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The Daunis Collection

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

 


      Lluís Daunis Montada (1916-1979) began his passion for mineralogy when elderly, as a family father, and his love was due in large part to the love he always had for the mountains, wanting to spend as much time as possible in contact with Nature.
      Self taught, he learned by buying books and meeting in his spare time with the collectors and merchants of the time: Joaquín Folch, Josep Cervelló, Enric Kucera, Soler i Pujol (Josep Palaus), S.E.C. (Suministros Escolares y Científicos), Figueras...
      He began to gather his first minerals on weekends in outings to localities near Barcelona, and gradually expanded his range of action in Catalonia and then also throughout Spain, taking advantage of summer and Easter vacations. He was fortunate to live the golden age of searching for minerals (Montseny, Sierra de Madrid, Sallent de Gállego, Eugui...) and also had the success of being a great searcher. He was always accompanied by his wife Maria Ruscalleda and during many years also by his daughter Núria, to whom he passed his hobby, so that the two became his best and most faithful collaborators.
      He was well known to have obtained very good Catalan specimens, being one of the pioneers in locating and finding good pieces of amethyst in Montseny, in the Les Mallorquines area, long before the modern discoveries, as well as very good examples of Quartz and Feldspars from both Catalonia and the Sierra de Madrid as well as Huesca.
      Unfortunately he could never realize his dream: to retire and to devote all his time to minerals. He wanted to get started in microscope photography and also wanted to better document and organize the collection, but a disease took him at 63 years of age.
      His wife Maria Ruscalleda maintained and expanded the collection until the last years of her life and passed it on to her daughter
Núria, who has kept it until the end of 2017.

Núria Daunis

 

Lluís Daunis and his wife Maria Ruscalleda

Lluís Daunis with his wife Maria Ruscalleda in 1972 in an exceptional geode in the Madrid mountain range that produced more than 25 boxes of specimens of Quartz and Orthoclase and in which they were finding more samples throughout several years.
Photo: Núria Daunis

 

Quartz amethyst
Beryl aquamarine
Quartz

 

America


Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite. Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite

DF51AI0: Tabular crystal with polycrystalline recrystallized areas. It has a pink color, variable in depth in different crystal areas, lighter on the edges and deeper and more intense at the center. With an unusual quality for this locality.
Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow County, Montana  USA

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.2 × 1.9 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 0.7”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Fluorite with Sphalerite and Calcite
Fluorite with Sphalerite and Calcite

DG14AI0: Group of very sharp and very well individualized crystals. They are translucent, bright, with a very deep and uniform violet color and they are on matrix. The sample, very esthetic and well balanced, is with and old label from North Star Minerals
Denton Mine, Sub-Rosiclare level, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA (03/1988)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 2.7 × 2.4 cm = 2.7” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




Fluorite with Sphalerite and Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Sphalerite and Calcite. Side
Side
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Silver with Copper
Silver with Copper. Front
Front
Silver with Copper. Rear
Rear

DL56AI0: Floater and dendritic growth of very well defined and bright Silver crystals partially coated by native Copper.
White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 3.1 × 0.8 × 0.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.3” × 0.1”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Silver with Copper

DM48AI0: Floater and dendritic growth of very well defined and bright Silver crystals partially coated, especially at the tips of each crystal, by native Copper.
White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2 × 0.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.1”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Silver with Copper. Front
Front
Silver with Copper. Rear
Rear
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Mimetite
Mimetite. Mimetite.

DC36AI0: Very well defined botryoidal Mimetite with a very intense and uniform yellow color. A Mexican classic, with an excellent quality.
San Pedro Corralitos, Municipio Casas Grandes, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 5.9 × 2.4 × 1.7 cm = 2.3” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Hematite

DT27AH7: Double rosette growth of laminar Hematite growths with very well defined faces, some partially rough edges and very bright pinacoidal surfaces.
Itamarandiba, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.9 × 1.4 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 0.6”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Hematite.
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Quartz (variety rose)
Quartz (variety rose). Quartz (variety rose).

DE27AH7: Very aerial and esthetic growth of Quartz (rose variety) crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, with very well defined faces and edges between transparent and translucent, very bright and with a very intense and vivid color (compared with the usual color of most of this Quartz variety.
Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.1 × 2 cm = 2.7” × 1.6” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Beryl (variety aquamarine)

DF89AF6: A complete floater crystal with parallel crystal domains and prominent dissolution forms. It is extraordinarily clear and has a very vivid and uniform blue color.
The sample is from the Daunis collection (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area during the period 1970-1980).
Pedra Azul (Fortaleza), Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Bottom
Bottom
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Spain


Catalonia

Gahnite with Quartz
Gahnite with Quartz. Gahnite with Quartz.

DT14AI0: Octahedral Gahnite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with a uniform blue color and on matrix with Sphalerite. Such samples are very difficult to obtain in this quality and only from time to time appears a classic like this, only from old collections.
Victoria Mine, Arrés, Comarca Val d'Arán, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 3.1 × 3 × 1.9 cm = 1.2” × 1.2” × 0.7”

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

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Calcite (variety cobaltoan)

DR9AI0: Botryoidal growths on matrix of Calcite (cobaltoan variety) with an intense and deep color with areas that have lighter shades.
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Calcite (variety cobaltoan).
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Doubly terminated Quartz
Doubly terminated Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz. Rear
Rear

DF6AG5: Complete floater crystal, flattened, transparent, very bright and with very visible inclusions. It has a thicker shape than usual for the floater Quartz crystals from the locality.
Llavorsí, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 2.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 0.8”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Quartz with Chlorite

DG16AH6: Group of Quartz crystals, most of them doubly terminated, some extraordinarily flattened but all them very transparent and bright with inclusions of negative Quartz crystals and minor Chlorite.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Llavorsí, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.3” × 2.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.5” × 0.7”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Quartz with Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz with Chlorite. Rear
Rear
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Quartz with Chlorite
Quartz with Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz with Chlorite. Rear
Rear
Quartz with Chlorite

DB96AF9: Parallel growth of doubly terminated, colorless and very clear crystals with a very visible faden nucleus and small Chlorite coatings. The area where these quartzes were found is currently buried by roadwork.
Llavorsí, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.3 × 6.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.5” × 2.4” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 5 × 1.2 cm = 2.0” × 0.5”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Quartz with Chlorite

DZ14AH6: A prominent very clear and bright Quartz crystal that is partially coated by spheroidal Chlorite aggregates.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Llavorsí, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.8 × 7.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.3” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 5 × 2.3 cm = 2.0” × 0.9”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




Quartz with Chlorite. Quartz with Chlorite.
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Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite. Front
Front
Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

DK46AG0: Banded growth of cobaltoan Calcite with a very intense color, between white Calcite bands. The sample, in spite its smooth surfaces, hasn't been acid-etched, as its rough surfaces in most other areas and the existence of easily altered carbonates proves.
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Calcite fluorescent short UV




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Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline

DD16AH2: Quartz crystal with very well defined parallel growths, with a very deep smoky color, very bright and with Microcline on the matrix.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.4 × 3.6 cm = 2.7” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 6.8 × 3.9 cm = 2.7” × 1.5”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline. Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline.
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Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky)
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky).

DX11AH7: Very sharp Isolated Microcline crystal with simple forms, with a particular shape that is well known as “coffin-like.” It is on matrix with white Albite crystals and smoky Quartz.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.1” × 1.0”

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

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky)

DG11AH7: Very sharp isolated Microcline crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with simple forms that have a particular shape that is well known as “coffin-like.” On matrix with white Albite crystals and smoky Quartz.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 2.4” × 1.3” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky).
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Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline and Albite
Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline and Albite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline and Albite. Side
Side

DF16AH6: Quartz (smoky variety) crystals that are bright, transparent, have a very deep and uniform smoky color and are implanted on a matrix of Microcline crystals with a small group of Albite crystals.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4 × 2.9 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1.2 cm = 1.3” × 0.5”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky)

DA87AG0: Subparallel aggregates of flattened crystals on a surface of milky Quartz. The crystals which are bright and with very well defined faces and edges have a very dense and deep color with smoky tinges, especially on the terminations. It is from the historic site at the Montseny Massif where the first high quality amethysts were found decades before more recent finds.
We’ll send to the buyer a digitalized copy of a single label, commonly covering a group of similar samples from the same locality.

Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 8.9 × 4.3 × 3 cm = 3.5” × 1.7” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.8” × 1.1”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky). Light behind
Light behind
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Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky)
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky).

DC59AF8: Group of Baveno law twinned Microcline crystals, mostly equant, but one of them clearly dominant and elongated, shows twinning by both the Baveno and Manebach laws. They are on matrix with Quartz crystals. The sample is from the first historic place of the earliest high quality amethyst finds at the Montseny massif decades before the modern finds.
We’ll send to the buyer a digitalized copy of a single label, commonly covering a group of similar samples from the same locality.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.4 × 2.5 cm = 1.7” × 0.9” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Garnet with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline
Garnet with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline

DY13AH7: Trapezohedral garnet crystals that are transparent, bright, with a very intense color and on a matrix of Microcline crystals with smoky Quartz crystals.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for local prospectors of the Barcelona area. The sample is with the original manuscript label that we will send to the buyer.
Natural park Del Montnegre i el Corredor, Litoral Range granitic batolith, Comarca Maresme, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 0.9”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




Garnet with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline. Garnet with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline.
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Sphalerite with Calcite
Sphalerite with Calcite.

DP8AH6: Sphalerite crystals with very well defined faces and edges with slight curvatures, a bright black color and bronze reflections and on matrix with rhombohedral Calcite crystals.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Bellmunt Mines, Bellmunt del Priorat, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent short UV

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite

DL14AF8: Two elongated Microcline crystals, one of them with the Baveno twin law and the other with double twinning by the Baveno and Manebach laws. They are on matrix with Quartz crystals and Epidote-Clinozoisite coatings.
The sample is from the Daunis collection (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area during the period 1970-1980), and it is with a handwritten original label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Arbúcies, Comarca La Selva, Montseny Massif, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.7”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite. Front
Front
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite. Side
Side
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Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline
Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline. Side
Side
Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline. Rear
Rear

DF48AH6: A pair Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant, bright, translucent, with a smoky phantom growth and with a small Microcline matrix. The sample is from a very uncommon Catalan locality and it is one of the best Quartz samples we know from there.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
La Arola, Comarca Osona, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 12 × 10.8 × 8.4 cm = 4.7” × 4.3” × 3.3”

Main crystal size: 12 × 7.5 cm = 4.7” × 3.0”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Baryte with Quartz
Baryte with Quartz

DJ13AF8: “Book-like” aggregate of laminar Barite crystals with a pale pink color and with the edges coated by small very transparent and bright Quartz crystals.
The sample is from the Daunis collection (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area during the period 1970-1980), and it is with an original handwritten label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Matagalls Mine (Sant Marçal Mines), Sant Marçal, Viladrau, Comarca Osona, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 7.3 × 3.6 × 4.8 cm = 2.9” × 1.4” × 1.9”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




Baryte with Quartz.
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Madrid

Twinned Rutile
Twinned Rutile. Front
Front
Twinned Rutile. Rear
Rear
Twinned Rutile

DV59AI0: Complete and floater cyclic (sixling) twin with relatively well defined faces and edges. An excellent Spanish classic from the Type locality for the species.
Horcajuelo de la Sierra, Comarca Sierra Norte de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Type locality

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky)
Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky)

DB13AI0: Trapezohedral Almandine-Spessartine (Series) crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, bright and on matrix with Quartz crystals and manebach twinned Orthoclase crystals.
Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.1”

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

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky). Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky).
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Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase
Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase. Front
Front
Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase. Rear
Rear
Almandine-Spessartine (Series) with Orthoclase

DT16AH5: Isolated trapezohedral Almandine-Spessartine (Series) crystal with a good size for the locality. It has very well defined faces and edges, is translucent with vivid reflections that are between brown and red in color and it is on a matrix of Orthoclase crystals with a very well defined Baveno twin on its prism faces.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Somosierra mountain pass, Robregordo, Comarca Sierra Norte de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 3.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase

DL13AH2: Two partially doubly terminated Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant, very flattened, with fine superficial recrystallization of the same Quartz, and with parallel growths of Orthoclase crystals.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
(La Cabrera pluton), La Cabrera, Comarca Sierra Norte de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (±1970)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.5” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 3 cm = 2.5” × 1.2”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase. Rear
Rear
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Orthoclase with Quartz (variety smoky)
Orthoclase with Quartz (variety smoky). Orthoclase with Quartz (variety smoky).

DV96AH2: Polycrystalline growths of Orthoclase crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are very bright and are partially coating a Quartz crystal.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
(La Cabrera pluton), La Cabrera, Comarca Sierra Norte de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (±1970)

Specimen size: 8.9 × 8.8 × 5.3 cm = 3.5” × 3.5” × 2.1”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Cantabria

Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite

DE14AI0: Very well defined twinned Sphalerite crystals that are transparent (gem quality), very bright and with a very intense and uniform honey color. On a matrix of Dolomite crystals. An excellent miniature, very aerial and esthetic.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




Sphalerite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Rear
Rear
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Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
Calcite

DC10AH7: Group of scalenohedral Calcite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with slight curvatures and most of them doubly terminated. They are translucent, have a honey color and fine recrystallization on most on their faces.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for local prospectors of the Barcelona area. The sample is with the original manuscript label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Dolomítica Group of Mines, Montehano, Escalante, Comarca Trasmiera, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.7 × 4.6 cm = 3.0” × 2.6” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 5.3 × 2.3 cm = 2.1” × 0.9”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Calcite with Dolomite

DX27AG7: Complex Calcite crystals, very rich in faces. They are transparent and bright, have a very intense honey yellow color and are on a rocky matrix coated by small Dolomite crystals. Different from recent pieces, this one has a more complex crystallography and a more intense color.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.7 × 4.9 cm = 3.9” × 3.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

Minor fluorescence short UV




Calcite with Dolomite. Calcite with Dolomite.
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Asturias

Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.

DC63AI0: Concretionary growths and small, very bright, equant Azurite crystals on matrix, with superficial Malachite impregnations. From a locality from which it is not easy to find samples of such quality.
Mina Los Picayos, Pendendo, Alles, Niserias, Peñamellera Alta, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.5”

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

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Quartz with inclusions and Fluorite
Quartz with inclusions and Fluorite

DG88AH5: A pair of doubly terminated crystals with very well balanced pyramid and prism faces, with hydrocarbon inclusions and small Fluorite crystals that have a very intense lilac color. The sample has been perfectly preserved, the crystals have a very good size and it leaves nothing to envy with those from further finds.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 10.3 × 9.7 × 7.2 cm = 4.1” × 3.8” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 9.4 × 8.2 cm = 3.7” × 3.2”

Hydrocarbons fluorescent short UV

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection



Quartz with inclusions and Fluorite. Front
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Quartz with inclusions and Fluorite. Rear
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Quartz with inclusions and Fluorite. Side
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Quartz with inclusions and Fluorite.
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Aragon

Quartz
Quartz. Front
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Quartz. Side
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Quartz. Rear
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Quartz

DE48AF8: Aggregate of transparent and bright crystals, with a kind of faden inclusions and a very well defined Dauphiné twinning. The sample is of the highest quality from this area. These Quartz samples are one of the more notable surprises in the Daunis collection.
We’ll send to the buyer a digitalized copy of a single label, commonly covering a group of similar samples from the same area.
Sallent de Gállego area, Comarca Alto Gállego, Huesca, Aragon  Spain (± 1970)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.4 × 2.8 cm = 3.7” × 2.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 8.4 × 2.7 cm = 3.3” × 1.1”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Quartz
Quartz

DE50AF8: Aggregate of transparent and bright crystals, with a kind of faden inclusions, a very well defined Dauphiné twinning and a great “s” face. The sample is of the highest quality from this area. These Quartz are one of the more notable surprises in the Daunis collection.
We’ll send to the buyer a digitalized copy of a single label, commonly covering a group of similar samples from the same area.
The specimen has been published in the magazine ‘extraLAPIS’ on page 22, number 53, "Zwillinge"
Sallent de Gállego area, Comarca Alto Gállego, Huesca, Aragon  Spain (± 1970)

Specimen size: 10.1 × 6.6 × 5.7 cm = 4.0” × 2.6” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 2.2 cm = 2.4” × 0.9”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Quartz. Front
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Quartz. Front
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Quartz. Side
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Quartz.
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Castilla-La Mancha

Cinnabar with Quartz
Cinnabar with Quartz. Cinnabar with Quartz.

DH66AF9: Cinnabar crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, on quartzite with small Quartz crystals, some of them with parallel growths and strongly curved.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 3.8 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Cinnabar with Calcite

DF16AG7: Crystal aggregates with very well shaped faces and edges, with a predominant rhombohedron and that are translucent, very bright, have a very vivid and intense red color, and are on a quartzite matrix with small Calcite crystals.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4.8 × 4.1 cm = 3.4” × 1.9” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Cinnabar with Calcite. Cinnabar with Calcite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite

DQ68AG0: Very well defined crystals with a simple hexagonal shape, on matrix, with a bright yellow color. Although in some aspect they resemble samples from the San Andrés mine, their matrix corresponds to El Horcajo and, furthermore, the sample was collected prior to the productive period at San Andrés.
The sample is with a handwritten original label that we’ll send to the buyer.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (± 1910)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.9 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.1”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Castilla-Leon

Grossular with Vesuvianite

DD66AG0: Druse of dodecahedral Grossular crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are bright with a clear salmon color and are partially coated by acicular Vesuvianite crystals.
Fermoselle, Comarca Sayago, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.2 × 4.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.2” × 1.0”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Grossular with Vesuvianite. Grossular with Vesuvianite.
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Euskadi

Goethite
Goethite. Goethite.

DD62AH2: Extraordinarily bright botryoidal aggregate with some iridescent areas with predominant yellow and blue shades. The sample is from a locality considered a Spanish classic for Goethite, but where such bright samples with iridescent surfaces were quite rare.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
La Arboleda Mines, La Arboleda (Zugaztieta), Valle de Trápaga/Trapagaran, Comarca Gran Bilbao, Bizkaia/Vizcaya, Euskadi  Spain

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.0” × 1.9”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Europe


Siderite with Quartz

DT26AH6: Thick tabular Siderite crystals with pinacoidal terminations and flattened rhombohedral faces. They have a clear cream color and are with Quartz crystals with inclusions of Muscovite microcrystals.
The sample is, very probably, one of the latest to be incorporated in the Daunis collection by Daunis’ wife Maria. We’ll send to the buyer a commercial label that is with the sample.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.3 × 4.2 cm = 2.6” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




Siderite with Quartz. Front
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Siderite with Quartz. Side
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Cassiterite with Quartz and Siderite
Cassiterite with Quartz and Siderite.

DJ27AF9: Group of very bright Cassiterite crystals with very visible multiple twinning, on matrix with clear Quartz crystals and partially coated by Siderite.
It was previously in the Folch collection and it probably was an exchange.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Hematite
Hematite

DP66AG7: Druse of very sharp lenticular Hematite crystals that are extraordinarily bright and are coating a botryoidal growth of primary Hematite. An English classic, very typical for the locality.
Beckermet Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England, United Kingdom

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.6 × 1.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 0.6”

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

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




Hematite. Hematite.
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Smithsonite
Smithsonite.
Smithsonite

DX88AG4: Botryoidal aggregate on a rock matrix with neat forms and surfaces and with a very vivid and uniform blue color. An excellent Italian classic.
Sa Duchesa Mine, Oridda Valley, Domusnovas, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia / Sardegna  Italy

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.5 × 4.3 cm = 2.2” × 2.2” × 1.7”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




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Celestine with Sulfur

DA56AF5: Druse of prismatic crystals with very well defined terminal faces. They are white, very bright and partially coated by skeletal native Sulfur crystals.
The sample, a great Italian classic, is from the Daunis collection, (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area among 1970-1980)
Racalmuto Mine, Racalmuto, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily  Italy

Specimen size: 13.5 × 12 × 9.3 cm = 5.3” × 4.7” × 3.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV




Celestine with Sulfur. Celestine with Sulfur.
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Manganite
Manganite. Front
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Manganite. Rear
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Manganite

DT68AG4: Very aerial growth of divergent Manganite crystals that are very bright and have very well defined faces and edges with perfect terminations. The sample is with a label of the Mineralogisches Institut at Bonn that we’ll send to the buyer.
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz, Thuringia/Thüringen  Germany

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.5”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




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Africa


Dioptase with Quartz and Calcite

DB86AI0: Very aerial and esthetic growth of Dioptase crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and on a Calcite and Quartz matrix.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.7 × 0.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Dioptase with Quartz and Calcite. Front
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Dioptase with Quartz and Calcite. Rear
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Dioptase with Dolomite
Dioptase with Dolomite. Dioptase with Dolomite.

DY27AF9: Doubly terminated transparent Dioptase crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and scattered over a matrix of white rhombohedral Calcite crystals.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Twinned Cerussite

DC90AF6: Very aerial, complete Cerussite cyclic twin with transparent, very bright and slightly smoky crystals, with small coatings of massive Galena.
The sample, a classic from Tsumeb, is from the Daunis collection (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area during the period 1970-1980).
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.4 × 3.6 cm = 1.8” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.9”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Twinned Cerussite. Front
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Twinned Cerussite. Rear
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Azurite with Cerusite
Azurite with Cerusite. Front
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Azurite with Cerusite. Rear
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DV36AH7: Very sharp and aerial Azurite single crystal with very well defined faces and edges, bright with translucent edges and on matrix with small Cerussite crystals.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Azurite with Dolomite
Azurite with Dolomite

DR37AG3: Parallel growth of two very sharp Azurite crystals that are translucent, on matrix, with a very deep color with vivid transparencies and reflections and on rhombohedral Dolomite crystals with limonite coatings. A classic from Touissit, very probably, one of the latest to be incorporated in the Daunis collection by Daunis’ wife Maria. We’ll send to the buyer an old commercial label that is with the sample.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7 × 3.9 × 3.8 cm = 2.8” × 1.5” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




Azurite with Dolomite. Azurite with Dolomite.
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Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite. Cobaltoan Calcite.

DD47AH7: Druse, on matrix, of lenticular crystals with predominant flattened rhombohedra. They are translucent, very bright and with an extraordinary color due to its liveliness and depth.
Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.2 × 4.4 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.7”

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

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Asia-Australia


Dravite

DA86AG5: Floater pair of equant crystals that are formed by two prisms and rhombohedral terminations. They are translucent, bright, with a dark brown color and have small residual Muscovite.
Yinnietharra Station, Upper Gascoyne Shire, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.7 × 4.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.9” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 4 cm = 1.7” × 1.6”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Dravite. Front
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