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  • 08 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Hoganite   Hoganite and paceite (along with calclacite) are currently the only known minerals containing the organic acetate ion (CH3CHO2)- Minerals Containing the Acetate (Ethanoate) Ion Calclacite Ca(CH3COO)Cl...
  • 07 Jun, 2018
    Roger Curry
    Following on from reading about pit-men discovering very substantial (6m long, 3m high and 1m wide) vugs in the witherite at the Morrison Busty Colliery, I’ve uncovered another spectacular occurance of walk-in “crystal...
  • 06 Jun, 2018
    Roger Curry
    A rather interesting little gold nugget, found using a metal detector at Dunolly, Central Goldfields Shire, Victoria, Australia. In 1856 Dunolly was the site of one of the largest gold rushes that Victoria, Australia has...
  • 05 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Having worked with Madagascan minerals over a number of years, grandidierite has always been a interesting and hard to get hold of mineral. The story went that there were a few localities close to each other in the south of...
  • 04 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    I have just been updating 2 new minerals recently added to the e-Rocks database and made a sad but interesting discovery about the name. Edtollite and alumoedtollite are comparatively newly IMA approved minerals pending...
  • 02 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    I spotted our third ever specimen of santanaite go under the virtual gavel the other day and in my tiny brain the name resolved to "santanaite, named for Carlos Santana legendary Mexican guitarist"! Of course santanaite is...
  • 01 Jun, 2018
    Roger Curry
    I recently came across a reference to gold being worked at Cross Gill in the North Pennines. It’s in an 1873 article - On the Occurrence of Lead, Zinc, and Iron Ores, in some Rocks of Carboniferous Age in the North-West of...
  • 31 May, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    As we push back on May and head into June a final quick blog with 2 bits of new information.   Nollmotzite (Mg[U5+(U6+O2)2O4F3]·4H2O) A new mineral, IMA approved pending publication due. Nollmotzite is the first...
  • 23 May, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    In the last month we have enlisted the support of 2 new dealers, both husband and wife teams based in South Africa. First we have Pierre and Riana Joubert of Namibian Brandberg Crystals and second we have Francois and...
  • 14 May, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    The Mineralogical Record have recently published their latest periodical online article "What is new on the Mineral World?". These articles, written by Tom Moore look around and review internet dealers website and feature...
  • 13 May, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Jason Smith, one of our many regular sellers of interesting and obscure minerals or localities, was in discussion with me the other day. He happened to mention that he had acquired a liroconite specimen from Sterling Mine,...
  • 20 Apr, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Yesterday for a change I was inputting some rocks, and saw the magic item number 650,000 approaching with around 30 rocks to go. As it happened the phone rang, and an hour later when I returned to saving the next item the...