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PostPosted: Mar 30, 2016 10:17    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Wonderful photo's of the local scenery Pierre, must be great to have all this on your doorstep. I like the iridescent goethite specimens too.

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PostPosted: Mar 31, 2016 00:32    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Mike Wood wrote:
Wonderful photo's of the local scenery Pierre, must be great to have all this on your doorstep. I like the iridescent goethite specimens too.

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Thank you Mike. I still hope that you can make it to SA to join me on a 'digging' vacation.

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PostPosted: Jun 10, 2016 09:26    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

About a year ago, I found an interesting pocket a few km from our home. Here are just a few photos and a video. The videographer is an amateur :-)





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Me removing a large rock of sandstone.
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A Quartz crystal fresh from the ground.
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Part of the pocket.
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Another crystal fresh from the ground.
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The surroundings after sunset.
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Some of the crystals found.
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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2016 15:33    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thanks for showing your pictures Pierre, and the video was good!
Did the quartz crystals clean up nicely?

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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2016 03:45    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Mike, thank you. Yes they did. This area is mostly sand under the sandstone rocks. I will make an effort to photograph some of the specimens and show them. Best regards.
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2016 11:25    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Mike Wood wrote:
Thanks for showing your pictures Pierre, and the video was good!
Did the quartz crystals clean up nicely?

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Hi Mike,it has been a while but finally I have a few pictures of cleaned specimens from the above pocket. We removed so much but the rest ended up somewhere with all the other boxes of uncleaned material.



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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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This rock with crystals, weighs more than 40 kg. I carried it for about half a km to the car.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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It looks like an 'Australian' quartz; boomerang:-)
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 59 x 39 x 25 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 44 x 25 x 16 mm
 Description:
A lovely 'healed' floater.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 44 x 25 x 16 mm
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Same as above.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 56 x 36 x 17 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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A stunning gem floater.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 22 x 20 x 12 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 07 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 34 x 19 x 16 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 35 x 24 x 17 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 48 x 19 x 17 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2016 10:18    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

This weekend, I drove out to a large quartz ridge that I have partly explored in the past. I visited a new area of this ridge that I have not explored yet. I was limited to about 4 hours of searching and found enough promise to return to this area. I spent about 2 hours digging at 2 places and found quartz with 'free form' shapes. These are in the acid and I hope to show some once they are clean. Here are a few photos from the trip. It was cloudy, cold and when I got back home, it rained for about 24 hours.


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The small dot on the open piece of ground, is my car.
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Sunset through the clouds.
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Lots of quartz, lots of promise.
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One of the areas where I dug.
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A piece of quartz with crystals; not worth keeping, but a good indicator.
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Another piece of quartz showing a possibility of better material.
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This is the place I spent most of my time. The crystals that I removed from the soil, appears to have fallen down a large gap behind a rock, from higher up. It is to dangerous to attempt to remove this rock
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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2016 14:23    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thanks for showing us your nice quartz crystals Pierre, and thank you for showing your photo's of your 'outings'. The landscape looks big and empty and tranquil - my favourite kind! Is winter nearly over yet?
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p.s. 40kg? That's some big chunk of rock Pierre! I hope you didn't have to carry it uphill back to the car! The quartz crystals on that piece do look really special though :-)

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PostPosted: Aug 16, 2016 03:45    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Mike Wood wrote:
Thanks for showing us your nice quartz crystals Pierre, and thank you for showing your photo's of your 'outings'. The landscape looks big and empty and tranquil - my favourite kind! Is winter nearly over yet?
Best regards,
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p.s. 40kg? That's some big chunk of rock Pierre! I hope you didn't have to carry it uphill back to the car! The quartz crystals on that piece do look really special though :-)


Hi Mike. Thank you. The crystals are not the best from the trip, with the exception of a few smaller pieces. The others will surface someday when we clean the 'backlog'. The terrain where I carried this big rock was not that bad; mostly quite level. This site is only about 6 km from our house on a farm.I am really hoping that I can take you to these places in the near future. When are we seeing your article?

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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2016 06:15    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Here are a few quartz specimens from the last 'recce' trip. The growth formation is very complex and 2 of the examples are floaters. We hope to visit this area a few times more as it holds a lot of promise.


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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 67 x 24 x 13 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
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Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 67 x 24 x 13 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 41 x 28 x 17 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  6727 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
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Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 41 x 28 x 17 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz with Goethite
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 31 x 20 x 18 mm
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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2016 06:22    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hello,

Very nice quartz's... I love them. Best regards,

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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2016 06:41    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Very nice quartz's... I love them. Best regards,

Antonio Pedro


Thank you Antonio! Here are a few more specimens that we found on a very recent trip. We found these specimens very close to where we parked. We also found numerous smaller ones, but they will be cleaned, some day, some year:-)



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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 110 x 55 x 43 mm
 Description:
A bent quartz with very interesting growth form.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 110 x 55 x 43 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 110 x 55 x 43 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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P1180987.JPG
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 110 x 55 x 43 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 70 x 17 x 16 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  6743 Time(s)

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P1180993.JPG
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 44 x 40 x 23 mm
 Description:
A floater.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 44 x 40 x 23 mm
 Description:
Same as above.
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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2016 11:59    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

It is a wonderful place where you live. You have so many beautiful quartz to find.

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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2016 14:16    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Philippe Durand wrote:
it is a wonderful place where you live
you have so many beautiful quartz to find

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Hi Phillippe, I appreciate your kind comment very much! It makes sharing my experiences worth the while.

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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2016 18:42    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre, the different habits, different locations, most local to you and the persistence you show with your quartz collecting the Western cape is without match. I think you are the only guy reporting from that burg. Nicely done. Keep up the work. Thanks
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vic rzonca wrote:
Pierre, the different habits, different locations, most local to you and the persistence you show with your quartz collecting the Western cape is without match. I think you are the only guy reporting from that burg. Nicely done. Keep up the work. Thanks
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Hi Vic, thank you. I am not metaphysically minded, but I will agree with them on one thing: 'quartz can seriously affect the mind'. I am a happy addict:-) In a way I am glad that I am one of the few that explores the Western Cape for quartz deposits. Most of the places where we dig, are maiden places. In just one such a remote area, I discovered quartz ridges and veins totalling more than 30 km! That will take a few lifetimes for me to explore.Best regards and please keep us up to date with your exciting digs.

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PostPosted: Sep 04, 2016 13:58    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday), I had a few hours spare so guess what I did. I have a habit of visiting old places where I once had some joy with nice quartz finds. This particular place had a few rocks too big to move to futher exploit a quartz vein, so I took a large 'wrecking bar' with me. I moved some big rocks and found pockets going in deeper under a quartz reef. I removed a few small clusters and next time I will take a hammer and chisel to open the pockets and remove the contents. Here are a few photos, taken just before I left; just before dark.


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A Panoramic view from where I was digging.
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A close up of the hole. Note the quartz reef to the right of the picture.
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The 2 yellow arrows indicate where the 2 pockets are. The openings are not large enough to explore with your hands.
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PostPosted: Sep 04, 2016 18:11    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre, let me see if I can lift that flake off your pocket zone.


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PostPosted: Sep 05, 2016 01:46    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Pierre, let me see if I can lift that flake off your pocket zone.



Your skills will be very welcome here:-) I just do not see how you will get that jack under the ledge. I have 2 options; either I break the ledge with a big hammer, or I slowly break it up with a 4lb hammer and chisel. As you know, the quartz is not easy to chisel. When I do visit this hole again and make progress, I will keep you up to date. Any more suggestions as how to tackle this task, will be welcomed. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Sep 05, 2016 08:28    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre

How about the method used by our stone-age ancestors. Drive some dry wood into the gap them wet it? Works a treat but takes time.

James
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