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Since childhood, minerals have been an incentive for me, a source of inspiration and to some extent a refuge where I feel happy. With the passage of time that love and admiration for minerals has not stopped growing, to the point of devoting my holidays to visiting the most important mineral shows in Europe, such as Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines and Munich, and thanks to this I have been fortunate to meet some very diverse people.

One of them is Jordi Fabre, who has spent a lifetime dedicated to the mineral trade and little by little has gathered a large number of specimens that he has never been able to put up for sale due to overaccumulation of work. Being well acquainted with the situation and these specimens, I spoke with Jordi and we concluded that since he had no time to take care of what was once "Express Minerals", there was no section on his website dedicated specifically to pieces that deserved to "come to light" but that at the same time had affordable prices.

Because of all this we agreed that a series of economic pieces from Fabre Minerals‘ reserves will be offered here with the desire to reach all those interested in mineralogy and especially the younger collectors. This page will function completely autonomously, It will be managed only by myself, and will be updated as continuously as possible but without fixed dates for updates, so I recommend visiting often to see what has been added.

I hope the specimens offered are to your liking, as selected from my particular point of view, with reasonable prices and with the seal of approval of Fabre Minerals.

Very Important: For all correspondence related to specimens on this page, please contact my mail: [email protected] and not Jordi.

 

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Sphalerite, Dolomite
Sphalerite, Dolomite.
 

3N59: Parallel polycrystalline growths with slightly curved faces and edges, transparent, shiny and with a deep honey color. Faces are partially covered by Dolomite crystals.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 5.0 × 5.5  cm = 1.97” × 2.17”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Sphalerite, Dolomite
 

3N15: Parallel polycrystalline growths with slightly curved faces and edges, transparent, shiny and with a deep honey color. Faces are partially covered by Dolomite crystals.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 4.2 × 7.0 cm = 1.65” × 2.76”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Sphalerite, Dolomite.
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Quartz (variety amethyst), Quartz (smoky variety)
Quartz (variety amethyst), Quartz (smoky variety).
 

3N58: Crystals in parallel growth on a base of smoky Quartz. The crystals are transparent, bright and have a good deep color with zoning. Two of the crystals show contacts on their terminations.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (10/2004)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 7.2 cm = 2.09” × 2.83”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Quartz (variety smoky), Albite, Microcline
 

3N57: Crystals of very deeply colored smoky Quartz, transparent and shiny, with a little Microcline and Albite matrix, with some leafy growths of Muscovite.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (12/2001)

Specimen size: 11.0 × 5.7 cm = 4.33” × 2.24”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Quartz (variety smoky), Albite, Microcline.
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Baryte, Fluorite, Dolomite
Baryte, Fluorite, Dolomite.
 

3N11: Group of slightly yellow tabular crystals, an unusual color for specimens of Baryte from this mine, on massive Fluorite and Dolomite matrix. A quality specimen.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 7.5 cm = 2.60” × 2.95”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.5 cm = 0.51” × 0.20”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Pseudomalachite
 

3W08: Microcrystalline growths on matrix of this relatively rare phosphate. Its green color is quite variable, darker when more crystalline. The specimen is very rich in Pseudomalachite.
Miguel Vacas Mine, Pardais and Conceição Parish, Vila Viçosa, Évora District  Portugal (1997)

Specimen size: 3.0 × 5.3 cm = 1.18” × 2.09”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Pseudomalachite.
Order
Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite)
Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite).
 

3E11: Parallel and skeletal growths of octahedral crystals, one of them clearly dominant, pseudomorphs after Magnetite, and almost completely covered by a second generation of bright platy Hematite crystals.
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province  Argentina (2008)

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

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite)
 

3E90: Parallel and skeletal growths of octahedral crystals of Hematite after Magnetite, almost completely covered by a second generation of bright platy Hematite crystals.
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province  Argentina (2008)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 3.1 cm = 2.80” × 1.22”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite).
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USA

Calcite, Dolomite, Chalcopyrite
Calcite, Dolomite, Chalcopyrite.
 

2E12: Doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal with very well defined polycrystalline growths. It is translucent, very bright, with an intense yellow color, with Dolomite and Chalcopyrite on matrix.
Sweetwater Mine, Ellington, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County, Missouri  USA

Specimen size: 6.1 × 2.2 × 4.0 cm = 2.40” × 0.87” × 1.57”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Copper
 

1M26: Arborescent growths of native Copper with some crystals having defined edges and rhombododecahedron faces.
Lake Superior, Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.2 cm = 2.05” × 1.65”

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

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Copper. Copper.
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Graphite with Flouro-edenite
Graphite with Flouro-edenite. Graphite with Flouro-edenite.
 

1T13: Graphite as thin platy crystals, very lustrous and profiled, some with marked hexagonal contours, implanted in Calcite matrix and accompanied by greenish yellow aggregates of Flouro-edenite, a rare inosilicate of calcium, sodium, magnesium, aluminum and fluorine.
Propiedad Rhein, Amity, Town of Warwick, Orange County, New York  USA (2010)

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

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.31” × 0.20”

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Mexico

Adamite
 

2M14: Globular growths that have a yellowish green color, shiny, that contrasts with the dark Limonite matrix.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico (03/2008)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 5.8 × 4.2 cm = 1.65” × 2.28” × 1.65”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Adamite.
Order
Duftite, Calcite
Duftite, Calcite.
 

3M12: Botryoidal growths of micro-crystals of Duftite, some of them very well defined under a binocular microscope. They are clear green to slightly darker green and their luster varies from bright to dull, associated with transparent and colorless crystals of Calcite, coating a limonite matrix.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico (2012)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 6.0 cm = 1.69” × 2.36”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Spain

Calcite
 

2N12: Complex Calcite crystal, with the dominant form of a scalenohedron and a flattened rhombohedron, transparent, bright, with a yellowish color and on a rocky matrix with little Calcite crystals.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (2008)

Specimen size: 6.0 × 4.2 × 3.8 cm = 2.36” × 1.65” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.6 × 2.7 cm = 0.91” × 1.02” × 1.06”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Calcite.
Order
Calcite, Dolomite
Calcite, Dolomite. Calcite, Dolomite.
 

2N77: Complex Calcite crystals, rounded, with the dominant forms of a scalenohedron and a flattened rhombohedron, transparent, bright, with a yellow color, on a rocky matrix, with pink Dolomite.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 7.7 × 5.0 cm = 2.09” × 3.03” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 4.0 × 3.0 cm = 1.50” × 1.57” × 1.18”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Calcite, Dolomite
 

2N63: Doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal, twinned, transparent, bright, with a light yellow color, with inclusions, implanted on a matrix with pink Dolomite crystals.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4.0 × 2.6 cm = 1.65” × 1.57” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 4.0 × 2.9 cm = 1.57” × 1.14”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Calcite, Dolomite.
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Baryte
Baryte.
 

2A10: Group of fine tabular crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with intense light blue color.
Teresita Mine, Campos de Golf, Atamaría, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.7 × 2.0 cm = 2.24” × 1.46” × 0.79”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Sphalerite, Dolomite
 

3N61: Translucent Sphalerite crystals, honey colored, with some faces curved and others flat. Faces are partially covered by Dolomite crystals.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Sphalerite, Dolomite.
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Calcite
Calcite.
 

3N62: Group of Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant. Faces and edges are very sharp and clearly show two twinned scalenohedra on one of the crystals. A curiosity from a mine very famous for its Fluorites.
Coroña Shaft, Josefa-Veneros Norte vein, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, La Collada mining area, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (1980)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 8.0 × 3.5 cm = 3.19” × 3.15” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 6.0 × 8.0 cm = 2.36” × 3.15”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Jarosite
 

3N07: Small, bright, well defined Jarosite crystals on matrix from the type locality for the species.
Jaroso ravine, Almagrera Range, Cuevas del Almanzora, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (03/1997)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.2 × 1.0 cm = 1.34” × 1.26” × 0.39”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

Type locality

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Jarosite. Jarosite.
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Antimony, Quartz
Antimony, Quartz.
 

3N14: Crystalline growths and very sharp and bright cleavages of native Antimony on a matrix of
massive Quartz. A Spanish classic from a locality where it is currently very difficult to obtain specimens.
La Viñuela reservoir, La Viñuela, Comarca La Axarquía, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (1987)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 7.2 cm = 2.05” × 2.83”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Fluorite, Calcite, Barite
 

3N97: Druse of cubic Fluorite crystals, pale purple color, with dark color zoning on the edges of some cubes, on matrix, with Quartz and Calcite crystals.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2010-2011)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 9.5 × 5.0 cm = 3.78” × 3.74” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.7  cm = 0.87” × 0.67”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Fluorite, Calcite, Barite. Fluorite, Calcite, Barite.
Order
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.
 

1N51: Group of transparent crystals between colorless and slightly blue. The crystals are very sharp and some of them have a marked color zonation on the cube edges, with hydrocarbon inclusions.
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (10/2004)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 6.0 × 5.2 cm = 3.35” × 2.36” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.59” × 0.55”

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Aragonite
 

2N14: Spherical aggregate of acicular Aragonite crystals, slightly tapered, transparent, bright, on matrix with Calcite. A classic of Spanish mineralogy.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre, Autonomous Community of Navarre  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.5 × 4.0 cm = 3.35” × 2.17” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.0 × 0.1 cm = 0.39” × 0.04”

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Aragonite. Aragonite.
Order
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz
Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz.
 

3N03: The most notable thing about these crystals is the way the rhombohedral faces of the termination
are much larger than the prism faces. The color is intense and displays unevenly distributed zoning. The
back side has re-crystallized.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (09/2005)

Specimen size: 5.0 × 6.8 cm = 1.97” × 2.68”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Fluorite
 

3T12: Aggregate of cubic Fluorite crystals with well-defined tetrahexahedron faces. They are bluish in color, transparent and shiny.
Jaimina Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Trechorio, Carrales, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.1 cm = 2.05” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.9 cm = 0.87” × 0.75”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Fluorite.
Order
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions. Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions.
 

3T37: Biterminated crystal, with a double termination on its lower part. With the short prism typical of the locality, transparent and shiny, and with attractive inclusions of hydrocarbons of organic origin.
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 5.0 × 6.1 cm = 1.97” × 2.40”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Axinite-(Fe)
 

3N08: Group of crystals on matrix. The shape, color and luster of the crystals are of very good quality for the locality.
Acedo Claim (Juanona Quarry), Juanona, Antequera, Comarca de Antequera, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (1999)

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Axinite-(Fe).
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Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions
Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions. Quartz with Magnesioriebeckite inclusions.
 

1N60: On an ophitic rock matrix, a group of Quartz crystals showing an equidimensional shape, some of them pseudo-cubic, due to the minimal development of prism faces. Precise analyses showed that their deep blue color is due to fibrous inclusions of Magnesioriebeckite.
Acedo Claim (Juanona Quarry), Juanona, Antequera, Comarca de Antequera, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (2000)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.0 × 4.3 cm = 2.95” × 2.36” × 1.69”

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Sphalerite, Quartz
 

3N13: Complex sphalerite crystals, dark in color, shiny, on small very bright Quartz crystals, on limestone matrix. From a not so well-known locality.
María Luisa Mine, La Mesa y Cortijo del Perete, La Nava, Comarca Sierra de Huelva, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09/2014)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 8.0 × 3.5 cm = 4.41” × 3.15” × 1.38”

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

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Sphalerite, Quartz. Sphalerite, Quartz.
Order
Andalusite, Muscovite
Andalusite, Muscovite. Andalusite, Muscovite.
Andalusite, Muscovite. Top
Top
 

1N62: Two crystals of Andalusite with simple forms and very well defined faces and edges and excellent terminal faces. With an intense pink color with some lilac tones. They are perched on a matrix partially coated by leafy Muscovite aggregates. The sample is from a find made many years ago, in an area where access is currently prohibited.
Los Torilejos area, Hornachuelos, Comarca Valle Medio del Guadalquivir, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1992)

Specimen size: 7.0 × 9.0 × 5.2 cm = 2.76” × 3.54” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 8.5 cm = 1.85” × 3.35”

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Villamanínite, Calcite
 

3N09: Octahedral crystals, one of them clearly dominant, of Villamaninite. The crystals are firmly seated in their Calcite matrix. Found in the area of the Providencia Mine, the type locality for the species.
Providencia Mine (La Divina Providencia), La Foceja, Villanueva de Pontedo, Cármenes (Villamanín), Comarca Los Argüellos, León, Castile and León  Spain (2010-2011)

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.59” × 0.63” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.20” × 0.12”

Type locality

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Villamanínite, Calcite. Villamanínite, Calcite.
Order
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Natural light
Natural light
Pyromorphite. Forced front light
Forced front light
 

1N99: Irregular aggregate, on matrix, of crystals formed by a short prism and the pinacoid, with well defined faces and edges, apple-green color and very intense luster. The specimen is from the excellent, and already famous, find of 1997.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10-11/1997)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 5.4 × 3.0 cm = 1.42” × 2.13” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.20” × 0.12”

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Jarosite
 

1N07: Small, bright, well defined Jarosite crystals on matrix from the type locality for the species.
Jaroso ravine, Almagrera Range, Cuevas del Almanzora, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (03/1997)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.3 cm = 2.44” × 1.69”

Type locality

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Jarosite.
Jarosite. Binocular view 50X
Binocular view 50X
Jarosite. Binocular view 50X
Binocular view 50X
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Sphalerite, Dolomite, Siderite
Sphalerite, Dolomite, Siderite. Sphalerite, Dolomite, Siderite.
 

3N96: Druse of small, complex, twinned Sphalerite crystals, shiny and transparent and with a very deep honey color. The matrix is partially coated by small, white Dolomite crystals and rhombohedral Siderite crystals. This mine is currently abandoned and flooded, and its old galleries are completely inaccessible.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa / Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (1985)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 9.8 × 5.5 cm = 4.02” × 3.86” × 2.17”

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

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Calcite (variety cobaltoan)
 

1E13: Banded growths of pink cobaltoan Calcite alternating with fine bands of white and yellowish Calcite on a Permo-Triassic age conglomerate matrix. The specimen, despite its fine surface, has not been acid-etched, as proven by its rough surfaces in most areas and the existence of easily altered carbonates.
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida / Lérida, Catalonia  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.0 cm = 2.64” × 1.97”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Express Specimen
Calcite (variety cobaltoan). Front view
Front view
Calcite (variety cobaltoan). Side view
Side view
Calcite (variety cobaltoan). Rear side view
Rear side view
Order
Quartz (variety amethyst), Albite
Quartz (variety amethyst), Albite.
 

1N63: Parallel and scepter growths of doubly terminated crystals with short prisms, deep and uniform color on Albite matrix. The specimen has a contact on one of the faces of the main crystal.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 4.0 × 6.2 cm = 1.57” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 3.0 cm = 1.42” × 1.18”

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Order
Sphalerite, Dolomite
 

1N11: Polycrystalline growths with slightly curved faces and edges, transparent, very lustrous, and with a deep honey color. A group of white Dolomite crystals is attached on one side of the Sphalerite crystal. A very balanced piece.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 1.30” × 1.30” × 1.22”

Express Specimen
Sphalerite, Dolomite. Sphalerite, Dolomite. Forced back light
Forced back light
Order
Anatase
Anatase.
 

1N56: Small but very well defined and shiny Anatase crystals, black and delicately striated, having the simple forms of the dipyramid, scattered over a rocky matrix.
De la Baña Lake (Lago de la Baña, La Baña, Encinedo, Comarca La Cabrera, León, Castile and León  Spain (1966)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.15 cm = 0.08” × 0.06”

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Villamanínite, Calcita
 

1N06: Octahedral crystals, one of them clearly dominant, of Villamanínite. The crystals are firmly seated in the Calcite matrix. Found in the area of the La Divina Providencia Mine, the type locality for the species.
Providencia Mine (La Divina Providencia), La Foceja, Villanueva de Pontedo, Cármenes (Villamanín), Comarca Los Argüellos, León, Castile and León  Spain (2010-2011)

Specimen size: 1.6 × 3.0 × 2.3 cm = 0.63” × 1.18” × 0.91”

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

Type locality

Express Specimen
Villamanínite, Calcita.
Order

Portugal

Pseudomalachite
Pseudomalachite. Pseudomalachite.
 

3N56: Microcrystalline growths of this relatively rare phosphate on matrix. Its green color is quite variable, darker when more crystalline. The specimen is rich in Pseudomalachite.
Miguel Vacas Mine, Pardais and Conceição Parish, Vila Viçosa, Évora District  Portugal (1997)

Specimen size: 4.0 × 3.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.57” × 1.38” × 0.63”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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Order
Pseudomalachite
 

1N10: Microcrystalline growths on matrix of this relatively rare phosphate. Its green color is quite variable, darker when more crystalline. The specimen is very rich in Pseudomalachite.
Miguel Vacas Mine, Pardais and Conceição Parish, Vila Viçosa, Évora District  Portugal (1997)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.6 × 2.0 cm = 1.65” × 1.42” × 0.79”

Express Specimen
Pseudomalachite.
Order

France

Azurite
Azurite.
 

2E16: Rhombohedral Azurite crystals with vivid color and luster. Associated with a few little Malachite crystals.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.6 × 6.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.42” × 2.56” × 0.98”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

Type locality

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Pyrite, Calcite, Dolomite
 

2V10: Octahedral Pyrite crystal, with sharp faces and edges and slightly rounded vertices, rusty appearance, implanted in Dolomite matrix and accompanied by small Calcite crystals.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.77” × 1.50” × 1.06”

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén

Express Specimen
Pyrite, Calcite, Dolomite.
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Siderite, Dolomite, Quartz
Siderite, Dolomite, Quartz. Siderite, Dolomite, Quartz.
 

2L14: Sharp rhombohedral crystals of Dolomite, twinned, accompanied by lenticular crystals of light brown Siderite with very marked edges, in a matrix carpeted with water-clear crystals of Quartz.
La Mure coal Mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1994)

Specimen size: 5.0 × 3.7 × 3.2 cm = 1.97” × 1.46” × 1.26”

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Pyromorphite, Quartz
 

1E96: Globular growths of flattened Pyromorphite crystals forming rosettes, yellowish in color and with silky luster, on a matrix of small Quartz crystals.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (03/2011)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 12.0 cm = 3.74” × 4.72”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.20” × 0.12”

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Pyromorphite, Quartz. Pyromorphite, Quartz.
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Italy

Hematite
Hematite.
 

2D12: Group of interpenetrating Hematite crystals with their faces and edges well defined, shiny. A classic mineral for the locality, from which not many specimens are seen on the market anymore.
Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany  Italy

Specimen size: 3.2 × 4.1 × 2.1 cm = 1.26” × 1.61” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 0.67” × 0.47”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

With handwritten note Daunis Collection

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Quartz (variety amethyst), Calcite
 

2M09: Crystals and groups of crystals, some of them doubly terminated, very transparent, bright and of a very uniform color, on globular Calcite and matrix. The Quartz exhibits good transparency. The sample is from a recent find on May 1, 2008.
Capurru Quarry, Osilo, Sassari Province, Sardinia/Sardegna  Italy (01/05/2008)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.3 × 1.7  cm = 1.65” × 1.30” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.2 cm = 0.31” × 0.08”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Quartz (variety amethyst), Calcite.
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Aragonite (variety flos ferri)
Aragonite (variety flos ferri). Aragonite (variety flos ferri).
 

1M06: Coraloidal crystal growths of the flos ferri variety, with dark color at the base and snow white at the terminations. The larger crystal displays an empty cavity inside.
Bovegno, Trompia Valley, Brescia Province, Lombardy  Italy (2009-2010)

Specimen size: 6.0 × 5.0 cm = 2.36” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 0.8 cm = 1.81” × 0.31”

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Romania

Stibnita, Calcite
 

3E46: Aggregate of very bright Stibnite crystals on a Calcite matrix, with very well-defined faces and edges and showing the characteristic habit of Stibnite crystals from this mine, very short, flattened and with excellent terminations. The matrix is Calcite.
Baiut, Maramures  Romania (1970)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 9.0 × 4.7 cm = 2.56” × 3.54” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 0.7 cm = 0.98” × 0.28”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Stibnita, Calcite.
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Russia

Quartz (variety citrine)
Quartz (variety citrine). Quartz (variety citrine).
 

3E98: Very elongated Quartz variety citrine crystal, with a highly developed prism, with re-crystallizations at the base, with a very transparent termination with a delicate zoning tending towards citrine (natural color) at the tip.
Olkhovka, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (05-06/2012)

Specimen size: 5.0 × 13.2 cm = 1.97” × 5.20”

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Morocco

Prehnite
 

2M76: Spheroidal aggregates of crystals with good terminations, a light green color and good luster, on matrix with some small Quartz crystal. It is currently difficult to obtain good specimens from this mine, as it is now abandoned.
Jebel Melh, Bou Arfa, Figuig Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.5 × 3.0 cm = 3.35” × 2.17” × 1.18”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Congo D.R.

Plancheite
Plancheite. Plancheite.
 

3T27: Celestial blue fibrous-radiated crystals of Plancheita on a rock matrix.
Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (06-08/2010)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 8.2 × 6.0 cm = 2.44” × 3.23” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.04”

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Brazil

Gold
 

3A58: Floater dendritic growth, with some crystals having defined faces and accompanied by small Quartz crystals. The sample was found at the beginning of the 20th century in São Paulo City! A rarity very difficult to obtain today.
Morro Doce area, Jaraguá, Perus, São Paulo, São Paulo State  Brazil (1920)

Specimen size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.24” × 0.16”

Weight: 0.11 grams
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Gold
Gold.
 

3A57: Floater dendritic growth, with some crystals having defined faces and accompanied by small Quartz crystals. The sample was found at the beginning of the 20th century in São Paulo City! A rarity very difficult to obtain today.
Morro Doce area, Jaraguá, Perus, São Paulo, São Paulo State  Brazil (1920)

Specimen size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”

Weight: 0.11 grams
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Gold
 

3A59: Floater dendritic growth, with some crystals having defined faces and accompanied by small Quartz crystals. The sample was found at the beginning of the 20th century in São Paulo City! A rarity very difficult to obtain today.
Morro Doce area, Jaraguá, Perus, São Paulo, São Paulo State  Brazil (1920)

Specimen size: 0.5 × 0.35 cm = 0.20” × 0.14”

Weight: 0.10 grams
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Muscovite, Quartz
Muscovite, Quartz.
 

3E09: Thin leafy lamellar Muscovite crystals with sharp contours in the form of a star. Cream colored and on a Quartz matrix.
Araçuaí, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 5.0 × 6.5 cm = 1.97” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 3.3 cm = 1.22” × 1.30”

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Argentina

Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite)
 

1E14: Aggregate of Hematite pseudomorphs after Magnetite crystals, with sharp octahedral shape and almost completely coated by small lenticular recrystallized Hematites.
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province  Argentina (2008)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 6.4 × 2.3 cm = 2.01” × 2.52” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 2.0 cm = 1.30” × 0.79”

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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Previous face
Previous face
Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Back face
Back face
Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Back face detail
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China

Cyanotrichite
Cyanotrichite. Cyanotrichite.
 

2T14: Delicate Cyanotrichite crystals that form velvety blue crusts on a coating of Calcite crystals on a ferruginous rock matrix.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 6.2 × 8.2 × 5.7 cm = 2.44” × 3.23” × 2.24”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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India

Mesolite, Heulandite-Ca, Laumontite
 

1M63: Slightly globular (so called "mushroom") growths of acicular Mesolite crystals on a matrix of sharp Heulandite-Ca crystals and white Laumontite crystals.
Kannad, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra  India (08/2009)

Specimen size: 13.0 × 5.7 × 4.7 cm = 5.12” × 2.24” × 1.85”

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Mesolite, Heulandite-Ca, Laumontite. Mesolite, Heulandite-Ca, Laumontite.
Mesolite, Heulandite-Ca, Laumontite.
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Powellite, Fluorapophyllite-(K)
Powellite, Fluorapophyllite-(K). Powellite, Fluorapophyllite-(K).
 

3M47: Very sharp bipyramidal Powellite crystals in parallel growth, translucent with a cream color. They are on a basalt matrix with doubly terminated white Fluorapophyllite-(K).
Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India

Photos: Joaquim Callén

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