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Feldspars - all about the plagioclases and K-feldspars

Feldspars are alumosilicates of alcalic metals and form a significant portion of many volcanic and metamorphic rocks. As such, they are one of the most important mineral groups on the Earths surface: some estimate that they form between 50-60 % of the Earths crust. Their content in most sedimentary rocks is much less significant.

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The best tools for mineral collecting

Successful mineral collecting usually strongly depends on your tools. Starting out with quality tools will save you time and money and are much safer. The tools you choose will often limit what you will be able to dig or chisel out of the ground.

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Topaz - the colorful gemstone

Topaz is a very popular mineral and gemstone, particularly for use in jewelry. Most nice crystals come from various pegmatite pockets around the world and are highly sought by mineral collectors. Finding topaz is quite tricky quest - and even more tricky is faceting topaz into gems.

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10 tips how to build a mineral collection

Creating good mineral collection requires certain experience and it usually takes years. Here are ten tips to properly start your collecting. Some tips may seem odd but they will help you to avoid most common mistakes every beginner does.

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