Mineral of the Week – Apatite…

Apatite is a term used for unidentified calcium phosphate members of the apatite group, that is, specimens where the exact species (fluorapatite, hydroxylapatite, or chlorapatite) is not known. Fluorapatite is the most common. This particular specimen is fluorapatite, from Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal and measures 25x25x20mm.

Monthly Mineral Chronicles Volume 2 Issue 3

Welcome to volume 2 issue 3 of Monthly Mineral Chronicles. This is a publication pulled together by a mineral collector for mineral collectors. This 70 page full-colour issue is all about the recent mineral extravaganza, the Tucson Show. So if you didn’t make it there, journey with us. It includes: Calcite in Tucson A Perspective…

Mineral of the Week – Pakistan and Afghanistan

This week’s Mineral of the Week is any Pakistan or Afghanistan specimen containing two species. This is pink spodumene (kunzite) on a flattened quartz, from the Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum pegmatite field, Du Ab District, Nuristan, Afghanistan and measures 64mm long.

Collector’s Guide to the Minerals of Spring Creek

Just a quick update to let you all know that the Spring Creek, South Australia, publication is progressing, albeit a little slower than planned. I do have a number of specimens that need analysing. I suspect that there will be a number of species not previously recorded to add to the location. More later!

Mineral of the Week: Wulfenite!

This week’s Mineral of the Week has to be wulfenite, given that it is the theme of the Tucson Show currently underway. This specimen might not be as showy as many that will be exhibited, but it is from an uncommon locality, the Isolation Mine, Snelston, Derbyshire, England. My thanks to Richard Bell for the…

Monthly Mineral Chronicles Volume 2 Issue 2

Welcome to volume 2 issue 2 of Monthly Mineral Chronicles. This is a publication pulled together by a mineral collector for mineral collectors. This 80 page full-colour issue travels through the Czech Republic, the US, Austria and Australia, and includes: Cannon-ball garnets from Ústup u Olešnice, Czech Republic Wulfenite is Loved University of Arizona Gem…