empress-azeera asked:

What is the naming process for some of these? Does it depend on what the discoverer says it should be called?

There doesn’t seem to be any particular naming convention in place when it comes to new minerals(which are discovered all the time). From what I can tell the discoverers get to name it whatever they want.

Smoky Quartz
Frederick County
Acquired by Fred Parker with the Maryland Suite ex-Philadelphia Academy of Sciences Collection. Apparently collected before the Civil War. The name of the original owner has disintigrated from the label. In the mid 1800’s mineral labels were not as specific regarding locality as they are today. Thus “Frederick County” is the locality.

Smoky Quartz

Frederick County

Acquired by Fred Parker with the Maryland Suite ex-Philadelphia Academy of Sciences Collection. Apparently collected before the Civil War. The name of the original owner has disintigrated from the label. In the mid 1800’s mineral labels were not as specific regarding locality as they are today. Thus “Frederick County” is the locality.