Fellow Calgarian and friend, Mike Menzies is a prominent author and collector of pegmatite minerals and varieties of quartz. A chemical engineer originally from New Zealand, Mike has been self-collecting minerals for over 40 years with notable success in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, both the PC and Little Gem mines in Montana, in the Thomas Range in Utah and in the Alberta badlands. These Alberta specimens feature uncommon forms of quartz including fans, rosettes, hollow crystals, scepters and reverse scepters and pseudo-cubic chalcedony pseudomorphs. Along with self-collected treasures, Mike has amassed collections of specimens from Erongo, Namibia and of topaz.
Some of Mike's 2000 worldwide mineral specimens were featured in Mineral Collections of the Pacific Northwest - A Supplement of the Mineralogical Record, September-October 2019. We are very pleased to be offering some of Mike's collection for sale here to the public for the first time.
Please take a look at some of Mike's publications:
Menzies and Boggs (1993). Minerals of the Sawtooth Batholith, Idaho.The Mineralogical Record, May-June 1993. Volume 24. Number 3. Pages 185-202.
Menzies (1995). The Mineralogy, Geology and Occurences of Topaz.The Mineralogical Record. Volume 24. Pages 5-53.
Menzies and Frazier (2012). Unusual Quartz and Chalcedony Pseudomorphs from Canada's Alberta Badlands.Rocks & Minerals, November-December 2012. Volume 87. Number 6. Pages 512-521.
Hage and Menzies (2018). The Little Gem Amethyst Mine, Jefferson County, Montana.Rocks & Minerals. Volume 93. Pages 498-516.
Menzies and Scovil (2022). Pegmatites and Their Gem Minerals. The Canadian Mineralogist, Special Publication 15. Mineralogical Association of Canada. 602 pages.