Red crocoite and green vauquelinite from the Tsvetnoi Mine, Uspenskaya Mt, Berezovskoe Au Deposit (Berezovsk Mines), Berezovskii (Berezovskii Zavod), Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Sverdlovskaya Oblast’, Middle Urals, Urals, Russia. This location is the Type Locality for both crocoite and vauquelinite. Specimen is 30mm wide. Please follow and like us:

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Often orange-yellow to yellow, the orpiment from the El’brusskiy Arsenic mine (Elbrusskii), Elbrus Mt, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Northern Caucasus Region, Russia is a much deeper orange. This specimen is 55mm across and from the Al Ordway Collection. Please follow and like us:

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Almandine-pyrope series garnets in graphite from the aptly-named Red Embers Mine (Two Fat Guys Mine), Erving, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, USA. They really do look like glowing red-hot embers when backlit. Also embedded in the matrix are small black dravite crystals (only visible under magnification). Specimen is 105mm across. Please follow and like us:

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Purple fluorite nestled in amongst dolomite crystals from Liter’s Quarry (Hanson Aggregates Irvington Quarry), Breckinridge Co., Kentucky, USA. While looking at this through my microscope, I assumed it was a cube of fluorite, but the photo shows more detail. It has tried to develop into an octahedron, but has ended up with stepped faces. Please […]

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