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An interest based blog for mineral collectors, mineral enthusiasts and geologists around the globe, showcasing some of South Africa's deposits and discussing topics mineral collectors often encounter and struggle with.
2017-06-09 09:49
One of the most famous deposits in South Africa, hosting one of the world's largest manganese deposits, and of course some of the best manganese minerals the world has ever seen! Let&rs&hell…Read More
2017-05-17 10:32
The mineral habit is an important part of crystallography, but can't be confused with the crystal system (Perhaps an upcoming article - Follow us and find out!) - Take quartz as an example… Read More
2017-05-11 10:17
Oftentimes the history of a discovery is lost in the pages of history. Recently, in a collection of old mineralogical references acquired by the Cape Minerals team, we found a rather interes… Read More
2017-03-18 11:22
Manganese was not originally discovered in South Africa at the Kalahari Manganese Fields, as many people believe. In fact, it was found in Hout Bay, now a popular coastal tourist destination… Read More
2017-02-12 09:48
Quite often as mineral collectors and enthusiasts we come across these terms used to describe mineral specimens. Generally they command a premium price due to thier unusual nature - However… Read More
2017-02-08 10:26
Many minerals from the pegmatites of the Lower Orange River are found online and at international gem shows - Come along with us and learn about the origin of some of these minerals, and see… Read More
2017-02-08 09:03
Many years ago the proprietor of Cape Minerals had the honour of descending the N'Chwaning II shaft in the Kalahari Manganese Fields, to see and experience first hand the extraction of some… Read More

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