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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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Fluorite, Quartz
Fluorite, Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite, Quartz. Side 1
Side 1
Fluorite, Quartz. Side 2
Side 2

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FIN52_27FIN: This is the last mineral that is published on this website

Color burst in blue at its finest! Crystals of a monumental Fluorite with the best possible blue for the La Viesca mine.
This is a very special piece for several reasons, both for me and for Jordi. It is the last specimen that will be for sale on the Fabre Minerals website and it is an honor to be able to describe it, although unlike all the others published so far, its description cannot be merely systematic. I was lucky enough to accompany Jordi on a trip through Asturias in which he was able to obtain this specimen, a large Asturian Fluorite, one of our greatest weaknesses and, I believe, a weakness of many collectors.
During the time that I have been collaborating with Jordi, this page has been offering minerals with a restrained price, always seeking a balance to make all types of specimens more accessible and thus contribute to their dissemination. A farewell like this certainly deserves a splendid mineral to end it.

Thank you all for this beautiful trip, it's been incredible!

La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2007-2008)

Specimen size: 21.7 × 21.5 × 15.5 cm = 8.54” × 8.46” × 6.10”

Main crystal size: 8.0 × 6.6 cm = 3.15” × 2.60”

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Express Minerals by Carles Manresa

USA

Copper

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Copper
 

19CDX59: Dendritic aggregate formed by deformed Copper crystals and small remnants of Quartz crystals. From the Ojibway mine in Keweenaw County, which was active between 1907 and 1913.
The specimen comes from the former collection (duplicates) of Carles Curto (number 1985.67), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Ojibway Mine, Ojibway, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.2 × 0.7 cm = 1.02” × 0.87” × 0.28”

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

Former collection of Carles Curto (duplicates)
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Copper.
Orthoserpierite
Orthoserpierite.
 

10TH7: Bluish green crystalline aggregates of Orthoserpierite, a hydrated calcium, copper and zinc sulphate that is a member of the Devilline Group.
Copper Creek, Galiuro Mountains, Bunker Hill District (Copper Creek District), Pinal County, Arizona  USA (±1995)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.61” × 1.38” × 0.71”

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Doubly terminated Topaz (repaired)
Doubly terminated Topaz (repaired)  

9JR16: Topaz crystals, one of them clearly dominant, doubly terminated, of excellent luster and very transparent, with remnants of rhyolitic rock matrix. The smallest crystals are very rich in crystal faces as can be seen in the close-up photo.
The piece is repaired on the left side of the main crystal, being a fracture perpendicular to the axis of the prism, but it does'nt affect to the beauty of the specimen as a whole.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (number B667) whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah  USA (1999)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.5 × 1.5  cm = 1.85” × 1.38” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.85” × 0.55”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

Former collection of James Catmur
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Doubly terminated Topaz (repaired). Doubly terminated Topaz (repaired).
Quartz (variety herkimer)
Quartz (variety herkimer).
 

2L86: Quartz crystal (herkimer variety) implanted on a small bit of matrix and with a short and poorly developed prism, doubly terminated, with sharp faces and edges, shiny and translucent.
Middleville, Town of Newport, Herkimer County, New York  USA (2004)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 7.1 × 5.0 cm = 2.05” × 2.80” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 5.0 × 7.0 × 4.2 cm = 1.97” × 2.76” × 1.65”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: M1E-E9W
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Orthoserpierite
 

10TA7: Bluish green crystalline aggregates of Orthoserpierite, a hydrated calcium, copper and zinc sulphate that is a member of the Devilline Group.
Copper Creek, Galiuro Mountains, Bunker Hill District (Copper Creek District), Pinal County, Arizona  USA (±1995)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.6 × 1.5 cm = 2.64” × 1.81” × 0.59”

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Orthoserpierite.
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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

minID: A19-LW8
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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.
Rhein property, 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”


minID: 1Y9-N05
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Graphite with Flouro-edenite. Graphite with Flouro-edenite.
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Copper
Copper. Copper.
 

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

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.2 × 2.6 cm = 2.05” × 1.65” × 1.02”

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


minID: 992-EDY
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Mexico

Rhodochrosite, Pyrrhotite, Galena

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19TFX10: Botryoidal growths of Rhodochrosite, lustrous, colored intense pink, on matrix, with Galena and lenticular Pyrrhotite crystals.
Potosí Mine, Santo Domingo (Francisco Portillo), Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.9 × 1.4 cm = 0.94” × 0.75” × 0.55”

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Rhodochrosite, Pyrrhotite, Galena.
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Adamite
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: 5.8 × 4.2 × 4.2 cm = 2.28” × 1.65” × 1.65”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: XTJ-60L
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Adamite
 

20MJX66: Group of Adamite crystals in a fan shape around the perimeter of the piece, with well defined faces and sharp terminations, translucent and lustrous with a yellowish color, while the crystals in the center of the piece are more greenish, with very sharp bipyramids, all this on a limonitic matrix.
Adamite is a secondary mineral found in zinc deposits that also contain arsenic minerals.
A Mexican classic from a legendary mine.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4.0 × 3.6 cm = 3.43” × 1.57” × 1.42”

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

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Adamite. Front
Front
Adamite. Detail
Detail
Mimetite
Mimetite.
Mimetite  

20CBR14: Groups of Mimetite crystals with a prismatic "mushroom" habit, with acute pyramidal termination, good luster, and a uniform yellow-orange color.
The specimen comes from the former collection (duplicates) of Carles Curto (number 1985.68), whose label and computer file we will send to the buyer.
Potosí Mine, Santo Domingo (Francisco Portillo), Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.9 × 1.8 cm = 1.22” × 1.14” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.2 × 1.0 cm = 0.47” × 0.47” × 0.39”

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Mimetite
 

20TLB66: Group of Mimetite crystals in arborescent growths which are more marked in the more yellowish crystals and less developed in the paler yellowish crystals. The crystals are lustrous, with a uniform color, and the most aerial ones have acute pyramidal endings. Comes from the well-known Ojuela mine in Mexico, which has been exploited for more than 350 years for silver, lead and zinc.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.8 × 2.2 cm = 2.60” × 1.50” × 0.87”

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Mimetite. Front
Front
Mimetite. Detail
Detail
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Mimetite, limonite
Mimetite, limonite. Mimetite, limonite. Deteil
Deteil
 

11EN13: With a presentation different from that of other more common Mexican Mimetites, this one forms spheroidal aggregates, on a Goethite matrix, of crystals with a very acute pyramidal habit, with good terminations, with a bright luster and an intense yellow-orange color, highlighting the color contrast with the darker limonitic matrix.
Potosí Mine, Santo Domingo (Francisco Portillo), Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 11.0 × 10.5 × 4.0 cm = 4.33” × 4.13” × 1.57”

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

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Wulfenite
 

2M13: Wulfenite crystals formed by the prism and the terminal pinacoid, some of them doubly terminated, deep yellow color and implanted on a limonitic matrix.
Ojuela Mine, level 6, San Juan Poniente, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico (2008)

Specimen size: 5.6 ×3.9 × 3.6 cm = 2.20” × 1.54” × 1.42”

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

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: 4RU-UAJ
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Wulfenite. Wulfenite.
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Canada

Wardite, Childrenite
Wardite, Childrenite. Front
Front
Wardite, Childrenite. Detail
Detail
 

18NB14: Aggregate of dipyramidal Wardite crystals with perfectly defined faces and edges, aerial, pale green in color and with striations on the pyramid faces, partially coated by small Childrenite crystals with a bright luster. Both species are rare aluminum phosphates, with sodium and iron respectively. The Wardites from this locality can be considered among the best ever found.
Stoneman Camp, Young's Creek, Dawson mining district, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1996)

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

Main crystal size: 1.0 × 0.8 cm = 0.39” × 0.31”

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Kulanite, Siderite, Quartz

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19MDX12: Group of Kulanite crystals, two of them with very sharp faces and edges, translucent, extraordinarily lustrous and of a very deep green color with bright flashes. On matrix, with brown rhombohedral crystals of Siderite and some Quartz crystals too. From a classic locality for phosphates that is also the type locality (TL) for the Kulanite, as well as Barićite.
Crosscut Creek, Kulan Camp area, Rapid Creek area, Dawson mining district, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1995)

Specimen size: 4.0 × 3.0 × 2.0 cm = 1.57” × 1.18” × 0.79”

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

Type locality
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Kulanite, Siderite, Quartz.
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Lazulite, Siderite, Quartz
Lazulite, Siderite, Quartz.
 

10MF13: Aggregate of very sharp Lazulite crystals, twinned, very shiny, with an intense luster and a deep blue color, on matrix with translucent light brown rhombohedral Siderite crystals, and small water-clear Quartz crystals. Lazulite is a rare magnesium aluminum phosphate. Some of the best known examples of this species have been found in this remote area, accessible only during the summer months as they are under snow and ice the rest of the year.
Crosscut Creek, Kulan Camp area, Rapid Creek area, Dawson mining district, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1995)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.06” × 0.67” × 0.47”

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

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Edingtonite
 

11TE08: Group of Edingtonite crystals, a mineral of the Zeolite Group, with well-defined faces and edges and complete and translucent crystal terminations. The area where this piece comes from covers 29 km2, most of it within natural parks. The Edingtonite specimens from this locality are recognized worldwide for their significance.
Ice River Alkaline Complex, Golden Mining Division, British Columbia  Canada

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.9 × 1.3 cm = 1.06” × 0.75” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

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Edingtonite.

Spain

Ferropargasite, Calcite
Ferropargasite, Calcite.
 

1N58: Fibrous crystals of greenish-gray Ferropargasite in matrix of pink calcite. This mineralization corresponds to a skarn caused by contact metamorphism.
Mercedes cut, Cala Mines, Cala, Comarca Sierra de Huelva, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.4 × 7.4 cm = 2.52” × 2.91”


minID: 83Y-YX9
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Mimetite
 

9NJ62: Mimetite crystals of a spheroidal habit with curved faces and edges, greenish yellow in color, on a rock matrix. This lead arsenate-chloride specimen comes from the outer zone of the South Filón cut in Tharsis.
Filón Sur open pit (external), Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (30/04/2017)

Specimen size: 7.0 × 3.2 × 1.9 cm = 2.76” × 1.26” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.35 cm = 0.20” × 0.14”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Mimetite.
Sphalerite, Quartz
Sphalerite, Quartz. 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

minID: A6D-RPJ
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Silver (variety kongsbergite)
 

21PRX61: In the classic Las Herrerías Mine, works done in 1999 has revealed new Silvers in the zone of secondary enrichment, quite similar to those found many years ago in that mine and which are represented in the world's most important museums. The new pieces have a very high content (±10%) of Mercury. In addition, when analyzing them, we saw that they had a large amount of Chlorargyrite scattered throughout. As always, we will send a copy of these analyses to whoever buys the piece. This particular specimen is very solid, unlike the more 'fluffy' classical pieces, and exhibits very aerial growths.
Santa Matilde cut, Berja mining group, Las Herrerías, Almagrera Range, Cuevas del Almanzora, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (08/1999)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.98” × 0.87” × 0.43”

With analysis copy

Former collection of Jordi Povill
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Silver (variety kongsbergite). Front
Front
Silver (variety kongsbergite). Rear
Rear
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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: 7.2 × 5.6 × 5.2 cm = 2.83” × 2.20” × 2.05”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: JKT-FG5
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Prehnite

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17NRM16: Fan-shaped aggregates of bright, light green Prehnite crystals forming globular groups implanted on an ophitic rock matrix. From a classic Spanish mineral deposit very close to the well-known sulphur mines of Conil de la Frontera, in Cádiz, where ophitic bodies outcrop between Triassic sedimentary rocks, specifically in the Keuper facies. A specimen difficult to find nowadays on the commercial mineral circuit.
Conil de la Frontera, Comarca La Janda, Cádiz, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 11.1 × 9.0 × 6.2 cm = 4.37” × 3.54” × 2.44”

Photos: Joaquim Callén
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Prehnite. Front
Front
Prehnite. Detail
Detail
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Detail
Detail
 

21NTX63: Group of Pyromorphite crystals, on matrix, with an elongated habit, hexagonal shape, and hopper terminations, some grouped as parallel growths and others divergent and with a little bit greener color than the specimens previously known from this locality. Comes from an old lead mining area that was already being exploited in Roman times.
Resuperferolítica claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 3.4 cm = 1.73” × 1.50” × 1.34”

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

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Pyromorphite
 

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

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


minID: DHF-TPQ
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Pyromorphite. Natural light
Natural light
Pyromorphite. Forced front light
Forced front light
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
 

4N10: Irregular aggregate, on matrix, of crystals formed by a short prism and the pinacoid, with well defined faces and edges, apple-green color and 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: 5.5 × 3.6 × 3.2 cm = 2.17” × 1.42” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.31” × 0.12”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: U7K-49L
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Azurite, Quartz, Fluorite
 

21NBX36: Crystalline mass of quartz with an open vug carpeted by Quartz and Fluorite crystals, where elongated individual crystals of translucent Azurite stand out with a very vivid and deep color, most of them doubly terminated, offering a beautiful color contrast with the matrix. From the Llamas Quarry, where Azurite was already known but not with this quality.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.1 × 3.3 cm = 2.44” × 2.01” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.16” × 0.04”

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Azurite, Quartz, Fluorite. Front
Front
Azurite, Quartz, Fluorite. Detail
Detail
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Detail
Detail
 

22NBX13: Group of barrel-shaped crystals of deep grass-green Pyromorphite, some of them doubly terminated, with hexagonal outline and flat terminations, on a schistose rock matrix with small remnants of limonite offering a beautiful color contrast.
This piece comes from a locality from which it is not easy to obtain specimens.
Monte Bedures, Meredo, Vegadeo, Comarca Eo-Navia, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.8 × 2.1 cm = 1.77” × 1.50” × 0.83”

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

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Calcite
 

4N47: Parallel growths of doubly terminated and polycrystalline, scalenohedral Calcite crystals with a slightly yellowish color and of considerable size, with very well defined faces and edges, from a mine that was very famous for its Fluorites.
Coroña Shaft, Josefa-Veneros Norte vein, La Collada mining area, zona minera de La Collada, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1980)

Specimen size: 21.2 × 16.7 × 5.5 cm = 8.35” × 6.57” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 18.7 × 12.3 cm = 7.36” × 4.84”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: 9F8-E5E
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Calcite.
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, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.6 × 5.2 cm = 2.95” × 2.60” × 2.05”

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: UYW-5Q2
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Sphalerite, Dolomite
 

21NFR16: Group of complex Sphalerite crystals with a very distinct and smooth face. They are transparent, with good luster and a very vivid honey color that contrasts with the matrix of snow-white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals.
A classic of Spanish mineralogy.
Áliva Mine (Las Mánforas Mine), Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 1.8 cm = 1.69” × 1.65” × 0.71”

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Sphalerite, Dolomite.
Fluorite
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, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.1 × 3.8 cm = 2.05” × 1.61” × 1.50”

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: PTY-Q7D
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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, Principality of Asturias (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”


minID: UDR-422
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Fluorite. Fluorite.
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Fluorite, Calcite, Baryte and Quartz
Fluorite, Calcite, Baryte and Quartz. Fluorite, Calcite, Baryte and Quartz.
 

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, Principality of Asturias (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

minID: 0FX-2XQ
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Anatase
 

4N09: Small but very sharp and shiny Anatase crystals, black and delicately striated, having the simple forms of the dipyramid, scattered over a rock matrix.
De la Baña Lake (Lago de la Baña), La Baña, Encinedo, Comarca La Cabrera, León, Castile and León  Spain (1996)

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

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: 3VP-4W9
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Villamanínite, Calcita
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: 3.0 × 1.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.18” × 0.63” × 0.91”

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

Type locality

minID: P2Q-HQ3
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Pyromorphite
 

21NKX56: Group of Pyromorphite crystals formed by a short prism and a terminal pinacoid with very sharp faces and edges, lustrous and with greenish tones, on a rock matrix on a layer of dark brown limonite offering a beautiful color contrast.
The specimen comes from an old mine where lead was exploited.
Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (12/2011)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.7 × 1.9 cm = 2.60” × 1.46” × 0.75”

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

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Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Detail
Detail
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NE45: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.59” × 0.47” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.24” × 0.08”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite
 

7NP60: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NT80: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 2.0 × 1.5 × 0.8 cm = 0.79” × 0.59” × 0.31”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.59” × 0.08”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite
 

7NB60: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

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

Main crystal size: 1.0 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NG70: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.8 × 1.3 cm = 0.71” × 0.71” × 0.51”

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Pyromorphite
 

7NR90: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.83” × 0.63” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.63” × 0.08”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NC40: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.0 × 0.8 cm = 0.87” × 0.39” × 0.31”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite
 

7NJJ70: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.0 × 1.0 cm = 0.94” × 0.39” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.47” × 0.08”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NY60: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.6 × 2.0 cm = 1.02” × 1.02” × 0.79”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite
 

7NM70: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

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

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.35 cm = 0.51” × 0.14”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NC140: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 3.0 × 2.3 × 2.0 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.51” × 0.08”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite
 

7NA130: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by acicular crystals of green color, on matrix, with very good luster and perfect state of conservation.

El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 3.0 × 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.59”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NG90: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.30” × 0.87” × 0.87”

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite
 

7NQ80: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Group of prismatic crystals, many of them fine, with gree-brown tones, bright and on matrix.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.3 × 3.2 cm = 1.93” × 0.91” × 1.26”

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

7NZ80: Minas de El Horcajo will forever be associated with legendary Pyromorphites. Hearing or reading this name transports us to a mineralogical myth, often a source of desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the El Horcajo mine produced excellent specimens of Pyromorphites of various shapes and colors. It is exciting to be able to offer a number of this type of pieces past more than 100 years, a true oldie.

Miniature formed by prismatic crystals, of excellent color, some of them doubly terminated and with color zoning.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 5.0 × 5.0 × 2.9 cm = 1.97” × 1.97” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Wulfenite (variety chillagite), Cerussite, Baryte
 

18NBM66: Lamellar, deformed crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color, on matrix, with crystalline Baryte and Cerussite. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy with the peculiarity of the Cerussite, which is uncommon in this deposit and not usually associated with chillagite.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 3.03” × 2.05” × 1.85”

Cerussite fluorescent long & short UV
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Wulfenite (variety chillagite), Cerussite, Baryte. Front
Front
Wulfenite (variety chillagite), Cerussite, Baryte. Detail
Detail
Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety smoky).
 

18NA13: Flattened crystal of Quartz, smoky variety, with more intense color in the center of the crystal and polycrystalline terminations on one of its faces. From a classic deposit for Catalan mineralogy.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Gerona / Girona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain (2004-2010)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.1 × 2.7 cm = 2.87” × 2.40” × 1.06”

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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky)
 

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, Gerona / Girona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain (09/2005)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.0 × 2.2 cm = 2.68” × 1.97” × 0.87”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: 76M-LLP
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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky).
Quartz (variety smoky), Quartz, Microcline
Quartz (variety smoky), Quartz, Microcline. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky), Quartz, Microcline. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety smoky), Quartz, Microcline  

21DLX14: Group of Quartz crystals (smoky variety), two of them clearly dominant and interpenetrated, one of them with polycrystalline growths and with the peculiarity of being partially covered by a second generation of Quartz. With traces of Microcline and some contacts in the upper part of the specimen that do not affect the beauty of the whole, one more curiosity obtained by Lluís Daunis from whom the specimen comes and whose handwritten label we will send to the buyer.
Sils, Comarca La Selva, Gerona / Girona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain

Specimen size: 8.3 × 4.9 × 3.4 cm = 3.27” × 1.93” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 5.7 × 4.1 cm = 2.24” × 1.61”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

With handwritten note from the Lluís Daunis Collection
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Baryte
Baryte  

21DBX11: Aggregate of leafy Baryte crystals with well-defined faces and edges of a creamy white color with intense pink tonalities.
Coming from a classic Catalan locality in the Montseny massif, this specimen comes from the Lluís Daunis collection which in the 1970s to ‘80s was a reference collection for local field collectors in the Barcelona area.
Matagalls Mine (Sant Marçal Mines), Sant Marçal, Viladrau, Comarca Osona, Gerona / Girona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.6 × 3.0 cm = 2.72” × 2.20” × 1.18”

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

Former collection of Lluís Daunis
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Baryte.
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Baryte, Quartz
Baryte, Quartz.
 

21DPX61: Fine leafy aggregates of translucent Baryte crystals with a pale yellowish tone on a crystalline Quartz matrix. The Baryte crystals are perfectly sharp and much more transparent than most specimens from this classic deposit which closed in 1979 and is flooded today, so it is not easy to obtain quality specimens anymore.
Osor Mines, Osor, Comarca La Selva, Gerona / Girona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.3 × 2.8 cm = 2.64” × 1.69” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.43” × 0.12”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis
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Calcite (Co-bearing variety)
 

16NMB56: Polished section, on each faces, translucent with banded growth patterns and intensely colored nuclei. The specimen preserves on some of the edges part of its original matrix, which contrasts with the deep color of the Calcite. A classic of Catalan mineralogy.
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lérida / Lleida, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain

Specimen size: 9.0 × 6.6 × 0.8 cm = 3.54” × 2.60” × 0.31”

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Calcite (Co-bearing variety). Calcite (Co-bearing variety).
Calcite (variety cobaltoan)
Calcite (variety cobaltoan). Front view
Front view
Calcite (variety cobaltoan). Side view
Side view
Calcite (variety cobaltoan). Rear side view
Rear side view
 

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, Lérida / Lleida, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.0 × 3.6 cm = 2.64” × 1.97” × 1.42”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

minID: XJP-8WC
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Calcite
 

4N06: Growth of Calcite crystals, whitish in color with satin luster, with coraloidal morphology at the terminations and scalenohedral crystals at the base.
Can Palomeres Mines, Malgrat de Mar, Comarca Maresme, Barcelona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain (2017)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.4 × 4.7 cm = 2.68” × 2.52” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.87” × 0.31”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: UQ5-3JY
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Calcite.
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, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (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

minID: WYN-25H
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Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety smoky)  

21NAX60: Very sharp Quartz crystal (smoky variety), with parallel and staggered growths, transparent, with good luster and an intense and uniform smoky tone, on a Microcline matrix with preferred orientations, creating a graphic texture.
The specimen comes from the quarries of Monte Xiabre in Galicia, and was found in 2015.
Xiabre Mountain, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Comarca O Salnés, Pontevedra, Galicia / Galiza  Spain (10/2015)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5.7 × 4.7 cm = 2.99” × 2.24” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 7.6 × 4.7 cm = 2.99” × 1.85”

Former collection of J. Daniel García Gavilán
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Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky). Side
Side
Galena, Sphalerite, Calcite
Galena, Sphalerite, Calcite.
 

23TJX14: Group of cubo-octahedral Galena crystals with metallic luster, one of them clearly dominant and implanted in a matrix formed by Sphalerite and small aggregates of Calcite.
The specimen comes from the La Unión-Cartagena mining district, a classic for mining in Murcia.
The specimen has been sawn on the back to remove excess matrix.
La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Region of Murcia (Murcia)  Spain

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.38” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.67” × 0.59”

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Quartz after Baryte, Quartz
 

23NPP46: A book-like aggregate of tabular Baryte crystals that have been completely pseudomorphed by Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated, water-clear and lustrous and growing on a small ferruginous matrix on which there are Quartz crystals of greater development than those that have pseudomorphed the Baryte.
The specimen comes from the Virginio Moreno collection and later the Miguel David Martínez collection, number 812, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Cabezo de San Juan, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Region of Murcia (Murcia)  Spain (2014)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 7.2 × 4.4 cm = 3.27” × 2.83” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.4 cm = 1.65” × 1.34”

Former collection of Virginio Moreno

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez
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Quartz after Baryte, Quartz.
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Malachite after Chalcopyrite, Dolomite
Malachite after Chalcopyrite, Dolomite.
 

21TFL26: On a matrix formed of sharp Dolomite crystals with a whitish, slightly cream, color dotted with several crystals of Chalcopyrite with well-defined faces and edges and practically covered by a thin layer of millimeter-size Malachite crystals that give it a deep greenish tone, creating a nice color contrast with the matrix.
From a classic locality for Spanish mineralogy, Eugi, nearly extinct and undergoing reclamation.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Chartered Community of Navarre (Navarre)  Spain

Specimen size: 10.2 × 6.9 × 5.2 cm = 4.02” × 2.72” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.59” × 0.51”

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Switzerland

Andradite, Pyrite, Dolomite
Andradite, Pyrite, Dolomite  

22TRM61: Group of bipyramidal Andradite crystals with marked striations on the crystal faces, with very bright luster and an intense honey color, associated with a multitude of Pyrite crystals arranged along the perimeter on top of the Andradite crystals, all of it encompassed in a whitish matrix formed by Dolomite crystals.
This specimen, a real oldie from the 19th century, comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon accompanied by an old handwritten label that we will send to the buyer.
Campolungo, Piumogna Valley, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin)  Switzerland (07/1881)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.7 × 2.6 cm = 1.73” × 1.46” × 1.02”

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

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Andradite, Pyrite, Dolomite. Front
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Albite, Chlorite
Albite, Chlorite. Front
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Albite, Chlorite. Rear
Rear
 

22TRM10: Druse of Albite crystals, two of them clearly dominant, sharp and with well defined terminations, lustrous and snow-white, all of them dotted with multitudes of small Chlorite crystals. The specimen comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
Pizzo Centrale, Airolo, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin)  Switzerland

Specimen size: 3.0 × 2.3 × 1.2 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.47”

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

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Clinochlore (variety pennine)
 

22TBF13: Clinochlore crystal with very sharp crystal forms, prismatic habit, with satin luster and a very deep green color with reddish tones (variety pennine).
The specimen comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
Rimpfischwäng Range, Findel Glacier area, Zermatt, Matt Valley, Zermatt - Saas Fee, Wallis (Valais)  Switzerland

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

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Quartz (variety smoky) doubly terminated with Chlorite
Quartz (variety smoky) doubly terminated with Chlorite.
 

22TTX13: Quartz Crystal (smoky variety), perfectly doubly terminated with well-defined faces and edges and with marked growth striations parallel to the more developed prism. One of the terminations has a mossy appearance due to being partially covered by microcrystals of Chlorite.
This specimen comes from the old Robert-Auguste Touchon collection.
Pizzo Centrale, Airolo, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin)  Switzerland

Specimen size: 5.5 × 2.0 × 1.7 cm = 2.17” × 0.79” × 0.67”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Fluorapatite, Albite, Chlorite
 

22TVR36: Isolated crystals of Fluorapatite were deposited on a matrix formed by a crystalline mass of Albite completely covered by a layer of Chlorite microcrystals with a mossy habit. The Fluorapatite displays a perfectly sharp hexagonal outline, tabular with highly developed and rough bevels but with very smooth faces, translucent and very lustrous.
A very elegant specimen that comes from the old Robert-Auguste Touchon collection.
Pizzo Centrale, Airolo, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin)  Switzerland

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.2 × 3.5 cm = 2.28” × 1.65” × 1.38”

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

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Magnetite
Magnetite.
 

22TCB14: Octahedral Magnetite crystal, with bright luster, smooth faces and perfectly sharp edges, from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
Zermatt, Matt Valley, Zermatt - Saas Fee, Wallis (Valais)  Switzerland

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.71” × 0.63” × 0.55”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Portugal

Siderite, Quartz, Pyrite
 

23TJA14: Group of doubly terminated Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and adorned by a Siderite crystal of considerable size with a hexagonal outline and light brown tone on the back. Other smaller Siderite crystals associated with Pyrite crystals are sprinkled over it.
A classic paragenesis for the Panasqueira Mines from where this specimen came.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 6.3 × 2.9 × 2.9 cm = 2.48” × 1.14” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2.0 × 1.5 cm = 0.79” × 0.59”

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Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite, Ferberite
Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite, Ferberite. Front
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Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite, Ferberite. Rear
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16NTL63: Group of interpenetrating Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and doubly terminated, slightly transparent, with the typical crystallization on one side and polycrystalline growths on the back partially covered by Siderite crystals, leafy crystals of Muscovite and small traces of Ferberite crystals.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2000)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 7.8 × 3.7 cm = 5.20” × 3.07” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 13.2 × 5.2 cm = 5.20” × 2.05”

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Arsenopyrite, Siderite, Ferberite
 

16NA14: Parallel growth of brilliant, striated Arsenopyrite crystals, partially terminated, embedded in lenticular Siderite crystals with well defined faces and edges and a pseudo-hexagonal outline. Small black shiny Ferberite crystals adorn one of the Siderite crystals. Coming from the Minas da Panasqueira, a world-class locality in which mining continues.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±2005)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.4 × 3.4 cm = 2.28” × 2.13” × 1.34”

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Arsenopyrite, Siderite, Ferberite. Front
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Arsenopyrite, Siderite, Ferberite. Rear
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Siderite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite, Muscovite, Pyrite
Siderite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite, Muscovite, Pyrite. Front
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Siderite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite, Muscovite, Pyrite. Detail
Detail
 

16NF13: A plate formed by an aggregate of Muscovite crystals, interspersed with some lustrous Arsenopyrite crystals with well defined faces and edges, as well as water-clear Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and with very marked growth striations. This combo is further adorned by a group of light brown lenticular Siderite crystals with a darker outline, some of them scattered and more isolated while others have grown on the Quartz crystals. Finally, a small group of Pyrite crystals completes the specimen. As so often happens with Panasqueira specimens, we can observe part of the paragenesis of the mine in a single piece.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 11.0 × 10.0 × 3.0 cm = 4.33” × 3.94” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.0 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”

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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

minID: 6V8-M3T
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Pseudomalachite. Pseudomalachite.
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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

minID: NWQ-6UY
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Pyromorphite after Galena, Quartz

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Pyromorphite after Galena, Quartz
 

18EFA14: Quartz crystals forming a druse with cubic morphologies corresponding to old Galena crystals that have now totally disappeared, and some pseudomorphed by grass-green Pyromorphite crystals partially carpeting the old Galena cube. In other cubic cavities, a second generation of Pyromorphite crystals developed, with well-defined faces and edges and a uniform green-yellow color. From an old French lead mine.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection
Nuissière Mine, Chénelette, Thizy-les-Bourgs, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1980)

Specimen size: 11.0 × 7.3 × 5.6 cm = 4.33” × 2.87” × 2.20”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud
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Pyromorphite after Galena, Quartz. Front
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Pyromorphite after Galena, Quartz. Detail
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Pyromorphite, Quartz
Pyromorphite, Quartz. Front
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Pyromorphite, Quartz. Detail
Detail
 

17EG13: Druse of Quartz crystals without a developed prism, adorned with globular growths of lustrous and very isolated Pyromorphite crystals with a greenish yellow color.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (03/2011)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 4.2 × 2.9 cm = 3.19” × 1.65” × 1.14”

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

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Cassiterite
 

22TBT11: Twinned Cassiterite crystal with sharp and lustrous crystal forms, with polycrystalline growths on the back of the crystal. On a matrix formed by Quartz grains, something not very common in specimens from this classic French locality, worked since Roman times.
The specimen comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
La Villeder, Le Roc-Saint-André, Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany/Bretagne  France (±1900)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.2 × 1.0 cm = 0.55” × 0.47” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.0 cm = 0.47” × 0.39”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Cassiterite. Rear
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Cerussite (variety jackstraw)
Cerussite (variety jackstraw).

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19EPB86: Two generations of Cerussite crystals, the first formed by white, aerial crystals with a prismatic habit and with cyclic twin, terminated, with a satin luster. The second generation is formed by cream colored Cerussite crystals, smaller, but with bipyramidal terminations. Small remnants of limonitic matrix give a color contrast to the specimen. Habit different and sharper than usual for specimens from this locality. Comes from a mine exploited since Roman times for lead and silver, and finally closed in 1951.
Lescure Mine, Mayres, Thueyts, Largentière, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±2014)

Specimen size: 5.0 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 1.97” × 1.50” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 3.0 × 0.3 cm = 1.18” × 0.12”

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Quartz
 

22ELR12: Very clear floater crystal of alpine-type Quartz recrystallized on the base, with smooth and well defined faces and very sharp edges, and a small scratch on the termination.
This specimen, very clear for the locality, comes from the collection of Alain Martaud.
Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, Mamers, Sarthe Department, Pays de la Loire  France

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.1 × 2.3 cm = 2.48” × 1.61” × 0.91”

Former collection of Alain Martaud
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Quartz.
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”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: TMH-WJR
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Calcite with sand inclusions
 

23TFB06: Floater group of sharp rhombohedral Calcite crystals with quartz sand inclusions inside the Calcite crystals.
A good representative of a French classic.
Bellecroix, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.34” × 0.94” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.06” × 0.51”

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Calcite with sand inclusions.
Calcite with sand inclusions
Calcite with sand inclusions.

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19TTR14: Floater group of acute rhombohedral Calcite crystals with sand inclusions formed by grains of Quartz included into Calcite crystals. An excellent French classic.
Bellecroix, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.65” × 0.98” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 0.94” × 0.75”

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Smithsonite, Dolomite
Smithsonite, Dolomite  

21EXB12: Botryoidal aggregates formed by Smithsonite crystals with a pearly luster and with color tones that vary from the lightest to the deepest browns. The have grown on very sharp rhombohedral crystals of Dolomite, one of them clearly dominant, in clear color contrast to the Smithsonite.
This specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.

La Grande Vernissière (Fressac), Durfort Mines, Durfort-et-Saint-Martin-de-Sossenac, Sauve, Le Vigan, Gard Department, Occitanie  France (2010)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.26” × 1.22” × 0.91”

Former collection of Alain Martaud
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
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Pyromorphite. Detail
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23TYB37: Aggregates of acicular Pyromorphite crystals with an intense and uniform color and with fan-shaped growths, in a rock matrix formed of small Quartz crystals.
A European classic of which one only sees specimens from old finds. This one comes from the collection of Yvan Delqué.
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.2 × 4.7 cm = 3.43” × 2.44” × 1.85”

Former collection of Yvan Delqué
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Pyromorphite (variety As-bearing pyromorphite), Quartz
 

18AFT11: Globular growths of greenish Pyromorphite crystals forming rosettes, with silky luster, on a Quartz matrix. A second generation of crystals - also Pyromorphite - stands out on top of the older flattened generation, with a hexagonal outline and more yellowish in color. Both generations consist of an arsenic-rich variety of Pyromorphite, something not very common in this deposit. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the specimen.
La Vidale Mine area, Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Aveyron, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 4.0 × 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.57” × 0.98” × 0.91”

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Pyromorphite (variety As-bearing pyromorphite), Quartz.
Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
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Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Fluorite  

18EYM64: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, transparent and lustrous. From a locality from which few quality specimens are known.
This specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Font d'Arques, Cabrières-Péret mining district, Mèze, Béziers District, Hérault, Occitanie  France (2021)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.02” × 0.91”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud
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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, Haute-Ariège, Foix, Ariège Department, 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

minID: XTC-H49
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Pyrite, Calcite, Dolomite.

Germany

Galena
Galena.
 

2E14: Aggregate, on a metallic matrix, of cuboctahedral crystals with sharp faces and edges and in which the forms of the cube and the octahedron appear very balanced. From a discovery by Frank de Wit in 2007.
Meyer Quarry, Hastenrath, Eschweiler, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen  Germany (07/04/2007)

Specimen size: 9.0 × 5.5 × 3.2 cm = 3.54” × 2.17” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.43” × 0.63”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Austria

Almandine
 

10TR46: Very sharp dodecahedral Almandine crystals, one of them dominant, lustrous, and brown in color with reddish tones. The crystals sit in a metamorphic rock matrix formed of innumerable Muscovite crystals. Contrary to the common practice with almandines from this region, the crystals in this piece are not glued, nor have they had their faces retouched or polished, so their natural surface is preserved. A classic Tyrolean specimen.
Granatenkogel north slope, Gaisberg Valley, Obergurgl, Gurgler Valley, Ötz Valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol/Tirol  Austria

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.91” × 2.05” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.2 cm = 1.65” × 1.26”

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Almandine. Almandine.
Calcite
Calcite.
 

2S08: Prismatic Calcite crystal, translucent, with slightly curved faces and edges, well defined, and terminated by a rhombohedron.
Bleiberg mining area, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen, Carinthia/Kärnten  Austria

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

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Slovak Republic

Gudmundite
 

2E63: Small disseminated Gudmundite crystals, some of them with well-defined faces and edges, shiny, embedded in Calcite matrix and accompanied by Quartz crystals. This piece will be delivered with a label from the Slovak Mineralogical Society.
Kolársky vrch, Sirková adit, Pezinok, Pezinok District, Bratislava Region  Slovak Republic (04/2017)

Specimen size: 4.0 × 6.3 × 5.0 cm = 1.57” × 2.48” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.08 cm = 0.04” × 0.03”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

With Slovak Mineralogical Society label

minID: 893-4QK
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Gudmundite. Gudmundite.
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Gudmundite
Gudmundite. Gudmundite.
 

2E64: Small disseminated Gudmundite crystals, some of them with well-defined faces and edges, shiny, embedded in Calcite matrix and accompanied by Quartz crystals. This piece will be delivered with a label from the Slovak Mineralogical Society.
Kolársky vrch, Sirková adit, Pezinok, Pezinok District, Bratislava Region  Slovak Republic (04/2017)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 4.5 × 5.3 cm = 3.70” × 1.77” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.24” × 0.08”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

With Slovak Mineralogical Society label

minID: P06-FAF
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Kermesite
 

2E10: Radial and fanlike aggregates of acicular Kermesite crystals. They are extraordinarily bright and have a grey metalic color. They are on matrix, with small Calcite crystals.
Kolársky vrch, Pezinok, Pezinok District, Bratislava Region  Slovak Republic (2005)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 7.0 × 3.0 cm = 2.83” × 2.76” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.51” × 0.04”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: WJQ-07Y
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Kermesite. Kermesite.
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Greece

Smithsonite, Hemimorphite
Smithsonite, Hemimorphite.
 

23TRB13: A deep green crystalline band of Smithsonite with yellowish reflections, partially covered by whitish botryoidal aggregates of Hemimorphite, which in turn are covered by small reddish stains caused by iron oxides.
From a mining district exploited since ancient times for its silver, lead and other metals and it belonged to the Robert-Auguste Touchon collection with an original handwritten label on the back of the specimen.
Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture  Greece

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.2 × 3.8 cm = 3.27” × 2.44” × 1.50”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Smithsonite
 

10MA13: Botryoidal growths, which vary from a cream-orange color to blue-gray, along with some white areas, of Smithsonite crystals from a classic Hellenic mine.
Hilarion Mine, Hilarion area, Kamariza Mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture  Greece (12/2014)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 6.4 × 4.5 cm = 4.41” × 2.52” × 1.77”

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Smithsonite. Smithsonite.
Smithsonite
Smithsonite.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

19MTX56: Group of Smithsonite crystals in aerial globular aggregates with the crystals displaying great definition, with light shades between cream and a pale green with a pearly luster. An aesthetic piece from a small mine in the Lavrion mining district in Greece.
Jean Baptiste Mine, Kamariza Mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture  Greece (09/2015)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 7.7 × 3.2 cm = 5.31” × 3.03” × 1.26”

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Rhodochrosite, Quartz
 

22TXG86: Rhombohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite of considerable size for the locality, completely covered by a second generation of uniformly pink lenticular crystals of the same species, and dotted with small water-clear Quartz crystals, along with more opaque larger ones. And finally this old piece is adorned with small, very bright Pyrite crystals with golden reflections.
Madem-Lakko Mine, Stratoni operations, Cassandra Mines, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department  Greece

Specimen size: 8.2 × 5.5 × 4.0 cm = 3.23” × 2.17” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 3.0 × 2.4 cm = 1.18” × 0.94”

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Rhodochrosite, Quartz.
Linarite, Caledonite, Brochantite, Quartz
Linarite, Caledonite, Brochantite, Quartz. Linarite, Caledonite, Brochantite, Quartz.
 

1E15: Fan-like aggregate of very sharp, brilliant, and brightly colored, acicular Linarite crystals, in a limonite matrix with Brochantite and Caledonite growths and small Quartz crystals.
King Arthur Mine, Kirki Mines, Évros Prefecture, Thrace (Thráki) Department  Greece (03-04/2013)

Specimen size: 4.0 × 3.0 cm = 1.57” × 1.18”


minID: 2LV-Y4M
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Linarite, Caledonite, Brochantite
 

18EQ14: Fan-shaped aggregate of very sharp acicular Linarite crystals, with good luster and a very vivid color. On a limonite matrix with green Brochantite crystals. The presence of a terminated Caledonite crystal of light blue color stands out in the best crystallized area of the specimen. An interesting combo of secondary copper minerals.
King Arthur Mine, Kirki Mines, Évros Prefecture, Thrace (Thráki) Department  Greece (03-04/2013)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.2 ×3.9 cm = 2.83” × 1.65” × 1.54”

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

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Linarite, Caledonite, Brochantite. Front
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Linarite, Caledonite, Brochantite. Detail
Detail
Linarite, Brochantite, Quartz
Linarite, Brochantite, Quartz.
 

4J26: Fan-like aggregate of very sharp, brilliant and brightly colored acicular Linarite crystals, in a limonite matrix with Brochantite and small Quartz crystals.
King Arthur Mine, Kirki Mines, Évros Prefecture, Thrace (Thráki) Department  Greece (03-04/2013)

Specimen size: 8.0 × 7.6 × 3.7 cm = 3.15” × 2.99” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.20” × 0.04”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: C8U-9UE
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Baryte with inclusions
 

17NNF63: Aggregates of tabular Baryte crystals with well defined faces and edges, with reddish tones due to micro-inclusions of Hematite. On a previous generation of tabular white crystals which are also Baryte, although with less development than the reddish crystals.
Mine 18, Paleokamariza Mines, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture  Greece

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.7 × 2.7 cm = 2.32” × 2.24” × 1.06”

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

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Baryte with inclusions.

Italy

Scheelite
Scheelite. Front
Front
Scheelite. Side
Side
 

22TAB14: Bipyramidal crystal of yellowish-greenish Scheelite with very sharp crystal forms and flat terminations truncated by the pinacoid.
A classic of Italian mineralogy where a skarn was mined from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century, from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
Traversella Mine, Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese District, Metropolitan City of Turin Province, Piedmont (Piemonte)  Italy

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.0 × 1.6 cm = 0.98” × 0.79” × 0.63”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Sulphur, Celestine
Sulphur, Celestine  

22TXA62: Sulphur crystal of rhombic morphology with irregular faces and rounded edges, with an intense and uniform yellowish tone, partially carpeted by whitish, opaque to semi-translucent Celestine crystals, a typical association for these mineral species at this classic Italian deposit.
The specimen comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon and is accompanied by a handwritten label that will be sent to the buyer.
Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily  Italy

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.9 × 3.0 cm = 2.83” × 1.93” × 1.18”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Sulphur, Celestine.
Quartz, Chlorite
Quartz, Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz, Chlorite. Rear
Rear
 

22TAL26: Doubly terminated and slightly flattened Quartz crystal, with well defined faces and edges, between transparent and translucent, completely covered by Chlorite microcrystals on the upper termination.
The specimen, an Italian alpine classic, comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
Monte Bianco Massif (Mont Blanc Massif)  Italy

Specimen size: 6.0 × 4.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.36” × 1.77” × 0.98”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Ilvaite, Quartz, Galena
 

18HC13: Crystalline mass formed of very bright black Ilvaite crystals with partial crystal faces, associated with a multitude of water-clear Quartz crystals, some of them with a truncated prism and partially covered by the Ilvaite itself. Finally, small crystalline fragments of lead-grey Galena adorn the piece. From an abandoned mine that exploited Cu-Pb-Zn minerals and which is also the type locality for two mineral species, Campigliaite and Johannsenite.
Temperino Mine, Campiglia Marittima, Campigliese, Livorno Province, Tuscany  Italy

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.0 × 2.4 cm = 2.05” × 1.57” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.31” × 0.16”

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Ilvaite, Quartz, Galena.
Baryte
Baryte. Baryte.
 

10TP13: Aggregate of tabular crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, with bright luster and yellow color, with darker color zoning at the crystal terminations. The mine was operated to extract lead from Galena. A classic of Italian mineralogy.
Silius, Metropolitan City of Cagliari, Sardinia/Sardegna  Italy

Specimen size: 7 × 5.5 × 4.0 cm = 2.76” × 2.17” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.0 cm = 0.91” × 0.39”

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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

minID: W2A-NUX
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Quartz (variety amethyst), Calcite.
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 × 4.6 cm = 2.36” × 1.97” × 1.81”

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


minID: RTX-9J5
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Kosovo

Pyrite, Calcite
 

1M13: Rhombohedral Calcite crystals aggregate, completely upholstered by a layer of bright pyrite crystals. A second generation of Calcite crystals has been deposited on the Pyrite layer offering a good color contrast.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2000-2005)

Specimen size: 14.0 × 11.6 × 3.0 cm = 5.51” × 4.57” × 1.18”


minID: 7F9-UUM
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Pyrite, Calcite
Pyrite, Calcite.
 

21TRM12: Two generations of Pyrite crystals, an older generation of shiny crystals of cubic habit, one of them clearly dominant in the center, with marked curvatures on the edges and polycrystalline growths, and that has been partly covered by a tapestry of Calcite crystals with a fine outer layer of bluish tones. The second generation of Pyrite crystals has a much more vivid color and golden reflections, deposited on the limestone, with the crystals being smaller than those of the first generation.
The Trepča mining complex is one of the largest polymetallic deposits in the world and for many years produced exceptional specimens of Sphalerite as well as various combinations of sulphides and carbonates, as shown in this specimen from the former collection of Ferat Voca.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2000-2021)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.5 × 5.4 cm = 3.43” × 2.56” × 2.13”

Former collection of Ferat Voca
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Sphalerite, Arsenopyrite, Quartz, Dolomite
 

19TXL36: Druse formed by complex twinned crystals of lustrous deep black Sphalerite with perfectly defined faces and edges, with marked striations on some of the crystal faces and some dissolution figures. These are associated with groups of complex and scattered twinned crystals of Arsenopyrite with a metallic grey color, as well as Quartz crystals. Finally, a globular growth formed by a multitude of slightly pinkish white Dolomite crystals adorn the piece with their color contrast.
The Trepča mining complex is one of the largest polymetallic deposits in the world and for many years produced exceptional specimens, and still now, of Sphalerite as well as various combinations of sulphides and carbonates, as shown by this specimen from the former Ferat Voca collection.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2000-2021)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6.1 × 4.9 cm = 2.83” × 2.40” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.0 cm = 0.47” × 0.39”

Former collection of Ferat Voca
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Sphalerite, Arsenopyrite, Quartz, Dolomite. Front
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Sphalerite, Arsenopyrite, Quartz, Dolomite. Detail
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Galena, Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Calcite
Galena, Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Calcite. Front
Front
Galena, Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Calcite. Side
Side
Galena, Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Calcite. Detail
Detail
 

19TVR14: Isolated crystals of Galena with pentadodecahedral forms modified by cube faces, and showing dissolution and corrosion figures on some faces and polycrystalline growths on others, on a matrix covered by slightly pink carbonates formed by intergrowths of Rhodochrosite and Calcite. Finally, the combination is adorned with a good number of water-clear Quartz crystals, some of them aerial. The Trepča mining complex is one of the largest polymetallic deposits in the world and for many years produced exceptional pieces, and still now, of Sphalerite as well as various combinations of sulphides and carbonates, as displayed in this specimen from the former collections of Ferat Voca.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2000-2021)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 4.5 × 2.9 cm = 3.86” × 1.77” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.47”

Former collection of Ferat Voca
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Sphalerite, Calcite
 

19TTX62: Aggregate of complex twinned crystals of Sphalerite with a deep black color, good luster, and perfectly defined faces and edges, with marked striations on some of the crystal faces and some dissolution figures. Partially covered by a multitude of whitish Calcite crystals in rosette-like aggregates with strong color contrast. The Trepča mining complex is one of the largest polymetallic deposits in the world and for many years it has provided exceptional Sphalerites as well as varied combinations of sulphides and carbonates as shown in this specimen from the former collection of Ferat Voca.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2000-2021)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.6 × 3.3 cm = 3.23” × 2.60” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.67” × 0.63”

Former collection of Ferat Voca
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Sphalerite, Calcite. Front
Front
Sphalerite, Calcite. Detail
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Quartz, Pyrite
Quartz, Pyrite.
 

18TFL12: Group of Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and upright in the center of the piece, with marked growth striations on the prism, terminated and partially covered by rosettes of cubic Pyrite crystals. The Trepča mining complex, from where this specimen comes, is one of the largest polymetallic deposits in the world, from the former collection of Ferat Voca.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2000-2021)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 4.8 × 4.0 cm = 2.87” × 1.89” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 6.9 × 1.7 cm = 2.72” × 0.67”

Former collection of Ferat Voca
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Romania

Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite
 

18EB74: Group of divergent crystals with the hexagonal outline of Pyrrhotite, totally pseudomorphed by Pyrite, with a second generation
of smaller brighter crystals, and a multitude of scattered small cream-colored crystals of Dolomite. A cascade of very sharp Sphalerite crystals (marmatite variety), with very well defined spinel-law twin planes, intense black and very lustrous, completes the piece, along with small traces of Pyrite with a markedly golden color. The old Herja mine, where this piece comes from, processed metals such as antimony, lead, silver and zinc.

Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1964)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4.7 × 4.0 cm = 2.95” × 1.85” × 1.57”

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Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite. Front
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Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite. Detail
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Calcite, Dolomite, Sphalerite, Pyrite
Calcite, Dolomite, Sphalerite, Pyrite. Front
Front
Calcite, Dolomite, Sphalerite, Pyrite. Rear
Rear

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

17TRX96: Group of Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and very aerial, white in color and outlined with slight twists. The crystals of Calcite grew on a matrix of Pyrite and Sphalerite, and on cream-colored rhombohedral Dolomite crystals, clearly differentiating the area of sulfides from that of carbonates, the latter having precipitated later. A very 'geological' specimen.

Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.3 × 5.6 cm = 2.68” × 2.09” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 5.0 × 3.0 cm = 1.97” × 1.18”

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Baryte with Realgar inclusions
 

16MD96: Group of tabular Baryte crystals, with a slightly bluish color, with well-defined faces and edges and with geometric reddish Realgar inclusions. The specimen comes from a historic mining district, where mining continued uninterrupted from the 14th century until its final closure in 2006.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (±1970)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 2.80” × 2.13” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.0 cm = 1.46” × 1.18”

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Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Quartz
Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Quartz. Detail
Detail
Pyrite, Chalcopyrite, Quartz. Detail
Detail
 

16MF13: A cubic Pyrite crystal implanted on matrix, with marked striations on the cube faces, partially covered by small iridescent Chalcopyrite crystals and associated with druses of sharp, water-clear Quartz crystals, all on matrix. The Pyrite crystal is arranged in the center of the piece and in an aerial manner. It comes from a classic mining district that began extracting sulphides in the 14th century.
Cavnic Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 11.5 × 7.0 × 3.0 cm = 4.53” × 2.76” × 1.18”

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

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Stibnite, Calcite
 

1E06: Aggregate of very bright Stibnite crystals on a Calcite matrix, with very well defined faces and edges and showing the characteristic habit of the Stibnite crystals from this mine, very short, flattened and with excellent terminations. They are on a Calcite matrix.
Baiut, Maramures  Romania (1970)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 5.2 × 4.5 cm = 1.93” × 2.05” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.55 cm = 0.51” × 0.22”


minID: YPN-VEV
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Russia

Staurolite
Staurolite.
 

10EE58: Staurolite crystals showing the typical cross-shaped twin with well defined faces and edges, doubly terminated, with a deep brown color highlighting the contrast with the whitish mica-schist matrix. Specimens of Staurolite from this locality in most cases exhibit cross-shaped twins at 90 or 120 degrees, as is the case here, there being few specimens of non-twinned crystals.
Semiostrov'e, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.0 × 1.4 cm = 1.54” × 1.18” × 0.55”

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Staurolite
 

22TTX12: Single crystal of Staurolite from a classic Russian locality for this mineral species, with sharp crystal forms and with a well marked mold left by a now disappeared crystal of the same species but which perfectly displays the iron cross twinning.
The specimen comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon.
Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.30” × 0.87” × 0.59”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Staurolite. Front
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Staurolite. Rear
Rear
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Staurolite
Staurolite.
 

10ED58: Staurolite crystals showing the typical cross-shaped twin with well defined faces and edges, doubly terminated, with a deep brown color highlighting the contrast with the whitish mica-schist matrix. Specimens of Staurolite from this locality in most cases exhibit cross-shaped twins at 90 or 120 degrees, as is the case here, there being few specimens of non-twinned crystals.
Semiostrov'e, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.0 × 1.4 cm = 1.54” × 1.18” × 0.55”

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Quartz (variety smoky), Chlorite
 

10DQ: Quartz crystals (variety smoky), one of them clearly dominant, doubly terminated, with well-defined faces and edges, with external and internal inclusions of deep green Chlorite crystals, which give some of the Quartz crystal faces a rough appearance
Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumen Oblast  Russia

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.0 × 1.9 cm = 1.54” × 0.79” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.42” × 0.75”

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Quartz (variety smoky), Chlorite.
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Norway

Hematite, Lizardite, Hydrotalcite
Hematite, Lizardite, Hydrotalcite.
 

23MTX13: Hematite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with equant habit and well defined faces, blackish in tone but with reddish reflections, embedded in a matrix formed of yellowish green crystals of Lizardite and whitish masses of Hydrotalcite.
This type of specimen is a classic for the mineralogy of Norway and are already scarce on the mineralogical market.
Øvre Dypingdal Mine, Dypingdal serpentine-magnesite deposit, Snarum, Modum, Viken  Norway (2020)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.0 × 4.5 cm = 2.20” × 1.97” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 1.0 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”

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Hematite, Lizardite, Hydrotalcite
 

23MRB36: Hematite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with equant habit and well defined faces, blackish in tone but with reddish reflections, embedded in a matrix formed of yellowish green crystals of Lizardite and whitish masses of Hydrotalcite.
This type of specimen is a classic for the mineralogy of Norway and are already scarce on the mineralogical market.
Øvre Dypingdal Mine, Dypingdal serpentine-magnesite deposit, Snarum, Modum, Viken  Norway (2020)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.5 × 4.0 cm = 2.32” × 1.77” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1,.6 cm = 0.63” × 0.39”

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Hematite, Lizardite, Hydrotalcite.
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Morocco

Microcline, Quartz
Microcline, Quartz. Front
Front
Microcline, Quartz. Detail
Detail
 

22EMB14: Druse of tabular Microcline crystals with very sharp crystal forms, good luster and an intense pink color, and covered with small Quartz crystals.
The specimen was obtained in Munich 2022 and comes from discoveries made in the Imilchil area between August and September 2022.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08-09/2022)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.1 × 4.7 cm = 2.87” × 2.40” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.34” × 1.06”

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Microcline, Quartz, (variety smoky)
 

22MRZ14: Group of Microcline crystals of short prismatic habit, with reddish terminations and accompanied by a group of Quartz crystals (smoky variety), one of them clearly dominant.
The specimen comes from a very unusual find made in Aouli, where the presence of feldspars was unknown until now.
Aouli, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2022)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 5.3 × 2.4 cm = 3.82” × 2.09” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 0.63” × 0.43”

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Microcline, Quartz, (variety smoky). Vista frontal
Vista frontal
Microcline, Quartz, (variety smoky). Detail
Detail
Aragonite
Aragonite. Front
Front
Aragonite. Detail
Detail
Aragonite. Side
Side
 

22MGR76: Aragonite crystal with cyclic twinning, transparent, lustrous and colorless, in an ignimbritic volcanic matrix.
The specimen comes from finds made in Mamsa in April 2022.
Mamsa, Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Boulemane Province, Fès-Meknès Region  Morocco (04/2022)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.6 × 2.2 cm = 2.13” × 1.02” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 1.3 cm = 2.05” × 0.51”

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Aragonite
 

22MFB76: Group of Aragonite crystals with cyclic twinning, transparent, lustrous and colorless, on an ignimbritic volcanic matrix.
This specimen comes from finds made in Mamsa in April 2022.
Mamsa, Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Boulemane Province, Fès-Meknès Region  Morocco (04/2022)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.80” × 2.05” × 1.22”

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

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Aragonite. Front
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Aragonite. Detail
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Aragonite
Aragonite. Front
Front
Aragonite. Side
Side
 

23MFA27: Group of cyclically twinned Aragonite crystals, transparent, lustrous and colorless, on ignimbritic volcanic rock matrix.
Mamsa, Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Boulemane Province, Fès-Meknès Region  Morocco (04/2022)

Specimen size: 8.0 × 4.9 × 3.7 cm = 3.15” × 1.93” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 7.6 × 1.7 cm = 2.99” × 0.67”

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Baryte, Pyrite, Quartz
 

22MXR48: Group of tabular and very sharp Baryte crystals that are transparent, one of them clearly dominant, lustrous, and blue in color with fine yellowish areas on the edges of the crystals, associated with small white coatings of Quartz and very shiny microcrystals of Pyrite.
The specimen was obtained in Munich 2022 and comes from finds made at the Bou Nahas mine between August and September 2022.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08-09/2022)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.4 × 6.5 cm = 4.92” × 2.91” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 3.0 cm = 1.69” × 1.18”

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Baryte, Pyrite, Quartz. Front
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Baryte, Pyrite, Quartz. Side
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Baryte, Pyrite, Quartz. Detail
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Baryte with Chalcopyrite inclusions
Baryte with Chalcopyrite inclusions. Front
Front
Baryte with Chalcopyrite inclusions. Side
Side
 

23TXZ56: Group of tabular Baryte crystals with rhombic-shaped faces, two of them clearly dominant and parallel, and very sharp edges, transparent and with small dark Chalcopyrite crystals inclusions. Comes from a classic locality for Baryte in Morocco at which Baryte crystals have been found greater than 40 cm in length.
The specimen comes from the collection of Bill and Diana Dameron.
Mefis, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7.99 × 2.9 × 2.8 cm = 3.15” × 1.14” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 7.9 × 2.7 cm = 3.11” × 1.06”

Former collection of Bill & Diana Dameron
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Baryte, Pyrite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

19MZA11: Small very shiny Pyrite crystals have completely pseudomorphed old Baryte crystals, of which only their original morphology remains, especially in the basal part of the piece, as can be seen in the video. Coming from the Bou Nahas mine in Morocco, which never ceases to amaze us with the multiple presentations of its sulfides, with pyrite being the premier exhibit.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (07/2020)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.3 × 2.2 cm = 2.17” × 1.69” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.0 cm = 0.87” × 0.79”

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Baryte, Pyrite.
Pyrite perimorphic of Baryte
Pyrite perimorphic of Baryte. Front
Front
Pyrite perimorphic of Baryte. Rear
Rear
 

16MJM11: A novelty from Morocco, from a discovery in the summer of 2020. White tabular crystals of Baryte partially covered by a perimorphic growth of a mosaic of very lustrous small cubic and octahedral Pyrite crystals. The Bou Nahas Mine, a polymetallic hydrothermal deposit, continues to provide pleasant mineral surprises.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (07/2020)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.0 × 1.6 cm = 1.81” × 1.18” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.0 cm = 0.98” × 0.79”

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Elbaite-Schorl Series (variety rubellite), Feldspar
 

21ERR56: Single crystal of Elbaite-Schorl series, perfectly terminated, with well-defined faces and edges, between transparent and translucent, with reddish tones, becoming more yellowish in the center of the crystal and small remnants of matrix formed by feldspars.
These specimens have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Beni Bouzra (Bni Bouzra), Chefchaouen Province, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region  Morocco (2022)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.91” × 0.51” × 0.47”

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Elbaite-Schorl Series (variety rubellite), Feldspar. Front
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Elbaite-Schorl Series (variety rubellite), Feldspar. Rear
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Elbaite-Schorl Series (variety rubellite), Feldspar
Elbaite-Schorl Series (variety rubellite), Feldspar. Front
Front
Elbaite-Schorl Series (variety rubellite), Feldspar. Rear
Rear
 

21ELB86: Two interpenetrating crystals of Elbaite-Schorl series, one of them dominant and perfectly terminated, with well defined faces and edges, between transparent and translucent, with reddish tones and striations on the faces, with the upper termination and some faces completely covered by feldspar crystals.
Beni Bouzra (Bni Bouzra), Chefchaouen Province, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region  Morocco (2022)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 0.83” × 0.83” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.83” × 0.63”

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Galena, Cerussite, Plumbogummite, Quartz, Wulfenite
 

21TTX13: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2021 Virtual show. Group of equant Galena crystals coated with white Cerussite microcrystals. They are also partially covered by Plumbogummite with a slightly bluish color and Quartz microcrystals, and on top of this small bipyramidal Wulfenite crystals, transparent and yellow. Above this there are Quartz crystals. The specimen comes from a 2021 find in the Georges vein in the Sidi Ayad area.
It has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses of the various species to the buyer.
Georges vein, Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Boulemane Province, Fès-Meknès Region  Morocco (03/2021)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.6 × 3.2 cm = 2.17” × 1.42” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.42” × 1.02”

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Galena, Cerussite, Plumbogummite, Quartz, Wulfenite.
Galena, Baryte, Cerussite, Plumbogummite, Quartz, Wulfenite
Galena, Baryte, Cerussite, Plumbogummite, Quartz, Wulfenite. Front
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Galena, Baryte, Cerussite, Plumbogummite, Quartz, Wulfenite. Side
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21TQX36: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2021 Virtual show. Group of equant Galena crystals coated with white Cerussite microcrystals. They are also partially covered by Plumbogummite with a slightly bluish color and Quartz microcrystals, and on top of this small bipyramidal transparent yellow Wulfenite crystals. Above this ensemble are salmon-colored Quartz crystals and lamellar Baryte crystals. The specimen comes from a 2021 find in the Georges vein in the Sidi Ayad area.
It has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses of the various species to the buyer.
Georges vein, Sidi Ayad (Sidi Ayed), Boulemane Province, Fès-Meknès Region  Morocco (03/2021)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 5.5 × 5.0 cm = 3.23” × 2.17” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.1 cm = 1.34” × 1.22”

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Vanadinite on manganese oxides
 

19TXE14: Groups and isolated crystals of Vanadinite, many of them doubly terminated, with sharp crystal forms of short prismatic habit, some with hoppered terminations, translucent and with an intense and uniform orange-red color, in a matrix of manganese oxides forming spherical aggregates. From the most productive vein in the Taouz deposit but with an unusual quality for that deposit.
Tadaout, vein 12, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.2 × 3.1 cm = 1.30” × 1.26” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.35” × 0.28”

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Vanadinite on manganese oxides. Front
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Vanadinite on manganese oxides. Rear
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Calcite (variety kanonenspat), Quartz
Calcite (variety kanonenspat), Quartz. Front
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Calcite (variety kanonenspat), Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

18EKD11: Group of Calcite crystals with very sharp pseudohexagonal outlines, completely covered by a second generation of small crystals, also of Calcite, partially dissolved and with small Quartz crystals. At the base there are remnants of matrix reminiscent of the Brazilian or Uruguayan basalts that host amethyst crystals.
We have analyzed this type of specimen due to its genetic complexity and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (09-10/2021)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.8 × 5.4 cm = 2.87” × 2.28” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2.9 cm = 1.77” × 1.14”

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Calcite (variety kanonenspat), Quartz
 

18EKB16: Group of Calcite crystals with very sharp pseudohexagonal outlines, covered by a second generation of small crystals, also of Calcite, partially dissolved, and with small Quartz crystals. We have analyzed this type of specimen due to its genetic complexity and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (09-10/2021)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 7.1 × 5.2 cm = 2.99” × 2.80” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 7.4 × 4.0 cm = 2.91” × 1.57”

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Calcite (variety kanonenspat), Quartz. Front
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Calcite (variety kanonenspat), Quartz. Rear
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Azurite
Azurite.
 

21TLX13: A novelty at the Sainte Marie Virtual 2021 Show.
Bundles of elongated and terminated Azurite crystals that are transparent, with great luster and a very vivid blue color reminiscent of the "electric blue" of the best specimens from Milpillas.
This specimen, in a matrix with Quartz and small remnants of Malachite, comes from finds made in 2021 in the Tazalarht area.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa Region  Morocco (2021)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.42” × 1.06” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.31” × 0.12”

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Malachite
 

21TZX46: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2021 Virtual Show.
Coatings of deep green primary Malachite crystals with irregular but distinguishable shapes, with a second generation of centered growths of fine acicular crystals with a silky luster and very vivid color. On limonite matrix.
The specimen comes from recent finds in the Tazalarht area.
Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa Region  Morocco (2021)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.2 × 2.9 cm = 2.80” × 2.44” × 1.14”

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Malachite. Front
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Malachite. Detail
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Prehnite
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

minID: AF2-0XG
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Congo D.R.

Dioptase, limonite
 

22TBT86: Primary crystals of Dioptase with a very deep emerald-green color, with great luster and well defined faces and edges, on a matrix of limonitic rock. It comes from Mindouli, the type locality for plancheite, in the 'African copper belt'.
Mindouli, Mindouli District, Pool Department  Republic of the Congo

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.6 × 3.0 cm = 2.28” × 1.42” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.0 cm = 0.47” × 0.39”

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Dioptase, limonite. Front
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Dioptase, limonite. Detail
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Madagascar

Calcite (twinned)
Calcite (twinned). Front
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Calcite (twinned). Rear
Rear
 

16TP56: A common species like Calcite is not usually world class, but in this case we observe a group of crystals from the August 2004 discovery in Madagascar, formed by an attractive aggregate, in which the sharpness of the crystals, their color and luster, and especially the appearance of extraordinarily unusual twins, formed by the interpenetration of two rhombohedra, are outstanding.
Basalt Quarry, Ambariomiambana, Sambava District, Sava Region  Madagascar (08/2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.1 × 2.5 cm = 1.38” × 1.22” × 0.98”

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Mozambique

Quartz, Tourmaline (Group)
 

2N10: Quartz crystal of tessin habit, with stretch marks and Tourmaline crystals both outside and inside the Quartz crystal.
Mamapa, Nampula Province  Mozambique (2016)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 6.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.67” × 2.64” × 0.59”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: ARF-0FD
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Quartz, Tourmaline (Group).
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South Africa

Malachite
Malachite.
 

22TBR13: Botryoidal aggregate of Malachite, with one of the spheres clearly dominant and of a deep green tone, with remnants of the surrounding concretion that is distinguished by lighter greenish hues. The specimen is from a known African locality, but one from which such fine quality specimens are rare.
It comes from the old collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon and once had a handwritten label attached that due to the passage of time was already illegible, so it has been removed from the specimen.
Okiep Copper District, Namakwa District Municipality, Northern Cape  South Africa

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.50” × 1.14” × 0.91”

Former collection of Robert-Auguste Touchon
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Namibia

Fluorite, Schorl, Herderite

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Fluorite, Schorl, Herderite
 

20FMX47: Group of Fluorite crystals that show the forms of the rhombododecahedron with curved faces, between transparent and translucent, of a slightly greenish color with some violet reflections, arranged on a network of black, lustrous, acicular crystals of Schorl, with more prismatic schorls forming the matrix at the base of the piece. Small, very transparent crystals of Herderite complete the combo. Some of the Fluorite crystals also have Schorl inclusions.
The specimen is from the Jan Buma former fluorite collection (number 050607).
Davib East Farm (Davib Ost Farm), Karibib District, Erongo Region  Namibia (±2005)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 11.8 × 7.2 cm = 5.24” × 4.65” × 2.83”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.55” × 0.43”

Former Jan Buma collection. Number 050607
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Fluorite, Schorl, Herderite. Front
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Fluorite, Schorl, Herderite. Detail
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Duftite, Malachite
Duftite, Malachite.
Duftite, Malachite  

20CMP14: Globular Duftite aggregates with a uniform pistachio-green color, partially covering a rock matrix, along with scattered spherical aggregates of grass-green malachite. The Tsumeb mine –the origin of this piece- is the type locality (TL) for Duftite.
The specimen comes from the former collection (duplicates) of Carles Curto (number 1982.19), whose label and computer file we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.30” × 1.30” × 0.75”

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Descloizite with Dolomite
Descloizite with Dolomite  

17EA12: Floater and very aerial parallel growths of sharp tabular Descloizite crystals, translucent, with a bright luster and chocolate color, partially coated by small rhombohedral Dolomite crystals.
The specimen comes from the Claus Hedegaard collection (number 10517), whose catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.06” × 0.67” × 0.47”

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

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard
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Descloizite with Dolomite.
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Cerussite
Cerussite.
 

11AF11: Partially doubly terminated crystal of Cerussite, twinned, with well defined faces and edges and slightly transparent. The specimen comes from a world famous locality, the Tsumeb mine, which exploited several metals, including copper, lead, zinc, silver, germanium and cadmium.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.67” × 0.55”

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Shattuckite, Malachite
 

2T26: Fine botryoidal Shattuckite aggregate, with a felted surface and a uniform color, with deep blue borders, that include deep green malachite acicular crystals.
Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region  Namibia (2009)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4.5 × 3.0 cm = 2.95” × 1.77” × 1.18”


minID: CXE-KYW
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Zambia

Tarbuttite
Tarbuttite.
 

11EB11: Very fine tabular crystals of Tarbuttite, a rare zinc hydroxy-phosphate, on a limonite matrix. It has a greenish coloration with light and bright tones. The specimen comes from the type locality for this species. The Kabwe mine, now closed, processed lead, zinc and silver ores.
Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine), Kabwe (Kabwe-Ka Mukuba), Kabwe District, Central Province  Zambia (07/1976)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.2 × 1.4 cm = 1.46” × 1.26” × 0.55”

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Brazil

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

minID: LN1-KD3
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Gold.
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Gold
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

minID: 2D4-VYJ
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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

minID: H38-6JE
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Gold.
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Elbaite, Mica
Elbaite, Mica. Elbaite, Mica.
 

9TV47H5: Classic prismatic crystal from Pederneira, Elbaite, a Na, Li and Al bor-silicate, terminated with three faces of a very acute rhombohedron. Color is very deep and the transparency is excellent. The esthetic equilibrium is due to the coverage of Muscovite on the right side of the sample.
Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 2.5 × 1.4 cm = 2.28”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: HC9-8U8
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Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 

17MM58: Doubly terminated floater crystal, recrystallized at the base, with a flat pinacoidal termination with figures of dissolution at one end and polycrystalline growths at the opposite end. Transparent to translucent and with a uniform bluish green color.
Padre Paraíso, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 9.0 × 3.4 × 3.0 cm = 3.54” × 1.34” × 1.18”

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Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
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Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top
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Hureaulite, Rockbridgeite, Quartz
Hureaulite, Rockbridgeite, Quartz. Hureaulite, Rockbridgeite, Quartz.
Hureaulite, Rockbridgeite, Quartz.
 

9TE95H9: Group of quite well defined crystals, deep pink, on a matrix of Quartz partially covered by botryoidal deep green, almost black, Rockbridgeite. Manganese and iron phosphates respectively.
Fazenda Pomarolli, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 9.0 × 7.0 × 5.0 cm = 3.54”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: F2L-GT7
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Childrenite, Roscherite, Feldspar

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19APX72: Very sharp crystals of Childrenite with acute terminations, some of them doubly terminated, translucent, lustrous, and brown in color. On matrix and with cream-colored crystals of Roscherite. Small doubly terminated Quartz crystals with parallel orientations, and snow-white Feldspar aggregates, complete the combo. The specimen comes from a pegmatite hosted in granite.
Both species, the Childrenite and the Roscherite, have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Poço Dantas Mine, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2006)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.2 × 2.3 cm = 2.17” × 1.26” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1.0 × 0.2 cm = 0.39” × 0.08”

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Childrenite, Roscherite, Feldspar. Front
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Childrenite, Roscherite, Feldspar. Detail
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Eosphorite, Roscherite, Quartz (variety rose quartz)
Eosphorite, Roscherite, Quartz (variety rose quartz). Front
Front
Eosphorite, Roscherite, Quartz (variety rose quartz). Rear
Rear
Eosphorite, Roscherite, Quartz (variety rose quartz). Detail
Detail

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16TTR86: Druse of Quartz crystals (rose quartz variety) with polycrystalline terminations, good luster and pink color, on the back of the piece. The front exhibits a multitude of greenish Roscherite crystals, a rare phosphate of calcium, manganese and beryllium. This combo is completed by a multitude of prismatic, doubly terminated and lustrous light brown crystals of Eosphorite, a manganese and aluminum phosphate of secondary origin in phosphate-bearing granitic pegmatites. This specimen is a good example of that.
Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 5.4 × 5.2 × 2.2 cm = 2.13” × 2.05” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.16” × 0.04”

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Dufrénite, Quartz, Albite
 

11TRM14: Quartz crystal (smoky variety), doubly terminated and partially covered by a large group of snowy white Albite crystals. On top of the Albite sits a younger mass of very small dark Dufrenite crystals, which is normally a secondary mineral in iron deposits. Metasomatic fluid circulation and weathering processes gave rise to the formation of secondary phosphates, such as Dufrenite, in this lithium-rich pegmatite.
Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.9 × 3.8 cm = 2.68” × 2.32” × 1.50”

Photos: Joaquim Callén
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Dufrénite, Quartz, Albite. Dufrénite, Quartz, Albite.
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'lepidolite', Albite
'lepidolite', Albite. 'lepidolite', Albite.
 

11TF27: Stalagmitic growths forming a druse of light brown lepidolite crystals with sharp terminations and pseudo-hexagonal contour, associated with small white Albite crystals. Coming from the pegmatites of Brazil, lepidolite is a mica rich in lithium.
  Brazil

Specimen size: 16.3 × 10.5 × 6.3 cm = 6.42” × 4.13” × 2.48”

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

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


minID: 4P9-QWW
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Previous face
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Back face
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Back face detail
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Colombia

Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald).
 

2D13: Aggregate of elongated crystals, one of them clearly dominant, on Calcite crystals matrix, shiny and green intense color.
Muzo mining district, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.65” × 1.02” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.55” × 0.16”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

minID: QE3-RWD
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Bolivia

Cylindrite
Cylindrite  

20CBX66: Aggregate of fine Cylindrite crystals in parallel groups of silvery grey color and metallic luster. This deposit exploits veins of tin, lead and silver, and is the type locality (TL) for this specie.
The specimen comes from the former collection (duplicates) of Carles Curto (number 1984.37), whose label and computer file we will send to the buyer.
Trinacria Mine, Callipampa, Poopó Province, Oruro Department  Bolivia

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.38” × 1.34” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.1 cm = 0.63” × 0.04”

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Cylindrite.

Peru

Rhodochrosite, Quartz
Rhodochrosite, Quartz.
 

23TBP14: Spheroidal growths of Rhodochrosite, some of them clearly dominant, of an intense and uniform pink color, with water-clear and very lustrous crystals of Quartz and aggregates of Sphalerite microcrystals.
From an active mine that exploits lead, copper, zinc and silver. Curiously, in this same mine and time period, similar specimens were found, but paler in color, that turned out to be manganese-bearing calcites, while analysis showed these more intensely colored specimens to be authentic rhodochrosites.
We will send a copy of this new analysis to the buyer.
Austria Duvas Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department  Peru (07/2021)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.1 × 3.5 cm = 1.93” × 1.61” × 1.38”

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

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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

18EMB13: Peculiar polycrystalline growths and crystal rosettes of translucent, lustrous Quartz in a rock matrix corresponding to a volcanic tuff. The intense pink color is its natural intrinsic color, not due to inclusions of iron oxides. The precise name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known in future.
Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.81” × 1.46” × 0.67”

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Quartz (variety rose quartz).
Quartz (variety rose quartz)
Quartz (variety rose quartz).
 

18ERT14: Peculiar polycrystalline growths and crystal rosettes of translucent, lustrous Quartz in a rock matrix corresponding to a volcanic tuff. The intense pink color is its natural intrinsic color, not due to inclusions of iron oxides.
Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2021)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.7 × 3.6 cm = 2.01” × 1.46” × 1.42”

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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

18EMA06: Peculiar polycrystalline growths and crystal rosettes of translucent, lustrous Quartz in a rock matrix corresponding to a volcanic tuff. The intense pink color is its natural intrinsic color, not due to inclusions of iron oxides. The precise name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known in future.
Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.9 × 3.2 cm = 2.64” × 1.54” × 1.26”

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Rhodochrosite, Quartz, Sphalerite
Rhodochrosite, Quartz, Sphalerite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite, Quartz, Sphalerite. Detail
Detail
 

16EZT26: Spheroidal growths of Rhodochrosite, some of them clearly dominant, with an intense and uniform pink color, with water-clear and very lustrous Quartz crystals and aggregates microcrystals of Sphalerite. From an active mine that works lead, copper, zinc and silver. Interestingly, from this same mine and time period, similar but paler colored specimens were found that turned out to be manganese-bearing calcites, whereas these more intensely colored specimens turned out on analysis to be true rhodochrosites. We will send a copy of this new analysis to the buyer.
Austria Duvas Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department  Peru (07/2021)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 3.07” × 2.13” × 1.65”

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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

18EGP12: Peculiar polycrystalline growths and crystal rosettes of translucent, lustrous Quartz in a rock matrix corresponding to a volcanic tuff. The intense pink color is its natural intrinsic color, not due to inclusions of iron oxides. The precise name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known in future.
Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.20” × 1.38” × 1.30”

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Quartz (variety rose quartz).
Calcite epitactic Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite
Calcite epitactic Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite. Calcite epitactic Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite.
 

11TP46: Rich group of Calcite crystals in epitactic growth on Rhodochrosite. The rhodochrosite acted as a substrate which controlled the shapes and orientations of the younger Calcite crystals. The specimen is completed by crystals of Sphalerite which form the matrix, and tiny crystals of Pyrite sprinkled between the white Calcite crystals.
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department  Peru (01-02/2016)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.2 × 4.5 cm = 2.68” × 1.65” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

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Hutchinsonite, Quartz, Pyrite
 

16TT12: Group of highly lustrous Pyrite crystals, pentadodecahedral, partially covered by white Quartz crystals. Dotted with small groups of Hutchinsonite crystals with a brilliant black color and metallic luster. A Peruvian classic.
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department  Peru (03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.0 × 3.6 × 2.0 cm = 1.57” × 1.42” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.1 cm = 0.24” × 0.04”

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Hutchinsonite, Quartz, Pyrite. Hutchinsonite, Quartz, Pyrite.
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China

Carbonatecyanotrichite
Carbonatecyanotrichite. Carbonatecyanotrichite.
 

2T14: Delicate Carbonatecyanotrichite 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

minID: JX0-R3Q
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Carbonatecyanotrichite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

19AHX58: Delicate Carbonatecyanotrichite crystals that form fibrous velvety crusts, uniform sky-blue, on Calcite crystals coating small remnants of ferruginous rock matrix. The specimen comes from an epithermal deposit where gold and antimony are exploited.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.9 × 2.5 cm = 2.09” × 1.14” × 0.98”

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Carbonatecyanotrichite. Detail
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Aurichalcite, Chalcopyrite
Aurichalcite, Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Aurichalcite, Chalcopyrite. Detail
Detail
 

22MMB16: Botryoidal and spheroidal growths of light bluish green Aurichalcite, on a matrix formed by a multitude of sharp Dolomite crystals with brown tones, and Quartz crystals, with trapezohedral and interpenetrating crystals of Chalcopyrite with an external patina of oxides, from a deposit that produces gold, silver and lead.
Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.4 × 1.3 cm = 1.38” × 1.34” × 0.51”

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Fluorite, Dolomite
 

22MRA11: Floater piece formed by a pair of Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, purple around the edges and more bluish towards the faces with marked roughness, which gives it a peculiar appearance with small remains of Dolomite crystals.
From a polymetallic tin deposit.
Dachang District, Nandan, Hechi Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (10/2022)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 2.24” × 1.46” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.50” × 1.26”

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Fluorite, Dolomite. Front
Front
Fluorite, Dolomite. Side
Side
Fluorite, Quartz, Pyrite
Fluorite, Quartz, Pyrite. Front
Front
Fluorite, Quartz, Pyrite. Detail
Detail
 

20TRX66: Hemispherical druse formed of a group of interpenetrating Fluorite crystals with well defined faces and edges and a deep blue color, almost mauve, with semi-transparent crystals that show color zoning, and with reddish inclusions in some of them. Small scattered crystals of Quartz and Pyrite dot the piece.
Comes from a mine that exploits tungsten and tin, hosted in quartz veins.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.7 × 2.9 cm = 2.20” × 1.85” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.51” × 0.43”

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Fluorite, Calcite
Fluorite, Calcite  

9JB88X0: Group of crystals on limestone 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: 8.0 × 7.8 × 4.5  cm = 3.15”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.5 cm = 1.50”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
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Fluorite, Calcite. Fluorite, Calcite.
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Fluorite, Quartz
Fluorite, Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite, Quartz. Detail
Detail
 

17GDX47: Rounded druse of Quartz crystals without development of the prism, with a snow-white color, on which Fluorite crystals of cubic morphology have been deposited. Translucent, with polycrystalline growths on the faces and edges showing a geometric color zoning with greenish cores and deep lilac edges. Comes from a mine that has provided excellent specimens of Fluorite worldwide.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2006)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 12.5 × 4.2 cm = 5.24” × 4.92” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.7 cm = 0.75” × 0.67”

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Malachite
 

11TGH6: Botryoidal growth of very aesthetic shapes, with bands of different shades of green and an intense silky luster, which gives it a peculiar 'chatoyant' appearance.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.1 × 3.0 cm = 1.77” × 1.22” × 1.18”

Photos: Joaquim Callén
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Malachite. Malachite.
Malachite
Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Rear
Rear
 

11TGJ16: Botryoidal growth of very aesthetic shapes, with bands of different shades of green and an intense silky luster, which gives it a peculiar 'chatoyant' appearance.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.3 × 3.6 cm = 2.44” × 1.69” × 1.42”

Photos: Joaquim Callén
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Malachite
 

11TGK64: Botryoidal growth of very aesthetic shapes, with bands of different shades of green and an intense silky luster, which gives it a peculiar 'chatoyant' appearance.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.01” × 1.69” × 0.94”

Photos: Joaquim Callén
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Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Rear
Rear
Babingtonite, Quartz
Babingtonite, Quartz. Babingtonite, Quartz.
 

9MJ47: Group of Quartz crystals, the largest of them doubly terminated, with transparent terminations, among which Babingtonite crystals have grown with well-defined black faces and edges, with a good luster. The group with the two largest Quartz crystals has grown on a spheroidal Prehnite crystal, with a pale green color that gives subtlety to the whole piece. This type of specimen appears in cavities in basalt that covers a large part of the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan, in China.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.4 × 3.7 cm = 1.89” × 1.34” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 0.9 cm = 1.22” × 0.35”

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Tanzanie

Prehnite, Graphite
 

20EBL27: Divergent growths of Prehnite crystals in two preferred directions, with perfect terminations, translucent, very lustrous, with an intense and uniform yellow color, and with a line of black Graphite crystals with a silky luster aligned on the upper face of one of the groups of Prehnite crystals and small remnants of whitish Calcite.
From a mine that is world-renowned for its tsavorites and tanzanites but which has also yielded several other mineral species, among them this aesthetic Prehnite, in addition to 3 type locality (TL) species.
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region  Tanzania

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.32” × 1.65” × 1.10”

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Prehnite, Graphite.
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Pakistan

Doubly terminated Epidote
Doubly terminated Epidote. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Epidote. Rear
Rear
 

23NNB87: Floater group of equant crystals of deep pistachio-green Epidote with an unusual pseudo-octahedral habit, and truncated on the faces of the smoother and shinier pinacoid.
The specimen comes from the collection of Miguel David Martínez (number 1048) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Maldin Koh, Maldin, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2011)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 7.5 × 5.5 cm = 2.99” × 2.95” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 5.6 cm = 2.44” × 2.20”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez
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Brucite, Dypingite
 

18NT76: Botryoidal aggregates, with visible crystal forms, something not very common for the species, and with remnants of matrix. Apart from the excellent luster, the unusual quality and intensity of the uniform lemon-yellow color stands out. Partially covered by transparent whitish crystals of Dypingite. Geologically, both species are found in peridotites as the product of serpentinization in a regional ophiolite complex.
The Dypingite and the Brucite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2016)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.4 × 1.0 cm = 1.46” × 1.34” × 0.39”

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Brucite, Dypingite.
Brucite, Dypingite
Brucite, Dypingite.
 

18NK46: Botryoidal aggregate of Brucite, with small traces of matrix and visible crystal forms, which is unusual for the species. Apart from the excellent luster, the unusual quality and intensity of the uniform lemon-yellow color stands out. Partially covered by transparent whitish crystals of Dypingite. Geologically, both species are found in peridotites as the product of serpentinization in a regional ophiolite complex.
The Dypingite and the Brucite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2016)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.34” × 1.06” × 0.55”

With analysis copy
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Brucite
 

9NE66: Botryoidal aggregates of a uniform yellow color and with visible crystals, something not very common for the species. With remnants of matrix.
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2016)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.0 × 1.0  cm = 1.89” × 1.18” × 0.39”

Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Brucite.

India

Mesolite, Heulandite-Ca, Laumontite
Mesolite, Heulandite-Ca, Laumontite. Mesolite, Heulandite-Ca, Laumontite.
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”


minID: NE5-7KL
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Stilbite-Ca, Fluorapophyllite-(K)
 

2M10: Aggregates of Stilbite-Ca crystals, one of them clearly dominant and doubly terminated, slightly pinkish white in color, on a matrix full of smaller but well-defined Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals from the well-known Deccan Traps basalt quarries in India.
Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 11.6 × 8.0 × 7.0 cm = 4.57” × 3.15” × 2.76”

Main crystal size: 7.3 × 3.2 cm = 2.87” × 1.26”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

Former collection of Enrique Moës
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Stilbite-Ca, Fluorapophyllite-(K).
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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

Specimen size: 10.1 × 5.0 × 9.1 cm = 3.98” × 1.97” × 3.58”

Main crystal size: 1.0 × 1.3 cm = 0.39” × 0.51”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: DNJ-YJ1
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Japan

Axinite-(Fe)
 

2M11: Group of Axinite-(Fe) crystals, with defined faces and edges and brown color. A Japanese classic.
Obira Mine, Bungo-Ohno City, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu Region  Japan (1980)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.0 × 2.0 cm = 1.26” × 0.79” × 0.79”

Photo: Joaquim Callén

minID: 3Y8-79X
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Axinite-(Fe).
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Iran

Iranite
Iranite.
Iranite. Binocular view 50X
Binocular view 50X
Iranite. Binocular view 50X
Binocular view 50X
 

1D59: Small yellowish, bright and profiled crystals of Iranite, a rare lead, copper and chromium silicate implanted in Dolomite matrix. The specimen is a cotype of the species, came from the Sorbonne Museum, currently Pierre et Marie Curie University, with handwritten label by Pierre Bariand, curator of the mineralogy collection.
Chah Khouni Mine, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran

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

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

Cotype. With note from La Sorbonee Museum

minID: 9RF-PT0
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Australia

Kapundaite
 

23TLX96: Fine aggregates of orange-brown Kapundaite crystals, completely filling vugs in a matrix formed by a mixture of phosphates.
Kapundaite is a rare phosphate of sodium, calcium, and iron and comes from the type locality (TL) for the species, the Tom's quarry in Kapunda, Australia, which is active and is also the type locality for another 4 mineral species, in addition to Kapundaite.
Tom's Quarry, Kapunda, North Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 3.1 cm = 2.01” × 1.69” × 1.22”

Type locality
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Kapundaite. Front
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Kapundaite. Detail
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New Oldies

After more than 23 years offering minerals on the Fabre Minerals website some of them have been somewhat forgotten after so many updates. That is why, starting with this section, we intend to rescue some specimens, with an improved image, an updated descriptive text, and at a very competitive price. These "oldies" in the Internet age deserve a review and perhaps even to become part of our collections.

Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite
Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite. Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite.
 

9TN37N4: Floater group of crystals, all them doubly terminated, bright, with very well defined faces and edges and very rich in Chlorite inclusions. Highlight the large number of inclusions of an unknown nature. For specialized collectors in minerals rich in inclusions.
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2007)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.4 × 4.2 cm = 3.31”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 2,0 cm = 2.80”


minID: 3AM-KH2
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Anatase and epitaxial Rutile
 

6AT47Q6: Floater growths of Anatase crystals, many of them doubly terminated, in parallel growth. The Anatase has been completely covered by epitaxial Rutile which lends the specimen its characteristic color and luster.
The specimen has been published in the magazine ‘extraLAPIS’ on page 73, number 60, "Titan mineralien"
Anatase-Rutile occurrence, Cuiabá District, Gouveia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03/2003)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 1.30”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

minID: L8Q-WAA
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Anatase and epitaxial Rutile. Front
Front
Anatase and epitaxial Rutile. Rear
Rear
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Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety smoky). Quartz (variety smoky).
 

9MC14F5: One can see different crystals that have grown in various directions. To me it looks like it is the very complex crystallization that gives the specimen so many faces, which means that any movement creates numerous reflections. It is a very original floater with zones of smoky color and multi-colored reflection from its interior. For Quartz specialists.
Sâo Geraldo do Baixio, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2002)

Specimen size: 9.0 × 7.0 × 5.0 cm = 3.54” × 2.76” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3.0 cm = 1.77” × 1.18”

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Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 

6TC27K9: Two doubly terminated crystals in parallel growth, light blue in color. Both retain their terminations, partially perforated by dissolution channels that pass through both crystals as far as their mid-sections.
Medina, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 8.4 × 1.8 × 1.1 cm = 3.31”


minID: 7LT-K2R
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Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top
Top
Sphalerite, Galena, Dolomite
Sphalerite, Galena, Dolomite. Sphalerite, Galena, Dolomite.
 

9N96EK0: Group of very sharp, twinned crystals of excellent honey color and luster on a matrix very rich in Galena and Dolomite. Due to the appearance and the association with Galena it looks different that the usual specimens from Áliva, but it is really from there
Áliva Mine (Las Mánforas Mine), Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 9.4 × 6.6 × 4.6 cm = 3.70”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.20”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: X9G-3L7
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Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) on Quartz (variety smoky)
 

8NE90W4: Scepter growth partially doubly terminated, bright, between transparent and translucent and with a very deep violet color. On smoky Quartz matrix.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Gerona / Girona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain (04/2005)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.6 × 4 cm = 2.56”

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Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) on Quartz (variety smoky). Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) on Quartz (variety smoky).
Quartz (variety amethyst), Quartz (variety smoky), Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst), Quartz (variety smoky), Microcline. Quartz (variety amethyst), Quartz (variety smoky), Microcline.

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9MY17Q1: Very esthetic Group, with parallel growths and very deep color especially concentrated on the zones near the edges. This type of pieces, in this deposit, correspond in origin to myarolytic cavities, so small cavities within a granitic rock where pneumatolytic minerals has developed, Quartz in this case.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Gerona / Girona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 7.0 × 4.0 cm = 4.13”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.46”


minID: LWT-HQP
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Fluorite, Muscovite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

5MG68T1: Group of crystals formed by dominant cube faces, beveled by the rhombododecahedron and truncated by the octahedron, poorly defined, with rough faces and curvatures. In matrix, cut on the back to give balance to the unit. With Muscovite, white Quartz and small Arsenopyrite crystals. A mine that has produced excellent world-class examples of Fluorite.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (10/2006)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 8.8 × 4.6 cm = 4.96”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.10”

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV

Former Jan Buma collection. Number 070302

minID: HX5-WXY
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Fluorite, Muscovite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite. Fluorite, Muscovite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite.
Datolite, Quartz
Datolite, Quartz. Datolite, Quartz.
 

8AA150V2: Group of transparent crystals of Datolite with very well defined faces and edges, with extraordinary luster and transparency, light green color with slightly bluish reflections. They are on a matrix of white crystals of Quartz, some of them doubly terminated.
Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk B deposit, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (2001)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.3 × 3.5 cm = 2.17”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.67”

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

minID: G97-4XL
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Datolite, Quartz
 

8TA140W4: Partially doubly terminated short prismatic crystal of Datolite, bright and with a clear green color and fine striations, perpendicular to the main axis due to the geometrical insertion of completely flat crystals of smoky Quartz, also present as well developed small and doubly terminated crystals.
Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk B deposit, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.28”

Very fluorescent long & short UV
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Datolite, Quartz. Front
Front
Datolite, Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz
Quartz. Quartz.
 

9EF26R9: Group of translucent crystals of Quartz. They are slightly spindled and most of them are doubly terminated, and they have inclusions which clearly define phantoms. The terminations of the crystals present greater transparency.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (±1990)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 6.2 × 2.9 cm = 3.19”

Main crystal size: 6.0 × 1.1 cm = 2.36”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: J5N-65A
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Epidote
 

9EA86S9: Group of crystals, of pistachio green color, with very simple forms but with a very uncommon habit, the predominance of a very well developed frontal pinacoid that results in the crystal being really smooth. The crystals are bright and deep green, almost black. This specimen was a novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2011.
Maldin Koh, Maldin, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2011)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.9 × 3.0 cm = 2.05”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: JT2-84U
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Epidote. Epidote.
Epidote
Epidote. Epidote.
 

9EF87T2: Floater group of pistachio green color but with a very unusual habit, pseudo-octahedral, and with a feebly developed frontal pinacoid. The crystals are thick for the species. This specimen was a novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2011.
Maldin Koh, Maldin, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2011)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 6.4 × 6.4 cm = 3.78”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 4.6 cm = 2.17”

Photos: Joaquim Callén
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Azurite
 

9NH46P2: Group of complex doubly terminated crystals formed by polycrystalline parallel groups deeply blue color. The group is on rock sandstone matrix. This type's specimen are found in a specific stratigraphic level of little development, among other strata formed by dolomitized rocks.
Kerrouchen, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 6.0 × 4.0 × 2.8 cm = 2.36”

Main crystal size: 6.0 × 3.1 cm = 2.36”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: 5KV-HR5
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Azurite. Azurite.
Silver
Silver. Silver.
 

9TZ89Q0: A scultural growth, very aerial and esthetic, of microcrystals with skeletal forms, on matrix. The piece is from an old find in Imiter, probably around the decade of the 90’s and unusual as the habitual has a crystalline aspect. A Silver mine with epithermal origin.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.5 × 2.9 cm = 2.68”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.46”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: K3R-MPN
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Acanthite, Pyrite, Calcite
 

9EF89L9: A novelty from the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show 2008. Uniaxial and parallel growth of octahedral Acanthite pseudomorphous after Argentite crystals. With very well defined faces and edges, these specimens have an exceptional luster, much better than other Acanthite specimens from Imiter we have seen before. On the back side of the sample one can see small Pyrite and Calcite crystals. Imiter mine is an epithermal deposit of Neoproterozoic Ag-Hg included in black pelites.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2007)

Specimen size: 4 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 1.57”

Main crystal size:  2.5 × 2 cm = 0.98”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

minID: C8A-4WR
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Acanthite, Pyrite, Calcite. Acanthite, Pyrite, Calcite.
Acanthite, Pyrite, Calcite.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.
 

9TA66Q0: Very aerial polycrystalline botryoidal growths with white, slightly pinkish, color, on Limonite matrix. This mine has contributed with 72 type locality (TL) species to the mineralogy.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.85”

Photos: Joaquim Callén

Very fluorescent long & short UV

minID: KF2-T9E
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Elbaite
 

8TG175W4: Floater and complete crystal that has an excellent flat termination, with small faces of the rhombohedron and, on the opposite end, a polycrystalline growth with acute rhombohedral terminations. The color zoning, typical for the locality, is very well marked, with a green cap and pinkish-red shades in the body of the crystal.
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California  USA

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2.0 × 2.0 cm = 0.87”


minID: UPL-8QY
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Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz. Detail
Detail
 

8EQ89V2: Group of three large translucent crystals with split growths showing smaller crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, transparent, very bright and practically colorless. The locality, a great European classic, hasn’t supplied collector’s specimens since long ago. The Banská Štiavnica ore district is in the central Slovakia zone of Neogene Volcanic Field.
Banská Štiavnica (Schemnitz), Banská Štiavnica District, Banská Bystrica Region  Slovak Republic (05/2011)

Specimen size: 15.5 × 8.5 × 9.0  cm = 6.10”

Main crystal size: 14.0 × 4.5 cm = 5.51”


minID:  QX5-GMD
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Doubly terminated Calcite with inclusions
 

8TF130Y4: Doubly terminated crystal, on matrix, with very complex forms. It is bright and transparent and shows a phantom growth in its central zone.
Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.69”


minID: JX6-YQW
Express Specimen
Doubly terminated Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Calcite with inclusions. Top
Top
Quartz (variety amethyst) after Calcite with Hematite
Quartz (variety amethyst) after Calcite with Hematite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) after Calcite with Hematite. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety amethyst) after Calcite with Hematite. Bottom
Bottom
 

6TP58L7: Large lenticular Calcite crystal, partially dissolved, covered and replaced almost entirely by Quartz crystals (variety amethyst), with dark inclusions of probably Hematite, on the edges of the Calcite. Different.
Santiño Quarry, Tres Cerros de Santiño area, Artigas Department  Uruguay (2006)

Specimen size: 16.8 × 8.9 × 1.8 cm = 6.61”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.63”


minID: 056-TQ9
Express Specimen
Chrysocolla after Boleite
 

8TA90V1: Aggregate on matrix of Chrysocolla pseudomorphs after small crystals of Boleite and also forming concretions and botryoidal growths. This rare pseudomorph was discovered a few years ago in an area near Amelia (not in the mine itself), but until the end of 2010 new samples had not been recovered.
Manto 3, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur  Mexico (10-12/2010)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4 × 3.4 cm = 2.24”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.24”


minID: 6R6-EQW
Express Specimen
Chrysocolla after Boleite. Chrysocolla after Boleite.
Vanadinite
Vanadinite.
 

8TY16V4: A novelty at Tucson 2012. Unusual crystalline shape for the Vanadinite, whose aggregates, very aerial, are formed by crystals with a prism and an acute dipyramid with very well defined faces and edges and are on matrix with small crystals of Calcite. They show a creamy color and are on matrix.
This sample has been noted and photographed in the Mineralogical Record magazine (January-February 2018, pg. 167)
San Antonio Mine (San Antonio el Grande Mine), chimenea Cox, level 4, East Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico (2011)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.9 × 1.8 cm = 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.59”


minID: A41-WY2
Express Specimen
Sold
Calcite
 

5FT86: Two generations of Calcite. The first generation is stalactitic Calcite, while in the second generation the Calcite takes the more classic crystalline form for the locality. Crystals of both generations have good luster, and both appear partially colored by brown iron oxides. A very decorative piece originating in the Cretaceous carbonate strata of the Sierra de Santa Eulalia.
Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico (1988)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 9 × 7.8 cm = 5.31”

Former Martin Oliete collection. Number 320

minID: 88M-FC1
Express Specimen
Calcite. Calcite.
Adamite
Adamite. Adamite.
 

5TD76M9: Cascading globular growths and well individualized crystals, of yellow color and intense brilliance, that contrast with the ocher limonite matrix. Adamite is a secondary mineral found in zinc deposits that also contain arsenic minerals.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7 × 3.9 cm = 3.62”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.16”

Fluorescent long & short UV

minID: 842-LT5
Express Specimen


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