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  Topic: Collection from Dany Mabillard
minsur

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PostForum: Collection photos and Collector's page   Posted: Nov 07, 2022 11:35   Subject: Re: Collection from Dany Mabillard
You might want to read this discussion and see what was said

https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=64166#64166

Quartz – Halloysite, according to the latest information I fo ...
  Topic: Money talks, especially in the hobby of mineral collecting
minsur

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PostForum: Off-Topic and Introductions   Posted: Nov 05, 2022 06:44   Subject: Re: Money talks, especially in the hobby of mineral collecting
I think and experience has shown that it is possible to have nice specimens at 200$ and under.

1. for that do not look at gem minerals

2. you can easily find small cabinet, miniature and thumbna ...
  Topic: Money talks, especially in the hobby of mineral collecting
minsur

Replies: 24
Views: 3021

PostForum: Off-Topic and Introductions   Posted: Oct 29, 2022 17:22   Subject: Re: Money talks, especially in the hobby of mineral collecting
Like all the MIM minerals they are suberb, but what else do you expect. Money talks, especially in the hobby of mineral collecting. The more money the better the specimen - the simplicity of economics ...
  Topic: Silvia's Collection
minsur

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PostForum: Women's Private Collections   Posted: Sep 02, 2022 18:22   Subject: Re: Silvia's Collection
Without doubt a nice piece, but all specimens from this find went (unfortunately???) to the lab and were submitted to chemical treatment, supposedly for stabilizing and preserve them from decomposin ...
  Topic: The Tama Higuchi Collection
minsur

Replies: 17
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PostForum: Women's Private Collections   Posted: Aug 11, 2022 17:12   Subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection
Thank you both! Your comments are much appreciated.

Gerard, this one is for you then :) Also up there as one of my favorites, along with the previously posted rhodo. This was my first four figure s ...
  Topic: The historic Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Show
minsur

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PostForum: Mineral Shows   Posted: Jul 29, 2022 08:05   Subject: Re: The historic Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Show
"All is well that ends well...." Very strange how 'they finally saw the light' and not surprising that it was for the wrong reasons; but, "All is well that ends well...."

Part o ...
  Topic: The historic Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Show
minsur

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PostForum: Mineral Shows   Posted: Jul 29, 2022 07:51   Subject: Re: The historic Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Show
I can only give a visitor opinion.
I do not regret the change, especially when it comes to welcoming visitors.
In the past, in the '60s, it was simpler. I parked my car in front of the Theater stair ...
  Topic: The historic Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Show
minsur

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PostForum: Mineral Shows   Posted: Jul 28, 2022 17:14   Subject: Re: The historic Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Show
Part of the truth and a forgotten story is, that the local authorities obstructed and harassed the former decade-long private show promoter in just about any possible way over years, and from year to ...
  Topic: Tucson Shows 2022
minsur

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PostForum: News about shows   Posted: Jan 29, 2022 18:22   Subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022

The whole story reminds me of something that happended decades ago - in Morocco...

Some lucky individual there, trying to clean Anglesite specimens from Touissit by means of a local cleaning age ...
  Topic: Tucson Shows 2022
minsur

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PostForum: News about shows   Posted: Jan 29, 2022 15:44   Subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022

In the Munich Show report 2021, p. 4, you will find an excellent explication by Carles (in Spanish) ..



I looked up Carles's post referred to by minsur - a rough translation:

"I would ...
  Topic: Tucson Shows 2022
minsur

Replies: 95
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PostForum: News about shows   Posted: Jan 28, 2022 14:18   Subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022
Unfortunately, the color of these quartzes is of anthropogenic origin. )

Are you certain of the anthropogenic origin? I've searched quite a bit and found a mindat post by John Rakovan who disputes ...
  Topic: Tucson Shows 2022
minsur

Replies: 95
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PostForum: News about shows   Posted: Jan 27, 2022 10:06   Subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022
Unfortunately, the color of these quartzes is of anthropogenic origin. The surface of the tips is somehow porous with micro clay inclusions. Acid cleaning leads to alteration of the clay, turning it ...
  Topic: Hester Diamond Auction
minsur

Replies: 11
Views: 7550

PostForum: Mineral Shows   Posted: Jan 29, 2021 16:26   Subject: Re: Hester Diamond Auction
Indeed - you are perfectly right. Who knows in these times...
But I think in a good lab, they would have "cured" at least the thick through-going fissure with its suspicious looking triangl ...
  Topic: Hester Diamond Auction
minsur

Replies: 11
Views: 7550

PostForum: Mineral Shows   Posted: Jan 29, 2021 16:03   Subject: Re: Hester Diamond Auction
OMG - what hammer prices...
Sensitive early indicators of inevitable inflation or just too many first time buyers?
Admittedly, this 80k Emerald specimen must obviously look like THE ultimative ba ...
  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 (Caldeirao) 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 (Caldeirao) claims, Brazil - (25)
minsur

Replies: 8
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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 ...
 
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