Since then, purple creedite specimens from Santa Eulalia, with individual prismatic, wedge-terminated crystals exceptionally to 8 cm, have been the world's ultimate creedites (unless you prefer those found in the early 1990s at Akchatau
69-75) we started seeing wonderful recently mined Soviet minerals in quantity for the first time, coming from localities we had never heard of, such as Dal'negorsk and Akchatau
. Old classics began turning up anew as well, such as crocoite from Berezovsk and dioptase from Altyn-tyube.
and other W-Mo greisen deposits in Kazakhstan have produced excellent crystals of hubnerite, creedite, different kinds of fluorite, topaz, rhodochrosite, bertrandite, pyrite and many other minerals.
But eventually fine specimens from Akchatau
, Dzhezkazgan, Kadamdzhai, Gaurdak, the Khaidarken caves, Chauvai (in central Asia) and Kazakhstan began appearing in his collection.
Give Brad and Star and their Eastern colleagues a kudo, though, for the further improvement in size and quality of their smoky quartz specimens, including gwindels, from the Puiyva and Dodo mines, for some likewise fine, much darker smoky quartz crystals to 35 cm high from Akchatau
, Dzezkazgan Oblast, Kazakhstan, and much good dioptase from Altyn Tyube, Kazakhstan.