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PostPosted: Dec 16, 2008 11:39    Post subject: Bob's rocks  

I'm an obsessive-compulsive collector with many focuses. At first, It really depends on what happens to be available and interesting. Then I just start focusing in on a suite. I also like assembling suites from localities my friends have collected.

For example, when my good friends Casey and Jane Jones (Geoprime Minerals) got the collecting concession at the Flambeau Mine (Wisconsin) I picked up the obligatory chalcocite. Then this snowballed into each habit of chalcocite found at the mine, and then a complete suite of all the minerals found at the mine. I was even able to get one of two calcites found at the mine (after John Barlow passed).

Geoprime also got the contracts at several mines in the Carlin Trend in Nevada (Miekle, Murray, Rosebud, Dee, etc) and I bought an example of every mineral and habit they found.

One of my other good friends, Graham Sutton, who now works for Bryan at Collector's Edge, has been collecting all over the world for many years. I bought one of his first rocks (a linarite from Grand Reef), and have tried to get something from each of his projects. For example, one of his early projects was the quartz and hematite from the Veta Grande at Quartzsite, Arizona. I purchased much of his finds, many of which I resold, but still kept 3 or 4 flats of hematites and weird quartz. Of course this led to a quartz collection (lots of oddities) and a hematite collection, which snowballed into a collection of Swiss minerals, then european alpine minerals, then...... You get the idea.

I'm sure there are medications to treat this...at least I suspect my wife wishes there were such medications. Anyhow, I'm attaching some photos of rocks my friends have personally collected.



GW000939.JPG
 Description:
Sweet Home Mine Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite and Fluorite (large cabinet) collected by Graham Sutton. Size: 11 cm
 Viewed:  36820 Time(s)

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GW000908.JPG
 Description:
Sweet Home Mine Rhodochrosite with Apatite (large cabinet) collected by Graham Sutton. Size: 10.5 cm
 Viewed:  36815 Time(s)

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 Description:
Sweet Home Mine Rhodochrosite with Fluorite (large cabinet) collected by Graham Sutton. Size: 9.5 cm
 Viewed:  36811 Time(s)

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GW000920.JPG
 Description:
Meikle Mine Millerite with Spahlerite on Pyrite personally collected by Casey Jones (large cabinet) - now in the French national museum. Size: 9.5 cm
 Viewed:  36830 Time(s)

GW000920.JPG



GW000917.JPG
 Description:
Meikle Mine Baryte with Calcite personally collected by Casey Jones (large cabinet). Size: 12.5 cm
 Viewed:  36793 Time(s)

GW000917.JPG



GW000891.JPG
 Description:
Murray Mine Stibnite with "sugarcube" Baryte personally collected by Casey Jones (large cabinet). Size: 20.5 cm
 Viewed:  36813 Time(s)

GW000891.JPG



GW000062.JPG
 Description:
Flambeau Chalcocite miniature personally collected by Casey Jones. Size: 4.7 cm
 Viewed:  36814 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 16, 2008 12:02    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

From one collector-explorer to another, I salute you Bob! (hmmm, I supose I could be obsessive-compulsive too... but why should people have to live with such labels :-) )

Give a holler if you're ever looking to part with something you lost interest in. The pics are beautiful and thanks for sharing!

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PostPosted: Dec 17, 2008 11:10    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Hi Bob,

Nice pictures. Having a few Sweet Home specimens in my own collection, I can tell you I really appreciate yours. Very good choice.

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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2008 11:16    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Here are a few quartz specimens.


GW000999.JPG
 Description:
Quartz - Japan-law twin
Otome mining district, Miyamoto, Yamanashi Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
ex. Frederick Canfield collection
7.5 X 6.1 X 2.7 cm
 Viewed:  36660 Time(s)

GW000999.JPG



GW001027.JPG
 Description:
Quartz (v. smoky) with Actinolite (v. Byssolite)
Griesserental, Maderanertal, Uri Canton, Switzerland
7.5 X 4.8 cm
 Viewed:  36615 Time(s)

GW001027.JPG



GW001025.JPG
 Description:
Quartz - smoky japan-law twin on clear quartz
PC Mine, Cataract District, Jefferson County, Montana, USA
11.0 X 8.0 cm w/ 5.5 cm twin
 Viewed:  36608 Time(s)

GW001025.JPG


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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2009 11:30    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Here's a couple more specimens I picked up over the last year or so. They are both red Beryls from the Wah Wah Mts, Beaver County, Utah, USA. The photos are not as good as the specimens.


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 Description:
Red Beryl. Utah. Translucent crystal with very even red color. 17.5 x 11.9 x 6.7 cm overall. 2.1 x 1.4 x 1.6 cm crystal.
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Red Beryl. Utah. Beryl is gemmy with lots of cutting windows -- if one could even contemplate such a thing. 10.8 x 7.8 x 4.2 cm overall. 1.6 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm crystal.
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2009 11:55    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Hello, i agree with Christophe: Your Sweet Home Mine specimens are absolutely great! I'm still searching for such a specimen (quite rare on the German market), the Rhodos from this mine belong to the most impressive minerals at all.
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2009 13:08    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Lovely specimens!
Serious mineral interest can indeed boarder slight madness!
and you are for sure not alone!
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 11:48    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Ed,
Here's another Chinese Baryte / Stibnite combo, albeit from a different locality.
Bob



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 Description:
Stibnite altering to Stibiconite on Baryte

Xikuangshan Antimony Mine, near Lengshuijiang, Shaoyang County, Hunan Province, China

28.0 x 18.0 x 5.5 cm overall
21.0 cm Stibnite crystal
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 12:17    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

I believe that both comes form the same locality: Xikuangshan Mine, Lengshuijiang, Hunan, China.

Also, I'm afraid that in fact them aren't Stibiconites, but Stibnite covered by Sulfur. You can find more info here: http://www.fabreminerals.com/specimens/RSCN-china-notable-specimens.php#EX6F4

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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 12:22    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Jordi,
Thanks for the info and link. I'll inspect the specimen tonight.
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 12:39    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Since I'm evidently in the mood to post, here are a few more from my collection. These are from the Southern California pegmatites.


GW001052.JPG
 Description:
Beryl ( var. Morganite ) on Albite with Lepidolite

Blue Lady Mine
Warner Springs District
Chihuahua Valley
San Diego County, California
United States of America

8.7 x 8.0 cm overall
5.7 cm crystal
 Viewed:  35243 Time(s)

GW001052.JPG



GW000942.JPG
 Description:
Beryl ( var. Morganite ) on Albite (var. Cleavelandite)

White Queen Mine
Pala District
Hiriart Mt.
San Diego County, California
United States of America

5.5 x 5.0 cm overall
4.0 cm crystal
 Viewed:  35250 Time(s)

GW000942.JPG



GW000943.JPG
 Description:
Beryl ( var. Aquamarine ) on Albite

Cryo-Genie Mine
Warner Springs
San Diego County, California
United States of America

4.5 x 6.0 cm overall
3.5 x 3.5 cm crystal
 Viewed:  35258 Time(s)

GW000943.JPG



GW000907.JPG
 Description:
Beryl ( var. Morganite ) with Muscovite and Albite

Elizabeth R. Mine
Pala District
Chief Mountain, Pala
San Diego County, California
United States of America

7.0 x 5.9 x 5.0 cm overall
 Viewed:  35236 Time(s)

GW000907.JPG



GW000868.JPG
 Description:
Elbaite ( var. Indicolite ) on Albite

Cryo-Genie Mine
Warner Springs
San Diego County, California
United States of America

9.2 x 5.3 x 3.5 cm overall
5.0 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm crystal
 Viewed:  35264 Time(s)

GW000868.JPG


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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 14:20    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

A few other random pieces.


GW001026.JPG
 Description:
Corundum ( var. Ruby )

Sagstuen
Farsjø
Årnes, Akershus Fylke (Province)
Norway

5.5 x 3.1 cm overall
3.0 cm crystal
 Viewed:  35198 Time(s)

GW001026.JPG



GW001045.JPG
 Description:
Chalcopyrite on Quartz

Sayama Mine
Ani Mine
Kaya Kusa
Akita Prefecture, Honshu
Japan

12.0 x 10.0 x 6.0 cm overall
 Viewed:  35209 Time(s)

GW001045.JPG



GW001046.JPG
 Description:
Silver with Quartz

Copper Falls Mine
Ashbed Lode
Keweenaw County, Michigan
United States of America

8.1 x 5.5 x 2.0 cm overall
 Viewed:  35206 Time(s)

GW001046.JPG



GW001056.JPG
 Description:
Fluorite with Quartz

Orange River
Northern Cape Province
South Africa

10.5 x 8.5 cm overall
4.5 cm crystal
 Viewed:  35200 Time(s)

GW001056.JPG



GW001054.JPG
 Description:
Beryl ( var. Aquamarine ) with Apatite and Spessartine on Albite

Shigar Valley
Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas
Pakistan

9.0 x 6.0 cm overall
 Viewed:  35236 Time(s)

GW001054.JPG



GW000879.JPG
 Description:
Pyrite

Oppu Mine
Nishimeyama, Nakatsugaru
Tohoku Region, Aomori Prefecture, Honshu
Japan

11.0 x 17.0 cm overall
 Viewed:  35269 Time(s)

GW000879.JPG


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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 14:32    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Just a few more.


GW001055.JPG
 Description:
Silver with Quartz

Elizabeth Hill
Munni Munni Complex
Karratha
Western Australia
Australia

9.9 x 5.3 cm overall
 Viewed:  35201 Time(s)

GW001055.JPG



GW000951.JPG
 Description:
Rhodonite in Galena

Broken Hill
New South Wales
Australia

7.7 x 5.5 x 4.6 cm overall
2.1 cm crystal
 Viewed:  35196 Time(s)

GW000951.JPG



GW000947.JPG
 Description:
Fluorite with Galena, Sphalerite, Baryte and Bitumen

Elmwood Mine
Middle Tennessee District
Carthage
Smith County, Tennessee
United States of America

9.0 x 14.0 x 6.5 cm overall
 Viewed:  35182 Time(s)

GW000947.JPG



GW000941.JPG
 Description:
Fluorite on Sphalerite

Elmwood Mine
Middle Tennessee District
Carthage
Smith County, Tennessee
United States of America

13.0 x 9.5 cm overall
 Viewed:  35201 Time(s)

GW000941.JPG



GW000892.JPG
 Description:
Celestine and Calcite on Limestone

Newport Quarry (?)
Newport
Monroe County, Michigan
United States of America

16.5 x 11.0 cm overall
 Viewed:  35215 Time(s)

GW000892.JPG



GW000995.JPG
 Description:
Spessartine with Aquamarine on Albite

Shigar Valley
Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas
Pakistan

9.0 x 6.7 x 6.7 cm overall
2.7 cm Spessartine
 Viewed:  35192 Time(s)

GW000995.JPG


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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 15:28    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Marvelous Bob! Some extremely unusual localities too...
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 17:00    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Great specimens!

I like especially the beryl, apatite, spessartine from Shigar (GW001054.JPG), the fluorite from Orange River (GW001056.JPG), and the fluorite, galena, sphalerite, Baryte from Elmwood (GW000947.JPG).

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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2009 17:28    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Hi Carles,
As you have probably noticed, we have similar tasted in minerals, I believe. Good thing we aren't at most of the same shows, or there would probably be fighting over rocks ;=)
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PostPosted: Jul 28, 2010 09:37    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Here are a few more, some from what I think are interesting localities.


GW001169.JPG
 Description:
Elbaite with Lepidolite

Stewart Mine
Pala District
San Diego County, California
United States of America
6.0 x 5.3 cm
 Viewed:  33820 Time(s)

GW001169.JPG



GW000953.JPG
 Description:
Phlogopite on Diopside

Yates Uranium Mine
Otter Lake, Huddersfield Township
Pontiac County, Quebec
Canada
12.0 x 8.4 cm
 Viewed:  33825 Time(s)

GW000953.JPG



GW000946.JPG
 Description:
Stibnite with Fluorite and Quartz
Kadamzhay Mine
Osh Oblasty (Province)
Kyrgyzstan
7.3 x 5.1 x 6.0 cm
 Viewed:  33802 Time(s)

GW000946.JPG



GW001193.JPG
 Description:
Kesterite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding
Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China
4.5 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm
 Viewed:  33819 Time(s)

GW001193.JPG



GW001192.JPG
 Description:
Apatite on Muscovite

Mt. Xuebaoding
Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China
9.2 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm
 Viewed:  33826 Time(s)

GW001192.JPG



GW001195.JPG
 Description:
Beryl ( var. Aquamarine )
with Muscovite and Albite

Mt. Xuebaoding
Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China
6.3 x 8.0 cm
 Viewed:  33791 Time(s)

GW001195.JPG


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PostPosted: Jul 28, 2010 09:48    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

And, a few more.


GW000896.JPG
 Description:
Wulfenite on Quartz and Drusy Quartz
Tsumeb Mine
Tsumeb District
Oshikoto Region
Namibia
4.5 x 3.5 cm
 Viewed:  33797 Time(s)

GW000896.JPG



GW000998.JPG
 Description:
Spessartine on Galena

Broken Hill
New South Wales
Australia
5.2 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm
 Viewed:  33803 Time(s)

GW000998.JPG



GW001187.JPG
 Description:
Wulfenite Coated with Calcite

Jianshan Mine
Kuruktag Mountains
Bayin'gholin Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyguro A. R.
China
8.0 X 6.1 cm
 Viewed:  33791 Time(s)

GW001187.JPG



GW001201.JPG
 Description:
Fluorite on Baryte

Berbes Mine
Berbes Mining area
Ribadesella
Asturias Comunidad Autonoma
Spain
9.5 x 5.5 x 3.6 cm
 Viewed:  33815 Time(s)

GW001201.JPG



GW001030.JPG
 Description:
Dioptase on Calcite

Dumesnil Quarry
La Calera
Dept. Colon, Cordoba Province
Argentina
7.0 x 6.3 x 3.7 cm
 Viewed:  33798 Time(s)

GW001030.JPG


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PostPosted: Jul 28, 2010 12:49    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

All specimens are, of course, superb, but Bob, your Spessartine from Broken Hill is over magnificent!

Thanks to share it with us...
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PostPosted: Jul 28, 2010 12:50    Post subject: Re: Bob's rocks  

Nice pictures and good specimens! Once again.

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