Fossil Hunting: Charmouth and Lyme Regis

Fossil Hunting: Charmouth and Lyme Regis

When I go on fossil hunting trips, I tend to try and avoid knowing too much about the location. That probably seems nonsensical, but I can buy and sell fossils all day, and the real fun is in the hunt and finding one of your own. I spent a few hours walking between...

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Dangerous Minerals: Bumblebee Jasper

Dangerous Minerals: Bumblebee Jasper

'Bumblebee Jasper' / 'Mustard Jasper' An attractive orange, white, and black mineral - the contrasts of this piece make it a popular eye-catcher. This material is not a form of Jasper at all. Dripping acids onto the surface will produce bubbles of gas, showing it is...

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Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: ‘Trapiche’ inclusions

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: ‘Trapiche’ inclusions

Another post to begin with a preface - there are genuine 'Trapiche' included stones. Trapiche stones are uncommon - and could be easily confused with 'star' stones. However, a 'Trapiche' included stone has visible inclusions formed in a radiating pattern, either from...

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Mineral Scams, Fakes, and Tricks: Calcite or Onyx?

Mineral Scams, Fakes, and Tricks: Calcite or Onyx?

This one has been coming for a while. I see it on Facebook groups on an almost daily basis... the posting of a picture, a request for identification, and the stream of "onyx" "Mexican onyx"... a misidentification and commonly used 'trade name' for banded Calcite from...

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Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Amethyst with Pyrite

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Amethyst with Pyrite

I'm going to preface this post by saying that this does not appear to be common - and that Pyrite does naturally occur with Amethyst.  This post is written as a reminder to look a little closer.  This could be an art piece, a one off. I just don't know. I saw it...

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Coronavirus

Please note that until further notice, orders from Albion Fire and Ice will only be dispatched twice weekly. Orders can still be placed and your items will be reserved, but they will not be shipped until either Tuesday or Friday. I recommend washing your hands after...

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