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October 2018

  • 23 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    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...
  • 23 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      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...
  • 18 Oct, 2018
    Roger Curry
    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....
  • 15 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    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...
  • 12 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    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...
  • 08 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      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...
  • 06 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    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...
  • 05 Oct, 2018
    Roger Curry
    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...
  • 04 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    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...
  • 03 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Sapphire - September's Birthstone Sapphire - Zazafotsy, Ihosy, Madagascar - 16mm, sold in September 2018   We have not written a "numbers" blog for nearly a year; we figure most people are here for the minerals but...