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Duncan Miller

The faceting articles published over the past few years in the Mineral Chatter have been compiled into a single 128 page document, available for download for those interested in saving all the articles together. To download the pdf file click here.

A 29,18 ct cuprite from Onganja, Namibia, cut by Duncan Miller and now in a private collection in Germany.

Browsing Archive: September, 2013

The Tigers Leave for the Jungle

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Monday, September 23, 2013, In : Lapidary 
Do you remember the Hout Bay tigers mentioned in our July newsletter? They are now finally free of their Namibian “African Dream” granite and leave for the “jungle” this week after seven months of dedicated work by Robin Kutiniyu. Each block originally weighed about 5 tons, and now is about 2,5 tons. The tigers’ bodies were worked to a high polish, and their stripes etched in freehand afterwards, with tigers eye cabochons inserted in their faces to help them see. Their bases will be...

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My Collecting, My Collection

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Monday, September 23, 2013, In : My Collecting, My Collection 
Trevor Vaughn Jones

I began collecting minerals as a schoolboy, when I was given a piece of “copper pyrites”, and even earned by Boy Scout’s Naturalist Badge with a shoebox full of rocks. But my more serious collecting began in my late twenties, when Cape Town had a number of curio shops, all selling Tsumeb and Namibian minerals. They were common – but much harder to find then were South African minerals. I still have two of my earliest: a rhodochrosite and a manganite. I can remember ...
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