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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 13 Sep, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Andyrobertsite and calcioandyrobertsite are two fascinating mineral species present in a single very famous specimen from Tsumeb.  This superb specimen was featured in the cover of the Mineralogical Record vol.30, num. 3,...
  • 27 Aug, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      Poudretteite, pronounced “poo-dret-tay-ite” is a rare borosilicate mineral first discovered in the 1960s but not formally recognised as a mineral until 1986 (IMA1986-028). Named after the Poudrette family, original owners...
  • 26 Aug, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Friday 24th August saw the addition of item #670000 to our listing database, marking another 10,000 specimens uploaded. This time the specimen was provided by TVM Auctions, a specimen of Strengite & Phosphosiderite from...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.  ...