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Chinese Minerals– A Review of 2020

What a crazy year 2020 has been for us all! It’s been one for the books – both good and bad. The Covid-19 pandemic have a direct impact on the way the biggest mining companies operate, but the influence on individual miners are relatively small. Humanity has probably seen worse times, but I’m not ready to close that chapter and move on to 2021 as yet. Why? It’s because I don’t want to sign off without a goodbye to those fascinating new finds and new species discovered throughout 2020 like no others!

The magic world of minerals is always full of surprises, so does the case for 2020. Let’s take a look at some of the 2020’s new species and new finds, I feel pretty confident I’m not alone in bidding it a long and slow farewell :-P


Tonglushan Mine

Red Hematite Included Calcite Stalactite

Iridescent Chalcopyrite with Dolomite and Calcite

"Diamond" Calcite

Fengjiashan Mine

Pyrite on Quartz


Bi-colored Calcite with Iridescent Pyrite


Gypsum Coated Calcite


Yellow Fluorite on Matrix


Liufengshan Mine

Azurite with Chrysocolla and Malachite pseudomorph


Shangbao Mine

Iridescent Pyrite on Dolomite

Xianghuapu Mine

Fluorite on Botryoidal Quartz

Fluorite with Calcite

Xianghualing Mine

Fluorescent Calcite Flowers

Looking Ahead to 2021

Alongside all these exciting discoveries I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who have supported me throughout the year. It’s been an emotional journey that marks a new chapter of life for all of us. I believe we will never completely revert to the way we were as we look ahead to 2021. I’m holding out hope that this pandemic will someday soon be something of our past and that the new year will bring us all relief and joy.

Thank you, I love you guys! Stay safe and healthy!

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