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The James Catmur Collection

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

 


I’m James and I have been involved in the world of mineral collecting ever since I was a young child, when I used to collect in the mines of northern Derbyshire. Spells of my life living in Mexico, USA, France, Singapore and Spain kept this interest live and also resulted in me learning Spanish and French. As my career continued and I started a family I realized that there was too little time in the day for me to be father to two small children and to keep up with very active mineral collecting (it used to be every weekend). Small children have meant that collecting has come to a bit of a halt, but as they are growing older I am starting to get back out there and start field collecting again. I have always focussed on specimens that are interesting from a crystallographic point of view as I love the shapes and forms of the crystals. I have also focussed on certain regions and types of minerals. I have now decided to focus a bit more, so I am steadily reducing specimens that do not match my new focus. Some of this does makes me very sad as I love the pieces, but I am trying to be tough and keep to my focus. I hope those who now get the chance to see and obtain specimens from my collection will get some idea of what I have tended to collect and will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed them.

James Catmur

 

 
Typical record from the Catmur Collection

Typical record from the Catmur Collection


 
Rhodochrosite
Cerussite
Anglesite


The Worldwide Collection


Baryte
Baryte.

JR66W3: Thick tabular crystal with simple forms, isolated and practically a floater. It is large, translucent, bright and has a color between yellow and brown depending of the zones. The sample is from a locality that is rarely represented in most of the good mineralogical collections.
Sherman Mine, Upper Iowa Gulch, Leadville District, Lake County, Colorado  USA (±1988)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.7 × 3.2 cm = 4.5” × 3.4” × 1.3”

Former collection of James Catmur




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Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite

JT94W0: Sharp, individual, rhombohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite. They are translucent, very bright and have a great intensity of color. Furthermore, they are implanted on an aggregate of sharp tetrahedral crystals of Tetrahedrite, an uncommon association. The Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine has become, in just a few years, one of the great classics due to their quality and the permanent closing of the mine.
Sweet Home Mine, Corner pocket, Watercourse raise, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (1994)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 0.9”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite. Side
Side
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Microcline (variety amazonite)
Microcline (variety amazonite).

JA46W0: Parallel aggregate of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, some of them doubly terminated and with a neat color zoning, intense bluish green on the terminations and clearer on the dominant faces.
Park County Claims, Tarryall, Park County, Colorado  USA (±1990)

Specimen size: 9 × 7 × 4.5 cm = 3.5” × 2.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 7 × 2.5 cm = 2.8” × 1.0”

Former collection of James Catmur




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Andradite (variety topazolite)

JD90W0: Grouped and isolated crystals with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense and uniform color and implanted on a matrix of Clinochlore. One of the best examples of the 1998 find.
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (11/1998)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.2 × 1.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.4” × 0.7”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




Andradite (variety topazolite). Andradite (variety topazolite).
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Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear
Calcite.

JR96X9: Cluster of very acute scalenohedral Calcite crystals. They are translucent and bright and are on matrix. The sample is from a not well known mine at Taxco from where such fine samples are scarce.
Mina Remedios, Taxco de Alarcσn, Municipio de Taxco, Guerrero  Mexico (±1988)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.8 × 8.2 cm = 4.9” × 3.1” × 3.2”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Baryte with Sphalerite

JA16X9: Spheroidal Aggregates (well known as “pompons”) of laminar Baryte crystals with a snowy white color and pearly luster. They are on matrix with small but very bright Sphalerite crystals. A French classic.
Les Cθdres Mine, Asce. 32, Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.3 × 8.5 × 4.7 cm = 4.1” × 3.3” × 1.9”

Former collection of James Catmur




Baryte with Sphalerite. Baryte with Sphalerite.
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Grossular with Chlorite
Grossular with Chlorite. Grossular with Chlorite.

JV60W0: Aggregate of crystals that combine, in a balanced way, the faces of the dodecahedron and the trapezohedron. They are translucent, very bright, have an orange color and are on matrix, with leafy aggregates of Chlorite.
Val d'Aosta  Italy

Specimen size: 7 × 6.3 × 4.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.5” × 1.8”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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Baryte with Galena, Siderite and Pyrite

JV86X9: Parallel aggregate of doubly terminated Baryte crystals, sharp laminar and showing very well defined crystalline forms. They are transparent and bright and are on matrix, with Siderite, Galena and Pyrite crystals.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (±2001)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.1 × 2.4 cm = 2.6” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




Baryte with Galena, Siderite and Pyrite. Baryte with Galena, Siderite and Pyrite.
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Erythrite
Erythrite.
Erythrite. Erythrite.

JM46X9: Fanlike aggregates of sharp Erythrite crystals. They are bright, have an excellent very vivid color, and are on matrix, with small Quartz crystals.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drβa Region  Morocco (±1992)

Specimen size: 10 × 5.8 × 4 cm = 3.9” × 2.3” × 1.6”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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Vanadinite

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JD73W3: Aggregate of crystals, large for the species, bright and with an intense and vivid red color. They have poorly developed prismatic faces, one of their terminations is polycrystalline, and with predominating pyramidal faces. The back sides of the crystals are almost flat.
Coud'a, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drβa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (10/2001)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.5 × 3.2 cm = 2.1” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.1” × 1.0”

Former collection of James Catmur




Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Rear
Rear
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Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side

JD37X5: Group of tabular crystals, some showing a clearly hemimorphic shape with very well marked pyramidal faces. They are very bright and have irregular color zoning.
We’ll send the Catmur collection label with the sample.
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drβa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1995)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.9 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.2”

Former collection of James Catmur




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Vanadinite with Baryte

JC98X5: Tabular Vanadinite crystals that have a very intense color and luster. They are spread on a group of white Baryte crystals and on rocky matrix.
We’ll send the Catmur collection label with the sample.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drβa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1995)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.5 × 3.7 cm = 2.7” × 2.6” × 1.5”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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

JM47AD5: Aggregates of very well defined mostly tabular Vanadinite crystals that are translucent, bright, have a very deep color and are on a matrix of white Baryte crystals with small white Calcite coatings.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (number B098), whose label we’ll send to the buyer. A Moroccan classic.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drβa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1993)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.5 × 7.3 cm = 3.7” × 3.0” × 2.9”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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Anglesite

JL92W0: A very sharp crystal that has an extraordinarily intense and uniform yellow color. It is very bright and transparent and has inclusions of Galena. Another magnificent classic of Touissit's golden age.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (02/1995)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.4 × 1.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




Anglesite. Front
Front
Anglesite. Rear
Rear
Anglesite.
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Azurite
Azurite.

JM62X9: Druse, on limonite matrix, of very sharp and well defined crystals, some of them doubly terminated. They are transparent, extraordinarily bright and have a very deep and intense metallic blue color.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1992)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.2 × 2 cm = 1.8” × 1.3” × 0.8”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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Wulfenite with Dolomite

JF10W0: Tabular crystals of Wulfenite with very well developed faces of the pinacoid and the dipyramid. They are between transparent and translucent, yellow in color with orange shades, very bright and on matrix.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 3.3 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.3”

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

Dolomite fluorescent short UV

Former collection of James Catmur



Wulfenite with Dolomite. Wulfenite with Dolomite.
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Galena with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite
Galena with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite. Galena with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite.

JC99W6: Group of extraordinarily flattened crystals of Galena with parallel growths showing the Spinel law twin, which is very evident on their edges. On a Sphalerite matrix, with Quartz and Pyrite.
Huancavelica Department  Peru (±1996)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.9 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.7” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.5”

Former collection of James Catmur




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Stibnite with Calcite

JM61X9: Bundled aggregates of thin prismatic Stibnite crystals. They are very bright, have good terminations and are partially coated by white Calcite.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4 × 3.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 0.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.1”

Former collection of James Catmur




Stibnite with Calcite.
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Stibnite with Calcite
Stibnite with Calcite. Front
Front
Stibnite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

JX60X9: Aggregate of flattened prismatic Stibnite crystals. They are very bright, have very well defined faces and edges and good terminations, and are partially coated by white Calcite.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 3.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 1.5”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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Sphalerite with Quartz

JP16X9: Isolated complex Sphalerite crystal with polycrystalline growths and curved but well defined faces and edges. It is translucent, bright and has a deep intense and uniform red color. It is on a rocky matrix coated by small Quartz crystals.
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.1 × 3.5 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 1.4”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.
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Scheelite with Muscovite
Scheelite with Muscovite. Scheelite with Muscovite.

JB70X9: Parallel growths of very sharp dipyramidal Scheelite crystals. They are transparent with a very intense luster and have a vivid and uniform orange color. On matrix with leafy aggregates of Muscovite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (1996)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.2 × 3.4 cm = 2.7” × 2.0” × 1.3”

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

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Crocoite

JN46X9: Irregular aggregate or elongated crystals, most of them doubly terminated, with very well marked hollow terminations. The crystals have a vivid and uniform color and, in some areas, they have unidentified coatings.
Adelaida Mine, Dundas, Tasmania  Australia (±1998)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.4 cm = 1.0” × 0.2”

Former collection of James Catmur




Crocoite.
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Crocoite
Crocoite.

JP27X9: Irregular aggregate of crystals with finely striated prism faces and very well marked hopper terminations. The crystals are intensely colored and they have unidentified white coatings in some areas.
Adelaida Mine, Dundas, Tasmania  Australia (±1998)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.5 × 2.6 cm = 2.6” × 1.8” × 1.0”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite-Ca

JR13X9: Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals, one of them clearly dominant and partially doubly terminated, formed by a prism, a dipyramid and the pinacoid (it is not a cleavage surface) on a base of Stilbite-Ca crystals.
Mumbai (Bombay) District, Maharashtra  India (±1993)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.7 × 3.2 cm = 3.2” × 2.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 5 × 3 cm = 2.0” × 1.2”

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite-Ca.
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Twinned Spinel with Calcite
Twinned Spinel with Calcite. Twinned Spinel with Calcite.

JG27W0: Single crystal neatly twinned on the law typical for the species. It is implanted on a white Calcite matrix, is transparent and has an especially intense and uniform red color. A miniature very representative of the species.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (1999)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.1” × 1.1” × 0.9”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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The Fluorite Collection


Fluorite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz

JE86W6: Excellent Fluorite for the locality, showing a rare combination of species, with pink rhombohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite and Quartz, both typical of the Sweet Home mine.The crystals of Fluorite, transparent, bright and with a very deep color, show neatly defined faces of the cube and the dodecahedron.
Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (2001)

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

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz. Fluorite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz.
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Fluorite with Sphalerite
Fluorite with Sphalerite.
Fluorite with Sphalerite

JM69X0: Group of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on the cube faces. The crystals are translucent, with a clear violet color with a deeper color zoning on the edges. On the back there is a small matrix of Sphalerite.
Previously in the Tom Wiesner collection (num. 2343284), whose label we'll send to the buyer.
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA (02/03/1984)

Specimen size: 12 × 10.2 × 5 cm = 4.7” × 4.0” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 7.3 × 6.7 cm = 2.9” × 2.6”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite

JA28W3: Flattened drusy growth of very transparent cubic crystals with a very uniform violet color. An American classic of very good quality.
The sample was previously in the collection of Tom Wiesner (num. 73572074), whose label we’ll send with the Catmur label to the buyer.
-----   (1974)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 10.3 × 1.7 cm = 5.4” × 4.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite with Chalcopyrite. Fluorite with Chalcopyrite.
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Fluorite with Sphalerite
Fluorite with Sphalerite. Fluorite with Sphalerite.

JD69X0: Druse of very sharp cubic crystals, between transparent and translucent, with a very deep yellow color and very bright. A French classic of superior quality and transparency for samples from this mine.
Mespouliθre filon, Valzergues Mines, Valzergues, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (1990)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 8.4 × 6.3 cm = 3.7” × 3.3” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite

JF89X5: Group of crystals, one of them clearly dominant, dodecahedral and with small faces of the cube. They are colorless, transparent and very bright and have a small matrix and abundant inclusions.
We’ll send the Catmur collection label with the sample.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (07/2003)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.6 cm = 1.6” × 1.4”

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Top
Top
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz.

JM91X9: Aggregate of two colorless crystals, formed by the dodecahedron, the octahedron and the cube, on a matrix of Quartz crystals. Each face has distinct characteristics, the dodecahedron is translucent, the octahedron shows polycrystalline surfaces and the cubic faces are very bright and completely clear.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (±2006)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.7 × 6 cm = 3.7” × 2.6” × 2.4”

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

Former collection of James Catmur




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Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite

JF89X9: Aggregate of very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals with abundant inclusions. They are on a group of smoky Quartz crystals, with small cubic Pyrite crystals. It is currently very difficult to obtain good samples from this locality.
Kara-Oba, Betpak-Dala (Bet-Pak-Dala) Desert , Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (±1993)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 8.3 × 8.5 cm = 5.2” × 3.3” × 3.3”

Main crystal size: 7.7 × 4 cm = 3.0” × 1.6”

Former collection of James Catmur




Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite. Rear
Rear
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side

JG27X0: Group of cubic crystals with a very intense yellow color, extraordinarily bright and with selective coatings of Quartz microcrystals on some of the cube faces.
El Hamman, Meknθs, Meknθs Prefecture, Drβa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2003)

Specimen size: 12 × 7.8 × 5.5 cm = 4.7” × 3.1” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 5 × 3.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.5”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite with Calcite

JA87X0: Group of translucent crystals with two growth phases very well differentiated by the difference of color. They have deep violet and bright faces of the octahedron while the faces of the cube are whitish and less bright.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Drβa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.1 × 3.7 cm = 3.4” × 2.8” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.3”

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite with Calcite.
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Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite. Light behind
Light behind

JX90W0: Aggregate of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on the faces, with a deep density of color typical of the samples from the locality that requires them to be observed with a strong light.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Drβa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2006)

Specimen size: 11 × 8.5 × 3.8 cm = 4.3” × 3.3” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.5”

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite

JG37W3: Aggregate of cubic crystals, on matrix, with polycrystalline growths on their vertices. They have a deep green color and are bright and transparent, with mossy looking inclusions.
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia (±2003)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 7.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.8” × 1.3”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite.
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Fluorite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite
Fluorite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite.

JB59W6: Crystals of Fluorite composed of the dominant forms of the octahedron, beveled by the dodecahedron and the vertices are cut by small cube faces. They are translucent, with a pale greenish color, are with cubic crystals of Pyrite, aggregates of white lenticular crystals of Calcite and small twinned crystals of Sphalerite.
Huayllapon Mine (Huallapon Mine), Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department  Peru (1999)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.4 × 3.7 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.5”

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

Fluorite & Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite with Quartz

JM76X9: Floater aggregate of crystals, formed by the dodecahedron, the octahedron and the cube, with a small coating of Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated. The sample is from the first Fluorite finds at the Yaogangxian mine.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1992)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.9 × 4.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.7”

Former collection of James Catmur




Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
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Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.

JB49W0: Group of cubic crystals of Fluorite. They are bright, transparent, with very well marked phantom growths delineated by an intense violet color and partially coated by white lenticular crystals of Calcite. The main crystal has a surface of exfoliation in one of its vertexes but, nonetheless, the sample is really attractive.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 9.8 × 4.7 cm = 4.6” × 3.9” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 4 cm = 2.1” × 1.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur




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Fluorite with Muscovite

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JP51W6: Group of very sharp cubic crystals, completely transparent, extraordinarily bright and with a blue color with lilac reflections. On matrix and with globular growths of Muscovite.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2001)

Specimen size: 14 × 9.7 × 5.7 cm = 5.5” × 3.8” × 2.2”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

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Fluorite with Muscovite. Front
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Fluorite with Muscovite. bottom
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Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz
Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz. Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz.
Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz. Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz.

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JC46X9: The biggest crystals have an octahedral shape composed of polycrystalline surfaces with very well marked cubic forms and very deep colored zones in some areas. Some smaller crystals are neatly cubic, sharp and transparent. They all are on matrix, with Muscovite, Quartz and small Scheelite crystals. Spectacular.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2000)

Specimen size: 22.5 × 16 × 5.5 cm = 8.9” × 6.3” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 5 cm = 2.2” × 2.0”

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JT51W0: Very aerial group of sharp transparent cubic crystals, some of them showing white inclusions in their central area. The crystals are extraordinarily bright, have a clear green color, intense and uniform, and are on a small matrix of limonite.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 8.5 × 8.5 cm = 4.2” × 3.3” × 3.3”

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

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Fluorite. Front
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Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite
Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite. Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite.

JQ27X9: Aggregate of vivid green octahedral crystals of Fluorite showing microcrystalline surfaces and the intense pearly luster typical of the samples from this mine. The Fluorite crystals are partially coated by sharp and transparent lenticular Calcite crystals.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 8.7 × 5.3 cm = 4.9” × 3.4” × 2.1”

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

Fluorite & Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

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Fluorite with Calcite

JB88X0: Group of crystals on matrix. They are transparent, bright, have a very uniform green color and are with white lenticular crystals of Calcite. The smaller crystals are only cubes while the bigger ones also show octahedron faces, rougher than the cubic ones.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (1999)

Specimen size: 8 × 7.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 3.1” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

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

JY27X0: Group of transparent and bright cubic crystals with a very uniform green color and very accentuated phantom growths. They have selective coatings of Calcite crystals on some of the faces of the cube. From the first Fluorite finds at the locality.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 10.9 × 5.8 × 4.9 cm = 4.3” × 2.3” × 1.9”

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

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Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz

JB48X0: Group of Sharp cubic crystals, one of them clearly dominant, transparent, bright, with a very uniform green color and on matrix, with white lenticular crystals of Calcite. From the first Fluorite finds at the locality.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 8.5 × 5.8 cm = 5.3” × 3.3” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.2” × 1.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

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Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz.
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

JB91X0: Isolated crystal composed of equal cube and dodecahedron faces. It is transparent, with a sky blue color, with inclusions of white Quartz and a very well defined phantom growth with a very intense violet color. The crystal is on a matrix of small Quartz crystals.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2000)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 9.1 × 2.8 cm = 3.8” × 3.6” × 1.1”

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

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Fluorite with Calcite

JJ89W0: Very well defined octahedral crystals that are translucent and have a very nice blue color. They are on a matrix of lenticular crystals of Calcite.
Sichuan  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.6” × 1.8”

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

First generation Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV

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Fluorite with Calcite. Front
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Fluorite with Calcite. Side
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Fluorite with Calcite.
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