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PostPosted: Dec 07, 2021 05:31    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Outstanding and well balanced specimen from China. Good contrast between black and colorless crystals.
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PostPosted: Dec 07, 2021 06:29    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Carles Millan wrote:
Outstanding and well balanced specimen from China. Good contrast between black and colorless crystals.
Thank you Carles, I consider this specimen a true highlight and another centerpiece of my quartz collection. The contrast is one aspect but this specimen also has the "horizon" - according to Steve Smale - you often told me about. The photo doesn't show this but the attached video gives a good impression of the three-dimensional quality and shape of the specimen. I see many of these where the quartzes are damaged or broken off but this one is in quite good condition for Lechang.

I'm glad you like it, best regards
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PostPosted: Dec 07, 2021 10:39    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Tobi, Congratulations on acquiring this beautiful piece from Lechang. I love the presentation and it's remarkable how little damage is apparent compared to most pieces from this locality.

I always enjoy looking at Rudolf's show displays - he has exquisitely prepared specimens.
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PostPosted: Dec 19, 2021 10:11    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

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The latest addition, a quite large and spectacular combination of quartz on hematite from China [...]

Actually I would never dare to compete with the photos of professional dealers, especially not when it's Rudi Watzl and his team from Saphira Minerals, they make a great job in photographing their minerals ... but I think they made not the best photo of the nice hematite/quartz specimen that is my latest addition ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=77073#77073 ) because it does not show the sculptural shape of the specimen. I just found the time to try a photo on my own and I think it's worth being an additional photo to my last post :-)

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 Mineral: Quartz, Hematite
 Locality:
Lechang Mine, Lechang, Shaoguan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: Specimen size 16 cm
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PostPosted: Dec 19, 2021 10:22    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

We can see the Smale's "horizon" much better.
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PostPosted: Dec 20, 2021 16:43    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

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The latest addition, a quite large and spectacular combination of quartz on hematite from China [...]

Actually I would never dare to compete with the photos of professional dealers, especially not when it's Rudi Watzl and his team from Saphira Minerals, they make a great job in photographing their minerals ... but I think they made not the best photo of the nice hematite/quartz specimen that is my latest addition ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=77073#77073 ) because it does not show the sculptural shape of the specimen. I just found the time to try a photo on my own and I think it's worth being an additional photo to my last post :-)

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Very nice specimen Tobi. I have not been on FMF for long but do you have a liking for specimens from Dal'negorsk?
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PostPosted: Dec 21, 2021 02:57    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

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[...]I have not been on FMF for long but do you have a liking for specimens from Dal'negorsk?
Hi Silvia, you are right, I love Dal'negorsk, it's one of my favourite mineral localities. Sure, not a locality for rarities, but I love things like fluorite, quartz, galena and calcite - and Dal'negorsk is a premium source for those minerals.

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PostPosted: Jan 06, 2022 14:39    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

First specimen 2022: I never had a gold specimen in my collection, it was my dream since I started collecting minerals. Now I finally got one - from our Grandmaster Jordi :-)


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PostPosted: Jan 06, 2022 16:54    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Your first one seems like a very excellent one Tobi.

Congratulations.

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2022 10:08    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

New specimen, a real surprise ;-)

Actually polished agates or polished pieces in general are nothing that interests me as a collector. The last time I had some of these in my collection is long ago, it was the first time as a child when you start collecting rocks and you gather the usual suspects like some tiny Huanzala pyrites, tumbled rocks or the typical stuff from Brazil like rock crystal, amethyst or agate with no further locality information ... but since I consider myself a "serious" collector, never again there was a piece of agate that caught my eye. And if someone would have told me recently that I would add a polished agate specimen to my collection in 2022, the answer would have been no, definitely not! ...

... But when I saw this piece, I could not resist, it was love at first sight. I like its aesthetics and the size of 23 x 20 cm makes it really impressive. So this is a surprise addition for me, I immediately fell in love with it ;-)



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Aouli, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Size of the specimen 25 x 22 cm
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2022 10:33    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Tobi wrote:
New specimen, a real surprise ;-)

Actually polished agates or polished pieces in general are nothing that interests me as a collector. The last time I had some of these in my collection is long ago, it was the first time as a child when you start collecting rocks and you gather the usual suspects like some tiny Huanzala pyrites, tumbled rocks or the typical stuff from Brazil like rock crystal, amethyst or agate with no further locality information ... but since I consider myself a "serious" collector, never again there was a piece of agate that caught my eye. And if someone would have told me recently that I would add a polished agate specimen to my collection in 2022, the answer would have been no, definitely not! ...

... But when I saw this piece, I could not resist, it was love at first sight. I like its aesthetics and the size of 23 x 20 cm makes it really impressive. So, this is a surprise addition for me, I immediately fell in love with it ;-)


Nice agate Tobi. Nothing wrong with a special agate or two in the collection of a serious collector. I probably have a dozen or so and I can appreciate looking at the various structures that are often visible.
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2022 11:47    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Nothing wrong with having a polished piece or two in a collection. I have several cut and polished slabs in my collection. Without the specimens being sliced and polished, you wouldn't be able to see the individual minerals or their associations.

Nice agate Tobi.

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2022 13:29    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Tobi wrote:
New specimen, a real surprise ;-)

Actually polished agates or polished pieces in general are nothing that interests me as a collector. The last time I had some of these in my collection is long ago, it was the first time as a child when you start collecting rocks and you gather the usual suspects like some tiny Huanzala pyrites, tumbled rocks or the typical stuff from Brazil like rock crystal, amethyst or agate with no further locality information ... but since I consider myself a "serious" collector, never again there was a piece of agate that caught my eye. And if someone would have told me recently that I would add a polished agate specimen to my collection in 2022, the answer would have been no, definitely not! ...

... But when I saw this piece, I could not resist, it was love at first sight. I like its aesthetics and the size of 23 x 20 cm makes it really impressive. So this is a surprise addition for me, I immediately fell in love with it ;-)


I also agree with the view that having polished specimens in a collection is fine. My partner and I have many malachite specimens in our collection. The only way we can highlight the internal beauty of Malachite is to display a polished slice showing the green ‘bulls eye’ feature of Malachite.
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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2022 04:21    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Michael, Joseph and Silvia, thank you for your encouraging comments ;-)

It felt somehow "wrong" to purchase cut & polished material but I know that this agate is worthy of my collection. And you're right, the beauty of some rocks like agate geodes can only be revealed by cutting and polishing it. And maybe it's never wrong to purchase a "love at first sight" specimen. Good to know I'm not the only crystal fan here who fell in love with a polished piece ;-)

Btw, here are some photos of the Mountain named Fullus near Aouli where the agate was found: https://www.mineralienatlas.de/lexikon/index.php/MediaDataShow?galerie=lokation&backlink=1&lokationid=9102

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PostPosted: Feb 12, 2022 12:18    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Still thrilled by the beauty of the agate from Aouli and encouraged by your words, I did it again - I added a smaller agate with vivid colours from that area to my collection:


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 Mineral: Quarz (variety Agate)
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Aouli, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
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PostPosted: Feb 12, 2022 13:00    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

It is true that I am not a friend of agates, but I must admit that both are really beautiful and, if you like them, you have done very well. Enjoy!
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PostPosted: Feb 13, 2022 07:38    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Carles Millan wrote:
It is true that I am not a friend of agates [...]
Me neither, Carles ;-)
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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2022 15:24    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

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Quartz (variety Agate)
Aouli, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Size of the specimen 23 x 20 cm
After measuring the specimen I found out that the size provided by the previous owner was not correct, the specimen is larger and measures 25 x 22 cm. I can't edit my post anymore, could an Admin please change the size information both in the text and in the description?

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Feb 26, 2022 09:25    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

Again an agate, couldn't resist ;-) But that's it now, I will return to macrocrystalline quartz, fluorite, tourmaline etc, I promise ;-)


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 Mineral: Quartz (variety Agate)
 Locality:
Iraí, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
 Dimensions: Specimen size 16 cm
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2022 06:46    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobi  

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[...]I will return to macrocrystalline quartz, fluorite, tourmaline etc, I promise ;-)
As promised, the next specimen is not an agate but a nice tourmaline crystal pair from Madagascar:


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 Mineral: Tourmaline
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Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: Specimen height 6 cm
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Photo © Anton Watzl Minerals
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