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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 Much of the mountain has been stripped away in mining, and the area remains a vast empty open pit quarry that is no longer active.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

The 2017 NY/NJ Gem Show in Edison

The NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem, & Jewelry show is now in its sixth year. The show took place on April 7-9, 2017 at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. This show is large, and continues to grow, with hundreds of dealers of all types filling up the mammoth expo center. Please enjoy our photos taken by Hershel Friedman of general show scenes as well as interesting individual minerals, new finds, and fluorescent displays.


Fluorescent Willemite and Calcite Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Fluorescent Willemite and Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Fluorescent Wollastonite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Fluorescent Wollastonite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Fluorescent Willemite in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ Franklin Mineral Museum
Fluorescent Willemite in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Franklin Mineral Museum


Blue Opal from Owyhee, Malheur Co., Oregon Colorado Rocks Amanda Adkins
Blue Opal from Owyhee, Malheur Co., Oregon
Colorado Rocks (Amanda Adkins)


Newly Mined Quartz Rock Crystal from Balochistan, Afghanistan Khyber Gem Stone
Newly Mined Quartz Rock Crystal from Balochistan, Afghanistan
Khyber Gem Stone


New Find of Emerald from Ethiopia TJ's Rocks
New Find of Emerald from Ethiopia
TJ's Rocks


Additional Emeralds from New Ethiopia Discovery TJ's Rocks
Additional Emeralds from New Ethiopia Discovery
TJ's Rocks


Pyrite Cubes in Matrix from Navajun, Spain Pyritas de Navajun
Pyrite Cubes in Matrix from Navajun, Spain
Pyritas de Navajun


Giant Stegodon Huanghoensis Skeleton (Elephant/Mammoth Family)
Giant Stegodon Huanghoensis Skeleton (Elephant/Mammoth Family)


New Find of Amethyst from Turkey Alacam Mining
New Find of Amethyst from Turkey
Alacam Mining


Additional Amethysts from Turkey Alacam Mining
Additional Amethysts from Turkey
Alacam Mining


Additional Amethysts from Turkey Alacam Mining
New Find of Green Chromium-Dravite from Tanzania
New Era Gems


Minerals from the Rhein Find in Amity, NY, Acquired by Gary Maldovany Just Keep Rockin
Minerals from the Rhein Find in Amity, NY, Acquired by Gary Maldovany
Just Keep Rockin'


Gary Maldovany in his Just Keep Rockin' Booth
Gary Maldovany in his Just Keep Rockin' Booth


Scenes at the NY/NJ Show
Scenes at the NY/NJ Show


Scenes at the NY/NJ Show
The Evolving Universe by the Smithsonian Institute