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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 06 Jul, 2018
    Roger Curry
    1730: The first prospectors in the the Franklin Mining District, Dutch miners from the Hudson Valley, unfortunately called the area "the copper tract." Although copper minerals do occur in the orebody - 38 of them,...
  • 05 Jul, 2018
    Roger Curry
    Above, a 1.58 gram nugget of gold, resembling a lizard-like creature, with adherent quartz matrix, Zwedru, Liberia. In the early 1980's a couple of good mates of mine were living in Monrovia, Liberia. While there, Linda...
  • 04 Jul, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Just approved and pending publication here is news of yet another vanadate mineral, and this time by coincidence it has a "van" in the name. Vandermeerscheite is a new mineral chemically similar to carnotite.  ...
  • 02 Jul, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Stanhope Silver Band - Weardale Show 2017   It is time to publicise the upcoming 2018 Weardale show. Organised by Enrico Rinaldi and held in St John Chapel in the heart of beautiful Weardale, this is the second annual...
  • 30 Jun, 2018
    Roger Curry
    When water freezes, it forms the mineral ice. The most beautiful specimens soon melt, so e-Rocks has never sold any. Don’t be dismayed by the prospect of an article on ice though, just wade through a next bit about ...
  • 29 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Okoruso Fluorspar Mine From The Air - (Gecko Namibia (Pty) Ltd)   Collectors of fluorite will already know of the vast array and plentiful supply of beautiful fluorite from Okoruso in Namibia. Specimen mining has been...
  • 28 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Hot off the press, well not quite, it is time to update your labels and collection databases, the mineral eztite has been redefined; actually to quite a different structure to the original determination. Redefined by IMA in...
  • 27 Jun, 2018
    Roger Curry
    Recently e-Rocks enabled the sale of a very rare mineral - Ramazzoite. The specimen above, measuring 1 × 2.5 × 1.2 cm, sold by Ligurian Minerals for £681. Found so far only at the type locality, Mount Ramazzo Mine, Genoa,...
  • 26 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Everyone who is connected to the world of minerals will surely have heard by now of the tragic and early death of John Veevaert. Reading the tributes over on Facebook you really get the feeling of what an important and...