Just Arrived – Top Magnetite & Epidote Crystals – Afghanistan

I have just received a wonderful flat of small miniature specimens from the Marki Khel in the Khogyani District of Afghanistan. These beautiful specimens have come directly from the mine and display a brilliant combination of magnetite, epidote, diopside, andradite and clinochlore crystals. The magnetite crystals in particular are really special, displaying beautiful complex crystal

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John Lawson – Guest Blog

I am pleased to introduce the first, of hopefully many, guest blogs by Mr John Lawson. John has played a significant role in the British and Irish mineral collecting fraternity for the last 50 years and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon! Along with his son Robert they run the successful Moorland Minerals business.

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New Mexican Mimetite

Also newly arrived are a lovely selection of mimetite crystal specimens from the famous Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico. The specimens were collected in January this year and display a brilliant range of colours, crystal habits and mineral associations including wulfenite, arsendiscloizite & cryptomelane. Unusually, some of the creamy yellow mimetite crystals also display a pale orange

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Weardale Crackers!

I have just taken delivery of a selection of delightful miniature sized fluorite specimens from the Newlandside Quarry, a classic English fluorite locality in the famous Weardale area of County Durham. The specimens display an interesting diversity of colours from light green through violets to almost dark brown. Penetration twinned crystals are common and the specimens

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Fluorite Update

Hello everyone, As part of my ongoing collaboration with John & Robert Lawson I’m pleased to let you know that I have just taken delivery of new set of top quality English and Irish fluorite specimens. I will begin listing these specimens today, but as a taster, here are some photos to illustrate what you

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Connemara Fluorite – Update

Just a quick update to let you all know that I have just received a new batch of super specimens from this great new find. Below are photos of a few of the new specimens that show some of the interesting features of these crystals, including the bevelled edges, the deep purple cores of first

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Irish Fluorite – New Find!!

I may be biased, but I think, given its geographical size, the little island of Ireland does punch above its weight in terms of the wonderful range of minerals that can be found here. Occasionally, however, a new find occurs that just blows me away, and without doubt, the new find of blue fluorite crystals in

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Available British Fluorite Localities

For those of you with a particular interest in collecting fluorite specimens, below is a full list of the English fluorite localities from which I can obtain specimens. Simply get in touch with me with any queries or requests that you may have I will get back to you with more specific information/ availability of specimens.

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Introducing Boltsburn!

  Fig.1 – Fluorite crystals with phantoms associated with quartz crystals. FOV6.5cm I’m sure that many of you are well aware of the Boltsburn Mine in County Durham, England, but I must admit that I knew very little about it until I started noticing a flurry of fluorite specimens from there appearing on the mineral

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My New Role!

The last few weeks have been both exciting and manic as I have begun a new part-time role as the Mineral Auctioneer for the Dutch online auction business, Catawiki. Some of you are perhaps saying, ‘Cata who??’. Don’t worry, I did too just before I started selling with them back in March of this year.

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