New finds at Munich 2006

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 News from Munich 2006



Munich 2006

Very few major new finds this year but lots of small ones instead. This seems to be the situation nowadays. It is not like it was a few years ago when novelties were the main things one saw at shows. We now mainly see classic specimens and pieces that have come from collections but, while they are less evident, one cannot say that there are no novelties. Here is an idea of what is out there:

Munich 2006

The classic Tantara mine, Kakounde, Congo, in manually worked. From the locality, at a depth of 20m, there are some very brilliant Diopside specimens that have intense color, and are sometimes associated with Quartz and Shattuckite.

Munich 2006
Munich 2006

In the very productive quarries at Artigas, Uruguay, they have opened some new areas which are producing some really appealing and more mineralogically interesting specimens, such as unusual combinations of Amethyst and Calcite including Amethyst that covered former Calcite crystals that have now dissolved.

Munich 2006
Munich 2006

On the frontier between China and Vietnam they have found some neat Topaz with a color similar to that of the Pakistani material. Early on no one was sure if they were really Chinese or Vietnamese: it now looks certain that they are being found on the Chinese side of the border.

Munich 2006
Munich 2006

From a very little known locality in Inner Mongolia, China some spectacular spherical intense blue Fluorite has been found. Similar material was found in Myanmar, but for both crystal size and quality these are without doubt far better.

Munich 2006
Munich 2006

From a ‘lavra’ (mining location) that has not been heard of before: lavra do Poço Dantas, Piauí, Brazil, we have obtained beautiful Childrenite on matrix associated with Roscherite. While these have been sold as Eosphorite and people say that there is also some Guimaraesite on them, the ones we have analyzed are only Childrenite and Roscherite.

Munich 2006
Munich 2006

Some time ago some unusual Chinese Doyleite with its polymorph Gibbsite was discovered. This July they found some new specimens of very high quality and color, and an appearance that differs from the previous ones.In our view these are the best specimens ever seen for this species.

Munich 2006
Munich 2006

Apart from all the things discussed above, a number of other items were of interest. The polychromatic Corundum in matrix from Madagascar and the Boracite from the Gröna mine, Germany, which are more appealing than is typically the case. There were also the Chinese Gold specimens, such as the first photo on this page – very bright but their locality is still not very clear.

Munich 2006

 


 
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