Collecting of minerals [Click on pictures to enlarge them and to get explanations]

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Sometimes we collect minerals in our gemstone area of Germany around Birkenfeld / Nahe and Idar-Oberstein .
After plowing (and rain) they are to be found just on the field (agates, crystals, jasper), or as usual in quarries.

Our cutting and grinding machine for processing the findings

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Obsidian / Landmannalaugar / Iceland

Olivine crystals / Blue Lagoon / Iceland

Volcanic rocks from Vesuvius / Italy

Volcanic rocks from Stromboli / Italy

Sulfur crystals / Vulcano / Italy

Actually, we didn't care for stones before we moved to this area... now we go even on geological excursions abroad.

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Black Forest : |  -----------------------------------------   The Black Forest is a worth destination, mainly the heap of the mine Clara in Oberwolfach.  -----------------------------------------   |

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Black garnet: Hannebacher Ley

Mica from the wall of the Bausenberg

Augite from the wall of the Bausenberg

Hauyne - next to Wingertsbergwand

...a dangerous hobby?

Eifel: |  ---------------------------------------------------   Microscope images of findings in the vulcanic Eifel   ---------------------------------------------------   |