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

Pierre Joubert wrote:
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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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2018 15:56    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Last week, Thursday, I drove out to the Tankwa Karoo to visit a small roadside quarry to look for calcite, gypsum and quartz specimens. I had a delightful 2 half days and a peaceful nights sleep; but my trip was disturbed by a young man who decided to take his 4x4 off the road and into the quarry where he got stuck in the mud. I lost hours trying to help him get out but finally drove about 45 km to find help (which I fortunately did). The rest of my trip was ruined as I still wanted to visit another place, but time was up as I had to be back at a certain time, so I decided to head back home. Here is a few pictures (none of the 4x4 in the mud).


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PostPosted: Sep 09, 2018 12:50    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Yesterday,as with most Saturdays, I took a drive to a remote farm and walked about 3 km to an area that I have only visited once before. There was a slope where some small quartz crystals washed out from higher up. I soon found the place where they came from. I turned a large rock over and found it to be full of small crystals underneath. In the ground underneath the large stone, I removed many crystals and plates of crystals; most two sided. There where still some snow on the mountains from a good snowfall a week ago and the wind was blowing cold. When I got back to the car and started to drive, I noted that it was 3 degrees Celsius.
I only cleaned a few specimens with water and hope to show some once they have been cleaned. Note they are still full of roots.



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PostPosted: Sep 12, 2018 00:25    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Congratulations Pierre for the discovery of quartz, very pretty

Thank you!
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PostPosted: Sep 13, 2018 14:14    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Joan Martinez Bruguera wrote:
Congratulations Pierre for the discovery of quartz, very pretty

Thank you!

Hi friend Joan, thank you! The specimens have been in the acid for a few days and I hope to clean them soon and show a few. This pocket yielded fascinating specimens and I am really excited to see the cleaned pieces. Best regards :-)

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