A new partwork, called Precious Rocks, Gems and Minerals, caught my eye at the news agents today. On the cover, a small bottle containing pieces of gold leaf:
The gold in the bottle was mined at Spain’s Rio Tinto mines, where the Roman empire mined a great deal of its gold. I find it fascinating that this tiny sample of Spanish gold has its origin in the same gold bearing rocks that Romans mined to make their gold coins and artifacts!
This is the first issue of this new partwork and is available from news agents at the introductory price of 99p, the usual price being £4.99. Looks like it is going to be a great magazine for aspiring rockhounds, as each issue contains a different rock, gem or mineral sample.
Apologies for the terrible photograph, just a quick snap for now. The clear bottle containing clear liquid suspending small pieces of highly reflective spanish gold proved a tricky target for my digital camera’s auto-focus! I’ll add a better snap when I set up my mini studio and can light it better.