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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Congo D.R. (Zaire)

Elbaite
Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Side
Side
Elbaite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TF46AN2: Group of Elbaite crystals with very sharp crystal forms and excellent upper terminations. Transparent, very lustrous and with the base of the prism up to the middle of the crystal being pink with gradations in the color tones, and with the terminations being a uniform pale green.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.65” × 0.63” × 0.47”

Weight: 9.9 grams



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Elbaite

Recorded under LED light
 

TG66AN2: Parallel growth of two Elbaite crystals with very sharp crystal forms and excellent upper terminations, transparent, with very bright luster. The base of the prism up to the middle of the crystal is pink, displaying gradations in color tones, with the terminations being a uniform pale green.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 1.1 × 1 cm = 1.85” × 0.43” × 0.39”

Weight: 8.6 grams



Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Top
Top
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Elbaite
Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Top
Top

Recorded under LED light
 

TG46AN2: Elbaite crystal with very sharp crystal forms and excellent upper terminations. Transparent, very lustrous and very uniform green with bluish tones.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2021)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 2.01” × 0.43” × 0.35”

Weight: 9.6 grams



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Elbaite

Recorded under LED light
 

TXF56AN3: Isolated doubly terminated crystal of Elbaite and clearly hemihedral, with very sharp crystal forms and excellent terminations, the upper ones with a prismatic habit and the opposite one a pedion. Transparent, very lustrous, with the base of the prism up to the middle of the crystal pink with gradations in the color tones, and the termination a pale and uniform green.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 7 × 1.2 × 1 cm = 2.76” × 0.47” × 0.39”

Weight: 15.9 grams



Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Top
Top
Elbaite. Bottom
Bottom
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Carrollite with Mica
Carrollite with Mica.
 

TH43AH0: A novelty at Tucson 2018. Very sharp and aerial cubo-octahedral crystal, complete and on matrix, with Mica. It has two small contacts on the left side, recrystallized by the Carrollite itself. The sample is from a recent find of samples of a great quality.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 44 of the 2018/01 edition.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2016-2017)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.8 × 1.8 cm = 0.94” × 0.71” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.9 cm = 0.75” × 0.75”




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Carrollite with Pyrophyllite

Recorded under LED light
 

TB37AN1: Complete cubo-octahedral floater crystal of Carrollite, sharp, with octahedral faces predominating, very lustrous and with well defined crystal forms. To highlight a rare characteristic in the Carrollites of this deposit, the crystal is a complete floater with all its faces well developed.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2016-2017)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.4 × 3.4 cm = 1.46” × 1.34” × 1.34”




Carrollite with Pyrophyllite. Front
Front
Carrollite with Pyrophyllite. Side
Side
Carrollite with Pyrophyllite. Side
Side
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Carrollite with Pyrophyllite
Carrollite with Pyrophyllite. Front
Front
Carrollite with Pyrophyllite. Rear
Rear
Carrollite with Pyrophyllite. Side
Side

Recorded under LED light
 

TC47AN1: Complete cubo-octahedral floater crystal of Carrollite, sharp, with octahedral faces predominating, very lustrous and with well defined crystal forms. To highlight a rare characteristic in the Carrollites of this deposit, the crystal is a complete floater with all its faces well developed except at the base of the crystal which exhibits polycrystalline growths and remains of contact with the matrix and leafy Pyrophyllite crystals.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2016-2017)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.8 × 3.3 cm = 1.61” × 1.50” × 1.30”




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Carrollite

Recorded under LED light
 

TA96AN1: Complete cubo-octahedral floater crystal of Carrollite, sharp, with octahedral faces predominating, very lustrous and with well defined crystal forms. To highlight a rare characteristic in the Carrollites of this deposit, the crystal is a complete floater with all its faces well developed.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2016-2017)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.69” × 1.18” × 1.10”




Carrollite. Front
Front
Carrollite. Side
Side
Carrollite. Side
Side
Carrollite. Side
Side
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Cuprite with Calcite and Chrysocolla
Cuprite with Calcite and Chrysocolla.
 

EB56Y6: Group, of very sharp octahedral Cuprite crystals that are extraordinarily bright and have a deep red color. On matrix with Calcite and Chrysocolla.
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.2 × 2.4 cm = 1.26” × 0.87” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.28” × 0.28”




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Cuprite with Calcite
 

MB67AF2: Very sharp octahedral Cuprite crystals. They are very bright, and have a very intense and deep red color visible under an intense light. The Cuprite esthetically contrasts with the white Calcite coating the vug on a rocky matrix.
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5 × 4.4 cm = 2.56” × 1.97” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.28” × 0.24”




Cuprite with Calcite. Cuprite with Calcite.
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Dioptase with Plancheite
Dioptase with Plancheite. Dioptase with Plancheite.
 

DM49AC8: Aggregate of very well defined Dioptase crystals. They are aerial, translucent, and bright. They have a very deep color and are on a rocky matrix partially coated by fibrous Plancheite aggregates. The crystals have a better luster and color than usual for the locality.
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.2 × 4.2 cm = 2.20” × 1.65” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.4 cm = 0.47” × 0.16”




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Madagascar

Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

EF94AM0: Polychrome floater crystal of Elbaite, doubly terminated, with both terminations rich in faces, translucent, lustrous, with coatings of Feldspar and Quartz crystals. All the crystal terminations are perfect.
Sahatany Valley (Mt. Ibity), Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province  Madagascar (2017)

Specimen size: 16.8 × 6.2 × 5.3 cm = 6.61” × 2.44” × 2.09”




Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz. Detail top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz. Base / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Base / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TB87AH0: A novelty at Tucson 2018. A group of Fluorite crystal cubes between translucent and transparent, with white inclusions, a very deep green color and marine-blue dichroism, clearly visible in sunlight. The locality is totally new and, even though Madagascar is a well-known mineralogical paradise, there were no more references to Fluorite occurrences other than the small crystals included in Quartz from Mandronarivo.
Mandronarivo area, Beroroha District, Atsimo Andrefana Region, Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (08-11/2017)

Specimen size: 15.8 × 12.4 × 6.8 cm = 6.22” × 4.88” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 5 × 3 cm = 1.97” × 1.18”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Fluorite

Recorded under LED light
 

TY87AM0: Group on matrix of large cubic crystals of Fluorite, translucent, with a very deep green color and slightly bicolor navy blue. This locality was little known until 2018 and, despite being very prolific, it has produced very few pieces of this quality and this size of crystal.
Mandronarivo area, Beroroha District, Atsimo Andrefana Region, Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (08-11/2017)

Specimen size: 17.1 × 7.2 × 10.2 cm = 6.73” × 2.83” × 4.02”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 5.7 cm = 2.44” × 2.24”

Very fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Grandidierite
Grandidierite. Front
Front
Grandidierite. Rear
Rear
 

MY87AE2: A novelty at Tucson 2016. An isolated crystal, translucent, bright, with a uniform and intense bluish-green color, with very well defined and deeply striated prismatic faces for the species. Of an excellent quality for this rare silicate.
Grandidierite deposit, Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (05-12/2015)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.2 × 1 cm = 0.94” × 0.87” × 0.39”




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Grandidierite with Quartz, Feldspar, Diopside and Mica
 

TG29AD0: A novelty at Tucson 2016. An isolated crystal on matrix. It is translucent, bright, with a uniform and intense bluish-green color and with very well defined prismatic faces. Of an excellent quality for this rare silicate.
Grandidierite deposit, Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (05-12/2015)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.02” × 1.02” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.98” × 0.55”

Diopside fluorescent



Grandidierite with Quartz, Feldspar, Diopside and Mica.
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Grandidierite with Feldspar and Diopside
Grandidierite with Feldspar and Diopside.
 

TR49AD0: A novelty at Tucson 2016. An isolated crystal on matrix. It is translucent, bright, with a uniform and intense bluish-green color and with very well defined prismatic faces. Of an excellent quality for this rare silicate.
Grandidierite deposit, Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (05-12/2015)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.4 × 0.8 cm = 1.10” × 0.94” × 0.31”

Diopside fluorescent



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Grandidierite with Feldspar, Schorl and Diopside
 

TC71AD0: A novelty at Tucson 2016. Parallel growth, on matrix, of translucent and bright crystals with a uniform bluish green color and with very well defined prismatic faces. Of an excellent quality for this rare silicate.
Grandidierite deposit, Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (05-12/2015)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.57” × 1.02” × 0.91”

Diopside fluorescent



Grandidierite with Feldspar, Schorl and Diopside.
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Grandidierite with Quartz, Feldspar and Diopside
Grandidierite with Quartz, Feldspar and Diopside.
 

TC69AD0: A novelty at Tucson 2016. Parallel growth, on matrix, of translucent and very bright crystals with a uniform and intense bluish green color and with very well defined prismatic faces. Of an excellent quality for this rare silicate.
Grandidierite deposit, Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (05-12/2015)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.3 × 2.5 cm = 2.20” × 1.30” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.8 cm = 1.57” × 0.71”

Diopside fluorescent



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Grandidierite with Quartz and Feldspar
 

MX51AD5: A novelty at Tucson 2016. Single crystals on a massive Quartz matrix. The crystals have some very well developed faces and edges on the prism, which is very uncommon for the species. The crystal is translucent and bright and has a uniform greenish blue color. Of an excellent quality for this rare silicate.
Grandidierite deposit, Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (05-12/2015)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 3.5 × 4 cm = 2.56” × 1.38” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.4 cm = 1.57” × 0.55”




Grandidierite with Quartz and Feldspar. Front
Front
Grandidierite with Quartz and Feldspar. Side
Side
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Twinned Calcite
Twinned Calcite.
 

TC67J3: Group of crystals from the August 2004, find. The aggregate is very attractive and we note the clearness of the crystals, the color and luster and, especially, the existence of twins formed by the contact of two rhombohedrons.
Basalt Quarry, Ambariomiambana, Sambava District, Sava Region  Madagascar (08/2004)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4 × 3.7 cm = 2.64” × 1.57” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3 cm = 1.77” × 1.18”

Intense zoned fluorescence long & short UV



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Andradite (demantoid variety and topazolite) from Ambanja

If you want to know more about the Andradite (demantoid variety) from Ambanja please follow this link

Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite
 

MA27AL7: Andradite crystals (demantoid variety) of good size and with a balance between trapezohedron and rhombododecahedron faces. Between transparent and translucent, with good luster and a very intense and uniform green color. On matrix, with aggregates of small Calcite crystals.
Antetezambato outcrop, Antetezambato, Maherivaratra Commune, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province  Madagascar (2010)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.4 × 4.7 cm = 2.60” × 2.13” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.1 cm = 0.67” × 0.43”




Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite. Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite
Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite. Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite.
 

MT86AL3: Andradite crystals (demantoid variety) of good size with equally developed trapezohedral and rhombododecahedral forms, between transparent and translucent, lustrous and with an intense and uniform green color. On matrix, with aggregates of small Calcite crystals.
Antetezambato outcrop, Antetezambato, Maherivaratra Commune, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province  Madagascar (2010)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 5.9 × 2.9 cm = 3.39” × 2.32” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.63” × 0.51”




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Andradite (variety topazolite) with Stilbite
 

TQ94Q0: A novelty at Tucson 2010. Druse on matrix of crystals very rich of faces, with the dominant forms of the dodecahedron and the trapezohedron and brown color, slightly greenish. Their luster is extraordinary and they are with small white concretions of Stilbite. The Topazolite variety has been well defined on this kind of samples and this will be reflected in a future article in The Mineralogical Record.
Antetezambato outcrop, Antetezambato, Maherivaratra Commune, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province  Madagascar (05-06/2009)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.2 × 2.9 cm = 3.43” × 2.83” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.59” × 0.47”




Andradite (variety topazolite) with Stilbite. Andradite (variety topazolite) with Stilbite.
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Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite
Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite. Front
Front
Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite. Side
Side
Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite. Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite.

Recorded under LED light
 

MT87AL5: Brown greenish Andradite crystals (variety topazolite) on matrix, of good size, very rich in faces, with the dominant forms of the rhombododecahedron combined with those of the trapezohedron. The transparent crystals have an extraordinary luster.
Antetezambato outcrop, Antetezambato, Maherivaratra Commune, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province  Madagascar (2010)

Specimen size: 16.2 × 9.4 × 8.7 cm = 6.38” × 3.70” × 3.43”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.63” × 0.47”




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Malawi

Arfvedsonite with Aegirine and Orthoclase
 

EC90AH4: Very well defined Arfvedsonite crystals with acute polycrystalline terminations. They are bright with a very deep green color and are on a matrix of Orthoclase crystals that very well defined Baveno twins, and black prismatic Aegirine crystals around the base of the Arfvedsonite crystal.
Mount Malosa, Zomba District  Malawi (2014)

Specimen size: 14 × 10.5 × 6.8 cm = 5.51” × 4.13” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 9 × 1.2 cm = 3.54” × 0.47”




Arfvedsonite with Aegirine and Orthoclase. Front
Front
Arfvedsonite with Aegirine and Orthoclase. Rear
Rear
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Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz
Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Front
Front
Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

MG49AK7: New in Munich 2019: Parallel growth of sharp, doubly terminated white Eudidymite crystals on matrix, associated with doubly terminated smoky Quartz crystals and very sharp and shiny Aegirine crystals. Eudidymite is a species that very rarely occurs in sharp and well-terminated crystals and that is why the specimens from this find are so exceptional. This specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Mount Malosa (Northwest side), Zomba District  Malawi (09/2019)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.14” × 1.06” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.02” × 0.67”




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Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz
 

MF48AK7: New in Munich 2019: Parallel growth of well defined and doubly terminated white Eudidymite crystals on matrix, associated with smoky Quartz and Aegirine crystals. Eudidymite is a species that very rarely occurs in sharp well-terminated crystals and that is why the specimens from this find are so exceptional. The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Mount Malosa (Northwest side), Zomba District  Malawi (09/2019)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.26” × 0.98” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.59” × 0.16”




Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Front
Front
Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Side
Side
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Eudidymite with Aegirine
Eudidymite with Aegirine. Front
Front
Eudidymite with Aegirine. Side
Side
Eudidymite with Aegirine. Rear
Rear
 

MG50AK7: New in Munich 2019: Parallel growth of sharp white Eudidymite crystals, doubly terminated and implanted in a group of Aegirine crystals. Eudidymite is a species that very rarely occurs in sharp and well-terminated crystals and that is why the specimens from this find are so exceptional. This specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This sample has been referenced and pictured, as a novelty in Munich 2019, in the magazine 'Le Règne Minéral' number 150, page 42 and published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 54, December 13, 2019 edition, page 3 as well as in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 52 of the 2020/01 edition.
Mount Malosa (Northwest side), Zomba District  Malawi (09/2019)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3 × 2.3 cm = 1.73” × 1.18” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 0.91” × 0.59”




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Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz
 

MR99AL4: A novelty at Munich 2019. Very sharp, doubly-terminated floater crystal of Eudidymite with good terminations and marked parallel growths. The crystal is translucent, white, with pearly luster, accompanied by an Aegirine crystal and a doubly-terminated Quartz crystal, smoky in the terminal areas. Eudidymite rarely appears in such well-defined crystals, which is why the specimens of this find fall into the category of exceptional.
This specimen has been referenced and pictured, as a novelty in Munich 2019 in the magazine "Le Règne Minéral" number 150, page 42. It has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Mount Malosa, Zomba District  Malawi (09/2019)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.9 × 3.4 cm = 1.89” × 1.54” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 1.6 cm = 1.69” × 0.63”

Fluorescent short UV



Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Front
Front
Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Side
Side
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Eudidymite with Aegirine
Eudidymite with Aegirine. Front
Front
Eudidymite with Aegirine. Side
Side
Eudidymite with Aegirine.
 

MH89AK7: New in Munich 2019: Parallel growth of sharp white Eudidymite crystals, doubly terminated and implanted in a group of Aegirine crystals. Eudidymite is a species that very rarely occurs in sharp and well-terminated crystals and that is why the specimens from this find are so exceptional. This specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Mount Malosa (Northwest side), Zomba District  Malawi (09/2019)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 2.13” × 0.87” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.5 cm = 0.55” × 0.20”




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Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz
 

MF51AK7: New in Munich 2019: Groups of doubly terminated Eudidymite crystals, with good terminations and very marked parallel growths. They are translucent, colored white, and are implanted in a group of doubly terminated Aegirine crystals with small smoky Quartz crystals. Eudidymite is a species that rarely occurs in sharp and well-terminated crystals and that is why the specimens from this find are so exceptional. This specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Mount Malosa (Northwest side), Zomba District  Malawi (09/2019)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.6 × 4.2 cm = 2.60” × 1.42” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.2 cm = 1.18” × 0.47”




Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Front
Front
Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Side
Side
Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Side
Side
Eudidymite with Aegirine and Quartz. Rear
Rear
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Epididymite with Aegirine
Epididymite with Aegirine. Front
Front
Epididymite with Aegirine. Rear
Rear
Epididymite with Aegirine.
 

EP66AG9: A single floater crystal that has extraordinarily well defined faces and edges. It is translucent, white and has small black acicular crystals on its base. Due to the singularity and perfection of the crystal it has been analyzed to positively identify the species. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Machinga, Machinga District  Malawi (02/2017)

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.6 × 0.9 cm = 0.63” × 0.63” × 0.35”

Fluorescent short UV



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Mali

Epidote with Stilbite-Ca
 

TB67AF6: Group of dark green (almost black), doubly terminated, very aerial Epidote crystals that are partially coated by small white crystals, most of them doubly terminated, of Stilbite-Ca.
The sample is from the Vallecillo collection, Madrid.
Commune Diakon, Arrondissement Diakon, Bafoulabé Circle, Kayes Region  Mali

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.5 × 5.4 cm = 3.86” × 2.95” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 7 × 2.5 cm = 2.76” × 0.98”

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo



Epidote with Stilbite-Ca. Front
Front
Epidote with Stilbite-Ca. Rear
Rear
Epidote with Stilbite-Ca.
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Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite
Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite. Front
Front
Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite. Rear
Rear
 

TA91AL5: Perimorphic growth of Prehnite crystals with defined crystal forms, translucent and of a vivid and uniform green color. The Prehnite maintains the outline of the Anhydrite crystal on which it was formed, which later disappeared.
The specimen comes from the Rock Currier collection (no. 7271), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bendougou village, Commune Diakon, Arrondissement Diakon, Bafoulabé Circle, Kayes Region  Mali

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.8 × 4.6 cm = 4.92” × 3.07” × 1.81”

Former collection of Rock Currier



Order

Mozambique

Lepidolite after Elbaite with Elbaite
 

NX51AH2: A novelty at Munich 2017. Parallel growths of Lepidolite (series) crystals pseudomorphous after Elbaite. They are bright with a rich pink color, with channels and other dissolution forms and with the crystalline remains of Elbaite (verdelite variety) on the upper end.
Naipa Mine, Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province  Mozambique (07/2017)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 4.13” × 1.50” × 1.46”




Lepidolite after Elbaite with Elbaite. Front
Front
Lepidolite after Elbaite with Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Lepidolite after Elbaite with Elbaite. Top
Top
Order

Namibia (excl. Tsumeb)

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

TMP13AN4: Scepter growth of two transparent Quartz crystals (amethyst variety), with very good luster and distinct color zoning.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg area, Erongo Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1 × 0.8 cm = 1.06” × 0.39” × 0.31”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Order
Prehnite
 

MH14AM7: Group of Prehnite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with better defined faces and edges than usual for the species, on matrix, transparent, with good luster and an intense green color.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains the label, which indicates that it was in the Melanson collection.
Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg area, Erongo Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2 × 2 × 1.7 cm = 0.79” × 0.79” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.67” × 0.55”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Prehnite. Prehnite.
Order
Schorl with Feldspar and Opal
Schorl with Feldspar and Opal. Front
Front
Schorl with Feldspar and Opal. Rear
Rear
 

TP99AM8: Doubly terminated Schorl crystal on matrix, with sharp crystal forms, excellent terminations and polycrystalline growths on the prism, which has very good luster.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 12.2 × 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 4.80” × 1.73” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 11.1 × 3 cm = 4.37” × 1.18”

Opal intense fluorescence long & short UV



Order
Fluorite (scepter)
 

TP66AF0: Scepter growth of an octahedral Fluorite crystal with polycrystalline growths on its faces. It is bright, between transparent and translucent, and has a pale green color, more intense at the base. The sample was from Charles Key.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.6 × 1.7 cm = 0.94” × 0.63” × 0.67”

From Charles Key



Fluorite (scepter).
Order
Fluorite (scepter)
Fluorite (scepter). Front
Front
Fluorite (scepter). Top
Top
 

TM48AF0: Scepter growth of an octahedral Fluorite crystal with polycrystalline growths on its faces. It is bright, between transparent and translucent, has a pale green color and it is on a irregular Fluorite base that has a deeper and more intense green color. The sample was from Charles Key.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.4 × 2.8 cm = 1.42” × 0.94” × 1.10”

From Charles Key



Order
Descloizite
 

TQ16AN2: Parallel growth of very sharp and lustrous Descloizite crystals with dark tones. A classic from Namíbia.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, which shows that it was previously in the Melanson collection.
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.6 × 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.42” × 0.59” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.42” × 0.47”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Descloizite. Descloizite.
Order
Smithsonite
Smithsonite.
 

TM27AB5: Aggregate, on matrix, of translucent rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals with a deep brown color and slightly orange shades. A classic from Namibia with great quality.
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.2 × 2.9 cm = 1.89” × 1.65” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.39”




Order
Smithsonite
 

NY77AL5: Aggregate of sharp Smithsonite crystals with a rhombohedral habit, between translucent and transparent and much brighter than usual in Smithsonite. A Namibian classic from a historic locality.
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5 × 4.3 × 2.9 cm = 1.97” × 1.69” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.63” × 0.51”




Smithsonite. Smithsonite.
Order
Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite  

MD99AL4: Group of cubo-octahedral crystals with sharp faces and edges, between transparent and translucent, lustrous and deep green color with fine zones in shades of violet parallel to the edges of the crystals. Some areas of the specimen are partially covered by small white Calcite crystals.
The specimen, which comes from the Peter Rosewarne collection was previously in the Claus Hedegaard collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8.8 × 7.5 × 3.2 cm = 3.46” × 2.95” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 5.1 cm = 2.20” × 2.01”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard



Order
Fluorite
 

TA89Z3: Druse of cubic crystals beveled by the dodecahedron and hollow growths on the octahedral faces. The crystals are translucent, bright and have a very intense and deep mauve color, clearer on the octahedral faces.
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 10.5 × 6.6 × 1.9 cm = 4.13” × 2.60” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.47” × 0.28”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Carolyn Seitz



Fluorite. Fluorite.
Order
Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz
Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz. Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz.
 

ED90AI5: Isolated Dioptase crystals, one of them clearly dominant, that are partially doubly terminated, bright, with a deep color and on a matrix of crystalline Quartz partially coated by Planchéite.
The sample is from the Raúl Sanabria collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Kandesei Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region  Namibia (±2007)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.5 × 4.1 cm = 2.20” × 1.77” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.8 cm = 0.63” × 0.31”

Former collection of Raúl Sanabria



Order
Shattuckite with Malachite
 

TR16AL2: Botryoidal coating of Shattuckite with a velvety appearance, on Quartz matrix and highlighting a centered aggregate of very good size sharp primary Malachite crystals.
Kandesei Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.2 × 4.8 cm = 3.23” × 2.44” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 1 cm = 1.34” × 0.39”




Shattuckite with Malachite. Shattuckite with Malachite.
Order
Smithsonite with Hemimorphite
Smithsonite with Hemimorphite. Smithsonite with Hemimorphite.
 

MF9AC6: Botryoidal aggregates of small white Smithsonite crystals on a matrix coated by small and very bright Hemimorphite crystals.
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region  Namibia (2007-2010)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.9 × 5.9 cm = 2.80” × 2.32” × 2.32”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.59” × 0.43”




Order
Quartz
 

TT27AF1: Group of crystals, some of them partially doubly terminated, with very well defined phantom growths of red Hematite inclusions. They have an amethystine nucleus visible under a strong light.
Orange River, Warmbad, Karasburg District, Karas Region  Namibia (± 1980)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.7 × 5.3 cm = 1.89” × 1.46” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.7 cm = 0.71” × 0.67”




Quartz. Quartz.
Order

Republic of the Congo

Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

ERA97AN5: Gold that shows very sharp crystal forms of pre-existing Quartz crystal molds on its front face. The piece has a considerable size and excellent brilliance and color.
The specimen was collected between 1968 and 1974 by Pierre Vincent and was in his collection.
Niari Valley area, Niari Department  Republic of the Congo (1968-1974)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.6 × 1 cm = 1.30” × 1.02” × 0.39”

Former collection of Pierre Vincent

Weight: 21.9 grams

€3600 / US$4262 / ¥468100 / AUD$5754

Reservado
Chalcocite with Malachite
 

ERT26AN4: New discovery: very aerial floater group of platy Chalcocite crystals with a very sharp pseudo-hexagonal outline, very lustrous, and with fine coatings of Malachite.
The specimen comes from new workings in the M'Passa area where a group of small mines yielded, in a glorious past, specimens with large sharp crystals. With the closure of the workings in the 1980s, that glory was lost, but fortunately it has now returned with specimens as magnificent as those and, moreover, with a great variety of crystallographic habits.
M'Passa Mines, Mindouli District, Pool Department  Republic of the Congo (2021)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.98” × 0.63” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.31” × 0.31”




Chalcocite with Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcocite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
Order
Chalcocite with Malachite
Chalcocite with Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcocite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
 

ERV37AN4: New discovery: very aerial floater group of platy Chalcocite crystals with a sharp pseudo-hexagonal outline and with fine coatings of Malachite.
The specimen comes from new workings in the M'Passa area where a group of small mines produced, in a glorious past, specimens with large sharp crystals. With the cessation of exploitation in the 1980s that glory was lost, but fortunately it has now returned with specimens as magnificent as those and, moreover, with a great variety of crystallographic habits.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the 'What's New' section, report 61, August 30, 2021 edition, page 10
M'Passa Mines, Mindouli District, Pool Department  Republic of the Congo (2021)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2 × 1.3 cm = 1.22” × 0.79” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”




Order
Chalcocite

Recorded under LED light
 

EGR46AN4: New discovery: very aerial floater group of very sharp platy crystals of Chalcocite, with a pseudo-hexagonal outline, lustrous, with parallel and polycrystalline growths.
The specimen, of high quality for the species, comes from new workings in the M'Passa area where a group of small mines used to yield, in their glorious past, specimens with big sharp crystals. With the cessation of exploitation in the 1980s, that glory was lost, but fortunately it has now returned with specimens as magnificent as those and, moreover, with a great variety of crystallographic habits.
M'Passa Mines, Mindouli District, Pool Department  Republic of the Congo (2021)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.17” × 2.05” × 1.22”




Chalcocite. Front
Front
Chalcocite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Order
Chalcocite
Chalcocite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Chalcocite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

ERB96AN4: New discovery: very aerial group of Chalcocite crystals, huge for the species, between platy and tabular, very sharp, with a pseudo-hexagonal outline and great luster.
This specimen, of high quality for the species, comes from new workings in the M'Passa area where a group of small mines used to produce, in their glorious past, specimens with large sharp crystals. With the closure of the workings in the 1980s, that glory was lost, although fortunately it has now returned with specimens as magnificent as those and, moreover, with a great variety of crystallographic habits.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the 'What's New' section, report 61, August 30, 2021 edition, page 10
M'Passa Mines, Mindouli District, Pool Department  Republic of the Congo (2021)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5 × 1.2 cm = 2.60” × 1.97” × 0.47”




Order
Dioptase with Duftite

Recorded under LED light
 

TFB92AN5: Coatings of equant Dioptase crystals in circular holes in a curious matrix. The crystals are very lustrous, with a very deep green color, associated with small, very sharp isolated crystals of Duftite.
Mindouli, Mindouli District, Pool Department  Republic of the Congo

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.3 × 2.8 cm = 2.28” × 2.09” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.08” × 0.08”




Dioptase with Duftite. Dioptase with Duftite.
Dioptase with Duftite.
Order
Dioptase
Dioptase. Dioptase.
Dioptase.
 

TR93AF6: Druse of rhombohedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges, extraordinarily bright and on matrix.
The sample is from the Vallecillo collection, Madrid.
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department  Republic of the Congo

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5 × 2.5 cm = 2.83” × 1.97” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.63” × 0.55”

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo



Order

South Africa

Jacobsite with Calcite and Andradite
 

TL11Z1: A novelty at Tucson 2013. Groups of sharp, brilliant, well defined octahedral crystals on a matrix of Calcite crystals with small Andradite crystals. The Jacobsite crystals strongly contrast with the white Calcite and make this specimen nicer than usual.
N'Chwaning III Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (±08/2012)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.9 × 2.8 cm = 1.50” × 1.14” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV



Jacobsite with Calcite and Andradite.
Order
Bixbyite with Sturmanite and Calcite
Bixbyite with Sturmanite and Calcite. Bixbyite with Sturmanite and Calcite.
 

MD64AK3: Group of very sharp Bixbyite crystals, of cubic habit, very bright, on matrix, with Calcite and small Sturmanite crystals.
The specimen is from the Carles Manresa collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
N'Chwaning III Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.50” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”

Former collection of Carles Manresa



Order
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite
 

ER67AM3: Lamellar crystals of Shigaite, a rare manganese sulfate, with a sharp hexagonal outline, translucent, with very good luster and an intense red color with brown reflections, implanted on a rock matrix covered by brilliant Rhodochrosite crystals with an intense pink color.
N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (±2006)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.2 × 2.7 cm = 2.13” × 0.87” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

Rhodochrosite fluorescent long & short UV



Shigaite with Rhodochrosite. Shigaite with Rhodochrosite.
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite.
Order
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite and Siderite
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite and Siderite. Shigaite with Rhodochrosite and Siderite.
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite and Siderite.
 

MT27AC8: Very aerial aggregate of laminar Shigaite crystals. They are bright and transparent, with a color between yellow and orange, and have a considerable size for the species. The Shigaite, on matrix, is implated on a botryoidal Rhodochrosite aggregate and it is with crystalline Siderite. Not bad for the species.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2016, page 80
N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2007)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 3.8 × 3.6 cm = 2.80” × 1.50” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.28” × 0.20”




Order
Hematite
 

MM46AN0: Complex floater Hematite crystal, very rich in crystal forms, with an extraordinarily bright luster.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.4 × 1.5 cm = 1.06” × 0.94” × 0.59”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Side
Side
Order
Hematite
Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Rear
Rear
 

TJ88AL5: Thick tabular Hematite crystal, very sharp, shiny and rich in faces.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 3 × 2.3 × 1 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.39”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Order
Octahedral Fluorite
 

TP86N0: Group of very sharp octahedral crystals. They are transparent, bright and have an excellent, very intense green color. From a recent find in Riemvasmaak in 2008.
Riemvasmaak, Orange river area, Kakamas, ZF Mgcawu District, Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2008)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.7 × 2.1 cm = 2.13” × 1.85” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.3 cm = 0.71” × 0.51”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Octahedral Fluorite.
Order
Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz
Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz. Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
 

MT56AG7: Very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, bright and with a very intense, deep and uniform green color. They are on a Quartz matrix.
Riemvasmaak, Orange river area, Kakamas, ZF Mgcawu District, Northern Cape Province  South Africa (±2015)

Specimen size: 17.4 × 9.5 × 4.6 cm = 6.85” × 3.74” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.75”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Order
Sceptered smoky Quartz
 

TM46S1: A novelty at Tucson 2011. Sceptered, and partially windowed growth of transparent crystals, very bright in deep smoky shades and on a parallel group of crystals of white Quartz.
Steinkopf, Namakwa District (Namaqualand), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (08/2010)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 2.44” × 1.10” × 0.94”




Sceptered smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Sceptered smoky Quartz. Rear
Rear
Order

Olmiite

From the great Olmiite finds made in N'Chwaning Mine we offer this further material. The quality is, as you can see, much better than the Poldervaartites found in the Wessels Mine. Notably the color is much more intense and redder. On the subject of the color it is necessary to warn you that some of these new Olmiites show an intense color change depending of the kind of light used: in day light they become yellowish but in artificial light they are a spectacular strawberry red color.

Olmiite
Olmiite. Front
Front
Olmiite. Rear
Rear
 

EG6K9: Excellent miniature. The prismatic crystals are similar to a wheatsheaf with good brilliance and color. On rocky matrix.
N'Chwaning II Mine, section 5 south, stope 46-47 roof, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (01/2002)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2 × 1.4 cm = 0.98” × 0.79” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.47” × 0.31”

Type locality



Order
Olmiite with Calcite and Oyelite
 

MG96AL5: Group of extraordinarily defined rhombic habit crystals, of a good size for the species, translucent and shiny and with an excellent reddish color, much more intense than usual in this type of specimen. With small Calcite crystals and globular white Oyelite aggregates.
N'Chwaning II Mine, level 45 south, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (13-15/08/2009)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 1.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.14” × 0.63” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.71” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Olmiite with Calcite and Oyelite. Front
Front
Olmiite with Calcite and Oyelite. Side
Side
Order
Olmiite
Olmiite. Front - neon light (day light)
Front - neon light (day light)
Olmiite. Front - bulb light
Front - bulb light
Olmiite. Rear - neon light (day light)
Rear - neon light (day light)
Olmiite. Rear - bulb light
Rear - bulb light
 

EC97AK3: Group of crystals of short prismatic habit, well developed, of good size for the species, translucent and lustrous, color between pink and reddish, as was typical of the first finds of this species.
N'Chwaning II Mine, section 5 south, stope 46-47 roof, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (01/2002)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.8 × 2.1 cm = 1.26” × 1.10” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.20” × 0.20”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Type locality



Order

Bultfonteinite

Bultfonteinite is a rare phyllosilicate (calcium fluorsilicate) that exists in the N'Chwaning mine along with another rare phyllosilicate (also calcium), Oyelite. In fact, while awaiting the analysis of these specimens we had indicated on the web site that they were Oyelite, as previous finds from the same mine with the same appearance and white color had always been considered Oyelite. So when we got the results of the analysis, much to our surprise, the fluor present in the sample as well as the atomic ratio of Ca/Si=1:2 indicates that the specimens are Bultfonteinite and not Oyelite.

Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
 

EC63R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.34” × 1.06” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.28” × 0.28”




Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
Order
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
 

EV13R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.3 × 2 cm = 1.38” × 1.30” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.43”




Order
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
 

EW26R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Rivista Mineralogica Italiana’ on page 51 in number 2011/1
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.61” × 1.02” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.39”




Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
Order
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
 

EV12R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.6 × 3 cm = 1.65” × 1.02” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.31” × 0.24”




Order
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
 

ER14R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.4 × 3.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.34” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.35” × 0.31”




Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
Order
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
 

EL13R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.73” × 1.50” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.47” × 0.28”




Order
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
 

EH16R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.85” × 1.06” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.35” × 0.31”




Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
Order
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite
Bultfonteinite with Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) and Calcite.
 

EK26R1: Fanlike groups of snowy white acicular crystals of Bultfonteinite replacing the faces of short elongated crystals of Hydroxyapophyllite-(K) which has a pseudocubic habit. In some cases the replacement is deeper and forms a more or less complete pseudomorph of the preexisting Hydroxyapophyllite-(K). All are on a matrix of clear, complex, crystals of Calcite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the piece.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2006)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.85” × 1.34” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.55” × 0.55”




Order

Tanzania

Diopside
 

TYB47AN5: Floater group of Diopside crystals with very sharp crystal forms and excellent terminations, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and a uniform light green color.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region  Tanzania

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.4 × 1.6 cm = 1.22” × 0.94” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.55”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Bob Noble



Diopside. Diopside.
Order
Alabandite
Alabandite. Alabandite.
 

TB87AL5: Alabandite crystal, highly profiled, practically a floater, with light contacts that conserve remains of Calcite matrix and formed by the dominant octahedron with the vertices truncated by the faces of the cube.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region  Tanzania

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.87” × 0.87” × 0.63”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Order
Prehnite with Calcite
Prehnite with Calcite  

TE86AL4: Group of tabular Prehnite crystals with well defined faces and edges, translucent, with an intense and uniform light blue color, good luster and a small group of Calcite crystals.
The specimen comes from the inventory of John Sampson White (# 23-10-17) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region  Tanzania

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.34” × 0.91” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.94” × 0.16”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

John S. White mineral reserve



Prehnite with Calcite. Front
Front
Prehnite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Order

Zambia

Tarbuttite
Tarbuttite. Tarbuttite.
 

TA37AL5: Very aerial group of highly profiled Tarbuttite crystals, unusually transparent and sharp and on matrix. We will send the specimen, from the type locality for the species, in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, on which it appears that it was previously in the Jim & Dawn Minette collection.
Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine), Kabwe (Kabwe-Ka Mukuba), Kabwe District, Central Province  Zambia

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2 × 2.7 cm = 1.22” × 0.79” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”

Type locality

Former collection of Bob Noble

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV



Order
Libethenite
 

TV96AL8: Group of very sharp dipyramidal Libethenite crystals with well defined faces and edges, bright and with a deep and uniform green color. On matrix with Chrysocolla.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Nkana Mine (Rokana Mine), Mindola pit, Kitwe, Kitwe District, Copperbelt Province  Zambia

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.9 × 1.4 cm = 0.75” × 0.75” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Libethenite. Libethenite.
Order
Libethenite
Libethenite. Libethenite.
 

TK37AL8: Group of very sharp dipyramidal Libethenite crystals with well defined faces and edges, shiny and with a very deep green color, almost black.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, which shows that it was previously in the James (Jim) Minette collection.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 57, August 30, 2020 edition, page 5

Nkana Mine (Rokana Mine), Mindola pit, Kitwe, Kitwe District, Copperbelt Province  Zambia

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.91” × 0.63” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Order
Libethenite
 

ED67AL8: Polycrystalline growth of Libethenite crystals with very sharp faces and edges, good luster and a very deep and uniform green color. On matrix.
The specimen is accompanied by the collector's card, Dr. K.J. Reid, in which the date of the find is handwritten and signed.
Nkana Mine (Rokana Mine), Mindola pit, Kitwe, Kitwe District, Copperbelt Province  Zambia (06/11/1976)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3 × 2.3 cm = 1.61” × 1.18” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.39”

Former collection of K.J. Reid



Libethenite. Libethenite.
Order
Libethenite
Libethenite. Libethenite.
 

EE86AL8: Polycrystalline growth of Libethenite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very lustrous and with a very deep and uniform green color. On matrix.
The specimen is accompanied by the collector's card, Dr. K.J. Reid, in which the date of the find is handwritten and signed.
Nkana Mine (Rokana Mine), Mindola pit, Kitwe, Kitwe District, Copperbelt Province  Zambia (06/11/1976)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.5 × 3.5 cm = 2.64” × 2.17” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.16” × 0.12”

Former collection of K.J. Reid



Order

Zimbabwe

Quartz scepter (variety amethyst)
 

EB16AL8: Scepter growth of a transparent Quartz crystal very lustrous, with phantom growths, abundant inclusions and a very vivid amethyst color with smoky colored areas distributed irregularly in the crystal. Of the best possible quality for the locality, which is not very well known.
Chibuku Mine, Zambezi Valley, Mashonaland West  Zimbabwe (2018)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 1.65” × 0.55” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.55”




Quartz scepter (variety amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz scepter (variety amethyst). Rear
Rear
Order
Quartz scepter (variety smoky and amethyst)
Quartz scepter (variety smoky and amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz scepter (variety smoky and amethyst). Rear
Rear
 

EC36AL8: Scepter growth of a transparent Quartz crystal with good luster and phantom growths, abundant inclusions and a very vivid amethyst color with smoky colored areas distributed irregularly in the crystal. Of the best possible quality for the locality, which is not very well known.
Chibuku Mine, Zambezi Valley, Mashonaland West  Zimbabwe (2018)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 1.85” × 0.71” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 0.91” × 0.71”




Order
Quartz scepter (variety amethyst)
 

EE76AL8: Scepter growth of a dominant Quartz crystal with a smaller doubly terminated lateral crystal, both transparent. Very lustrous, with phantom growths, abundant inclusions and a very vivid color distributed unevenly in the crystal. Of the best possible quality for the locality, which is not very well known.
Chibuku Mine, Zambezi Valley, Mashonaland West  Zimbabwe (2018)

Specimen size: 6 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 2.36” × 0.87” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2 cm = 1.22” × 0.79”




Quartz scepter (variety amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz scepter (variety amethyst). Rear
Rear
Order
Quartz scepter (variety amethyst)
Quartz scepter (variety amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz scepter (variety amethyst). Rear
Rear
 

EG66AL8: Scepter growth of a transparent Quartz crystal very shiny, with phantom growths, abundant inclusions and a very vivid color, between dominant smoky tones and amethyst violet irregularly distributed in the crystal. On a doubly terminated crystal of colorless Quartz with abundant inclusions. Of the best possible quality for the locality, which is not very well known.
Chibuku Mine, Zambezi Valley, Mashonaland West  Zimbabwe (2018)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 2.1 × 1.4 cm = 2.91” × 0.83” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.63” × 0.51”




Order

TSUMEB

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Mimetite
 

TL26AL4: Polycrystalline growths of Mimetite, on matrix, with the forms of the prism and an acute pyramidal termination, translucent, very shiny and yellow color with orange tones.
A very typical Tsumeb specimen that we will deliver in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, which states that it came from the Sullivan collection.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.63” × 0.43”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Mimetite. Mimetite.
Order
Mimetite
Mimetite. Mimetite.
 

LR86AK7: Very elongated crystals of Mimetite, with excellent terminations, transparent, lustrous, intense yellow, on matrix.
This piece is from the collection of Philippe Morelon (No. 1100) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 1.4 cm = 1.18” × 0.87” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.12” × 0.04”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



Order
Mimetite
Mimetite  

EA28X5: Polycrystalline “bundled” growths of crystals with acute pyramidal micro-terminations. They are bright, have a clear yellow color and are on matrix.
The sample is from the collection of Claus Hedegaard, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 9 × 5.5 × 5 cm = 3.54” × 2.17” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard



Mimetite. Mimetite.
Order
Mimetite with Smithsonite
Mimetite with Smithsonite. Mimetite with Smithsonite.
 

EA97AM6: Elongated dipyramidal crystals of Mimetite, some of them doubly terminated, transparent, very lustrous, with an intense lemon-yellow color, on matrix, with rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals. The Smithsonite has been analyzed, we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 11.1 × 8.2 × 6.7 cm = 4.37” × 3.23” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.08”

Former collection of Pedro Hernández

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Order
Dioptase
 

NV27AM4: Druse on matrix of Dioptase crystals with dominant prism faces and an acute rhombohedron. With very well defined faces and edges, bright luster, and a very dense color.
The specimen comes from the Pedro Hernández collection (number D-1)
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.2 × 3.6 cm = 2.17” × 1.65” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.43” × 0.35”

Former collection of Pedro Hernández



Dioptase. Dioptase.
Order
Azurite with Cerussite
Azurite with Cerussite. Front
Front
Azurite with Cerussite. Top
Top
 

EP99AG3: Group of complex Azurite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, bright and with a very deep color with vivid reflections and transparencies. A classic from Tsumeb.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (1975)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.34” × 1.22” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.06” × 0.67”




Order
Azurite
Azurite  

EE46X6: Floater group of crystals that have very well defined faces and edges and well marked parallel growths, an uncommon shape for Tsumeb Azurite. The sample is from the Claus Hedegaard, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.54” × 1.46” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.2 cm = 0.87” × 0.47”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard



Azurite. Azurite.
Order
Malachite after Azurite with Azurite
Malachite after Azurite with Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite with Azurite. Top
Top
Malachite after Azurite with Azurite  

CC27AM5: Group of Malachite pseudomorphs after Azurite crystals, one of them doubly terminated and clearly dominant, with surfaces recrystallized by finely fibrous Malachite with a silky luster. The specimen comes from the Carles Curto collection (number 1982.16.1), whose label and computer file we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (±1982)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 1.30” × 1.30” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.22” × 0.91”

Former collection of Carles Curto



Order
Malachite after Azurite and Azurite
Malachite after Azurite and Azurite  

TL48AJ4: Parallel growth, on matrix, of very sharp Malachite (after Azurite) crystals. They have a silky luster and as an added feature there are small, very bright Azurite crystals. A classic from Tsumeb, very esthetic, that is from the Lee Hogg collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.61” × 0.98” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2 cm = 1.34” × 0.79”

Former collection of Lee Hogg



Malachite after Azurite and Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite and Azurite. Rear
Rear
Malachite after Azurite and Azurite. Side
Side
Order
Malachite after Cuprite with Calcite
Malachite after Cuprite with Calcite. Malachite after Cuprite with Calcite.
 

TR73AJ3: Groups of Malachite crystals (after octahedral Cuprite), coated by a late phase of Malachite microcrystals. They are on a Calcite matrix. Pseudomorphs of Malachite after Cuprite are very uncommon at Tsumeb, and even more so with such large crystals.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.7 × 3.7 cm = 2.40” × 2.24” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”

Calcite fluorescent short UV



Order
Malachite after Azurite

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Malachite after Azurite
 

TF48Z9: Aggregate of flattened Malachite crystals, pseudomorphous after Azurite, with parallel growths and a silky surface. In some areas the replacement has not been complete and the primary azurite is preserved. A classic from Tsumeb that is with a Jack Crowley collection record card that we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.8 × 2.1 cm = 2.80” × 2.28” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 6.1 × 1.2 cm = 2.40” × 0.47”




Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear
Order
Malachite after Azurite
Malachite after Azurite. Malachite after Azurite.
 

MC51AK7: Sharp group of pseudomorphic Malachite after doubly terminated Azurite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very marked polycrystalline growths.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8.8 × 4.7 × 2.9 cm = 3.46” × 1.85” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 8.2 × 2.1 cm = 3.23” × 0.83”




Order
Malachite after Azurite with Quartz and Cerussite

Recorded under LED light
 

TM93AK7: Malachite pseudomorphic after a group of Azurite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, large, and doubly terminated, with Cerussite, on matrix.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 10.2 × 7.2 × 3.7 cm = 4.02” × 2.83” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 9.8 × 4.2 cm = 3.86” × 1.65”




Malachite after Azurite with Quartz and Cerussite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite with Quartz and Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Order
Smithsonite (variety Mn-bearing smithsonite)
Smithsonite (variety Mn-bearing smithsonite). Smithsonite (variety Mn-bearing smithsonite).
Smithsonite (variety Mn-bearing smithsonite).
 

TMG87AN5: Druse of rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals (variety Mn-bearing smithsonite) with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, with good luster and an intense pink to mauve color.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains the label stating that it was previously in the Sullivan collection.

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2 × 1.8 cm = 1.14” × 0.79” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.28” × 0.24”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Order
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan)

Recorded under LED light
 

MR87AM7: Group of rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals with slight curvatures on the faces and edges, translucent, with good luster and a clear pink color. Some of them are of considerable size for the locality. An excellent Tsumeb classic, of unusual size and quality.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8.8 × 7.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.46” × 2.87” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.5 cm = 0.75” × 0.59”




Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan). Front
Front
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan). Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan).
Order
Smithsonite (variety cadmium)
Smithsonite (variety cadmium). Smithsonite (variety cadmium).
 

TP50AH6: Druse of Smithsonite crystals on matrix. They have the dominant form of a rhombohedron, with very well defined faces and edges and a soft orange color due to the presence of cadmium. This cadmian Smithsonite variety is surely the rarest found at Tsumeb.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.9 × 3 cm = 2.09” × 1.54” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.39”




Order
Cerussite
 

EH28V9: Group of doubly terminated crystals forming a multiple cyclic twin. The crystals are completely clear and extraordinarily bright.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.3 × 3 cm = 1.77” × 1.30” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 1.6 cm = 1.10” × 0.63”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Side
Side
Order
Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite.

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EC61V9: Very aerial, transparent and bright, twinned crystal. It is implanted on a Quartz matrix rich in small clear green crystals of Smithsonite.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4 × 4.3 cm = 2.28” × 1.57” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.57” × 1.10”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Order
Tennantite with Dolomite and Quartz
 

MM49AJ0: Group of Tennantite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, with the forms of a tetrahedron and dodecahedron, and with small, white, Dolomite
A classic from Tsumeb that was in the Enrique Moës collection.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.1 × 3.9 cm = 2.52” × 2.01” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 1.73” × 1.30”




Tennantite with Dolomite and Quartz. Front
Front
Tennantite with Dolomite and Quartz. Side
Side
Order
Dolomite
Dolomite. Front
Front
Dolomite. Bottom
Bottom
Dolomite. Dolomite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TB90AL4: Curious botryoidal Dolomite, uncommon in this locality, with smooth and silk-shiny surfaces and a soft pink color. The specimen has been analyzed and we will send the buyer a copy of the analysis.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 21.2 × 11.9 × 8 cm = 8.35” × 4.69” × 3.15”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.06” × 0.71”




Order
Copper with Cuprite, Calcite and Malachite
 

TJ87AF6: Arborescent growth of native Copper crystals on matrix, with small octahedral Cuprite crystals which are very bright and intensely red. The Copper has coatings of Calcite and Malachite.
The sample is from the Vallecillo collection, Madrid.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.3 × 3.8 cm = 3.74” × 2.48” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo



Copper with Cuprite, Calcite and Malachite. Front
Front
Copper with Cuprite, Calcite and Malachite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Cuprite, Calcite and Malachite.
Order
Wulfenite
Wulfenite.

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TK50V9: Aggregate of tabular crystals very rich in infrequent crystalline forms. Their color is between yellow and orange; they are bright, between translucent and transparent and have a considerable size for the locality. Although the crystals could appear damaged, they are complete, as the 3D version of the image we offer shows.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.6 × 2.9 cm = 1.85” × 1.81” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.02” × 0.91”




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DESMOND SACCO COLLECTION

Desmond Sacco is an authority on African as well as worldwide minerals. I met him many years ago at the Munich Show when it was still in the center of Munich and Desmond was one of the stars of the show, buying the best that appeared. His collection was legendary, not only because of the wonders we knew he would certainly have acquired given his position in the mines of the Kalahari Manganese Field (Hotazel, Wessels, N'Chwaning...) and his proximity to the legendary Tsumeb, but also because we saw what he was buying, and thus got an idea of the quality of his collection.

Many years and many mineral Munich shows have now passed and Desmond Sacco has decided to sell some specimens from his collection. We have been fortunate to acquire an important part of this material and with these we can make a virtual trip to the mines and minerals guided by Desmond and his collecting criteria. Here we have the pieces which are still available. To see those that have already been sold you can visit the "Desmond Sacco" page in Reference Specimens

We hope you enjoy these samples, which represent an important part of mineralogy and mineral collecting in Africa.

Jordi Fabre


Malachite after Azurite
 

TX96Q3: A growth of two divergent crystals, one of them doubly terminated, with very well defined faces and edges, pseudomorphic after Azurite and with surface silky fibrous recrystallizations.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.8 × 1.6 cm = 1.06” × 0.71” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.06” × 0.47”

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Side
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Cerussite with Mimetite and Malachite
Cerussite with Mimetite and Malachite. Cerussite with Mimetite and Malachite.
 

MR6AC9: Single Cerussite crystal with slightly curved faces and edges, translucent, with a rough aspect on its faces, on matrix with minor Malachite and small yellow Mimetite crystals. The sample is from the Desmond Sacco collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 9.1 × 8.9 × 6.2 cm = 3.58” × 3.50” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.18” × 1.02”

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



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Dioptase with Calcite
 

TF50AC2: Small crystals, very bright, formed by the prism and acute rhombohedral terminations. They selectively occupy the surfaces of some of the faces of the white Calcite rhombohedrons on the matrix.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (±1975)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.9 × 2.9 cm = 2.44” × 2.32” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

Fluorescent short UV

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



Dioptase with Calcite. Dioptase with Calcite.
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Calcite
Calcite.

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MX16W1: Group of translucent and very bright crystals that combine the forms of a quite flattened rhombohedron and a very short prism. This combination creates an unexpected and curious shape, quite similar to a pyritohedron. The sample is from the Desmond Sacco collection, whose label we'll send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (1970-1985)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.34” × 1.34” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.59” × 0.39”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



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Calcite
 

TX16R0: Parallel growth of beveled rhombohedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges and having different phases of crystallization underlined by different degrees of transparency.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.1 × 3.1 cm = 1.85” × 1.22” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.22” × 0.71”

Fluorescent short UV

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Top
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Calcite with Hematite
Calcite with Hematite.
 

ME97R8: Scalenohedral crystal of Calcite with polycrystalline surfaces on its faces. The base is a group of very bright Hematite crystals with very well defined faces and edges.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (2008)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 6.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.48” × 2.48” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 4.1 cm = 2.13” × 1.61”

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



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Calcite
 

ML67V7: Group of sharp rhombohedral crystals slightly modified by the scalenohedron. The crystals are colorless, bright and between transparent and translucent. The sample is from the Desmond Sacco collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
N'Chwaning II Mine, upper levels, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape  South Africa

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6 × 4.9 cm = 2.56” × 2.36” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2.6 cm = 1.77” × 1.02”

Fluorescent long & short UV

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



Calcite.
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Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
 

TF67S1: Group of crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, between white and clear, the main one very transparent and with inclusions of crystallized Hematite. The sample is considerably better than the picture shows.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (1998)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.1 × 5 cm = 2.83” × 2.01” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.3 cm = 1.61” × 1.30”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



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Tarbuttite with Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite
 

MA16AI5: Fanlike growths of acicular Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite micro-crystals on Tarbuttite crystals, distinguishable by its green color. Of high quality, as is usual with samples from the Desmond Sacco collection.
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region  Namibia (2016)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.2 × 4.6 cm = 2.52” × 2.05” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.43” × 0.28”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



Tarbuttite with Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite. Tarbuttite with Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite.
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