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On this page we have shown the specimens that were in the Silvane Collection. We didn't want to delete them from our website given their quality, so we decided to save them and publish all of them on this special page, which will act as a kind of representative overview of this excellent modern collection.
We hope that you enjoy your visit, even if it is just to see this page!


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

 


The Silvane Collection

In the world of collecting there is always a small group of prestigious collections that is not well known. This is the case with the Silvane collection, which was created over the last 25 years through the efforts of Josep Amigó (1924-2008).

Devoted to his family, he decided to name his collection the Silvane Collection, which is the result of his linking together the names of his two grand-daughters, Silvia and Ana Elena (whose nickname was Anelen).

Sr. Amigó, as we knew him to be, was above all else a collector and while over the years he had many collections, including trains, stamps, coins, etc, he always said that minerals were the most important, so in the end he only collected minerals. He always said that he could find new details, each unforgettable, every time he looked at a specimen, and that was something that did not occur in any of his other collections.

Years ago he built a collection of good quality minerals but then he got rid of them, as they did not fulfill his desire for systematic variety nor represent his good taste. Then, in the mid 70s and start of the 80s, large finds were made in the Kalahari, Touissit and India that produced an excellent chance to obtain new species. At the same time the views about mineral collections modernized from the point of view of their patrimony, preservation and the presentation of material. With all of this the mineral collecting bug within Sr. Amigó was reawakened. His meeting with Jordi during the Expominer Mineral Show of 1985 and the purchase of a blue Barite from the Moscona mine further animated him. From then on he was a faithful visitor to Jordi's stockroom every time that Jordi came back from a trip or show, which enabled him to pick the material he liked most. This chance to choose, along with the arrival of excellent material from Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and, more recently, China, just reinforced and confirmed his passion.

Given time, discretion and good taste, the Silvane collection grew until it contained more than 700 specimens, some of which are exceptional but all of which were selected with the best taste and clear criteria. Sr. Amigó never bragged about his great knowledge, but he always applied a clear principal in what he selected: apart from liking it and its aesthetics the specimen had to connect with him. So it was this mixture of intuition and good taste that came together to create this excellent collection, which is far better than the average Spanish collection.

I especially recall the meetings we used to have in Jordi's stockroom during which Sr. Amigó would tell us the 'whys', both for what he selected and what he rejected, all with his caustic but fine sense of humor. These meetings often ended in front of a table that was well laid out with great dishes and good wines. For him (and also for me) it was the corollary of a perfect mineral session. Along with these meetings I recall with great satisfaction the frequent visits to his house during which, apart from detailed discussions about minerals and mineralogy, we had the chance to touch on a wide range of both divine and human subjects.

So, a precious collection, all of a very high level, with no poor pieces or trash, in which Fluorite and Calcite are very well represented, since he liked them a lot, but which also includes extraordinary specimens of fairly rare material, as he knew when to listen (and weigh) advice. If someone recommended strongly a species that he did not know and he connected with it, then he would end up pleased. Classics from Tsumeb, Morocco, USA, etc, etc, and then modern classics from Russia, China and Pakistan-Afghanistan ennoble the collection, whose balance between esthetics and rareness is very satisfactory.

I am certain that this collection will more than match the wishes of many collectors who will have to (and need to) appreciate each and every one of the specimens within it.

Carles Curto Milà

 

 




Sr. Josep Amigó

Sr. Amigó in our warehouse, in August 2004,
having a good time looking for specimens
for his collection.

Sr. Josep Amigó

(...) but all of which were selected with
the best taste and clear criteria.

Proustite

Willemite   Sulfur   Ludlamite

 

 

Copper

 

Labels from the Silvane Collection

Silvane collection labelSilvane collection label

USA


Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.

AA86M4: From a classic locality. Group of elongated Copper crystals with sharply defined faces and edges, and with a well marked Spinel twin, and terminations.
Copper Queen Mine, Queen Hill, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.7 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 0.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.2”

Copper with Cuprite

AV47N6: Dendritic growth of small but very sharp crystals of excellent luster and free of alteration. They are with a group of cuboctahedral crystals of red Cuprite.
Ray Mines, Scott Mountain area, Mineral Creek District, Dripping Spring Mountains, Pinal County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.2 × 1.5 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 0.6”

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

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

AC27M8: Very well defined spherical growths of a very uniform green color that contrasts with the light colored matrix.
It comes from the Martin Zinn collection whose original label is lost.
Metcalf Mines, Clifton, Copper Mountain District, Shannon Mountains, Greenlee County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.7 × 1.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 0.6”

Linarite

AV27M5: The sample is notable both for its locality and for the great definition, the size and the quality of its crystals. They have extraordinary luster and color and are on Quartz matrix.
Grand Reef Mine, Laurel Canyon, Grand Reef Mountain, Klondyke, Aravaipa District, Graham County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 0.7”

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

Linarite. Linarite.
Neptunite with Benitoite and Natrolite
Neptunite with Benitoite and Natrolite. Front
Front
Neptunite with Benitoite and Natrolite. Side
Side
Neptunite with Benitoite and Natrolite.

AY87N2: Very bright and sharp Neptunite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, of very well defined faces and edges. On matrix with white Natrolite, with a small crystal of Benitoite.
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.6 × 2.1 cm = 2.5” × 1.4” × 0.8”

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

Natrolite fluorescent long & short UV. Benitoite fluorescent short UV.
Benitoite with Neptunite and Natrolite

AH46M6: A plate covered by many very well defined crystals of good color and luster, with small crystals of Neptunite, contrasting with the white Natrolite that covers the matrix.
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (05/1999)

Specimen size: 10.6 × 8.2 × 2.8 cm = 4.2” × 3.2” × 1.1”

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

Extremely fluorescent short UV

Benitoite with Neptunite and Natrolite. Benitoite with Neptunite and Natrolite.
Andradite (variety topazolite)
Andradite (variety topazolite). Andradite (variety topazolite).

AX86N8: The crystals, on matrix, are formed by the dodecahedron and the trapezohedron. They have the greenish yellow color and the intense luster typical of this variety of Andradite from San Benito County.
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (11/1998)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4 × 1.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.6” × 0.6”

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

Colemanite

AA26M8: Group of very well defined crystals of good transparency and excellent luster. It is from one of the classic localities for the species.
Death Valley, Inyo County, California  USA

Specimen size: 5 × 3.2 × 1.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Colemanite.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz
Rhodochrosite with Quartz.

AN70S9: Transparent and bright sharp rhombohedral crystals. They have an excellent, very deep, color and are on matrix, with Quartz crystals. A desirable specimen, with an excellent balance between all the elements that compose it.
Sweet Home Mine, Rob's pocket, Mini-King raise, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 0.9”

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

Rutile with Pyrophyllite

AE48N4: Very sharp crystal, twinned, unusually acute for a sample from Graves Mountains. It is very bright and it is on matrix.
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia  USA

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

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

Rutile with Pyrophyllite. Front
Front
Rutile with Pyrophyllite. Rear
Rear
Rutile with Pyrophyllite. Top
Top
Silver
Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear

AC16P4: Arborescent growth, very esthetic, of thin, elongated crystals with well defined faces and edges. We also note the locality, an American classic for Silver.
White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 3.3 × 1.6 × 0.8 cm = 1.3” × 0.6” × 0.3”

Calcite

AX6M8: Group of crystals formed by very well defined faces and an acute scalenohedron, bright, with slight curvatures, good transparency and uniform yellow color.
Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County, Missouri  USA

Specimen size: 12.5 × 6.8 × 4.2 cm = 4.9” × 2.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 1.9 cm = 1.7” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
Calcite
Calcite.

AC14M4: A significant example of another kind of specimen from the Silvane Collection. Simple but very esthetic and dominant doubly terminated Calcite, with good uniform yellow color on matrix.
Joplin Field, Tri-State District, Jasper County, Missouri  USA

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4.3 × 2.2 cm = 3.0” × 1.7” × 0.9”

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

Siegenite with Chalcopyrite and Dolomite

AC13M4: One of the notable specimens from the Silvane Collection. From a classic locality for the species, very sharp octahedral Siegenite crystals with a more than considerable size on a very attractive and Dolomite-rich matrix with small twinned Chalcopyrite crystals. An extraordinary specimen.
Sweetwater Mine, Ellington, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County, Missouri  USA (06/1997)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.4 × 4.5 cm = 2.3” × 2.1” × 1.8”

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

Dolomite fluorescent long & short UV
Siegenite with Chalcopyrite and Dolomite. Siegenite with Chalcopyrite and Dolomite.
Enargite with Pyrite and Quartz
Enargite with Pyrite and Quartz. Front
Front
Enargite with Pyrite and Quartz. Side
Side
Enargite with Pyrite and Quartz

AR52N4: An excellent cluster of crystals, very representative both for the species and the locality, A classic of the American mineralogy. With small crystals of Pyrite and on matrix.
Ex Folch collection whose autographed label we'll send to the buyer with the Silvane collection label.
Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow County, Montana  USA (±1948)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.4” × 1.8”

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

Baryte

AF38Q6: Group of sharp crystals with very well defined faces and edges, some of them with parallel growths. They are very transparent, bright and have an intense yellow color. They are on matrix.
Meikle Mine, Bootstrap District, Elko County, Nevada  USA (1998)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.7 × 5.4 cm = 2.5” × 2.2” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.6 cm = 1.2” × 1.0”

Baryte. Baryte.
Bikitaite with Eosphorite
Bikitaite with Eosphorite. Front
Front
Bikitaite with Eosphorite. Rear
Rear

AD37M4: Extraordinary parallel growth of two Bikitaite crystals with very sharp faces and edges and good transparency. With some small spherical Eosphorite growths on the faces.
Foote Lithium Co. Mine (Foote Mine), Kings Mountain District, Cleveland County, North Carolina  USA (±1997)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1 × 0.3 cm = 1.0” × 0.4” × 0.1”

Baryte with Calcite

AY49M4: Very esthetic and classic Baryte specimen, showing doubly terminated crystals with an excellent and intense color and luster, and really good transparency on terminal crystal areas. On a matrix covered by small yellow Calcite crystals.
Elk Creek, Dalzell, Meade County, South Dakota  USA (09/1995)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.7 × 3.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.9” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 4.9 × 1 cm = 1.9” × 0.4”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Baryte with Calcite. Baryte with Calcite.
Bixbyite
Bixbyite. Front
Front
Bixbyite. Top
Top

AP63M9: Sharp and very well defined cubic crystal. It is very bright and it is aerially implanted on a matrix of white volcanic rock.
Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah  USA

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2 × 2.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.9”

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


MEXICO & CANADA


Mexico

Silver with Calcite

AJ26M9: Feathered growths of very elongated but well defined crystals on a matrix of white Calcite.
Batopilas, Andrιs del Rνo District, Municipio Batopilas, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.8 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.6”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

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

AP89M6: Very aerial and esthetic sample with feathered growths of crystals with well defined faces, very acute, on Calcite matrix.
Batopilas, Andrιs del Rνo District, Municipio Batopilas, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.7 × 1.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.8” × 0.3”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Hemimorphite with Calcite

AN58Q6: Very aerial growth of isolated elongated crystals, very well defined. The crystals show an excellent luster and perfect terminations, with slight reddish inclusions of Hematite and curious, very bright and transparent, crystals of Calcite.
Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdαn, Chihuahua  Mexico (1995)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.7 × 2.7 cm = 2.5” × 2.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 0.8 cm = 1.5” × 0.3”

Hemimorphite with Calcite. Hemimorphite with Calcite.
Ludlamite
Ludlamite.
Ludlamite. Ludlamite.

AL91M4: Probably one of the best Ludlamite specimens found in Santa Eulalia. Doubly terminated and very sharp Ludlamite crystals with a good size, excellent color and luster. On a Limonite matrix.
Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdαn, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.2 × 3.2 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite

AK99M5: The sample is extraordinary both for its locality and the definition, luster and color of the crystals. Furthermore, it is a specimen with a pedigree because it is with a label of the John Barlow collection (num. 1296) which will be given with the piece.
Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdαn, Chihuahua  Mexico

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

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

Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.
Wulfenite with Calcite
Wulfenite with Calcite. Front
Front
Wulfenite with Calcite. Top
Top

AV14P1: Laminar crystals with very well defined faces and edges. Them are transparent, bright and with an excellent deep yellow color and very aerial on a Calcite matrix.
Erupciσn Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2 × 1.5 cm = 1.0” × 0.8” × 0.6”

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

Wulfenite with Calcite

AP13N4: Uncommon crystalline forms for the locality. The crystals, very rich in forms, have slight curvatures and color zoning and are partially coated by white globular Calcite.
Erupciσn Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.9 × 2.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.9” × 0.9”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Wulfenite with Calcite. Wulfenite with Calcite.
Wulfenite with Calcite
Wulfenite with Calcite.

AC17Q0: Esthetic group of intense yellow laminar crystal of intense luster with groups of white leafy crystals of Calcite.
Mina San Francisco, Sonora  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 0.9”

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

Polybasite with Pyrite

AX36M8: Excellent miniature. A group of tabular crystals partially coated by Pyrite. The sample is from the Folch collection where it was labeled as Pearceite. We did an analysis, that we’ll send to the buyer, and the result was clearly Polybasite.
Mina Chispas, Arizpe, Municipio de Arizpe, Sonora  Mexico

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

Polybasite with Pyrite.
Pyrargyrite with Calcite and Quartz
Pyrargyrite with Calcite and Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrargyrite with Calcite and Quartz. Side
Side
Pyrargyrite with Calcite and Quartz. Top
Top

AK68S9: Excellent miniature. The Pyrargyrite crystals are elongated, have very well defined faces and edges, have perfect terminations, and are exceptionally bright, being on a Quartz matrix with Calcite.
Fresnillo de Gonzαlez Echeverrνa (Fresnillo), Municipio Fresnillo, Zacatecas  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.1 × 2.9 cm = 1.2” × 0.8” × 1.1”

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

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Epidote

AZ48M6: Excellent group of crystals with deep color and bright luster, well developed on a base of smaller clear crystals. The sample is an old one from Las Vigas, as the presence of Epidote on the matrix testifies.
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio Tatatila, Veracruz (Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave)  Mexico

Specimen size: 8 × 6.1 × 4.2 cm = 3.1” × 2.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 1.5 cm = 1.4” × 0.6”

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Epidote. Quartz (variety amethyst) with Epidote.

Canada

Lazulite with Quartz and Siderite
Lazulite with Quartz and Siderite. Front
Front
Lazulite with Quartz and Siderite. Top
Top

AJ76N2: Group of twinned crystals of Lazulite of excellent color and luster, with small rhombohedral crystals of Siderite and on well-defined crystals of Quartz. A very elegant piece.
Crosscut Creek, Kulan Camp area, Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada (1996)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.8 × 3.4 cm = 1.8” × 1.1” × 1.3”

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

Gypsum

AN96V9: Neatly twinned clear crystal, very bright, with a color between yellow and orange and located on a spherical aggregate of lenticular crystals of the same Gypsum.
Red River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Canada (2006)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.9 × 3.8 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 1.5”

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

Very fluorescent and phosphorescent

Former collection of Josep Amigσ (Silvane)
Gypsum. Front
Front
Gypsum. Rear
Rear
Vesuvianite
Vesuvianite.

AG96V0: Groups of Vesuvianite crystals showing two well differentiated crystal generations; the first one with large yellow and transparent crystals, some of them doubly terminated, and the second, with small crystals with a very deep violet color.
The sample is from the Silvane collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Quιbec  Canada (07/2002)

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

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 1.1 cm = 1.1” × 0.4”

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Vesuvianite

AD32M6: Group of prismatic crystals with flat pinacoidal terminations. Many of them are doubly terminated. The luster is excellent and the color, very deep, is magnificent.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Quιbec  Canada

Specimen size: 6.9 × 3.6 × 4.3 cm = 2.7” × 1.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.4 cm = 0.8” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Vesuvianite. Vesuvianite.
Grossular (hessonite) with Albite
Grossular (hessonite) with Albite. Grossular (hessonite) with Albite.

AL99P9: The crystal is on matrix and has a dominant dodecahedral form modified by the trapezohedron. Luster and transparency are excellent, enhanced by a magnificent color, very intense. One of the sides is in contact wit the residual faces of another, now disappeared, crystal.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Quιbec  Canada

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.7 × 4 cm = 2.6” × 2.2” × 1.6”

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

Fluorescence on the matrix (short and long UV)

Former collection of Josep Amigσ (Silvane)
Analcime with Aegirine

AL46N4: Esthetic growth of clean and bright very well defined crystals, one of them clearly dominant. The black acicular crystals are Aegirine.
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallιe-du-Richelieu RCM, Montιrιgie, Quιbec  Canada

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.2 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.1”

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

Analcime with Aegirine. Front
Front
Analcime with Aegirine. Top
Top
Analcime with Siderite after Epididymite
Analcime with Siderite after Epididymite. Front
Front
Analcime with Siderite after Epididymite. Top
Top

AT17M4: Analcime crystal with very sharp faces and edges, good luster and snowy white color on matrix and partially covered by Siderite pseudomorphs after Epididymite.
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallιe-du-Richelieu RCM, Montιrιgie, Quιbec  Canada

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.7 × 3.8 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 1.5”

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

Epididymite fluorescent long & short UV
Molybdenite with Quartz

AG46M6: A classic sample. The crystal is complete, without deformation or exfoliations, very bright and on Quartz matrix.
The specimen was previously in the collection of Michel Jouty (num. 3), whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Moly Hill Mine, Abitibi County, Quιbec  Canada

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.1 × 4.2 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.6 cm = 1.1” × 1.0”

Molybdenite with Quartz.

SPAIN


Orthoclase with Albite and Quartz
Orthoclase with Albite and Quartz.

NM58M9: The pink crystals of Orthoclase are small, very well defined, and have epigenetic growths of Albite. The matrix is also very rich in Albite and has Quartz crystals. The piece is from a well known locality but which has yielded few significant specimens.
La Batllςria, Sant Celoni, Comarca Vallθs Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.3 × 3.3 cm = 2.6” × 2.1” × 1.3”

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

Twinned Dolomite

AV11P9: An excellent miniature that forms a multiple floater twin of rhombohedral crystals that are very transparent, clear and bright.
Azcαrate Quarry, Eugui, Esterνbar, Comarca Auρamendi, Navarre  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 0.6”

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

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

AG45M6: Small group of lenticular crystals with soft silky luster. On them there are some twinned Dolomite crystals, absolutely transparent and of yellowish tone.
Azcαrate Quarry, Eugui, Esterνbar, Comarca Auρamendi, Navarre  Spain (09/2005)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.3 × 2.9 cm = 2.2” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Pyrite

AV96M6: A floater sample of pyritohedral crystals, without any other accessory faces and with very well defined faces and edges. The luster is excellent. The time that has passed since it was mined seems to confirm that the piece is very stable because Sr. J. Amigσ purchased it in 1994 and it remains unaltered.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (1994)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 2.5” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Sphalerite with Dolomite, Chalcopyrite and Pyrite
Sphalerite with Dolomite, Chalcopyrite and Pyrite.
Sphalerite with Dolomite, Chalcopyrite and Pyrite.

AE96M6: Complex Sphalerite crystals of good transparency and luster, and excellent color. They are on a matrix of Dolomite. Some of the crystals are partially covered by very small crystals of Chalcopyrite and Pyrite. A Spanish classic, very difficult to obtain actually.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipϊzcoa, Euskadi  Spain

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.2 × 2.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.1”

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

Calcite with Fluorite

AJ64Q6: Group of bright, very acute, scalenohedral crystals of Calcite. They are on a group of bright transparent, deep yellow colored cubic crystals of Fluorite.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solνs, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilιs, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.7 × 3.1 cm = 2.3” × 1.9” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 1.3 cm = 1.2” × 0.5”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

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

AZ64M9: One of the few pieces of pink Baryte mined in Solνs near 1995. In such pieces the crystals are always small but have a rich color and are very bright and are implanted on groups of deep yellow Fluorite.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solνs, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilιs, Asturias  Spain (±1995)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 4.6 × 5.1 cm = 2.8” × 1.8” × 2.0”

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

Fluorite very fluorescent long & short UV
Prehnite with Quartz and Orthoclase

AQ8Q6: Group of bright crystals of Prehnite with yellowish green color, with a flattened Quartz crystal and small Orthoclase crystals.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (03/1999)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.4 × 2.2 cm = 2.8” × 2.1” × 0.9”

Prehnite with Quartz and Orthoclase. Front
Front
Prehnite with Quartz and Orthoclase. Rear
Rear
Cinnabar with Calcite
Cinnabar with Calcite.
Cinnabar with Calcite.

NH47M8: Very well defined crystals of excellent luster and magnificent red color, that contrasts on a surface of white Calcite, on rocky matrix. The specimen is more aerial and esthetic than usual in the samples from this classic mine, closed some years ago.
San Teodoro Shaft, Almadιn Mine, Almadιn, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.1 × 2.9 cm = 1.8” × 1.2” × 1.1”

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


PORTUGAL


Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite and Schorl-Dravite

AE47N2: Short prismatic doubly terminated crystals of Fluorapatite, one of them clearly dominant. They are on matrix with Arsenopyrite, Muscovite and acicular crystals of Tourmaline (Schorl-Dravite).
The piece was originally from the James Catmur collection and his label will be sent to the buyer along with the Silvane collection label.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±2002)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite and Schorl-Dravite.
Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite and Schorl-Dravite. Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite and Schorl-Dravite.
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite. Top
Top

AZ50P1: Two doubly terminated Fluorapatite crystals with the dipyramidal faces very well marked by color zoning. On Muscovite matrix, with small crystals of Arsenopyrite.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.0” × 0.9”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorapatite with Siderite and Pyrite

AP90M6: Floater group of tabular and translucent crystals, of an excellent luster and an esthetic pale green color.
The sample was previously in the Martin Zinn collection, whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.1 × 2.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorapatite with Siderite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Siderite and Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Ferberite with Muscovite
Ferberite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Ferberite with Muscovite. Rear
Rear

NP17M5: A very nice miniature with parallel growths of very sharp, well defined crystals of Ferberite partially covered and bordered by growths and “flowers” of Muscovite. Very original.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1990)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Ferberite with Fluorapatite and Mica

AC6M9: Growth of doubly terminated crystals with excellent terminations, very bright and with two implanted doubly terminated crystals of Fluorapatite.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1992)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.2” × 1.0”

Fluorapatite very fluorescent long & short UV
Ferberite with Fluorapatite and Mica. Front
Front
Ferberite with Fluorapatite and Mica. Side
Side
Arsenopyrite with Quartz and Siderite
Arsenopyrite with Quartz and Siderite. Arsenopyrite with Quartz and Siderite.

AQ16M4: Another especially esthetic specimen consisting of very well defined and bright Arsenopyrite crystals accompanied by several doubly terminated Quartz crystals and covered by a very rich layer of Siderite crystals on the back side.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1995)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 7.9 × 5.7 cm = 4.5” × 3.1” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.2”

Marcasite with Pyrite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Dolomite

AN96M6: Group of twinned (this twin is known in German as “sperkise”) crystals of Marcasite, sharp, very well defined and bright, with groups of small cubic crystals of Pyrite and with Siderite and Calcite.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1998)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.5” × 1.9” × 1.1”

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

Marcasite with Pyrite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Dolomite. Marcasite with Pyrite, Arsenopyrite, Calcite and Dolomite.
Doubly terminated Quartz with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite
Doubly terminated Quartz with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Top
Top

AT26N8: Group of doubly terminated crystals of Quartz, one of them clearly dominant, with many inclusions. Partially coated by Arsenopyrite crystals and leafy aggregates of Muscovite.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de Sγo Francisco de Assis, Covilhγ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.3 × 2.2 cm = 2.6” × 2.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 6.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.0”


ROMANIA


Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz

AM16M8: Very sharp well defined and bright crystals of Tetrahedrite, some of them with small damage on the edges. On matrix, with globular Rhodochrosite and Quartz.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.3 × 2.2 cm = 2.6” × 1.7” × 0.9”

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

Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz.
Gypsum with Malachite and Boulangerite
Gypsum with Malachite and Boulangerite. Gypsum with Malachite and Boulangerite.

AF16N2: In March 2002 a small pocket of nice Gypsum was found at the Boldut Mine. We recently got hold of one of these specimens, which are now hard to get due to the popularity of this material and the small number of specimens found. This particular specimen is larger than most others and has a nice display form.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (03/2002)

Specimen size: 12 × 7 × 3.8 cm = 4.7” × 2.8” × 1.5”

Galena with Siderite

AY36M6: Groups of octahedral crystals having very well defined faces and edges. They are extraordinarily bright and they are on a fine matrix of small rhombohedral crystals of Siderite.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (1999)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 5.2 × 1.3 cm = 2.1” × 2.0” × 0.5”

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

Galena with Siderite. Galena with Siderite.

EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)


Strontianite with Calcite
Strontianite with Calcite.
Strontianite with Calcite. Strontianite with Calcite.

AM67N2: From a very classic locality for the species. The crystals are very well defined and aerial, with color zoning, deeper on terminations, and on matrix.
The piece was originally from the Folch duplicates collection, whose autographed label will be sent to the buyer with the Silvane collection label.
Oberdorf an der Laming, Laming valley, Bruck an der Mur, Styria/Steiermark  Austria

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 3 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Epidote

AA92M4: Group of very sharp Epidote crystals, with a well marked luster and transparency, accompanied by fibrous Actinolite and on matrix. This locality is probably considered the most classic for the species.
Knappenwand, Knappenwand area, Untersulzbach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg  Austria

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.9 × 4.8 cm = 2.8” × 1.9” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 0.8 cm = 1.1” × 0.3”

Epidote. Epidote.
Galena with Quartz
Galena with Quartz. Front
Front
Galena with Quartz. Top
Top

AR68N6: Group of cuboctahedral crystals with a very well defined spinel law twin and with small and thin crystals of frosted Quartz. The piece resembles those from Dalnegorsk but it is from the famous Bulgarian mining area of Madan.
September Mine (9th of September Mine) , Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria

Specimen size: 10.2 × 7.3 × 4.8 cm = 4.0” × 2.9” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 5.3 × 3.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.3”

Silver after Dyscrasite

AX92M5: A very unusual growth of native Silver that has replaced completely, pseudomorphing them, the original crystals of Dyscrasite that formed the group. Exceptional by its rarity.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 33 in number 2009/1.
Přνbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Silver after Dyscrasite. Front
Front
Silver after Dyscrasite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite

AH52M4: Group of very sharp Pyromorphite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with slight curvatures on the edges and a very visible color change between prism faces, green with brownish tones, and a yellow color on the terminal ones. The specimen was formerly in Jordi Fabre's collection (Nr. F649) and we will send the label to the buyer.
Mine des Farges, 150m.↓, Ussel, Corrθze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (1974)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 8.1 × 3.7 cm = 3.4” × 3.2” × 1.5”

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

Pyromoprphite

AG86M8: Spherical growths of acicular crystals of good green color on Limonite matrix. The sample is from a classic French locality that produced few significant pieces.
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5.9 × 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 2.3” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromoprphite.
Axinite-(Fe)
Axinite-(Fe). Front
Front
Axinite-(Fe). Side
Side

AJ6M4: This French Axinite-(Fe) is quite different from the Russian specimens. This sample shows smaller and clearer crystals than the Russian ones but with an extraordinary transparency and luster. An European classic.
Rochers de l'Armentier, Le Bourg d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isθre, Auvergne-Rhτne-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.3 × 1.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 0.7”

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

Tobermorite

AL13S9: Good sample, very representative of this rare calcium silicate, on globular growths of snowy white color on a base of grayish Quartz and on matrix.
Puech de Vermus, Espalion, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (1983)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.6 × 4.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.7”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Tobermorite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

AM64P4: An European classic for the species. The crystals, with slightly curved edges and on matrix, are doubly terminated and have the brown-salmon color, typical for the locality.
Rosenberg Mine, Braubach, Bad Ems District, Lahn Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz  Germany

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.9 × 1.9 cm = 1.1” × 0.7” × 0.7”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Manganite

AE98M6: Group of aerial and very well defined crystals with multiple terminations. They are very bright and on a Calcite matrix. A classic-classic.
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz, Thuringia/Thόringen  Germany

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4 × 3.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

Manganite. Front
Front
Manganite. Top
Top
Silver with Acanthite
Silver with Acanthite. Front
Front
Silver with Acanthite. Rear
Rear

AC97M4: Hooked and wirelike growths of native Silver on Acanthite. After the questioned wire Silver samples from other localities we have carefully checked this specimen and due to the perfect condition of the Acanthite we can certify that the Silver wires are totally natural. This locality is a German classic for Silver.
Himmelsfόrst Mine, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony/Sachsen  Germany (1995)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.6”

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

Proustite

AM89M4: A very fine and excellent esthetic miniature. Proustite crystals are sharply defined, with perfect terminations and superb color, transparency and brilliance. We would like to emphasize its luminous cherry red color.
Schneeberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony/Sachsen  Germany

Specimen size: 2 × 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.8” × 0.7” × 0.5”

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

Proustite. Front
Front
Proustite. Rear
Rear
Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side

AM86M4: From a not well known locality. Group of very sharp cubic Fluorite crystals with a light lilac color, more intense on edges and on small scattered stains on cube faces.
Genna Tres Montes Mine, Silius, Sardegna  Italy

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.2 × 3.3 cm = 2.9” × 2.0” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Sulfur with Calcite

AL47P9: A Sicilian classic. The dipyramidal crystals preserved, despite their age, their excellent luster and color. They are implanted on matrix, with globular coatings of small crystals of white Calcite.
Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily  Italy

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4.8 × 2.5 cm = 3.0” × 1.9” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1 cm = 1.1” × 0.4”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Sulfur with Calcite. Sulfur with Calcite.
Vesuvianite
Vesuvianite. Vesuvianite.

AR36P1: Group of sharp very well defined crystals. They are transparent, bright and have an excellent color that resembles the good samples from Asbestos. We specially note the locality in which specimens of Vesuvianite of such quality are very infrequent.
Laietto, Condove, Val di Susa, Piemonte  Italy

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.9 × 2.6 cm = 2.3” × 2.3” × 1.0”

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

Grossular with Chlorite

AC16M6: Isolated crystal, very well defined and an excellent color, with some other smaller crystals on a Chlorite matrix. The sample is from a very few known Piemontese locality and its characteristics are quite different from the samples from neighboring valleys.
Monviso, Piemonte  Italy

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.7 × 2.8 cm = 2.9” × 2.6” × 1.1”

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

Grossular with Chlorite. Grossular with Chlorite.
Sulfur with Aragonite
Sulfur with Aragonite. Sulfur with Aragonite.

AM46M8: Sharp and well defined crystals, extraordinarily bright, with intergrowths of Aragonite and in matrix. From a locality classic for the species.
Machσw Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Podkarpackie  Poland

Specimen size: 9.5 × 8 × 4.5 cm = 3.7” × 3.1” × 1.8”

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

Aragonite very fluorescent long & short UV
Calcite
Calcite

AP97Q6: The group is typical of the locality one of the great English classics. The crystals, on Limonite matrix, are bright, clear and complex, made by a prism, a scalenohedron and a terminal rhombohedron.
The specimen comes with a label from the U.S. National Museum (Smithsonian Institution).
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England, United Kingdom

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.5 × 3.2 cm = 2.9” × 1.8” × 1.3”

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

Calcite.
Calcite.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.

AF99N8: Group of acute scalenohedral crystals with reddish zoned inclusions of Hematite on the tips. An excellent sample from a classic locality.
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England, United Kingdom

Specimen size: 9 × 6.7 × 4.3 cm = 3.5” × 2.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.7”

Fluorite with Galena and Quartz

AP63Q6: Groups of twinned cubic crystals with a very good luster and color zoning clearer in the external part. The piece is on matrix and has small growths of Quartz crystals.
Heights Quarry, Westgate, Weardale, North Pennines Orefield, County Durham  England, United Kingdom

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.5” × 1.4” × 1.3”

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

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite with Galena and Quartz. Fluorite with Galena and Quartz.
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz. Top
Top

AK76N6: An excellent and interesting miniature. A group of doubly terminated crystals, very transparent, bright and slightly twisted (gwindel) and with parallel growths on terminal faces. A classic Swiss Quartz.
The sample is from the Folch duplicate collection and we'll send his autographed label to the buyer.
Val Giuv, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubόnden)  Switzerland

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.3” × 1.0” × 0.6”

Hematite with smoky Quartz and Rutile

AA86M6: Lenticular, very bright, crystals of Hematite, with epigenic growths of red Rutile crystals. On a Quartz matrix. A classic.
Cavradi, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubόnden)  Switzerland

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.7 × 2.6 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Hematite with smoky Quartz and Rutile.
Brookite with Quartz
Brookite with Quartz. Front
Front
Brookite with Quartz. Side
Side
Brookite with Quartz.

AP94M4: From a classic Swiss locality. Very sharp and complete Brookite crystal, with an excellent color, luster and transparency. On a Quartz matrix. An alpine collector’s dream specimen.
Salvan, Le Trient Valley, Valais  Switzerland (±1997)

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

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

Anapaite on fossil

AQ96M4: Nice Anapaite crystals with an excellent color and luster, more isolated than usual, which have grown inside a fossil bivalve shell.
Kerch peninsula, Crimea  Ukraine

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.6” × 2.2” × 1.0”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Anapaite on fossil. Anapaite on fossil.
Vivianite in Fosil
Vivianite in Fosil.
Vivianite in Fosil.

AD46M9: Very well defined spearlike crystals. They are transparent, bright and have an excellent green color. They have grown in the shell of a fossil bivalve.
Kerch peninsula, Crimea  Ukraine (1996)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.2 × 2 cm = 2.7” × 2.0” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

Sulfur with Calcite

AD28M4: Excellent group of Sulfur crystals with an intense color and extraordinary luster, on a rich Calcite matrix. We call attention to this uncommon locality, where a small number of specimens were collected for a short time.
Yavorovskoe, Lviv, Lviv Oblast  Ukraine

Specimen size: 9.7 × 7.3 × 6.3 cm = 3.8” × 2.9” × 2.5”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Sulfur with Calcite. Sulfur with Calcite.
Clinochlore (variety kδmmererite)
Clinochlore (variety kδmmererite).
Clinochlore (variety kδmmererite).
Clinochlore (variety kδmmererite).

AC96M6: Good sample for this rare chromian variety of Clinochlore. The crystals have an excellent, very deep, color. They have very well defined faces and edges, without exfoliations and on matrix.
Pembe Gule Mine, Kop Dag, Erzurum  Turkey

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.5 × 1.9 cm = 1.8” × 1.0” × 0.7”

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


FSU


Magnetite with Calcite and Epidote

AK60P4: Group of sharp dodecahedral crystals of Magnetite with very well defined faces and edges, partially overgrown by scalenohedral crystals of Calcite and small crystals of Epidote.
Dashkesan  Azerbaijan Republik

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.5 × 2.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.8” × 0.9”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Magnetite with Calcite and Epidote.
Rutile with Quartz
Rutile with Quartz. Rutile with Quartz.

AF46M9: Doubly terminated crystals that have very well defined faces and edges. The crystals consist of a single prism and two terminal dipyramids twisted 90Ί degrees to each other. They are very bright and are on Quartz matrix. We note that the pieces from this locality are practically, nowadays, not available in the market.
Kapyldzhyk Mine  Azerbaijan Republik

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.1 × 4.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.2” × 1.7”

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

Copper with Cuprite

AK10N8: Dendritic growth with flattened crystals, one of them clearly dominant. They have well defined crystalline forms. The simplicity is very esthetic and representative.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (2003)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 9.3 × 1.8 cm = 4.4” × 3.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 3 × 0.7 cm = 1.2” × 0.3”

Copper with Cuprite. Front
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Copper with Cuprite. Rear
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Copper with Cuprite.
Calcite with Stilbite
Calcite with Stilbite. Calcite with Stilbite.

AJ66N4: Crystals very rich in faces but with dominating forms of the prism and the terminal rhombohedron. They are absolutely clear and extraordinarily bright and are esthetically situated on a matrix of yellowish crystals of Stilbite.
Sokolovskiy Mine, Rudny Altai, Kostanai Oblast  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.4 × 3.1 cm = 3.1” × 2.9” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Stellerite with Calcite

AZ16M4: From a classic locality for the species. Very sharp Stellerite crystals, showing bow-tie growths with an excellent and attractive color. On a Quartz rich matrix.
Sokolovskiy Mine, Rudny Altai, Kostanai Oblast  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 12 × 11.5 × 5.7 cm = 4.7” × 4.5” × 2.2”

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

Stellerite with Calcite. Stellerite with Calcite.
Stellerite with Chabazite-Ca
Stellerite with Chabazite-Ca.

AG86N2: Globular growths of deep orange color. They are on a matrix with small crystals of Chabazite-Ca. Relatively abundant in the past, it is now hard to obtain.
Rudny Altai, Kostanai Oblast  Kazakhstan (1997)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 4.8 × 2.4 cm = 3.2” × 1.9” × 0.9”

Chabazite-Ca with Stellerite

AJ16M6: Group of orange pseudocubic crystals on a matrix rich with globular growths of Stellerite crystals. While quite abundant some time ago, they are actually not seen on the market anymore.
Sarbay Mine, Rudny Altai, Kostanai Oblast  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.5 × 1.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.8” × 0.7”

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

Chabazite-Ca with Stellerite. Chabazite-Ca with Stellerite.
Bertrandite with smoky Quartz
Bertrandite with smoky Quartz. Front
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Bertrandite with smoky Quartz. Side
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Bertrandite with smoky Quartz.

AF99M4: Groups of flattened prismatic crystals, very sharp, which contrast with the deep smoky tones of the Quartz crystals as a matrix. The size, definition and color of the Bertrandite crystals make this specimen very extraordinary.
Kara-Oba, Bet-Pak-Dal Desert, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (1995)

Specimen size: 10.1 × 6 × 4.5 cm = 4.0” × 2.4” × 1.8”

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

Axinite-(Fe)

AR62Q6: Floater and complete crystal. It is transparent, has a very good luster and a very good deep smoky color with mauve shades.
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi, Tyumenskaya, Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberia  Russia

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.2 × 0.6 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.2”

Axinite-(Fe).
Axinite-(Fe)
Axinite-(Fe). Front
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Axinite-(Fe). Rear
Rear

AA63M6: Floater group of crystals with very sharp faces and edges. Very transparent, with very deep smoky color and very bright.
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi, Tyumenskaya, Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberia  Russia

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.3 × 0.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.3”

Axinite-(Fe) with Calcite

AF96M4: Russian Axinite-(Fe) specimens were famous for their size, deep color and sharp crystals. On this specimen the Axinite-(Fe) crystals are very aerial and well positioned on matrix. Very esthetic specimen.
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi, Tyumenskaya, Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberia  Russia

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.3 × 3.9 cm = 2.7” × 2.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.2 cm = 1.5” × 1.3”

Axinite-(Fe) with Calcite. Front
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Axinite-(Fe) with Calcite. Side
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Axinite-(Fe) with Calcite. Rear
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Clinochlore with Calcite
Clinochlore with Calcite. Clinochlore with Calcite.

AV66M4: Group of Clinochlore crystals, from laminar to tabular, well defined, excellent green color, very bright and on matrix. Color and brilliance are really exceptional.
Saranovskii Mine, Saranovskaya (Sarany), Gornozavodskii, Permskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region  Russia

Specimen size: 8.7 × 8.1 × 4.6 cm = 3.4” × 3.2” × 1.8”

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

Smoky Quartz doubly terminated

AF89M4: Doubly terminated crystal showing very sharp faces and edges. Really good transparency and color, with some not determined inclusions. On matrix.
Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural  Russia (1996)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 6.6 × 4.3 cm = 4.0” × 2.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 8 × 3.1 cm = 3.1” × 1.2”

Smoky Quartz doubly terminated. Front
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Smoky Quartz doubly terminated. Side
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Smoky Quartz doubly terminated. Top
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Kyanite
Kyanite.
Kyanite.

AG76M4: Russian Kyanite specimens differ from Brazilian ones. Russian crystals are very sharp and thicker, with good transparency and intense, uniform and deep color. In this sample, Kyanite is esthetically distributed on an unknown phyllosilicate matrix.
Narodnaja, Urals  Russia (1997)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 7.2 × 3.4 cm = 3.3” × 2.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1 cm = 1.2” × 0.4”

Axinite-(Mn)

AT96M6: Group of very acute crystals whose habit is very different from the Axinite-(Fe) from another Russian locality and the French locality. The luster is excellent and the color is very deep. The group is on matrix.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.6 × 3.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.3”

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

Axinite-(Mn). Axinite-(Mn).
Calcite with Hedenbergite
Calcite with Hedenbergite. Front
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Calcite with Hedenbergite. Rear
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Calcite with Hedenbergite.

AG96N4: Uniaxial growth of scalenohedral crystals of Calcite with very well defined faces and edges, rich in secondary faces and curious growths of Hedenbergite on the lower part of the piece, similar to small dark trunks partially included in the Calcite.
Vyerkhniy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj  Russia

Specimen size: 9.6 × 3.7 × 3 cm = 3.8” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Twinned Galena with Calcite and Sphalerite

AL67M6: Group of very flattened octahedral crystals of Galena due to spinel twinning. They are bright, very well defined and partially covered by a group of white crystals of Calcite and with a group of Sphalerite crystals on the base.
Second Sovietsky Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2001)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.3 × 4.9 cm = 2.7” × 2.5” × 1.9”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Twinned Galena with Calcite and Sphalerite.
Sphalerite with Calcite
Sphalerite with Calcite.

AX11M4: A “nest” of very sharp and brilliant Sphalerite crystals, very rich in growth striations. The Sphalerite crystals are surrounded by white lenticular Calcite crystals. Very, very esthetic.
Second Sovietsky Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (10/1997)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 7 × 4.4 cm = 2.9” × 2.8” × 1.7”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV
Quartz with Andradite

AE50M4: Group of dodecahedral crystals with very sharp faces and edges, green to yellowish color, accompanied by very curious Quartz crystals very rich in dissolution forms which confers a laminated aspect.
Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk B deposit, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (1991)

Specimen size: 13 × 8.2 × 8.8 cm = 5.1” × 3.2” × 3.5”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 0.9 cm = 2.0” × 0.4”

Quartz with Andradite. Front
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Quartz with Andradite. Rear
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Quartz with Andradite.
Perovskite with Clinochlore and Calcite
Perovskite with Clinochlore and Calcite.

AF48M6: Pseudocubic crystal of very well defined faces and edges and with a quite significant ”hopper” growth, on a Chlorite matrix. The crystal is very prominent and very esthetic.
Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Oblast  Russia

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.9”

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

Perovskite with Clinochlore

AF79M4: Dark brown pseudocubic crystals of Perovskite on a Clinochlore matrix. Crystals are very sharp and free of growth figures, very unusual with Russian specimens. On the left side of the specimen between two Perovskite crystals one can see small, very well defined Magnetite crystal.
Zelentsovskaya Pit, Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Oblast,   Russia

Specimen size: 8.3 × 4.8 × 3.5 cm = 3.3” × 1.9” × 1.4”

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

Perovskite with Clinochlore.
Perovskite with Clinochlore.
Cassiterite with Mica and Feldspar
Cassiterite with Mica and Feldspar. Cassiterite with Mica and Feldspar.

AV27M4: Actually it is quite difficult to obtain Cassiterite specimens from this locality. Very sharp faces and edges, excellent brilliance and unusual transparency, and on matrix.
Merekski, Burea Massif, Khabarovskiy Kray  Russia

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.2 × 4.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.9”

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

Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite

AF73M8: Excellent group of very sharp, well defined and bright crystals of this rare species. The samples from Norilsk, some time ago more or less affordable, are actually very difficult to obtain now.
Talnakh, Noril'sk, Putoran , Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Eastern-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 0.9”

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

Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite. Front
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Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite. Side
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Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite.

MOROCCO


Aragonite
Aragonite.

AD59M9: Very aerial and esthetic group of doubly terminated, twinned crystals. They are especially translucent and bright.
Tazouta, Sefrou, Sefrou Province, Fθs-Boulemane  Morocco

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.8” × 0.6”

Calcite with Pyrite

AZ6N4: Group of fine laminar crystals of Calcite of hexagonal shape, with color zoning and small recrystallizations of the same Calcite in some areas of the piece. The crystals are on a Quartz matrix with small Pyrite crystals.
El Hamman, Meknθs, Meknθs Prefecture, Meknθs-Tafilalet Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 9.3 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 3.7” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.8 cm = 0.8” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

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

AC47M8: Group of beveled cubic crystals of very deep color, with mosaic growths on the cube faces and surrounded by Calcite crystals.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknθs-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 5.9 × 2.9 cm = 3.9” × 2.3” × 1.1”

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

Epidote with Quartz

AR16N4: Fan groups of very well defined crystals with excellent terminations, color and luster, on a matrix of small crystals of Quartz.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Meknθs-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2005)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 2.3” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Epidote with Quartz. Front
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Epidote with Quartz. Top
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Azurite
Azurite. Front
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Azurite. Rear
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AN26M8: Rosette growth floater of very well defined crystals and of an excellent blue color, clearer than usual for Azurite crystals of this size.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknθs-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2000)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.5 × 1.9 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 0.7”

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

Azurite

AK16M4: From a not well known Moroccan locality, this Azurite stands out for its very sharp crystals and its color, lighter than other Azurites from Morocco. The Azurite group is very esthetic and aerial. On matrix.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknθs-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1996)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.8” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Azurite. Front
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Azurite. Top
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Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite. Cobaltoan Calcite.

AD7M4: Group of crystals showing well defined rhombohedron terminal faces and excellent color, between mauve to pink.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draβ Region  Morocco (01/2006)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5 × 2.5 cm = 2.3” × 2.0” × 1.0”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Erythrite with Quartz

AR37N4: Groups of very well defined crystals of excellent luster and color, on a metallic matrix and an unusual association with white crystals of Quartz.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draβ Region  Morocco (1990)

Specimen size: 12 × 7.4 × 5.9 cm = 4.7” × 2.9” × 2.3”

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

Erythrite with Quartz.
Erythrite with Quartz.
Beta-Roselite with Roselite and Calcite
Beta-Roselite with Roselite and Calcite. Beta-Roselite with Roselite and Calcite.

AY27M6: Groups of small lenticular, slightly orange colored, crystals of Beta-Roselite, partially covering more isolated crystals of Roselite, with very well defined faces and edges. The sample is with an analysis of the Beta-Roselite.
Bou Azzer East, Vein 7, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draβ Region  Morocco (1960)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.7”

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

Twinned Cerussite

AG27N4: Group of crystals showing the well known "butterfly" twins. They are on matrix and have an excellent smoky color and are extraordinarily bright.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.7 × 1.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Twinned Cerussite.
Twinned Cerussite.
Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.

AF56M9: Globular growths of very well defined crystals. They are bright and have an excellent color, clearer than usual for the pieces from Touissit. They are on limonite matrix.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (04/1995)

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

Mottramite with Vanadinite-(As)

AZ26M8: Creamy crystals of arsenical Vanadinite, some of them doubly terminated, on a bed of black microcrystals of Mottramite all on Dolomite matrix.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 5 × 3.1 cm = 3.5” × 2.0” × 1.2”

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

Mottramite with Vanadinite-(As).
Mottramite with Vanadinite-(As).
Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite)
Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite).

AD11M6: Group of twinned crystals of this rare plumbian variety of Aragonite. They are very well defined and have neat color zonating. They are white on the top and practically uncolored on the prism. They are on a matrix with small crystals of Dolomite.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.4 × 2.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.0”

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

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Malachite with Dolomite

AB59M8: Acicular prismatic crystals of Malachite on a matrix of crystallized Dolomite. The color and the fact that this kind of Malachite is practically unknown in Touissit made us think it was Olivenite. A further analysis confirmed the crystals as Malachite.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

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

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

Malachite with Dolomite.
Malachite with Dolomite.

AFRICA


Cobaltoan Dolomite
Cobaltoan Dolomite.

AG16N2: Group of flattened rhombohedral crystals that are almost lenticular, of exceptionally intense color. On matrix.
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 3.8 × 2.9 cm = 3.0” × 1.5” × 1.1”

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

Cuprite with Calcite

AJ96N6: Octahedral crystals on matrix, one of them sharp and with very well defined forms. It is very bright, quite transparent and a deep red color. The crystals and the matrix itself are sparsely coated by small concretions of white Calcite.
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5 × 6.8 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 2.7”

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

Cuprite with Calcite. Cuprite with Calcite.
Carrollite with Calcite and Quartz
Carrollite with Calcite and Quartz.
Carrollite with Calcite and Quartz. Carrollite with Calcite and Quartz.

AL58N2: Complex very aerial crystal on matrix. It combines the forms of the octahedron, dominant, the dodecahedron and the cube. It has small associated crystals of Calcite and Quartz.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (2002)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 4.5 × 3 cm = 3.2” × 1.8” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1..3 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Carrollite with Chalcopyrite and Calcite

AT46N4: Big octahedral crystal of Carrollite of very well defined and bright faces with very well marked triangular forms of growth. Very unusual is the presence of abundant and very well defined crystals of Chalcopyrite that have grown epigenetically on the Carrollite. On Calcite matrix.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (07/2002)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 5.3 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.1” × 1.8”

Carrollite with Chalcopyrite and Calcite. Front
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Carrollite with Chalcopyrite and Calcite. Top
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Carrollite with Chalcopyrite and Calcite.
Aegirine with Orthoclase
Aegirine with Orthoclase.

AL70N2: Group of crystals of very well defined faces and edges and very acute terminations. It is on a matrix of a small group of white crystals of Orthoclase.
Mount Malosa, Zomba District  Malawi

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 0.4 cm = 1.3” × 0.2”

Twinned Chrysoberyl

AE2M8: An excellent twin, complete and a floater, of a magnificent transparency, luster and intense and uniform yellow color. An extraordinary piece.
Lac Alaotra, Alaotra-Mangoro, Tamatave  Madagascar

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.8 × 0.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 0.2”

Minor zoned fluorescence long & short UV
Twinned Chrysoberyl. Front
Front
Twinned Chrysoberyl. Rear
Rear
Calcite
Calcite.
Calcite.

AT46M4: Group of rhombohedral Calcite crystals with very sharp faces and edges and a delicate pink color due to the Hematite inclusions. Color is zoned and more intense on edges.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 10 × 7.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.9” × 3.1” × 1.8”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Mimetite with Galena

AZ96N2: Very acute dipyramidal crystals, some of them doubly terminated, very transparent, bright and of excellent yellow color. On a Galena matrix.
It was originally in the Folch duplicates collection, whose handwritten note will be sent to the buyer with the Silvane collection label.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (±1979)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.2 × 2.8 cm = 1.3” × 1.3” × 1.1”

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

Mimetite with Galena. Front
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Mimetite with Galena. Top
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Smithsonite
Smithsonite. Front
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Smithsonite. Side
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Smithsonite. Top
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AE27M4: Excellent miniature. Well defined Smithsonite crystal with very elongated prism faces, very rare in Tsumeb crystals. The crystal is very transparent and esthetically implanted on a metallic matrix. This piece is from the Anne Voileau collection, as we can read in the Jordi Fabre handwritten note on the original label.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.6 × 1.8 × 2.9 cm = 1.4” × 0.7” × 1.1”

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

Manganoan Smithsonite

NF48M6: Group of sharp, very well defined, rhombohedral crystals with excellent luster and transparency. The color is very intense and they are on matrix.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.5 × 2 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 0.8”

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

Manganoan Smithsonite.
Manganoan Smithsonite.
Willemite with Dolomite
Willemite with Dolomite. Willemite with Dolomite.
Willemite with Dolomite

AE94M4: Groups of really well defined Willemite crystals on matrix, very uncommon for the species. We call your attention on the intense light green blue color. The piece is from the Martin Zinn collection and we will send the label to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 6.8 × 3.1 × 3 cm = 2.7” × 1.2” × 1.2”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Copper with Calcite

AM76M8: Arborescent growth with globular terminations, with two groups of crystals of white, very well defined Calcite. Very elegant.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.3 × 2.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Copper with Calcite. Front
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Copper with Calcite. Side
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Descloizite with Dolomite and Mimetite
Descloizite with Dolomite and Mimetite. Front
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Descloizite with Dolomite and Mimetite. Side
Side

AJ37M6: Group on matrix of very well defined and bright crystals. On one side of the matrix are white Dolomite crystals. On the other are small crystals of Mimetite at the base partially covering the Dolomite.
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.4” × 1.1”

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

Dolomite fluorescent long & short UV
Hausmannite with Calcite

AG96M4: Parallel growth of pseudo-octahedral Hausmannite crystals, very sharp and with an extraordinary luster. The piece is accompanied by a handwritten label from Desmond Sacco, well known South African collector, which we will send to the buyer.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (09/2005)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.3” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Hausmannite with Calcite. Front
Front
Hausmannite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite.
Rhodochrosite.

AR54M4: An uncommon specimen for this locality. Botryoidal growths and not well defined Rhodochrosite crystals with an intense and deep color.
Hotazel, Kuruman, Kalahari  South Africa

Specimen size: 8.1 × 4.9 × 3.5 cm = 3.2” × 1.9” × 1.4”

Inesite with Calcite

AC86M9: Centered growths of acicular crystals of good deep color, with white scalenohedral crystals of Calcite and on matrix.
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 7.1 × 3.9 × 3.1 cm = 2.8” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Inesite with Calcite. Inesite with Calcite.

BRAZIL


Elbaite with Albite and Muscovite
Elbaite with Albite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Elbaite with Albite and Muscovite. Top
Top

AC86P1: Parallel growth of very well defined Elbaite crystals. They are bright, of excellent and very uniform deep green color and terminated by a smooth and also bright pinacoid. On Albite matrix, with Muscovite.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.4 × 3.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.3”

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Elbaite with Mica

NA29P9: Doubly terminated crystal with complex terminations and a fibrous aspect along the prism. Its transparency is good and the color excellent, with very well marked color zoning and predominant wine tones. It is on a matrix of crystallized Mica.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.7 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.8” × 0.6”

Fluorescence on the matrix (short and long UV)
Elbaite with Mica. Front
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Elbaite with Mica. Rear
Rear
Elbaite (indicolite) with Quartz
Elbaite (indicolite) with Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite (indicolite) with Quartz. Side
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Elbaite (indicolite) with Quartz. Top
Top

AB76M4: Sharp Indicolite crystal showing a very striated top termination and a recrystallized bottom one. The specimen shows throughout a deep and uniform blue color. As a matrix, a strongly deformed but complete Quartz crystal. This Indicolite specimen is exceptional for its quality and for being on matrix.
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1990)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 4.5 × 3 cm = 3.2” × 1.8” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 0.9 cm = 1.7” × 0.4”

Milarite with Cleavelandite

AH16N6: Complete doubly terminated crystal of this uncommon species. It is white, has very well defined faces and edges and has excellent pinacoidal terminations. It stands on a matrix of laminar crystals of Albite (variety Cleavelandite).
Jacupiranga, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.3 × 1.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 0.5”

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

Cleavelandite fluorescent short UV & low fluorescence long UV
Milarite with Cleavelandite. Milarite with Cleavelandite.
Fluorapatite with Orthoclase
Fluorapatite with Orthoclase.
Fluorapatite with Orthoclase.

AB40M6: Group of very well defined crystals, many of them doubly terminated. They have an extraordinary, very deep, violet color, and are very transparent. On an Orthoclase matrix.
Pederneira Claim, Sγo Josι da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.2” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Helvine with Quartz

AD76M6: Very sharp and well defined crystals on Albite matrix. Next to the largest crystals there are some smaller ones, clean of impurities and of an intense, slightly orange, yellow color.
Navegadora claim (Orozimbo claim), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03/2003)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.9 × 3 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 1.2”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Helvine with Quartz. Helvine with Quartz.
Herderite with Muscovite
Herderite with Muscovite. Front
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Herderite with Muscovite. Rear
Rear

NQ69M8: Doubly terminated crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with lateral parallel growths, good luster and yellow-brown color, on a matrix of laminar crystals of Muscovite.
Lavra do Afranio, Linσpolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2002)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.6 × 2.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.3 cm = 1.2” × 0.9”

Uvite with Magnesite and Svanbergite

AR46M8: Group of Uvite crystals with a dominant flat rhombohedron, bright and of a very deep green color, with small rhombohedral crystals of Magnesite.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 13, volume 36, number 11, November 2011
Pomba Pit, Serra das Ιguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.9 × 2.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 1.1”

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

Uvite with Magnesite and Svanbergite.
Hematite with Uvite and Magnesite
Hematite with Uvite and Magnesite. Front -1
Front -1
Hematite with Uvite and Magnesite. Front - 2
Front - 2
Hematite with Uvite and Magnesite.

AH59M6: Laminar very sharp crystal of Hematite that has extraordinarily defined and bright faces. It is on a matrix of rhombohedral crystals of Magnesite with a small red crystal of Uvite. Just a nice piece.
Serra das Ιguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (1995)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.1 × 2.4 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 0.9”

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

Smoky Quartz with Rutile and Hematite

AM98M5: Doubly terminated smoky Quartz crystal, very rich with golden-yellow acicular crystals of Rutile and laminar crystals of Hematite. Very esthetic.
Caν bom Mine, Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (06/2006)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 2.8 × 1.7 cm = 2.7” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Smoky Quartz with Rutile and Hematite. Front
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Smoky Quartz with Rutile and Hematite. Side
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Fluorapatite with Albite
Fluorapatite with Albite. Fluorapatite with Albite.

AT50M4: Group of short prismatic Fluorapatite crystals, very rich on terminal bipyramid faces. Crystals are very transparent, and show slight violet color, on an Albite matrix.
Ipirα, Bahia  Brazil (2003)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.3 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 2.1” × 1.4”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV


SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)


Atacamite with Halloysite

AY58N2: Radial growths of acicular crystals of excellent color and luster, with bluish Halloysite and on matrix. Excellent esthetics.
Mina La Farola, Cerro Pintado, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapσ, Atacama  Chile

Specimen size: 10.2 × 9.3 × 3.7 cm = 4.0” × 3.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8”

Atacamite with Halloysite.
Atacamite with Halloysite.
Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Galena
Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Galena. Front
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Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Galena. Side
Side

AX27P1: Parallel growths of Tetrahedrite crystals of very well defined faces and edges, extraordinarily bright, with Chalcopyrite and small crystals of Galena with hollow growths. Very original.
Mina Mercedes, Huallanca, Dos de Mayo, Huαnuco  Peru

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.5 × 2.8 cm = 2.7” × 1.8” × 1.1”

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

Bournonite with Pyrite

AL66M6: Tabular twinned crystals with groups of small, very bright, pyritohedral crystals of Pyrite.
Mina Mercedes, Huallanca, Dos de Mayo, Huαnuco  Peru

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4.4 × 2 cm = 3.1” × 1.7” × 0.8”

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

Bournonite with Pyrite. Bournonite with Pyrite.
Pyrite
Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Side
Side
Pyrite. Bottom
Bottom

AH96M4: A floater Pyrite consisting of deformed crystals showing the cube and octahedron, one of them dominant. Top side of the specimen shows curious growth forms and a second phase of crystallization, with several striations.
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huαnuco Department  Peru

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.5 × 3.9 cm = 2.7” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Tetrahedrite with Sphalerite and Quartz

AP56M4: Group of very sharp tetrahedral crystals, with an excellent brilliance and growth striations, accompanied by Sphalerite and partially covered by Quartz.
Casapalca, Huarochiri, Departamento Lima  Peru

Specimen size: 12 × 7.8 × 4.9 cm = 4.7” × 3.1” × 1.9”

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

Tetrahedrite with Sphalerite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite with Sphalerite and Quartz.
Chalcopyrite with Sphalerite, Calcite and Galena
Chalcopyrite with Sphalerite, Calcite and Galena.
Chalcopyrite with Sphalerite, Calcite and Galena.

AG16M8: Group of twinned crystals extraordinarily bright, with small crystals of Sphalerite and on matrix.
Mina Casapalca, Casapalca, Huarochiri, Departamento Lima  Peru

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 1.0”

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

Proustite with manganoan Calcite and Quartz

AB36M4: Group of Proustite crystals with well defined and bright faces and edges and intense red color. On matrix with manganoan Calcite and Quartz.
Mina San Genaro, Castrovirreyna, Huancavelica  Peru

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.7 × 3.6 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 1.4”

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

Proustite with manganoan Calcite and Quartz. Proustite with manganoan Calcite and Quartz.
Enargite with Fluorite and Pyrite
Enargite with Fluorite and Pyrite. Enargite with Fluorite and Pyrite.

AX46M6: The crystals are very sharp and bright, which is not so common with the Peruvian samples of Enargite. They are with small crystals of Fluorite and on a metallic matrix rich with Pyrite.
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department  Peru

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.8 × 3.9 cm = 2.6” × 2.3” × 1.5”

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

Fluorite fluorescent with long UV and minor fluorescence with short UV
Rhodonite with Sphalerite and Pyrite

AA46P1: Very aerial and esthetic group of sharp, flat prismatic and very well defined crystals. They have an excellent luster and an extraordinary color, surely the best among the Rhodonite samples from the locality.
San Martνn Mine, Chiurucu (Chiuruco), Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department  Peru (11/2006)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.6” × 1.3” × 1.2”

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

Rhodonite with Sphalerite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Rhodonite with Sphalerite and Pyrite. Top
Top
Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite. Fluorapatite.

AF29M5: Very esthetic sample with a group of tabular crystals of a very attractive deep pink color and very intense luster. The crystals have a nice contrast with the Albite matrix.
La Marina Mine, Municipio Pauna, Boyacα Department  Colombia (2005)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.9 × 1.8 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.7”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite

NT70M6: Very transparent crystal that has extraordinary luster and color. In addition to all of this it has an excellent definition of faces and edges and its termination is busy because there are two sets of pyramid faces plus a very neat pinacoid. The crystal is absolutely gemmy and it is implanted on a Calcite matrix.
Mina Coscuez, Boyacα  Colombia (09/2002)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.1 × 3.3 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 1.3”

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

Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite. Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite.
Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite
Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite. Front
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Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite. Top
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Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite.

AV53M4: A very sharp Emerald crystal with a very luminous and uniform green color. We call your attention on the transparency and clarity of this crystal, implanted on a rich Calcite matrix.
Mina Coscuez, Boyacα  Colombia (06/1994)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.1 × 2.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 1.1”

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

Pyrite with Siderite

AE36N4: Very aerial growth of octahedral crystal with diploid faces, unusual for Pyrite. The matrix of the piece is two lenticular crystals of Siderite.
Tres Cruces, Potosν  Bolivia (1999)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.6 × 3.1 cm = 2.1” × 1.0” × 1.2”

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

Pyrite with Siderite.
Paravauxite with Sigloite
Paravauxite with Sigloite. Paravauxite with Sigloite.

AB19S9: An excellent sample with thick prismatic crystals of Paravauxite, on matrix, with very well defined faces and edges, of a slightly greenish yellow color and very bright for the species. In some areas on the sample and near to the Paravauxite crystals are growths of thin prismatic crystals of the rare mineral Sigloite, smaller and orange in color.
Mina Siglo XX, Llallagua, Potosν  Bolivia

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.2 × 1.4 cm = 2.5” × 1.7” × 0.6”

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

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Calcite

AR17N4: Growth of very bright and deep colored small crystals, with small white crystals of Calcite on their surface and on matrix.
La Bolsa Quarry, La Bolsa area, Artigas Department  Uruguay (04/2006)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.3 × 7 cm = 3.1” × 2.5” × 2.8”

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

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Calcite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Calcite. Rear
Rear

CHINA


Bournonite with Fluorite, Muscovite and Jamesonite
Bournonite with Fluorite, Muscovite and Jamesonite. Front
Front
Bournonite with Fluorite, Muscovite and Jamesonite. Rear
Rear
Bournonite with Fluorite, Muscovite and Jamesonite. Top
Top

AV94N2: Parallel groups of twinned crystals of Bournonite. They are doubly terminated and very bright, with small crystals of Jamesonite and a cubic crystal of Fluorite partially coated by globular growths of Muscovite. The sample is a floater and it is complete and damage free.
It was originally from the Jan Buma collection, whose label will be sent to the buyer with the Silvane collection label.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2004)

Specimen size: 6 × 2.7 × 2.6 cm = 2.4” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Ferberite with Fluorite and Muscovite

AL76N4: Well defined crystals of Ferberite with very acute terminations. They are bright, with interpenetrated sheets of Muscovite and octahedral crystals of Fluorite with small cube faces.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.5 × 7.2 cm = 3.0” × 2.6” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3.6 cm = 1.8” × 1.4”

Ferberite with Fluorite and Muscovite. Ferberite with Fluorite and Muscovite.
Fluorite with Quartz and Dolomite
Fluorite with Quartz and Dolomite. Fluorite with Quartz and Dolomite.

AC47AB7: Aggregate of cubic Fluorite crystals beveled by dodecahedron faces. The crystals are extraordinarily transparent, have a very vivid sky-blue colorand are on matrix, with Quartz and Dolomite crystals.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 9.5 × 8.5 × 4 cm = 3.7” × 3.3” × 1.6”

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

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Scheelite with Muscovite

AC99N6: Dipyramidal crystals of Scheelite with very well defined faces and sharp edges, excellent luster and a very uniform deep orange color. They are on Quartz matrix, with Muscovite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (09/1994)

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

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Scheelite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Muscovite. Top
Top
Cinnabar with Dolomite
Cinnabar with Dolomite. Cinnabar with Dolomite.

AN46M4: We would like to emphasize the perfect definition of the faces and edges of this Cinnabar crystal, also the red color and brilliance, which contrasts with a matrix formed by white Dolomite crystals.
Chatian Mine, Chatian District, Fenghuang, Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province  China

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4 × 2 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 0.8”

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

Cassiterite with Quartz

AM47N2: Group of crystals with a very well defined twinning. They are bright and extraordinarily transparent, aerial and well isolated on the matrix, just like small jewels.
Amo, Ximeng, Yunnan  China

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.4 × 4 cm = 2.1” × 1.7” × 1.6”

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

Cassiterite with Quartz.
Cassiterite with Quartz.
Cassiterite with Beryl
Cassiterite with Beryl.

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AA90N4: Group of black twinned crystals of excellent luster and very well defined forms. They are with small tabular crystals of Beryl.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.9 × 2.3 cm = 2.3” × 1.9” × 0.9”

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

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Topaz with Quartz and Mica

AT2N2: Very well defined, transparent, bright and nice colored crystal of Topaz. It is on Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated, and Mica.
Gaoligong Mountains, Nujiang, Yunnan  China (2006)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 8.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.7” × 3.3” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.1” × 1.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Topaz with Quartz and Mica. Front
Front
Topaz with Quartz and Mica. Side
Side
Topaz with Quartz and Mica.

ASIA


Crocoite
Crocoite. Crocoite.

AM76P9: Group of prismatic crystals, some of them with good terminations but mostly with hollow terminations.
Dundas, Zeehan district, Tasmania  Australia

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.5 × 3.2 cm = 2.4” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 0.7 cm = 1.7” × 0.3”

Elbaite (indicolite) with Quartz and Muscovite

AF87S9: Translucent crystal of very intense and uniform blue color, with a good pinacoidal termination showing a very well marked geometric color zoning, very deep blue on the center of the crystal. On Quartz matrix and with Muscovite.
Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan  Pakistan

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.7 × 3.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 0.9 cm = 1.5” × 0.4”

Elbaite (indicolite) with Quartz and Muscovite. Elbaite (indicolite) with Quartz and Muscovite.
Clinozoisite
Clinozoisite. Front
Front
Clinozoisite. Rear
Rear
Clinozoisite.

AC54M4: Really extraordinary Clinozoisite specimen. Crystals are showing very sharp faces and edges, good transparency and color and on matrix. This piece is accompanied by the analysis that certifies this is a Clinozoisite specimen, not an Epidote.
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu  Pakistan (2004)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 4.8 × 3.4 cm = 4.4” × 1.9” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.7 cm = 1.6” × 0.7”

Ilmenite

AF86M6: Group of very well defined laminar crystals, bright and on matrix. Long ago we did an analysis that confirmed the species, but we can’t supply it to the buyer of the specimen because we no longer have it.
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Baltistan  Pakistan

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.7 × 1.7 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 0.7”

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

Ilmenite.
Topaz with Quartz, Cleavelandite, Moscovite and Fluorite
Topaz with Quartz, Cleavelandite, Moscovite and Fluorite.
Topaz with Quartz, Cleavelandite, Moscovite and Fluorite. Topaz with Quartz, Cleavelandite, Moscovite and Fluorite.

AX89M4: Totally transparent Topaz specimen, with very sharp faces and edges, excellent brilliance and light beige color. On a matrix formed by Quartz, Albite (Cleavelandite), Muscovite and Fluorite crystals.
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan

Specimen size: 9 × 6.6 × 6 cm = 3.5” × 2.6” × 2.4”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Fluorapatite with Muscovite

AF99M6: Doubly terminated crystal, very transparent, with a very uniform and deep pink color and on Muscovite matrix. The crystal has very neat and bright faces and terminations and has a curious growth.
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (1994)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.2 × 2.7 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 1.1”

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

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorapatite with Muscovite. Fluorapatite with Muscovite.
Zircon with Calcite and Muscovite
Zircon with Calcite and Muscovite. Zircon with Calcite and Muscovite.

AP96N2: The crystals have very well defined faces and edges and are formed by two dipyramides. They are included in a matrix rich in Calcite and Muscovite. The sample is one of the first of the locality offered on the market, in the year 1994.
Chilas, Diamar  Pakistan (01/1994)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.2 × 5 cm = 2.9” × 2.0” × 2.0”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Brookite with Quartz

AE30N6: Parallel growths of bright translucent crystals perfectly defined and free of damage. The matrix is a group of doubly terminated Quartz crystals.
Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.9 × 1.8 cm = 2.1” × 1.1” × 0.7”

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

Brookite with Quartz. Brookite with Quartz.
Diopside
Diopside.
Diopside.

AR47M4: Very esthetic specimen. Crystals are very well defined, with an excellent brilliance, deep green color and a good transparency. On matrix.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan (2004)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.2 × 4.5 cm = 3.5” × 2.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.7 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Tremolite

AR96M4: Group of very transparent and prismatic Tremolite crystals, with very sharp faces and edges, very bright and with slight and delicate greenish tones. On matrix.
Kuran Wa Munjan, Badakhshan  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 7.3 × 4.3 × 3.3 cm = 2.9” × 1.7” × 1.3”

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

Tremolite.
Tremolite.
Corundum (variety ruby) with Calcite
Corundum (variety ruby) with Calcite. Front
Front
Corundum (variety ruby) with Calcite. Top
Top

AB29M4: Excellent miniature with a really good doubly terminated Ruby crystal, with an excellent development of faces and edges. Brilliance and a certain transparency are well outperformed by the intense, deep and uniform color. On matrix.
Jagdalek Mine, Surobi, Kabul  Afghanistan (2004)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.6” × 0.4”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Tantalite-(Mn) with Lepidolite

AG46M9: Small but very well defined crystal of Tantalite-(Mn) with an excellent termination. The matrix is a group of big very well defined crystals of Lepidolite that have good pink color.
Pech, Nooristan  Afghanistan (1998)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.3 × 5.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.5” × 2.0”

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

Tantalite-(Mn) with Lepidolite. Tantalite-(Mn) with Lepidolite.
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Quartz
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Quartz.

AK86P4: The crystals are formed by a sharp prism and a very acute dipyramid and are very transparent and bright. They also present a neat geometrical zoning of greenish yellow color on the area of the prism. On Quartz matrix, the two main crystals are doubly terminated.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 65 in number 2011/1
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra  India (04/1994)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 4.3 cm = 3.4” × 2.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.1 cm = 1.6” × 0.4”

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite

AR89M4: Very sharp Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals with a very acute terminal pyramid. Crystals are very bright and color is very intense, it contrasts with the white color of the Stilbite matrix.
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 8.2 × 5.8 × 3.5 cm = 3.2” × 2.3” × 1.4”

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

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite. Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.
Cavansite with Stilbite
Cavansite with Stilbite.
Cavansite with Stilbite.

AG87M4: Groups of very aerial Cavansite crystals with an excellent luster. Color is very deep and intense and contrasts with the white Stilbite matrix.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 57 in number 2011/1
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (2005)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.7 × 4 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 1.6”

Calcite with Quartz

AT87M4: Very esthetic specimen. This rhombohedron of Calcite, that seems cubic, shows a good honey yellow color, transparency and good brilliance. It has grown over curious snowy white Quartz hooked growths.
Mahodari, Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (07/2002)

Specimen size: 11.1 × 8.3 × 5.5 cm = 4.4” × 3.3” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.1” × 1.1”

Calcite with Quartz. Calcite with Quartz.
Powellite with Scolecite and Fluorapophyllite-(K)
Powellite with Scolecite and Fluorapophyllite-(K). Powellite with Scolecite and Fluorapophyllite-(K).

AN91N2: Dipyramidal crystal of Powellite. It has a considerable size and it is very bright and partially coated by bundles of acicular crystals of Scolecite and with Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals, on matrix.
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra  India (1997)

Specimen size: 8.9 × 6.7 × 4.9 cm = 3.5” × 2.6” × 1.9”

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

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Powellite with Celadonite inclusions

AF30M4: If Powellite is an uncommon species, in this specimen we need to add the Celadonite inclusions that confer a green color to the crystals but preserving the Powellite brilliance. Very uncommon. We call your attention on the perfect definition and development of very aerial and esthetic crystals.
Shakur Quarry, Nasik, Maharashtra  India (2004)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 1.1”

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

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Powellite with Celadonite inclusions. Powellite with Celadonite inclusions.
Twinned Spinel with Calcite
Twinned Spinel with Calcite. Twinned Spinel with Calcite.

AC48N8: Very transparent and bright isolated crystal on Calcite matrix. It has an extraordinary red color and a very obvious twin, typical for the species.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Spinel with Calcite

AM97N4: Group of crystals of excellent color, luster and transparency, on Calcite matrix. The main crystal clearly shows, on its upper part, the twin that is named for the species.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.9” × 1.2” × 1.0”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Spinel with Calcite. Spinel with Calcite.
Quartz with Chlorite
Quartz with Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz with Chlorite. Side
Side

AZ66N2: Group of Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated, unusually acute and with abundant inclusions of Chlorite. The group offers a very special architecture.
Ganesh Himal, Dhading District, Bagmati Zone  Nepal (2006)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 5.5 × 5 cm = 4.0” × 2.2” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 9.5 × 0.7 cm = 3.7” × 0.3”

Mimetite

AR11M9: Group of very bright, crystals of an excellent color, very intense. While they have the barrel habit, typical of Campylite, they are not that variety.
Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province  Thailand

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 2.1” × 1.4” × 1.2”

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

Mimetite.


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