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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 13:29    Post subject: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Hi all! Thought I'd share my personal collection as well, while I'm here.

At this point in time, I focus on collecting thumbnails and small miniatures, around the 1.5-3 cm size range. I have a particular love for specimens from the Kalahari Manganese Field, but at the end of the day, I will acquire anything that I find to be colorful, aesthetically-pleasing, and beautiful. I will admit to being a very superficial collector!

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions or insight to any particular specimen.

ALL Photographs are done by myself unless otherwise specified.



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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 13:33    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Starting off with a favorite of mine: one of the best N'Chwaning rhodochrosite thumbnails I've seen yet. From the Lieber and Logan collections. I love the perpendicular arrangement of the main crystals. Great terminations as well.


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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 17 mm
 Description:
Ex. Werner Lieber
Ex. W. S. Logan
Acquired February 2021
 Viewed:  1905 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 13:57    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

I love seeing your collection of minerals! Really looking forward to seeing all of these!
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 14:03    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Very nice display.
The piece to the right of that rhodochrosite doesn’t look bad either…
By the way I love your avatar :-)
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 14:11    Post 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 specimen; scary at the time, especially as a college student!!

I initially assumed it was a Muzo Mine specimen, but I found out later on (by someone who turned out to be the previous owner!) that it was actually La Pita. Interestingly, many of the calcites that make up the matrix are twinned.

Good eye; my avatar is a painting of this exact piece (though from the back view).



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 Mineral: Beryl (variety emerald) on Dolomite
 Locality:
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 29 x 28 x 28 mm
 Description:
Ex. Nick Hiltbold
Acquired June 2020
 Viewed:  1880 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 14:40    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

TamaHiguchi wrote:

I initially assumed it was a Muzo Mine specimen, but I found out later on (by someone who turned out to be the previous owner!) that it was actually La Pita. Interestingly, many of the calcites that make up the matrix are twinned.

Very nice specimen. Could actually be from the Cunas mining area, in the La Pita district.
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 14:46    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

TamaHiguchi wrote:
I will admit to being a very superficial collector!


I hope that all collectors are somehow "superficial" then. I would say, even "specialists" should be also somehow driven by aesthetics :) I am definitely with you in this approach !

Very interesting and beautiful first 2 specimens you published here. Fantastic emerald, with a cute nest of colored calcites... And crazy color for the Rhodo!

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 15:00    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

TamaHiguchi wrote:
Starting off with a favorite of mine: one of the best N'Chwaning rhodochrosite thumbnails I've seen yet. From the Lieber and Logan collections. I love the perpendicular arrangement of the main crystals. Great terminations as well.


Hello Tama

What wonderful minerals and fantastic photos.

I understand you run a graphic design business in Dallas, and you are a senior at the University of North Texas in Denton. Please tell us more about how you got into minerals.

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 15:08    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

silvia wrote:

I understand you run a graphic design business in Dallas, and you are a senior at the University of North Texas in Denton. Please tell us more about how you got into minerals.


Thank you, Silvia! I actually graduated from college very recently :)

Funnily enough, I began by collecting big polished chunks of Labradorite. A close friend of mine in elementary school had a piece of one that I fell in love with, and as I began researching labradorite, I started to fall into the rabbit hole of minerals in general.

However, I wasn't really a "serious" collector until around 2019, when I became active on Mindat. Paul Brandes, one of the Mindat managers, directed me to join the Young Mineral Collectors on Facebook. It was then my collection philosophies really began to blossom, and I started to invest seriously into my collection AND into the community as a whole. For me, the actual minerals are only half of it; the people in the mineral collecting world are equally as precious to me.

I have to thank Paul, the Spanns (they sponsored my first trip to Tucson!), and my YMC peers in particular. Without them, I wouldn't be the collector I am today.
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 15:09    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Romain M wrote:
I hope that all collectors are somehow "superficial" then. I would say, even "specialists" should be also somehow driven by aesthetics :) I am definitely with you in this approach !


I can agree with this!
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PostPosted: Aug 11, 2022 08:59    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Another for the morning. Traded a painting to a friend for this specimen, and it's since been my favorite fluorite specimen. I'm very picky with fluorite in general, but this one did catch my eye.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Lakeview Lode II Mine, Steven's Ranch, Lake George, Teller County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 29 x 27 x 26 mm
 Description:
Ex. Alex Amiel
Acquired August 2021
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PostPosted: Aug 11, 2022 09:02    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Ettringite is a fascinating mineral species. A little high maintenance, but beautiful.


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 Mineral: Ettringite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 23 x 20 x 20 mm
 Description:
From the 2003 pocket

Ex. Kyle Kevorkian
Ex. Gawan Fiore
Acquired September 2020
 Viewed:  1560 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Ettringite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 13 mm
 Description:
Ex. Kellog Coll
Ex. Christopher Stefano
Ex. Alvaro Chicote Machuca
Acquired February 2021
 Viewed:  1550 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 11, 2022 17:12    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

TamaHiguchi wrote:
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 specimen; scary at the time, especially as a college student!!

I initially assumed it was a Muzo Mine specimen, but I found out later on (by someone who turned out to be the previous owner!) that it was actually La Pita. Interestingly, many of the calcites that make up the matrix are twinned.

Good eye; my avatar is a painting of this exact piece (though from the back view).


As a student I was ways too poor to afford even a mediocre specimen and this decades ago - congratulations. So, all these nice South African Rhodochrosites that were available for pocket money in those days - compared to today's gouged prices, unfortunately did not end up in my collection, smile

Are you sure these calcites are not dolomites? Difficult to tell from the photo, but the mentioned twinning points to dolomite
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PostPosted: Aug 12, 2022 20:41    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

minsur wrote:
Are you sure these calcites are not dolomites? Difficult to tell from the photo, but the mentioned twinning points to dolomite


Here is the back, if it helps! I've never seen dolomite with this color and waxy luster, but I could be wrong.



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 Mineral: Beryl (variety emerald) on Dolomite
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Boyacá Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 29 x 28 x 28 mm
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2022 00:52    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

TamaHiguchi wrote:
minsur wrote:
Are you sure these calcites are not dolomites? Difficult to tell from the photo, but the mentioned twinning points to dolomite


Here is the back, if it helps! I've never seen dolomite with this color and waxy luster, but I could be wrong.


Looks like dolomite to me!
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2022 02:39    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Fiebre Verde wrote:
TamaHiguchi wrote:
minsur wrote:
Are you sure these calcites are not dolomites? Difficult to tell from the photo, but the mentioned twinning points to dolomite


Here is the back, if it helps! I've never seen dolomite with this color and waxy luster, but I could be wrong.


Looks like dolomite to me!
Gerard


I agree
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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2022 10:01    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

Dolomite it is! The more you know...
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Here are a few more fun specimens to welcome the new week. This thread is making me realize I need to get back into photographing my collection... I haven't consistently photo'd any new specimens since last Denver!



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 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 22 x 20 x 19 mm
 Description:
Acquired March 2021
 Viewed:  939 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Olmiite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 26 x 23 x 21 mm
 Description:
Acquired September 2020
 Viewed:  936 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Peridot, Magnetite
 Locality:
Sapat Gali (Suppat), Naran, Kaghan Valley, Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 37 x 26 x 14 mm
 Description:
Acquired September 2020
 Viewed:  938 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2022 07:57    Post subject: Re: The Tama Higuchi Collection  

I really enjoy looking at your minerals! An exquisite collection of superb little treasures, thanks for sharing - and please more :-)
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