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20th Anniversary Update

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We have been on-line for 20 years

The first web page was created just over 25 years ago. A few years later, we saw how useful the web would be in a world where images really are worth a thousand words, so we started to experiment with the idea of a simple web page.

The result was the web site that we launched 20 years ago. Since then we have changed things a bit, but the idea is still the same - let people see what the specimen looks like.


Fabre Minerals
To shed light on who everyone is, click on the image and use the flashlight to illuminate each one of us

This page is special. Unlike the rest of our regular editions, this update aims to be a celebration of our 20th anniversary on-line, as well as a kind of homage to the friends that helped, encouraged, supported, and also bought rocks from us!

All the minerals from this page are not for sale but they are gifts to the 20 people that during the last 20 years of our being on-line touched our heart the most with their friendly relationship, or significantly helped to maintain our business with their continuous purchases.

We found it really hard to have to chose just 20, but the anniversary is 20, so 20 gifts (well 20 + 1, one for me ;-)

For sure, without all our customers and friends we would never have achieved this point so THANK YOU to everybody. Each purchase is a joy for us, as every purchase, even the smallest ones, could generate a new friend, a new smile, or maybe a new passion for minerals!

Jordi Fabre

PS: Of course there are many more people not listed in this page who helped our business in many different ways, but this is the 20th anniversary of our web page so we have focused it with the people who strongly collaborated with us ON LINE.
That said, it is not too late, as in 2021 we will celebrate our 50th anniversary of selling minerals, so then will be a good time to include all those people who helped us to grow up our business during these 50 years.

SPAIN


Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite

NA10AE0: G. & J. S.

To the two most enthusiastic collectors I have ever met. Everything is about passion, and they love minerals as much as their friends, and love them all a lot ;-)

Luis Mine, "Fisura de las Velas", Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (02/2013)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.9 × 0.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 0.3”




PORTUGAL


Fluorite with Siderite and Quartz
Fluorite with Siderite and Quartz

NA16AE0: Lapis

The carefulness and love for everything to do with mineralogy that we see in this German magazine has always been a source of inspiration to me.

Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (08/2015)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 2.3” × 1.3” × 1.0”

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


Fluorite with Siderite and Quartz.
Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite
Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite. Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite.
Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite.
Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite

NP46AE0: J.V.

This man is the best evidence that with tenacity, perseverance, and a clear criteria you can create an extraordinary collection using relatively limited funds.
Here is another one for your inexhaustible collection!

Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2004)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.6 × 5 cm = 2.3” × 1.8” × 2.0”

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




Quartz doubly terminated with Pyrite, Siderite and Chalcopyrite
Quartz doubly terminated with Pyrite, Siderite and Chalcopyrite

MH57AE0: Dr. Joan Viñals (in memoriam)

Teacher and friend. Without him neither I nor many others would have understood the need to be exact when identifying minerals.
He left us when he was too young, we will always miss him, but this will be added to his collection (which is still growing) and I picked it for him based on its complexity, elegance and simplicity, which is exactly what he represented.

Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (07/2015)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.8 × 3.7 cm = 3.3” × 2.3” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 6.8 × 2.4 cm = 2.7” × 0.9”


Quartz doubly terminated with Pyrite, Siderite and Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Quartz doubly terminated with Pyrite, Siderite and Chalcopyrite. Side
Side
Quartz with Siderite and Muscovite
Quartz with Siderite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Quartz with Siderite and Muscovite. Side
Side
Quartz with Siderite and Muscovite.
Quartz with Siderite and Muscovite

NC27AE0: Smithsonian NMNH

It really is almost impossible to find something to give them as they already have everything, so I choose a beautiful (but not trashy) specimen that will not just vanish among all the marvelous things that are already in the Museum.
Thank you Smithsonian for believing in us back when we were far less well-known.

Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1997)

Specimen size: 17.8 × 6 × 5.3 cm = 7.0” × 2.4” × 2.1”

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




ROMANIA


Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions

TA96AE0: American Museum of Natural History (New York)

Always pleasant, always motivated. I owe you for what you taught me about what an American Museum needs (and what they don't want ;-)
While this Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions is a classic and you have a vast number of classics, I just hope that this exact one is one you do not already have, or at least you find it attractive! ;-)


Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 10 × 6.5 × 6 cm = 3.9” × 2.6” × 2.4”

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


Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions.
MOROCCO


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

EZ10AE0: T. K.

So many years, so many rocks, yet we still continue to get your orders, which always give us great pleasure as we can even hear your distant"Wow" when you get it miles from Barcelona.
Greetings Milady...

Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 5 × 4 × 4.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 1.8”




Quartz (variety chalcedony)
Quartz (variety chalcedony)

EE10AE0: Alba Fabre

Alba is my daughter and, naturally, I love her. But that is not the only reason why she gets a mention. On the tenth anniversary of this web site I wrote: "I would like to create something that I can show proudly to my young daughter Alba, watching as her eyes widen and shine with the mineral magic.". Years have rolled by, and she is now over 20, and her eyes glitter for many other things ;-) but they do glitter, and the shine in her artist skills has created the drawing and logo that we have used in this special update. "Un petó Alba".

Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 5 × 4 × 4.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 1.8”


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

EA10AE0: Dr. César Menor Salván

Hi Dr., you are the future and sometimes I get wistful as I am sure that I will not get to see everything you will do, which I am certain will be a lot. A toast to Science!

Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

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




Quartz (variety chalcedony)
Quartz (variety chalcedony)

ED11AE0: Mineralien Welt

Rainer, Kristina, I have always liked the Mineralien Welt and the elegancy in everything you publish, along with the elegancy with which you have always treated me. From your beloved Africa comes this cryptocrystalline Quartz. I know you like both of these features. ;-)

Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.3” × 2.2” × 1.8”


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

EB11AE0: Carles Curto

Hi Carles, "que fem?", Can we get to work? Shall we write an article for that magazine? What do you think of this specimen? Did John like the text? It's been a while since we saw material from this mine, right?
It has been like that for all our lives. Back when we were young we realized that we saw minerals with the same vision, so from that day forward....

Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6 × 4.5 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 1.8”




Quartz (variety chalcedony)
Quartz (variety chalcedony)

EC12AE0: John S. White

You asked me to make your avatar in FMF as "Rondinaire" (curmudgeon in Catalan) and that avatar is still there.
"Rondinaire" your light has accompanied me to where we now are, so please keep on being a pain in the ass, I can assure you that it does not hurt me! ;-)

Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 7.5 × 3.7 cm = 3.0” × 3.0” × 1.5”


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

EF13AE0: Jordi Fabre

I cannot claim to have some special ability, nor to be smarter than others, but that said I am able to focus a lot and I have tenacity a bomb cannot destroy. These two virtues must be very useful in the Mineral World, as I am still here, so I feel I have won the right (at least given how much I have worked) on this 20th anniversary to give myself a specimen from my beloved Morocco. It is my day! ;-)

So now that it is mine I will do with it as I please, and my wish is to give it to someone I really respect and admire: Frederic Varela, president of the G.M.C. For me he represents a number of really important things: honesty, quality texts, and scientific rigor. So this one is for Frederic Varela, or for the G.M.C., as he wishes. It will be his decision and only his, as it was back when he made the difficult decision to mess up his life by trying to modernize the historical Grup Mineralògic Català.

Having said all this, a toast also for the Russian Mineralogical Almanac magazine. As said above, this edition is devoted to only 20 friends associated with our on-line business, so I had no room for many people who really deserve to be included. I don't want to forget Ludmila and Michael in this special edition. Sorry we do not have a slot for you this time but for the 50th anniversary of Fabre Minerals one slot already has your name! ;-)

Smara, Western Sahara   (2016)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.5 × 5.6 cm = 2.6” × 2.6” × 2.2”




ASIA (excl. China)


Doubly terminated Spinel
Doubly terminated Spinel

TQ48AE0: Carme Gimeno

We have lived through so many things together, some good and some bad, so much support and so much help, so much firmness and so much kindness. Black and white, Ying and Yang, night and day.
There are so many things that I cannot put them all in this space, let me simplify: "Te Debo Tanto..."

Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2015)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.6 × 2.2 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 0.9”


Doubly terminated Spinel. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Spinel. Side
Side
Andradite (variety demantoid)
Andradite (variety demantoid). Andradite (variety demantoid).
Andradite (variety demantoid)

ER27AE0: Mineralogical Record

When I appeared for the first time, in the worst room, on the worst floor, and in the worst corridor of the Executive Inn Hotel, Wendell Wilson dropped by and was interested in a Allanite-Dissakisite from Trimouns so he took a photo of it and then published it in the Mineralogical Record. It was this act of interest from such an important magazine that encouraged me to spend so much time in the USA. Thanks Wendell, thanks Tom Moore, thanks Tom Gressman, thanks to everyone who has ever participated by holding this magazine, so this piece is for the Mineralogical Record and for each and every one of you.

Belqeys Mountain, Takab, West Azerbaijan Province  Iran (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.5 × 2.6 cm = 1.4” × 1.0” × 1.0”

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




The Stoppani Collection


Malachite
Malachite

SE12AE0: Le Règne Minéral

This modest French Malachite aims to be a homage to Louis-Dominique Bayle, also a modest person who is in reality a titan, since with limited resources and not the best conditions he deserves praise for the quality of the output.
My best wishes and admiration for the whole team at the Le Règne Minéral magazine. Bravo!

Bonche Peyrol Mine, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (2004)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.3 × 1.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani


Malachite.
Malachite.
Malachite with Goethite
Malachite with Goethite. Malachite with Goethite.
Malachite with Goethite.
Malachite with Goethite

SX6AE0: Mineral Up (Joaquim i Eloisa Callen)

Enthusiasm given human form. Joaquim and Eloisa Callen have created a major international magazine, and have only achieved this through their belief and the quality of the photos.
"Gràcies per tot Joaquim i Eloisa!"

Friedrich Mine, Schönstein (Steckenstein), Wissen, Flammersfeld, Altenkirchen, Siegerland, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz  Germany

Specimen size: 6 × 5.5 × 3.5 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1,2 × 0.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani




Siderite
Siderite

SA87AE0: A. F.

Minerals are magic, and thanks to this magic someone with enthusiasm can set out on an adventure that results in creating a fine collection in an unusual place. Keep moving forward, the magic of the minerals will protect you!

Brosso Mine, Cálea, Léssolo, Canavese District, Torino Province, Piedmont (Piemonte)  Italy

Specimen size: 16 × 12 × 5.5 cm = 6.3” × 4.7” × 2.2”

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

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani


Siderite. Siderite.
Siderite.
Siderite
Siderite. Siderite.
Siderite.
Siderite

SG57AE0: G. B.

My best wishes for someone who has believed in our business so much that they have relied totally on us, without question. Thank you Dr., I think this one will feed your needs! ;-)

Bollnbach Mine, Herdorf, Siegerland, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz  Germany

Specimen size: 14.5 × 12 × 3.5 cm = 5.7” × 4.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.8” × 1.1”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani




Calcite with Hematite (kidney ore)
Calcite with Hematite (kidney ore)

SA57AE0: James Catmur

This one was the hardest for me to write [translator's note: and for me, James, to read and translate], as in this short space it is impossible for me to say everything about what James Catmur means to me. It was him that suggested to me that I create a web site for selling minerals, he then created it, and then he kept it alive for the first few years. Without him there would be no 20th anniversary and probably no 10th one either. He kicked it off, a loyal friend and someone with whom I shared the thousand and one twists as we explored this new world, which 20 years ago really was "Terra incognita". I think I have met very few people as generous and as loyal. James is a gift, and I had the great luck that the lottery of life gave me him as a prize.
So all of those who like fabreminerals.com should know that in the early days James was the brains behind it. This is in honor of James Catmur, father to this website.

Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England, United Kingdom

Specimen size: 13 × 11.5 × 5.5 cm = 5.1” × 4.5” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.8” × 0.6”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani


Calcite with Hematite (kidney ore). Calcite with Hematite (kidney ore).
Calcite with Hematite (kidney ore).
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite.
Calcite

SG87AE0: Marie Huizing (Rocks & Minerals)

Marie Huizing is a smile. She is a hug, she is a supporting message, she is warmness. Marie is a women committed to a mineral magazine and Marie is also a tiger when it comes to protecting her magazine, which keeps going thanks to her and Terry.
I owe a lot to Marie and Rocks & Minerals but the frenzy of my life has not allowed me to pay off this debt, so with these lines and this Calcite (which I am sure the collector in the family, Terry Huizing, will like) I hope to get slightly out of debt and pay back a little... ;-)

Fluebrig Mountain, Glarus Alps, Unteriberg, Schwyz  Switzerland

Specimen size: 11 × 10 × 3.6 cm = 4.3” × 3.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 5 × 4.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.7”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani





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