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  • 15 May, 2020
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    It has been very quiet on the blog front for a while, there has been a reason for this which will be explained at a later stage; but we are back with some great news (for a change). e-Rocks seller Jason Smith, better known...
  • 13 Nov, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    We are having quite a golden time for new mineral species additions to e-Rocks. This short blog features news from from Jason Smith and Volker Betz regarding two new phosphate minerals from Foote Mine in North Carolina, USA...
  • 09 Nov, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    In the current YourSystemmaticCollection (YSC) auction closing tonight, as well as the usual range of rare minerals there is another mineral first seen here on e-Rocks. George was talking with Roberto Bracco of YSC at Munich...
  • 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...
  • 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.  ...
  • 21 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Luigi Chiappino of Systematica called up a new mineral today - Albertiniite - to be added to the mineral database. This new species recently approved and published by the IMA is quite a straight forward iron(II) sulphite, ...
  • 10 Jun, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Once again whilst researching and updating a new mineral I came across another interesting figure behind the mineral name. This time the mineral was gorbunovite - the citation from the IMA proposal is in the box below. ...
  • 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...
  • 29 Nov, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Long time e-Rocks seller Gábor Koller has hit the news recently in his native Hungary! Congratulations to Gábor and his discovery and subsequent IMA approval/publishing of the new mineral rudabányaite. Gábor self collected...
  • 26 Nov, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    George and I were discussing a mineral "anatolyite" newly added to the e-Rocks database, and couldn't find out who it was named for via the usual sources. We know Anatoly Kasatkin very well, and through his involvement with...
  • 17 Nov, 2017
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Giuseppe Siccardi of Yourmineral Collection in Italy emailed me at the end of last month to tell me of some changes with his business. Giuseppe has been trading under Yourmineral collection (item code YMC) with e-Rocks since...