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Going Home

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : My Collecting, My Collection 
A 30 kg nugget of Onganja copper is returning home to Namibia for posterity.

The Onganja mining district is situated in Namibia about 80 km NE of Windhoek, near the town of Seeis. Copper and molybdenite ores were mined there for many years, but for mineral collectors Onganja was particularly famous for its cuprite and malachite specimens.


In very early times local Ovambos travelled up to 500 km south from their homeland to mine copper in the Onganja area. They smelted the copper ores (chalcocit...

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Collecting Mining Ornaments

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, In : My Collecting, My Collection 

A couple of years ago, I bought a small ornamental gold-panning miner from a charity shop. As he was related to our hobby, I wanted to rescue him from an unknown fate, and little did I know it then, but he was the start of a new collecting hobby. Today, I have several mining ornaments, which were shown at a “What’s Up?” exhibit at the June monthly meeting. They are rather rare, and all have been bought cheaply from secondhand dealers. They are made of metal, with two mounted on sliced a...


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My Collecting

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : My Collecting, My Collection 

Dave Hawes

I have always thought that there are two types of people in the world, those who collect and those who don’t.

Those who don’t, often live in immaculate, almost antiseptic, homes where nothing is out of place.

Those who collect can be divided into several groups: Those who collect for business or academic reasons, it is their work. Those who collect for the appreciation of all things natural, and who usually display a few prized pieces on their mantelpiece. Those who collec...


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My Collecting

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Thursday, April 24, 2014, In : My Collecting, My Collection 

Rockey Ollewagen

My interest in crystals started about fifteen years ago. I was just a regular IT guy, working in the corporate environment, not having any idea what the crystal world was all about.


Then my wife, Paula, arrived home one day with a quartz crystal which cost R70 at the time. I couldn’...


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My Collecting, My Collection

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, In : My Collecting, My Collection 

Graham Harrison

The whole thing started with a chance find of some lovely smoky quartz crystals while on holiday in the Knysna area in 1973. I did however grow up on a farm near Johannesburg, so these smoky quartz crystals led to me hunting for amethyst in the Muldersdrift area and in later years spending many days at the old limestone quarry outs...


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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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My Collecting, My Collection

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Thursday, August 22, 2013, In : My Collecting, My Collection 
Peter Rosewarne



How It All Began


My first exposure to the world of minerals and crystals was while taking geology ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels at school in Brighton, UK, in the late sixties. My interest was of a fairly general nature at that stage, although the seeds of mineral collecting were sown on some field trips, one to North Wales, where I remember being excited by picking up some pyrite and bornite specimens. Next stop was reading geology at Kingston University, London, where a firm inter...
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My Collecting, My Collection

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : My Collecting, My Collection 
My mineral collecting did not start out well. I dropped a prized calcite specimen and it broke. Thirty five years later I still regret it. My clumsiness put me off collecting minerals for twenty years. Evidently I was not up to looking after these treasures that grow in the dark. Instead, as an unconscious penance, I concentrated on faceting, which really is a matter of painstakingly transforming broken crystal fragments into reflective gems, giving them renewed sparkle and life.

But the hunt ...
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