginning of last week I posted the above picture of Realgar and Native Arsenic on my Facebook page with the caption "Toxic red stuff for Monday". Beautiful red crystals of realgar against a black and white background...