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Derpy Dinosaur Toys

Derpy Dinosaur Toys

Terrible dinosaur toys from museums, gift shops, etc... I started noticing these a few years back. Tacky Chinese dinosaur toys that not only look like unrealistic dinosaurs, but frankly don't really look like... anything. Some of them are really just...

The Mohs hardness test

The Mohs hardness test

So, what is the Mohs hardness scale? The Mohs hardness scale is, unsurprisingly, a hardness scale, invented by someone called Friedrich Mohs. Specifically, it defines hardness by the ability to scratch, or to be scratched by other minerals. This gives us a...

Fossil hunting: Llandudno and the Great Orme

Fossil hunting: Llandudno and the Great Orme

Another fossil collecting post with no actual collecting, eh? I'm getting rather good at those. The Great Orme is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and collecting rocks, fossils, plants, etc is not permitted! Where these fossils are concerned,...

Fossil hunting: a riverbed in Wales

Fossil hunting: a riverbed in Wales

You might be wondering why I would write an article about a collecting trip, and not actually tell you where. Have a look at the photos and read on to find out.  I managed to find some quality fossils, including brachiopods, bivalves, coral, and crinoids -...

Fake Crystals: Glass as a Gemstone

Fake Crystals: Glass as a Gemstone

Some of these pieces are more 'fake' than others. Goldstone and Opalite are often sold as glass by trustworthy merchants - but not always.Some are easy to spot, but unfortunately, some are not. This page just lists a few common fakes. Andara AKA: "Golden...

Fake Crystals: Identifying and Testing Fake Turquoise

Fake Crystals: Identifying and Testing Fake Turquoise

Identifying and testing fake Turquoise Turquoise is actually quite a rare gemstone - but there are many fake Turquoise pieces for sale across the internet. It can be extremely difficult to identify these fake pieces from images, even for experienced collectors. Having...

Gemstones and minerals at war!

Gemstones and minerals at war!

Gemstones and Minerals and their use in wars and combatI haven't actually read a post quite like this before, so I decided to write one. It focusses on two of my favourite subjects; minerals, and military history.The information in this post is backed up by various...