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Thulite mineral collecting trip to Lia, Norway

Thulite (pink zoisite variety) is a Norwegian national stone and popular lapidary material. One of the well known thulite localities is Lia near Lom, Norway. Here is the trip report from the visit in summer 2017:


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Munich Show 2017

Munich show is probably the most important European mineral show. Munich 2017 was well worth it, many new mineral finds, many interesting mineral deals and offers.


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Celestine - The Sky-Blue Mineral

Celestine (aka celestite) owes its name to its delicate blue (celestial) color. Although not a well-known mineral name, celestine has a certain cachet because the strontium it contains is famous for the brilliant red flashes it produces when used in fireworks.


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Cerussite - The White Paint Scourge

Cerussite is a popular mineral specimen because of its nice crystals, bizzare complex twins and bright yellow fluorescence. It is a characteristic oxidation product of the most common lead sulfide, galena.


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Chrysocolla - The Bright Blue-Green Copper Silicate

Chrysocolla is a bright colored hydrated copper sheet silicate and a minor ore of copper, usually appearing as secondary encrustations on primary copper ores. It is among the brightest of blue and blue-green minerals, accounting for its desirability.


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Handlová, Slovak Republic

2 x 3 mm

Beryl (var. morganite)

Pech Kunar, Afghanistan

130 x 70 mm

Baryte

Dřínová, Czech Republic

35 x 28 mm

Quartz (var. smoky)

Bobrůvka, Czech Republic

35 x 55 mm

Baryte

Dřínová, Czech Republic

60 x 35 mm

Quartz

Grimsel area, Switzerland

40 x 50 mm