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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.

Baryte with limonite
Baryte with limonite. Front
Front
Baryte with limonite. Side
Side

MF66AA8: A cluster of groups of thin tabular crystals in parallel growths, transparent and very bright, with an intense and uniform sky-blue color and on a limonite matrix. In perfect condition, which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (09/2014)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.6 × 3.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Baryte with Calcite and limonite

EH68AA0: Parallel growths, on limonite matrix, of thin tabular crystals with slight curvatures on their faces and edges. They are very transparent, very bright and have a very intense and uniform sky-blue color. In perfect condition,
which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05-06/2014)

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

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 0.6”

Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Baryte with Calcite and limonite.
Baryte with Calcite and limonite
Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Baryte with Calcite and limonite.

EH47AA0: Parallel and rod-like growths, on matrix, of thin elongated crystals with slight curvatures, transparent and very bright. They have an intense sky-blue color on the prism and are colorless on the terminations. In perfect condition, which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05-06/2014)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.4 × 3.2 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”

Baryte with Calcite and limonite

EL89AC2: Parallel growths of thick laminar crystals with slight curvatures, transparent and very bright. They have an intense sky-blue color and are on limonite matrix with small transparent Calcite crystals. In perfect condition, which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (10-11/2014)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 7.2 × 5 cm = 2.9” × 2.8” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Front
Front
Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Calcite and limonite.
Baryte
Baryte.

EX89W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Parallel and divergent aggregates, on limonite matrix, of elongated crystals that are very acute and have good terminations. They are between transparent and translucent, and are bright with an intense and uniform sky blue color.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Ste.-Marie-aux-Mines 2012’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 85 of number 5/2012
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (01-04/2012)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.5 × 5.8 cm = 2.9” × 2.6” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 1.7 cm = 2.8” × 0.7”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Baryte with Calcite and limonite

EJ28AA0: Parallel growths, on limonite matrix, of thin tabular crystals with slight curvatures on their faces and edges. They are very transparent, very bright and have a very intense and uniform sky-blue color. In perfect condition,
which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #38, July 19, 2014 edition.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05-06/2014)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 6.4 × 4.1 cm = 3.1” × 2.5” × 1.6”

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

Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Baryte with Calcite and limonite.
Baryte with limonite
Baryte with limonite. Front
Front
Baryte with limonite. Rear
Rear

EM90AC2: Parallel growths on a limonite matrix of flattened prismatic crystals, mostly doubly terminated, with slight curvatures on their edges, transparent, very bright and with a very intense sky-blue color. In perfect condition, which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (10-11/2014)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.2 × 4.5 cm = 3.7” × 2.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 9.4 × 2.5 cm = 3.7” × 1.0”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Baryte with Calcite and limonite

MR86AB0: Parallel aggregates of thin doubly terminated prismatic crystals, with slight curvatures on the edges, translucent, bright, with a uniform sky-blue color and on a limonite matrix coated by small Calcite crystals. In perfect condition, which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (09/2014)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.7 × 5.5 cm = 3.9” × 2.6” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Front
Front
Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Side
Side
Baryte with Calcite and limonite.
Baryte with Calcite and limonite
Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Front
Front
Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Top
Top
Baryte with Calcite and limonite.

EG99AC7: Parallel and rod-like growths of thin elongated crystals with slight curvatures, transparent and very bright. They have an intense sky-blue color and are on a limonite matrix, with small transparent Calcite crystals. In excellent condition, which for these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (10-11/2014)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 8.8 × 6.7 cm = 4.9” × 3.5” × 2.6”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Hematite

EJ9K9: Nice specimen, very sharp, enlongated and extremely flattened. Faces on the dejes are well defined and have a good luster.
Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (11/2005)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.3 × 0.2 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 0.1”

Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Rear
Rear
Grossular on Quartz
Grossular on Quartz.
Grossular on Quartz

T87BDH5: The locality is not well known. Crystals are dodecahedrons with well-defined faces and edges contrasting with the matrix of white Quartz where they growth.
The specimen is with an old label of R.F. Denicourt collection.
Sidi Bou Othmane, El Kelaâ des Sraghna Province, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.5 × 4.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Calcite "phantom"

TR9K9: Group of crystals formed by two rhombohedrons with evident scalenohedron “phantom” growth inside. The “phantom” is reddish due to a covering layer of Hematite.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 7 × 5.6 × 3.4 cm = 2.8” × 2.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Calcite "phantom".
Calcite "phantom"
Calcite "phantom". Calcite "phantom".

TA14K4: Group of yellowish crystals formed by two rhombohedrons, a steep one and a shallow one, with a red scalenohedral phantom growth due to a Hematite film that covers them.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 9 × 4 cm = 3.8” × 3.5” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Karibibite

EL14T4: Botryoidal growths on matrix of small crystals. They have a very intense color, between orange and yellow.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.9 × 3 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.2”

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

Karibibite. Karibibite.
Calcite with Pyrite
Calcite with Pyrite. Front
Front
Calcite with Pyrite. Top
Top

TL63N6: Group of slightly yellowish crystals with very sharp forms. They consist of two prisms with three alternating faces and the three terminal faces of a flat rhombohedron. The piece has minor matrix with small crystals of Pyrite. The sample is from a recent find in the El Hamman area.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (11/2008)

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

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 2.2 cm = 2.0” × 0.9”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Pyrite, Goethite and Fluorite

TM16N6: Group of white crystals of Calcite with very well defined forms. The crystals consist of two prisms of three alternating faces and the three terminal faces of a flat rhombohedron but their surfaces are very rich in polycrystalline growths. They are on a matrix of botryoidal Goethite partially coated by small iridescent crystals of Pyrite. A very esthetic. piece from a recent find in the El Hamman area.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (11/2008)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 8.6 × 6.8 cm = 3.4” × 3.4” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 3.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Pyrite, Goethite and Fluorite. Front
Front
Calcite with Pyrite, Goethite and Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Pyrite
Calcite with Pyrite. Calcite with Pyrite.

MM26W9: A novelty at Munich 2012. Parallel aggregates of Calcite crystals with a wide pinacoidal face, a much flattened rhombohedron and a poorly developed prism that has very bright faces. This crystal habit exhibits the so called “poker chip” morphology. The Calcite is partially coated by growths of small cubic crystals of Pyrite.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (07/2012)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 5.8 × 3.5 cm = 3.7” × 2.3” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.7 cm = 1.2” × 1.1”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Pyrite and Calcite

EP66H9: Group of cubic crystals that have green color with slight violet shades and are partially covered by small crystals of white Calcite and Pyrite. We note its spectacular color change: deep green in incandescent or fluorescent light and also green but with wide zonations of sky blue under natural light.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2005)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 3.5” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Pyrite and Calcite.
Fluorite with Pyrite
Fluorite with Pyrite.

TJ39D1: The Pyrite coating is very nice and brilliant, and the Fluorite is a very agreeable green color. Some minor white Quartz adds to the specimen and, which is extremely rare for the specimens from this wild isolated locality, it is damage free!
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 10.5 × 6 cm = 5.3” × 4.1” × 2.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Siderite and Quartz

CF9G2: Esthetic growth of tabular crystals with rhombohedral terminations. The Calcite has grown on a matrix of Siderite rhombohedra and Quartz prisms. Very original and different from most Calcites and from a locality not previously known for its minerals.
Iouriren Mine (AGM Mine), Akka, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.2 × 4.5 cm = 1.5” × 0.9” × 1.8”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Siderite and Quartz.
Pyrite with Quartz
Pyrite with Quartz.

MY57P9: The locality of origin is a gold mine that produces few samples for collectors. In this case the Pyrite forms a very aerial group of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on a group of doubly terminated crystals of Quartz.
Iouriren Mine (AGM Mine), Akka, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 0.9”

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

Faden Quartz with Epidote

NP26F7: A fan of Quartz crystals. With them there are small crystals of Epidote. In fact the structure is very interesting, it is a 'faden' Quartz that has suffered some form of stretching. The result is that one can see a clearly curved crystal near the base. It comes from Morocco, but looks alpine.
Iouriren Mine (AGM Mine), Akka, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.3 × 4 cm = 3.4” × 2.9” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 0.6”

Faden Quartz with Epidote.
Baryte with Dioptase
Baryte with Dioptase. Front
Front
Baryte with Dioptase. Rear
Rear

NA13V4: Parallel aggregate of tabular crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very well delineated geometric zonal growths and partially colored by minor crusts of Dioptase.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (09/2011)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.8 × 3.9 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.5”

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

Baryte with Dioptase

NF64X6: Platy growths showing the so-called sawtooth shape, of Baryte crystals with a very well marked geometrical color zoning, colorless and clear in the center and opaque white on the borders with reddish Hematite inclusions. Some of the crystals are partially coated by small crystalline Dioptase.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (09/2011)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.7 × 5.2 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 2.0”

Baryte with Dioptase.
Baryte with Dioptase. Baryte with Dioptase.
Quartz (variety red quartz)
Quartz (variety red quartz). Front
Front
Quartz (variety red quartz). Side
Side

TK67AB2: A novelty at Tucson 2015. Quite different from other Quartz samples previously collected at the same area by its morphology, forming a parallel growth of very thick crystals and by the Hematite, both as fine coatings and as inclusions that occupy part of the Quartz crystal’s interior.
Toufassmame (Izizauen), Alnif, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 6 × 5.9 cm = 4.2” × 2.4” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 8.8 × 4.6 cm = 3.5” × 1.8”

Quartz (variety red quartz)

TC89AB2: A novelty at Tucson 2015. Quite different from other Quartz samples previously collected at the same area by its morphology, with a very wide growth of one of the pyramidal and two parallel prismatic faces, and by the Hematite, both as fine coatings and as inclusions that occupy part of the Quartz crystal’s interior.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2015 Tucson Show in the magazine "Lapis" number 03/2015, page 27 and in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 456, volume 46, number 3
Toufassmame (Izizauen), Alnif, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 10.9 × 10.6 × 6 cm = 4.3” × 4.2” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 0.9 cm = 2.1” × 0.4”

Quartz (variety red quartz). Quartz (variety red quartz).
Quartz (variety red quartz)
Quartz (variety red quartz). Quartz (variety red quartz).

TJ40AB2: A novelty at Tucson 2015. Quite different from other Quartz samples previously collected at the same area by its morphology, with a very wide growth of one of the pyramidal and two parallel prismatic faces, and by the Hematite, both as fine coatings and as inclusions that occupy part of the Quartz crystal’s interior.
Toufassmame (Izizauen), Alnif, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 12 × 9.4 × 6.4 cm = 4.7” × 3.7” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.5”

Cerussite with Quartz

EB66F9: Good quality Cerussits, not so long ago, were relatively common from Touissit and Mibladen, two of the biggest classic localities in Morocco. Samples from Taouz are much more difficult to find. This one is a group of twinned Cerussite crystals with a silky aspect and excellent development on matrix.
Bouzougar, Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/05/2003)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4 × 4.2 cm = 2.5” × 1.6” × 1.7”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Cerussite with Quartz. Front
Front
Cerussite with Quartz. Side
Side
Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Rear
Rear

96DMG4: Crystals have considerable size and good color. They show the typical morphology of Taouz and are spread on matrix, which allows one to clearly appreciate their excellent development.
Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.7 × 8.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 3.3”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Vanadinite with Siderite

EK9Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. A fine isolated group of tabular Vanadinite crystals, with a very intense color and luster and spread over an unusual matrix of small lenticular Siderite crystals.
Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.1”

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

Vanadinite with Siderite. Vanadinite with Siderite.
Vanadinite with Siderite
Vanadinite with Siderite. Vanadinite with Siderite.

EV10Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Fine isolated divergent groups of tabular Vanadinite crystals, with a very intense color and luster and spread over an unusual matrix of rhombohedral Siderite.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #35, August 14, 2013 edition.
Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.1” × 1.3”

Vanadinite with Siderite

EX60Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Fine isolated globular Vanadinite growths, one of them clearly dominant, formed by tabular crystals, with very intense color and luster and spread on an unusual matrix of rhombohedral Siderite matrix.
Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3 × 2.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Vanadinite with Siderite. Vanadinite with Siderite.
Vanadinite with Siderite
Vanadinite with Siderite. Vanadinite with Siderite.

ET11Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Divergent groups and isolated tabular Vanadinite crystals with a very intense color and luster and spread over an unusual matrix of rhombohedral Siderite.
Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.5 × 4.6 cm = 2.6” × 1.4” × 1.8”

Vanadinite with Siderite

EZ14Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Rosette-like aggregates and isolated tabular Vanadinite crystals with a very intense color and luster and spread over an unusual matrix of well developed rhombohedral Siderite crystals.
Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 10.1 × 7.5 × 5.3 cm = 4.0” × 3.0” × 2.1”

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

Vanadinite with Siderite. Vanadinite with Siderite.
Quartz on Siderite
Quartz on Siderite. Quartz on Siderite.

N11BI7: Doubly terminated, very bright and absolutely clear crystal. It is on a matrix of crystallized Siderite. The crystal has curious deformations on the terminal faces and shows inclusions on its central zone.
Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.6 × 6.5 cm = 3.7” × 3.0” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 1 cm = 1.3” × 0.4”

Twinned Cerussite with Baryte

EA64P2: Radial twins of extraordinarily bright Cerussite crystals on a Galena matrix and with white Baryte. Radial twins are unusual in Mibladen, where the normal is the dipyramidal twin.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (09/2005)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.3 × 2.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Twinned Cerussite with Baryte.
Cerussite with Baryte
Cerussite with Baryte. Front
Front
Cerussite with Baryte. Side
Side
Cerussite with Baryte.

TM14AB7: Very aerial group of twinned Cerussite crystals whose shape is very uncommon for Mibladen samples, with very smooth surfaces and very well defined prism faces. They are on a Dolomite matrix with aggregates of laminar Baryte crystals.
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.7 × 3 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 1.6 cm = 1.1” × 0.6”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Cerussite with Baryte

EV26V1: Twinned (cyclic twin) dipyramidal crystals of Cerussite. They are bright, have an intense yellow color and are on matrix with aggregates of pinkish crystals of Baryte and with Galena. A Moroccan classic.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 272 in the volume 44, number 3
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 10.5 × 3.8 cm = 5.3” × 4.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Cerussite with Baryte. Cerussite with Baryte.
Azurite with Malachite and Gypsum
Azurite with Malachite and Gypsum.

EZ60Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Spheroidal nodule formed by small lenticular Azurite crystals that have an intense color and good luster. They are on an unusual matrix of Gypsum crystals and with Malachite. The sample is from a small area of old abandoned mines between Aouli and Mibladen, now rediscovered thanks to intensive manual mineral collecting at this zone.
Lizaste, Aouli-Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Azurite with Malachite and Gypsum

EM14Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Double spheroidal nodule formed by small lenticular Azurite crystals that have intense color and good luster. They are on an unusual matrix of fibrous Gypsum and with Malachite. The sample is from a small area of old abandoned mines between Aouli and Mibladen, now rediscovered thanks to intensive manual mineral collecting at this zone.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2013 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 112, page 11
Lizaste, Aouli-Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

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

Azurite with Malachite and Gypsum. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite and Gypsum. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

EF56W8: Druse of transparent cubic crystals. They have an intense yellow color and are more isolated and aerial than is usual with most of the samples from the locality. We especially note the contrast between the yellow color of the crystals and the orange tone of the inclusions in the Quartz matrix.
Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2005)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 5.4 × 1.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.1” × 0.7”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Malachite-Azurite on Fluorite

CB68D4: Colorful combination of Malachite-Azurite covering Fluorite. From this locality a few not that bad yellow Fluorites have come onto the market from time to time. But once in a while they are covered by Malachite-Azurite, as this case, and even more exceptionally, the whole specimen is as esthetic as this one.
Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1995)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8 × 3.5 cm = 4.5” × 3.1” × 1.4”

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

Malachite-Azurite on Fluorite. Malachite-Azurite on Fluorite.
Cerussite with Malachite
Cerussite with Malachite.

EY11Q7: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2010. White elongated crystals of pearly luster implanted on groups of acicular crystals of Malachite with a silky luster and a very deep and uniform color. From a recent find in Bou Beker where this association hasn’t been found before.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05/2010)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 1.4” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.1 cm = 0.3” × 0.0”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Cerussite with Malachite

ER86Q7: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2010. White elongated crystals of pearly luster in parallel growths, forming convoluted columns, implanted on groups of acicular crystals of Malachite with a silky luster and a very deep and uniform color. From a recent find in Bou Beker where this association hasn’t been found before.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05/2010)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.2 × 3.3 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Cerussite with Malachite. Cerussite with Malachite.
Cerussite with Malachite
Cerussite with Malachite. Cerussite with Malachite.

EQ27Q7: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2010. White elongated crystals of pearly luster in parallel growths, forming convoluted columns, implanted on groups of acicular crystals of Malachite with a silky luster and a very deep and uniform color. From a recent find in Bou Beker where this association hasn’t been found before.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2010 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 94, page 55.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05/2010)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.6 × 4.4 cm = 3.1” × 2.6” × 1.7”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Mimetite with Azurite and Wulfenite

TM62AE1: Very aerial microcrystalline growth of elongated Mimetite crystals that are bright and have a very vivid yellow color with platy Wulfenite that has the same color, plus aggregates of very bright Azurite crystals. A fine miniature, very representative of the occasional local finds in areas around Bou Bekker.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.6 × 2.2 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 0.9”

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

Mimetite with Azurite and Wulfenite. Mimetite with Azurite and Wulfenite.
Olivenite and Azurite
Olivenite and Azurite. Olivenite and Azurite.

EA13AD8: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Aggregates of acicular Olivenite crystals, individualized or forming radial aggregates, with the olive-green color typical for the species, on limonite matrix and with rosette aggregates of lenticular Azurite crystals with a vivid and deep color. The Olivenite has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. As usual with the Moroccan novelties, the locality is not yet completely confirmed, but it is very plausible that it is Tazalarht.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.3 × 1.8 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 0.7”

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

Olivenite and Azurite

EX14AD8: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Aggregates of acicular Olivenite crystals, individualized or forming radial aggregates, with the olive-green color typical for the species, on limonite matrix and with rosette aggregates of lenticular Azurite crystals with a vivid and deep color. The Olivenite has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. As usual with the Moroccan novelties, the locality is not yet completely confirmed, but it is very plausible that it is Tazalarht.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.9 × 2.8 cm = 1.8” × 1.5” × 1.1”

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

Olivenite and Azurite. Olivenite and Azurite.
Silver
Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear

TM36V9: Arborescent growth, on matrix, of laminar native Silver. The excellent condition of conservation and its luster in spite of the years passed since it was collected suggests that it hasn't interstitial or embedded Mercury so it won't be the variety kongsbergite, the most common type of Silver from this locality. A Moroccan classic of excellent quality.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 13 × 10 × 7 cm = 5.1” × 3.9” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 10 × 9.8 cm = 3.9” × 3.9”

Silver with Calcite

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EM16W7: Very aerial laminar growth with fresh, very well marked crystalline surfaces. It is on a rocky matrix, with cleaved Calcite. Its excellent condition of conservation in spite of the long time since it was mined suggests it hasn't embedded or interstitial mercury. It is not, then, the variety kongsbergite, the more typical Silver at this locality.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 7.3 × 7 cm = 5.3” × 2.9” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 8.1 × 3.7 cm = 3.2” × 1.5”

Silver with Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Silver
Silver. Front
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Silver. Rear
Rear

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TN46W5: Laminar growths of native Silver on matrix. This sample, a magnificent Moroccan classic, is preserved in mint condition in spite of the many years since its extraction, due to it’s not being combined with native Mercury (Kongsbergite), unlike what happens with the majority of the samples from Imiter.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 10 × 5.3 cm = 5.7” × 3.9” × 2.1”

Proustite

TM26AD6: Spheroidal aggregates of short prismatic Proustite crystals that are translucent and have very well defined faces and edges.
Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01-02/2011)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.9 × 3.1 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 1.2”

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

Proustite. Front
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Proustite. Side
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Proustite.
Proustite with Siderite and Quartz
Proustite with Siderite and Quartz. Proustite with Siderite and Quartz.

EQ93T4: Spheroidal aggregates of very bright and very well defined crystals of Proustite that have a very deep red color. The sample has a very "fresh" appearance and it is on a matrix of Quartz and Siderite. Its quality is very high for the locality.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (03/2011)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.6” × 1.8”

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

Quartz (variety hematoide)

EX96AE6: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2016. Drusy growth, on matrix, of crystals with a very short, almost non-existent prism. They are extraordinarily bright and have an unusually intense and deep red color due to very fine Hematite inclusions. Among the best known, for the color, of this Quartz variety.
Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 11 × 9.4 × 5 cm = 4.3” × 3.7” × 2.0”

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

Quartz (variety hematoide). Quartz (variety hematoide).
Quartz (variety hematoide).
Pyrolusite
Pyrolusite.

N8LI7: Radial groups of very bright acicular crystals of Manganite partially transformed in Pyrolusite (analyzed), that contrast with a matrix of clearer shades.
Imini area, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draa Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.2 × 2.3 cm = 3.3” × 2.0” × 0.9”

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

Quartz with Goethite inclusions

N16RE6: I will get sentimental about this one. While it is not a top quality specimen (I don’t want to fool anyone into thinking it is) it was one of the first that I added to my own collection. Recently I got a better example, so I have decided to sell this one - with the original label from my collection: number F-33. I bought it during a trip to Morocco with my brother in 1974, when I did not even know what the mineral included in the Quartz was. The great collector from Barcelona, Joaquín Folch, told me that, based on the pleiocrism, they are crystals of Goethite. Anyway, apart from the history, I have always liked this one and I still think that the spray of Baryte and blobs of Quartz at the rear make it neat. As you would expect, we will send my label to the person that buys this.

Tizirine, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (1974)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.5 × 6.3 cm = 3.7” × 2.6” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV
Quartz with Goethite inclusions.
Quartz with Goethite inclusions.
Quartz with Goethite inclusions.
Baryte
Baryte.

S208SA0: Baryte on Quartz with Goethite inclusions. Well known for their great specimens of Goethite on Quartz these quarries also produce nice Baryte!
Tizirine, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco

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

Fluorescent short UV

Aragonite and Goethite on Quartz

ND13V7: Radial sprays of very thin white, acicular crystals of Aragonite filling a cavity in Quartz with very bright black crystals, also acicular, of Goethite.
Tizirine, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2011)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5 × 3.2 cm = 3.3” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Aragonite very fluorescent long & short UV
Aragonite and Goethite on Quartz. Aragonite and Goethite on Quartz.
Prehnite with Epidote and Quartz
Prehnite with Epidote and Quartz.

E16BK9: Globular growth of well defined faces, showing a deep green color. With small Quartz crystals on matrix.
Jebel Melh, Bou Arfa, Figuig Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (2000)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.2 × 3.8 cm = 2.7” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Prehnite with Quartz

ED37X4: Spheroidal aggregates of crystals with good terminations, a clear and uniform green color and good luster, and on matrix with small Quartz crystals. It is currently difficult to obtain good samples from this mine, as it is actually abandoned.
Jebel Melh, Bou Arfa, Figuig Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05/1999)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 6.7 × 4.5 cm = 3.8” × 2.6” × 1.8”

Prehnite with Quartz.
Prehnite
Prehnite. Prehnite.

AB6H5: The sample is very intense green and forms globular growths consisting of prismatic crystals of simple forms and very well defined. Actually disappeared from the market, it is difficult to obtain good Prehnite from this locality.
Jebel Melh, Bou Arfa, Figuig Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1995)

Specimen size: 11 × 7 × 6.3 cm = 4.3” × 2.8” × 2.5”

Prehnite

MZ11J2: Group of prismatic crystals of excellent definition, uncommon for the species.
Guercif, Guercif Ben Hadine Province, Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate  Morocco (10/2002)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.7 × 4.8 cm = 2.9” × 2.2” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

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

EA28AB9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2015, a new worldwide locality for fine Erythrite! Although it looks very similar to the famous Bou Azzer ones, the deposit of this specimen is located about 500 Km. from the Bou Azzer Mine and in a different geological environment.
As far as we know these Erythrites were not known before and they come not from the Tazalarht quarries but in a new shaft/prospect located very close to the Tazalarht quarries. Related species are Quartz, Phlogopite (analyzed) and a mix of Chalcocite-Djurleite-Digenite in the matrix.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 4 × 3 × 3.1 cm = 1.6” × 1.2” × 1.2”

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

Erythrite with Phlogopite and Quartz

EF97AB9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2015, a new worldwide locality for fine Erythrite! Although it looks very similar to the famous Bou Azzer ones, the deposit of this specimen is located about 500 Km. from the Bou Azzer Mine and in a different geological environment.
As far as we know these Erythrites were not known before and they come not from the Tazalarht quarries but in a new shaft/prospect located very close to the Tazalarht quarries. Related species are Quartz, Phlogopite (analyzed) and a mix of Chalcocite-Djurleite-Digenite in the matrix.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.4 × 1 cm = 1.6” × 0.9” × 0.4”

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

EE68AB9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2015, a new worldwide locality for fine Erythrite! Although it looks very similar to the famous Bou Azzer ones, the deposit of this specimen is located about 500 Km. from the Bou Azzer Mine and in a different geological environment.
As far as we know these Erythrites were not known before and they come not from the Tazalarht quarries but in a new shaft/prospect located very close to the Tazalarht quarries. Related species are Quartz, Phlogopite (analyzed) and a mix of Chalcocite-Djurleite-Digenite in the matrix.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Erythrite with Phlogopite

EA88AC2: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Aggregate of very elongated crystals that have a quite different shape than the better known Erythrite from Bou Azzer. These crystals in a Phlogopite-rich matrix are notable by their luster and color, very intense and uniform.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2015)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.3 × 2.7 cm = 2.6” × 2.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

Erythrite with Phlogopite. Front
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Erythrite with Phlogopite. Side
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Erythrite with Phlogopite. Erythrite with Phlogopite.
Erythrite with Bariopharmacosiderite
Erythrite with Bariopharmacosiderite. Erythrite with Bariopharmacosiderite.

M87BC7: Jordi really likes it when a nice specimen also has a rare mineral on it. Well some of this 'infirmity' has rubbed off on me so I am also affected by the same thrill. So, in this one I can see the beauty of the large crystals of Erythrite which are long but covered with a rare mineral: Barium-pharmacosiderite. As we have done an analysis of this we can send you a copy. In fact we are also letting you know about something most people are unaware of - the presence of this mineral from Bou-Azzer. Which is something else we like to do!

Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2000)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 3.0” × 1.6” × 1.4”

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

Quartz (variety chalcedony)

EP61AE1: A floater nodule with blackish spheroidal forms and whitish areas with some visible crystalline forms. The sample, a silicified fossil sponge, mainly retains the original morphology of this biological specimen.
Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.1” × 2.0” × 1.9”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Quartz (variety chalcedony). Front
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Quartz (variety chalcedony). Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety chalcedony)
Quartz (variety chalcedony). Front
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Quartz (variety chalcedony). Rear
Rear

ER62AE1: A floater nodule with blackish spheroidal forms and whitish areas with some visible crystalline forms. The nodule is a result of sponge silica fossilization.
Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.9 × 5.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.9” × 2.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite

EB6AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Arborescent growths of small native Gold crystals on a Quartz matrix with an indeterminate dark gray metallic mineral. These native Golds from Bou Azzer were noted a long time ago so this recent rediscovery must be considered as a novelty; at the same time a curiosity and a rarity. We analyzed these Golds to confirm the presence of Silver and, effectively, they are 26.1 % Ag with a 0.8 % As. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.6”

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

Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite. Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite.
Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite
Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite. Front
Front
Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite. Rear
Rear
Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite. Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite.

EC6AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Strongly elongated and doubly terminated native Gold in hooked growths. They are on matrix, with radial and felted aggregates of acicular Erythrite crystals. These native Golds from Bou Azzer were noted a long time ago so this recent rediscovery must be considered as a novelty; at the same time a curiosity and a rarity. We analyzed these Golds to confirm the presence of Silver and, effectively, they are 26.1 % Ag with a 0.8 % As. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2017 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine "Lapis" number 07-08/2017, page 71
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2017)

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

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.1 cm = 0.3” × 0.0”

Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite

EE14AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Strongly elongated and doubly terminated native Gold in hooked growths. They are on matrix with radial and felted aggregates of acicular Erythrite crystals. These native Golds from Bou Azzer were noted a long time ago so this recent rediscovery must be considered as a novelty; at the same time a curiosity and a rarity. We analyzed these Golds to confirm the presence of Silver and, effectively, they are 26.1 % Ag with a 0.8 % As. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.3 × 2 cm = 2.4” × 1.3” × 0.8”

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

Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite. Gold (electrum variety) with Erythrite.

Quartz (Amethyst) 'hour glass'

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Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'
Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'.

EK14N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Doubly terminated crystal with very well defined color zoning, reminding one of an hour glass, and unidentified fibrous inclusions. On the back, the crystal has a neat contact, of sugary aspect, from the lost matrix from which it seems to have separated very easily.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a novelty from Ste. Marie 2009 in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 46, volume 34, number 9, September 2009.
Bou Oudi, Mount Adrar Tirecht, Tata Province, Guelmim-Es Semara Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.3 × 2 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'

EG63N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Doubly terminated crystal with very well defined color zoning, reminding one of an hour glass, and unidentified fibrous inclusions. On the back, the crystal has a neat contact, of sugary aspect, from the lost matrix from which it seems to have separated very easily.
Bou Oudi, Mount Adrar Tirecht, Tata Province, Guelmim-Es Semara Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.3 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'.
Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'
Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'.

EF63N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Doubly terminated crystal with very well defined color zoning, reminding one of an hour glass, and unidentified fibrous inclusions. On the back, the crystal has a neat contact, of sugary aspect, from the lost matrix from which it seems to have separated very easily.
Bou Oudi, Mount Adrar Tirecht, Tata Province, Guelmim-Es Semara Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.1 × 1.7 cm = 1.4” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'

EC12N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Doubly terminated crystal with very well defined color zoning, reminding one of an hour glass, and unidentified fibrous inclusions. On the back, the crystal has a neat contact, of sugary aspect, from the lost matrix from which it seems to have separated very easily.
Bou Oudi, Mount Adrar Tirecht, Tata Province, Guelmim-Es Semara Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.4” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'.
Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'
Quartz (variety amethyst) 'hour glass'.

EL64N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Two doubly terminated crystals with very well defined color zoning, reminding one of an hour glass, and unidentified fibrous inclusions. On the back, the crystal has a neat contact, of sugary aspect, from the lost matrix from which it seems to have separated very easily.
This specimen was photographed for the magazine ‘Minéraux et Fossiles’ and appears on page 2 of number 383.
Bou Oudi, Mount Adrar Tirecht, Tata Province, Guelmim-Es Semara Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.0” × 0.7”


Erythrite from the Agoudal Centre Quarry

The great find of the 2000 mineralogical year was made in June and July. The best and largest Erythrite ever found, from Bou-Azzer area, Morocco. The crystal size, their color and the fact that the crystals are within pockets of Quartz make them all special, as did the number of specimens found (although not that many were of high quality, as many were damaged). So this find will be memorable for years to come.

Erythrite with Quartz and Skutterudite

EF27V0: Aggregate of very sharp crystals of Erythrite, some of them doubly terminated, partially coated by Quartz and with small very well defined crystals of Skutterudite in the back side.
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04-05/2010)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.7” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Erythrite with Quartz and Skutterudite.
Erythrite
Erythrite. Front
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Erythrite. Side
Side
Erythrite.

EX47T3: Centered growth, very aerial and on matrix, of very well defined elongated crystals with uncommon terminations that are more rounded than usual. Translucent, very bright and with an excellent deep color.
The specimen has been published in the Chinese magazine ‘Mineral Lover’ on page 7 in the volume 9/2011
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04-05/2010)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.5 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.2”

Erythrite

EM76R9: Group of sharp crystals of Erythrite with very well defined faces and edges. They are very bright and have an excellent, very deep, color. They are on a metallic matrix, probably Safflorite, and have, in some areas, scarce coatings of Limonite that we have analyzed.
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04-05/2010)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.8 × 4.5 cm = 2.9” × 1.9” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

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

ET89Q7: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2010. From a small vein in the Agoudal area different from the classic veins of Bou Azzer. The crystals, on matrix, form parallel groups larger and thicker than usually seen in this species, with an excellent definition of faces and edges and exceptional depth of color and intensity of luster.
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04-05/2010)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.8 × 6.6 cm = 3.0” × 2.3” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.2”

Erythrite with Bariopharmacosiderite

EQ69Q7: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2010. From a small vein in the Agoudal area different from the classic veins of Bou Azzer. The crystals, on matrix, form parallel groups, large for the species, with an excellent definition of faces and edges and exceptional depth of color and intensity of luster. Some of the smaller groups are partially coated by Bariopharmacosiderite which has been analysed. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04-05/2010)

Specimen size: 11 × 8 × 6.7 cm = 4.3” × 3.1” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

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

EV51Q7: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2010. From a small vein in the Agoudal area different from the classic veins of Bou Azzer. The crystals, on matrix, form parallel groups, much larger than usually seen in this species, with an excellent definition of faces and edges and exceptional depth of color and intensity of luster. On Quartz crystals partially coated by, probably, Heterogenite (not analyzed).
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04-05/2010)

Specimen size: 12.3 × 9.3 × 4.7 cm = 4.8” × 3.7” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 7 cm = 2.8”


Aït Ahmane Mine

Gersdorffite with Calcite and Quartz

EY89Y2: Very sharp octahedral crystal, of a large size for the species. It is extraordinarily bright, a very uncommon quality for the species, and it is on a Quartz matrix. It has a small contact on one of the lower vertices and the whole back side.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2012)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 0.9”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Gersdorffite with Calcite and Quartz.
Gersdorffite with Calcite
Gersdorffite with Calcite. Gersdorffite with Calcite.

EJ66T4: From a recent find this same year. The octahedral crystals, with very well defined faces and edges, have a considerable size for the species and are unusually fresh and bright. They are on matrix, with Calcite that has not been acid-etched.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (03/2011)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.7 × 4.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.6”

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

Gersdorffite with Calcite and Annabergite

EM49T0: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2011. Very aerial group of sharp octahedral crystals of Gersdorffite. They are bright and are on a matrix of Calcite, with thin coatings of slightly green Annabergite.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 29 in number 2011/2
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (03/2011)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.8 × 3.7 cm = 2.4” × 2.3” × 1.5”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Gersdorffite with Calcite and Annabergite. Gersdorffite with Calcite and Annabergite.
Gersdorffite with Calcite
Gersdorffite with Calcite. Front
Front
Gersdorffite with Calcite. Side
Side

EV99Y2: Very aerial aggregate of very sharp octahedral crystals. They are extraordinarily bright, a very uncommon quality for the species, and it is on matrix, with Quartz.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2012)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5 × 2.3 cm = 2.9” × 2.0” × 0.9”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth

TA89AE7: A novelty at Tucson 2017. Djurleite-Chalcocite (intergrowth) mined carefully over 7 months in the Aït Ahmane area (it seems that not in the same shafts that produced the famous Gersdorffites) and presented for the first time in Tucson 2017.
We believe that for the sharpness of the crystals and their size this find will highlight Aït Ahmane as one of the world's best localities for this not so common species.
We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2014-05/2015)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.7” × 0.2”

Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth. Front
Front
Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth. Rear
Rear
Vladimirite
Vladimirite. Vladimirite.

ME86P5: An excellent sample. Vladimirite, a rare arsenate, forms globular growths of white fibrous and acicular crystals filling vugs on the matrix. These Vladimirites from Aït Ahmane are among the world’s best for the species.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2002)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 4.9 × 5.5 cm = 3.4” × 1.9” × 2.2”

Vladimirite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Arhbar Mine

Conichalcite with Calcite

TP11AD2: Spheroidal aggregates and small crystals of intensely deep green Conichalcite on a Calcite matrix. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2015)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Conichalcite with Calcite. Conichalcite with Calcite.
Goethite with Conichalcite
Goethite with Conichalcite. Goethite with Conichalcite.

EM16Z5: Small acicular Goethite crystals, very bright and with reddish reflections due to its pleochroism. They are on a matrix with Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated, and with small botryoidal Conichalcite aggregates. Different than most of the usual samples from the Bou Azzer area.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 555 in the volume 90, number 6, Nov/Dec 2015
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2013)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 5.4 × 6.7 cm = 3.8” × 2.1” × 2.6”

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

Cobaltoan Dolomite with Marcasite and Goethite

CB16G2: A very esthetic specimen. This Dolomite, of an attractive color, is partially covered by Marcasite cockscombs, and these covered by Goethite. The specimen caught our attention and we analyzed it to be sure about the identification. We will send the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (02/2005)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 8 × 4.7 cm = 4.6” × 3.1” × 1.9”

Cobaltoan Dolomite with Marcasite and Goethite.
Cobaltoan Dolomite with Marcasite and Goethite.

Bouismas Mine - Bou Azzer

Skutterudite with Calcite
Skutterudite with Calcite.

EL10V1: Groups of unusually well differentiated octahedral crystals with small cube faces, very well defined and very bright. They are on matrix, with Calcite.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2011)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.9 × 1.9 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 0.7”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Skutterudite with Calcite

TB46V7: Irregular aggregate of very sharp cubo-octahedral crystals of Skutterudite, with very well defined faces and edges, on a matrix of the same Skutterudite and with white Calcite.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2011)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.2 × 3.8 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.5”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Skutterudite with Calcite. Skutterudite with Calcite.
Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite
Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite. Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite.

TP79Q0: A novelty at Tucson 2010. The Allargentum appears intergrown with Silver and Dyscrasite. It is clearly differentiated and dominant in the analysis of the sample, so the right label is Allargentum. The Allargentum forms arborescent growths on a Calcite-rich matrix with small groups of Actinolite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 29 in number 2010/2
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.7 × 3 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Allargentum with Calcite

EA98T4: The Allargentum, as very well defined crystals, appears intergrown with Silver and Dyscrasite, forming dendritic growths on a Calcite matrix with fibrous aggregates of Actinolite. The Allargentum is dominant in the analysis so, following IMA recommendations, we label the sample in this way. We'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (02/2010)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Allargentum with Calcite. Allargentum with Calcite.
Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite
Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite.
Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite. Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite.

TZ69Q0: A novelty at Tucson 2010. The Allargentum appears intergrown with Silver and Dyscrasite. It is clearly differentiated and dominant in the analysis of the sample, so the right label is Allargentum. The Allargentum forms arborescent growths on a Calcite-rich matrix with small groups of Actinolite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 11, volume 40, number 6, June 2015
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 1.0”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Allargentum with Calcite and Actinolite

ED28R3: The Allargentum, as very elongated crystals, appears intergrown with Silver and Dyscrasite, forming dendritic growths on Calcite matrix and with centered growths of acicular crystals of Actinolite. The Allargentum appears as dominant on the analysis, so, following the IMA recommendations, we label the sample as this. We’ll send copy of the analysis, both of the Allargentum and the Actinolite, to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 32, volume 35, number 11, November 2010.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2010)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5 × 4.2 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.0”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Allargentum with Calcite and Actinolite. Allargentum with Calcite and Actinolite.
Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite
Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite. Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite.

TV49Q0: A novelty at Tucson 2010. The Allargentum appears intergrown with Silver and Dyscrasite. It is clearly differentiated and dominant in the analysis of the sample, so the right label is Allargentum. The Allargentum forms arborescent growths on a Calcite-rich matrix with small groups of Actinolite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 33, volume 35, number 11, November 2010.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite

TX47Q0: A novelty at Tucson 2010. The Allargentum appears intergrown with Silver and Dyscrasite. It is clearly differentiated and dominant in the analysis of the sample, so the right label is Allargentum. The Allargentum forms arborescent growths on a Calcite-rich matrix with small groups of Actinolite and thin filaments of a not analyzed metallic mineral. We’ll send a copy of the analysis.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2009)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.6 × 3.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.4” × 1.4”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite. Allargentum with Dyscrasite, Silver, Calcite and Actinolite.
Allargentum with Calcite
Allargentum with Calcite. Allargentum with Calcite.

EC98T4: The Allargentum, as very well defined crystals, appears intergrown with Silver and Dyscrasite, forming dendritic growths on a Calcite matrix with fibrous aggregates of Actinolite. The Allargentum is dominant in the analysis so, following IMA recommendations, we label the sample in this way. We'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (02/2010)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.2” × 1.0”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite

MB66P5: A novelty in Munich 2009. Dyscrasite appears intergrown with Silver and Allargentum. Dyscrasite is dominant in the analysis of the sample, so following the IMA recommendations, we should label it as Dyscrasite. On this specimen the Dyscrasite forms arborescent growths on a Calcite rich matrix. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2009)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.7” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite. Front
Front
Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite.
Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite
Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite. Front
Front
Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Dyscrasite with Silver, Allargentum and Calcite.

MD98P5: A novelty in Munich 2009. Dyscrasite appears intergrown with Silver and Allargentum. Dyscrasite is dominant in the analysis of the sample, so following the IMA recommendations, we should label it as Dyscrasite. On this specimen the Dyscrasite forms arborescent growths on a Calcite rich matrix. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2009)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.7 × 3.7 cm = 3.5” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Silver with Arsenopyrite silver-rich Tennantite and Pearceite

EM11AB7: Silver crystals with rounded surfaces and with inclusions and chemical mixtures with Arsenopyrite, silver-rich Tennantite and Pearceite. This complex sample has been analyzed and we’ll provide a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Silver with Arsenopyrite silver-rich Tennantite and Pearceite. Silver with Arsenopyrite silver-rich Tennantite and Pearceite.
Löllingite with Quartz and Calcite
Löllingite with Quartz and Calcite. Löllingite with Quartz and Calcite.

MB96AC6: Spheroidal aggregates of lenticular Löllingite crystals that are bright and on a matrix with Quartz and scalenohedral Calcite crystals.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (07/2015)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.5 × 3.6 cm = 2.7” × 2.6” × 1.4”

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

Proustite with Calcite

EA6Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Very fine and esthetic aggregate of crystals with very well defined faces and edges and acute and slightly rounded terminations. These Proustite samples, very different than those from Imiter, undoubtedly are one of the most interesting novelties from Morocco in the last years.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2013)

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

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Proustite with Calcite.
Proustite with Calcite
Proustite with Calcite.

EB36Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Very fine and esthetic aggregate of crystals with very well defined faces and edges and acute and slightly rounded terminations. These Proustite samples, very different than those from Imiter, undoubtedly are one of the most interesting novelties from Morocco in the last years.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #35, August 14, 2013 edition.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2013)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.6” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Proustite with Calcite

ED37Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Aggregate, on a matrix coated by small rhombohedral Calcite crystals, of Proustite crystals with very well faces and edges and acute and slightly rounded terminations. They are translucent, very bright and have a very deep red color. These Proustite samples, very different than those from Imiter, undoubtedly are one of the most interesting novelties from Morocco in the last years.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2013)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.5 × 0.9 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 0.4”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Proustite with Calcite. Proustite with Calcite.
Proustite with Calcite
Proustite with Calcite. Proustite with Calcite.
Proustite with Calcite.

MD93AE4: Aggregates of very elongated Proustite crystals that are translucent, bright, have a vivid and intense red color and are on a rocky Calcite matrix. Proustite crystals are rare at Bouismas, and even moreso with this “Chañarcillo” shape, relatively new here. Furthermore the sample is excellent.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2017, page 68
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 5.2 × 3.6 cm = 3.1” × 2.0” × 1.4”

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

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Realgar with Calcite

EF76Y7: A novelty at Munich 2013. Acicular Realgar crystals, a very uncommon shape for the species. They have grown on and are included in parallel groups of transparent rhombohedral crystals of Calcite.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 47 in number 2014/1
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2013)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 3.0” × 1.7” × 1.2”

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

Realgar with Calcite. Realgar with Calcite.
Realgar with Calcite
Realgar with Calcite. Realgar with Calcite.
Realgar with Calcite.

EP47Y7: A novelty at Munich 2013. Dense aggregates of fibrous and acicular Realgar crystals, an uncommon shape for the species. They have grown on parallel groups of transparent rhombohedral crystals of Calcite with inclusions and on matrix.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2013 Munich Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 114, page 49
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2013)

Specimen size: 11 × 7.3 × 3.5 cm = 4.3” × 2.9” × 1.4”

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

Baryte with Calcite

EV14Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Aggregate of thin tabular Baryte crystals, with a vivid yellow color and orange shades. They are very clear, bright and luminous, on matrix and with white lenticular crystals of Calcite.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (02/2013)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.4 × 4.4 cm = 2.6” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

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

EM46Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Aggregate of thin tabular Baryte crystals, with a vivid yellow color and orange shades. They are very clear, bright and luminous, on matrix and with white lenticular crystals of Calcite.
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (02/2013)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 8.5 × 5 cm = 3.7” × 3.3” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV


Tamdrost Mine

Silver

MA77AF2: Dendritic growth of extraordinarily elongated crystals with the very visible spinel law twins and black Acanthite surfaces. Its excellent condition of preservation in spite of the long time since it was mined (the sample is from a collection of the 80s-90s) suggests it has no embedded or interstitial mercury. It is not, then, the variety kongsbergite, the more typical Silver at this locality.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.9 × 0.6 cm = 2.3” × 1.5” × 0.2”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.4” × 0.0”

Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear
Silver.
Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Silver with Calcite.

EG16AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Very aerial arborescent growth, on a Calcite matrix, of “fresh” and bright crystals with their faces slightly deformed but well defined. No similar samples are known from this mine.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 751 in the volume 47, number 6 (November-December 2016)
Tamdrost Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01-02/2016)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.9 × 2.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.3” × 1.1”

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

Silver with Calcite and Löllingite

EM92AF0: Growths of unusually sharp and well defined Silver crystals that are bright and on matrix, with Calcite and Löllingite. Although we haven’t our own analysis there is a general consensus that these from Tamdrost are really cubic Silver and not pseudomorphs or epitaxial overgrowths.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2017, page 68 and the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 448 in the volume 48, number 3
Tamdrost Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.9× 3.3 cm = 3.1” × 2.3” × 1.3”

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

Silver with Calcite and Löllingite. Front
Front
Silver with Calcite and Löllingite. Rear
Rear
Silver with Calcite and Löllingite.
Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Silver with Calcite.

EF56AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Very aerial arborescent growth, on a rocky matrix with Calcite, of bright crystals with their faces slightly deformed but well defined. No similar samples are known from this mine.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 57 of the 2016/02 edition
Tamdrost Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01-02/2016)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 5.5 × 2.7 cm = 4.2” × 2.2” × 1.1”

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

Scorodite

EE57K4: Crystals of very well sharp faces and edges with good color and luster that occupy a vug in the matrix.
Tamdrost Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.6 × 3.4 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 1.3”

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

Scorodite. Scorodite.

Cobaltoan Calcite

New finds from Arhbar (Bou-Azzer area) are more colorful than is usual for Cobaltoan Calcites and associated with Pyrite. We selected different types of this find, exciting due to its esthetics.

Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite.

TQ16L0: A group of scalenohedral crystals, very acute and very rich in accessory faces. Really good transparency, perfect brilliance and intense pink to mauve color.
Ightem Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 0.9”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Cobaltoan Calcite

TV96H7: Group of rhombohedral crystals with curved faces and edges. The luster is excellent but the mauve color is extraordinary, very deep and with beautiful shades and reflections.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (01/2006)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 0.6”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Cobaltoan Calcite.
Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite.

EP47D3: Just as good as the photo suggests. Intense pink color, huge crystals and an agreeable form. Definitive!
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.3 × 3.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.4”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Cobaltoan Calcite

EA76AB7: Aggregate, on matrix, of rhombohedral crystals with curved faces and edges. The luster is excellent but the mauve color is extraordinary, very intense and with beautiful shades and reflections.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 10 × 6.2 × 4.3 cm = 3.9” × 2.4” × 1.7”

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

Cobaltoan Calcite. Cobaltoan Calcite.
Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite. Cobaltoan Calcite.

EZ6Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013 (because of the scalenohedral crystals). Druse, on matrix, of very acute scalenohedral crystals with rhombohedral terminations. They are between transparent and translucent and have a color between deep pink and mauve, with a second generation of crystals with the same morphology, but with orange shades.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #35, August 14, 2013 edition.
Agoudal Mines, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.5 × 5.2 cm = 3.1” × 3.0” × 2.0”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Cobaltoan Calcite

EA14T0: The sample shows two different generations of cobaltoan Calcite, one of them with crystals having a very short prism with rhombohedral terminations and stalagmitic growths, and a second in which the crystals are slightly clear very well defined rhombohedrons with polycrystalline growths on their faces. The color is very intense and the crystals have small black inclusions.
Agoudal Mines, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2011)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.9 × 4.1 cm = 3.2” × 2.7” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Cobaltoan Calcite.
Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite. Cobaltoan Calcite.

EB86Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013 (because of the scalenohedral crystals). Aggregate, on Quartz matrix, of very acute scalenohedral crystals with rhombohedral terminations. They are between transparent and translucent and have a color between deep pink and mauve, with a second generation of crystals with the same morphology, but with orange shades.
Agoudal Mines, Agoudal, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 7.6 × 5.2 cm = 4.3” × 3.0” × 2.0”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Calcite with inclusions

TQ56AB9: Druse on matrix of Calcite crystals formed by the prism and a flattened terminal rhombohedron, each crystal having a scalenohedral phantom growth delimited by vivid red Hematite inclusions and with a small group of white Dolomite crystals.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2006)

Specimen size: 17.5 × 14 × 5.3 cm = 6.9” × 5.5” × 2.1”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Calcite with inclusions. Calcite with inclusions.
Cobaltoan Dolomite
Cobaltoan Dolomite. Cobaltoan Dolomite.

EH96T4: Groups and single rhombohedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges, and with intense and deep color, on matrix.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2011)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 6.9 × 3.7 cm = 3.5” × 2.7” × 1.5”

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


Roselite

Roselite on Calcite

EB14F5: There is matrix and a group of Calcite crystals on which there are pleasingly pink-red crystals of Roselite that have complex forms, which give them a striated look.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 1.2”

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

Calcite extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Roselite on Calcite.
Roselite on Calcite.
Roselite with Calcite
Roselite with Calcite.
Roselite with Calcite.

CE46G1: A nice miniature in which coexist the two typical habits of the Roselites from Bou Azzer. On the upper part a dense druse with very intense color and on the front part are a lot of individuals on Calcite, some of them doubly terminated and showing their transparency.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.5 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 1.2”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Mg-rich Roselite on Dolomite

EA30AA4: Isolated crystals of magnesian Roselite, some of them doubly terminated. They are translucent, very well defined, have a very intense, deep and uniform color and are on matrix, with Dolomite. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 6 × 3.7 cm = 2.4” × 2.4” × 1.5”

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

Mg-rich Roselite on Dolomite. Mg-rich Roselite on Dolomite.
Mg-rich Roselite with Cu-rich Cobaltaustinite and Cobaltlotharmeyerite on Dolomite
Mg-rich Roselite with Cu-rich Cobaltaustinite and Cobaltlotharmeyerite on Dolomite. Mg-rich Roselite with Cu-rich Cobaltaustinite and Cobaltlotharmeyerite on Dolomite.

EB13AA4: Isolated crystals of magnesian Roselite, one of them clearly dominant, translucent with a lenticular shape and a very intense, deep and uniform color and are on matrix with Dolomite, Calcite, dark spheroidal aggregates of cuprian Cobaltaustinite and small isolated crystals of Cobaltlotharmeyerite. The magnesian Roselite, the cuprian Cobaltaustinite and the Cobaltlotharmeyerite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.3 × 1.6 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.6”

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

Mg-rich Roselite with Cu-rich Cobaltaustinite and Cobaltlotharmeyerite on Dolomite

ER27AA4: Isolated crystals of magnesian Roselite. They are very well defined, translucent, have a very intense, deep and uniform color and are on matrix with Dolomite, Calcite, dark spheroidal aggregates of cuprian Cobaltaustinite and small isolated crystals of Cobaltlotharmeyerite. The magnesian Roselite, the cuprian Cobaltaustinite and the Cobaltlotharmeyerite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 6.2 × 6.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 2.5”

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

Mg-rich Roselite with Cu-rich Cobaltaustinite and Cobaltlotharmeyerite on Dolomite. Mg-rich Roselite with Cu-rich Cobaltaustinite and Cobaltlotharmeyerite on Dolomite.
Mg-rich Roselite with Cu-rich Cobaltaustinite and Cobaltlotharmeyerite on Dolomite.

Roselite-beta

Beta-Roselite with Dolomite
Beta-Roselite with Dolomite.
Beta-Roselite with Dolomite.

EV56K1: This very esthetic specimen has two concentrations of Beta-Roselite crystals. They are very well defined and have a magnificent luster and an excellent, very deep, color. They are on a matrix of pink Dolomite crystals.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (02/2007)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.7 × 3.1 cm = 1.8” × 1.1” × 1.2”

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

Beta-Roselite with Calcite

EZ96AE2: Rosette growths of transparent and very bright tabular crystals that have a very vivid and deep color. They are on matrix, with small Calcite crystals. The simple has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (05/2016)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.8 × 4.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.7”

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

Calcite fluorescent short UV

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

EM47T8: Druse of crystals with an unusual morphology for Beta-Roselite, with lenticular crystals that show a very deep color and are on a matrix of cobaltoan Calcite. The sample has been accurately analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (04/2011)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.2 × 3.4 cm = 2.5” × 1.7” × 1.3”

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


Talmessite

Talmessite with Calcite

EM97K3: Spheroidal aggregates of crystals of slightly curved faces and edges. Color and luster are magnificent for the species and contrast on a base of small slightly pink crystals of Calcite, on matrix. We analyzed the specimen and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (02/2007)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 5.9 × 4.1 cm = 2.1” × 2.3” × 1.6”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Talmessite with Calcite. Talmessite with Calcite.

Wendwilsonite

Wendwilsonite with Calcite and Cobaltaustinite
Wendwilsonite with Calcite and Cobaltaustinite. Wendwilsonite with Calcite and Cobaltaustinite.

MA27Z4: Transparent and very bright Wendwilsonite crystals on a Calcite matrix partially coated by aggregates of small green Cobaltaustinite crystals. The Wendwilsonite crystals have a deep mauve color, and have polycrystalline growths and curved faces and edges. The analysis of the sample shows that it is very pure Wendwilsonite. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4 × 3 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 1.2”

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

Wendwilsonite with Calcite

EK37AA3: Very sharp, transparent and bright crystals, with a very intense and uniform color, on matrix, with small, very acute, scalenohedral Calcite crystals. This sample was found some years ago and it is different from the most recently collected samples. It has been analyzed and we will send a copy of this analysis to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.6 × 2 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 0.8”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Wendwilsonite with Calcite. Wendwilsonite with Calcite.
Wendwilsonite with Calcite
Wendwilsonite with Calcite. Wendwilsonite with Calcite.

ME87Z4: Transparent and very bright Wendwilsonite crystals on a Calcite matrix partially coated by yellow small scalenohedral crystals. The Wendwilsonite crystals have a deep mauve color, and have polycrystalline growths and curved faces and edges. The analysis of the sample shows that it is very pure Wendwilsonite. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.8” × 1.5” × 0.8”

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

Wendwilsonite with Calcite

MV66AC8: Very elongated, transparent and bright Wendwilsonite crystals. They have a very intense and uniform color and are on a rocky matrix partially coated by very acute, transparent, bright and slightly pinkish scalenohedral Calcite crystals. We'll send copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2015)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5 × 3.6 cm = 2.3” × 2.0” × 1.4”

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

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Wendwilsonite with Calcite. Wendwilsonite with Calcite.

Mibladen Vanadinite

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

Vanadinite
Vanadinite.

EM62E6: What color! A very lively red that contrasts well with the white Baryte matrix. The Vanadinite crystals are undamaged on all their faces, and, because they are aerial, very visible.
Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2001)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Vanadinite with Baryte

EK66P8: Very aerial group of thin tabular crystals with a dominant pinacoid, a thin prism and dipyramidal faces. Color and luster are excellent. The group is on a small matrix of Baryte.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2009)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 1.9 × 2.4 cm = 1.2” × 0.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Vanadinite with Baryte. Front
Front
Vanadinite with Baryte. Top
Top
Vanadinite with Baryte
Vanadinite with Baryte. Front
Front
Vanadinite with Baryte. Rear
Rear

EJ66P8: Very aerial group of thin tabular crystals, one of them, the biggest, with a dominant pinacoid, a thin prism and dipyramidal faces. Color and luster are excellent. The group is on a small matrix of Baryte.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 255 in the volume 44, number 3
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2009)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.3” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Vanadinite on Baryte

E64CB3: More orange color than usual. Nice contrast with the white Baryte matrix.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2001)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 5.4 cm = 2.0” × 2.1”

Vanadinite on Baryte.
Vanadinite with Baryte and Gypsum
Vanadinite with Baryte and Gypsum. Front
Front
Vanadinite with Baryte and Gypsum. Side
Side
Vanadinite with Baryte and Gypsum.

ED76P9: A nice sample, with well individualized tabular crystals of Vanadinite of excellent color and luster. They are on a white Baryte matrix partially coated by Gypsum, an uncommon species on the samples from Mibladen.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2009)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.7 × 2.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.1”

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

Vanadinite

E97DB5: Large crystal size in this powerful Vanadinite on matrix.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.8”

Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side
Vanadinite with Baryte
Vanadinite with Baryte. Vanadinite with Baryte.

EV48P5: An excellent specimen with tabular crystals of Vanadinite with a dominant pinacoid, thin faces of a prism, and very evident faces of a pyramid on the biggest crystals. Some crystals have skeletal forms on their prism faces. The specimen is very aerial, and the crystals have an excellent color and luster and are on a matrix of crystals of Baryte.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2009)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 4.7 × 3.9 cm = 3.3” × 1.9” × 1.5”

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

Vanadinite

MC94D6: One of the best Vanadinites in terms of color/brilliance that I have ever seen. There is also the size of the specimen, the perfection of the crystals and their excellent very aerial position on the matrix, which make this a very high quality and definitive specimen.
Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2000)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8 × 2.5 cm = 4.5” × 3.1” × 1.0”

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

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

EP26E7: The Baryte is very white, the Vanadinite is very red, the crystals are very aerial, it is a large specimen, and it is perfect. So lots to think about in this one.
Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (03/2002)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 10.5 × 3 cm = 5.3” × 4.1” × 1.2”

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

Vanadinite

TF99T3: Irregular aggregate of red tabular crystals with well developed pyramidal faces on one of their terminations, with the opposite termination clearly flat. They are on matrix, with botryoidal growths of Goethite and an unidentified white carbonate. The mine is a very uncommon one and it supplied a small amount of significant samples for only a short time.
The specimen has been published in the Chinese magazine ‘Mineral Lover’ on page 7 in the volume 9/2011
T-West Mine, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 14.2 × 8.1 × 4.6 cm = 5.6” × 3.2” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.7 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Vanadinite. Vanadinite.
Vanadinite with Mottramite
Vanadinite with Mottramite.

EA11W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Translucent laminar crystals with a vivid red color. They have a dominant pinacoid and show the faces of a pyramid. The crystals have polycrystalline growths on their edges that gives them a toothed appearance. They have grown implanted on a bed of black, very bright microcrystals of Mottramite that coat a rocky matrix. The Mottramite, a novelty at the Mibladen area, has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Koudiat Mohamedine, Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2012)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Vanadinite with Mottramite

EB11W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Translucent laminar crystals with a vivid red color. They have a dominant pinacoid and thin prism faces. They have grown implanted on a bed of black, very bright microcrystals of Mottramite that coat a rocky matrix. The Mottramite, a novelty at the Mibladen area, has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Koudiat Mohamedine, Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2012)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3 × 1.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 0.5”

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

Vanadinite with Mottramite.
Vanadinite with Mottramite
Vanadinite with Mottramite.

ED90W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Translucent laminar crystals with a vivid red color. They have a dominant pinacoid and thin pyramidal faces. They have grown implanted on a bed of black, very bright microcrystals of Mottramite that coated a rocky matrix. The Mottramite, a novelty at the Mibladen area, have been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Koudiat Mohamedine, Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2012)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.6 × 1.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 0.7”

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

Vanadinite with Mottramite

EM86AD6: Aggregate of fine tabular crystals with very well defined faces and edges, good color and bordering a rocky matrix partially coated by black Mottramite microcrystals.
Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2012)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6 × 2.5 cm = 3.2” × 2.4” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

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

EH97W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Translucent tabular and laminar crystals with a vivid red color, they have a dominant pinacoid with polycrystalline growths on their faces, and thin prismatic and pyramidal faces. They have grown implanted on a bed of black, very bright microcrystals of Mottramite that coat a rocky matrix. The Mottramite, a novelty at the Mibladen area, have been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Ste.-Marie-aux-Mines 2012’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 84 of number 5/2012
Koudiat Mohamedine, Aderhoual, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2012)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8.2 × 4.3 cm = 4.1” × 3.2” × 1.7”

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

Vanadinite

TJ56AB2: Aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, bright, with very well defined faces and edges and with a very unusual color, between orange and cream, and with a dark colored stripe in the center of each crystal. The sample has been collected 200 meters deep in the old abandoned shafts at the ACF mine. Due to very difficult access and collecting, future recovery of such pieces is not expected.
ACF Mine, 200 m.↓, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2014)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 1.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 0.7”

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

Vanadinite. Vanadinite.
Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Vanadinite.

TA27AB4: Aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, bright, with very well defined faces and edges and with a very unusual color, between orange and cream, and with a dark colored stripe in the center of each crystal. The sample was collected 200 meters deep in the old abandoned shafts at the ACF mine. Due to very difficult access and collecting, future recovery of such pieces is not expected.
ACF Mine, 200 m.↓, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2014)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 7.4 × 2.7 cm = 3.0” × 2.9” × 1.1”

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

Vanadinite

EC66AA0: Aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, bright, with very well defined faces and edges and with a very unusual color, between orange and cream, and with a dark colored stripe in the center of each crystal.
ACF Mine, 200 m.↓, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2013)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 4.6 × 1.8 cm = 3.2” × 1.8” × 0.7”

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

Vanadinite. Vanadinite.

Coud'a Vanadinite

One of the exciting novelties at Tucson 2002 was the new find of Vanadinite from a new shaft in the Mibladen area. The name of this shaft is "Coud'a". Hard to translate from Arabian to English, it is pronounced "Coudia". In this new shaft people found some very large Vanadinite crystals. This in its self is not a real novelty because recently all sorts of crystal sizes have been found. The novelty is that their form is much more complex than the other Vanadinites and also their luster and color much better than usual. The crystals are near to being floaters with just a small point on each crystal where they were attached to the matrix. As a result of their size and very limited attachment no matrix specimens are available - they are too big and too heavy to resist any kind of extraction.

When Vanadinite crystals are huge they are usually either dull, poorly color or have four or five figures price. These ones look great and the balance quality / price is extremely affordable in our opinion. We tried to get the most competitive specimens, especially given all the possible concerns that you might have about this kind of material, as the area is being thoroughly searched so anything could happen for good or bad.

Well, this is our offer of these lovely specimens that I really like a lot! You will observe that some specimens are photographed twice - from its front and from its rear or corner so as to show its complex crystallography.

Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side

TG60F9: Initially one might think this is a single crystal, but really is a group of crystals sharing the upper face. While this face shows the vivid red color typical of Vanadinite from Morocco, the lateral view (corresponding to the prism faces) reveals a range of tones from intense orange to the most spectacular red.
Coud'a, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (10/2001)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.5 × 1.7 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Vanadinite

TR61E2: An undamaged floater of nice color. A good example of the rare beauty of the Vanadinites from Coud'a.
Coud'a, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (10/01)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 1.3” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side

Bou Nahas Mine

Baryte with Malachite and Pyrite
Baryte with Malachite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Malachite and Pyrite. Side
Side

EF16AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Single crystal, on matrix, with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces. With Pyrite and Malachite.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.2 × 2.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.6”

Baryte with Pyrite

EH66AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Aggregate of crystals with a very unusual trigonal-like morphology. The crystals, which are complete, have very well defined faces and edges, and are translucent, very bright, with a
brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces. On a small Pyrite matrix.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.6 × 2.2 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.5”

Baryte with Pyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Chalcopyrite
Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear

EH14W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Floater parallel growth of thin tabular crystals of Baryte that are sharp with very well defined faces and edges. They are translucent and very bright and have bright disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite on their faces.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Ste.-Marie-aux-Mines 2012’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 83 of number 5/2012
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.1 cm = 1.5” × 1.2”

Baryte with Pyrite

EL57AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Floater parallel growth of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #38, July 19, 2014 edition.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.5 × 2.1 cm = 3.0” × 2.2” × 0.8”

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

Baryte with Pyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Pyrite
Baryte with Pyrite. Baryte with Pyrite.

EL98AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Parallel growth of elongated crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces, and are partially coated by deformed Pyrite crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 7.7 × 4.2 cm = 3.2” × 3.0” × 1.7”

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

Baryte with Pyrite

EM69AA0: A novelty from the 2014 Ste. Marie Show. Parallel growth of thick tabular crystals with very well defined faces and edges and a very particular shape. They are transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces and are partially coated by deformed Pyrite crystals.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2014 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine "Lapis" number 07-08/2014, page 72
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2014)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 5.2 × 3 cm = 3.8” × 2.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.1”

Baryte with Pyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Pyrite. Side
Side
Pyrite with Baryte
Pyrite with Baryte. Front
Front
Pyrite with Baryte. Rear
Rear
Pyrite with Baryte.

EA27AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Aggregates, on Baryte matrix, of very bright cubic Pyrite crystals with very well defined faces and edges and completely coating columnar growths of probably Marcassite twinned crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2017)

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

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

Pyrite with Quartz

EF96W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Aggregate of cubic crystals of Pyrite with polycrystalline growths on their faces. They are very bright and have curved faces and edges and skeletal forms on the back side that reveal holes left by former crystals, probably Baryte.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 7 × 4.5 cm = 3.3” × 2.8” × 1.8”

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

Pyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Pyrite on Baryte "box" and Baryte
Pyrite on Baryte

EC27Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Echeloned growths of Pyrite perched on sharp casts left by preexisting thick tabular Baryte crystals that have been dissolved and subsequently replaced by a second generation of smaller colorless and transparent crystals of the same Baryte partially coating the Pyrite.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.8 × 5 cm = 3.3” × 2.3” × 2.0”

Pyrite on Baryte "box" and Baryte

EF67Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Very aerial sample, with cubic Pyrite crystals showing rounded edges and echeloned growths perched on sharp casts left by preexisting thick tabular Baryte crystals that has been dissolved and subsequently replaced by a second generation of smaller colorless and transparent crystals of the same Baryte partially coating the Pyrite. On a matrix of white Quartz crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 8.3 × 7.5 cm = 4.2” × 3.3” × 3.0”

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

Pyrite on Baryte Pyrite on Baryte
Marcasite
Marcasite. Front
Front
Marcasite. Rear
Rear

TY37AB2: A novelty at Tucson 2015. Very fine radiating growths of Marcasite crystals that are extraordinarily sharp, miter-shaped, very bright and are with small laminar and transparent Baryte crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (07/2014)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.4 × 3.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Marcasite with Chalcopyrite

EK67W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Very rich irregular aggregate of very flattened crystals of Marcasite that show, very well marked, the twin known as "cockscomb". They are extraordinarily bright, with small disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite, and have skeletal forms, especially on the back side of the sample, that reveal holes left by former tabular crystals, probably Baryte.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 6.4 × 4.2 cm = 3.7” × 2.5” × 1.7”

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

Marcasite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Marcasite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Marcasite with Chalcopyrite.
Siderite with Marcasite and Quartz
Siderite with Marcasite and Quartz. Siderite with Marcasite and Quartz.

EV46W2: Nice rosettes of Siderite partially covered by flattened crystals of Marcasite that show, very well marked, the twin known as "cockscomb" and with minor Quartz.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.7 × 4.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.9” × 1.9”

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

Chalcopyrite with Quartz

EC16W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Very aerial aggregate, very rich in short disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite with a false appearance of the tetrahedron. They have very well defined faces and edges, are extraordinarily bright and some of them are very individualized. They are on a matrix of Quartz crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.7 × 4.3 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.7”

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

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

EA47W2: A novelty at St. Marie 2012. Irregular aggregates of short disphenoidal crystals of Chalcopyrite with a false appearance of the tetrahedron. They have very well defined faces and edges, are extraordinarily bright, partially iridescent in some areas on the sample, and some of them are very individualized. They are on matrix, with Quartz crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011-01/2012)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8.3 × 6.7 cm = 4.1” × 3.3” × 2.6”

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

Copper

EZ63AE5: Floater dendritic aggregate of small but very sharp octahedral crystals, also with the minor faces of the dodecahedron, a lot of them elongated and all have excellent color and luster. A nice miniature, very representative.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.1 × 2 cm = 1.6” × 1.2” × 0.8”

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

Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper with Cuprite
Copper with Cuprite. Front
Front
Copper with Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Cuprite. Copper with Cuprite.

EH17AD8: Dendritic growth of crystals with perfectly defined faces and edges, very visibly twinned according to the Spinel law, and uniformly coated by Cuprite, with the typical reddish color. The sample, very fine and esthetic, is excellent in all orientations.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 52 of the 2016/02 edition
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

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


Imilchil

Magnetite
Magnetite

MQ11X3: Irregular aggregate, on matrix, of very sharp octahedral crystals, very well defined and extraordinarily bright. The sample is from John. S. White (num. 21-9-6), whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2011)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 2.8 × 2.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.1” × 0.9”

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

Magnetite.
Doubly terminated Fluorapatite
Doubly terminated Fluorapatite.

TT14G9: We note that it is a doubly terminated crystal, a very rare occurrence on samples from Imilchil. Both color and luster are excellent and also the definition of the faces and the edges, absolutely undamaged.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2005)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 1.0” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorapatite with Feldspar

ET46R3: Crystal of very well defined faces and edges, with excellent yellow color and luster, with associated crystals of feldspar and on matrix, which is uncommon for these Fluorapatites from Imilchil.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2010)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.9 × 1.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 0.9 cm = 1.3” × 0.4”

Fluorapatite with Feldspar.
Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite. Rear
Rear

TR27R9: Prismatic crystal with very well defined faces and edges and a neat termination with a pyramid and a small pinacoidal face. The crystal has a vivid yellow color and an intense luster.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2005)

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

Fluorapatite with feldspar

ER46Y2: Two Fluorapatite crystals, one of them doubly terminated, formed by the hexagonal prism and a dipyramid. They are on a matrix of feldspar crystals, probably Microcline.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2013 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 112, page 13
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.5 × 3.9 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.5”

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

Fluorapatite with feldspar. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with feldspar. Top
Top
Fluorapatite with feldspar.
Fluorapatite with Stilbite-Ca
Fluorapatite with Stilbite-Ca. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Stilbite-Ca. Rear
Rear

EM14Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013 (for the association with Stilbite-Ca). Two isolated Fluorapatite crystals, both partially doubly terminated, with flat terminations, on matrix and partially coated by small Stilbite-Ca crystals.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.7 × 2.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.9”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Fluorapatite with Stilbite-Ca

EQ14Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013 (because of the association with Stilbite-Ca). Fluorapatite crystals, the main one partially doubly terminated, with flat terminations, on matrix and partially coated by small Stilbite-Ca crystals.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4 × 3.9 cm = 2.7” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Fluorapatite with Stilbite-Ca. Fluorapatite with Stilbite-Ca.
Titanite with Feldspar
Titanite with Feldspar. Front
Front
Titanite with Feldspar. Side
Side

EM6J8: Typical crystals from Imilchil, of very bright and well defined faces and edges and a color between green and yellow, on Feldspar matrix.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (03/2006)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.8 × 4.3 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 1.7”

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

Titanite with Feldspar

CV96F9: A very attractive novelty from the prolific zone of Imilchil. The crystal profile is very different from the other classic localities of Switzerland or Pakistan. The forms are simple, not twinned, and the color and brightness are excellent. The specimen is a floater and its back side is covered by white crystals of feldspar, probably Albite.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2005)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 3.5 × 2 cm = 2.6” × 1.4” × 0.8”

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

Feldspar fluorescent short UV
Titanite with Feldspar.
Titanite with Feldspar.
Titanite with Feldspar
Titanite with Feldspar.

ER46J8: The new Titanite from Imilchil. A flat dark brown transparent crystal of perfectly defined faces and edges. The matrix is a group of very well defined Feldspar crystals.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2007 Ste Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 76, page 23.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (03/2006)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.5 × 3.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.3”

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

Titanite with Albite

EP14J8: The new Titanite from Imilchil, with darker brown crystals, very acute and extraordinarily bright, transparent and on Albite matrix with small acicular crystals of Epidote.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Ste. Marie-aux-Mines 2007’ section of the magazine ‘Lapis’ and appears on page 8 of number 9/2007.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (03/2006)

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

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

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

EB46AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Characteristically platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contour and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with natural or neon light.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. These samples, very different from the Titanite previously known at Imilchil, have required a hurried analytical process that we’ll extend and complete. We’ll send to the buyer the information and documentation previously obtained about the process and also a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in these samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.2 × 2.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.1”

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

Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline

EE27AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Characteristically platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contour and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with natural or neon light.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. These samples, very different from the Titanite previously known at Imilchil, have required a hurried analytical process that we’ll extend and complete. We’ll send to the buyer the information and documentation previously obtained about the process and also a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in these samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.5 × 1.8 cm = 2.1” × 1.4” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.6 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

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

EL28AD7: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Characteristically platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contour and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with natural or neon light.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. These samples, very different from the Titanite previously known at Imilchil, have required a hurried analytical process that we’ll extend and complete. We’ll send to the buyer the information and documentation previously obtained about the process and also a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in these samples.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2016 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine "Lapis" number 07-08/2016, page 73
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.9 × 5.9 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 2.3”

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

Titanite on Rutile after Ilmenite and with Microcline

ER97AE1: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2016. Platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contours and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with daylight or neon light. Partially coated by Microcline crystals.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. We’ll send to the buyer a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in the samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.5 × 1.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.4” × 0.5”

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

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

EC49AD8: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux- Mines 2016. Characteristically platy Ilmenite crystals with irregular contours and completely pseudomorphed by Rutile, coated by very sharp Titanite crystals that are bright, with very well defined faces and edges, and with a very apparent pleochroism that shows a yellow color under led light but is greenish with natural or neon light.
The process of replacement of Ilmenite by Rutile seems very similar to that of other localities with similar geological conditions (by example the Zambian Rutile) and it is due to hydrothermal processes at the site. These samples, very different from the Titanite previously known at Imilchil, have required a hurried analytical process that we’ll extend and complete. We’ll send to the buyer the information and documentation obtained about the process and also a copy of the analyses done on the different species present in these samples.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5.3 × 2.3 cm = 3.4” × 2.1” × 0.9”

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

Epidote

CR66G8: An excellent piece from Imilchil with typical fan growths, of a very good color and especially bright.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2005)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.9 × 2.6 cm = 2.6” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Epidote. Epidote.
Prehnite
Prehnite.

ET46Y1: A novelty at St. Marie 2013. Globular aggregates of prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and edges, whitish green color and brighter slightly curved terminations with more intense green color.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2013 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 112, page 13, the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 47 in number 2013/2 and the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #35, August 14, 2013 edition.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 11.1 × 7.7 × 4.8 cm = 4.4” × 3.0” × 1.9”

Prehnite

EB6Z5: Globular aggregates of short prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and edges, slightly curved terminations and color-zoned with a whitish green color on the outsides and more intense green color in the center.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 8.2 × 4.6 cm = 5.4” × 3.2” × 1.8”

Prehnite.
Arfvedsonite with Feldspar
Arfvedsonite with Feldspar. Front
Front
Arfvedsonite with Feldspar. Side
Side

MB16T6: A novelty at Expominer (Barcelona) 2011 and also a novelty for Imilchil. Groups of two crystals of Arfvedsonite with very well defined faces and edges and good terminations, grayish-green color and in Feldspar matrix. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the Arfvedsonite to the buyer.
Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2011)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 5.5 × 4.8 cm = 3.1” × 2.2” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.5” × 0.7”

Feldspar minor fluorescence short UV
Arfvedsonite with Stilbite-Ca

EM66Y2: A novelty at St. Marie 2013 (because of the association with Stilbite-Ca). A rare association of Arfvedsonite with Stilbite-Ca. The crystals have very well defined faces and edges and some of them are doubly terminated. They are on matrix with bowtie-like Stilbite-Ca aggregates and small Fluorapatite crystals.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2013)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 8 × 6 cm = 3.2” × 3.1” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 2 cm = 1.7” × 0.8”

Arfvedsonite with Stilbite-Ca. Arfvedsonite with Stilbite-Ca.
Arfvedsonite with smoky Quartz
Arfvedsonite with smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Arfvedsonite with smoky Quartz. Rear
Rear
Arfvedsonite with smoky Quartz. Top
Top

MA6T7: A novelty at Expominer (Barcelona) 2011 and also a novelty for Imilchil. Doubly terminated crystal of Arfvedsonite with its upper termination polycrystalline and the lower one with simple faces. On matrix, with Quartz and Feldspar.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 48 in number 2012/1
Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2011)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 3.8 × 2.5 cm = 3.5” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 7.5 × 3.1 cm = 3.0” × 1.2”

Arfvedsonite with Zircon and Feldspar

MR14T6: A novelty at Expominer (Barcelona) 2011 and also a novelty for Imilchil. Crystals of Arfvedsonite with very well defined faces and edges, grayish-green color, in Feldspar matrix and small doubly terminated crystals of Zircón. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the Arfvedsonite to the buyer.
The Zircon has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 48 in number 2012/1
Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2011)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.1 × 4.2 cm = 2.6” × 1.6” × 1.7”

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

Feldspar minor fluorescence short UV
Arfvedsonite with Zircon and Feldspar. Arfvedsonite with Zircon and Feldspar.
Malachite with Chrysocolla
Malachite with Chrysocolla. Malachite with Chrysocolla.

ER96AE4: A novelty at Munich 2016. Isolated spherical Malachite aggregates implanted on a rocky matrix partially coated by Chrysocolla with a very pale green color.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 56 of the 2016/02 edition
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.7 × 6.9 cm = 3.7” × 2.6” × 2.7”

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


Chabazite-Ca

The rich and large Imilchil area continues to produce wonderful new things.
In Ste. Marie 2006 it was Chabazite-Ca (Calcium dominant but also Potassium rich - analysis made by Barcelona's University)
Its color is intense with good luster, and also good crystal size and an evident beauty.

Chabazite-Ca

EB7H5: Intense color, displaying well on its thin matrix.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 479 in the volume 37, number 5
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.7 × 1.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.6”

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

Chabazite-Ca.
Chabazite-Ca with Stilbite-Ca
Chabazite-Ca with Stilbite-Ca.

EB63J7: One of the novelties from Ste. Marie-aux-Mines 2007. The crystals of Chabazite-Ca look cubic because the angles of the rhombohedron are nearly 90º. Stilbite-Ca crystals form bow-tie growths.
Takat, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2007)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.7” × 0.7”

Stilbite-Ca with Chabazite-Ca

EC14J7: One of the novelties from Ste. Marie-aux-Mines 2007. A group forming bow-tie growths, with a crystal of Chabazite-Ca that looks cubic because the angles of the rhombohedron are nearly 90º.
Takat, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2007)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Stilbite-Ca with Chabazite-Ca.
Chabazite-Ca
Chabazite-Ca.
Chabazite-Ca.

EF11H5: Individual crystals, isolated and with excellent luster and color.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2006 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 70, page 41.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.3 × 5 cm = 3.4” × 2.9” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”


Tounfit Fluorite

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

Fluorite

EK64I1: Curious crystallization with well defined faces of the cube, dodecahedron and octahedron. The octahedron faces truncate the corners and have complete growth of corners, as pyramids on the platy triangular surface.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.5 × 4 cm = 1.8” × 1.8” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.8” × 0.8”

Fluorite.
Fluorite
Fluorite.

EQ56H7: A group of cubic crystals that have very sharp and bright faces and edges. The violet color is exceptionally intense and it even hides, due to its intensity, the magnificent transparency, visible under an intense spotlight.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.8 × 2.9 cm = 2.3” × 1.9” × 1.1”

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

Fluorite

EJ17H6: Very aerial group of cubic crystals that have very sharp and bright faces and edges. The violet color is exceptionally intense and it even hides, due to its intensity, the magnificent transparency, visible under an intense spotlight.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 480 in the volume 37, number 5.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 2.8 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.0” × 0.7”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite.
Fluorite
Fluorite.

EV16H7: Crystals show a very rare double habit where two phases of growth co-exist. Both phases are very well marked by the differences of color and luster. The first phase forms an inner octahedron, bright and of very deep violet color, only distinguishable because the second phase, whitish and less bright, formed the cube and the triangular faces of the octahedron that allowed the tips of the primitive octahedron to project as small pyramids.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.6 × 3.5 cm = 2.7” × 2.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Fluorite with Calcite

EM99I1: Group of beveled cubic crystals of very deep color, partially covered by Calcite with curious shapes of dissolution showing its zoned structure. It is one of the best specimens with Calcite from the locality.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 7.7 × 3 cm = 3.2” × 3.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.9”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Calcite.
Fluorite
Fluorite.
Fluorite.

EE7H6: Crystals show a very uncommon double habit because in them two phases of growth co-exist. Both phases are very well marked by the differences of color and luster. The first phase forms an inner octahedron, bright and of very deep violet color, only distinguishable because the second phase, whitish and less bright, formed the cube and the triangular faces of octahedron that allowed the tips of the primitive octahedron to project as small pyramids on a plane.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 5.2 × 3.8 cm = 4.4” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite

EG49H6: Very aerial and esthetic group of cubic crystals that have very sharp and bright faces and edges with soft mosaic growths on the faces of the cube. The violet color is exceptionally intense and it even hides, due to its intensity, the magnificent transparency, visible with under an intense spotlight. The sample is on matrix and this is not usual for Tounfit Fluorite.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 12 × 6.3 × 4.5 cm = 4.7” × 2.5” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite.

Acanthite

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

Acanthite
Acanthite.

MP86J5: Good miniature. Group of two octahedral crystals, very well defined and of a considerable size for the species.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2005)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Acanthite with Proustite

ML36G5: A group of octahedral crystals, very well shaped, aerial and, which is quite rare on the samples from Imiter, they are lustrous. All over the piece there are a lot of small red Proustite crystals.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2005)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.1 × 1.4 cm = 1.0” × 0.4” × 0.6”

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

Acanthite with Proustite. Front
Front
Acanthite with Proustite. Rear
Rear
Acanthite
Acanthite.

MF6J7: A perfect miniature with some fine sharp octahedral crystals, one of them dominant, whose faces and edges are very much defined as usual on the samples from the locality.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2005)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.7”

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

Acanthite

MK56G5: A very aerial specimen, partially arborescent with crystals that are well developed. The luster of the crystals is more intense than usual.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2005)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 1.8 × 0.9 cm = 1.3” × 0.7” × 0.4”

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

Acanthite.
Acanthite with Pyrite
Acanthite with Pyrite. Front
Front
Acanthite with Pyrite. Rear
Rear

EJ60L9: A novelty from the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show. Uniaxial and parallel growth of good sized octahedral Acanthite pseudomorphous after Argentite crystals. With very well defined faces and edges, these specimens have an exceptional luster, much better than other Acanthite specimens from Imiter we have seen before.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (12/2007)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 2.8 × 1.8 cm = 3.1” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”


Touissit

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

Cerussite with Smithsonite

NB36F2: The tabular form to the crystals is not common in Cerussite from Toussit. The small group of well-balanced Smithsonite adds a special touch.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.9” × 0.9” × 0.2”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Cerussite with Smithsonite. Front
Front
Cerussite with Smithsonite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite
Cerussite.

NE16Y6: Slightly flattened crystals on a Galena matrix. They are very bright and between transparent and translucent, being some of them doubly terminated.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1973)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.1 × 3 cm = 2.1” × 1.2” × 1.2”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Cerussite

E14QI7: Group of fine prismatic crystals on matrix, some of them doubly terminated, and they all are completely transparent and extraordinarily bright.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.4 × 4.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.3” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Top
Top
Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear

ND76V7: Lattice aggregate of twinned tabular shaped crystals. They are colorless, very bright and transparent, and their morphology, uncommon for Touissit Cerussite, is similar to that of Tsumeb.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7.1 × 4.8 × 2.5 cm = 2.8” × 1.9” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Twinned Cerussite

TY16N9: Flat twinned crystals, some of them doubly terminated. They are grayish and have an excellent luster and are on matrix. Very different from the usual Cerussite from Touissit.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 4.9 × 3.2 cm = 4.0” × 1.9” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Twinned Cerussite.
Twinned Cerussite. Twinned Cerussite.
Anglesite with Galena inclusions
Anglesite with Galena inclusions.
Anglesite with Galena inclusions
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EG68AA1: Aggregate of extremely sharp Anglesite crystals, translucent, very bright, and very rich with dark-gray Galena inclusions and on a matrix of granular Galena.The sample, finely mounted, is with a label of the Jacques Dayssiols collection that we will send to the buyer.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Anglesite

ER28H1: A group of very well-defined crystals which have an uncommon habit. They have a magnificent luster, deep yellow color and abundant inclusions of Galena. Unusual and especially nice.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1996)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5.8 × 2.1 cm = 2.2” × 2.3” × 0.8”

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

Anglesite. Anglesite.
Anglesite with Cerussite and Galena
Anglesite with Cerussite and Galena. Front
Front
Anglesite with Cerussite and Galena. Side
Side
Anglesite with Cerussite and Galena.

TK37W7: Sharp transparent crystals on a matrix of Galena that partially fills some of the Anglesite. Very bright and with an especially intense yellow color. A Moroccan classic, increasingly scarce.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1991)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.8 × 5.3 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.7” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Anglesite

N78DA0: Great color!
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (02/95)

Specimen size: 7 × 2.5 cm = 2.8” × 1.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Anglesite. Anglesite.
Wulfenite
Wulfenite.

MG96S7: Aggregate of laminar crystals whose aspect is quite different than usual on the pieces from this locality, due to its crystals overlapping to form flattened rosettes. Their yellow color is very intense and uniform.
Sidi Amer, Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.8 × 1.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Wulfenite

ND46Y6: Irregular aggregate of Wulfenite crystals with very well defined faces and edges and showing very prominent pyramidal faces. The crystals, on matrix, are very bright and have a deep, intense and uniform yellow color.
Sidi Amer, Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1973)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 3.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 1.3”

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

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

MJ68AA9: Very sharp Wulfenite crystals, between laminar and tabular, translucent, bright, with an intense yellow color and quadrangular phantom growths and on a Dolomite matrix. Great classic, from a historic mine.
Sidi Amer, Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1981)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.5 × 4.8 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

Former collection Caroline Martaud (Wulfenites)

Arsenical Vanadinite with Mottramite

N50E: Not sufficiently rich in Arsenic to be Endlichite, not sufficiently poor in Arsenic to be plain Vanadinite this unusual Vanadinite-As is frequently confused with Pyromorphite. The most interesting feature of this specimen is the black crystals associated with it: it is Mottramite, a not so common mineral.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.8”

Arsenical Vanadinite with Mottramite.
Arsenical Vanadinite
Arsenical Vanadinite.

FP86C6: Huge crystal size on this arsenical Vanadinite (more Arsenic than in normal Vanadinite but not enough Arsenic to make it Endlichite). Its color is clearer and more esthetic than the usual material. The crystals show well their morphology. Minor black Mottramite on the bottom of the crystals too.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 8.2 × 4.5 × 4.3 cm = 3.2” × 1.8” × 1.7”

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

Former Oliete collection. Number 210, bought in 1982
Smithsonite

A26APE6: Globular Smithsonite that shows a deep color. Normally the ones from Touissit are not as good as those from Tsumeb, but this particular one is not that far off.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/96)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 8.7 × 5 cm = 3.7” × 3.4” × 2.0”

Smithsonite.
Smithsonite.
Smithsonite
Smithsonite. Smithsonite.

NF96AB5: Spheroidal growths, on matrix, of small, green and very bright Smithsonite crystals. The sample is from an old find at Touissit, where Smithsonite is an infrequent species.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 9.6 × 6.5 × 5 cm = 3.8” × 2.6” × 2.0”

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

Mimetite

EC6F5: Very unusual for Touissit, this Mimetite (we have analyzed it) has formed small sharp, green crystals that have created semi-spherical groups across almost the whole specimen. Where one can see the matrix it is dark, which gives the specimen a mottled appearance. We will send the purchaser a copy of the analysis.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.5 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 1.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Mimetite.
Mimetite.
Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite)
Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite).

N8PH5: Its prismatic crystals have a perfect crystallization, but we call attention on its degree of transparency, very uncommon, on this plumbian variety of Aragonite. It’s also interesting to enhance the contrast with Limonite matrix with little acicular crystals of Malachite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis with the sample.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 3.1 × 2.4 cm = 1.1” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.9 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite) with Smithsonite

MF39AF0: Very elongated prismatic crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated. They have very well defined faces and edges, with a white color and are on matrix with small Smithsonite crystals. A classic of the most glorious Touissit epoch.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 9.9 × 5.3 × 3 cm = 3.9” × 2.1” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 8 × 0.7 cm = 3.1” × 0.3”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite) with Smithsonite. Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite) with Smithsonite.
Baryte
Baryte.

M96LH5: It is really a rare local specimen. Being a common species, Baryte is very rare in Touissit. It is a complex growth apparently forming a single crystal with smoothly curved faces and edges and slightly pinkish color. The group esthetically stands on a rocky matrix.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 10.3 × 9.5 × 5.8 cm = 4.1” × 3.7” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 10.3 × 6 cm = 4.1” × 2.4”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV


Moroccan Copper minerals


Copper with Cuprite

EH6J8: Although they were previously known, we can consider those specimens a novelty. The group is arborescent and coated by secondary copper species (mainly Malachite) and crystals of Cuprite which are small deformed octahedrons.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2007)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.7 × 3.3 cm = 3.1” × 2.6” × 1.3”

Cuprite's areas fluorescent long & short UV
Copper with Cuprite. Front
Front
Copper with Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Malachite and Cuprite
Copper with Malachite and Cuprite. Front
Front
Copper with Malachite and Cuprite. Rear
Rear

EB13J8: Although they were previously known, we can consider those specimens a novelty. The group is arborescent and coated by secondary copper species (mainly Malachite) and crystals of Cuprite which are small deformed octahedrons.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2007)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 10.5 × 5.7 cm = 4.4” × 4.1” × 2.2”

Cuprite's areas fluorescent long & short UV
Cuprite

M57AI7: Cuprite can be considered as a very rare species at Touissit. On the sample it is in small, very bright and reddish crystals on matrix.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7 × 4.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.8” × 1.7”

Cuprite. Cuprite.
Azurite with Quartz
Azurite with Quartz.

TE12N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. From a new Moroccan locality, not yet well determined. Azurite forms groups of small crystals, almost globular, on a Quartz matrix that has a curious coating that, analyzed, is a melange of clay, chalky powder and some kind of submicrocrystalline copper phosphate.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘what’s new at Tucson 2009’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 7 of number 3/2009.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2008)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.2 × 3 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.2”

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

Azurite

TJ27N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. From a new Moroccan locality, not yet well determined. Azurite, on Quartz matrix, forms flattened crystals with parallel growths and multiple terminations. The luster and the color are very good.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2008)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 8 × 3.5 cm = 3.8” × 3.1” × 1.4”

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

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

MD46W1: Aggregates of small lenticular crystals of Azurite, with an unusually vivid blue color, that are coating a group of Quartz crystals partially limonitized and with small growths of Malachite.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2011)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 1 cm = 1.9” × 0.4”

Azurite with Malachite and Quartz

NF26Z5: Stalactitic aggregates of small lenticular Azurite crystals with a vivid and deep color, partially coated by aggregates of Malachite crystals and on a matrix of Quartz crystals coated by limonite.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2011)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 3.4 × 2.1 cm = 2.8” × 1.3” × 0.8”

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

EG67W7: Aggregates, on a limonite matrix, of small lenticular crystals of Azurite. They have an unusually vivid blue color and are coating a thick Quartz crystal, itself coated with limonite, and they are intermixed with globular growths of Malachite.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (11/2011)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.9 × 4.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.3” × 1.8”

Quartz with Azurite and Malachite

MF36T7: A novelty at Munich 2011. Group of Quartz crystals coated by limonite which is peppered with crystals of Malachite and Azurite, very much more individualized than usual and with a more vivid color than usual for the locality.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2011)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 3.9 × 3.4 cm = 2.9” × 1.5” × 1.3”

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

MJ67T7: A novelty at Munich 2011. A group of Quartz crystals coated by limonite, with a curious “bridge” of this last mineral, the limonite is peppered by crystals of Malachite and Azurite very much more individualized than usual and with a more vivid color than usual for the locality.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2011)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.1 × 5.4 cm = 3.6” × 2.8” × 2.1”

Quartz with Azurite and Malachite

ME96V1: Botryoidal growths of Azurite with a very intense and uniform color, spotted by small aggregates of acicular crystals of Malachite, and on a matrix of small Quartz crystals.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (10/2011)

Specimen size: 10.6 × 6.2 × 4.5 cm = 4.2” × 2.4” × 1.8”

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

EM47Q8: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2010. A group of Quartz crystals, totally or partially coated by Hematite and botryoidal growths of small crystals of Malachite, plus groups of crystals, small but very well defined, of Azurite with a very deep blue color and an excellent luster.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (06/2010)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.3 × 8.8 cm = 3.7” × 2.9” × 3.5”

Copper

NA14V4: Arborescent growth of slightly defined crystals of native Copper with small grains of massive Quartz. It is from a new locality for Morocco, in which only this kind of samples of Copper are known. We hope that it will give agreeable surprises in the next future.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2011)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 3.0” × 1.7” × 1.3”

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

NB14V4: Arborescent growth of slightly defined crystals of native Copper with small grains of massive Quartz. It is from a new locality for Morocco, in which only this kind of samples of Copper are known. We hope that it will give agreeable surprises in the next future.
Tazalarht Quarry, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (09/2011)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4.7 × 2.2 cm = 3.1” × 1.9” × 0.9”


Touissit Azurite

Azurite with Malachite

NP98AE8: A group of slightly divergent, doubly terminated, prismatic Azurite crystals, one of them clearly dominant. They are very sharp, bright, have a deep blue color and on matrix with fanlike clusters of finely fibrous Malachite. Spectacularly aesthetic.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size:  3 × 2.5 × 2.6 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.5 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite. Top
Top
Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Light behind
Light behind
Azurite. Rear
Rear

EF77AA3: Very sharp single crystal, very rich in terminal faces, very bright and with strong transparency along the lateral edges. An excellent Moroccan classic.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 4.3 × 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 1.7” × 0.5” × 0.3”

Azurite with Malachite, Cerussite and Dolomite

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ER37AA3: Group of short prismatic Azurite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and doubly terminated, with polycrystalline surfaces on terminations and small Cerussite crystals on their surfaces. Some of the Azurite crystals are partially pseudomorphed by Malachite.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

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

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.9”

Azurite with Malachite, Cerussite and Dolomite.
Azurite on Dolomite
Azurite on Dolomite.

EZ92: Just in time before the closing of Touissit mines, we managed to obtain this superb Azurite specimen. Crystals standing free on their white Dolomite matrix. The sharp crystal form, luster, color and perfection make this specimen one of the best of this size for this mine.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05/2002)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Azurite

MX90S9: Group of very sharp crystals, some of them doubly terminated, extraordinarily bright and of a very deep color with strong transparency under a strong light. The group, on matrix, has a strong quality.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.1” × 1.3” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

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

JA10F3: A prismatic crystal that just looks like the typical ones from Touissit, but a more detailed check shows the unusual richness of the termination, with lots of faces. Definition, brilliance, and color are the outstanding features of this sample.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1993)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 2 × 1.4 cm = 2.2” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Azurite with Smithsonite

NB74H3: Magnificent crystal of very sharp and bright faces and edges and deep blue color, with clearer transparent reflections. It is important to note the uncommon presence of paragenetic globular Smithsonite on the matrix.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (02/1995)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7.2 × 4.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.8” × 1.7”

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

Azurite with Smithsonite. Front
Front
Azurite with Smithsonite.
Azurite with Smithsonite. Top
Top

Kerrouchen Azurite

Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Top
Top

TH26G0: Magnificent doubly-terminated crystal with some minor parallel growth, on matrix. The definition of the faces is extraordinary. The specimen is from an important find made at the end of 2004.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.1” × 1.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Azurite

NY56M5: Parallel and floating growth of doubly terminated crystals of very well defined faces and edges and with excellent color and luster.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 510 in the volume 86, number 6, Nov/Dec 2011
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.9 × 1.1 cm = 1.1” × 1.1” × 0.4”

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

NB56M5: Parallel and floating growth, on matrix, of doubly terminated crystals with very well defined faces and edges and with excellent color and luster.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Azurite

NR16P2: Group of crystals, some of them doubly terminated, very bright and of very well defined faces and edges. Some of the terminations have smooth faces while others are polycrystalline.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Azurite.
Azurite
Azurite.

NA26F3: A complex group of prismatic crystals, typical of this locality, that is notable for the aerial form on the matrix, which gives it balance and the esthetics that make it interesting.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Azurite

NJ56R4: Irregular aggregate of acute elongated crystals, most of them doubly terminated, with high translucency, a very vivid color and extraordinary luster.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 5 × 3.1 cm = 2.0” × 2.0” × 1.2”

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

Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Azurite
Doubly terminated Azurite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Azurite. Rear
Rear

TG46G2: Excellent parallel growth of numerous crystals, prismatic and doubly terminated. Another crystal perfectly terminated and in a totally eccentric position, stands on of the group.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.2 × 1.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 0.5”

Azurite

NL76L7: Azurite specimen with sharp and very bright faces and edges with parallel growths. The transparency and deep blue color are visible under an intense light. The crystal has grown into a matrix vug that protects it.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.4 × 4.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

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

NK69P2: A growth of two generations of Azurite crystals. One of them has bigger very well defined crystals of very deep, almost black color, and the second one is formed by small very acute crystals of an intense blue color and extraordinarily bright and transparent. They are on sandstone matrix.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.6 × 3.4 cm = 2.8” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.6 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Azurite

ND47L7: A thick group of sword-shaped Azurite crystals. With good luster and with a deep blue color visible under an intense light.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 7 × 6.2 cm = 4.1” × 2.8” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.1”

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

NM66L7: Very aerial group of thin prismatic Azurite crystals, some of them doubly terminated. Many of the Azurite crystals have been partial or totally replaced by Malachite.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 0.4 cm = 1.4” × 0.2”

Malachite

NP56N4: Esthetic and fine fan growths of acicular crystals with color zoning and a very well marked velvet luster, on matrix.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.7 × 3.5 cm = 2.3” × 1.5” × 1.4”

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

NA17L7: Azurite specimen with sharp and very bright faces and edges. The transparency and deep blue color are visible under an intense light. Crystals are very aerial and in a very esthetic shape on a matrix with small globular Malachite crystals.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6.8 × 5.6 cm = 2.8” × 2.7” × 2.2”

Malachite

NR46P9: Esthetic fan growths of felty crystals, with fine color zoning and a very notable silky luster. They are on a matrix of Limonite.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 8 × 5.5 cm = 3.8” × 3.1” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.9 cm = 1.2” × 0.7”

Malachite. Malachite.

Bou Bekker Azurite

Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear

EA60L9: A floater formed by a terminated group of Azurite crystals, with curious curvatures. Really good color and excellent luster. The specimen is from a recent find at this mine relatively near to Touissit, that hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 1.4” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Azurite with Malachite

EF63L9: Group of prismatic crystals with parallel growth and several recrystalizations, partially covered by Malachite and with an excellent color. The specimen is from a recent find at this mine relatively near to Touissit, that hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.6 × 2.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.8” × 1.1”

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

EH26L9: Prismatic crystals of Azurite with very sharp faces and edges. On a small matrix with Malachite with an excellent color. The specimen is from a recent find at this mine relatively near to Touissit, that hasn't produced significant samples in the last twenty years.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (03/2008)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 4.3 × 3 cm = 3.0” × 1.7” × 1.2”

Azurite with Mimetite and Wulfenite

TA46Z5: Drusy growths of small lenticular Azurite crystals with a very deep color, extraordinarily bright, with small greenish-yellow Mimetite coatings and laminar yellow Wulfenite crystals. It came from a small local find in an area near Bou Bekker.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.1 × 2.4 cm = 2.6” × 1.6” × 0.9”

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

Azurite with Mimetite and Wulfenite. Azurite with Mimetite and Wulfenite.
Azurite with Mimetite and Wulfenite.

Oumjrane Azurite

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

EC47AC0: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. An aggregate of very sharp flattened crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue”. With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone, these crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #41, August 22, 2015 edition, page 5
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.7”

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

Azurite

N1AX: Azurite on Quartz. Nice contrast!
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1995)

Specimen size: 4 × 3 cm = 1.6” × 1.2”

Azurite.
Azurite with Calcite
Azurite with Calcite. Front
Front
Azurite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

TE87X8: Rosette aggregates of flattened Azurite crystals. They are bright, with deep blue color and vivid metallic blue transparency. They have small white Calcite crystals spread on their surface. It is a good size in comparison with the usual rosettes from this mine.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 2.2 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 0.9”

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

Azurite with Malachite

CT97G2: The habit is very unusual. The absence of the main prism suggests the apparent form of a dipyramid or an octahedron. The contrast between the vivid blue of the Azurite and the green of botryoidal Malachite is superb. Crystal size is considerable. This is one of the few pieces found with this crystallographic habitus at the locality.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2005)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.5 × 3.7 cm = 2.8” × 2.6” × 1.5”

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

Azurite with Malachite.
Azurite with Malachite.

Malachite

Malachite after Azurite
Malachite after Azurite.

E8VI7: Malachite has replaced completely the prismatic crystals of the original Azurite, while perfectly preserving their esthetic shape, on a matrix of Limonite.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2 × 2.3 × cm = 1.5” × 0.8” × 0.9”

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

Malachite

NM46M5: Fan-shaped growth of crystals between fibrous and acicular, on matrix. Curving of the crystals produces changes in luster and color conferring a velvet aspect to the piece.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.1 × 2.2 cm = 1.6” × 0.8” × 0.9”

Malachite.
Malachite
Malachite.

NQ16N4: Esthetic and fine fan growths of acicular crystals with color zoning and a very well marked velvet luster, on matrix.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on pages 483 and 510 in the volume 86, number 6, Nov/Dec 2011
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.9 × 3.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Malachite

NT46L7: Malachite radial groups formed by very thin acicular crystals, which show a very clear banded color zoning. On matrix.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.9” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Malachite.
Malachite
Malachite.

NZ46L7: Radial and very thick Malachite groups formed by very thin acicular crystals, with a small matrix in the back.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 5 × 2.8 × 2.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Malachite

NL46M5: Fan-shaped growth of crystals between fibrous and acicular, on matrix. Curving of the crystals produces changes in luster and color conferring a velvet aspect to the piece.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.5 × 4.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 1.9”

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

Malachite.
Malachite.
Malachite after Azurite
Malachite after Azurite.

NQ46L7: Thick Malachite crystal with multiple terminations and on matrix. A primary Azurite crystal has been totally replaced by Malachite.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Rivista Mineralogica Italiana’ on page 191 in number 2008/3.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 3.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 1.4”

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

Malachite after Azurite

ND36L7: Group of divergent sword-shaped Malachite crystals pseudomorphic after Azurite. With some small Azurite crystals as a matrix. Very esthetic.
Kerrouchen, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4.4 ×3.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.3”

Malachite after Azurite.
Malachite after Azurite
Malachite after Azurite.

E1EA0: Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite.
Tadamout, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1999)

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


Linarite and Borchantite

A Moroccan novelty was the recent find of nice Linarite. This species is not normally found in this country and, although the crystal form is not as good as the better ones from USA, the intensity of its color and the richness makes these specimens very good.

Linarite

MX62E8: The prismatic, flat crystals with good color and brilliance are not that well defined, as is often the case with this species, which takes advantage of cracks when forming away from other copper minerals. The whole sample is improved by the concretion of micro-crystals of prismatic Brochantite near the bottom of the specimen.
Goulmima, Er Rachidia, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8 × 4 cm = 4.1” × 3.1” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 0.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.1”

Linarite.
Linarite.
Linarite with Brochantite
Linarite with Brochantite. Linarite with Brochantite.

MZ36T6: Aggregates of Linarite crystals with the flattened shape typical for the species. They have very intense color and luster and contrast with the deep green color of the acicular crystals of Brochantite.
Goulmima, Er Rachidia, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 10.5 × 6.3 cm = 5.0” × 4.1” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.1 cm = 0.3” × 0.0”

Brochantite with Linarite

EF11H2: Predominating Brochantite fills the specimen of green color and embellishes the upper part with beautiful radially divergent groups of acicular crystals.
Goulmima, Er Rachidia, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 4.3 × 2.3 cm = 2.9” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Brochantite with Linarite.
Brochantite with Linarite.

Chalcostibite

Chalcostibite
Chalcostibite.

MB13: Small and nice single crystal, very sharp and well terminated at its top with the typical intense blue color of this find.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (09/2002)

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

Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite

TR36AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Group of Chalcostibite crystals, some of them forming parallel growths and partially doubly terminated, with excellent terminal faces and superficially replaced by Azurite and small Malachite impregnations. The quality of the sample and the definition of the crystals are very high and unusual for the species.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2017 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 136, page 47, and the magazine "Lapis" number 07-08/2017, page 71
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.3 × 2.6 cm = 2.6” × 1.7” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.4”

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

TR72AF4: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2017. Group, on matrix, of Chalcostibite crystals, some of them partially doubly terminated, with excellent terminal faces and superficially replaced by Malachite and Azurite. The quality of the sample and the definition of the crystals are very high and unusual for the species.
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.5 × 2.9 cm = 3.7” × 2.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”



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