show's most beautiful items but for one of its best bargains

In a highway roadcut 1 kilometer west of the Yellow Lake Pumping Station near Olalla, British Columbia, the rare zeolite brewsterite was found in very fine (for the species) specimens during the 1970's, and there have been intermittent collecting revivals since then. In August 2006, Rod Tyson and his associates collected about 20 specimens which probably represent the best brewslerite found to dale at Yellow Lake, and these were for sale at the always-interesting stand of Tyson's Fine Minerals (www.tysonsminerals.com) at the Main Show in Tiffany Money choose discount Tiffany Key Rings Key Rings sale. Sharp, highly lustrous brewsterite crystals exceptionally reaching 1 cm form druses on walls of vugs in vesicular andesite. The brewsterite is pearly white and translucent to colorless and transparent, although in most specimens there are pink overtones from iron oxide staining. The matrix pieces range from 2 to 10 cm across.


To most collectors' tastes, however, white zeolites (even rare white zeolites) can he no more than warm-up acts when dramatically colored phosphates from the Rapid Creek-Big Fish, Yukon locality are on hand-and such indeed was the case at Tyson's. During this past August's collecting season the phosphatic ironstones exposed in streambeds at discount Tiffany Cuff Links Creek-Big Fish yielded about 3 flats of superb and beautiful lazulite thumbnails and miniatures, with indigo-blue, mirror-faced, form-rich, flashing lazulite crystals to more than 2 cm. Some of the specimens are simply loose, single crystals or loose clusters of two or three, while others show the lazulite crystals resting on brown ironstone matrix with microcryslals of siderite and kulanite. A few specimens show an odd growth feature: crater-like depressions in the centers of lazulite crystals, similar in appearance to the central depressions in cyclic rutile twins. Of interest too is the fact that a fine thumbnail of this lazulite could he had for around $100-$150 (Tiffany Cuff Links sale the very best thumbnail was priced at $1200); in other words this find made not only for one of the show's most beautiful items but for one of its best bargains too. To top it off, the Tysons offered a handful of fine thumbnail wardite specimens, with sharp, lustrous, pale blue-green pseudo-octahedral wardite crystals to 1.5 cm associated with while microcrystals of goyazite: and they offered a few exceptional clusters of glassy pale choose Tiffany Cuff Links reduced Tiffany Bangles crystals, and sprays of dark blue-green acicular gormanite as well.


From a brand-new occurrence in Colombia have come modest but likable epidote specimens: the locality is a discount Tiffany Money Clips digging of some kind called the Siph mine, Sipi County, Chocy Department. Isaias Casanova, who offered the specimens in the Main Show booth of his IC Minerals (icminerals@earthlink.net), could tell me nothing for sure about the place, but we agreed that the specimens combine features of epidoles from Prince of Wales Island, Alaska; Pampa Blanca, Peru; and some Swiss and Austrian Alpine pockets. Lustrous, bladed, wedge-terminated epidote crystals to 4 cm form subparallel sprays which rest on and between fat crystals of chlorite-induded quartz to 4 × 4 × 5 cm. The quartz in itself is quite pretty, being transparent but slightly foggy and Tiffany Key reduced tiffany sale green inside. Isaias had two flats of miniature to small cabinet-size specimens of this promising-looking material.


Also at the Main Show, Brian Kosnar of Mineral Classics (Minclassics@aol.com) was showing off a few matrix slabs-wide, thin pieces of matrix range from 5 to 30 cm across-of hard quartz porphyry thickly coated with powder-blue microcrystals of vauxite, together with sparser microcrystals of paravauxite and metavauxite. On some specimens, the blue vauxite forms casts after vanished spherical aggregates of wavellite to 8 mm diameter, and one specimen even shows metallic black microcrystals of franckeite. Yes, of course, the source of these choose discount Tiffany Rings Money Clips is the famous Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bolivia. If you consult the lengthy article in the March-April 2006 issue you'll read that most Siglo XX mine specimens of "the three vauxites" have come from the zone in the mine called the choose Tiffany Key Rings vein, and that indeed is where these new specimens were discovered, this past June. The find produced about 50 matrix vauxite specimens, and Alfredo Petrov (a co-author of the article) also was selling a few in his room at the Holiday Inn in Denver.

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