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Rocks & Minerals
Location: Nuristan, Afghanistan
Item #: ow9390mkst
Comments: Thees elbaite crystals vary from dark green at one end to pink near the termination of the main crystal. The overall dimensions of the piece are 1.2 cm wide by 4 cm tall and 1 cm front to back. The locality is Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. There are minor chips in a couple spots.
Location: Burnet County, Texas
Size: 5 x 4 x 1.8 cm
Comments: Franklin Roberts, of Austin Texas, having some serious luck with a bit of skill and knowledge, finding some amazing things in the pegmatites of the Llano Uplift. The samples of Monazite-ce are a FIRST for Texas and not too shabby at all! Nice large xtls with crude broad faces.Certainly one of the largest crystals of the bunch, great form, but a bit of cleavage and weathering going on. Great price for such a monster Monazite from Texas.
Featured Item: Some African Beauties: A Pictorial
Some African Beauties: A Pictorial
by Jeffrey A. Scovil
Jeffrey A. Scovil, a well-known professional mineral photographer, is the author of Photographing Minerals, Fossils, and Lapidary Materials (Geoscience Press, 1996). He is among those featured in The Grandmasters of Mineral Photography (Mineralogical Almanac, 2004).
Thumler’s Ultra-Vibe Industrial Rock Tumblers / Brass Polishers
– These are both “industrial” models designed for rocks!
– Removable, heavy polyethylene bowl with lid
– UV-10 tumbles 10 pounds of rocks or 125-400 brass cases
– UV-18 tumbles 18 pounds of rocks or 200-700 brass cases
– Creates a cyclonic effect (see video below)
– Ball bearing motor operates on 115 volts
– Motor is thermally protected for safety
– Vibrates at 3000 VPM
– UV-10 motor: 1/30hp
– UV-18 motor: 1/20hp
– UV-10 bowl is 10″ diameter x 11″ tall.
– UV-18 bowl is 11 1/2″ diameter x 14 1/2″ tall.
– Thumler’s Tumbler Warranty
Vibratory tumblers are a lot faster and a lot more economical than rotary tumblers. These Ultra-Vibe tumblers will do the rough grind in just a few days and the prepolish and polish steps in just one or three days each. That will save you time and electricty. These tumblers also use a lot less grit and polish (about half as much) as a rotary tumbler of similar size. So, although these tumblers have a higher cost than most rotary tumblers, you will actually save that much money or more if you use them regularly.
These tumblers also work great for polishing brass gun cartridges. Polishing brass requires the use of crushed corncob or walnut shell media.
Other Websites of Interest
Mineral specimens from Tsumeb, Erongo, Brandberg and other sites in Namibia. Tsumeb minerals for the connoisseur!
Featuring the artwork of world famous mineral artist Fredrick Wilda.
Laboratory equipment, chemicals and extensive mineral collection.
Long Time Dealer and Collector, Herb Obodda
Welcome to Opalshop, the place where great deals are made. Shopping for a bargain online couldn’t be easier, or safer. All orders are encrypted by SSL through our secure server and come with a 7 Day ‘no quibble’ money back guarantee.
Wonderful selection of Fluorite and associated minerals from Illinois and the surrounding area
Don and Sara Parsons: Minerals, fossils, carvings. Complete line of Raynox quality accessory lenses for camcorders, digital still cameras and digital videa cameras.
We’ve been in the stone business for thirty years. We specialize in aquamarine minerals. We also carry tourmaline, topaz, lapis, kunzite, custom jewelry pieces with precious gems and cut stones. Most of our products come from the beautiful mountains of Pakistan. Make sure to check us out at the many gem and mineral shows throughout the USA.
Welcome to Penn Minerals! Our mission: —To offer you the finest in rocks, minerals and fossils from the great state of Pennsylvania! —To keep you updated on productive collecting sites that are accessible to the general public. —To maintain a complete list of rock and mineral clubs in Pennsylvania to help you enjoy rockhounding!
Pickens Minerals has a wide variety of minerals to offer to the collector, from beginner to advanced. All specimens are individually selected, and are of the highest quality by color, aesthetic quality and collector appeal. You can order on a secure server from my On-Line Collection , all specimens are listed by locations. Or use the image map guide at the bottom of all pages. See page 7 of More Neatstuff for Afghanistan and Pakistan Minerals. My full color catalog has 44 pages with more than 160 color photos. Our catalog is $5.00, fully refunded upon order. Give me a call, drop me a line, write me a letter, Email or see me at my address, appointment is necessary.
Pinnacle 5 Minerals is a family operated business. You’ll see Susan at the shows. She specializes in gems and jewelry and can assist you in finding the “just right” piece of jewely, many of which use Colorado or Montana gemstones. Krystle, now in college, also attends shows and promotes the gems and jewelry. Both Scott and Tim grew up mining with their father, and are responsible for collecting, cleaning, and repairing many of the specimens. Both sons attend gem and mineral shows whenever possible and are knowledgeable mineral dealers. Joe began collecting gems and minerals at a young age and built his hobby into a specimen mining and selling business. He is also a bench jeweler and artist. Occasionally some of his other pieces will be featured on these pages.
Faceting machines, from a family involved in the business for 50 years.
Display products – Do you have a something to display? We offer many presentation options to present your valuable antiques, collectibles, merchandise, or curios in an eye-catching exhibit. Whether you require a display case or fixture, a stand, a showcase, a shadow box, a riser, steps, an easel, a hanger, or a dome — you have come to the right place. We can satisfy all of your showplace needs.
We have a complete line of Lapidary Equipment and Supplies! Check out our Faceting Machine, Trim Saws, Crystal Sphere Makers, Rock Tumblers, Digital Gem Scales, Faceting Laps, Faceting Compounds, and top quality Gemological Instruments from loupes and microscopes to refractometers and chelsea filters.
Wonderful assortment of Canadian Minerals.
Since 1971 R&G has been the leading magazine for the lapidary and mineral hobbyist. We capture the fun and excitment of rockhounding, gathering mineral specimens at their source. We guide our readers step-by-step though the creative processes of jewelry making, from the simplest beginner projects to the advanced skills of faceting.Our knowledgeable authors make mineral science understandable and inviting. Outstanding color illustrations add to the lure of some of nature’s greatest beauties.
Although until only recently these treasures have been recognized in the international markets of the world, Gemstones & Minerals from these Areas have been marketed to collectors, Jewelers & hobbyist, since the early 70s. Mostly misrepresented from their actual origins, for reasons only well known to those who did the misrepresentations, thankfully this is no more the status quo.
Rocks of Ages carries a large inventory of fine mineral specimens from around the world. We specialize in classic localties and cabinet sized specimens. We often have fine minerals from the western United States as well.
Roger’s Minerals is a part-time mail order business dedicated to satisfying the needs of mineral collectors world-wide. Whether you collect for a museum, a school, a researcher, a collector or a prospector, you may find exactly what you are looking for at this site. I specialize in rare species but also recycle old collections. This gives my stock a wide variety of choices. The prices are competitive and satisfaction is guaranteed!
Three choices are given at this site: a main mineral list and a micro mineral list. The main list covers specimens from micromount to cabinet size and the micro list describes micro to thumbnail species. The lists are condensed for convenience. As a third choice, included is a New Mineral Additions list.
Our “new catalog” contains photographs of selected works. Since this new feature generated many favorable comments, the number of featured works has been expanded. If you click on the small image you can look at a book in larger and greater detail. The “new catalog” features primarily works in paleontology and mineralogy.
Hi my name is Dave Blakmore and I live on the north Island of New Zealand in the small town of Wanganui.The town has a population of about 45,000 and is situated on the river of the same name (Whanganui).