New finds at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2006

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 News from Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2006




This year, as has been the case for the latest shows, the number of novelties was not that high, so the show was dominated by classic specimens that have come from old collections put up for sale as well as material from active locations (China, Pakistan, Morocco, Rumania, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Myanmar...)

In terms of real novelties, we saw and bought those described below.

New Chabazite-Ca that has good color and crystal size, from the Imilchil region of Morocco.

Also from Morocco, at a small, old mining area, 1700 m above sea level, near the village of Tounfit and about 50 km from Midelt, they found some superb Fluorite that has exceptional brilliance, color and form.

At the San Bartolo Mine, Charcas, México, during late 2005 and early 2006 some neat associations were found of Danburite with Quartz (Amethyst) appealing and unusual.

In Vietnam, a single pocket was found during 2005 at Minh Tien pegmatite, in Luc Yen, that produced a series of exceptional specimens of Liddicoatite, most were single crystals but they showed extraordinary color, quality and crystal size.

From China, we got some specimens of the, recently approved (2002), new species Manganilvaite, from the Daye mining area.

As well as these novelties we also took various new finds to the show, among which those from Brazil stand out: phosphates in the Variscite-Strengite series, a neat red-purple color, from the Mina Boa Vista, in Galiléia, Minas Gerais; the new Euclases from Equador, Parelhas, Rio Grande do Norte; or the polychromatic Elbaites from Berilândia, Ceará.

From Spain we took the Quartz (Amethyst) scepters from Sils, Girona and from Peru the new yellow, translucent Sphalerites, associated with Galena and Rhodochrosite, from the Mina Santa Rita, at 4350 m above sea level, Junín, Peru.

 



 
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