In July of 2008 I traveled to Greenland for what may be my last venture to this remote part of the world. I have traveled there yearly since 2001 and have felt genuinely lucky that each year was as productive and safe as it was.
The Summit mine is located in the southern portion of the Radersburg mining district in Broadwater County, Montana. The Summit is the source of the finest hemimorphite specimens in the United States as well as a number of other secondary minerals.
Whether interested in an adventure, or pondering the origin of nature, Paleontology can be fascinating and educational hobby. One of the most exciting activities in this field is attending a fossil dig.
Hardness and specific gravity are two of the major characteristics of gemstones. Hardness of a gemstone is its resistance to scratching and may be described relative to a standard scale of 10 minerals known as the Mohs scale...
Setting briolettes has been a confusing issue. Unavailability of drilling services, poor fitting caps, improper surface preparation, and incorrect adhesives have all been obstacles in the past, leading to a reluctance amongst jewelers to use briolettes.
Analytical services available through The Arkenstone
Using Emission Spectroscopy to examine chemical element spectra generated in an electric arc one can identify (or rule out) key elements in minerals. Actual examples have been to distinguish with certainty between Australian Wulfenite and Stolzite
Displaying minerals can be a tough job, and most cabinets available are not designed for minerals. Most of us make do with miscellaneous displays, but if you're handy with tools, it's fairly easy to make nice looking and practical cabinets.
Cleaning crystal is a three step process. First the clay must be washed off the crystal. Second, the iron oxide film coating is removed in an oxalic acid bath. And last, the oxalic acid is washed off the crystal with fresh water.
Micro-diamonds can also be found in carbon- containing meteorites, and experts have stated that these clumps are not ordinary meteorites, since they consist of nearly pure carbon. These micro-diamonds are not made deep in the earth, 100-200 kilometres, but they come from space.
A new acquaintance, Alex Acevedo, brought to my attention a new discovery in Australia of an exceptionally large garnet crystal. He reports an unconfirmed find of a single crystal found that measured 60 meters wide by 40 meters high! Apparently the Australian government has stopped all work at the site until they can determine what to do with this extraordinary discovery.