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  Topic: Wrong localities
minsur

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PostForum: Mines and Mineral Localities   Posted: Apr 14, 2019 17:11   Subject: Re: Wrong localities
The mine I visited is very close to the village of Ocotlán, near Oaxaca.

Of course I considered the fact that the first meeting with the geologist was in public and he might have had to lie somehow ...
  Topic: Wrong localities
minsur

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PostForum: Mines and Mineral Localities   Posted: Mar 31, 2019 15:38   Subject: Wrong localities
Regarding these rare silver minerals from the San José Mine I am seriously questioning this occurrence.
I visited this very modern and big mine a few weeks ago and was even lucky enough to meet thei ...
  Topic: Collection of Michael Shaw
minsur

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PostForum: Collection photos and Collector's page   Posted: Nov 18, 2018 13:25   Subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw
Chromium is definitely a valuable option, especially in this part of the world;-)
I was told by my contacts that more probably rare earths, i.e Ytrrium, are responsible for the sometimes really bizar ...
  Topic: An opportune harvest of Gold in Serra do Caldeirão claims, Brazil - (25)
minsur

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PostForum: Featured Columns of FMF   Posted: Oct 17, 2018 09:09   Subject: Re: An opportune harvest of Gold in Serra do Caldeirão claims, Brazil - (25)
Improved version do not know how to edit:-
Some time ago and from a usually quite well-informed source, I heard a RUMOUR, that specimens destined for the mineral collectors market were then submitte ...
  Topic: An opportune harvest of Gold in Serra do Caldeirão claims, Brazil - (25)
minsur

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PostForum: Featured Columns of FMF   Posted: Oct 17, 2018 06:43   Subject: Re: An opportune harvest of Gold in Serra do Caldeirão claims, Brazil - (25)
Some time ago, and from a usually quite well-informed source, I heard a RUMOUR, that specimens destined for the mineral collectors market were then submitted to electrolytic gold plating in order to ...
  Topic: Collection of Philippe Durand
minsur

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PostForum: Collection photos and Collector's page   Posted: Sep 02, 2018 13:11   Subject: Re: Collection of Philippe Durand
Definitely not from Muzo or even Peñas Blancas.
These "needle-quartzes" are either from the Supatá-area or more likely from somewhere in the Departamento de Santander.
Quartz veins there ...
  Topic: MIM Visitors' Book
minsur

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PostForum: MIM Museum (Beirut, Lebanon)   Posted: Sep 02, 2018 11:18   Subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book
A small, small world...

Last Friday, while helping out at my friend's little mineral and jewellery shop for a couple of hours, a customer selected a small and inexpensive, but nevertheless very fin ...
  Topic: Fake Colombian Emeralds
minsur

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PostForum: Incorrect classification and fakes   Posted: Nov 13, 2016 14:31   Subject: Re: Fake Colombian Emeralds
Our collector's universe is sometimes a bit funny and strange...
There are people paying tens of thousands, sometimes even hundreds of thousands $$$$
for epoxi-multi-glued-together and sandblasted ...
  Topic: Fake Colombian Emeralds
minsur

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PostForum: Incorrect classification and fakes   Posted: Nov 06, 2016 17:42   Subject: Re: Fake Colombian Emeralds
You name it, Pierre:-)

Fiebre Verde, cement...
maybe we should change by the time from acetone and the other dissolvent with the inexpressible name and the even more horrible smell, to cheap and ...
  Topic: Munich Show (Mineralientage) 2016
minsur

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PostForum: News about shows   Posted: Nov 06, 2016 17:20   Subject: Re: Munich Show (Mineralientage) 2016
Buenas noches Fiebre Verde
At least it is a eye-catching fake;-) In my opinion, specimens like this usually do not even need closer inspection, as they are by far much too "beautiful" to be ...
  Topic: Fake Colombian Emeralds
minsur

Replies: 35
Views: 47101

PostForum: Incorrect classification and fakes   Posted: May 06, 2016 07:48   Subject: Re: Fake Colombian Emeralds
Wow... a nice and seductive one! Hope, you did not buy it;-))

No chance to recognize without soaking it in dissolvent.
Nevertheless, the not readily explicable contact(?) at the bottom of the cry ...
  Topic: 2016 Tucson Show - A Look Back
minsur

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PostForum: Mineral Shows   Posted: Mar 02, 2016 10:41   Subject: Re: 2016 Tucson Show - A Look Back
The Amethyst on schorl is my favourite specimen. One of the coolest things I have ever seen.
Just fabulous this combo!
Of course, there are some more pretty nice rocks in this case;))
  Topic: Collection of Fiebre Verde
minsur

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PostForum: Collection photos and Collector's page   Posted: Dec 27, 2015 17:31   Subject: Re: Collection of Fiebre Verde
Well, I really hope that my ability to spot fakes has better developed than my Spanish spelling;)))

I have not seen one of these combo specimens in person yet.
There is a quite nice specimen pictu ...
  Topic: Collection of Fiebre Verde
minsur

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PostForum: Collection photos and Collector's page   Posted: Dec 25, 2015 12:14   Subject: Re: Collection of Fiebre Verde
Fiebre azul, why not hand over this really ugly BLUE crystal to one of these modern, state-of-the-art labs, where they will just spill over some yellow stuff to turn its awful light blue colour into a ...
  Topic: Collection of Fiebre Verde
minsur

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PostForum: Collection photos and Collector's page   Posted: Dec 20, 2015 16:25   Subject: Re: Collection of Fiebre Verde
Very nice indeed!
This one is certainly NOT carved;)))))
  Topic: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon
minsur

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PostForum: MIM Museum (Beirut, Lebanon)   Posted: Dec 20, 2015 16:14   Subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon
The best of the best, as usual.
BUT, this deeply coloured Anglesite looks highly suspicious to me, having seen so many of these when they came out.
In the late seventies/early eighties, some clever ...
  Topic: Collection of Fiebre Verde
minsur

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PostForum: Collection photos and Collector's page   Posted: Dec 16, 2015 18:07   Subject: Re: Collection of Fiebre Verde
A combined process to form "interesting looking crystals" out of damaged or cleaved Calcite???
First a scratch job with a file (pocket-knife-file?) and then a short acid bath?
So much wor ...
  Topic: Fake Colombian Emeralds
minsur

Replies: 35
Views: 47101

PostForum: Incorrect classification and fakes   Posted: Dec 08, 2015 12:12   Subject: Re: Fake Colombian Emeralds
Hello Fiebre Verde
Thank you for sharing such valuable information!
Most fakes (and there are MANY;) offered at shows look worse;)
Although I agree, the one in your first photo is a "serious c ...
  Topic: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon
minsur

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PostForum: MIM Museum (Beirut, Lebanon)   Posted: Nov 29, 2015 16:46   Subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon
Salim - as an old man and all-time mineral collector I would like to mention, that even during the "blessed eighties", prices were already so high (although not THAN ridiculously high as tod ...
  Topic: Munich Show (Mineralientage) 2015
minsur

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PostForum: News about shows   Posted: Nov 15, 2015 12:58   Subject: Re: Munich Show (Mineralientage) 2015
Yep.
These are not good enough for the "Nouveau Riche Elite" , but look (and are!) extremely overpriced to us average to advanced collectors. So they will stay on the shelves for a long, l ...
 
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