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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: June, 2015

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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Blood in the cracks?

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Wednesday, June 24, 2015,

by Martine van der Westhuyzen

In the FOSAGAMS announcement of their coming Vivo outing in July, I read that, amongst other stones, dragon stone can be found at Vivo. I wondered what dragon stone could be, so I consulted our old friend Google to find out. This yielded such a diverse set of responses that it took me several hours to try to get to the bottom of the mystery. It included references to dragon stone, dragon blood stone, bloodstone, etc. – but are these all different kinds of stones...

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