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Collecting in Australia- click here to read Graham Frasers report.

Collecting in Australia, part 2-click here to read more!

MinDat presently lists 36 mineral species from this locality while another site list as many as fifty-two (but the larger number is a result of listing Adamite, Cuprian Adamite, etc. These duplicate entries are not included). Combining the two lists results in 58 different species. Little has been done to describe or identify the fluorescent minerals from these unique deposits.
For a list of all the minerals noted as found in the Puttapa/Beltana deposits, go to www.MinDat.org and an article on fossicking at Puttapa (Fossicking for minerals at the Puttapa Zinc Mine, South Australia- by Patrick C. Murphy & James N. Murphy) or The Mineralogical Record, volume 22, November-December 1991 "Minerals of the Beltana Mine, Puttapa, South Australia" by Peter Elliott.
Fluorescence
Very little professional work has been done to identify the wild fluorescent colors found in specimens from Puttapa, Aroona and the surrounding mines. Willemite is fluorescent (and phosphorescent) green but I have also seen a bluish/white fluorescence which may also be willemite (under MW both the green areas and the blue/wht/peach areas fluoresce a yellow color- which could be willemite or? ).
 Aragonite reportedly is fluorescent blue/white in these pieces, but Hedyphane is also reported to fluoresce a blue color. Calcite fluoresces a bright reddish/orange and might fluoresce a dark purple.
Often there are two to four colors of phosphorescence- white, green, blue and yellow. The green is likely willemite, while the white could be aragonite, hedyphane could be the blue while the yellow is still one of the many unknowns.
 
Graham has told me that what was shipped is all there is. After repeated searches of the area, he has not found additional collector grade specimen material. Do not wait  if you want the best specimen choices. High grade specimens are being quickly purchased broken up and sold in the secondary market.   

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Puttapa Zinc Mine
For more information on this remarkable deposit please refer to a research article in the Mineralogical Record, volume 22 November-December 1991 "Minerals of the Beltana Mine, Puttapa, South Australia"

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Wonderful introduction set to fluorescent minerals from Australia. 14 Specimens are attached to a black wood plaque cut into the shape of Australia. A black envelope on the back has mineral descriptions and information about Australia.
Item Code: ausminset1 $40.00

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This specimen is very exceptional under SW and MW with a mild longwave response. Every side is a kaleidoscope of (red, green, blue,yellow and white) vivid colors and wild patterns. Incredible long lasting green and blue/white phosphorescence.

Specimen is EXTRA LARGE and care should be taken when placing in a display. Size is 4.5"x 6"x 7" and weighs 8 pound 6oz. Could be broken up into many choice specimens.

Item Code: aus1042 $700.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Incredible long lasting phosphorescence.

Extra large specimen is 3"x 4"x 6" and weighs 4 pound 8 oz.

Item Code: aus1045 $275.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors (red, green, blue,yellow and white)  and patterns. Choice Willemite ore specimen. Excellent multi-color phosphorescent response.

Specimen is 3.5"x 4.5"x 6" and weighs 4 pound 6 oz.

Item Code: aus1046 $450.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of vivid colors (red, green, blue,yellow and white)  and wild patterns. Excellent multicolor phosphorescent response.

Specimen is 2.75"x 3"x 5" and weighs 2 pound 1 oz.

Item Code: aus1047 $200.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of vivid colors and wild patterns. Excellent enduring phosphorescent response.

Specimen is 2.5"x 3"x 4.75" and weighs 1 pound 4 oz.

Item Code: aus1048 $75.00

 

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Specimen is 3"x 3"x 4.25" and weighs 2 pounds 5 oz.

Item Code: aus1020 $200.00

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One of the few museum grade specimens to arrive from Australia. This outstanding monster sized specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of bright multi-colors and exceptionally wild patterns. Excellent multi-color phosphorescent response.

Extra large museum quality specimen is 5"x 5.5"x 6" and weighs 7 pounds 6 oz.

Item Code: aus1033 $1,000.00

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One of the few museum grade specimens to arrive from Australia. This "TOP SHELF" specimen is exceptional under SW, MW and LW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors (red, green, blue,yellow,white and more)  and wild patterns. Excellent longlasting multicolor phosphorescence! This extra large specimen should be in your  home as a collection center piece.

Extra large museum quality specimen is 4"x 5"x 6" and weighs 5 pounds 5 oz.

Item Code: aus1034 $1,200.00

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One of the few museum grade specimens to arrive from Australia. This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors  (red, green, blue,yellow and white) and patterns. This extra large specimen would find a home as a collection center piece. 

Specimen is 3"x 4.75"x 5" and weighs 3 pounds 14 oz.

Item Code: aus1035 $475.00 RESERVED

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Aroona Zinc Mine  10km from Puttapa

This specimen is exceptional with ribbons and veins of color. Outstanding midwave response. Enduring phosphorescence.

Specimen is 1.75"x 4"x 4" and weighs 1 pound 7 oz.

Item Code: aus1039 $125.00

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