Fabre Minerals
FABRE MINERALS
High quality mineral specimens
Bringing you selected collectible minerals since 1971
Fabre Minerals


Reference Specimens
Spain

(para ver esta página en español)

Previous Page Previous Page Next Page Next Page

 

Back to Index of the Reference Specimens

Page bottom

Photos by Fabre Minerals. Under Creative Commons license

This page gathers together the specimens 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.

Northern Spain


La Florida Calcite

Calcite with Dolomite
Calcite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Calcite with Dolomite. Side
Side

NK63AD2: Doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal, transparent, bright, with a clear yellow color, with inclusions and implanted on a matrix of pink Dolomite.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (±2000)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.9 × 2.1 cm = 2.2” × 2.3” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.5” × 0.8”

Doubly terminated Calcite

NE16V5: Floater doubly terminated crystal, transparent, with yellow color and rich in faces. The predominating forms are the scalenohedron with and a shallow rhombohedron on the terminations. Some Dolomite is attached to the back side.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 7 × 4.4 × 3.7 cm = 2.8” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Doubly terminated Calcite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Calcite. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Dolomite and Chalcopyrite
Calcite with Dolomite and Chalcopyrite.

NB68AC7: The single crystal is very complex with many faces, among which are sharp rhombohedra and shortened scalenohedra giving it an equant shape. It has a very visible and very well defined contact twin and the transparency, brilliance and position on the Dolomite matrix are all great. The locality is now completely lost because it is impossible to access it.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (±2006)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.8 × 3.2 cm = 3.0” × 2.7” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.8 cm = 1.3” × 1.1”

Calcite with Dolomite

NB77AC6: The crystal is very complex with many faces, among which the sharp rhombohedra and shortened scalenohedra stand out, giving it an equant shape. Above all the uniform yellow color, the transparency, brilliance and position on the Dolomite matrix are great. The locality is now completely lost because it is impossible to access it.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (±2007)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 8 × 4.6 cm = 3.9” × 3.1” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.8 cm = 1.3” × 1.1”

Calcite with Dolomite. Calcite with Dolomite.

Gahnite with Quartz
Gahnite with Quartz.

NX9R7: From a recent rediscovery of this Spanish classic, with nice bluish color and a more individualized crystal than usual.
Victoria Mine, Arrés, Comarca Val d'Arán, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain (09/2009)

Specimen size: 3 × 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.2” × 1.3” × 0.9”

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

Gahnite with Quartz

NL12W8: Flattened octahedral crystals, one of them clearly dominant with a grayish blue color and on a matrix of massive Quartz. A Spanish “oldie”.
Victoria Mine, Arrés, Comarca Val d'Arán, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain (09/2009)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.1 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 0.8” × 0.8”

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

Gahnite with Quartz.
Celestine with Calcite
Celestine with Calcite.

NK16M9: Lance-like crystals of Celestine that have excellent luster and sky blue color. They are in a geode upholstered by small "hedgehogs" of white crystals of Calcite. The sample is from a 2007 find.
Celestine deposit, Torà, Comarca La Segarra, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain (09-11/2007)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.2 × 7.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.0” × 2.9”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Celestine with Calcite

NB16K9: Vug of sword-shaped Celestine crystals, with excellent luster and sky-blue color, coated by small white creamy hedgehoglike Calcite crystals. The specimen is a recent and exceptional find in the same locality as old findings, in Torà, but the new specimen’s quality is much better.
Celestine deposit, Torà, Comarca La Segarra, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain (09-11/2007)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 5.2 × 5 cm = 3.5” × 2.0” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 0.5 cm = 1.0” × 0.2”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Celestine with Calcite.
Orthoclase with Albite
Orthoclase with Albite.

M10FTL2: From a classic Catalan locality, at the foot of the Montseny Massif, we can enjoy this old Orthoclase specimen. A group of crystals with slight orange color totally coated by small Albite crystals, doubly terminated, orientated, very transparent and with good brilliance.
Can Vernenc, (Montnegre Range), La Batllòria, Sant Celoni, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (1975)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3 × 1.9 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Hydromagnesite

M57FJ5: A classic for the locality. Radial groups of white acicular crystals and silky luster.
Meca Quarry (De l'Àngel Quarry), Can Plans, Gualba, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (1971)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.3 × 3.2 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Hydromagnesite.
Wulfenite (variety chillagite)
Wulfenite (variety chillagite).

N57ZJ0: Laminar, very thin, crystals of this rare variety of Wulfenite (Chillagite is tungstenian wulfenite). They are enhanced by a white matrix. The locality is a classic of Spanish mineralogy.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (1983)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 0.9”

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

Montgomeryite

N58DKJ0: The specimen has a higher quality than usual. It has a nice green color, silky luster and it is on matrix. Montgomeryite is one of the classic species from this locality near Barcelona.
Turó de Montcada Quarry, Montcada i Reixac, Comarca Vallès Occidental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (07/1994)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.2”

Fluorescent short UV

Montgomeryite.
Millerite, Jamborite, Chalcopyrite and Calcite
Millerite, Jamborite, Chalcopyrite and Calcite. Front
Front
Millerite, Jamborite, Chalcopyrite and Calcite. Side
Side

N7BGJ5: Divergent groups of acicular crystals on a Calcite matrix rich of Chalcopyrite.
Eugenia Mine, Bellmunt del Priorat, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.1 × 3.3 cm = 1.0” × 0.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.0”

Silver with Acanthite

NA10J8: Arborescent growths of hooked crystals, bright and partially covered by small, darker, crystals of Acanthite.
Balcoll Mine, Shaft 2, Falset, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8” × 0.4”

Silver with Acanthite. Front
Front
Silver with Acanthite. Rear
Rear
Silver
Silver.

NF59H1: The growth is laminar which is uncommon in the samples from Falset. Another aspect to distinguish the specimen is that it hasn’t been etched out with acid because the Silver is found in fissures and is not included in Calcite.
Balcoll Mine, Shaft 2, Falset, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (10/2004)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.2 × 1 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.4”

Silver with Acanthite

NF87H1: Native Silver crystals are elongated and form a complex “nest” in which they are partially covered by small dark crystals of Acanthite. The group is very aerial and stands prominently on a matrix etched with acid to expose the Silver.
Balcoll Mine, Shaft 2, Falset, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (10/2004)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.3 × 5.5 cm = 2.2” × 2.1” × 2.2”

Silver with Acanthite. Silver with Acanthite.
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite.

ND27M5: Dendritic growths of very well defined and bright elongated crystals of native Silver with small crystals and aggregates of Acanthite, on massive Calcite matrix.
Balcoll Mine, Shaft 2, Falset, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15/09/2006)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.6 × 2.2 cm = 2.3” × 1.8” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.0”

Silver with Acanthite

NB47G1: The specimen is from a discovery of 2004 in this old Spanish locality, previously not recognized for collection quality samples. Crystals are elongated and standing on a clear Calcite matrix carefully etched to display them, hard and stable.
Balcoll Mine, Shaft 2, Falset, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (10/2004)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.5 × 4.3 cm = 3.3” × 2.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.1 cm = 0.4” × 0.0”

Silver with Acanthite. Silver with Acanthite.

Quartz from La Selva

In a small quarry near Barcelona, appeared good samples of smoky Quartz and exceptionally some Quartz Amethyst. Lots of local collectors go there on the weekends hoping to find the sample of their dreams. As we know many of them we hear about new finds and see the specimens found. Here are some of them. If you want to know more about La Selva Quartz please follow this link

Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz.

NZ58M9: Sceptered crystal with stepping. It has a very sharp phantom and its color, very deep, is especially concentrated on terminal faces.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.1 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 0.8” × 1.1”

Scepter Quartz (variety amethyst)

NF58H1: A very sharp scepter growth. The amethyst crystal with a short prism stands on white Quartz. The color is very deep and distributed in zones. The luster is excellent.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (10/2005)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Scepter Quartz (variety amethyst).
Quartz (variety amethyst)
Quartz (variety amethyst).

NB57F0: The most notable thing about these crystals is the way the rhombohedral faces of the termination are much larger than the prism faces. The color is intense and the coloring is not evenly distributed within the crystals. The rear has re-crystallized.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2004)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 0.6”

Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz, Albite and Microcline

ND9M9: A curious sample in which coincide two Quartz varieties (Smoky and amethyst). On the thicker crystal there is a very well defined phantom and the violet color on terminal faces. With Albite and on an Microcline matrix.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.8 × 3.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.9” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3 cm = 1.6” × 1.2”

Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz, Albite and Microcline. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz, Albite and Microcline. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline.

NX16K7: Parallel and scepter growth of doubly terminated crystals with short prisms, deep and uniform color. On Albite and Microcline matrix.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 1.5”

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

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Microcline

NX57M9: Poorly defined scepter growth, with stepping. The sample, of excellent color and a very sharp phantom, has contact zones on the back side and it is on an Microcline matrix.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.3 × 4.2 cm = 2.5” × 1.7” × 1.7”

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

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Microcline.
Quartz (variety amethyst)
Quartz (variety amethyst). Quartz (variety amethyst).

NR59K7: Parallel growth of a brilliant doubly terminated crystal group with a pale but uniform color. The group forms a scepter on a deep smoky Quartz crystal.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 3.5 × 2.9 cm = 2.6” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Quartz (variety amethyst) "scepter" with smoky Quartz and Albite

NA14M0: Very sharp scepter with the classical multiple double terminations, short prism and irregular color zoning. On a Quartz crystal partially covered by Albite. A specimen with much better quality than it is usual for this locality.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2008)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 3.1 × 3.8 cm = 2.8” × 1.2” × 1.5”

Quartz (variety amethyst) "scepter" with smoky Quartz and Albite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) "scepter" with smoky Quartz and Albite. Side
Side
Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz
Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz. Side
Side

NM96T1: Sample from the famous find on the AVE works, April 2006, whose pieces are characterized by their luster and the deepness of their color. In this case we also note the sharpness of the scepter, with a polycrystalline growth on the lower termination, and some window growths on the faces of the rhombohedron.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (04/2006)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 3.7 × 4.2 cm = 2.8” × 1.5” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 3.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.5”

Quartz (variety amethyst)

NA10L6: Parallel growth of amethyst crystals, with a second generation of small Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated, which grew perpendicular to the specimen main axis. Color is more intense in terminations. A very curious specimen for the locality. This specimen is from the AVE (Spanish High Speed Train) quarry works where actually it is quite impossible to obtain quality specimens.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5.1 × 5.2 cm = 3.0” × 2.0” × 2.0”

Quartz (variety amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst). Side
Side
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline. Side
Side

NB88M9: The crystal, of big size, has clearly a violet color but at the same time has a core of neat smoky color with golden shades. The base is a flat contact.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2001)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 9.2 × 8.2 cm = 5.3” × 3.6” × 3.2”

Smoky Quartz with Microcline

NK57K1: A transparent crystal with a deep and uniform color. It is on a matrix of Microcline. The crystal is from the Massabé Quarry, where is possible to find some specimens yet.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2002)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 1.5” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Smoky Quartz with Microcline.
Smoky Quartz
Smoky Quartz.

NR57K7: Smoky crystal with very sharp faces and edges, and with deep red Hematite inclusions in terminal faces and on rhombohedron edges.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Feldspar fluorescent short UV
Smoky Quartz

NA88D8: The most significant crystal, undamaged and well positioned on the matrix of Albite, There is another small crystal of Quartz on the matrix that is also undamaged. Good color and transparency in this interesting specimen.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2002)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 3.3” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Smoky Quartz.
Smoky Quartz with Microcline
Smoky Quartz with Microcline. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz with Microcline. Side
Side

NL27M9: The crystal has an especially intense luster and has very deep color. The back side has some contact zones and there is Microcline attached in some areas.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 6.9 × 5.3 cm = 4.3” × 2.7” × 2.1”

Smoky Quartz with Albite

NJ56K1: The crystal is smoky on its base and it has a neat phantom growth in its clearer termination. Near the base of the crystal there are small fragments of Albite matrix. The crystal is from the Massabé Quarry, where is possible to find some specimens yet.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.5” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Smoky Quartz with Albite.
Quartz with smoky Quartz
Quartz with smoky Quartz.

EE9K9: In this specimen two clearly different crystal growth phases coexist. In the first one the Quartz crystal has a very deep smoky color, and covering this primary crystal is a second growth phase of milky Quartz.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 8 × 4.6 × 2.9 cm = 3.1” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Microcline with smoky Quartz and Albite

NP7I9: Prismatic crystal of very well defined faces and edges and a very well marked Baveno twin. Lower on the sample there is an small matrix of Albite and a small flat crystal of smoky Quartz.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (08/2006)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.5” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Microcline with smoky Quartz and Albite.
Microcline with smoky Quartz, Albite and Mica
Microcline with smoky Quartz, Albite and Mica. Microcline with smoky Quartz, Albite and Mica.

NF26W4: A crystal of Microcline with simple forms, with a very well marked Baveno twin all along the prism. It has pinkish color with fine perthitic growths and it is on matrix with crystals of smoky Quartz and white Albite crystals.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (08/2007)

Specimen size: 12 × 7.6 × 5.3 cm = 4.7” × 3.0” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 4 cm = 1.8” × 1.6”


Calcian Nontronite

If you want to know more about these calcian Nontronites please follow this link

Calcian Nontronite with Hollandite

NC8L9: A new species for Spanish mineralogy. Flattened and scoriaceous growths of yellow calcian Nontronite, that have completely replaced earlier Laumontite crystals, while preserving their shape. With some black scoriaceous Hollandite thin stains. Calcian Nontronite is filling vacuoles of a volcanic rock. We will provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Can Súria Quarry (Guixeres Quarry), Maçanet de la Selva, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (05-06/2008)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.3 × 2.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.7” × 1.1”

Calcian Nontronite with Hollandite.
Calcian Nontronite with Hollandite
Calcian Nontronite with Hollandite.

NJ8M3: A new species for Spanish mineralogy. Flattened, radial and scoriaceous growths of yellow calcian Nontronite that have completely replaced earlier Laumontite crystals. Calcian Nontronite is filling vacuoles of a volcanic rock. We will provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Can Súria Quarry (Guixeres Quarry), Maçanet de la Selva, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (05-06/2008)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 7.5 × 4.6 cm = 3.7” × 3.0” × 1.8”

Calcian Nontronite with Hollandite

NP57M3: A new species for Spanish mineralogy. Flattened, radial and scoriaceous growths of yellow calcian Nontronite that have completely replaced earlier Laumontite crystals. Calcian Nontronite is filling vacuoles of a volcanic rock. We will provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Can Súria Quarry (Guixeres Quarry), Maçanet de la Selva, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (05-06/2008)

Specimen size: 10 × 8.2 × 4.8 cm = 3.9” × 3.2” × 1.9”

Calcian Nontronite with Hollandite.
Calcian Nontronite with Hollandite.

Mimetite on Galena from Atrevida Mine

Mimetite on Galena and Baryte
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte. Mimetite on Galena and Baryte.

NL12AC3: An important find this last summer of 2015 uncovered a single geode in the well-known and old Atrevida mine, with crusts of very well defined Mimetite crystals. They are millimetric in size, very well defined and translucent with a greenish-yellow color and they show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating isolated or grouped cubic Galena crystals that are implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore most of the samples have small Pyromorphite aggregates and laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with this so well defined and fine presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte.
Atrevida Mine, 'Amagada' pocket, Sur gallery, level 0, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15-16/07/2015)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.1 × 1.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.5”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte

NK6AC3: An important find this last summer of 2015 uncovered a single geode in the well-known and old Atrevida mine, with crusts of very well defined Mimetite crystals. They are millimetric in size, very well defined and translucent with a greenish-yellow color and they show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating isolated or grouped cubic Galena crystals that are implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore most of the samples have small Pyromorphite aggregates and laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with this so well defined and fine presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte.
Atrevida Mine, 'Amagada' pocket, Sur gallery, level 0, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15-16/07/2015)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3 × 2.3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte. Mimetite on Galena and Baryte.
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte. Mimetite on Galena and Baryte.

NR26AC3: An important find this last summer of 2015 uncovered a single geode in the well-known and old Atrevida mine, with crusts of very well defined Mimetite crystals. They are millimetric in size, very well defined and translucent with a greenish-yellow color and they show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating isolated or grouped cubic Galena crystals that are implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore most of the samples have small Pyromorphite aggregates and laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with this so well defined and fine presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte.
Atrevida Mine, 'Amagada' pocket, Sur gallery, level 0, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15-16/07/2015)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte

ND11AC3: An important find this last summer of 2015 uncovered a single geode in the well-known and old Atrevida mine, with crusts of very well defined Mimetite crystals. They are millimetric in size, very well defined and translucent with a greenish-yellow color and they show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating isolated or grouped cubic Galena crystals that are implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore most of the samples have small Pyromorphite aggregates and laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with this so well defined and fine presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte.
Atrevida Mine, 'Amagada' pocket, Sur gallery, level 0, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15-16/07/2015)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.9 × 3.9 cm = 2.5” × 2.3” × 1.5”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte. Mimetite on Galena and Baryte.
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte.
Mimetite on Galena and Baryte. Mimetite on Galena and Baryte.

NA96AC3: An important find this last summer of 2015 uncovered a single geode in the well-known and old Atrevida mine, with crusts of very well defined Mimetite crystals. They are millimetric in size, very well defined and translucent with a greenish-yellow color and they show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating isolated or grouped cubic Galena crystals that are implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore most of the samples have small Pyromorphite aggregates and laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with this so well defined and fine presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte.
Atrevida Mine, 'Amagada' pocket, Sur gallery, level 0, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15-16/07/2015)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 6 × 3.7 cm = 4.1” × 2.4” × 1.5”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV
Mimetite with Galena and Baryte

NG27AC3: An important find this last summer of 2015 uncovered a single geode in the well-known and old Atrevida mine, with crusts of very well defined Mimetite crystals. They are millimetric in size, very well defined and translucent with a greenish-yellow color and they show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating isolated or grouped cubic Galena crystals that are implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore most of the samples have small Pyromorphite aggregates and laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with this so well defined and fine presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte.
Atrevida Mine, 'Amagada' pocket, Sur gallery, level 0, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15-16/07/2015)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9.5 × 6.3 cm = 4.6” × 3.7” × 2.5”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV
Mimetite with Galena and Baryte. Mimetite with Galena and Baryte.

Gypsum
Gypsum.

NX9I9: The sample is very esthetic. The crystal has very well defined faces and edges, and a magnificent transparency and luster. On Gypsum (alabaster) matrix.
Alabaster Quarries, Patillas Hill, Fuentes de Ebro, Delimitación Comarcal de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Aragon  Spain (2004)

Specimen size: 6 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1.2 cm = 1.3” × 0.5”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Octahedral Pyrite

NJ10X4: A novelty at Mineralexpo (Barcelona) 2013. A druse, on matrix, of cubo-octahedral crystals with a superficial iridescent patina with dominant deep metallic yellow and blue shades and a very intense luster.
Pura claim, Carmen y Pura group of mines, Valdelapiedra ravine, Foz-Calanda, Comarca Bajo Aragón, Teruel, Aragon  Spain (01/2013)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.6 × 3.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.8” × 1.5”

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

Octahedral Pyrite.
Octahedral Pyrite
Octahedral Pyrite. Octahedral Pyrite.

NG62X4: A novelty at Mineralexpo (Barcelona) 2013. A druse, on matrix, of extraordinarily bright cubo-octahedral crystals with a superficial iridescent patina with deep metallic blue and yellow shades.
Pura claim, Carmen y Pura group of mines, Valdelapiedra ravine, Foz-Calanda, Comarca Bajo Aragón, Teruel, Aragon  Spain (01/2013)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 6.7 × 6.3 cm = 4.1” × 2.6” × 2.5”

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

Fluellite with Metavariscite

NV14AA4: Globular growths of small Fluellite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with an excellent violet color, very intense, plus excellent bright intergrowths of clearer Metavariscite. We especially note the color of this Fluellite, very unusual because earlier examples were colorless.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1998-2000)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.4 × 4.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.7”

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

Fluellite with Metavariscite. Fluellite with Metavariscite.
Fluellite with Metavariscite
Fluellite with Metavariscite. Fluellite with Metavariscite.

NJ16AA4: Very sharp, individualized Fluellite crystals showing very well defined faces and edges. They have a very deep bright violet color, and are partially coated by small globular aggregates of Metavariscite. We especially note the color on this Fluellite, very unusual because earlier examples were colorless.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1998-2000)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 3.3 × 2.5 cm = 2.8” × 1.3” × 1.0”

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

Crandallite after Fluellite

NG13E8: A mineralogical rarity. The Crandallite has been totally substituted by the Fluellite. This one is even more interesting given the size of the crystals and the fact that they are well separated from each other and are on the contrasting dark matrix.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (±1998)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4 × 1.7 cm = 3.4” × 1.6” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Crandallite after Fluellite.
Crandallite after Fluellite.
Minyulite and Crandallite
Minyulite and Crandallite. Minyulite and Crandallite.

NF36D1: An interesting Spanish find from the famous Eugui Quarry, the white crystals are Crandallite pseudormophosing Minyulite, the green crystals are Minyulite, and some minor Fluellite also pseudomorphosed by Crandallite is present. A lovely specimen to look at with a magnifying glass!
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1998-1999)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.6” × 2.6” × 1.3”

Crandallite fluorescent long & short UV
Baryte with Chalcopyrite

NX8L6: Parallel growth of idiomorphic Baryte crystals, one of them dominant, with excellent transparency and brilliance. Their upper and side faces have very well marked triangular growth figures that give the edges a sawtooth appearance. Also we can see corrosion and contact geometric structures on some faces. We call your attention to the interesting Chalcopyrite crystal inclusions, where the original yellow greenish color is preserved, while superficial crystals on Baryte faces are covered by a thin oxidation layer. The specimen is from mining works of Aizpea, close to the La Troya Mine.
Aizpea claim, Cerain Mines, Zerain, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (03/2001)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.6 × 1.5 cm = 2.7” × 1.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 6.9 × 2.5 cm = 2.7” × 1.0”

Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Dolomite
Baryte with Dolomite. Front
Front
Baryte with Dolomite. Rear
Rear

NA61X9: Very sharp, complete and floater Baryte crystal, with inclusions and partially coated by a thin layer of small Dolomite crystals. Different.
Aizpea claim, Cerain Mines, Zerain, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 3.9 × 1.9 cm = 2.9” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Sphalerite with Baryte

NX16L8: From the mining works close to the Aizpea Mines we offer this specimen formed by groups of complex Sphalerite crystals with curved faces and edges. More than vivid red to orange color. With some small tabular Baryte crystals. Really unusual.
Aizpea claim, Cerain Mines, Zerain, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (01/2008)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.1” × 0.9” × 1.5”

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

Sphalerite with Baryte.
Sphalerite with Baryte.
Datolite
Datolite.

N86RJ0: Group of well formed and bright crystals with the typical soft green color of the samples from this locality. Relatively plentiful the last decade of the past century, specimens from Errigoiti are actually quite scarce today.
Ofitas de Rigoitia Quarry, Memorikas, Errigoiti, Comarca Busturialdea-Urdaibai, Bizkaia/Vizcaya, Euskadi  Spain (1996)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 2.7” × 2.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.7”

Calcite

MR76L3: A classic, not easy to get now. Its condition is perfect and the crystals are more aerial than usual.
Julia Mine, Barrio de la Peña, Bilbao, Comarca Gran Bilbao, Bizkaia/Vizcaya, Euskadi  Spain

Specimen size: 11.3 × 6.5 × 7.6 cm = 4.4” × 2.6” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.8” × 0.7”

Calcite.
Baryte with Quartz
Baryte with Quartz.

NG56I7: A classic specimen from the Nieves Mine, Viérnoles, Cantabria, not well known. The Baryte is in tabular crystals, some of them doubly terminated, and they have simple forms and are partially covered by small doubly-terminated crystals of Quartz.
Nieves Mine, Monte Dobra, Viérnoles, Torrelavega, Comarca Besaya, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 8.6 × 7 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.8” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 2.1 cm = 2.5” × 0.8”

Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite

NZ61X7: Aggregate of complex equant crystals, translucent, bright, and with a very deep dark honey color. They are on matrix with white scalenohedral Calcite crystals and small Quartz crystals. It has been discovered in a recent find on an abandoned mine, well known for Calcite and Baryte and now offering this Sphalerite samples of very much better quality than all previously known.
María Jesús Mine (Lobeto Mine), Sol Viejo, Cabanzón, Herrerías, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain (2012-2013)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.3 × 3.2 cm = 2.6” × 1.7” × 1.3”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite. Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite.
Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite
Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite. Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite.

NG64X7: Aggregate of complex equant crystals, translucent, bright, and with a very deep dark honey color. They are on matrix, with white scalenohedral Calcite crystals. It has been discovered in a recent find on an abandoned mine, well known for Calcite and Baryte and now offering this Sphalerite samples of very much better quality than all previously known.
María Jesús Mine (Lobeto Mine), Sol Viejo, Cabanzón, Herrerías, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain (2012-2013)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.3” × 1.8”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite

NH7AE8: A novelty at MineralExpo Sants (Barcelona) 2017. Aggregate of Smithsonite replacing and partially coating Calcite crystals. Its color is between brown and yellow and it is, in turn, partially coated by small white Hemimorphite crystals. Both the Smithsonite and the Hemimorphite have been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Herrerías area, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.9 × 3.7 cm = 2.8” × 2.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.8”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite. Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite.
Hemimorphite with Hydrozincite
Hemimorphite with Hydrozincite. Front
Front
Hemimorphite with Hydrozincite. Top
Top

N10KH5: Small prismatic crystals of Hemimorphite, dark brown, very sharp and bright, partially covered by a bed of spheroidal groups of white Hydrozincite.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (1997)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.5 × 6 cm = 2.7” × 2.2” × 2.4”

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

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Malachite with Quartz and Chalcopyrite

NR8L6: A Spanish novelty. In a vug mainly formed by altered Chalcopyrite and Quartz are disposed groups of fibrous Malachite with a brilliant velvet aspect that contrasts with the matrix. Excellent miniature.
Soto copper Mines (De La Presura Mines), Soto, Hermandad de Campoo de Suso, Comarca Campoo-Los Valles, Cantabria  Spain (04/2008)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.7 × 2.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 1.1”

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

Malachite with Quartz and Chalcopyrite.
Doubly terminated Quartz with Calcite
Doubly terminated Quartz with Calcite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with Calcite. Side
Side

TD16H8: The crystal is doubly terminated and has the short prism typical of the locality. It is transparent and bright and has attractive inclusions of hydrocarbons and the beginning of “windows” on some of its terminal faces. We call attention on the position of the crystal on the matrix that enhances the esthetics of the specimen as well as increases its value because specimens of Quartz with matrix are pretty unusual in Berbes.
This specimen was photographed and published in the magazine "Lapis" number 7-8 / 2013, page 23
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain (±1997)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.9 × 4 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 3.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.5”

Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions

TG47Q1: Group of doubly terminated crystals of very well defined faces and edges and with abundant fluid inclusions with hydrocarbons of organic origin. The most important of the bubbles, on the upper pyramid of the main crystal, is mobile.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain (±2005)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.5 × 2.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 5.3 × 3 cm = 2.1” × 1.2”

Hydrocarbons fluorescent long & short UV
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions. Top
Top

EG46P2: The sample is formed by two doubly terminated and complete crystals. The smallest has an unusual crystallographic habit. Both crystals are bright and have abundant mobile hydrocarbon inclusions. A magnificent classic of Berbes.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Über Diamanten und Hyazinthen’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 56 of number 5/2012
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain (12/1995)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.3”

Hydrocarbons fluorescent long & short UV
Doubly terminated Quartz

JA17I7: A splendid specimen. The crystals, even though not being very tall, are very clear and bright, with well-defined faces and edges, doubly-terminated and with some hydrocarbon inclusions and they airily sit on a very esthetic matrix.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Über Diamanten und Hyazinthen’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ on page 56 of number 5/2012 and in the magazine "Lapis" on page 20 of number 7-8 / 2013
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 7.6 × 6.4 × 4.8 cm = 3.0” × 2.5” × 1.9”

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

Doubly terminated Quartz. Doubly terminated Quartz.
Baryte
Baryte.

NQ10P1: Esthetic group of white laminar crystals, one of them clearly dominant. The crystals have the morphology typical of Berbes, being clearly thicker at the center and very much thinner on the edges.
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 9 × 5.9 × 5.7 cm = 3.5” × 2.3” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 4.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.9” × 1.0”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite with Calcite

MC7AD3: Aggregate, on matrix, of cubic crystals with tetrahexahedron and dodecahedron faces. They are colorless, transparent and bright. The sample is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.6 × 2.4 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 0.9”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud

Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite.

NJ13AB4: Aggregate, on matrix, of colorless, transparent and very bright Fluorite crystals with geometric zones. The sample is from a classic Asturian mine from which it is increasingly difficult to obtain pieces of good quality.
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias  Spain (07/2014)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 6.5 × 6.6 cm = 3.1” × 2.6” × 2.6”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Doubly terminated Quartz with Fluorite and inclusions

ND64G8: Group of three short prismatic crystals, doubly terminated, transparent and bright. They have hydrocarbon inclusions and are partially covered by little cubic crystals of Fluorite.
Emilio Mine, "Zona Intermedia", Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias  Spain (09-11/2004)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.6 × 3.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 2.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Doubly terminated Quartz with Fluorite and inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with Fluorite and inclusions. Top
Top
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions and Pyrite
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions and Pyrite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions and Pyrite. Rear
Rear

NB87P2: Two very bright and well defined doubly terminated crystals with abundant inclusions and with a small concretion of Pyrite. The sample is from a recent find of a big geode in the locality. Unfortunately only a few specimens were saved and complete. The Emilio mine is very well known for colorless Fluorite crystals but Quartz is very uncommon there..
This specimen was photographed and published in the magazine "Lapis" number 7-8 / 2013, page 27
Emilio Mine, "Coquera Norte", North area, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias  Spain (03/2009)

Specimen size: 7 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 7 × 4 cm = 2.8” × 1.6”

Doubly terminated Quartz with Baryte and inclusions

NM87P2: Two very bright and well defined doubly terminated crystals with abundant inclusions and with Baryte. The secondary crystal is slightly flattened by an overgrowth of two opposite faces of one of the terminal rhombohedrons. The sample is from a recent find of a big geode in the locality. Unfortunately only a few specimens were saved and complete. The Emilio mine is very well known for colorless Fluorite crystals but Quartz is very uncommon there.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Sainte-Marie Show 2009’ section of the magazine ‘Minéraux et Fossiles’ and appears on page 17 of number 383.
Emilio Mine, "Coquera Norte", North area, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias  Spain (03/2009)

Specimen size: 8.9 × 6.5 × 5.7 cm = 3.5” × 2.6” × 2.2”

Doubly terminated Quartz with Baryte and inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with Baryte and inclusions. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Quartz with Baryte and inclusions.
Doubly terminated Quartz with Fluorite, Baryte and inclusions
Doubly terminated Quartz with Fluorite, Baryte and inclusions.
Doubly terminated Quartz with Fluorite, Baryte and inclusions.

NK36G4: Doubly-terminated crystals on matrix, with hydrocarbon inclusions, on the classic colorless Fluorite typical of this mine, and also with little crystals of Baryte.
Emilio Mine, "Zona Intermedia", Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias  Spain (09-11/2004)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 9.2 × 6.3 cm = 4.9” × 3.6” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Quartz inclusions extremely fluorescent long & short UV
Calcite on Baryte

NC9F2: On a base of laminar Baryte there are two curious groups of Calcite crystals; they look like sprays and their gray color contrasts well with the white matrix.
Emilio Mine, "Zona Intermedia", Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias  Spain (09-11/2004)

Specimen size: 9 × 8 × 4 cm = 3.5” × 3.1” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Calcite on Baryte.
Calcite on Baryte.
Calcite with Baryte
Calcite with Baryte.

VJ8G8: Nice miniature with a sharp rhombohedral crystal being the base of a group of aerial, tabular crystals of Baryte.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 2.1 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 0.8”

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

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV
Calcite with Fluorite

VF63G8: Typical crystal of Calcite from Moscona Mine. A short prism very rich in forms, especially the scalenohedron and rhombohedron. Color and luster are excellent. The base is a group of Fluorite cubes with inclusions of sulfides.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 5 × 4.9 × 6.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.4”

Fluorite extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Fluorite.
Calcite with Fluorite and Dolomite
Calcite with Fluorite and Dolomite.

VD26K6: Scalenohedral crystal of Calcite with parallel growths, on a matrix of transparent cubic crystals of Fluorite of honey yellow color partially covered by crystals of white Dolomite and with sulfide inclusions.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain (1990-2000)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.6 × 3.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 7.5 × 3.9 cm = 3.0” × 1.5”

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Dolomite and Fluorite

NX17K7: White Calcite group of scalenohedrons, twined and doubly terminated, partially covered by small white saddle-shaped Dolomite crystals, on matrix.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain (±1995)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.5 × 5.7 cm = 3.3” × 2.6” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 5.9 × 2.2 cm = 2.3” × 0.9”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Dolomite and Fluorite.
Calcite with Fluorite and Baryte
Calcite with Fluorite and Baryte. Calcite with Fluorite and Baryte.

VC66G8: Very esthetical specimen. On a base of cubic Fluorite of honey yellow color, very bright and partially covered by little crystals of Baryte, grows the Calcite crystals, doubly terminated and with dominant very acute scalenohedron faces.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 10.6 × 8.8 × 5.7 cm = 4.2” × 3.5” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 1.1 cm = 1.2” × 0.4”

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Fluorite

VG66K6: Group of doubly terminated scalenohedral crystals of Calcite on matrix of transparent cubic crystals of honey yellow color with small crystals of white Dolomite crystals.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain (1990-2000)

Specimen size: 11 × 8.5 × 6.4 cm = 4.3” × 3.3” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 4 cm = 2.5” × 1.6”

Fluorite intense zoned fluorescence long & short UV
Calcite with Fluorite. Front
Front
Calcite with Fluorite. Top
Top
Calcite with Fluorite
Calcite with Fluorite. Calcite with Fluorite.

VQ96G8: The base is a crystal of Calcite, a doubly terminated and twinned scalenohedron. A second generation of Calcite forming parallel groups of very bright crystals and with more complex forms has grown on it. The sample is crowned by a group of cubic crystals of Fluorite of a deep yellow color.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 12 × 11.6 × 8 cm = 4.7” × 4.6” × 3.1”

Fluorite extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Baryte

VE26G8: Crystals of Baryte having an habit very much thicker than usual from the Moscona Mine. The color is very vivid and the transparency is also considerable.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5 × 3.7 cm = 2.7” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Baryte.
Baryte
Baryte. Front
Front
Baryte. Side
Side

VL86H9: Good group of tabular crystals having a very marked but gradual change of color from the center, intense sky blue, to crystals outside that are white.
This specimen was photographed and published in the magazine "Lapis" number 7-8 / 2013, page 57
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain (1990-2000)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 6 × 2.3 cm = 3.3” × 2.4” × 0.9”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Baryte with Dolomite and Fluorite

N13EKE1: Very elegant blue Baryte well placed on Dolomite. All perfect with do scratches. The typical Fluorite for this mine is also present, but well covered by the Dolomite.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 6.5 × 5.2 cm = 4.1” × 2.6” × 2.0”

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

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV
Baryte with Dolomite and Fluorite.
Baryte with Dolomite and Fluorite.
Baryte with Fluorite
Baryte with Fluorite. Baryte with Fluorite.

VK56I7: Group of slightly yellow tabular crystals. The color is not usual for samples from this mine. They have color zonation and a matrix of cubic crystals of Fluorite.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.1 × 4 cm = 2.8” × 2.4” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Fluorite extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite

NZ6K7: Small crystals of pink Baryte, unusual at the Moscona Mine, partially covered with white Dolomite and a parallel growth of colorless and transparent Calcite crystals, everything growing on a cubic honey yellow Fluorite base.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain (±1995)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.5 × 4.3 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 1.7”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite. Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite.
Baryte with Calcite
Baryte with Calcite. Front
Front
Baryte with Calcite. Side
Side
Baryte with Calcite.

VV96K6: Yellow tabular crystals covering a group of complex crystals of Calcite; yellow is an unusual color for Baryte from this locality.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain (1990-2000)

Specimen size: 10 × 8.8 × 7 cm = 3.9” × 3.5” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

Sphalerite with Dolomite

VB58G8: Being known from the Moscona Mine, Sphalerite is a species rarely found there. On the piece crystals have an uncommon development (for the mine) for their larger size and bright luster. The dark color contrasts with the snowy white of the Dolomite in classic saddle-shaped crystals.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.3 × 2.6 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 1.0”

Sphalerite with Dolomite.
Pyrite with Fluorite and Calcite
Pyrite with Fluorite and Calcite. Pyrite with Fluorite and Calcite.

TQ76AE2: Yellow cubic Fluorite crystals coated by iridescent Pyrite, extraordinarily bright and with white Calcite scalenohedra in parallel growths and small Pyrite crystals. The sample is very similar to the old pieces but it is from recent finds on Minas de Villabona, recently re-opened.
Villabona Mines, Barrio de la Estación, Villabona, Llanera, Comarca del Nora, Asturias  Spain (2014)

Specimen size: 8 × 4.6 × 5.1 cm = 3.1” × 1.8” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.0”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Quartz

NJ9P4: Group of crystals of Quartz with slight curvatures on the prism edges and on matrix. Their characteristic brown color seems due to indeterminate inclusions. The matrix is also brown Calcite and has been partially dissolved by acid to expose the crystals.
Orgaleyo Quarry (Brañes), Canto La Pellada, Brañes, Oviedo, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (2009)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.3”

Quartz.
Quartz
Quartz.

NF59P4: Group of doubly terminated crystals of Quartz with slight curvatures on the prism edges and on matrix. Their characteristic brown color seems due to indeterminate inclusions. The matrix is also brown Calcite and has been partially dissolved by acid to expose the crystals.
Orgaleyo Quarry (Brañes), Canto La Pellada, Brañes, Oviedo, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (2009)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.1 × 2.6 cm = 1.8” × 1.2” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.4” × 0.4”

Hematite with Calcite

NG7L8: Very aerial Hematite crystals disposed on a Calcite matrix (acid-treated). One can clearly see the laminar intersected Hematite growth that gives a rosette aspect to the group, partially covered by a second phase of small Hematite crystals. A curiosity from a not well-known locality.
Latores, Oviedo, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (2002-2004)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 1.7 × 1 cm = 1.1” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Hematite with Calcite.
Copper
Copper. Copper.

NB61N6: Dendritic growths of small crystals of bright and very well defined faces and edges contrasting with its metallic matrix. The sample was found in a very distinct level, the only one with this kind of growth.
Boinás Este, 385 Bench, Boinás, Belmonte de Miranda, Asturias  Spain (08/10/2001)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 0.9”

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

Copper

NE61N6: Very aerial arborescent growth of small crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and in matrix. The sample was found in a very distinct level, the only one with this kind of growth.
Boinás Este, 385 Bench, Boinás, Belmonte de Miranda, Asturias  Spain (20/09/2001)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 0.8”

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

Copper. Copper.
Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.

NJ11N6: Very aerial arborescent growth of small crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and in matrix. The sample was found in a very distinct level, the only one with this kind of growth.
Boinás Este, 385 Bench, Boinás, Belmonte de Miranda, Asturias  Spain (20/12/2001)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.5 × 2.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 0.8”

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

Turquoise with Wavellite

NA57L2: The phosphate deposit of Palazuelo de las Cuevas (Zamora, Spain) is well known for the presence of Variscite. This mineral was mined by Prehistoric man. Variscite occasionally is accompanied by Turquoise, Wavellite and other phosphates. In this specimen the coating of Turquoise, as small globular and leafy microcrystal blue greenish aggregates, contrasts with the botryoidal Wavellite. We’ll provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Palazuelo de las Cuevas, San Vicente de la Cabeza, Comarca Aliste, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.7 × 2 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 0.8”

Turquoise with Wavellite. Turquoise with Wavellite.
Turquoise (crystallized) with Wavellite
Turquoise (crystallized) with Wavellite.

N6AI0: The locality is well known for Variscite but occasionally some samples of Turquoise had been found there. On the specimen are two microcrystalline concretions of Turquoise on a Wavellite matrix of acicular crystals forming radial greenish yellow aggregates. We’ll provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Palazuelo de las Cuevas, San Vicente de la Cabeza, Comarca Aliste, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.4 × 3.8 cm = 1.9” × 0.9” × 1.5”

Variscite

NB58P4: A very uniform light green concretion on slate matrix, with hollows and channels showing drusy crystals on their surfaces. The locality is not very well known for this species.
Variscite deposit, Bercianos de Aliste, San Vicente de la Cabeza, Comarca Aliste, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain (±1999)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.4 × 3.1 cm = 1.4” × 0.6” × 1.2”

Variscite.
Variscite
Variscite.

S57BKH5: A curious growth of thin parallel chambers of intense green color contrasting with the black slate matrix.
Variscite deposit, Bercianos de Aliste, San Vicente de la Cabeza, Comarca Aliste, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Opal

N7DH5: Nodular growth with very bright surfaces having an esthetic combination of mainly red shades with yellow and pink. The locality is not so well known, so we think these Opals are on sale for the first time.
La Tuda, Pereruela, Comarca Sayago, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.3 × 3.4 cm = 2.1” × 0.9” × 1.3”

Opal.
Opal
Opal.

N58FRH5: Nodular growth with very bright surfaces having an esthetic combination of mainly red shades with yellow and pink. The locality is not so known, so we think these Opals are on sale for the first time.
La Tuda, Pereruela, Comarca Sayago, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.2 × 4.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.8”

Anatase

N7JI0: Crystals are small but very well defined and bright, black and delicately striated, having the simple forms of the dipyramid and spread out over a rocky matrix.
Pizarrera, De la Baña Lake, La Baña, Encinedo, Comarca La Cabrera, León, Castile and León  Spain (1996)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3 × 2.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.2” × 0.9”

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

Anatase.
Anatase.
Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite
Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite. Front
Front
Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite. Rear
Rear

NG6Z1: Complex twinned Cinnabar crystals, one of them clearly dominant and complete, with excellent luster and color and on acid-etched Calcite matrix with Quartz. An excellent Spanish classic with very few samples available today.
Escarlati Mine, level 3, Puerto de las Señales, Maraña, Comarca Montaña Oriental, León, Castile and León  Spain (2007)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 3.9 × 2.9 cm = 2.3” × 1.5” × 1.1”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Villamanínite with Calcite

NF60T6: A novelty at Munich 2011. Very well defined octahedral crystals, one of them clearly dominant. The crystals are firmly based in an etched Calcite matrix. They are from a recent find in the area of the La Divina Providencia Mine, the type locality for the species, and they have bigger and better defined crystals than usual in the samples found before at this locality.
Providencia Mine (La Divina Providencia), La Foceja, Villanueva de Pontedo, Cármenes (Villamanín), Comarca Los Argüellos, León, Castile and León  Spain (2010-2011)

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

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

Type locality

Villamanínite with Calcite. Front
Front
Villamanínite with Calcite. Side
Side
Villamanínite with Calcite
Villamanínite with Calcite. Villamanínite with Calcite.

NH61T6: A novelty at Munich 2011. Parallel growth of very well defined octahedral crystals, brighter than usual for the species and firmly based in an etched Calcite matrix. They are from a recent find in the area of the La Divina Providencia Mine, the type locality for the species, and they have bigger and better defined crystals than usual in the samples found before at this locality.
Providencia Mine (La Divina Providencia), La Foceja, Villanueva de Pontedo, Cármenes (Villamanín), Comarca Los Argüellos, León, Castile and León  Spain (2010-2011)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.7”

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

Type locality

Villamaninite with Calcite
Villamaninite with Calcite

NQ96AB8: Aggregates of very sharp octahedral Villamaninite crystals with very well defined (for the species) faces and edges. The crystals are firmly based in an etched Calcite matrix. The sample is from the area of the type locality for the species, and the crystals are larger and better defined than usual in the samples found before at this locality.
Providencia Mine (La Divina Providencia), La Foceja, Villanueva de Pontedo, Cármenes (Villamanín), Comarca Los Argüellos, León, Castile and León  Spain (2010-2011)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.1” × 1.0” × 1.1”

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

Type locality

Former collection of Paco Gutierrez Nuez
Villamaninite with Calcite. Villamaninite with Calcite.
Villamanínite with Calcite
Villamanínite with Calcite. Villamanínite with Calcite.

NB63T6: A novelty at Munich 2011. Spheroidal aggregates, slightly botryoidal, brighter than usual and firmly based in an etched Calcite matrix. They are from a recent find in the area of the La Divina Providencia Mine, the type locality for the species.
Providencia Mine (La Divina Providencia), La Foceja, Villanueva de Pontedo, Cármenes (Villamanín), Comarca Los Argüellos, León, Castile and León  Spain (2010-2011)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.2 × 3.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 1.2”

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

Type locality

Beryl (variety emerald)

D53R: It is not very well know but in the northwest of Spain, in the countryside, it is possible to find some reasonable Emeralds (opaque of course) such as this representative sample.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia  Spain

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.5 cm = 1.1” × 1.0”

Beryl (variety emerald).
Beryl (variety emerald) with Muscovite
Beryl (variety emerald) with Muscovite.
Beryl (variety emerald) with Muscovite.

L58RL6: A large Beryl (var. Emerald) with intense color. The specimen preserves the hexagonal shape, with curved faces partially covered by Muscovite as a matrix. From the most classic Spanish locality for Emerald, although nowadays it is quite impossible to obtain specimens there.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 3.3 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Cassiterite with Quartz and Muscovite

NB11M0: A very neat Cassiterite twin, with the classic habit of the Penouta specimens. On a Quartz matrix with Muscovite.
Penouta Mines, Penouta (San Bartolomé), Viana do Bolo, Comarca Viana, Ourense/Orense, Galicia  Spain (±1998)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.2 × 2.1 cm = 1.8” × 1.7” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.5”

Cassiterite with Quartz and Muscovite.

Eugui Dolomite

The Eugui quarry in Navarra is famous for its specimens of twinned, transparent or translucent Dolomite. While the quarry is still active, specimens are only found from time to time. In 1997 to 1998 a significant number were found and over the last few years a few more have appeared.

Twinned Dolomite
Twinned Dolomite.

N8LN5: The twinned Dolomites from Eugui are a real classic. While the quarry is still active good, transparent, brilliant and damage free material is rare and only appears when local collectors make an occasional find.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1998)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Twinned Dolomite

TN46H9: Group of crystals with a very well marked interpenetration twin of two rhombohedrons. They are very clear, bright and free of damage.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (02/2006)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4 × 3 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Twinned Dolomite. Front
Front
Twinned Dolomite. Rear
Rear
Dolomite
Dolomite. Front
Front
Dolomite. Side
Side
Dolomite

ED27R3: Group of sharp twinned rhombohedral crystals on matrix with very well defined faces and edges. The main crystal has a curious geometrical zoning that leaves one of its quadrants completely clear while the other three have gray inclusions.
The sample comes from the Museum of Luxembourg (register CK015) whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4 × 3.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.9”

Twinned Dolomite

N11CI0: Nice miniature of rhombohedra, one of them very aerial, of very well defined faces and edges, with color changes between bluish-gray and white and between translucent and completely transparent. Crystals clearly show the interpenetrating twin of two rhombohedra.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1998)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.1 × 2.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 1.1”

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

Twinned Dolomite.
Dolomite with Magnesite
Dolomite with Magnesite. Dolomite with Magnesite.

NC11G8: Group of rhombohedral crystals. They are twinned and have very well marked triangular growth figures. On the matrix there are little lenticular crystals of Magnesite. Different from the usual.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (09/2005)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Twinned Dolomite

NT89S5: Transparent and bright rhombohedral crystals with very well defined phantom growths in some of their faces. The interpenetration twin is specially sharp and underlined by fine horizontal striations.
Asturreta Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.6 × 2.8 cm = 2.5” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Twinned Dolomite. Front
Front
Twinned Dolomite. Rear
Rear
Twinned Dolomite
Twinned Dolomite. Front
Front
Twinned Dolomite. Side
Side

NR47M3: Huge translucent rhombohedral Dolomite crystals. Excellent brilliance and a prominent Dolomite twin. A classic Spanish collector’s specimen.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (08/2007)

Specimen size: 11.1 × 8 × 6 cm = 4.4” × 3.1” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 5 cm = 2.2” × 2.0”

Magnesite with Dolomite

N57EI0: Lenticular white crystals, very aerial, of Magnesite on a group of gray rhombohedrons of Dolomite. Even though being known from Eugui, crystallized Magnesite is very much rarer than Dolomite.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4.8 × 6 cm = 3.4” × 1.9” × 2.4”

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

Magnesite with Dolomite.
Magnesite with Dolomite.
Chalcopyrite with Malachite on Dolomite
Chalcopyrite with Malachite on Dolomite.

NC87H5: Not so well known as the more famous Dolomite, Eugui Malachite is sporadically found, completely coating sharp crystals of Chalcopyrite.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.8 × 1.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Chalcopyrite with Malachite and Dolomite

NH11I0: Group of crystals of Chalcopyrite of tetrahedral habit, one of them clearly dominant, pseudomorphed by crystalline Malachite, contrasting with the matrix of Dolomite rhombohedra.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1990)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.1 × 2.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.2” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Chalcopyrite with Malachite and Dolomite.
Chalcopyrite with Malachite on Dolomite
Chalcopyrite with Malachite on Dolomite. Front
Front
Chalcopyrite with Malachite on Dolomite. Side
Side

NC12K0: Chalcopyrite crystals of very well defined faces and edges, pseudomorphed by Malachite, on a rhombohedral crystal of Dolomite whose faces have overgrowths with slight curvatures. Unusual.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 4.3 × 3.7 cm = 3.3” × 1.7” × 1.5”

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

Aragonite

NA59Q1: Very acute crystals with very well defined faces and edges, yellow colored and on matrix. Crystals are different and of superior quality to those that are more common at Eugui.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (2001)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.2 × 2.9 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.1”

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

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Aragonite.
Aragonite with Calcite
Aragonite with Calcite. Aragonite with Calcite.

NE76V5: Centered aggregates of Aragonite, one of them clearly dominant, with slightly spindled acicular crystals , transparent, very bright and on matrix, with Quartz and Calcite.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.7 × 4.8 cm = 3.7” × 2.2” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.0”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Aragonite with Calcite

NR66M0: Very esthetic specimen. Acicular white to creamy color Aragonite crystals with curved edges. Crystals are forming a centered and divergent group over a rocky matrix covered with botryoidal Calcite.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (08/2007)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 8.8 × 5 cm = 4.3” × 3.5” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 3 × 0.3 cm = 1.2” × 0.1”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Aragonite with Calcite. Aragonite with Calcite.
Aragonite with Dolomite
Aragonite with Dolomite. Aragonite with Dolomite.

NA66Q1: Very acute, almost acicular, crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, bright and implanted on Dolomite crystals and on matrix. Crystals are different and of superior quality to those that are more common at Eugui.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (08/2007)

Specimen size: 11 × 7.3 × 4 cm = 4.3” × 2.9” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.1”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Aragonite on Dolomite

NC12J8: A curiosity from Eugui. The groups of white acicular crystals are not individualized but they cover a group of perfectly defined rhombohedral crystals of Dolomite.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1996)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 5.3 × 4.8 cm = 3.8” × 2.1” × 1.9”

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

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Aragonite on Dolomite. Aragonite on Dolomite.

Troya Mine

Not only Áliva produces good color Sphalerite in Spain. A small mine called La Troya in the Basque Country produced, when it worked (it is now closed, collapsed, and flooded), nice, red and quite transparent ones.

Sphalerite with Siderite
Sphalerite with Siderite.
Sphalerite with Siderite.

N13AHL6: Sphalerite crystals with well defined faces and edges, some of them with curvatures, with good honey color. Most are peppered by small Pyrite crystals. On a matrix with Siderite and Pyrite crystals. This mine closed a long time ago, and it is now flooded and collapsed, so it is quite impossible to obtain specimens there.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.2”

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

Sphalerite

N11BL6: Group of Sphalerite crystals with well defined faces and edges, some of them with curvatures, on a white Baryte matrix formed by tabular crystals, some of them with a good size. An uncommon mineral association for this mine, that closed long time ago. It is flooded and collapsed, and so it is quite impossible to obtain specimens there.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.5 × 2.1 cm = 2.1” × 1.8” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Sphalerite.
Sphalerite.
Sphalerite
Sphalerite.
Sphalerite.

N12DGM3: Group of very sharp Sphalerite crystals with curved faces. Good transparency, brilliance and excellent toasted honey color. With minor Dolomite. The Troya Mine has been flooded and collapsed for a long time.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (1991)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.2 × 2.9 cm = 2.7” × 1.7” × 1.1”

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

Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite

NB87X9: Complex polycrystalline growths of Sphalerite. They are translucent, very bright, with curved faces and edges and with a very deep reddish color, and on a matrix of white Dolomite crystals with a small group of brown Siderite rhombohedrons. The mine is currently collapsed and filled with water, so such Sphalerite samples are currently part of Spanish mineralogical history.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (1985)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.6 × 4.2 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 1.7”

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

Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite.
Galena with Siderite, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite
Galena with Siderite, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite.

NB9K9: Group of very well defined cubic crystals of Galena, partially covered by globular aggregates of brown Siderite, white Dolomite and Chalcopyrite. Today the Troya Mine is flooded and collapsed.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 1.2”

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

Aurichalcite with Quartz

NM9L4: Very aerial rosette aggregate of laminar Aurichalcite crystals, with a gentle blue color and silky luster. On a vug coated by small Quartz crystals which are covered by an orange and black layer; and with Limonite that enhances the Aurichalcite contrast. New find from a quarry of the historical Troya Mine, currently it is flooded and collapsed.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (01/2008)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.6”

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

Aurichalcite with Quartz.
Aurichalcite with Quartz.

Pyrite

Spain is a country that is well known for its cubic Pyrite specimens. Although the most famous ones are those found at Navajun the whole region is full of small localities where one can also find crystals of Pyrite. As a result of patient work by a local collector we are able to offer these Pyrites from Valdeperillo. The crystals are well defined, solid and stable as no ‘consolidation’ methods were used to try to stop the crystals from separating (they were not required for these Pyrites)

Pyrite
Pyrite.

NA7E1: Good form and esthetic
Valdeperillo, Cornago, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (±1994)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.0” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Pyrite

NE57E1: Good form and esthetic.
Valdeperillo, Cornago, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (±1994)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 1.1”

Pyrite.
Pyrite
Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Pyrite. Side
Side

NB97T8: A novelty at Expominer (Barcelona) 2011. A crystal on matrix with an unusual flattened morphology, which is quite uncommon for Navajún. The edges, sharp and perfect, are completely natural and the crystal has been consolidated on its matrix to avoid its possible detachment.
Ampliación a Victoria Mine, level 1, Navajún, Comarca Cervera, La Rioja  Spain (04-05/2011)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.6”


Ambasaguas Pyrite

If you want to know more about Ambasaguas Pyrite please follow this link

Pyrite

NA57K7: Pentagonododecahedral (pyritohedral) crystals of Pyrite, one of them clearly dominant, with brilliant and sharp faces and edges. Noting the discovery year and the excellent preservation we believe that they will not be altered in the future.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1994)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3 × 2.9 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Pyrite.
Pyrite
Pyrite.

NC58K7: Cubic crystals modified by pentagonododecahedral (pyritohedral) faces. Noting the discovery year and the excellent preservation we believe that they will not be altered in the future.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1994)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.2 × 3.4 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Pyrite

ND9K7: Group formed by pentagonododecahedron (pyritohedral) crystals modified by cube faces, with very sharp and brilliant faces and edges. Noting the discovery year and the excellent preservation we believe that they will not be altered in the future.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1994)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.2 × 3.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.4”

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

Pyrite.
Pyrite
Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Rear
Rear

NR6I0: Crystals combine the forms of cube and pyritohedron and form a close group with curious curvatures on the faces and strong striations all along cube faces.
7 pit, Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (08/2002)

Specimen size: 7 × 6 × 6.4 cm = 2.8” × 2.4” × 2.5”

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

Pyrite

L14DAI0: The crystals have one of the more classical combinations of forms from Ambasaguas, the cube and the pyritohedron, the first delicately striated. But it is not so common to find them on marly matrix because they are easily detached in mining.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1992)

Specimen size: 11 × 10.8 × 5.8 cm = 4.3” × 4.3” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”

Pyrite. Pyrite.

'Pine cone' Pyrite

At the Ambasaguas mine, famous for its pentagonododecahedral pyrites, from time to time they find a curious form of Pyrite in which hundreds of small crystals are grouped together in the form of a pine cone, all bound together by very strong marl. Over the years we have checked that these specimens are solid and stable, as the marl does not seem to alter. An unusual and aesthetic Spanish find.
If you want to know more about Ambasaguas Pyrite please follow this link

Pyrite 'pine cone'
Pyrite 'pine cone'.

NE11K7: Pine cone formed by small cubic crystals modified by pentagonododecahedron (pyritohedral) faces on the typical Ambasaguas matrix. Noting the discovery year, the matrix, and the excellent preservation we believe that they will not be altered in the future.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1994)

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

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

Pyrite 'pine cone'

NG61K7: Pine cone formed by small cubic crystals modified by pentagonododecahedron (pyritohedral) faces on the typical Ambasaguas matrix. Noting the discovery year, the matrix, and the excellent preservation we believe that they will not be altered in the future.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1994)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.7 × 4 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.6”

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

Pyrite 'pine cone'.
Pyrite 'pine cone'
Pyrite 'pine cone'.

NH12K7: Pine cone formed by small cubic crystals modified by pentagonododecahedron (pyritohedral) faces on the typical Ambasaguas matrix. Noting the discovery year, the matrix, and the excellent preservation we believe that they will not be altered in the future.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1994)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.2 × 4.1 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.6”

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

Pyrite

N46GVC7: The strangest specimen that I have ever seen from Ambasaguas. A strange ball that is made up of thousands of small crystals. The matrix is very solid and the dark color means that it contrasts well with the yellow Pyrite.

Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 10.2 × 7.8 cm = 4.9” × 4.0” × 3.1”

Pyrite.
Pyrite.

Áliva Sphalerite

Áliva, in the Picos de Europa, Cantabria, Spain is one of the classic worldwide localities. The best red Sphalerite in the world comes from here! The mines are now closed and there is no regular access to the galleries (especially as many of them are flooded)

Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite.

ND11M3: Translucent Sphalerite crystal with tones clearer than usual with some curved faces other flattened ones. Faces are partially covered by Dolomite crystals.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Sphalerite with Dolomite

NB14S0: Group of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright, transparent, and its color is yellow with very well defined greenish shades. The color is very unusual and different from the more common yellow or orange on most of the samples from this locality.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.9 × 2 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Sphalerite with Dolomite.
Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite.

NF46S0: Group of crystals with very well defined faces and edges and an area of parallel growth. They are very bright, transparent and have a deep orange color.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 23, volume 36, number 7-8, July-August 2011
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4 × 3.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Sphalerite with Dolomite

NF26F3: It is very uncommon to find a specimen with the faces so well defined, flat, and as brilliant as this one. The perfection of the edges gives it an unusual esthetic effect.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 5 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.0”

Sphalerite with Dolomite.
Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.

NT36AA6: Polycrystalline growth with slightly curved faces and edges, transparent, very bright, and with a very deep, uniform honey color. The specimen is a product of small finds made intermittently in the mine after its closure. Currently the galleries are not accessible.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 6.6 × 6.1 × 4.4 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 1.7”

Sphalerite with Dolomite

N96DZ8: Group of Sphalerite crystals with marked curvatures on faces and edges. They are transparent, have an intense honey color and are on white Dolomite crystals on a rocky matrix. Famous worldwide for their color and transparency, this sample is quite different from other “more classic” Sphalerites from Áliva.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 8 × 5.1 × 4.8 cm = 3.1” × 2.0” × 1.9”

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

Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.
Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite.
Sphalerite with Dolomite.

NB36M9: Parallel growth of crystals that have excellent transparency and a very good honey color that highly contrasts with the matrix of white Dolomite.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 10 × 6 × 4.2 cm = 3.9” × 2.4” × 1.7”

Sphalerite with Dolomite

NQ14AB5: Translucent Sphalerite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with a very neat green color (cleiophane variety) which is rare at Áliva, They are very bright and are on matrix, with white, small, Dolomite crystals.
Las Mánforas Mine, nivel 2, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain (±2012)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.6 × 3.3 cm = 2.6” × 1.4” × 1.3”

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

Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.
Calcite with Dolomite and Sphalerite
Calcite with Dolomite and Sphalerite.

NR8M3: Nice and interesting miniature. Complex Calcite crystal with dominant scalenohedral faces. Inside one can see a very acute scalenohedron phantom. On a small matrix with Dolomite and Sphalerite.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2 cm = 1.2” × 0.8”


La Collada Calcite

Twinned Calcite

N7CH5: The crystal is transparent, doubly terminated and it is on matrix. Faces and edges are very sharp and clearly show two twinned scalenohedra. A curiosity from a mine very famous for its Fluorites.
Coroña Shaft, Josefa-Veneros Norte vein, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, La Collada mining area, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (1980)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.3 × 1.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Twinned Calcite.
Calcite
Calcite.

N8GF7: This crystal of Calcite comes from a single find made many years ago in a ventilation gallery on one of the floors of the Coroña shaft. It has good form and transparency and it is on a small amount of matrix.
Coroña Shaft, Josefa-Veneros Norte vein, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, La Collada mining area, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (1980)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.8” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Twinned Calcite

N12XBH5: The sample is especially esthetic. It has doubly terminated yellowish crystals of a considerable size. Faces and edges are very defined and clearly show the interpenetration of two rhombohedra. A curiosity from a mine very famous for its Fluorites.
Coroña Shaft, Josefa-Veneros Norte vein, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, La Collada mining area, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (1980)

Specimen size: 14 × 8.5 × 6.5 cm = 5.5” × 3.3” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 12.4 × 6.2 cm = 4.9” × 2.4”

Twinned Calcite. Front
Front
Twinned Calcite. Rear
Rear

Central Spain


Quartz (variety citrine quartz)
Quartz (variety citrine quartz).

NM58N5: Transparent crystal, very uniform, natural citrine color and sectorial color zoning on terminal faces. A Spanish classic.
Cotorro Creek, Villasbuenas, La Ramajería, Salamanca, Castile and León  Spain (08/2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.9 × 2 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 1.1 cm = 1.7” × 0.4”

Quartz (variety citrine quartz)

NJ8N1: Transparent crystal, very uniform, natural citrine color and sectorial color zoning on terminal faces with an enlargement of one of the rhombohedron faces. A Spanish classic.
Cotorro Creek, Villasbuenas, La Ramajería, Salamanca, Castile and León  Spain (08/2004)

Specimen size: 4 × 1.5 × 1.9 cm = 1.6” × 0.6” × 0.7”

Quartz (variety citrine quartz).
Quartz (variety citrine quartz)
Quartz (variety citrine quartz).

MC60H1: The definition of the crystals, free of damage, is perfect. Its yellow color is not very intense but is uniform and clearly visible. The specimen is from a recent find in a classic Spanish mine, very well known in the past by its natural citrine Quartz, but where no significant samples had been found for a very long time.
Cotorro Creek, Villasbuenas, La Ramajería, Salamanca, Castile and León  Spain (09/2005)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3 × 3.3 cm = 2.4” × 1.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 2 cm = 2.4” × 0.8”

Quartz (variety smoky quartz)

N9BL6: From the last mining works that tried to exploit again the Quarries in Lumbrales, a very interesting Quartz crystal with sharp faces and edges, and a slight and uniform smoky tone at the top, milky at the base. One can see some geometric hoppered growth forms. With Orthoclase and kaolinized Mica.
Mari Tere Mine, Minero Feli Mining Group, Lumbrales, Comarca El Abadengo, Salamanca, Castile and León  Spain (±1980)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 2.7” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Quartz (variety smoky quartz).
Quartz replacing fosil
Quartz replacing fosil. Quartz replacing fosil.

VA16J1: Columnar and crested growths of small, white, very bright crystals. Crystallization has occurred on the interior of an empty fossil sponge which made the cavity where the geode formed.
Sedano, Valle de Sedano, Burgos, Castile and León  Spain

Specimen size: 8.5 × 8.3 × 5.6 cm = 3.3” × 3.3” × 2.2”

Fossil very fluorescent long & short UV
Bavenite with chlorite, Garnet, Quartz and Microcline

NB26X9: Group of very well defined divergent sharp Bavenite crystals, very bright and on matrix, with Albite and Quartz crystals. The sample is from the Carlos González Bargueño collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer. Carlos was the first to find these Bavenites and it was thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
Venero I Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.7”

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

Bavenite with chlorite, Garnet, Quartz and Microcline. Bavenite with chlorite, Garnet, Quartz and Microcline.
Bavenite with Pyrite, Fluorite and chlorite
Bavenite with Pyrite, Fluorite and chlorite. Bavenite with Pyrite, Fluorite and chlorite.

NE63X6: Spheroidal crystal of Bavenite with very sharp polycrystalline growths on its faces. It is very bright and is implanted on a Quartz matrix partially coated by Pyrite and chlorite and with a curiously added small crystal of purple Fluorite. The sample is from the Carlos González Bargueño collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer. Carlos was the first to find these Bavenites and it was thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
Venero I Quarry, "Panza de la Burra" pocket, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (02/2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 0.9” × 1.1”

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

Former collection of Carlos González Bargueño

Bavenite with Microcline and Chlorite

ND68X9: Spheroidal aggregates of divergent sharp Bavenite crystals. They are very bright and are on a well crystallized Microcline matrix partially coated by very dark green chlorite. The sample is from the Carlos González Bargueño collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer. Carlos was the first to find these Bavenites and it was thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
Venero I Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (02/2012)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 5.8 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 2.3”

Bavenite with Microcline and Chlorite. Bavenite with Microcline and Chlorite.
Bavenite with Microcline, Quartz and Chlorite
Bavenite with Microcline, Quartz and Chlorite. Bavenite with Microcline, Quartz and Chlorite.

NV14AA7: Aggregates of spheroidal Bavenite crystals with an ivory-white color and implanted on a Microcline matrix with small Quartz crystals and aggregates of Chlorite micro-crystals.
The sample is from the Carlos González Bargueño collection, whose label we will send to the buyer. Carlos was the first to find these Bavenites and it was thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #39, December 06, 2014 edition.
Valdeconejillos Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.8 × 4.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.5” × 1.7”

Bavenite with smoky Quartz, Chlorite and Garnet

ND62Y9: Spheroidal aggregates and platy Bavenite crystals. They are very bright and are on a matrix with smoky Quarz, partially coated by Chlorite, also present as inclusions in the Quartz, and with small garnet crystals. Carlos González Bargueño was the first to find these Bavenites and it is thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
Valdeconejillos Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.3 × 2.5 cm = 1.5” × 0.9” × 1.0”

Former collection of Carlos González Bargueño

Bavenite with smoky Quartz, Chlorite and Garnet. Bavenite with smoky Quartz, Chlorite and Garnet.
Bavenite with Chabazite, chlorite and Microcline
Bavenite with Chabazite, chlorite and Microcline. Bavenite with Chabazite, chlorite and Microcline.

NR14Y4: Spheroidal Bavenite crystals with polycrystalline growths on their faces. They are very bright, have an ivory white color and are implanted on a Microcline matrix with small chlorite coatings, slightly smoky Quartz crystals, and, notably, small clear and very bright Chabazite crystals. The sample is from the Carlos González Bargueño collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer. Carlos was the first to find these Bavenites and it was thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
Venero I Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5 × 2.4 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 0.9”

Albite with Bavenite and Smoky Quartz

NC16F2: From a very new locality, the prisms of transparent smoky Quartz are on a matrix of Albite and are partially covered by small crystals of Bavenite, which is also present near the edges of the Albite.
Venero I Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2004)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6 × 5 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 2.0”

Albite with Bavenite and Smoky Quartz. Albite with Bavenite and Smoky Quartz.
Bavenite with Microcline, chlorite and Quartz
Bavenite with Microcline, chlorite and Quartz. Bavenite with Microcline, chlorite and Quartz.

NC46X6: Group of spheroidal crystals of Bavenite with sharp polycrystalline growths. They are very bright and are on a Microcline matrix with chlorite coatings. The sample is from the Carlos González Bargueño collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer. Carlos was the first to find these Bavenites and it was thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
Venero I Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2004)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7 × 3 cm = 3.0” × 2.8” × 1.2”

Former collection of Carlos González Bargueño

Smoky Quartz with Opal

NR11F2: From a very new locality, the prisms of smoky Quartz, which have excellent color and brilliance, form a fence of parallel crystals. A base covered by Opal, which adds contrast and support.
Venero I Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2004)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.2 × 3.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 1.4”

Opal very fluorescent long & short UV
Smoky Quartz with Opal.
Prehnite
Prehnite.

N8CI0: The crystals have a globular aspect due to curved faces and edges. They have a soft clear greenish yellow color and an intense luster. They form a practically floating druse, except for a little fragment of Orthoclase on the back, where the specimen was fixed to the rocky matrix.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (03/1999)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.2 × 2.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Prehnite with Quartz, Orthoclase and Clinozoisite-Epidote

N46BG4: Crystals, defined and closely grouped, have an excellent luster and a pleasant clear color, between green and yellow. On the back side, around the Quartz, which is the nucleus of crystallization, some fragments of Orthoclase and little acicular crystals of a species in the series Epidote - Clinozoisite appear.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (02/1999)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 7.5 × 4 cm = 4.1” × 3.0” × 1.6”

Prehnite with Quartz, Orthoclase and Clinozoisite-Epidote. Front
Front
Prehnite with Quartz, Orthoclase and Clinozoisite-Epidote. Rear
Rear
Clinozoisite-Epidote with Quartz and Orthoclase
Clinozoisite-Epidote with Quartz and Orthoclase. Clinozoisite-Epidote with Quartz and Orthoclase.

N9EI7: Groups of acicular crystals of Clinozoisite-Epidote, clear and very bright, on a matrix of Orthoclase, mosaic growths of Quartz crystals and Albite.
Los Taberneros Quarry, (La Cabrera pluton), Los Taberneros, El Berrueco, Comarca Sierra Norte, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (02/1999)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7 × 3.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.8” × 1.4”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Quartz with Fluorapophyllite-(K)

NQ7L2: This specimen comes from the pockets of the granite area of El Berrueco (Madrid). A big Quartz crystal partially covered by a thin layer of colorless but very bright and well defined Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals. There are small and isolated generations of Fluorapophyllite crystals on the Quartz pyramid faces not covered by Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Los Taberneros Quarry, (La Cabrera pluton), Los Taberneros, El Berrueco, Comarca Sierra Norte, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (12/2002)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 5.9 × 5.3 cm = 3.1” × 2.3” × 2.1”

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

Quartz with Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Aragonite
Aragonite.

N8BL6: From a not so well known area at La Pesquera, North of Minglanilla (Cuenca), we present this curious doubly terminated Aragonite specimen that shows on prism faces brownish and violet tones. Probably the most interesting thing are the delicate fibrous terminations on both sides and its good size. For specialized collectors.
Keuper outcrop, Barranco de El Tormagal, La Pesquera, Comarca Serranía Media-Campichuelo y Serranía Baja, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1985)

Specimen size: 8.9 × 3.3 × 3 cm = 3.5” × 1.3” × 1.2”

Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela)

NP8Q1: Deep red-colored sharp crystal with very well defined faces and edges on a reddish Gypsum matrix. The sample is from a very recent find, February 2010, in a zone well known for the quality of its “Jacintos”.
Domeño, Comarca Los Serranos, València/Valencia, Valencian Community  Spain (06/02/2010)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.2 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela).
Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela)
Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela).

NA8Q1: Sharp, doubly terminated deep red-colored crystal on a reddish Gypsum matrix. The sample is from a very recent find, February 2010, in a zone well known for the quality of its “Jacintos”.
Domeño, Comarca Los Serranos, València/Valencia, Valencian Community  Spain (06/02/2010)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5 × 3.4 cm = 2.7” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.7 cm = 0.8” × 0.3”

Gold on Quartz

NB64S5: This Gold, on massive Quartz matrix and quite rich for the locality, has a mainly leafy shape, with good crystallization on the lower part of the aggregate and a skeletal growth with a well marked parallel striation on its base.
Pilar Mine, La Nava de Ricomalillo, Comarca La Jara, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

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

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”

Gold on Quartz. Gold on Quartz.
Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear

NP96AC9: Very aerial reticulated growth of very flattened Cerussite crystals, twinned and with a white color. We specially note that the aggregate is on matrix, something rarely seen in samples from this locality.
Luis Mine, "Fisura de las Velas", Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (02/2013)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.2”

Fluorescent short UV

Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite

NL59AC9: Reticulated growths and V-twinned prismatic Cerussite crystals. They are translucent and with a white-orange color. We especially note that the aggregate is on matrix, something uncommon with samples from this locality. The sample is from Ignacio Gaspar collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Luis Mine, 88 m.↓ Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (02/03/2014)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3 × 1.9 cm = 2.1” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Fluorescent short UV

Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

NF12X6: A novelty at the Escuela de Minas de Madrid Show 2013. Yellow irregular concretions and very bright crystals with two different colors, deep green and yellow. They consist of a well defined a prism and the terminal pinacoid, and are on matrix.
Luis Mine, Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (01/03/2013)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.4 × 3.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.5”

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

Pyromorphite

ND63X6: A novelty at the Escuela de Minas de Madrid Show 2013. Aggregates of very bright and very well defined crystals with the faces of a short prism and the terminal pinacoid. They have two different colors, deep green and vivid yellow, and are on a limonite matrix.
Luis Mine, Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (01/03/2013)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.8 × 1.6 cm = 2.1” × 1.1” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Cerussite
Cerussite.
Cerussite

ND14AB8: Multiple, reticulated Cerussite twin with flattened crystals that have very well defined faces and edges. The sample is from a single find in June 2012, from a mine where Cerussite was not previously known and in a single pocket where only about twenty samples were extracted.
La Ligera-Los Grajos Shaft, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (06/2012)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 1.9 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar Sintes

Stokesite from the La Saludadora Quarry

If you want to know more about the Stokesites from the La Saludadora Quarry please follow this link

Stokesite with Albite

NT66Z6: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a smoky Quartz matrix with Albite, Microcline and Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide. They were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 0.8 × 0.7 × 0.8 cm = 0.3” × 0.3” × 0.3”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite. Front
Front
Stokesite with Albite. Rear
Rear
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.

NJ14Z5: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on matrix, with Albite and Microcline. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide and they were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 1 × 1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4” × 0.4”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite and Muscovite

NQ86Z5: Very sharp and aerial Stokesite crystal, colorless, transparent, very bright and on matrix, with Albite and Microcline. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide and they were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.1 × 0.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.4” × 0.2”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Stokesite with Albite and Muscovite. Rear
Rear
Stokesite with Albite, smoky Quartz and Muscovite
Stokesite with Albite, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Stokesite with Albite, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.

NV96Z6: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a smoky Quartz matrix with Albite, Microcline and Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide. They were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.5” × 0.3”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite

ND14Z5: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on matrix, with Albite and Microcline and on a matrix of smoky Quartz crystals. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide and they were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.6” × 0.5”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Front
Front
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Front 2
Front 2
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.

NA96Z5: Very sharp and aerial Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a matrix of smoky Quartz crystals with Albite, Microcline and Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide and they were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.9”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite

NE46Z5: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a matrix of smoky Quartz crystals with Albite, Microcline and Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide and they were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.9”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.

ND99Z5: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a matrix of Quartz with Albite, Microcline and Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide and they were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.4” × 1.1”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite

NH76Z6: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a smoky Quartz matrix with Albite, Microclineand Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide. They were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.3 × 3.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite
Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.

NA28Z6: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a smoky Quartz matrix with Albite, Microcline and Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide. They were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite

NL68Z5: Very sharp Stokesite crystals, colorless, transparent, very bright and on a matrix of Quartz with Albite, Microcline and Muscovite. These samples were found in 1999 and noted in 2012 in a paper in The Mineralogical Record, and are considered as the best crystallized worldwide and they were recovered in a single cavity that produced very few pieces.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.9 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 1.4”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite. Stokesite with Albite, Microcline, smoky Quartz and Muscovite.

Cinnabar from Almadén

Almadén is dead – long live Almadén!
A mine that has been in operation for over 20 centuries – it was first worked by the Romans from 372-287 BC – has recently been closed down. All work in the mine has stopped and the waste tips have been re-processed, so it will no longer be possible to find more specimens from this classic locality. As the old galleries have now been made safe so that they can be used as a new mining museum we don’t think they will find anything underground either. Before the Chinese Cinnabar appeared it was the locality that produced the best Cinnabar samples in the world. From our stock we have selected some examples, thus giving people who do not already have one the chance to add an Almadén sample to their collection.

Cinnabar
Cinnabar. Cinnabar.

NG86S5: Aggregate of Cinnabar crystals with a dominant rhombohedron, typically striated on specimens from this locality. Color is very rich and deep and the luster is excellent. It is in a fine-grained Cinnabar matrix with interstitial native Mercury.
San Teodoro Shaft, Almadén Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.4 × 4.7 cm = 2.7” × 2.1” × 1.9”

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

Cinnabar with Mercury and Quartz

NM14X9: Rhombohedral Cinnabar crystals, one of them clearly dominant, bright, with a very intense color and on matrix with native Mercury drops and small Quartz crystals.
Las Cuevas Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 1.0”

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

Cinnabar with Mercury and Quartz. Cinnabar with Mercury and Quartz.
Cinnabar with Mercury and Calcite
Cinnabar with Mercury and Calcite. Cinnabar with Mercury and Calcite.
Cinnabar with Mercury and Calcite.

VB70Z1: Cinnabar crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with excellent color and extraordinary luster. They are on matrix, with Quartz and small Mercury spheres. One of the main crystals, that at first appearance may seem foliated, is a twin, as one of the images attests, showing a small aggregate of microcrystalline Quartz and a small Cinnabar crystal occupying part of both twin faces.
San Teodoro Shaft, Almadén Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1978)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 10.4 × 4 cm = 4.3” × 4.1” × 1.6”

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

Former collection of A. Mayor

Cinnabar

EB63K1: Small group of small but very well defined and bright crystals. The specimen is from the El Entredicho mine, in Almadenejos which is some distance from Almadén and whose crystallizations are very infrequent.
El Entredicho Mine, Almadenejos, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1980)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.3 × 2.8 cm = 1.5” × 0.9” × 1.1”

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

Cinnabar.

El Horcajo Pyromorphite

During the last century a mine at El Horcajo, Ciudad Real, produced great Pyromorphite with a very large variety of forms. Specimens from the locality are very well represented in major European Museums. Unfortunately little of this material is available and it is very difficult to get hold of specimen from this mine. We obtained a few small specimens from an old Spanish collection and we are able to offer them :

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

NF59F2: Pyromorphite from El Horcajo is historic. One rarely finds specimens on the mineral market. The crystal has the faces of the prism and the hopper termination presents a perfect profile. The color is also excellent.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1900)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.4”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

NE10L8: A classic Spanish specimen. A miniature formed by a group of prismatic to acicular fan-shaped crystals, with an excellent color. Some of the thicker crystals show color zoning in the terminal faces. A classic specimen from one of the most famous Spanish mineral localities. These Pyromorphites, which are now very difficult to obtain, were collected in the early 20th century.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1920)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.4”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

NA6M3: A classic specimen from one of the most famous Spanish mineral localities. These Pyromorphites, which are now very difficult to obtain, were collected in the early 20th century. Parallel growth of Pyromorphite crystals, several of them doubly terminated, with pyramid terminations and color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1920)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

NM58L3: A classic specimen from one of the most famous Spanish mineral localities. These Pyromorphites, which are now very difficult to obtain, were collected in the early 20th century. We are showing a nice miniature formed by a prismatic group with excellent color and multiple and slight color zoned terminations. On the backside of the specimen there are some small doubly terminated crystals.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1920)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

NK57L8: Nice oriented group of Pyromorphite crystals, showing an intense green color, with yellowish tones, forming small but well formed hexagonal prisms with well defined terminal faces. These Pyromorphites, which are now very difficult to obtain, were collected in the early 20th century.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1920)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2 × 0.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.3”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Pyromorphite

NX59L3: A classic specimen from one of the most famous Spanish mineral localities. These Pyromorphites, which are now very difficult to obtain, were collected in the early 20th century. A miniature formed by prismatic to acicular doubly terminated crystals with excellent color and luster.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1920)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.2” × 0.0”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

NP63M3: A classic specimen from one of the most famous Spanish mineral localities. These Pyromorphites, which are now very difficult to obtain, were collected in the early 20th century. Acicular to fibrous groups of crystals, showing a curious felted luster. Green color is excellent, with tones more or less deep, depending on the crystal zone.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1920)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.5”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV


Southern Spain


Smithsonite

TV13K4: Spheroidal groups of small, very acute, scalenohedral crystals with good luster that cover the Limonite matrix. On the back, right and lower sides on the sample the crystals are very individualized and easily distinguishable with a lens. The specimen comes from an old private collection of the La Unión district. We'll provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1982-1984)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.7 × 4 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.6”

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

Smithsonite. Smithsonite.
Smithsonite
Smithsonite.
Smithsonite.

TC60K4: Spheroidal groups of small, very acute, scalenohedral crystals with good luster that cover the Limonite matrix. The specimen comes from an old private collection of the La Unión district. We'll provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1982-1984)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 5.7 × 4.7 cm = 3.6” × 2.2” × 1.9”

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

Azurite

TG6K4: Groups of crystals of excellent color and very intense luster, that form rosettes implanted on Limonite matrix. The specimen comes from an old private collection of the La Unión district.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1982-1984)

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

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

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

TD9K4: Small equant crystals of excellent color and luster, spread on Limonite matrix. The specimen comes from an old private collection of the La Unión district.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1982-1984)

Specimen size: 7 × 5.2 × 2 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 0.8”

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

Malachite

TJ10L3: Globular Malachite growths with a velvety brilliance. Very elegant and original specimen on a Limonite matrix. Analysis has been done to provide the correct characterization due to its resemblance to other possible species.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1982-1984)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 7.4 × 5 cm = 4.4” × 2.9” × 2.0”

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

Malachite. Malachite.
Cerussite-Anglesite with Goethite
Cerussite-Anglesite with Goethite.

N57AH5: On this sample yellow and blue shades are dominant on a matrix displaying former Cerussite crystals pseudomorphed by Anglesite and covered by colorful Goethite.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Galena with Siderite

ET14P6: Cubical crystals of Galena coated by a uniform layer of small lenticular crystals of Siderite of excellent color and luster, on matrix. Galena remains in perfect condition even though a long time has passed since its extraction. An old sample that comes from a private collection.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1981-1985)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.3 × 4 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.6”

Galena with Siderite.
Pyrolusite
Pyrolusite.

EM9P6: Spheroidal aggregates of acicular crystals on matrix and with an excellent velvet luster. An old sample that comes from a private collection.
Cabezo de San Ginés, El Estrecho de San Ginés, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1981-1985)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Pyrolusite

FC60AA1: Short stalactitic aggregates of very sharp laminar Pyrolusite crystals, very bright and on limonite matrix.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (2008)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.6 × 2.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Pyrolusite.
Romanèchite
Romanèchite. Front
Front
Romanèchite. Rear
Rear

NM56AF3: Floater botryoidal aggregate with very well defined outlines. Recently collected at a well known mine, these kind of samples shows, as a novelty, very aerial profiles and reliefs that are very much distinct than usual. The samples of this find has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (09/2016)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.2 × 3.3 cm = 2.3” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Romanèchite

NF68AF3: Floater botryoidal aggregate with very well defined outlines and a luster that is very uncommon for the species. Recently collected at a well known mine, these kind of samples shows, as a novelty, very aerial profiles and reliefs that are very much distinct than usual. The samples of this find has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (09/2016)

Specimen size: 18 × 9.7 × 4 cm = 7.1” × 3.8” × 1.6”

Romanèchite. Front
Front
Romanèchite. Close up
Close up
Romanèchite. Side
Side
Baryte
Baryte.

NB14Z5: Aggregate of very sharp Baryte crystals, between laminar and tabular, bright with a deep blue color and with phantom growths. It is from a currently extinct mine, very popular some time ago due to the intense color of these Barytes.
San Jorge mining group, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, Portmán, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (2004-2006)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.4” × 0.9”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Baryte
Baryte

MT16AF0: Druse, on a limonite matrix, of bright thick tabular crystals with very well defined faces and edges. The white crystals are stained by iron oxides.
The sample is with a label from the Jaume Vilalta collection that we’ll send to the buyer.
Victoria Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, El Estrecho de San Ginés, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 8.2 × 4.9 cm = 3.6” × 3.2” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Former collection of Jaume Vilalta
Baryte. Baryte.
Baryte
Baryte. Baryte.

CB56AE2: Aggregate of very sharp platy Baryte crystals, bright, with a very vivid orange color and on matrix. A Spanish classic.
Victoria Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, El Estrecho de San Ginés, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 11.5 × 11.3 × 3.6 cm = 4.5” × 4.4” × 1.4”

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

Lavendulan with Conichalcite and Cornwallite

N58JG8: Lavendulan from Pastrana has been famous for its intensity of color and its crystallization. The piece is a nice miniature whose crystals have a magnificent development and are with Conichalcite and Cornwallite.
Dolores outcrop, Pastrana, Mazarrón-Águilas, Comarca Alto Guadalentín, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (11/1992)

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

Lavendulan with Conichalcite and Cornwallite.
Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite
Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite. Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite.

NC11AD2: Felted aggregates of acicular to fibrous Yuanfuliite crystals. They are bright, have a honey color and they are on a rocky (lamproite) matrix, with Hematite and white spheroidal Calcite growths. Yuanfuliite is a rare borate, identified as new species in 1994 and well described at Jumilla by M. Calvo in 2012 (Minerales y Minas de España, vol. 5, pg. 649-650).
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, number 43, May 8, 2016 edition.
Nuestra Señora del Carmen Mines area, La Celia, Jumilla, Comarca Altiplano, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (12/03/2016)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 1.3” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite

NZ12AD7: Felted aggregates of acicular to fibrous Yuanfuliite crystals. They are bright, have a honey color and they are on a rocky (lamproite) matrix, with Hematite and white Calcite spheroids. Yuanfuliite is a rare borate, identified as new species in 1994 and very well described at Jumilla by M. Calvo in 2012 (Minerales y Minas de España, vol. 5, pg. 649-650).
Nuestra Señora del Carmen Mines area, La Celia, Jumilla, Comarca Altiplano, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (12/03/2016)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.6 × 3.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.0” × 1.5”

Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite. Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite.
Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite
Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite. Yuanfuliite with Hematite and Calcite.

ND61AD2: Felted aggregates of acicular to fibrous Yuanfuliite crystals. They are bright, have a honey color and they are on a rocky (lamproite) matrix, with Hematite and white spheroidal Calcite growths. Yuanfuliite is a rare borate, identified as new species in 1994 and well described at Jumilla by M. Calvo in 2012 (Minerales y Minas de España, vol. 5, pg. 649-650).
Nuestra Señora del Carmen Mines area, La Celia, Jumilla, Comarca Altiplano, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (12/03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 1.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Pyromorphite

E26DPC7: As well as being much greener than other specimens from this mine this specimen has its own special history. Jordi bought it during the 1994 Munich show from a German collector, but then the following year a major find was made at the same mine. So while the German guy had the right idea, in the end other collectors made the killer find - that's life I guess.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 7.5 × 1.2 cm = 4.4” × 3.0” × 0.5”

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

NK11R2: From an unexpected find in an old lead mining area of Roman time where the Pyromorphites appeared previously, although with a different shape than this specimen. Its habit and color, very distinctive, make this find unmistakable. It has become a Spanish classic. This specimen comes from a first selection of the specimens when they were found.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

NW63R2: From an unexpected find in an old lead mining area of Roman time where the Pyromorphites appeared previously, although with a different shape than this specimen. Its habit and color, very distinctive, make this find unmistakable. It has become a Spanish classic. This specimen comes from a first selection of the specimens when they were found.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.4 × 1.8 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

NC58R2: From an unexpected find in an old lead mining area of Roman time where the Pyromorphites appeared previously, although with a different shape than this specimen. Its habit and color, very distinctive, make this find unmistakable. It has become a Spanish classic. This specimen comes from a first selection of the specimens when they were found.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

NC26R2: From an unexpected find in an old lead mining area of Roman time where the Pyromorphites appeared previously, although with a different shape than this specimen. Its habit and color, very distinctive, make this find unmistakable. It has become a Spanish classic. This specimen comes from a first selection of the specimens when they were found.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.7”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear

ND66AD5: The sample is from a cavity in an old lead mining area of Roman times where Pyromorphite appeared previously. The elongated shape, with subparallel growths and their brown-slightly greenish color, make this find unmistakable. It has become a Spanish classic.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 4 × 1.9 × 1.5 cm = 1.6” × 0.7” × 0.6”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

N46DGI7: Densely grouped prismatic crystals on matrix. They are doubly terminated and have very well defined faces and edges. The color is very much greener than usual on samples from this location and they have clearer zones on the terminations.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.5 × 3.7 cm = 2.6” × 1.4” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Andalusite with Mica
Andalusite with Mica.

NR87E1: The name for the Andalucite species comes from the Spanish region of Andalucia, This one comes from Cordoba, Andalucia, which is in the south of Spain. Given its size, good crystal form and pleasant color it cannot be confused with any other collectable Andalucite.
Sierra Albarrana, Hornachuelos, Comarca Valle Medio del Guadalquivir, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1992)

Specimen size: 3 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.2” × 1.2” × 1.0”

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

Andalusite with Mica

EX64X9: Andalusite crystal with very well defined faces and edges, with a perfect smooth termination and very well marked parallel growths on the prism faces and partially coated by Muscovite. The sample is from a relatively recent find in an area where access is currently prohibited.
Sierra Albarrana, Hornachuelos, Comarca Valle Medio del Guadalquivir, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 11 × 4.5 × 5.5 cm = 4.3” × 1.8” × 2.2”

Andalusite with Mica. Front
Front
Andalusite with Mica. Side
Side
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

NL16V5: Dendritic and laminar growths, with rough cubic forms and on Quartz matrix.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 0.7 × 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.3” × 0.2” × 0.1”

Gold

NG36S1: Slightly eroded nugget of Native Gold that partially conserves its laminar and hooked forms.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 0.7 × 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.2” × 0.1”

Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Front
Front
Gold on Quartz. Rear
Rear

NH56S1: Native Gold conserving very well defined crystalline forms and also laminar and hooked forms. On Quartz matrix.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 0.8 × 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Weight: 0.6 grams
Gold

ND67AC4: Irregular native Gold aggregate on a matrix of massive Quartz, with echeloned growths and poorly defined but visible crystalline surfaces.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 1.2 × 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Weight: 1.7 grams
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

NF96AC4: Dendritic growth that forms a complete ring, with poorly defined, but clearly distinguishable, crystal faces and with small hollows on the surface.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (02-03/2012)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.4” × 0.4” × 0.1”

Weight: 0.9 grams
Gold

NA27S1: Very slightly eroded nugget of native Gold conserving a group of quite well defined aggregate of crystals of a considerable size.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.2” × 0.1”

Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

NB49P4: A novelty at Munich 2009. The locality was known in 2004 for its Gold pebbles but it has been public only very recently. The pebble is very neat, rounded and has empty zones probably corresponding to disappeared Quartz grains and in its surface some quite big, nearly rounded, crystalline forms are preserved.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2009 Munich Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 90, page 27.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2004-2008)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Wulfenite

N9AI0: The crystals, small, are laminar and have very well defined faces and edges and octagonal outlines. Their luster and intense yellow color are excellent and some of them have transparent edges.
Los Lastonares Mines, Albuñuelas, Comarca Valle de Lecrín, Granada, Andalusia  Spain (04/2000)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.4 × 1.2 cm = 2.4” × 1.3” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Wulfenite.
Chalcostibite with Siderite
Chalcostibite with Siderite. Chalcostibite with Siderite.

NA14I7: Magnificent (for the locality) prismatic crystal of very well defined faces and edges and a very fresh surface with small green alteration. The Crystals occupy the center of a vug on a Siderite matrix, crystallized in some zones.
El Vagón Mine (Tío Seguro Mine), Lanteira, Comarca Guadix, Granada, Andalusia  Spain (05/2000)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3 × 4.1 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 1.6”

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

Celestine on Siderite

N88DG8: Enhanced bundle growths, very delicate and esthetical, of very thin acicular crystals, snowy white, contrasting with a base of little brown rhombohedral crystals of Siderite.
El Pilar de Jaravía, Pulpí, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (1997)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.5 × 5.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.2” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Celestine on Siderite.
Jarosite
Jarosite. Jarosite.

N58VL2: A representative specimen from the type locality. On a Limonite matrix, very bright Jarosite crystals showing a tabular habit, some in groups of rosettes and other isolated crystals with developed prism faces. Brown color is very intense and excellent transparency. NASA Opportunity Rover prospecting on planet Mars found Jarosite that may point to the rock's wet history having been in an acidic lake or an acidic hot springs environment, like in Barranco Jaroso deposit.
Jaroso ravine, Almagrera Range, Cuevas del Almanzora, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (1997)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.2” × 1.1”

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

Type locality

Rodalquilarite with Jarosite

ND64AE3: Small vugs filled with spheroidal aggregates of yellow Rodalquilarite crystals on a Quartz matrix with Jarosite. The sample is from the type locality for the species and is the consequence of a relatively recent find in the mythical 340 vein.
340 vein, Rodalquilar, Níjar, Comarca Metropolitana de Almería, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (2012)

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.2”

Type locality

Rodalquilarite with Jarosite. Rodalquilarite with Jarosite.
Gold with Rodalquilarite, Jarosite and Quartz
Gold with Rodalquilarite, Jarosite and Quartz. Gold with Rodalquilarite, Jarosite and Quartz.

NH13Z1: The sample is richer in Gold than usual in the samples from this classic Spanish locality. The Gold forms spongy aggregates in vugs in the Quartz matrix, that have very visible green crusts and aggregates of Rodalquilarite microcrystals. From the type locality for Rodalquilarite.
340 vein, Rodalquilar, Níjar, Comarca Metropolitana de Almería, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (2012)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.0” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Type locality

Chrysocolla

NA59T9: This is a Spanish novelty because in the Los Amigos Mine Chrysocolla wasn't mentioned before. We should also mention that the appearance of this Chrysocolla is very attractive as it isn’t just a crust as usual but it has nice forms covering what seem to be crystals of Quartz and probably Chalcedony. These nice forms together with their great color, generate what is, in our opinion, the best Chrysocolla found in Spain and nearly as fine as the nicer ones from other countries.
As usual when we offer unusual things like this, we will send a copy of the analysis to the customer.
San Enrique Shaft, Los Amigos Mine, La Cruz Group of Mines, La Cruz vein, Mesa de Valdelloso, Linares, Comarca Sierra Morena, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (11/2011)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.5”

Chrysocolla.
Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla.

NB11T9: This is a Spanish novelty because in the Los Amigos Mine Chrysocolla wasn't mentioned before. We should also mention that the appearance of this Chrysocolla is very attractive as it isn’t just a crust as usual but it has nice forms covering what seem to be crystals of Quartz and probably Chalcedony. These nice forms together with their great color, generate what is, in our opinion, the best Chrysocolla found in Spain and nearly as fine as the nicer ones from other countries.
As usual when we offer unusual things like this, we will send a copy of the analysis to the customer.
San Enrique Shaft, Los Amigos Mine, La Cruz Group of Mines, La Cruz vein, Mesa de Valdelloso, Linares, Comarca Sierra Morena, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (11/2011)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.1 × 1.6 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 0.6”

Chrysocolla

NK13T9: This is a Spanish novelty because in the Los Amigos Mine Chrysocolla wasn't mentioned before. We should also mention that the appearance of this Chrysocolla is very attractive as it isn’t just a crust as usual but it has nice forms covering what seem to be crystals of Quartz and probably Chalcedony. These nice forms together with their great color, generate what is, in our opinion, the best Chrysocolla found in Spain and nearly as fine as the nicer ones from other countries.
As usual when we offer unusual things like this, we will send a copy of the analysis to the customer.
San Enrique Shaft, Los Amigos Mine, La Cruz Group of Mines, La Cruz vein, Mesa de Valdelloso, Linares, Comarca Sierra Morena, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (11/2011)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.5 × 1.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 0.7”

Chrysocolla.
Chrysocolla.
Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla.
Chrysocolla.

NH62T9: This is a Spanish novelty because in the Los Amigos Mine Chrysocolla wasn't mentioned before. We should also mention that the appearance of this Chrysocolla is very attractive as it isn’t just a crust as usual but it has nice forms covering what seem to be crystals of Quartz and probably Chalcedony. These nice forms together with their great color, generate what is, in our opinion, the best Chrysocolla found in Spain and nearly as fine as the nicer ones from other countries.
As usual when we offer unusual things like this, we will send a copy of the analysis to the customer.
San Enrique Shaft, Los Amigos Mine, La Cruz Group of Mines, La Cruz vein, Mesa de Valdelloso, Linares, Comarca Sierra Morena, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (11/2011)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 2.1” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Axinite-(Fe)

N8KG8: Good group of crystals on matrix, of an excellent quality for the locality. Perfection of forms, color and luster are also good for the locality.
Acedo Claim (Juanona Quarry), Juanona, Antequera, Comarca de Antequera, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 1.2” × 0.8” × 0.6”

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

Axinite-(Fe).
Antimony with Quartz
Antimony with Quartz.

MP86AF0: Laminar native Antimony with very sharp and bright foliation surfaces on a massive Quartz matrix. The Antimony mineralization at La Viñuela is finished because it was buried for the earthworks of a local dam construction.
La Viñuela reservoir, La Viñuela, Comarca La Axarquía, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (±1995)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.5”

Antimony with Quartz

NA62J8: The mineral forms sharp and very bright crystalline growths and very neat exfoliation on Quartz matrix. The specimen is from an old find and actually it is very difficult to obtain samples from this locality that can be yet considered as classic.
La Viñuela reservoir, La Viñuela, Comarca La Axarquía, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (±1995)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.5 × 4.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.0” × 1.8”

Antimony with Quartz. Front
Front
Antimony with Quartz. Side
Side
Antimony
Antimony. Antimony.

M7RH5: The surface of crystal growths, on Quartz matrix, is intensely bright and it is not altered. The sample is from an old find and actually it is quite difficult to obtain specimens from this locality.
La Viñuela reservoir, La Viñuela, Comarca La Axarquía, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (1999)

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

Goethite with Azurite and Malachite

FE14Z8: Botryoidal Goethite aggregates with a metallic iridescence and aggregates of small lenticular Azurite crystals and velvety aggregates of acicular Malachite crystals. We especially note the locality, now extinct, and the association of Malachite and Azurite with the Goethite.
Santa Flora Mine, El Madroño, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (06/2005)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.2 × 3.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.3”

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

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Goethite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Goethite with Azurite and Malachite. Rear
Rear
Goethite with Azurite and Malachite
Goethite with Azurite and Malachite. Goethite with Azurite and Malachite.

FA13Z8: Botryoidal Goethite aggregates with a metallic iridescence and aggregates of small lenticular Azurite crystals and acicular Malachite crystals. We especially note the locality, now extinct, and the association of Malachite and Azurite with the Goethite.
Santa Flora Mine, El Madroño, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (06/2005)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.4 × 4.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Djurleite with Calcite

NK6W4: Group of crystals of Djurleite, an uncommon sulphide, with very well defined faces and edges and simple crystalline forms, whose surfaces show bluish reflections. The group, on matrix, is partially coated by white crystals of Calcite. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 11, volume 39, number 5, May 2014
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (±2011)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.2 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.1”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Djurleite with Calcite. Djurleite with Calcite.
Baryte with Goethite
Baryte with Goethite. Baryte with Goethite.

FB8Y0: Very sharp small Baryte crystals, colorless, completely transparent, extraordinarily bright and on Goethite matrix forming very aerial dendritic aggregates.
This sample is from the Martín Oliete collection (num. 193) whose label and card we’ll send to the buyer.
Londres mining group, El Pedroso, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (±1973)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.2” × 2.2” × 1.3”

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

Oliete's collection number: 193
Covellite

FJ10Z8: Aggregate, on matrix, of very well defined and bright Covellite microcrystals. They have an intense metallic blue iridescence. The sample is from a find in 1996. Subsequent finds have been sporadic, practically non-existent, either in that zone or the rest of the mine, which currently is now completely inactive.
Atalaya Cut, 14-16 level, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (1996)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.1 × 2.8 cm = 1.4” × 0.8” × 1.1”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Covellite. Covellite.
Covellite
Covellite. Covellite.
Covellite.

FM16Z8: Aggregate, on matrix, of very well defined and bright Covellite microcrystals. They are larger than usual for the locality, they have an intense brassy color and a small oval area that shows an intense metallic-blue iridescence. The sample is from a find in 1996. Subsequent finds have been sporadic, practically non-existent, either in that zone or the rest of the mine, which currently is now completely inactive.
Atalaya Cut, 14-16 level, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (1996)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.3 × 1.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 0.6”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Covellite with Sulfur

NX26K0: Surface covered by small Covellite crystals with a magnificent color. We especially note the presence of crystallized native Sulfur in wide zones of the specimen.
Atalaya Cut, 14-16 level, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (1996)

Specimen size: 14 × 6.7 × 4.8 cm = 5.5” × 2.6” × 1.9”

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

Covellite with Sulfur.
Covellite with Sulfur.
Covellite with Sulfur.
Sulfur on Covellite
Sulfur on Covellite. Sulfur on Covellite.

FE26AA1: Bright small Sulfur crystals with very well defined faces and edges and deep hollowed growths. The Sulfur has been formed, very probably, at the expense of the deep blue crystalline Covellite that coats the matrix. Very unusual, as are many of the samples from this collection.
Atalaya Cut, 14-16 level, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (1996)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 2.3 × 1.6 cm = 2.2” × 0.9” × 0.6”

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

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Quartz with inclusions of Plancheite

FZ86AA1: A vug on a rocky matrix filled by small very bright and transparent Quartz crystals with a slight green color due to microscopic Planchéite inclusions.
The Planchéite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. Very unusual, as are many of the samples from this collection.

Juanito Mine, Jarrama, Zufre, Comarca Sierra de Huelva, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09/2005)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 8.6 × 7.8 cm = 4.3” × 3.4” × 3.1”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Quartz with inclusions of Plancheite. Front
Front
Quartz with inclusions of Plancheite. Side
Side
Quartz with inclusions of Plancheite.
Olivenite
Olivenite.

FK10AA1: Aggregates, on matrix, of rod-shaped crystals, most of them doubly terminated, with an olive-green color, typical for most of the samples of the species. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. Very unusual, as are many of the samples from this collection.
Ángeles 1ª Mine, Paterna del Campo, Comarca El Condado, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03/2011)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.2 × 1.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.3” × 0.5”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Clinoclase with Malachite and Quartz

FQ56Z9: Radial and fan-like aggregates of very well defined Clinoclase crystals. They have very acute terminations, a very intense and uniform dark green color and are on a Quartz matrix, with Malachite that has an appreciably clearer green. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. Very unusual, as are many of the samples from this collection.
Ángeles 1ª Mine, Paterna del Campo, Comarca El Condado, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03/2011)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.8 × 3.2 cm = 2.4” × 2.3” × 1.3”

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

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Clinoclase with Malachite and Quartz. Clinoclase with Malachite and Quartz.
Stibnite with Quartz
Stibnite with Quartz. Stibnite with Quartz.

FA63Z9: Parallel aggregates of Stibnite crystals with very well defined curvatures. They are very large for the locality as is also true for their definition and luster. They are on a Quartz matrix with some very well defined crystals. Very unusual, as are many of the samples from this collection.
Nerón Mine, El Cerro de Andévalo, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (01/2009)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.7 × 4.6 cm = 2.5” × 1.9” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Plumbian Baryte

FC11Z9: Stalactite-like growth of thick tabular crystals. They are transparent, very bright and have a slightly pink color. Their analysis revealed a high content of lead. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Salomón Cut, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.8 × 4.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.9” × 1.9”

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

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Plumbian Baryte. Plumbian Baryte.
Plumbian Baryte
Plumbian Baryte. Plumbian Baryte.

FG10Z9: Stalactite-like growth of thick tabular crystals. They are transparent, very bright and have a slightly pink color. Their analysis revealed a high content of lead. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Salomón Cut, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 3.2 × 1.5 cm = 2.8” × 1.3” × 0.6”

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

Former collection of Fermín Clemente


Azurite from San Telmo and Poderosa Mine

Azurite

NL59Y5: A Spanish novelty. Very aerial floater group with spheroidal growths of small, very sharp, lenticular crystals. Those are very bright, translucent, finely striated and have a very intense blue color. The size and quality of the sample are very superior to all previously known for the locality.
San Telmo Mining Group, El Cerro de Andévalo, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05/2013)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Azurite.
Azurite
Azurite.

NM14Y5: Spanish novelty. Floater nodule with spheroidal growths of small, very sharp, lenticular crystals. Those are very bright, translucent, finely striated and their color is clearer and as vivid as usual on the samples from the San Telmo Mine. The size and quality of the sample are very superior to all previously known for the locality.
San Telmo Mining Group, El Cerro de Andévalo, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05/2013)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.9 × 2 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 0.8”

Azurite

ND11AB9: A Spanish novelty from a mine in which only the Pyrite had been noted before. Spheroidal aggregates of very well defined crystals, some of them platy and sharp, bright and with a very vivid color.
Poderosa Mine, El Campillo, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03/2015)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.4 × 1.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Azurite.
Azurite
Azurite.

NL11AB9: A Spanish novelty from a mine in which only the Pyrite had been noted before. Spheroidal aggregates of very well defined crystals, some of them platy and sharp, bright and with a very vivid color.
Poderosa Mine, El Campillo, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03/2015)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”


Cobaltarthurite

Cobaltarthurite is a relatively new (2002) mineral species found for the first time in Spain. It is a cobalt arsenate and a member of the Arthurite group. The specimen presented here is from the type locality, the Dolores mine, Pastrana, Murcia, and the Cobaltarthurite appears as leafy and globular aggregates.
The new species was fully described by Jambor, Viñals, and other authors in a detailed work published in The Canadian Mineralogist:
Jambor, J.J., Viñals, J. 2002. Cobaltarthurite, Co2+Fe3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2·4H2O, a new member of the Arthurite group. The Canadian Mineralogist. 40: 725-732.

Cobaltarthurite
Cobaltarthurite

ND8I9: Small globular and leafy aggregates of yellowish and black color, on matrix.
The sample has a label of the collection of Juan Viñals, one of the describers of the species.
Dolores outcrop, Pastrana, Mazarrón-Águilas, Comarca Alto Guadalentín, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Type locality
Cobaltarthurite.
Cobaltarthurite with Conichalcite
Cobaltarthurite with Conichalcite.
Cobaltarthurite with Conichalcite

NH97I9: Small globular and leafy aggregates of yellowish and black color, on matrix. On the Cobaltarthurite there are small green spherules of Conichalcite.
The sample has a label of the collection of Juan Viñals, one of the describers of the species.
Dolores outcrop, Pastrana, Mazarrón-Águilas, Comarca Alto Guadalentín, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.9 × 1.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Type locality

Realces pocket (11/1997)

Pyromorphite

N80L:
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1997)

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

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.

N87ZD0: Group of prismatic crystals with multiple, brushlike terminations. Color and luster are good and crystals are on matrix.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1997)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Pyromorphite

EX29F1: This is one of the first specimens from this find that I sold. I recently recovered it and, as the photo suggests, the quality is very high. Excellent color, good crystal size, and good crystal definition. Many of the crystals are doubly terminated and have the faces of the hexagonal prism and the pinacoid. A real treat.
This specimen was on the cover of the ‘Bocamina’ magazine, issue 18, 2006, which is devoted to the San Andrés Mine.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1997)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 1.2”

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

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

N43MX3: Irregular aggregate, on matrix of crystals formed by a short prism and the pinacoide, with very well defined faces and edges and showing apple-green color and a very intense luster. Some of the crystals are doubly terminated. The sample is from the excellent, and already famous, find in 1997.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #34, April 9, 2013 edition.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10/11-1997)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5 × 3.8 cm = 2.3” × 2.0” × 1.5”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

N36AJ1: An extraordinary specimen with very well defined crystals, many of them doubly terminated, bright and of excellent green color, on matrix. One of the most significant specimens from the find.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10-11/1997)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.5 × 6.5 cm = 3.5” × 2.2” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.

N26FL0: Group of Pyromorphite crystals with varied habit and good color. Crystals vary from well defined hexagonal prisms, to very acute dipyramidal forms, to skeleton growths. On a solid matrix of Limonite.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1997)

Specimen size: 10.6 × 6.6 × 4.8 cm = 4.2” × 2.6” × 1.9”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV


Geoda del Túnel (11/1998)

Pyromorphite

N19F:
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

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

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

N76KD0: Doubly terminated crystals of slightly curved edges and an uncommon yellow color.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Bocamina’ on page 76 in number 18, year 2006.
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 3 × 3.3 × 2.5 cm = 1.2” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Pyromorphite

N34T: Crystals are prismatic with brushlike terminations. At the lower right on the sample there is a group of small black crystals, the color due to Galena inclusions.
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3 cm = 1.8” × 1.2”

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

N38FK9: Group of prismatic crystals, many of them doubly terminated, with well defined faces and edges and excellent color and luster, on matrix.
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 3.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Pyromorphite

N4DQ7: Group of prismatic crystals on matrix, most of them doubly terminated, with an excellent definition of faces and edges and with flat pinacoidal terminations. The color and luster are excellent. A glory of the past, from one of the best pockets ever found at the San Andrés Mine.
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.5”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

N36GQ7: Group of prismatic crystals on matrix, most of them doubly terminated, with an excellent definition of faces and edges, some with flat pinacoidal terminations and others with acute multipointed terminations. The color and luster are very good. A glory of the past, from one of the best pockets ever found at the San Andrés Mine.
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 1.9”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite

N76AE8: This is one of the best samples from the pocket given its color (which is a little more intense than the others) and the position of the crystals on the Baryte matrix. As they are very aerial you can see the form perfectly. A great specimen.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Bocamina’ on page 71 in number 18, year 2006.
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 8 × 8 × 6 cm = 3.1” × 3.1” × 2.4”

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

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite on Baryte
Pyromorphite on Baryte.
Pyromorphite on Baryte.

N76XD1: Aerial crystals, good color and luster and, although the crystal size is not that large, the specimen looks pretty good.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Bocamina’ on page 74 in number 18, year 2006.

San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 7.5 × 6 cm = 3.7” × 3.0” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 0.7 cm = 0.3”


Prehnite from Carchelejo

An ophite quarry in Carchelejo, Jaén, Spain produced good Prehnite, some of which are intensely green, with spherical forms, and often associated with brilliant Augite.
The quarry is now closed, so new specimens are unlikely to be found in the future.

Prehnite with Augite

NA11AB6: Botryoidal and fan-shaped Prehnite growths with a uniform light green color and on rocky matrix. The quarry has been closed for years.
Oficarsa Quarry, De las Culebras Hill, Carchelejo, Cárcheles, Comarca Sierra Mágina, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (2002-2005)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 0.7”

Prehnite with Augite.
Prehnite
Prehnite.

NJ13L3: Globular light green aggregate, with well defined and very bright crystal terminal faces. These brilliant specimens are quite unusual in this closed quarry. On matrix.
Oficarsa Quarry, De las Culebras Hill, Carchelejo, Cárcheles, Comarca Sierra Mágina, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (2004)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.8 × 1.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 0.6”

Prehnite with Augite

NF61G8: Beautiful globular growths of Prehnite with central cavities occupied by Augite in groups of acicular crystals. Augite is also omnipresent on the whole surface of the matrix.
Oficarsa Quarry, De las Culebras Hill, Carchelejo, Cárcheles, Comarca Sierra Mágina, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (±2001)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 5.3 × 4 cm = 3.1” × 2.1” × 1.6”

Prehnite with Augite. Prehnite with Augite.
Prehnite with Augite
Prehnite with Augite.
Prehnite with Augite.

NC16G8: Beautiful globular and fan-shaped growths of Prehnite, of a good green color. Also on the piece are acicular crystals of Augite.
Oficarsa Quarry, De las Culebras Hill, Carchelejo, Cárcheles, Comarca Sierra Mágina, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (12/2001)

Specimen size: 11 × 8 × 3.8 cm = 4.3” × 3.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.7 cm = 1.2” × 1.1”


Allanite (Group)

If you want to know more about these Allanites please follow this link

Allanite (Group) on Hedenbergite

NA14E1: A single Allanite crystal with small Magnetite crystals, all on a matrix of Hedenbergite. The upper tip of the crystal was broken and has then recrystallized.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra - Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (1988)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.0” × 0.7” × 0.5”

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

Allanite (Group) on Hedenbergite. Allanite (Group) on Hedenbergite.
Allanite (Group) with Magnetite and Epidote
Allanite (Group) with Magnetite and Epidote.

NA10X7: Allanite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, one of them clearly dominant and of a considerable size for such samples. The Allanite crystals are partially coated by small acicular Epidote crystals and are with very sharp octahedral crystals of Magnetite.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra - Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (1977-1978)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.2”

Allanite (Group) with Magnetite and Epidote

ND13K7: A clear and well-developed prismatic crystal of Allanite on matrix with very sharp edges and faces. Magnetite octahedrons and small pistachio green Epidote accompany it.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra - Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (1978)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.4 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Allanite (Group) with Magnetite and Epidote.
Allanite (Group) with Magnetite and Epidote
Allanite (Group) with Magnetite and Epidote. Allanite (Group) with Magnetite and Epidote.

NF62X7: Allanite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, on a matrix of the same Allanite and with very sharp octahedral crystals of Magnetite.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra - Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (1977-1978)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5 × 4.1 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 1.6”

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


Epidote from Aguablanca Mine

Epidote with Andradite and Pyrite

NB6P6: Flattened crystals of Epidote, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, of typical pistachio-green color, deformed Quartz crystals, rounded crystals of Andradite and curiously shaped Pyrite crystals, on matrix.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 5.6 × 3.4 cm = 3.1” × 2.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Epidote with Andradite and Pyrite.
Epidote with Calcite
Epidote with Calcite.

NP63N6: Thick crystals of Epidote of considerable size, with very well defined faces and edges, partially included in Calcite and on a rich Andradite matrix. One of the few samples of quality collected in the Aguablanca mine.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.8 × 4.3 cm = 3.1” × 2.3” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.1”

Epidote with Quartz and Andradite

NK63N3: The Aguablanca nickel deposit is not really being generous in providing specimens for collectors, despite the high expectation aroused among collectors when it started. But in September 2006 the operations went through an area where good specimens of Epidote associated with Garnet, Pyrite, Quartz and Calcite appeared. This sample is a good representation of this find.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 8.8 × 5 cm = 4.9” × 3.5” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Epidote with Quartz and Andradite. Epidote with Quartz and Andradite.
Andradite with Epidote
Andradite with Epidote.

NB10N3: The Aguablanca nickel deposit is not really being generous in providing specimens for collectors, despite the high expectation aroused among collectors when it started. But in September 2006 the operations went through an area where good specimens of Epidote associated with Garnet, Pyrite, Quartz and Calcite appeared.
This sample is a good representation of this find.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.6 × 3.1 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.2”

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

Andradite with Epidote

NH11N3: The Aguablanca nickel deposit is not really being generous in providing specimens for collectors, despite the high expectation aroused among collectors when it started. But in September 2006 the operations went through an area where good specimens of Epidote associated with Garnet, Pyrite, Quartz and Calcite appeared. This sample is a good representation of this find.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.5” × 2.1” × 1.5”

Andradite with Epidote.

Barytes from Almería

Baryte
Baryte.

NQ58P3: Group of sharp laminar crystals. They are transparent, slightly bluish and implanted on a thin matrix. The sample is from the first find of good material at the locality (between September 2002 and March 2003) but we decided not to publish it before knowing the exact locality, just determined in August 2009.
El Telegrama adit, La Beltraneja concession, Cortijuelo Mines, Bacares, Comarca Valle del Almanzora, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (09/2002-03/2003)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3 × 2.1 cm = 1.9” × 1.2” × 0.8”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Baryte

NC61P3: Group of sharp crystals that are between laminar and tabular, with parallel growths, transparent, slightly yellowish and implanted on matrix. The sample is from the first find of good material at the locality (between September 2002 and March 2003) but we decided not to publish it before knowing the exact locality, just determined in August 2009.
El Telegrama adit, La Beltraneja concession, Cortijuelo Mines, Bacares, Comarca Valle del Almanzora, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (09/2002-03/2003)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.5 × 3.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.1”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Baryte. Front
Front
Baryte. Top
Top
Baryte with Calcite
Baryte with Calcite. Baryte with Calcite.

NX14P3: Group of sharp laminar crystals, transparent and slightly bluish with some of their edges coated by small crystals of white Calcite and on matrix. The sample is from the first find of good material at the locality (between September 2002 and March 2003) but we decided not to publish it before knowing the exact locality, just determined in August 2009.
El Telegrama adit, La Beltraneja concession, Cortijuelo Mines, Bacares, Comarca Valle del Almanzora, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (09/2002-03/2003)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 6.3 × 3.3 cm = 4.2” × 2.5” × 1.3”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Baryte

NE14P3: Group of sharp tabular crystals of yellowish color, on matrix. The sample is from the first find of good material at the locality (between September 2002 and March 2003) but we decided not to publish it before knowing the exact locality, just determined in August 2009.
El Telegrama adit, La Beltraneja concession, Cortijuelo Mines, Bacares, Comarca Valle del Almanzora, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (09/2002-03/2003)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 6.7 × 4.6 cm = 5.0” × 2.6” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Baryte. Baryte.

Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite

In the Ofite quarries in the provinces of Málaga and Jaén they find these blue Quartz, whose color is due to inclusions of Magnesioriebeckite. The crystals are often doubly terminated.

Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions
Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions.

N58KI0: Color and luster are especially intense. Crystals are practically dipyramidal due to the minor development of prism faces. Blue color is due to the presence of fibrous Magnesioriebeckite.
Acedo Claim (Juanona Quarry), Juanona, Antequera, Comarca de Antequera, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (1988)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions

N11TL3: On an ophitic rock matrix, a group of Quartz crystals showing an equidimensional shape, some of them with cubic shape, due to the minor development of prism faces. Precise analysis showed that their deep blue color is due to fibrous inclusions of Magnesioriebeckite.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 50, volume 37, number 6, June 2012
Acedo Claim (Juanona Quarry), Juanona, Antequera, Comarca de Antequera, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (2000)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.1 × 2.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.0” × 0.9”

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

Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions.
Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions.
Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions
Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions. Blue Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions.

N10DH5: Group very rich in crystals with dominant apparently dipyramidal shape (made by two rhombohedra) because prismatic faces are nearly not existing which is uncommon in Quartz crystals. The luster of its faces is excellent.
Acedo Claim (Juanona Quarry), Juanona, Antequera, Comarca de Antequera, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (1988)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 7 × 5 cm = 3.3” × 2.8” × 2.0”

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


Spinel

Local collectors found Spinel on Dolomite matrix. The crystal form is not excellent, but their color is not bad and the contrast with the white matrix is good. Plus they are fluorescent (red). Some minor yellow Clinohumite crystals are also present, these are fluorescent too, in this case yellow.

Spinel

NC10R7: This Spinel comes from the first discovery in the Mijas area of this species, which is quite rare in Spain. It is characterized by its color, distinct from other Spinels from this area, as well as its good crystal definition.
As a plus, we can give the precise name of the place where it was found (El Chambao)
Sierra de Mijas deposit, "Chambao", Mijas Mountains, Mijas, Costa del Sol Occidental, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (06/2004)

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.5”

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

Spinel.
Spinel
Spinel.

NE10R7: This Spinel comes from the first discovery in the Mijas area of this species, which is quite rare in Spain. It is characterized by its color, distinct from other Spinels from this area, as well as its good crystal definition.
As a plus, we can give the precise name of the place where it was found (El Chambao)
Sierra de Mijas deposit, "Chambao", Mijas Mountains, Mijas, Costa del Sol Occidental, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (06/2004)

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.5”

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

Spinel

NY59V5: Aggregate of octahedral crystals with red tile color. They are bright, tabular, with a considerable size for the locality and showing clearly the typical twin of the species.
Sierra de Mijas deposit, "El Repetidor", Mijas Range, Mijas, Comarca Costa del Sol Occidental, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (2007)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 1.9 × 1.4 cm = 1.2” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.1”

Spinel. Front
Front
Spinel. Rear
Rear
Spinel on Dolomite
Spinel on Dolomite. Spinel on Dolomite.

N41M: With minor Clinohumite.
Sierra de Mijas deposit, Mijas Range, Mijas, Comarca Costa del Sol Occidental, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (03/2001)

Specimen size: 6 × 3 cm = 2.4” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Fluorescent long UV
Spinel

N64BE1: While the crystal form of these Spinels is often not that good, in this case it has good form and brilliance. So this one is a good example of the Spanish Spinels.
Sierra de Mijas deposit, Mijas Range, Mijas, Comarca Costa del Sol Occidental, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (±1999)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.1 × 4.7 cm = 3.3” × 2.4” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.3 cm = 0.1”

Spinel.
Spinel.

Mimetite specimens from Tharsis, Spain

If you want to know more about the Beudantite please follow this link

Mimetite and Beudantite
Mimetite and Beudantite. Mimetite and Beudantite.

NE63V3: Although Mimetites have been previously found in Tharsis, between September and October 2011 some specimens of great quality appeared in the Filón Sur open pit. The size of the crystals is small, but the quality and definition is very high and they are also accompanied by Beudantites, whose analysis we will send to the buyer of the specimen.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (9-10/2011)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.3 × 0.9 cm = 1.4” × 0.9” × 0.4”

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

Mimetite and Beudantite

NB12V3: Although Mimetites have been previously found in Tharsis, between September and October 2011 some specimens of great quality appeared in the Filón Sur open pit. The size of the crystals is small, but the quality and definition is very high and they are also accompanied by Beudantites, whose analysis we will send to the buyer of the specimen.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (9-10/2011)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.1 × 1.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.2” × 0.7”

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

Mimetite and Beudantite. Mimetite and Beudantite.
Mimetite and Beudantite
Mimetite and Beudantite. Mimetite and Beudantite.

NE11V3: Although Mimetites have been previously found in Tharsis, between September and October 2011 some specimens of great quality appeared in the Filón Sur open pit. The size of the crystals is small, but the quality and definition is very high and they are also accompanied by Beudantites, whose analysis we will send to the buyer of the specimen.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (9-10/2011)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.2 × 4.1 cm = 1.9” × 0.9” × 1.6”

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

Mimetite with Beudantite

NB60AA3: Small but very sharp tabular Mimetite crystals of excellent quality. Grouped or isolated, they always have very well defined faces and edges, are bright and have a very intense and uniform yellow color and are on a limonite matrix with botryoidal growths of Beudantite in micro-crystals. Both the Mimetite and Beudantite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09-10/2011)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.4 × 1.3 cm = 2.1” × 1.3” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Mimetite with Beudantite. Mimetite with Beudantite.
Mimetite with Beudantite
Mimetite with Beudantite. Mimetite with Beudantite.

NX60AA3: Small but very sharp tabular Mimetite crystals of excellent quality. Grouped or isolated, they always have very well defined faces and edges, are bright and have a very intense and uniform yellow color and are on a limonite matrix with botryoidal growths of Beudantite in micro-crystals. Both the Mimetite and Beudantite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09-10/2011)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.4 × 0.8 cm = 1.6” × 0.9” × 0.3”

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

Mimetite with Beudantite

NA14AA3: Small but very sharp tabular Mimetite crystals of excellent quality. Grouped or isolated, they always have very well defined faces and edges, are bright and have a very intense and uniform yellow color and are on a limonite matrix with botryoidal growths of Beudantite in micro-crystals. Both the Mimetite and Beudantite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09-10/2011)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 6.1 × 1.9 cm = 3.7” × 2.4” × 0.7”

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

Mimetite with Beudantite. Mimetite with Beudantite.
Mimetite
Mimetite. Mimetite.

FH14Z9: Short prismatic crystals, a different shape from the most usual for samples from this locality. They are sharp, with very well defined faces and edges and are on a limonite matrix. Very unusual, as are many of the samples from this collection.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09-10/2011)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.8 × 1.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 0.6”

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

Former collection of Fermín Clemente


Iridescent Goethite

If you want to know more about these Goethites please follow this link

Iridescent Goethite

NJ58K8: Stalactitic-botryoidal growth with intense iridescence, very bright, metallic reflections, whose dominant colors vary between red, blue and gold. These growths contrast with a later formed phase with smaller and very bright botryoidal growths. The specimen is from a recent find in Tharsis. This locality hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Iridescent Goethite.
Iridescent Goethite
Iridescent Goethite. Front
Front
Iridescent Goethite. Rear
Rear

NA61L5: Stalactitic-botryoidal growth forming curious concretions and elongated growths. With intense metallic pastel color iridescence and a later formed phase, also with intense iridescence.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.8 × 4.2 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 1.7”

Iridescent Goethite

NB12K4: A novelty from Munich 2007. Stalactitic-botryoidal growth with intense, very bright, iridescence, with metallic reflections of dominant colors between golden and blue. The specimen is from a recent find on Tharsis (Filón Sur Mine) that hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.5 × 4 cm = 2.6” × 1.8” × 1.6”

Iridescent Goethite.
Iridescent Goethite
Iridescent Goethite. Front
Front
Iridescent Goethite. Rear
Rear
Iridescent Goethite.

ND80K4: A novelty from Munich 2007. Stalactitic-botryoidal growth with intense, very bright, iridescence, of dominant colors between pink and red and bluish. On the back it has laminar concretions, also iridescent, formed latterly to the botryoidal phase. The specimen is from a recent find on Tharsis (Filón Sur Mine) that hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 11 × 4 × 3.2 cm = 4.3” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Iridescent Goethite

NH36N7: The colorful Goethite from Tharsis is a classic in Spain. From the find of 2007, this one is a fine example of its quality.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 12 × 4.8 × 2.9 cm = 4.7” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Iridescent Goethite.

Goethite specimens from La Lapilla

Goethite
Goethite. Front
Front
Goethite. Rear
Rear

FZ62Z9: Very aerial parallel columnar growths with strongly iridescent areas that have a dominant green color, with red and blue on the tips and on the base.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.1 × 0.4 cm = 1.7” × 0.8” × 0.2”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Iridescent Goethite

NE9M1: If the Tharsis Goethite samples are well known for their intense colors and defined stalactitic growths, La Lapilla Goethite specimens stand out because of their delicate crossed stalactitic growths and filament-like structures. Also, a highlight is the pale pastel color iridescence, whose colors vary between green, deep blue to slight pink, and gray reflections with ocher zones.
La Lapilla Mine is well known by the rich base metals “gossan”, above all its high Gold content, but is not so known for Goethites.
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.3 × 1.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Iridescent Goethite.
Iridescent Goethite
Iridescent Goethite. Front
Front
Iridescent Goethite. Side
Side

NY10M1: If the Tharsis Goethite samples are well known for their intense colors and defined stalactitic growths, La Lapilla Goethite specimens stand out because of their delicate crossed stalactitic growths and very thin filament-like structures. Also, a highlight is the pale pastel color iridescence, whose colors vary between green, deep blue to slight pink, and gray reflections with ocher zones.
La Lapilla Mine is well known by the rich base metals “gossan”, above all its high Gold content, but is not so known for Goethites.
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.0”

Iridescent Goethite

NA60M1: If the Tharsis Goethite samples are well known for their intense colors and defined stalactitic growths, La Lapilla Goethite specimens stand out because of their delicate crossed stalactitic growths and very thin filament-like structures. Also, a highlight is the pale pastel color iridescence, whose colors vary between green, deep blue to slight pink, and gray reflections with ocher zones.
La Lapilla Mine is well known by the rich base metals “gossan”, above all its high Gold content, but is not so known for Goethites.
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.7 × 4.2 cm = 3.6” × 3.0” × 1.7”

Iridescent Goethite.
Goethite
Goethite. Goethite.

FB6Z8: Botryoidal and arborescent growths with intensely metallic-iridescent patinas showing strongly contrasted coloration, between pink-mauve and greenish and bluish shades. These samples have more elegant forms that those that are better known from Filón Sur, at Tharsis, and they are very rare because they appeared in the year 2008, and quickly disappeared from the mineral market.
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 7.2 × 4.1 cm = 4.0” × 2.8” × 1.6”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Goethite

FA67Z8: Fine columnar aggregates with patinas forming banded areas with vivid iridescent luster and strongly contrasted shades, predominating red, green and yellow. These samples have more elegant forms that those that are better known from Filón Sur, at Tharsis, and they are very rare because they appeared in the year 2008, and quickly disappeared from the mineral market.
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 12.1 × 8.4 × 3.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.3” × 1.5”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

Goethite. Goethite.

Goethite specimens from Riotinto

Goethite
Goethite.

NB13AB5: Small botryoidal growth on a matrix of the same Goethite, with iridescences of very vivid colors and predominating reddish shades. The sample, from a very unique find in 1980, it comes from a Spanish private collection.
Cerro Colorado Mine, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (±1980)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.3” × 1.0” × 1.0”

Iridescent Goethite

NB58S8: The iridescent Goethite from Rio Tinto is different from the Tharsis iridescent Goethite, it is not stalactitic and is much more colorful.
From an old find at the classic Rio Tinto mines, this Goethite surprises us with its rich and varied colors.
Cerro Colorado Mine, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (±1985)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.3 × 3.6 cm = 2.5” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Iridescent Goethite.
Iridescent Goethite
Iridescent Goethite. Iridescent Goethite.

NK6S8: The iridescent Goethite from Rio Tinto is different from the Tharsis iridescent Goethite, it is not stalactitic and is much more colorful.
From an old find at the classic Rio Tinto mine, this Goethite surprises us with its rich and varied colors.
Cerro Colorado Mine, Rio Tinto Mines, Minas de Riotinto, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (±1985)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.7 × 5.5 cm = 4.5” × 3.4” × 2.2”



   Previous Page Previous Page Next Page Next Page  Page top

Back to Index Notable Specimens

 
USA (RS)
US
Minerals (RS)
Mexico - Canada (RS)
Mexico & Canada
Minerals (RS)
Spain (general) (RS)
Spanish
Minerals (RS)
Spanish Fluorite (RS)
Spanish Fluorite (RS)
Portugal - Panasqueira (RS)
Portugal - Panasqueira (RS)
Romania (RS)
Romanian
Minerals (RS)
Europe (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania) (RS)
European
Minerals (RS)
FSU (RS)
FSU
Minerals (RS)
Morocco (RS)
Moroccan
Minerals (RS)
Africa (excl. Morocco) - Tsumeb (RS)
African
Minerals (RS)
Brazil (RS)
Brazilian
Minerals (RS)
South America (excl. Brazil) (RS)
South American
Minerals (RS)
China (RS)
Chinese
Minerals (RS)
Asia (excl. China) - Australia (RS)
Asia & Australia
Minerals (RS)
Oliete Collection (RS)
The Oliete
Collection (RS)
The Jan Buma Collections (RS)
The Jan Buma
Collections (RS)
The James Catmur Collection (RS)
The James Catmur
Collections (RS)
The Silvane Collection (RS)
The Silvane
Collection (RS)
The Pedro Goy Collection (RS)
The Pedro Goy
Collection (RS)
The Desmond Sacco Collection (RS)
The Desmond Sacco
Collection (RS)
The Folch Collection (RS)
The Folch
Collection (RS)
Best Specimens (RS)
Best Specimens
(RS)
Home Page Reference Specimens (RS)
Home Page
Reference Specimens
(RS)
Home Page Minerals
Home Page
Minerals
Home page - Minerals  About us  Client Comments  Friends of Minerals Forum  Order Form  Feedback Form  Search  
Home
page
Minerals
 About
us
 Client
Comments
 Friends
of
Minerals
Forum
 Order
Form
 Feedback
Form
 Search