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Mexico

Azurite  

 

 

Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Side
Side
Azurite. Side
Side

TA68AG2
"Electric blue" is the proper name that has been given to the color of the best Azurites from Milpillas. Certainly these Azurites seem to have their own light as if they emit light instead of capturing it. This small filigree represents very well that "electric" color as well as the best quality of the Milpillas Azurites.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

12/2013


Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5”

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  Brochantite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2013


Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.6 × 2.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.2” × 1.0”

Reservado
Brochantite. Brochantite.
Brochantite.

TA70AG2
Most of the mineral species that the Milpillas mine has produced are the best of the best. The Brochantites are part of this rating and this piece is a good example of it for its excellent color, its richness of crystals, and the fact that the crystals are on a rock matrix.

Euro:560 / US$652 / Yen:74370 / AUD$850
Brochantite

Cuprite  

 

 

Cuprite
Cuprite. Cuprite.
Cuprite.

TA30AG1
Milpillas is in recent times a kind of lighthouse for the fans of minerals from all over the world. Within the extensive catalog of spectacular minerals their Cuprites are not the most recognized, but their quality is very high.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 8.7 × 8 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 3.1” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

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  Volborthite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

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Volborthite. Volborthite.

TD89AG1
Not all Volborthites are expensive! This group of crystals with a color change on top is not bad at all. The change of color, which may look like a break, makes its price reasonable.

Volborthite

Volborthite  

 

 

Volborthite
Volborthite. Front
Front
Volborthite. Rear
Rear
Volborthite. Top
Top
Volborthite.

TR13AG1
The Volborthites of Milpillas are among the most spectacular discoveries that have happened in the mineral world in recent years. In general they are of an enormous quality and in aspects this great rosette of crystals with Malachite and on matrix stands out among all others. If someone wants a definitive piece, here it is.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 69 of the 2017/01 edition

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 0.6”

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  Adamite

Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango
Mexico


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.9 × 2.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

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Adamite. Adamite.
Adamite.

TF86AG1
Divergent groups of crystals of Adamite on a limonite matrix, with the centers of the crystals violet and a yellow body. Good display of the crystals and in general a different aspect from the usual one. It is not an Adamite like others.

Adamite

Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite  

 

 

Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite
Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite. Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite.

TE87AG1
Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite on matrix. Coming from recent finds in the famous Amelia Mine due to work on the dumps there.

Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur
Mexico


Specimen size: 7 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

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  Fluorite

Navidad Mine, Abasolo, Rodeo, Municipio de Rodeo, Durango
Mexico


Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 15.8 × 13.5 × 5.7 cm = 6.2” × 5.3” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 4.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.7”

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Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite. Fluorite.

TQ51AG1
Creedites are well known from this mine, but their Fluorites are not as well known and yet they are excellent; octahedral and violet and more rarely in very large crystals such as this one. On a base of Quartz and a first generation of green Fluorite, the collector José Luis Vallecillo was right in his choice of this powerful Fluorite.

Fluorite


Portugal

Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite  

 

 

Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite.

NP90AG2
The upper levels of the great classic mine of Panasqueira are now producing very good specimens. We have gone from a period of scarcity to the current wealth, but in my opinion we are in a transitory period that may end when the mine goes to different areas. So far several pieces as attractive as this zoned crystal of Fluorapatite have been recovered, isolated and well placed on its matrix of Quartz and Muscovite.

Minas da Panasqueira, level 0-1, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro
Portugal

04/2017


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 10.7 × 5.6 × 4.5 cm = 4.2” × 2.2” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

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Europe

  Azurite

Rudabánya, Rudabányai Mountains, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Hungary


Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 4.6 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

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Azurite. Azurite.

TN89AG1
Rudabánya is a classic European town famous for its Cuprites replaced by Malachite and although there are also Azurites they are normally of modest quality. This piece, however, is of good quality and size and improves on what is usually seen coming from that mine.

Azurite


South America

Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite  

 

 

Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite
Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite. Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite.
Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite.

TR51AG2
Hutchinsonite is not a common mineral at all. Only in the Quiruvilca Mine hhave good specimens of this rare sulfoarsenide of lead and thallium been found, and although at this time given their relative abundance here it may seem that it is a common species, it is not like that at all. That said, this particular specimen is especially attractive for of the richness of its crystals, its definition and brightness and the contrast with the related Orpiment.

Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department
Peru

03/2016


Specimen size: 6.5 × 5 × 3.2 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

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  Beryl (variety emerald)

Peñas Blancas Mine, Municipio San Pablo de Borbur, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department
Colombia


Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

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Beryl (variety emerald). Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald). Side
Side
Beryl (variety emerald). Top
Top

TF88AG1
Who does not like the Colombian emeralds? The depth of color and the perfection of its crystals are a luxury. This group of parallel crystals with their color and perfect geometry show us the reasons why this mineral is so appreciated.

Beryl (variety emerald)

Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz  

 

 

Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz
Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.

MB91AG1
This elegant silver-rich Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz has a long history with labels starting in 1925 by Franz Ding and ending with John S. White. At that time the silver-rich Tetrahedrite was called "Freibergite", that name has come with the label but an analysis have proven that it is not "Freibergite" but silver-rich Tetrahedrite. Although the photos may look like there is a broken crystal the piece is perfect and has no damage. We will send labels and the analysis to the buyer of the specimen.

Pulacayo Mine, Huanchaca, Antonio Quijarro Province, Potosí Department
Bolivia

± 1925


Former collection of John S. White

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.7 × 2.3 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

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China

  Calcite with inclusions

Lishui Prefecture, Zhejiang Province
China

2009


Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.8 × 2.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.9” × 0.9”

Reservado
Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with inclusions. Side
Side
Calcite with inclusions. Calcite with inclusions.

TX28AG1
In 2009, very curious Calcites with milky tops and bottoms, transparent lateral faces and "jungles" of inclusions of what seems to be a kind of mud, appeared in China. As fast as they appeared they disappeared and as far as I know it was never known exactly where they came from beyond "Lishui." This is a good example of this unusual find.

Euro:320 / US$373 / Yen:42500 / AUD$485
Calcite with inclusions

Calcite  

 

 

Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.

MR88AG1
Yes, it is Calcite, a very common species, but check out the crystallographic habit of this group of crystals and their light pink color. Different…

Fuzichong, Cenxi, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

± 2002


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8 × 5 cm = 4.5” × 3.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 6 × 5 cm = 2.4” × 2.0”

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  Acanthite

Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province
China

08/2016


Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 4 cm = 3.4” × 2.4” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.7”

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Acanthite. Acanthite.
Acanthite.

TC13AG1
Monumental, a top specimen. Few Acanthites are as impressive as those from this mine and this one in particular stands out for its extraordinary quality.


Acanthite


Asia (excl. China)

Heulandite-Ca with Quartz  

 

 

Heulandite-Ca with Quartz
Heulandite-Ca with Quartz. Front
Front
Heulandite-Ca with Quartz. Side
Side

CH27AG2
Unlike other Heulandites, this Heulandite-Ca is distinguished by its contrast with the pink Quartz matrix and the individualization and good placement of its crystals. A special piece among the thousands of specimens that endlessly flow from the basalt quarries of the Deccan traps.

Euro:180 / US$209 / Yen:23900 / AUD$273

Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra
India


Specimen size: 9.7 × 8 × 5.6 cm = 3.8” × 3.1” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

Reservado

  Brucite

Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)
Pakistan

2016


Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 0.7”

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Brucite. Front
Front
Brucite. Side
Side

ND37AG1
One of the Brucites that are coming out of Pakistan. Because of its brightness and intense color this locality has placed its Brucites among the best in the world.

Brucite

Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)  

 

 

Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)
Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group). Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group).
Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group).

EQ96AG1
The good definition and morphology of this Lazurite on Calcite takes us back to the time in which from this locality the "lapislazuli" was extracted and distributed throughout the world via the Silk Road.

Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province
Afghanistan

Scapolite Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.4 × 2.9 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

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