Rocks

La Grasta Mine Aragonite

La Grasta Mine Aragonite

I’ve just acquired this La Grasta Mine Aragonite from Minershop. Mark Cole writes: The La Grasta mine in Sicily operated from the mid-1800 until 1930. Workers carried ore out on their backs. In the 60’s the mine was reopened, renovated and worked until 1987.  The […]

Fluomedia

Fluomedia

Wow! I visited one of the most beautiful and complete fluorescent dive websites in the world. Fluomeda.org has a gallery full of absolutely astounding photographs. And they have some neat products to light those corals up. Check them out. -rf

New Specimen

New Specimen

I’ve got a new specimen thanks to Mark Cole at Minershop.com. It’s a fluorescent yellow apatite on tourmaline and quartz from the Shigar Valley, Pakistan. -rf

Fluorescent Coral

Fluorescent Coral

As a young child, I was fascinated with light and stuff that glowed. That led to fluorescence. And in Wyoming that meant collecting fluorescent rocks. Since then, I’ve collected a bunch of them. But things have changed. I’m no longer in Wyoming. I’m in south […]

Another Langban Specimen

Another Langban Specimen

This new specimen is a rare combination of: svabite – orange calcite – red-orange contrasted against a dark, non-fluorescent matrix. Nice! Still not much chance of my going to Sweden, although my son base jumps off their rock walls in his flying squirrel suit all […]

New Langban Specimen

New Langban Specimen

Mineral deposits around Langban, Filipstad, Varmland Sweden contain some unique and rare minerals. Some of them are fluorescent. This new specimen is of a rare combination of: willemite – green svabite – orange berzeliite – blue nasonite – yellow I’d enjoy going fluorescent mineral collecting […]

Tennessee Quartz

Tennessee Quartz

I’ve acquired another specimen from Mark at Minershop. It’s a 4 inch quartz specimen from Woodbury, TN. Mark says: Yellow fluorescent quartz is a rarity (or any fluorescence in quartz crystals) and these are striking. In this piece transparent quartz crystals (fluorescent yellow), the yellow has […]

Calcite and Svabite

Calcite and Svabite

I’ve obtained another specimen. It’s a brilliant 5″ beauty from Langban, Sweden via Mark Cole’s Minershop Store. Under shortwave, the calcite shines bright red and the svabite glows an yellow-orange. I’ve put it in the Eastern Hemisphere Rocks page where there’s a natural light image […]