Sounds interesting. Does anyone know if there is a fairly cheap way
of sending a mineral specimen off to a crystallographer and finding
out what its chemical composition is?
I asked earlier about photographing microcrystals and I thank all
those who replied including the replies on amethyst.
Let me explain more about why I am asking but first say I am just a
prospector with credit for only first year college geology. I
prospected NWT in the 60’s and I am prospecting BC now, including
the Princeton platinum region. Princeton produced only the 2nd
commercial placer platinum river in the world I have read; the other
is in Russia.
TheBullionDesk.com declared Rhenium to be a “precious metal” and the
7th. PGE on Nov. 8/07. Its price has been driven up by demand in jet
engine construction. That is also why I asked Orchid about historic
prices for amethyst. And what about historic prices for Pt itself? Or
NaCl? Or Al? Just curiosity about mineral supply/demand I guess.
OK, cut to the chase. I have discovered an ore body of low-grade Re.
The outcropping is about 100 feet x 30 feet. It is not commercial
grade but much higher than earth crust average for Re.
There are a lot of other metallics too of course. But the
MICROCRYSTALS (barely visible) flash some wonderful greens and reds
in bright sunlight. That is why I ask about microcrystals. When you
have particles the size of flour dust, how do you photograph them? At
some point I guess the crystallogrpahers work with reflection and
refraction equipment and the crystals are not really visible or
Also, how does one send a microcrystal off to be “assayed” not for
elements but for chemical bonding and crystalline structure?
Re in nature is not found in a “native” state because it may be the
most reactive PGE. It has only one mineral I know of in nature,
discovered so far. That is ReS2, discovered in Russia in 1994. So I
may have a brand new species of mineral here. At least one other new
Platinum mineral species has been discovered near Princeton and
ReB2 is lab-made and it is said to be harder than diamond but we
have discussed on Orchid if this is an artifact of cleavage, ie if
you scratch on a fault-line you get a pseudo-scratch.
What is the jewelry value in PGE minerals? There are scores of them
known already. Unlike gold, PGE’s have lots of bonds in nature.
Thus the PGE minerals may have future value not as bullion but as
new gem crystals which can be lab-grown
cc - Energy and Mines Minister Neufeld re identification of new