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PostPosted: Jun 22, 2018 03:49    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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She soon found a pocket with some beautiful crystals.


Congratulations for Riana. Great pocket with nice crystals.
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PostPosted: Jun 22, 2018 06:34    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Beautiful Pierre! Those are among the clearest and sharpest crystals you've found on your many outings. Congratulations.
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PostPosted: Jun 22, 2018 06:49    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thank you Franjungle!

True Chris, we have found (over the years) a number as clear, but I cannot remember ever finding a pocket with so many of this quality. There are also many small ones that are gem quality.

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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2018 12:23    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Yesterday was a cold and miserable day, but that did not put me off driving out to a remote farm to take a walk in the hills. The purpose was twofold, to look for crystals and to see if I could find a hammer and chisel I left somewhere. I parked the car at the foot of a hill and walked to the other side where there is a small gorge. As I was descending into the gorge, I noticed a few spots on a large quartz seam that looked promising. I did not expect much, but after turning a rock over that was full of crystals, I found a nice pocket in the ground just underneath it that yielded a few kg. of crystals. I found the hammer and chisel and also fell, hurting my knee. All in all it was a pleasant outing despite the fall and cold weather. Here are just a few pictures.


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PostPosted: Jul 12, 2018 08:08    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Last week, I took a few days off and drove to one of my favourite destinations, an apple farm in Villiersdorp. The purpose was to further explore a new quartz pocket I found and to enjoy the lovely nature and weather.
The first day I spent at the new find and removed a few kg of these strange quartz crystals with an unknown black mineral. How time flies when you remove crystals. Darkness came all too soon. The next day, I spent another few hours at the quartz pocket and then took a walk around the huge farm. I found some crystals in a clay wall and some smaller crystals in other areas. The next morning, I spent about an hour searching for crystals and then headed home. What a wonderful and fulfilling trip.



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