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PostPosted: Nov 21, 2010 07:17    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Carles Millan wrote:
This is a remarkable specimen from Erongo. We are used to see splendid schorls from there but not well shaped colored elbaites. This one shows well defined edges, and is on matrix, which is rather rare in that locality. Just search Mindat database for 'elbaite' and 'Usakos' to see.


I'm glad you like the specimen, Carles, thanks!

I also was surprised to find such a large coloured elbaite specimen from the Erongo area. You're right that the Erongo Mountains are one of the world's best sources for schorls, but such large coloured elbaites are actually rare there and rather known from the pegmatites of Minas Gerais, California or Pakistan and Afghanistan. The more my Namibian collector's heart is happy with the specimen :-)

There are two more aspects that make that specimen interesting. I tried to capture them on photo:

First aspect is that the whole matrix block of the elbaite is one single double-terminated quartz of 14 cm (first picture). A bit weathered, partly broken and not perfectly grown, but i hope the shape of a double-terminated quartz becomes apparent in the picture.

The other aspect is that the greenish blue tourmaline has a red core that can be seen when the specimen is held against a light source (second picture). Not easy to make a picture, but i think the red colour inside is visible on the picture.

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The main crystal (width 17 mm) held against a light source. The red colour of the inner crystal comes apparent. Compare this to the normal pictures taken in daylight where the crystals are simply greenish-blue (see my previous post).
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PostPosted: Nov 23, 2010 11:15    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Fluorite. Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. 45 x 30 x 35 mm.


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PostPosted: Mar 29, 2011 05:30    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Hemimorphite. Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico. 63 x 35 x 25 mm.


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PostPosted: Mar 29, 2011 06:52    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Dioptase. Altyn-Tyube, Kazakhstan. 43 x 38 x 35 mm, largest crystals ~ 6 mm.


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PostPosted: Mar 29, 2011 07:24    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Hi Tobias!

Nice to see you here again.
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PostPosted: Mar 30, 2011 08:39    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Thank you, Carles, and sorry for not being present here for a long time! However, next specimen:

Azurite. Tsumeb, Namibia. 45 x 50 x 30 mm.



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PostPosted: Mar 30, 2011 08:53    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Single (smoky) quartz crystal coated with iron oxide (?). Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. 85 x 40 x 35 mm.


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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2011 07:06    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Cavansite. Wagholi quarry near Pune, Maharashtra, India. 40 x 25 x 30 mm, the cavansite "ball" in front measures exactly 1 cm.


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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2011 07:20    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Calcite with duftite. Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. 120 x 100 x 70 mm, largest crystal 42 mm.


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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2011 07:35    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Calcite. Elmwood Mine, Tennessee, USA. 100 x 90 x 50 mm, main crystal 50 mm.


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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2011 16:02    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Vivianite. Kerch, Crimea peninsula, Ukraine. 70 x 55 x 20 mm.


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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2011 05:58    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Smithsonite. El Refugio Mine, Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico. 55 x 40 x 25 mm.


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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2011 07:22    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Carles Millan wrote:
This is a remarkable specimen from Erongo. We are used to see splendid schorls from there but not well shaped colored elbaites. This one shows well defined edges, and is on matrix, which is rather rare in that locality. Just search Mindat database for 'elbaite' and 'Usakos' to see.

Carles and Tobias

These are from other pegmatite deposits in the Erongo REGION but NOT Erongo Mountains! , although only some deka kilometers from Erongo, but different in all aspects.

There are great many pegmatites on the plains around Erongo Mountains, but still in the Erongo region. Many of these pegmatites are known just for colored tourmalines and have been mined extensively for them. There are many colors to large sizes and often on quartz! Red, green, blue and combinations. These deposits are real big mines! WHile in the Erongo Mountains, although soem very big diggings, each is withing one cavity! The formation is very different although there are some large veins also in the Erongo Mtns and close to.
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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2011 08:10    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Peter wrote:
Carles and Tobias

These are from other pegmatite deposits in the Erongo REGION but NOT Erongo Mountains! , although only some deka kilometers from Erongo, but different in all aspects.

Thanks Peter, but none of us referred to the Erongo Mountains as locality of the large elbaite. The specimen comes from a pegmatite mine near Usakos, 30 miles south of the Erongo Mountains.

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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2011 13:01    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Yes Tobias
It just seemd as if you were confusing the deposits! I have been to booth the Erongo mountains and seen and dug some 30 pockets and to many of the larger pegmatites from Uis in the north to Usakos in the south. Namibia has produced some fabulous elbaites!
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2011 09:42    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

Just some impressions of my displayed collection (sorry that some pictures are fuzzy).


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Classic German fluorites (1. Clara Mine, 2. Woelsendorf, 3. Freiberg).
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Fluorites from Xianghuapu Mine and Elmwood Mine.
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Some other fluorites (Cave-In-Rock, Riemvasmaak and several Namibian localities) plus an invitation to a fluorite special exhibition.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2011 09:47    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

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Garnets from Afghan Kunar Valley and Austrian Oetz Valley.
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Calcites from Irai and German Juchem Quarry next to an article about my museum exhibition.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2011 09:49    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

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Even the new Tsumeb calcite has found its place.
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Yellow Calcite from Belgian La Sambre Quarry.
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U.S. calcites from Sweetwater Mine and Elmwood Mine.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2011 09:53    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

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Elbaites from Minas Gerais (Urubu Mine and Pederneira Mine) next to the elbaite from Usakos/Namibia.
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Some other tourmalines from all over the world: Rubellite from Californian Stewart Mine, schorls from Pakistani Shigar Valley and Namibian Farm Erongorus.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2011 09:58    Post subject: Re: Collection of Tobias Martin  

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Fluorapatites in calcite matrix, one from Canadian Yates Mine and from Russian Lake Baikal.
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Chinese quartzes (1. Jinlong Hill, 2. Lechang Mine, both Guangdong Province, 3 Jinkouhe/Sichuan Province).
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Some other international quartes, smoky quartz from Egypt, rock crystal from Peru, amethyst from Namibia.
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