• Created By : 12-May-2016
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6.1" 4.0 pound gem grade polished lapis lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious gemstone, prized for over 6,000 years for its intense blue color. The name lapis lazuli means blue stone. It is a popular semi-precious gemstone today, and is arguably one of the world's most important opaque gemstones.

Just outside the mine entrance, a miner drives the locomotive

Photos by Eric Greene taken during a June, 2015 visit to the Rogerley Mine


It seems I jumped the gun. In our early March newsletter, I wrote: "Another noteworthy event this year was the announcement that UK Mining Ventures that 2015 was their last year of mining at the Rogerley Mine in England." Apparently this is not necessarily the case. While there are some substantial hurdles which must be overcome in order to continue mining, happily there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Created By : 14-Apr-2016
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(High-Quality-Low-Price Specimens for $100 or less)

For many years, Thomas Moore, an editor at Mineralogical Record has written about what he calls High-Quality-Low-Price (HQLP) mineral specimens in his show reports from Tucson, Munich, etc. I like this idea, as it shows that contrary to popular perception, it is possible to build a fine collection without spending a fortune. In fact, as the world economy has continue to lag or decline over the last five years, more and more, mineral buyers are learning that inexpensive doesn't have to equate to poor quality.

  • Created By : 13-Apr-2016
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3.6" Neon Aqua-Blue CHRYSOCOLLA CRYSTALS Pseudo Malachite/Azurite D.R.Congo for sale

I knew I should have trusted my initial instincts. It was early February out in Tucson, and I saw a specimen labeled "Ajoite Pseudo after Azurite" in a dealer's display case. The problem was that I had been selling the exact same material for several years, and had always labeled it as "Chrysocolla Pseudo after Azurite." Max Mpuye had been selling me great specimens of this colorful material since it first appeared at the East Coast Show in 2012. Here's how I described one of the specimens:

The earth is a big place with a lot of out-of-the-way places where Mother Nature has created some truly odd and amazing geological formations. Here are pictures of what are frequently described as the 25 strangest geological formations on Earth -- locations that for the most part I had never heard of or seen before. Enjoy!

China's Zhangye Danxia mountains were formed on red terrigenous
sedimentary layers that have been eroded for 24 million years.

  • Created By : 22-Mar-2016
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I still can barely believe how many new, colorful, and exciting specimens we brought home from the Tucson Show this year; this made picking out my favorites really difficult. Here are twenty-five new specimens that I think are significant and highly aesthetic which I love. They will give you an idea of what we found. If you are interested in any of these specimens, just click on the "for sale" links to go to the pages in our website where you will find that piece for sale. Or, you can email me by clicking here to find out what else we have in inventory.