Posted: Feb 07, 2018 14:21 Post subject: Re: Presentation of new members - Kevin Schofield from Houston, Texas
I am a self described 'carbonate freak', focusing from 1988 to 2000 on all carbonates, and thereafter smithsonite and dolomite from Tsumeb exclusively. This is a great area of collection focus. Welcome aboard. This is a well managed forum, with lots of very knowledgeable and sharing enthusiasts, as you are discovering.
Posted: Mar 15, 2018 22:23 Post subject: Presentation of new members - Phil Persson from Denver, Colorado
My name is Phil Persson and I am a geologist and mineral collector/dealer living in Denver. While I am new to this forum I have enjoyed reading some of the commentary and discussion on here for a number of years and figured it was time to join.
My passion for minerals started as a child growing up both in Sweden and later quite close to Franklin and Sterling Hill New Jersey, where I found mentors in mineral collecting such as Dick Hauck, John Ciancuilli (now deceased) and others. I moved to Colorado in 2005 for college studies and obtained a bachelors degree in geology from the University of Colorado and more recently a masters degree in geology focusing on petrology and geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines.
From ~2012 to August of 2017 I ran my own mineral business, Persson Rare Minerals, selling mainly online as well as doing numerous small shows in Colorado and the September Denver Show, as well as Tucson a few times. I tried to specialize in rare species as well as affordable, interesting minerals from "classic" localities.
Last September I started working full-time for Collectors Edge Minerals in Golden, Colorado where I assist with sales, marketing, and geology related to our specimen mining projects. It's been a lot of fun so far and certainly different than what I imagined I might be doing after I finished graduate school last May!
Anyways, nice to meet you all and glad to be part of this discussion board community.
Posted: Mar 27, 2018 08:20 Post subject: Re: Presentation of new members - David Touitou
And a warm warm welcome to this forum from... the other side of the Alps! How is the research and the collection of minerals regulated in France?
Greetings from Italy by Riccardo. _________________ Hi! I'm a collector of minerals since 1973 and a gemmologist. On Summer I always visit mines and quarries all over Europe looking for minerals! Ok, there is time to tell you much much more! Greetings from Italy by Riccardo.
Posted: Mar 27, 2018 09:09 Post subject: Re: Presentation of new members - David Touitou
Thanks Riccardo ! :)
You have a lot of things on your side and the latest book about your Alps was awesome, even if I speak a "school Italian" I would I have loved to read it in English or French ^^
The regulation is horrible in France. You have the right to stay home... Everything about collecting is forbidden :(except when you go in the mountains (and if they are not a national parc). The regulation is very stupid here as we do not accept that the collectors can die when they live their passion, and for that reason all mines are secured or are going to be secured (I mean closed). Most of the land is private too... there is less and less space to prospect. Though, many localities are accessible even if theoretically forbidden...
Mines where you pay per mining that you can find everywhere (USA, SPAIN,....) do not exist here.
I am actually creating a museum in the South of France dedicated to local minerals. I'll keep you informed. DAVID (video is in French).
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