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PostPosted: Jul 09, 2013 04:26    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Joan and Mike. I always enjoy feedback! Thank you. Some of these crystals were removed from pockets that extended more than 2 meters into solid rock and we used an extension pole (used for painting) with a small rake at the end. Fortunately the crystals sat in yellow clay, which helped to protect them. The specimens from this area are just lightly washed with water, nothing else. Oxalic acid will ruin the lovely iron oxide coating.


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Riana in action. I discover and then put her to work (not that she minds!).
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This deep pocket extended for more than 2 meters into the rock and required a lot of hard work to clean out.
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The same pocket with quartz barely visible right at the back.
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Women take a little bit more care when removing crystals than men.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2013 12:09    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

A few more self collected specimens.


P1170841.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
71 x 65 x 32 mm
The capping on the terminations is a unknown mineral, perhaps coloured limestone.
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P1170821.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
120 x 87 x 47 mm
Quartz crystals, of this size, from our direct vicinity, are not common. This one is a floater.
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P1170808.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
120 x 87 x 47 mm
Same as above.
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P1170808.JPG



P1170829.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with rutile
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
84 x 61 x 41 mm
This specimen is a very sad story! It had a good number of Rutile needles exposed and I dropped a pencil on it, damaging it badly.
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P1170837.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with rutile
Van Ryn'sdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
84 x 61 x 41 mm
Same as above.
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P1180587.JPG
 Description:
Quartz, Feldspar and Rutile.
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
56 x 49 x 38 mm
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P1180587.JPG



P1180572.JPG
 Description:
Quartz, Feldspar and Rutile.
Van Ryn'sdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
56 x 49 x 38 mm
Same as above.
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P1180580.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with feldspar and rutile
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
56 x 49 x 38 mm
Same as above.
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P1180918.JPG
 Description:
Quartz, feldspar, dolomite and rutile
Van Ryn'sdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
94 x 69 x 64 mm
 Viewed:  14278 Time(s)

P1180918.JPG



P1180913.JPG
 Description:
Quartz, feldspar, dolomite and rutile
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
94 x 69 x 64 mm
Same as above.
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P1180920.JPG
 Description:
Quartz, feldspar, dolomite and rutile
Van Ryn'sdorp, Western Cape South Africa.
94 x 69 x 64 mm
Same as above.
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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2013 14:53    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Here are a few photos from recent outings in our vicinity.


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A favorite hunting ground where we have found a number of quartz pockets.
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A pocket with the sticks (pointing to the inside) indicating where crystals are.
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A crystal as found from the above pocket.
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Another from the same pocket.
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 Description:
Yet another from the same pocket.
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P1190959.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
48 x 41 x 20 mm
One of the above crystals after partial cleaning.
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P1190962.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
48 x 41 x 20 mm
The same as above.
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P1190966.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
58 x 24 x 16 mm
Another one of the above crystals after cleaning.
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P1190971.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
58 x 24 x 16 mm
The same floater as above.
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P1190973.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
49 x 38 x 13 mm
From the same pocket.
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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2013 15:11    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Here are a few more pictures from the same area as mentioned above featuring Riana's find and a few others from that same area.


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 Description:
Riana found a pocket a while ago and decided to continue her search which yielded some of the following crystals.
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P1190978.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
68 x 19 x 15 mm
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P1190980.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
57 x 17 x 14 mm
 Viewed:  14093 Time(s)

P1190980.JPG



P1190987.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
45 x 07 x 05 mm
 Viewed:  14069 Time(s)

P1190987.JPG



P1190994.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
31 x 11 x 10 mm
 Viewed:  14092 Time(s)

P1190994.JPG



P1190998.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
56 x 15 x 12 mm
A very clear and gemmy crystal.
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P1190998.JPG



P1200002.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
36 x 17 x 13 mm
Another very clear crystal.
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P1200007.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
30 x 13 x 09 mm
Another very clear crystal with a nice diamond facet.
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P1200020.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
33 x 12 x 10 mm
Double terminated crystal.
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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2013 16:08    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre and Riana,

Thanks for taking us to one of your favorite spots. It looks like you found some nice and good-sized quartz.

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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2013 03:37    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Don Lum wrote:
Pierre and Riana,

Thanks for taking us to one of your favorite spots. It looks like you found some nice and good-sized quartz.

Regards,

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Hi Don. Thank you for your comment. Even though we have been on similar outings many times, each new opportunity remains special to us.

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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2013 06:40    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

What could be better? Beautiful day, nice quartz pockets, and someone to dig out the pockets, I mean great companions. Thanks for taking us along. Pierre, what is the country rock this quartz is found in?
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vic rzonca wrote:
What could be better? Beautiful day, nice quartz pockets, and someone to dig out the pockets, I mean great companions. Thanks for taking us along. Pierre, what is the country rock this quartz is found in?


Interesting question Vic. This area has prolific quartz veins, some several meters wide, that run in between layers of mostly shale. I am adding a photo to show weathered quartz veins in the direct vicinity. To find these pockets is not as easy as it may seem, but, as you know, hard work from enthusiasts bring rewards.



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Weathered Quartz veins.
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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2013 12:29    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thanks for posting these photo's of your collecting trip Pierre; Ceres looks a wonderful place to wander around.
Do you ever see anyone else about when you're collecting in these places? The countryside looks rather 'empty'.
Regards to yourself and Riana,
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Mike Wood wrote:
Thanks for posting these photo's of your collecting trip Pierre; Ceres looks a wonderful place to wander around.
Do you ever see anyone else about when you're collecting in these places? The countryside looks rather 'empty'.
Regards to yourself and Riana,
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Hi Mike. Thank you for the regards. I have only once encountered another crystal digger on my outings (in the Western Cape), and that was a manager that worked on an apple farm. There is a club that offers the odd outing but as for the rest, it is every man to himself. It seems to me that few have an interest to do a bit of trouble to find mineral specimens (or simply do not know where to start). We have taken a number of people with us on outings (free of charge), but even of these, few return. I suppose we South Africans are spoiled with an abundance of mineral specimens for sale (at very reasonable prices), so few will do the trouble to search for them. Maybe you, Vic and others like us are a bitter different?! Best regards from both us.

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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2013 13:25    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hello Pierre,

Do you and Riana encounter any interesting or dangerous wildlife other than poisonous snakes on your outings?

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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2013 14:16    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre, in a satellite image of the terrane around Ceres, I see that it is more or less surrounded by black rock hills. To the west, north of where Rt. 46 breaks through the pass, there is a large dam and reservoir. I wonder if this is the area that Riana and you do your exploring?
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Don Lum wrote:
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Do you and Riana encounter any interesting or dangerous wildlife other than poisonous snakes on your outings?

Don


Hi Don. Last week I had a close encounter with 2 huge bulls (I suppose the Spaniards will find this interesting).
Leopards are very common in our mountains although you hardly ever see them as they move just about exclusively at night. We have heard them 'coughing' while up in the mountains at nightime, sometimes very close. They fear man, so I do not worry to much about them; besides, Riana is better meat than this old tough piece! Hahaha
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vic rzonca wrote:
Pierre, in a satellite image of the terrane around Ceres, I see that it is more or less surrounded by black rock hills. To the west, north of where Rt. 46 breaks through the pass, there is a large dam and reservoir. I wonder if this is the area that Riana and you do your exploring?


Hi Vic. The area you are referring to is just about all sandstone mountains. The reservoir is probably our town reservoir (see photo below). I have 'scanned' this area for quartz pockets, but with limited success. Some collecting areas are 30; 80; 120 km and even further. All these areas, I have discovered by myself (with the exception of Van Rhynsdorp). Stopping looking at Google and come visit us :-)

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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2013 14:57    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Sorry Vic, I forgot the photo of our town reservoir (about 3 km from our home). Here it is.


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The Arch dam - Ceres, Western Cape
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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2013 22:03    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre Joubert wrote:
...I suppose we South Africans are spoiled with an abundance of mineral specimens for sale (at very reasonable prices), so few will do the trouble to search for them....

Hi Pierre,
I enjoy seeing the before and after photos and the photos of the collecting sites, thank you. We here in NZ have the opposite situation, few minerals ( NZ or overseas ) available for purchase and few good collecting sites so we collect whatever we can.
Its all good fun though:)
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PostPosted: Aug 07, 2013 01:58    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Greg Lilly wrote:
Pierre Joubert wrote:
...I suppose we South Africans are spoiled with an abundance of mineral specimens for sale (at very reasonable prices), so few will do the trouble to search for them....

Hi Pierre,
I enjoy seeing the before and after photos and the photos of the collecting sites, thank you. We here in NZ have the opposite situation, few minerals ( NZ or overseas ) available for purchase and few good collecting sites so we collect whatever we can.
Its all good fun though:)
Thanks again Greg


Thanks Greg. I still believe that those mountains in NZ have mind blowing quartzes. Do you know of anyone in New Zealand who are ardent quartz field collector/s? Perhaps, if such a person could be found, he/she could share their experiences with us.

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PostPosted: Aug 21, 2013 16:08    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Occasionally we find quartz crystals with interesting to fascinating inclusions. A few days ago I cleaned some material gathered some months ago and added a few other specimens from previous finds. I hope you can enjoy them as much as we did.


P1200440.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
25 x 24 x 16 mm
 Viewed:  13462 Time(s)

P1200440.JPG



P1200445.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
33 x 13 x 10 mm
 Viewed:  13503 Time(s)

P1200445.JPG



P1200449.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
33 x 13 x 10 mm
Same as above.
 Viewed:  13467 Time(s)

P1200449.JPG



P1200455.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
40 x 22 x 19 mm
 Viewed:  13473 Time(s)

P1200455.JPG



P1200452.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
30 x 10 x 09 mm
 Viewed:  13497 Time(s)

P1200452.JPG



P1200461.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with a coating of manganese?
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
34 x 17 x 12 mm
 Viewed:  13489 Time(s)

P1200461.JPG



P1200480.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Villiersdorp, Western Cape, SA
32 x 14 x 10 mm
 Viewed:  13471 Time(s)

P1200480.JPG



P1200486.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Villiersdorp, Western Cape, SA
23 x 09 x 08 mm
 Viewed:  13481 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 21, 2013 16:32    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

A few more.


P1200487.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Villiersdorp, Western Cape, SA
25 x 11 x 07 mm
 Viewed:  13457 Time(s)

P1200487.JPG



P1200491.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
20 x 10 x 09 mm
 Viewed:  13473 Time(s)

P1200491.JPG



P1200499.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
20 x 10 x 09 mm
Same as above.
 Viewed:  13428 Time(s)

P1200499.JPG



P1200501.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
19 x 13 x 12 mm
 Viewed:  13434 Time(s)

P1200501.JPG



P1200504.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
19 x 13 x 12 mm
Same as above.
 Viewed:  13457 Time(s)

P1200504.JPG



P1200510.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
19 x 09 x 08 mm
 Viewed:  13428 Time(s)

P1200510.JPG



P1200517.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with chlorite
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
24 x 13 x 10 mm
 Viewed:  13450 Time(s)

P1200517.JPG



P1200520.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with chlorite
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
Fov approx. 5 mm
 Viewed:  13452 Time(s)

P1200520.JPG



P1200516.JPG
 Description:
Chlorite in Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
Field of view, approx. 1mm
 Viewed:  13430 Time(s)

P1200516.JPG



P1200532.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
27 x 13 x 12 mm
 Viewed:  13435 Time(s)

P1200532.JPG



P1200528.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
27 x 13 x 12 mm
Same as above.
 Viewed:  13438 Time(s)

P1200528.JPG



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PostPosted: Aug 21, 2013 16:42    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

The last few for tonight.


P1200534.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with chlorite
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
26 x 15 x 07 mm
 Viewed:  13449 Time(s)

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 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
23 x 11 x 07 mm
 Viewed:  13445 Time(s)

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 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
35 x 13 x 08 mm
 Viewed:  13420 Time(s)

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 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
29 x 17 x 07 mm
A little floater
 Viewed:  13440 Time(s)

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 Description:
Quartz with unknown inclusions.
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
29 x 17 x 07 mm
The back side of the above specimen.
 Viewed:  13466 Time(s)

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