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Tellus Museum Visit, Part 3: Individual Georgia Minerals

This next post of Tellus Museum features individual minerals from Georgia. There are many good displays of Georgia minerals at the museum, and I picked some noteworthy individual specimens to feature in this post from within those displays. I tried keeping a variety from all the different regions of the state, and as in the previous post, left the Graves Mountain minerals to get their own individual post.


Gold Nugget from Crisson Mine, Dahlonega, Lumpkin Co., GA
Gold Nugget from Crisson Mine, Dahlonega, Lumpkin Co., GA


Beryl var Aquamarine from Hogg Mine, Troup Co., GA
Beryl var Aquamarine from Hogg Mine, Troup Co., GA


Cut Aquamarine Gemstone from Hogg Mine, Troup Co., GA
Cut Aquamarine Gemstone from Hogg Mine, Troup Co., GA


Schorl Tourmaline from Daniellesville, GA
Schorl Tourmaline from Daniellesville, GA


Gold Nuggets from the Loud Placer Mine, White Pine Co., GA
Gold Nuggets from the Loud Placer Mine, White Pine Co., GA


Calcite Interesting Formation from Marble Hill, Pickens Co., GA
Calcite Interesting Formation from Marble Hill, Pickens Co., GA


Calcite Crystals from Marble Hill, Pickens Co., GA
Spiky Calcite Crystals from Marble Hill, Pickens Co., GA


Odd Chalcedony Stalactite from Girard, Burke Co., GA
Odd Chalcedony Stalactite from Girard, Burke Co., GA


Chalcedony Pseudomorph of Coral
Odd Chalcedony Pseudomorph of Coral


Color-Zoned Amethyst Crystals from Charlie'e Creek, Town Co., GA
Color-Zoned Amethyst Crystals from Charlie'e Creek, Town Co., GA


Amethyst on Quartz Crystals, from Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., GA
Amethyst on Quartz Crystals, from Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., GA


Cut Amethyst Gemstones from Various Georgia Locations
Cut Amethyst Gemstones from Various Georgia Locations


Calcite Crystals from the New York Mine, Marble Hill, Pickens Co., GA
Calcite Crystals from the New York Mine, Marble Hill, Pickens Co., GA


Large Yellow Calcite Crystals from the Florida Rock Quarry, Floyd Co., GA
Large Yellow Calcite Crystals from the Florida Rock Quarry, Floyd Co., GA


Iridescent Goethite from Bartow Co., GA
Iridescent Goethite from Bartow Co., GA


Botryoidal Romanechite Formation from Bartow Co., GA
Botryoidal Romanechite Formation from Bartow Co., GA


Quartz Box Lattice Formation from Paga Mine Road, Emerson Co., GA
Quartz Box Lattice Formation from Paga Mine Road, Emerson Co., GA


Barite Crystal formations from Emerson, Bartow Co., GA
Barite Crystal Formations from Emerson, Bartow Co., GA


More Barite Crystal formations from Emerson, Bartow Co., GA
More Barite Crystals from Emerson, Bartow Co., GA


Zoisite var. Thulite from Stone Mountain, DeKalb Co., GA
Zoisite var. Thulite from Stone Mountain, DeKalb Co., GA


Barite strange formation from Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
Barite strange formation from Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA


Tellus Museum Visit, Part 4: Graves Mountain, GA

Graves Mountain is a small isolated mountain in eastern Georgia featuring unique geological properties. Much of the mountain has been stripped away in mining, and the area remains a vast empty open pit quarry that is no longer active. This quarry, which commercially mined Kyanite for high-temperature ceramics, closed in 1986 when it became too expensive to keep up production.

Graves Mountain has been an outstanding producer of many interesting minerals over the years. Perhaps the most famous collectors mineral that has come from the quarry is Rutile. Considered to be the best locality of this mineral in the world, Rutile from Graves Mountain forms in large, thick crystals that are highly lustrous.


Another important mineral from Graves Mountain is Lazulite, which produced some of the best examples of this mineral in large blue, opaque crystals bipyramidal in shape. Pyrophyllite is yet another mineral exceptionally represented at Graves Mountain, in interconnected radiating crystals. Rainbow-colored iridescent Hematite, often coating Quartz, is also a unique feature of this mine.


The display at Tellus Museum features a large case of minerals from Graves Mountain, with a photo of the mine in the background and a nice descriptive caption. Minerals of Graves Mountain are well represented, with a healthy representation of Rutile and Lazulite, and some other interesting or rare minerals from this mine.


Graves Mountain, Georgia, Large Display Case
Graves Mountain, Georgia, Large Display Case


Sulfur. This Mineral is Rare at Graves Mountain.
Sulfur. This Mineral is Rare at Graves Mountain.


Blue-green radiating Pyrophyllite
Blue-green radiating Pyrophyllite


Very Rare Gold from Graves Mountain
Very Rare Gold from Graves Mountain


Very Rare Gold from Graves Mountain
Three Fantastic Rutile Crystals from Graves Mountain


Very Large Matrix Rutile Crystal
Very Large Matrix Rutile Crystal


Lustrous
Lustrous Rutile in Contrasting Pyrophyllite


Exceptionally Formed Rutile Crystal
Exceptionally Formed Rutile Crystal


Case of Georgia Gold
Very Large Lazulite Crystal


Deep Blue Lazulite Crystals in Matrix
Deep Blue Lazulite Crystals in Matrix


Iridescent Hematite Coating a Quartz Crystal
Iridescent Hematite Coating a Quartz Crystal


Multicolored Iridescent Hematite
Multicolored Iridescent Hematite


Case of Georgia Gold
Golden Colored Iridescent Hematite


Large Iridescent Hematite on Quartz
Large Iridescent Hematite on Quartz

Tellus Museum Visit, Part 5: Worldwide Collection

This final post on Tellus Museum features some of the minerals in their worldwide collection. While the museum collection places a special emphasis on Georgia minerals, many other fine worldwide specimens are also on display. This post features some of outstanding or interesting specimens from their worldwide collection.


Rhodochrosite Slab from Catamarca, Argentina
Rhodochrosite Slab from Catamarca, Argentina


Fluorite Cube from the Elmwood Mine, Smith Co., Tennessee
Fluorite Cube from the Elmwood Mine, Smith Co., Tennessee


Celestine Crystals from Michigan
Celestine Crystals from Michigan


Smoky Quartz from Diamond Hill, Antreville, South Carolina
Smoky Quartz from Diamond Hill, Antreville, South Carolina


Large Selenite from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
Large Selenite from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico


Calcite Twin from the Elmwood Mine, Smith Co., Tennessee
Calcite Twin from the Elmwood Mine, Smith Co., Tennessee


Elongated Quartz Crystals with Reddish Hematite Coating
Elongated Quartz Crystals with Reddish Hematite Coating


Boulangerite from Zacatecas, Mexico
Boulangerite from Zacatecas, Mexico


Galena Cubes on Matrix from Joplin, Missouri
Galena Cubes on Matrix from Joplin, Missouri


Orange Calcite from Guangxi Province, China
Orange Calcite from Guangxi Province, China


Blue Dolomite from Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia
Blue Dolomite from Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia


Prehnite from New Jersey
Prehnite from New Jersey


Rock from the Moon
Rock from the Moon