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IMILCHIL


Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline. Front
Front
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline. Side
Side

ED96AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Characteristically platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contour and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with natural or neon light.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. These samples, very different from the Titanite previously known at Imilchil, have required a hurried analytical process that we’ll extend and complete. We’ll send to the buyer the information and documentation previously obtained about the process and also a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in these samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline

EK48AE1: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2016. Platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contours and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with daylight or neon light. Partially coated by Microcline crystals.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. We’ll send to the buyer a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in the samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.8 × 4.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline. Front
Front
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline. Rear
Rear
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline.
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Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline. Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline.

EJ87AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Characteristically platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contour and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with natural or neon light.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. These samples, very different from the Titanite previously known at Imilchil, have required a hurried analytical process that we’ll extend and complete. We’ll send to the buyer the information and documentation previously obtained about the process and also a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in these samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 2.1 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.3”




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Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Albite

EA70AE1: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2016. Platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contours and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with daylight or neon light. Partially coated by Microcline crystals.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. We’ll send to the buyer a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in the samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 7.8 × 1.8 cm = 3.3” × 3.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”




Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Albite. Front
Front
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Albite. Rear
Rear
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Albite.
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Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline. Front
Front
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline. Rear
Rear
Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline.

EC99AE1: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2016. Platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contours and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with daylight or neon light. Partially coated by Microcline crystals.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. We’ll send to the buyer a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in the samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5.2 × 1.4 cm = 3.4” × 2.0” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”




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Fluorapatite con Prehnite

MC27AG3: A novelty at Munich 2017. Elongated Fluorapatite crystal on a Prehnite matrix, translucent with a very bright upper pinacoid and the lower part recrystallized. The crystal, that closely resembles a Tourmaline because it is polychromic, mainly pink, in different shades and with a green termination.
Anemzi, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (10/2017)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Fluorescent short UV




Fluorapatite con Prehnite.
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Fluorapatite on Prehnite
Fluorapatite on Prehnite.

MV29AG3: A novelty at Munich 2017. Elongated Fluorapatite crystal, translucent with a very bright upper pinacoid and the lower part recrystallized. The crystal has an unusual genesis, being in a micro-crystalline Prehnite nodule. Another aspect to note, it closely remains a Tourmaline because it is polychromic, mainly pink and with a green termination.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Munich 2017’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 71 of number 1/2018
Anemzi, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (10/2017)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.1 × 4.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.1 cm = 1.2” × 0.4”

Fluorescent short UV




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Prehnite

EM9Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. A globular aggregate of prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and edges, color zoned with a whitish green color on the outsides and a more intense green color in the middle.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.3 × 3.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.3”




Prehnite.
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Hematite with Prehnite
Hematite with Prehnite. Hematite with Prehnite.
Hematite with Prehnite.

MH66AF3: Flattened polycrystalline growths of very sharp Hematite crystals. They are black and very bright and are on a matrix of fan-like aggregates of Prehnite crystals. Unusual.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 8.7 × 6.9 cm = 3.7” × 3.4” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2 cm = 1.6” × 0.8”




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OTHER LOCALITIES


Fluorite with limonite

EE69AG5: Aggregate of very sharp crystal cubes between transparent and translucent, with a very deep green color. They have a different characteristic compared to other Fluorites from the locality: under Sun light they have a notable fluorescence, between blue and violet that, curiously, is not seen with LED light.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2017)

Specimen size: 11 × 7.6 × 2.5 cm = 4.3” × 3.0” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.9”

Very fluorescent long & short UV




Fluorite with limonite. Front
Front
Fluorite with limonite. Day light
Day light
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Fluorite with Pyrite
Fluorite with Pyrite.

EL96Y8: Group of very sharp cubic crystals, very bright as is usual in the samples from El Hammam. They are transparent, with very well defined geometric color zoning parallel to the edges forming stripes of deeper color.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2012)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 8 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 3.1” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 6.1 cm = 2.5” × 2.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV




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Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite

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EH87AG3: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Big and elongated Chalcostibite crystals with very good terminal faces, not common on this kind of sample and, in general, with very well defined faces and edges. The Chalcostibite is partially replaced by Azurite forming bright surfaces with a very vivid color. This is one of the best samples of the great find in 2017 when Chalcostibites of Rhar el Anz were re-discovered.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (05/2017)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 6.3 × 5.8 cm = 4.6” × 2.5” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.4” × 0.5”




Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top
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Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Rear
Rear
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top

TD57AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Chalcostibite crystals on matrix, one of them clearly dominant and partially doubly terminated. They are superficially replaced by Azurite, which has Malachite impregnations. The quality of the sample and the definition of the crystals are very high and unusual for the species.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 47, July 21, 2017 edition.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.1 × 1.1 cm = 1.2” × 0.8” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.0” × 0.6”




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Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite

TN68AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Group of Chalcostibite crystals, some of them with parallel growths, with excellent terminal faces, superficially replaced by Azurite and with Malachite impregnations. The quality of the sample and the definition of the crystals are very high and unusual for the species.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.6”




Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Rear
Rear
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top
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Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Rear
Rear
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top

TJ58AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Parallel growth, on matrix, of Chalcostibite crystals with excellent terminal faces, superficially replaced by Azurite and with Malachite impregnations. The quality of the sample and the definition of the crystals are very high and unusual for the species.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.2 × 1 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.4”




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Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite

TR86AF3: Single Chalcostibite crystal with a flattened prismatic shape, finely striated and with good upper terminal faces. It is on matrix and is coated and partially substituted by Azurite and, to a lesser extent, Malachite.
The sample is from the Jordi Fabre collection (number F1287) and it was previously acquired at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines from Alberto Ancillotti, who rediscovered the Chalcostibites (as collectible samples) at their classic type locality, Rhar el Anz, between the eighties and the nineties. We’ll send the Jordi Fabre collection label to the buyer.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (09/2002)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.0” × 0.6”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre



Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top
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Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Rear
Rear

TR89AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Group of Chalcostibite crystals on matrix, some of them doubly terminated, with excellent terminal faces and superficially replaced by Malachite and Azurite. The quality of the sample and the definition of the crystals are very high and unusual for the species.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.5 cm = 1.3” × 1.0”




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Fluorite with Quartz

TC96AF3: Group of very sharp cubic Fluorite crystals. They are translucent, have an intense and uniform yellow color and are completely coated by Quartz microcrystals. The Quartz has formed a second generation of white, translucent and larger crystals that form curious and esthetic combs.
Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (09/2016)

Specimen size: 8.9 × 8.3 × 3.4 cm = 3.5” × 3.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 3 × 3 cm = 1.2” × 1.2”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
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Silver
Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear
Silver.

TV48Q0: A plate from a fissure of microcrystals with skeletal forms, on matrix. The piece is from an old find in Imiter, probably around de decade of the 90’ts and unusual as the habitual it has a crystalline aspect.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4 × 4.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.6 cm = 1.3” × 1.0”




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Silver

TZ89Q0: A scultural growth, very aerial and esthetic, of microcrystals with skeletal forms, on matrix. The piece is from an old find in Imiter, probably around the decade of the 90’s and unusual as the habitual has a crystalline aspect.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.5 × 2.9 cm = 2.7” × 2.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.5” × 0.9”




Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear
Silver.
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Silver
Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear

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TP49X2: Fissure plate of micro-crystals on matrix. The sample is from an old find at Imiter, probably around the 1990'ts. Its luster and fresh aspect suggest that it has no mercury and it is native Silver and not the variety kongsbergite, very common at this locality.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 3.9 × 5.2 cm = 3.8” × 1.5” × 2.0”




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Proustite on Acanthite

TR96V1: Very aerial stalactitic growth of small crystals of Proustite with a small group of cubic crystals of Acanthite at the base.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01-02/2011)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3.1 × 2 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”




Proustite on Acanthite.
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Linarite with Brochantite
Linarite with Brochantite.

EK64H2: An infinity of fans and needles of Brochantite cover the sample with Linarite, partially covered, on a second plane.
Goulmima, Er Rachidia, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7.3 × 3 cm = 3.0” × 2.9” × 1.2”




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Azurite with Malachite and Quartz

EH96AB4: Columnar aggregates of lenticular Azurite crystals with a vivid and deep blue color, a very intense luster, partially coated by Malachite aggregates and on a limonite matrix.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2011)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.4 × 3.2 cm = 3.3” × 2.5” × 1.3”




Azurite with Malachite and Quartz. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite and Quartz.
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Azurite with Malachite, Quartz and Calcite
Azurite with Malachite, Quartz and Calcite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite, Quartz and Calcite. Rear
Rear

EV76X3: Druse, on a limonite matrix with Quartz crystals, of bright lenticular Azurite crystalswith a very vivid color and small growths of Malachite and Calcite. The back side is also rich with crystals that are bigger, better defined and some of them more isolated or forming almost floater rosette aggregates. Different than most of the samples from this locality.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2011)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 6.8 × 3.5 cm = 3.5” × 2.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




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Quartz with Malachite and Azurite

EC67V9: Group of transparent crystals of Quartz, one of them clearly dominant, with limonite and columnar growths of small lenticular crystals of Azurite partially coated by Malachite.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2010)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 9.8 × 8 cm = 5.2” × 3.9” × 3.1”

Main crystal size: 6 × 1.3 cm = 2.4” × 0.5”




Quartz with Malachite and Azurite. Quartz with Malachite and Azurite.
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.

NA60Y8: Surface of small equant Azurite crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are very bright and are on matrix with small crystalline Malachite aggregates that we analyzed due to the possibility that they were Agardite-(Y). We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bou Skour Mine, Bou Skour District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draa Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.1 × 2.6 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 1.0”

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




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Azurite

TB76Q8: A group forming a druse of very flattened prismatic crystals with parallel growths, typical for the locality. They are bright and have a very deep blue color, with matrix.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2008)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4 × 4 cm = 2.1” × 1.6” × 1.6”

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




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

TA46N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. From a new Moroccan locality, not yet well determined. Azurite forms groups of small crystals, almost globular, on a Quartz matrix and taller crystals, flattened, with parallel groups and multiple terminations. On the lower part, these crystals are partially coated by a material that, analyzed, , is a melange of clay, chalky powder and some kind of submicrocrystalline copper phosphate.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2008)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.2 × 4.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Azurite

TD27N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. From a new Moroccan locality, not yet well determined. Azurite, on Quartz matrix, forms flattened crystals with parallel growths and multiple terminations. The luster and the color are very good.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2008)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.4 × 5.1 cm = 2.8” × 2.5” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




Azurite. Azurite.
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Azurite
Azurite.
Azurite.

TF66R4: Aggregate of very flattened lenticular crystals of deep color, with a curious coating that, when analyzed, turned out to be a melange of clay, chalky powder and some kind of submicrocrystalline copper phosphate.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2008)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 7.8 × 2.9 cm = 3.3” × 3.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Erythrite with Phlogopite and Quartz

EC37AB9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2015, a new worldwide locality for fine Erythrite! Although it looks very similar to the famous Bou Azzer ones, the deposit of this specimen is located about 500 Km. from the Bou Azzer Mine and in a different geological environment.
As far as we know these Erythrites were not known before and they come not from the Tazalarht quarries but in a new shaft/prospect located very close to the Tazalarht quarries. Related species are Quartz, Phlogopite (analyzed) and a mix of Chalcocite-Djurleite-Digenite in the matrix.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.2 × 2.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”




Erythrite with Phlogopite and Quartz. Erythrite with Phlogopite and Quartz.
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Erythrite with Phlogopite and Quartz
Erythrite with Phlogopite and Quartz. Erythrite with Phlogopite and Quartz.

ED86AB9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2015, a new worldwide locality for fine Erythrite! Although it looks very similar to the famous Bou Azzer ones, the deposit of this specimen is located about 500 Km. from the Bou Azzer Mine and in a different geological environment.
As far as we know these Erythrites were not known before and they come not from the Tazalarht quarries but in a new shaft/prospect located very close to the Tazalarht quarries. Related species are Quartz, Phlogopite (analyzed) and a mix of Chalcocite-Djurleite-Digenite in the matrix.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.2 × 3 cm = 2.1” × 1.7” × 1.2”




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Erythrite with Phlogopite

EA77AE1: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2015, a new worldwide locality for fine Erythrite! The very thin and elongated Erythrite crystals are in radial aggregates whose shape is quite different from those from the better known Bou Azzer. The crystals, on a matrix partially coated by Phlogopite (analyzed) have very good transparency, luster and color, very intense and uniform.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.1 × 3.5 cm = 2.3” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.0”




Erythrite with Phlogopite. Erythrite with Phlogopite.
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Erythrite with Phlogopite
Erythrite with Phlogopite. Erythrite with Phlogopite.

EY88AC2: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Aggregate of very elongated crystals that have a quite different shape than the better known Erythrite from Bou Azzer. These crystals in a Phlogopite-rich matrix and with iridescent metallic sulphides, are notable by their luster and color, very intense and uniform.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.6 × 3.7 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.2” × 0.0”




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Erythrite with Phlogopite

EF16AC2: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Aggregate of very elongated crystals that have a quite different shape than the better known Erythrite from Bou Azzer. These crystals in a Phlogopite-rich matrix are notable by their luster and color, very intense and uniform.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.2 × 3.2 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.0”




Erythrite with Phlogopite. Erythrite with Phlogopite.
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Erythrite with Phlogopite
Erythrite with Phlogopite. Erythrite with Phlogopite.

EX87AC2: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Aggregate of very elongated crystals, of good size, that has a quite different shape than the better known Erythrite from Bou Azzer. These crystals in a Phlogopite-rich matrix, are notable by their luster and color, very intense and uniform.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.1 × 4.2 cm = 2.5” × 1.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”




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Olivenite and Azurite

EW11AD8: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Aggregates of acicular Olivenite crystals, individualized or forming radial aggregates, with the olive-green color typical for the species, on limonite matrix and with rosette aggregates of lenticular Azurite crystals with a vivid and deep color. The Olivenite has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. As usual with the Moroccan novelties, the locality is not yet completely confirmed, but it is very plausible that it is Tazalarht.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”




Olivenite and Azurite. Olivenite and Azurite.
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Wulfenite
Wulfenite. Wulfenite.

MG48AA9: Isolated Wulfenite crystals on matrix, one of them clearly dominant, with a shape and color (intense red) very different than usual for the locality.
Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 6.6 × 6.4 × 5.2 cm = 2.6” × 2.5” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Former collection Caroline Martaud (Wulfenites)




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BOU AZZER AREA


Agoudal Mines

Cobaltoan Calcite

EB16W5: Botryoidal aggregate, on matrix, with microcrystalline surfaces, bright, with a very vivid and uniform color that contrasts with the darker tones of the matrix.
Agoudal Mines, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2012)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6 × 3 cm = 2.8” × 2.4” × 1.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV




Cobaltoan Calcite.
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Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite.

EY63Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013 (because of the scalenohedral crystals). Druse, on matrix, of very acute scalenohedral crystals with rhombohedral terminations. They are between transparent and translucent and have a color between deep pink and mauve, with a second generation of crystals with the same morphology, but with orange shades.
Agoudal Mines, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 7.2 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.8” × 1.8”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




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Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite and Pyrite

EG96W2: Irregular aggregate of crystals formed by a short prism with six faces and a flattened terminal rhombohedron, with vertical parallel growths all along the prism. The crystals are bright and have a deep and uniform mauve color.
Agoudal Mines, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2012)

Specimen size: 8 × 7.5 × 3.3 cm = 3.1” × 3.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite and Pyrite. Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite and Pyrite.
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Oumlil Mine

Scorodite
Scorodite. Scorodite.

MA96AG4: Very sharp Scorodite crystals, transparent, with a very intense vitreous luster, a very uniform olive green color and on matrix. The sample is from a very recent find at the Oumlil mine.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2017)

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

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




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Beta-Roselite with Calcite

MA46AE6: Well developed Roselite-Beta crystals with fine polycrystalline surfaces, bright and with a very deep and uniform color, and with small Calcite crystals that are clear, colorless and very bright. On a sandstone matrix with white Calcite. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (08-09/2016)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.1 × 3.3 cm = 2.6” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Beta-Roselite with Calcite. Beta-Roselite with Calcite.
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Beta-Roselite with Calcite
Beta-Roselite with Calcite. Beta-Roselite with Calcite.

MD27AF0: A druse of lenticular and finely striated Beta-roselite crystals with a deep and uniform color, on matrix and with small clear and colorless Calcite crystals. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (08-09/2016)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 4.2 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 1.7” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Calcite fluorescent short UV




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Bou Azzer District

Erythrite

E84LA5: The small pink rosettes associated with the main crystals are a second generation of Erythrite.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2000)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 5 cm = 1.8” × 2.0”




Erythrite. Erythrite.
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Erythrite with Skutterudite
Erythrite with Skutterudite.
Erythrite with Skutterudite.

M24LA7: Large crystals of this lustrous Erythrite on Skutterudite matrix.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2000)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.5 cm = 2.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.5 cm = 0.6”




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Erythrite with Quartz

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EN83: Brilliant crystals in a Quartz pocket.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2000)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 7 cm = 2.8” × 2.8”




Erythrite with Quartz. Erythrite with Quartz.
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Erythrite
Erythrite. Erythrite.

EV69V9: Fanlike aggregates, on matrix, of sharp flattened prismatic crystals with a very deep color and intense luster.
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04-05/2010)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 7.7 × 7.4 cm = 4.2” × 3.0” × 2.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Aït Ahmane Mine

Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth

TC88AF7: A novelty at Tucson 2017. Parallel growth of very flattened and bright crystals. These samples were mined carefully over seven months in the Aït Ahmane area (it seems not in the same shafts that produced the famous Gersdorffites) and, due the sharpness of the crystals and their size, this find will contend for being the world's best for the species. We’ll send to the buyer a copy of the analysis that indicates an intimate intergrowth of Djurleite and Chalcocite.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2014-05/2015)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2 × 0.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.2”




Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth.
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Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth
Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth. Front
Front
Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth. Top
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Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth.

TR66AE8: A novelty at Tucson 2017. Aggregate on matrix of bright laminar crystals with pseudohexagonal contour. The analysis indicates an intimate intergrowth of Djurleite and Chalcocite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2014-05/2015)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.2 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”




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Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth

TV86AF7: A novelty at Tucson 2017. A cluster, on matrix, of very sharp and flattened crystals with a pseudohexagonal contour. These samples were mined carefully over seven months in the Aït Ahmane area (it seems that not in the same shafts that produced the famous Gersdorffites) and, due the sharpness of the crystals and their size, this find will highlight between the world's best for the species. We’ll send to the buyer a copy of the analysis that indicates an intimate intergrowth of Djurleite and Chalcocite.
This sample has been referenced and figurate, as a novelty in Ste. Marie 2017, in the magazine "Le Règne Minéral" (Num. 136. 2017; page 47)
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2014-05/2015)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4 × 1.9 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.7 cm = 0.8” × 0.7”




Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth. Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth.
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Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth
Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth. Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth.

TV99AE8: A novelty at Tucson 2017. Aggregate on matrix of bright laminar crystals with pseudohexagonal contour. The analysis indicates an intimate intergrowth of Djurleite and Chalcocite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 46, April 14, 2017 edition.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2014-05/2015)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4 × 2.4 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.5”




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Arhbar Mine

Mg-rich Roselite on Calcite

ED37AA4: Isolated crystals of magnesian Roselite. They are very well defined, a lot of them doubly terminated, translucent, have a very intense, deep and uniform color that strongly contrasts with the snow white Calcite matrix. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.6 × 3.9 cm = 2.5” × 1.8” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent short UV




Mg-rich Roselite on Calcite. Mg-rich Roselite on Calcite.
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Bouismas Mine

Silver with Actinolite
Silver with Actinolite. Silver with Actinolite.

EB89Y2: From an exceptional find in 2010 that provided excellent samples of Silver with Actinolite. In this case it is an aggregate of thick and elongated Silver crystals with very well defined faces and edges that are on a matrix of fibrous Actinolite. The Actinolite has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2010)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Silver with Actinolite

EA9Y2: From an exceptional find in 2010 that provided excellent samples of Silver with Actinolite. In this case it is an aggregate of thick and elongated Silver crystals with very well defined faces and edges that are on a matrix of fibrous Actinolite. The Actinolite has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2010)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”




Silver with Actinolite.
Silver with Actinolite. Silver with Actinolite.
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Silver with Actinolite
Silver with Actinolite. Silver with Actinolite.

ED51Y2: From an exceptional find in 2010 that provided excellent samples of Silver with Actinolite. In this case with an aggregate of thick and elongated Silver crystals with very well defined faces and edges and on a matrix of fibrous Actinolite. The Actinolite has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #35, August 14, 2013 edition.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2010)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.4 × 2.5 cm = 2.1” × 1.7” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Silver with Arsenopyrite silver-rich Tennantite and Pearceite

ET10AA7: A curiosity: columnar Silver growths with only slightly defined crystalline surfaces, on matrix, with associated Arsenopyrite, silver-rich Tennantite and Pearceite. All the species on the sample have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the results to the buyer.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.9 × 1.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.6 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”




Silver with Arsenopyrite silver-rich Tennantite and Pearceite.
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Baryte with Calcite
Baryte with Calcite. Baryte with Calcite.

MZ56AC6: A novelty at Munich 2015. Aggregate of Baryte crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with a very intense yellow color, very bright and with very well defined faces and edges. On a matrix with Calcite crystals.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2015)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2 × 1.7 cm = 1.4” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”




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Baryte with Calcite

MX57AC6: A novelty at Munich 2015. Aggregate of very sharp Baryte crystals with a very deep and intense toasted honey color, extraordinarily bright and on a matrix with calcite crystals.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2015)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 3 × 2.2 cm = 2.8” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”




Baryte with Calcite. Baryte with Calcite.
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Tamdrost Mine

Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Silver with Calcite.

EH92AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Very aerial arborescent growth, on a Calcite matrix, of bright crystals with their faces slightly deformed but well defined. No similar samples are known from this mine.
Tamdrost Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01-02/2016)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.6 × 2.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”




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TOUISSIT


The Touissit mining area is currently closed and the old shafts are flooded with water.
It is quite possible that no more quality samples from this mine will be produced in the future.

Wulfenite with Dolomite

A29KAG3: Groups of very sharp laminar Wulfenite crystals, clearly hemihedral, transparent, very bright, with an intense yellow color and on a Dolomite matrix. A Moroccan classic of the eighties.
Sidi Amer, Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/1996)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 9 × 3.9 cm = 4.6” × 3.5” × 1.5”

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




Wulfenite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Wulfenite with Dolomite. Side
Side
Wulfenite with Dolomite.
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Wulfenite with Dolomite
Wulfenite with Dolomite. Wulfenite with Dolomite.

ME27AA9: Very sharp laminar Wulfenite crystals, translucent, bright, with an intense yellow color and on a Dolomite matrix. Great classic, from a historic mine.
Sidi Amer, Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.5” × 1.3”

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

Former collection Caroline Martaud (Wulfenites)




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Twinned Cerussite with Galena
Twinned Cerussite with Galena

JM37AF3: Very sharp twinned crystals, between transparent and translucent, with whitish phantom growths, very bright, with a golden brown color and small Galena inclusions. The tip of the main twin, is slightly rough but free of damage. The termination of one of the secondary crystals is fractured.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (number B120/A23AC) whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (± 1993)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.0” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV




Twinned Cerussite with Galena. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite with Galena. Rear
Rear
Twinned Cerussite with Galena.
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Cerussite with Galena
Cerussite with Galena.

E56EI7: Flattened, prismatic crystals, one of them dominant. They have very well-defined faces and edges and yellowish brown shades, on a Galena matrix.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 5.1 × 4.2 cm = 2.1” × 2.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV




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Cerussite

M49ZAB7: Twinned, sharp, pale brown, transparent and extraordinarily bright Cerussite crystals that fill a vug on a massive Galena matrix.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1988)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 8.1 × 5.6 cm = 3.2” × 3.2” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence short UV




Cerussite. Cerussite.
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Anglesite with Galena
Anglesite with Galena. Front
Front
Anglesite with Galena. Rear
Rear

LQ88AE6: Pair of short blocky crystals, one of them clearly dominant and partially doubly terminated, with very well defined dipyramidal terminations. The crystals, between transparent and translucent, have an intense lemon-yellow color, are very bright and they are on a Galena matrix.
The sample is from the Carles Millán collection whose catalog card we’ll send to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±2001)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4 × 2.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Carles Millan




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Anglesite with Galena

TP70AE1: Aggregate of crystals, one of them clearly dominant and partially doubly terminated. The crystals, with very well defined parallel growths, have very sharp terminal faces, a pale yellow color, are translucent and very bright and are on a granular Galena matrix. An excellent Moroccan classic due to the perfection and definition of the crystals.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1979)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.3 × 3.2 cm = 2.5” × 2.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 2.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.0”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




Anglesite with Galena. Front
Front
Anglesite with Galena. Rear
Rear
Anglesite with Galena. Side
Side
Anglesite with Galena. Top
Top
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Vanadinite (variety arsenian) with Mottramite
Vanadinite (variety arsenian) with Mottramite. Vanadinite (variety arsenian) with Mottramite.

MZ47AF2: Vanadinite (arsenian variety) crystals, many of them doubly terminated, with very well defined faces and edges, a creamy color, clearer and brighter than usual with this kind of Vanadinite, and on a Dolomite matrix. Associated on the matrix are small black Mottramite crystals. These arsenian Vanadinite are currently accepted as a Moroccan classic.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.1 × 3.2 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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BOU NAHAS MINE


Pyrite on Baryte "box" and Baryte

ED47Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Echeloned growths of Pyrite perched on sharp casts left by preexisting thick tabular Baryte crystals that have been dissolved and subsequently replaced by a second generation of smaller colorless and transparent crystals of the same Baryte partially coating the Pyrite.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 6.5 × 5.5 cm = 4.4” × 2.6” × 2.2”




Pyrite on Baryte
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Baryte with Marcasite, Chalcopyrite and Siderite
Baryte with Marcasite, Chalcopyrite and Siderite.

EX13W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Floater parallel growth of thin tabular crystals of Baryte that are sharp with very well defined faces and edges. They are translucent and very bright and have flattened crystals of Marcasite that show, very well marked, the twin known as "cockscomb", with bright disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite and minor crystals of Siderite.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 48 in number 2012/2
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 1.8 cm = 1.7” × 0.7”




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Baryte with Pyrite

EG46AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Parallel growth of elongated crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces. On a Pyrite matrix.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.4 × 1.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1 cm = 1.3” × 0.4”




Baryte with Pyrite.
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Baryte with Pyrite and Quartz
Baryte with Pyrite and Quartz. Baryte with Pyrite and Quartz.

EB96AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Single crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces. On matrix, with Quartz and Pyrite.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 5.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.1” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.7”




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Baryte with Pyrite

EJ76AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Aggregate of crystals with a very unusual shape, tabular, very thick and with slight bulges on some of their faces. The crystals are complete, with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces. They are partially coated by deformed Pyrite crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.5 × 2.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.4 cm = 1.6” × 1.3”




Baryte with Pyrite.
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Baryte with Pyrite
Baryte with Pyrite. Baryte with Pyrite.
Baryte with Pyrite.

EB17AB7: Single crystals with a very unusual shape, tabular and with slight bulges on some of their faces. The crystals are complete, with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces. They are partially coated by deformed Pyrite crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.8 × 4.2 cm = 3.4” × 2.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 0.9”




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Chalcopyrite with Siderite

ED27W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Drusy growth, on matrix, of sharp short disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite with a false appearance of the tetrahedron. They have very well defined faces and edges, are extraordinarily bright and some of them are very individualized.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.7 × 3.6 cm = 2.6” × 2.2” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.9 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”




Chalcopyrite with Siderite. Chalcopyrite with Siderite.
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Chalcopyrite with Quartz
Chalcopyrite with Quartz. Chalcopyrite with Quartz.

EB96W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Drusy growth, on matrix, of short disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite. They have a second phase of crystallization, of granular aspect, that coats the faces of the first crystalline growth. They are with comb-shaped growths of Quartz crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 13 × 7.6 × 3.7 cm = 5.1” × 3.0” × 1.5”

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




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Chalcopyrite with Quartz

EA70W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Drusy growth, on matrix, of short disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite, They have a second phase of crystallization, of granular aspect, that coats the faces of the first crystalline growth. They are with comb-shaped growths of Quartz crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 20.5 × 14 × 7.5 cm = 8.1” × 5.5” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




Chalcopyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Chalcopyrite with Quartz. Side
Side
Chalcopyrite with Quartz.
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Galena with Pyrite and Baryte
Galena with Pyrite and Baryte. Galena with Pyrite and Baryte.

TB37AD1: Cubo-octahedral Galena crystals with hoppered growths in some of their faces. They are bright and are on matrix, with Pyrite aggregates and small Baryte crystals. The quality of the Galena is better than usual for the locality.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2015)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.3 × 5.6 cm = 3.0” × 2.5” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”




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MIBLADEN VANADINITE


A lot of locals are digging in different areas around Mibladen trying to find fine Vanadinite specimens. Curiously the prices for the nicest specimens are actually higher than the prices were in the past. The reason for this could be that, even though many people are working there, not that many really good specimens have been found. Keeping an eye on the worldwide market situation we recommend these nice Vanadinite specimens for their quality, color or unusual crystal form.

Vanadinite on Baryte

T26MCAB7: Thick tabular Vanadinite crystals that are bright and have a very intense and uniform color. They are on aggregates of white laminar Baryte crystals and are on matrix. The sample has been recovered from an old find in 1995 when only a few samples of good quality were recovered
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/1995)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.8” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




Vanadinite on Baryte. Vanadinite on Baryte.
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Vanadinite with Baryte
Vanadinite with Baryte. Vanadinite with Baryte.

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MH86AF3: Thick tabular Vanadinite crystals, very well defined, translucent, bright and with a very deep color. They are on a matrix of white Barite crystals with small black oxide coatings. Really spectacular.
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (± 2014)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 7.7 × 5.4 cm = 4.0” × 3.0” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.9 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”




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Vanadinite

TH26AC9: Aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, bright, with very well defined faces and edges and with a very unusual color, between orange and cream, and with a dark colored stripe in the center of each crystal. The sample was collected 200 meters deep in the old abandoned shafts at the ACF mine. Due to very difficult access and collecting, future recovery of such pieces is not expected.
ACF Mine, 200 m.↓, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2014)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 2 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”




Vanadinite. Vanadinite.
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Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Vanadinite.

TE17AF3: Aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, bright, with very well defined faces and edges and with a very unusual color, between orange and cream, and with a dark colored stripe in the center of each crystal. The sample has been collected 200 meters deep in the old abandoned shafts at the ACF mine. Due to very difficult access and collecting, future recovery of such pieces is not expected.
ACF Mine, 200 m.↓, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2014)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 4.5 × 2.7 cm = 3.0” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”




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Vanadinite

TB97AB7: Aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, bright, with very well defined faces and edges and with a very unusual color, between orange and cream, and with a dark colored stripe in the center of each crystal. The sample has been collected 200 meters deep in the old abandoned shafts at the ACF mine. Due to very difficult access and collecting, future recovery of such pieces is not expected.
ACF Mine, 200 m.↓, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2014)

Specimen size: 10 × 8.2 × 3.1 cm = 3.9” × 3.2” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




Vanadinite. Vanadinite.
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Vanadinite with Mottramite
Vanadinite with Mottramite. Vanadinite with Mottramite.

EP27AE1: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2012. Aggregate of tabular Vanadinite crystals with polycrystalline growths on the pinacoidal faces and very well defined pyramidal faces. They are bright, have a very vivid and uniform color and are implanted on a sandstone matrix partially coated by black Mottramite microcrystals. The Mottramite, a novelty for the Mibladen area, has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2012)

Specimen size: 10 × 6.2 × 5 cm = 3.9” × 2.4” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”




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OUMJRANE


Azurite with Malachite and Baryte

EV67AC0: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue”. With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone, these crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3 × 2.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Azurite with Malachite and Baryte.
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Azurite with Malachite and Baryte
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Azurite with Malachite and Baryte.

ET47AC0: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue”. With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone, these crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”




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Azurite with Malachite and Baryte

EY29AC0: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue”. With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone, these crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.4 × 4.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Azurite with Malachite and Baryte.
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Azurite with Malachite and Baryte
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte.

EX51AC0: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue”. With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone, these crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.8 × 3.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”




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Azurite with Malachite and Baryte

EZ70AC0: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue”. With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone, these crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.7 × 3 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”




Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte.
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Azurite with Malachite and Baryte
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Azurite with Malachite and Baryte.

ED99AE6: An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are very bright with a vivid color that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue.” With the Azurite there are small white Barite crystals and Malachite clusters. The sample is from an indeterminate place in the Oumjrane area, possibly from one of the old works of this zone. These crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.4” × 1.3” × 1.2”

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




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Azurite with Quartz

E76ZI7: Groups of short prismatic crystals. They are very bright and have an exceptional color that enhances the contrast with the matrix of white Quartz. Oumjrane (or Oumjerane) is less well known than Touissit and it produced few very interesting specimens.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1996)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.5 × 6.6 cm = 3.4” × 2.6” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




Azurite with Quartz. Azurite with Quartz.
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Azurite with Malachite and Baryte
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Top
Top
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte.

ER90AC0: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue”. With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone, these crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 9 × 6.6 × 5.2 cm = 3.5” × 2.6” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”




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KERROUCHEN


Azurite

NZ56R4: Floater group of doubly terminated crystals forming parallel growths, with excellent color and a very intense luster.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.1 × 1 cm = 1.4” × 0.8” × 0.4”




Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
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Azurite doubly terminated
Azurite doubly terminated. Front
Front
Azurite doubly terminated. Rear
Rear

MG64AE3: Floater subparallel growth of doubly terminated crystals with curvatures. They are bright and have a very deep and vivid color.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 0.7”




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Azurite

NY66P2: Crystals of very well defined faces and edges, very bright, of deep blue color and transparent on their edges. They are on sandstone matrix.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.6 × 3.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.3”




Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Top
Top
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Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear

NH46P2: Group of complex doubly terminated crystals formed by polycrystalline parallel groups. The group is on sandstone matrix.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 6 × 3.1 cm = 2.4” × 1.2”




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Azurite

NH6AE3: Parallel growth, on matrix, of doubly terminated crystals with curvatures. They are bright and have a very deep and vivid color.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 2.8” × 0.9” × 0.7”




Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
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Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.

DR97R4: Group on matrix of sharp very well defined crystals, some of them forming parallel growths. Color and luster are excellent.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 11 × 6.7 × 4.8 cm = 4.3” × 2.6” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 1 cm = 1.2” × 0.4”




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Malachite

NP26P9: Esthetic fan growths of felty crystals, with fine color zoning and a very notable silky luster. They are on a matrix of Limonite.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 5 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”




Malachite.
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BOU BEKKER


Azurite
Azurite.

EF12T6: Very aerial floater group of very elongated crystals with curvatures and twisters. Intense color, good luster and excellent quality for the locality.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”




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Azurite

EC61L9: Group of Azurite crystals showing curved faces and edges, on a small Limonite matrix. Really good color and excellent luster. The specimen is from a recent find at this mine relatively near to Touissit, that hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.6” × 1.0” × 0.7”




Azurite.
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Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Bottom
Bottom

EZ62T6: Group of short crystals with abundant recrystallizations, small parallel growths and partially coated by Malachite. Intense color, good luster, and excellent quality for the locality.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.8 × 3.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 1.3”




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Azurite with Malachite

EE63L9: Group of prismatic crystals with parallel growth and several recrystalizations, partially covered by Malachite. The specimen is from a recent find at this mine relatively near to Touissit, that hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.1”




Azurite with Malachite.
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.

EM16T6: Group of short elongated crystals sharper than usual with many recrystallizations and small parallel growths. Deep blue color, intense luster, and in matrix with Malachite. Excellent quality for the locality.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.5 × 2.9 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”




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Malachite after Azurite

TF89Z7: Aggregate of Azurite crystals that have an unusual morphology for the locality. They are blocky, very large and have a very good crystalline development. They are partially coated, and in some areas pseudomorphed, by Malachite. On the back on the sample there are vivid blue, roughly defined, Azurite crystals typical of Bou-Bekker, this fact proving its source.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.4” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 3.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.5”




Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear
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IMITER ACANTHITE


A discovery in 2004 in Imiter, a locality well-known for samples of Silver and Proustite, brought to light some specimens of Acanthite especially important for the size and shape of its crystals, in this case pseudo-octahedral, and not pseudo-cubic, as is usual.

Acanthite
Acanthite. Front
Front
Acanthite. Side
Side

EF6G1: On one side it looks like a single crystal but a simple turn shows the superposition of two pseudo-octahedra. Crystals have excellent definition.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2005)

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.6”




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Acanthite

MN56K9: Well defined octahedron of Acanthite pseudomorph after Argentite, with two small Acanthite crystals in parallel growth.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2005)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”




Acanthite.
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Acanthite
Acanthite.

EC63G1: The crystals of this group are pseudo-octahedral and very aerial and they have an excellent definition and an especially esthetic disposition.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2005)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.6” × 0.6”




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Acanthite with Pyrite and Calcite

EF89L9: A novelty from the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show. Uniaxial and parallel growth of octahedral Acanthite pseudomorphous after Argentite crystals. With very well defined faces and edges, these specimens have an exceptional luster, much better than other Acanthite specimens from Imiter we have seen before. On the back side of the sample one can see small Pyrite and Calcite crystals.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (12/2007)

Specimen size: 4 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.6” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”




Acanthite with Pyrite and Calcite.
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TOUNFIT FLUORITE


At the beginning of 2006 for the first time this Fluorite appeared in Morocco. It is from an old mine 1700 meters high in a mountain near the Tounfit village. First samples found were good quality but it was in Ste. Marie 2006 where we saw, and purchased, an exceptional parcel with samples of two different crystallizations and also different color and luster.
Welcome to the market, Tounfit Fluorite! We are sure that for your quality and originality you will be famous!

Fluorite
Fluorite.

MB7T6: Aggregate of translucent crystals with a curious crystallization in which appear, very well defined, the faces of the cube, dodecahedron and octahedron cutting the corners with overgrowths forming small pyramids in the flat triangular surface.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/2006)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 7.1 × 5.2 cm = 3.0” × 2.8” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.4 cm = 1.6” × 1.3”




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