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The James Catmur Collection

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This page gathers together specimens from the James Catmur Collection that, because of their quality, rarity or interesting locality, we wish to maintain on our web site as reference specimens although they have been sold.

Text: Carles Curto (curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona ) & Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator)

 


I’m James and I have been involved in the world of mineral collecting ever since I was a young child, when I used to collect in the mines of northern Derbyshire. Spells of my life living in Mexico, USA, France, Singapore and Spain kept this interest live and also resulted in me learning Spanish and French. As my career continued and I started a family I realized that there was too little time in the day for me to be father to two small children and to keep up with very active mineral collecting (it used to be every weekend). Small children have meant that collecting has come to a bit of a halt, but as they are growing older I am starting to get back out there and start field collecting again. I have always focussed on specimens that are interesting from a crystallographic point of view as I love the shapes and forms of the crystals. I have also focussed on certain regions and types of minerals. I have now decided to focus a bit more, so I am steadily reducing specimens that do not match my new focus. Some of this does makes me very sad as I love the pieces, but I am trying to be tough and keep to my focus. I hope those who now get the chance to see and obtain specimens from my collection will get some idea of what I have tended to collect and will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed them.

James Catmur

 

 
Typical record from the Catmur Collection

Typical record from the Catmur Collection


 
Rhodochrosite
Cerussite
Anglesite


The James Catmur Collection


Fluorite with Calcite and Sphalerite
Fluorite with Calcite and Sphalerite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite and Sphalerite. Side
Side

JB14W3: Flattened doubly terminated crystal of Calcite implanted on a polycrystalline growth of small cubic crystals of Fluorite. Transparent, it has pale yellow color.
The sample was previously in the collection of Jan Buma (num. 050115), whose card we’ll send with the Catmur label to the buyer.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith County, Tennessee  USA

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite

KG70M2: Elegant doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal, showing a well defined twin, good color and notable transparency. With a small Sphalerite crystal matrix.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith County, Tennessee  USA (±1993)

Specimen size: 10.9 × 8.7 × 3.6 cm = 4.3” × 3.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 10.9 × 3.6 cm = 4.3” × 1.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.

JX68W0: A curious crystal of bicolor Fluorite, whose inner part is yellow and its core is blue, with forms of dissolution extraordinarily well marked, really uncommon for the samples from this locality. It is partially coated by an aggregate of very elongated white scalenohedral crystals of Calcite.
The sample is with a label from the Tom Wiesner collection that we'll send to the buyer.
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA (17/05/1985)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.2 × 3.1 cm = 3.1” × 2.4” × 1.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B941 from the James Catmur Collection
Enargite

KA96M0: Exceptional specimen for the locality. Very aerial Enargite crystals, with well defined faces and edges showing an excellent luster. Perfect terminal faces, also very bright. On matrix.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.

Longfellow Mine, Red Mountain District, San Juan County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.2 × 3.7 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.5”

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

Former collection of James Catmur

Enargite. Enargite.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite. Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite.

KX99R4: Group of rhombohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite of considerable size, on matrix with a rich paragenesis: crystals of Quartz, rosettes of yellow Calcite, Tetrahedrite, Chalcopyrite and nice beveled cubic blue crystals of Fluorite.
The sample is from the collection of James Catmur, whose label we'll send to the buyer.
Sweet Home Mine, Rainbow pocket, Tetrahedrite stope, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (±1994)

Specimen size: 12 × 10 × 3.5 cm = 4.7” × 3.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.2” × 1.0”

Former collection of James Catmur

Doubly terminated Baryte

KH86M8: Parallel growth of tabular crystals from a classic American locality. The crystals, sharp and very well defined, have an excellent luster and a honey color, between orange and yellow.
Sherman Mine, Upper Iowa Gulch, Leadville District, Lake County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.6 × 1.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.2” × 0.6”

Former collection of James Catmur

Doubly terminated Baryte. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Baryte. Rear
Rear
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite.
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite.

KM86M8: From an uncommon American locality. Aggregate of twinned crystals with yellowish and orange reflections, with Chalcopyrite crystals.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (num. B241), whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Emperius Mine, Creede District, Mineral County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 13 × 7.5 × 3.3 cm = 5.1” × 3.0” × 1.3”

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

Former collection of James Catmur

Pyromorphite

KG68L9: Stunning group of extremely curved clusters of Pyromorphite crystals, that give a globular aspect to the specimen. These very aerial and esthetic globular aggregates are on a Limonite matrix. With an extraordinary color and luster. It has been reported that the globular orange crystals from Bunker Hill are arsenic-rich Pyromorphite specimens, so we analyzed some samples and the results are that they really are pure Pyromorphite, with no arsenic.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with the piece.

Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA (1/06/2002)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.1” × 2.1” × 1.7”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite.
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz. Top
Top

JD66X3: Two doubly terminated crystals that are transparent, extraordinarily bright, and slightly smoky, with inclusions and with curious areas, very limited, of nearly amethyst color. An American classic.
Herkimer County, New York  USA

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.1 × 4.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3.3 cm = 1.8” × 1.3”

With label number B249 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Galena

JF53W0: Octahedral crystal of Fluorite with minor faces of the cube and beveled by the dodecahedron. Translucent, with clear green color, it is implanted on a druse of cubo-octahedral crystals of bright Galena twinned on the Spinel law.
The sample is with a previous label of the Jan Buma collection (num. 040715), that we'll send to the buyer.
Naica, Municipio Saucillo, Chihuahua  Mexico (03/2004)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 7.7 × 3.7 cm = 4.3” × 3.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number 040715 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Galena. Fluorite with Galena.
Fluorite with Vesuvianite and Grossular
Fluorite with Vesuvianite and Grossular. Fluorite with Vesuvianite and Grossular.

JC99W3: Irregular aggregate of very sharp octahedral crystals, between translucent and transparent, bright, with a very uniform lilac color and on matrix. They are with small yellow crystals of Vesuvianite and brown dodecahedral crystals of Grossular.
Naica, Municipio Saucillo, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 6 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number 294 from the James Catmur Collection
Calcite

TV96P8: Complex equidimensional crystals, very rich in faces, growing on an early generation of smaller crystals primarily covering a stalactitic growth of a mineral that has disappeared, maybe Limonite?. A very esthetic piece. The sample is from J. Catmur collection and the label indicates that it was acquired in 1994.
Mina El Potosํ, Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serdแn, Chihuahua  Mexico (±1994)

Specimen size: 14 × 10 × 3.5 cm = 5.5” × 3.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.9”

Former collection of James Catmur

Calcite. Calcite.
Wulfenite
Wulfenite. Wulfenite.

KP56M3: Exceptional group of translucent and tabular Wulfenite crystals with an unusually good color and brilliance. Their shape and the sample size make the specimen especially esthetic.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label to the buyer.
Erupci๓n Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 10 × 6.6 × 6.2 cm = 3.9” × 2.6” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Former collection of James Catmur

Wulfenite with Vanadinite (variety endlichite)

KT16L9: Group of Wulfenite crystals, with splendid color and luster, very well defined. Thick tabular crystals on a Calcite matrix with small aggregates of arsenic-rich Vanadinite (Endlichite).
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection, previously in the Folch collection. We will send both, the label from Catmur collection and the handwritten label from Folch collection.
Erupci๓n Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico (24/03/1964)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.4 × 4.8 cm = 2.7” × 2.5” × 1.9”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Wulfenite with Vanadinite (variety endlichite). Wulfenite with Vanadinite (variety endlichite).
Pseudoboleite
Pseudoboleite. Front
Front
Pseudoboleite. Top
Top

KP92L9: Excellent specimen, very representative for the species. This sample shows a very sharp pseudocubic crystal with typical stepped growths. Really good color and brilliance. There is a second crystal on the back side, smaller than the main one, but also with the same high quality.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it. This specimen was analyzed many years ago, but we didn’t keep analysis documents, that is why we could confirm the species but we can’t send the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Sainte-Marie Show 2008’ section of the magazine ‘Min้raux et Fossiles’ and appears on page 22 of number 373, as well as on the Hors-s้rie nบ 27 "Min้raux du Cuivre" on page 65.
Mina Amelia, Santa Rosalํa, Boleo, Baja California Sur  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.8 × 1.4 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.6”

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

Type locality

Former collection of James Catmur

Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Quartz

JC90G0: Esthetically perfect, due both to crystal development and their position on a Muscovite matrix. A Quartz crystal, equilibrating the group, is the definitive detail.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de Sใo Francisco de Assis, Covilhใ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.6” × 2.2” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Quartz.
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Quartz.
Baryte with Realgar inclusions
Baryte with Realgar inclusions.
Baryte with Realgar inclusions. Baryte with Realgar inclusions.

KF98N0: Thin tabular crystals, very transparent, bright and with yellow color. They have red inclusions of Realgar, more evident on the lower part of the piece.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (num. B495) and we’ll send the label to the buyer.
230 Level, Roata Mine, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (12/1995)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 8.5 × 7.4 cm = 5.7” × 3.3” × 2.9”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Former collection of James Catmur

Baryte with Realgar inclusions

KP96M0: Bunched groups of white Baryte crystals, between laminar to tabular, which grade into a very intense red color due to dense Realgar inclusions.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (±1995)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.2 × 3.7 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Former collection of James Catmur

Baryte with Realgar inclusions. Baryte with Realgar inclusions.
Galena with Calcite and Siderite
Galena with Calcite and Siderite.

JD86W3: Parallel growths of cuboctahedral crystals of Galena that are extraordinarily bright, especially bearing in mind that they are from Romania. Some of them show skeletal growths, and with white lenticular crystals of Calcite and small crystals of Siderite and Pyrite.
Boldut Mine, 61 level, ↓350m., Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (04/01/1999)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 5.5 × 5.2 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 2.0”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number B664 from the James Catmur Collection
Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite

KX56M2: Very sharp Chalcopyrite crystals with an excellent luster and a well marked twin. On a matrix of thin Quartz crystals which are partially covered by nice Calcite rosettes.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.
Boldut Mine, 61 level ↓350m., Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1995)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.8 × 2.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.3” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of James Catmur

Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite. Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite.
Octahedral Fluorite with Bertrandite and Fluorapatite
Octahedral Fluorite with Bertrandite and Fluorapatite.
Octahedral Fluorite with Bertrandite and Fluorapatite.

KQ49M0: Group of very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals, with a very deep color, almost black under the day-light. With Fluorapatite and Bertrandite and on matrix. No finds are recently known from this locality.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.

Akchatau, Karaganda Oblast  Kazakhstan (1993)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 5.8 × 2.4 cm = 3.7” × 2.3” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Talc crystals with Calcite

KR66M8: Rosette groups and leafy crystals with very well defined contours and pearly luster. Excellent quality for the species.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (num. B288). whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ari่ge, Occitanie  France (±1993)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.7 × 5.5 cm = 2.9” × 2.2” × 2.2”

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

Former collection of James Catmur

Talc crystals with Calcite.
Talc crystals with Calcite.
Baryte with Sphalerite
Baryte with Sphalerite. Baryte with Sphalerite.

JP17X3: Spheroidal growths of laminar crystals of snowy white Baryte, very bright and implanted on a matrix coated by small Sphalerite crystals. The sample, unlike most Barytes from this mine, remains free of damage.
Les C่dres Mine, Asce. 32, Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Occitanie  France (±1998)

Specimen size: 15 × 10.5 × 6.8 cm = 5.9” × 4.1” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 6 cm = 2.6” × 2.4”

With label number B545 from the James Catmur Collection
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite

KL66L9: Wonderful octahedral Fluorite crystal with well defined faces and edges, excellent brightness and very deep color. The crystal has grown esthetically on a small rocky matrix accompanied by Albite.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.
Les Droites (north face), Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rh๔ne-Alpes  France (07/1994)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.4 cm = 1.5” × 1.3”

Former collection of James Catmur

Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Front
Front
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Side
Side
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Side
Side
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Top
Top
Fluorite with Quartz and Goethite
Fluorite with Quartz and Goethite.

JJ86W0: Floater cubic crystal, extraordinarily transparent, colorless, neat and bright. It is impaled by a crystal of Quartz coated by Goethite. The corners show very small faces of the cube surrounded by the trisoctahedron. A small jewel.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (05/1996)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.6” × 0.5”

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

With label number B295 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Galena and Calcite

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JC40W0: Colorless, transparent and bright crystal formed by the clearly dominant faces of the dodecahedron, a very infrequent occurrence on Fluorite crystals, with minor faces of the cube and octahedron. It is on matrix, with Calcite and twinned crystals of Galena on Calcite. Neither the photos nor the 3D imagegive a perfect vision of the crystal, since it is extraordinarily transparent and very luminous.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2003)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.2 × 3.6 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 1.4”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B893 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Galena and Calcite. Fluorite with Galena and Calcite.
Galena and Quartz
Galena and Quartz. Galena and Quartz.

JV99W6: Group of cubo-octahedral crystals of Galena showing smooth and bright cube faces that contrast with those of the octahedron, which have a rougher surface. They are with small crystals of Quartz and on matrix, with Sphalerite.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (±1993)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 9 × 6.2 cm = 4.3” × 3.5” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2 cm = 1.3” × 0.8”

With label number B291 from the James Catmur Collection
Galena with Sphalerite and Calcite

JL28W0: Polycrystalline growth, extraordinarily flattened, of Galena.Very bright, on Calcite matrix and with small crystals of Sphalerite.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.5 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 3.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B845 from the James Catmur Collection
Galena with Sphalerite and Calcite.
Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite
Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite.
Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite. Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite.

TX99N9: Polysynthetic growths of crystals of Sphalerite with very well defined faces and edges, with very bright cube-octahedral crystals of Galena, small laminar crystals of Siderite and cubic crystals of Fluorite.
The sample, complete and free of damage, is from the collection of James Catmur (num. B484), whose label we’ll send to the buyer of the piece.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (1996)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.5 × 4.6 cm = 4.9” × 3.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.4”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz

KM91M3: Complex Sphalerite crystals, very rich in geometrical growth forms accompanied by Galena crystals, with well marked dissolution structures, and Quartz crystals.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label to the buyer.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (1995)

Specimen size: 13.8 × 7.2 × 5.8 cm = 5.4” × 2.8” × 2.3”

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

Former collection of James Catmur

Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.
Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz
Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz.
Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz. Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz.

JC97X0: Group of crystals of Pyrrhotite between tabular and laminar. They are perfectly preserved, and they are with very well defined and bright cubo-octahedral crystals of Galena and a group of white Quartz crystals.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (1995)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 5.3 × 4.3 cm = 4.9” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

With label number B441 from the James Catmur Collection
Pyrrhotite with Pyrite and Quartz

JZ50W6: Groups of laminar crystals of Pyrrhotite in rosettes. They are very aerial, of a considerable size and are on a rocky matrix. The crystals of Pyrrhotite, with recrystallized Pyrite on the surfaces of the pinacoidal faces, remain stable in spite of the long time that has passed since they were recovered, very probably due to the presence of the Pyrite.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (±1996)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9 × 6.7 cm = 4.6” × 3.5” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.5”

With label number B151 from the James Catmur Collection
Pyrrhotite with Pyrite and Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrrhotite with Pyrite and Quartz. Side
Side
Pyrrhotite with Chalcopyrite
Pyrrhotite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Pyrrhotite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear

KF88L9: Group of well defined faces and edges on tabular Pyrrhotite crystals. With some recrystalization on the pinacoid faces. To increase esthetics, a very bright Chalcopyrite crystal is located in the center of the specimen.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (±1994)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.3 × 2 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 0.8”

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

Former collection of James Catmur

Fluorite with Quartz and Pyrite

JE49W0: Aggregate of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on the corners that insinuate the forms of the octahedron, reinforced by the presence of oriented small crystals of Quartz and Pyrite partially coating them.
El Hamman, Mekn่s, Mekn่s Prefecture, Mekn่s-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2004)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.8 × 4 cm = 3.0” × 2.3” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 2.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.0”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B871 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz and Pyrite. Fluorite with Quartz and Pyrite.
Prehnite with Epidote, Quartz and Clinochlore
Prehnite with Epidote, Quartz and Clinochlore. Prehnite with Epidote, Quartz and Clinochlore.

KQ47M0: Groups of Prehnite curved crystals forming globular aggregates. On a matrix with Quartz, Epidote and Clinochlore.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it. Very esthetic piece.
Jebel Melh, Bou Arfa, Figuig Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 9 × 8.4 × 4.8 cm = 3.5” × 3.3” × 1.9”

Former collection of James Catmur

Cerussite on Quartz

KV89L9: Multiple radial twinned white Cerussite crystals, a fine quality for this locality, excellent brilliance and on an uncommon matrix formed by concretions of micro-crystals of Quartz.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.
Bouzougar, Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Mekn่s-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/05/2003)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5 × 3.3 cm = 3.4” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Cerussite on Quartz. Cerussite on Quartz.
Cerussite
Cerussite. Cerussite.

TG67T3: Very aerial group of transparent crystals of Cerussite with an extraordinary luster and on Galena matrix.
The sample is from James Catmur’s collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (01/01/2000)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.6” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Cerussite

JH56W0: Group of twinned crystals of Cerussite that are very flattened, with perfect, acute, terminations, between transparent and translucent, bright and with a slightly smoky color. A fine miniature from Touissit.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.8” × 0.5”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number B208 from the James Catmur Collection
Cerussite.
Cerussite with Dolomite
Cerussite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Cerussite with Dolomite. Top
Top

KP47M5: Translucent twinned crystals, bright and with very well defined faces and edges. Due to their position on the Dolomite matrix the sample is really esthetic.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection, whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.3 × 3.6 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Phosgenite

KR49M3: Phosgenite crystal with excellent transparency, color and luster, and with well defined prism and terminal faces. Some upper faces show totally natural corroded structures, but the crystal is totally undamaged.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label to the buyer.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 638 in the volume 44, number 6
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Fluorescent short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Phosgenite. Front
Front
Phosgenite. Side
Side
Phosgenite. Top
Top
Azurite with Oxiplumborom้ite and Calcite
Azurite with Oxiplumborom้ite and Calcite.
Azurite with Oxiplumborom้ite and Calcite.

KK66M5: Groups of doubly terminated crystals of Azurite with Calcite on a Limonite matrix, rich with small crystals of Oxiplumborom้ite and small growths of Malachite. Oxiplumborom้ite is known but scarcely cited at this locality, probably due to its similarity with the clays that cover much of the specimens from Touissit.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection, whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1992)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.6 × 6.8 cm = 2.3” × 2.2” × 2.7”

Former collection of James Catmur

Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite

JE9W3: Unusual combination of species with complete cyclic twins of Cerussite, translucent and bright, and prismatic crystals of Azurite, some of them doubly terminated, and small spherical growths of Malachite.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 5.4 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

Cerussite minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number B103 from the James Catmur Collection
Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite.
Carrollite with Calcite
Carrollite with Calcite. Carrollite with Calcite.

JF54W0: Cubo-octahedral crystals that in some faces show the forms of the tetrahexahedron. The crystals, from the famous find of April 2001, are perfectly sharp and are on matrix, with Calcite.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (04/01/2001)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.5 × 4.2 cm = 2.7” × 2.2” × 1.7”

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

With label number B763 from the James Catmur Collection
Baryte with Malachite inclusions

KB92M3: Group of parallel greenish doubly terminated Baryte crystals. This greenish tone is caused by Malachite inclusions. On a Limonite matrix. One of the best samples of this shape found in this locality. We consider this specimen among the best Baryte with Malachite specimens worldwide.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label to the buyer.
Shangulow้ Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (11/1997)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 7 × 4.5 cm = 3.3” × 2.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 5 × 1.5 cm = 2.0” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of James Catmur

Baryte with Malachite inclusions. Front
Front
Baryte with Malachite inclusions. Top
Top
Rutile with Hematite
Rutile with Hematite. Rutile with Hematite.

JX48W6: Acicular crystals of Rutile with good terminations, very bright with a golden yellow color. The crystals of Rutile have grown epitactically on laminar crystals of Hematite with a very sharp hexagonal contour.
Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (±1999)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3 × 1.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.2” × 0.7”

With label number B533 from the James Catmur Collection
Pyrrhotite with Dolomite

JB47X3: Sharp laminar Pyrrhotite crystals, bright and with a fine and neat hexagonal contour. They are on a matrix of lenticular translucent Dolomite crystals. A Brazilian classic.
Morro Velho mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1988)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 11 × 5,9 cm = 5.0” × 4.3” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

With label number B305 from the James Catmur Collection
Pyrrhotite with Dolomite. Pyrrhotite with Dolomite.
Cassiterite with Muscovite
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Rear
Rear

JK48W0: Very sharp twinned crystal of Cassiterite. The crystal, black, is very bright, has parallel growths, a considerable size for the locality and it's partially coated by a leafy aggregate of Muscovite.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.3 × 3.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 1.5”

With label number B313 from the James Catmur Collection
Tetrahedrite-Chalcopyrite with Galena, Quartz and Calcite

KV97N8: Big crystals with parallel growths and a partially melted look, with Chalcopyrite and with small crystals of Galena, Quartz and Calcite.
The sample is from the collection of James Catmur and we'll send the label to the buyer.
Casapalca, Huarochiri, Departamento Lima  Peru (±1986)

Specimen size: 14 × 8.3 × 5.9 cm = 5.5” × 3.3” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.4” × 1.2”

Former collection of James Catmur

Tetrahedrite-Chalcopyrite with Galena, Quartz and Calcite. Tetrahedrite-Chalcopyrite with Galena, Quartz and Calcite.
Bournonite with Siderite and Pyrite
Bournonite with Siderite and Pyrite. Bournonite with Siderite and Pyrite.

ME67X0: Platy crystals of Bournonite partially coated by a second growth phase that formed microcrystalline aggregates of the same mineral. They are on matrix, with Pyrite and small crystals of Siderite.
Vํboras Mine, Machacamarca, Cornelio Saavedra, Potosํ  Bolivia (2001)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.4 × 7.3 cm = 2.9” × 2.5” × 2.9”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 1.7” × 1.2”

With label number B812 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz

JT50W3: Group of cubic crystals that are beveled by the faces of the dodecahedron. They are very aerial as usual, bright, very transparent, and have a very uniform clear green color, with white selective micro-recrystallizations on some of the cube faces.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 9.8 × 7.5 cm = 5.2” × 3.9” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 1.3” × 1.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B868 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Top
Top
Fluorite with Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite
Fluorite with Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite. Fluorite with Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite.

JH93W0: Aggregate of cubic crystals of Fluorite clearly beveled by the dodecahedron, extraordinarily bright, transparent, with an especially intense and deep violet color, with phantom growths and on matrix, with small crystals of Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite. The main crystal has minor damage on one of its edges.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2004)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 8.7 × 5 cm = 4.9” × 3.4” × 2.0”

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

With label number B875 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Scheelite and Calcite

JE51W0: Cubic crystals of Fluorite, transparent and extraordinarily bright, with a phantom growth in their core. They are on a group of Quartz crystals, with Calcite and sharp dipyramidal crystals of Scheelite, transparent and brown.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.7 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 2.6” × 1.6”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV. Scheelite fluorescent short UV & low fluorescence long UV

With label number B878 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Scheelite and Calcite. Fluorite with Scheelite and Calcite.
Stibnite with Calcite
Stibnite with Calcite. Front
Front
Stibnite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

JD14W6: Radial group of very sharp crystals of Stibnite with perfect terminations and partially coated by globular growths of Calcite.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 1.9 × 0.9 cm = 3.8” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 7 × 0.4 cm = 2.8” × 0.2”

With label number B650 from the James Catmur Collection
Kermesite with Gypsum and Stibnite

JP93W3: Divergent aggregates of flat and very elongated crystals that are on matrix, which is very slightly rare with such samples. They have very marked reddish reflections under a strong light and are slightly coated by small white growths of Gypsum and very thin acicular crystals of Stibnite.
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng, Shangluo Prefecture, Shaanxi Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 4.8 × 3.1 cm = 3.5” × 1.9” × 1.2”

With label number B828 from the James Catmur Collection
Kermesite with Gypsum and Stibnite. Front
Front
Kermesite with Gypsum and Stibnite. Rear
Rear
Axinite-(Fe) with Albite
Axinite-(Fe) with Albite. Axinite-(Fe) with Albite.

JK97W0: The sample is very representative of the first finds of Axinite-(Fe) in Pakistan (1993), with sharp, flattened and quite individual crystals. They are transparent, brown with mauve shades and on matrix.
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan  Pakistan (1993)

Specimen size: 7 × 5 × 5.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.3” × 1.3”

With label number B298 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite

JV64W0: Spheroidal crystals of Fluorite with very intense red color growing on the faces of a yellow scalenohedral crystal of Calcite, all this in a cavity of Quartz crystals.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 370 in the volume 88, number 4, Jul/Aug 2013
Mahodari, Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.3 × 5.5 cm = 3.6” × 2.9” × 2.2”

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

With label number B886 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite. Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.


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