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Jordi Fabre Texts: Jordi Fabre
Translation: Alfredo Petrov Alfredo Petrov

 


 

 

With the collection
With the collection

Fluorite

 

Quartz with Siderite

 

Pyromorphite

 

The Jordi Fabre Collection (duplicates)

September 2021 marks 50 years since I started selling minerals and 25 since I started doing it on the internet. Those who are curious to know how these 25/50 years have been will find more information here

50 years dedicated to the same activity is a lot of years, and I believe that the time has come to start doing things in a different way. Although I plan to continue offering minerals until my health or my age no longer allows, little by little I will decrease the intensity and from 2022 I will stop attending the vast majority of the shows at which I used to exhibit or just visit. I will no longer go to Tucson from 2022 and depending on how things go I will go (or not) to other shows.
As I am lucky to have gathered a very large and quality stock during all these years of activity, and as in recent times I have been intensely buying a lot of varied material, between the 'classic' stuff and what I have bought in recent years I think there is enough to offer competitive pieces online for a long time. However, considering how demanding the collecting world has become, there could come a time in the future in which a decrease in the quality of what we were offering would begin to be noticed, and that is why I want to do something a bit different: put part of my personal collection up for sale.

My collection is quite extensive (more than 3000 specimens) and although it is limited to 4 countries: Spain, Morocco, Portugal and France, I think it has a good number of competitive pieces. Lately I find that I have neither the time nor the capacity to properly process everything that I was adding to the collection. In view of this fact, I've decided to change the way I was doing things and have come up with this solution:
What better way than to share the many pieces that are not part of the 'hard core' of my collection with the family of friends and clients that has grown around this page over the years? By putting them up for sale I will no longer have them physically but they will have a new digital entity in which their photo, description and all their data will be shared online. I think it is a useful way to reclassify, with specific numbering, a good part of the specimens in my collection so that others can have them, and they will continue to be well referenced online for some time (which I will try to extend as long as possible)
The idea is to use these duplicates to create something like an online reference which, if any institution is interested in future, can be transferred in digital format so that it can be saved as one more document / file added to those they usually handle. The institutions will not be bothered with more work due to the need for physical conservation or extra space requirements.

In short, from now on and as long as my strength allows, I am going to use this sales page to build a digital file of a significant number of pieces from my collection that I hope will be useful. Their sale, along with the sales of the other pieces from my stock, will generate some funds that I hope will allow me to continue living with dignity and to continue maintaining, thanks to those funds, this website and FMF, both very active and fulfilling their function, that of spreading mineralogy.

To avoid any confusion: I will not sell these duplicates from my collection other than through this page, I will continue to preserve the 'hard core' of my collection, in which the most valuable and unique pieces will stay. The only exceptions which I will refrain from selling will be the minerals from Catalonia which, although they are not of great value, I will retain for sentimental reasons.

Welcome to the duplicates page of Jordi Fabre's collection, I hope you like them as much as I liked them when I had them. In fact, I always wanted to have a sales page for my own minerals at Fabre Minerals!

Jordi


 




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Spain

Fluorite on epimorphic Quartz after Calcite
Fluorite on epimorphic Quartz after Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite on epimorphic Quartz after Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
Fluorite on epimorphic Quartz after Calcite
 

JFD37AN7: Geoda de las Monjas ('The Nun's pocket') is an already mythical name in the compendium of fluorite finds from La Viesca. One of the characteristics of this vug, apart from its quality and the enormous sizes of the best pieces, was what gave it its name ('Nuns' because of the shape of their bonnets) due to the relative presence of Quartz epimorphs after scalenohedral Calcite crystals that had disappeared, leaving only the shell of Quartz that used to coat them.
The most desirable epimorphs? Those that also had Fluorite crystals of good size on top of the epimorphs, such as in the case of this piece, which is what makes it such a high-quality specimen.
La Viesca Mine, Las Monjas pocket, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (05/2010)

Specimen size: 11 × 8.7 × 8.3 cm = 4.33” × 3.43” × 3.27”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Goethite

Recorded under LED light
Goethite
 

JFD35AN7: The La Lapilla goethites have an 'architectural' point and, although their color is sometimes not as intense as that of the Tharsis goethites, their structure and the design of their formations have always attracted me. I got it (of course) from Fermín Clemente, a great field collector in the Huelva area.
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 14.3 × 8.5 × 4.9 cm = 5.63” × 3.35” × 1.93”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

€260 / US$299 / ¥34050 / AUD$405

Goethite. Front
Front
Goethite. Rear
Rear
Goethite.
Reservado
Goethite with Quartz
Goethite with Quartz. Goethite with Quartz.
Goethite with Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
Goethite with Quartz
 

JFD34AN7: Beautiful iridescent goethites appear not only in Huelva, but also in Murcia, in the famous San Valentín Quarry. They can be very beautiful, like this one that covers Quartz crystals and in which an elongated botryoidal group seems to form a narrow bridge over the Goethite itself. From Alain Martaud's collection, I liked it when I bought it from him because it was so elegant and original.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.8 × 3.4 cm = 2.72” × 2.28” × 1.34”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Former collection of Alain Martaud

€240 / US$276 / ¥31430 / AUD$374

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Pyrite

Recorded under LED light
Pyrite
 

JFD32AN7: The habit of this Pyrite is known in Spain as a 'matchbox'. Some faces of the cube are wider and more elongated than the others, giving this 'rectangular' appearance. They are rare in Navajún and when they do appear they are highly desired, especially if they are in matrix, as in this case.
Ampliación a Victoria Mine, Navajún, Comarca Cervera, La Rioja  Spain (2014)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.1 × 3.7 cm = 2.52” × 2.01” × 1.46”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€320 / US$368 / ¥41910 / AUD$499

Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Side
Side
Reservado
Pyrite
Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Side
Side
Pyrite. Side
Side

Recorded under LED light
Pyrite
 

JFD31AN7: Navajún and its Ampliación a Victoria mine are known worldwide for their cubic pyrites that are among the best in the world, but in addition to the cubes there are also pyrites like this one, with octahedral faces. They appear in the deposit at only a single spot where no work has been done for many years. Maybe one day work will be done in that section again and more of these characteristic cubo-octahedral pyrites will appear, but for now...
I bought it of course from Pedro Ansorena in 2002. Pedro is the owner of the mine and the person who knows it best.
Ampliación a Victoria Mine, Navajún, Comarca Cervera, La Rioja  Spain (±2000)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.3 × 3.6 cm = 1.50” × 1.30” × 1.42”

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Augite with Zeolites

Recorded under LED light
Augite with Zeolites
 

JFD30AN7: Doubly terminated Augite crystal of good size for the locality and on matrix, which is not so common in specimens of this species. It also has small crystals of some associated Zeolite (possibly Phillipsite). It comes from a well-known, although somewhat forgotten locality, located very close to an urban area. Antonino Bueno Yanes found them in July 2014 and this is how this Spanish classic 'came to light' again.
Afloramiento situado en la carretera al muelle, Morro del Jable, Pájara, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas Province, Canary Islands  Spain (07/2014)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.06” × 1.06” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.3 cm = 0.83” × 0.51”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€85 / US$97 / ¥11130 / AUD$132

Augite with Zeolites.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front with slight light behind
Front with slight light behind
Fluorite. Side with light behind
Side with light behind
Fluorite. Rear with slight light behind
Rear with slight light behind
Fluorite.

Recorded under LED light
Fluorite
 

JFD25AN6: Totally different from what is normally expected from the Josefa-Veneros vein, this piece surprised me when I got it, but since it was from Dr. Anton Forster, a mining engineer and collaborator of Dr. Maucher at the University of Munich, that confirmed to me that it was really from there. Dr. Forster was head of geology at La Collada when the famous specimens from the Josefa-Veneros vein were being found. He only worked there during that period and, since the piece indeed has all the appearance of being from the La Collada area and not from La Viesca, after checking it with José Ramón García we came to the conclusion that, although unusual, it must indeed be from Josefa-Veneros. In any case, I was very happy with it …
Josefa-Veneros vein, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, La Collada mining area, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (±1970-75)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 8.2 × 4.7 cm = 4.96” × 3.23” × 1.85”

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

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Pyromorphite

Recorded under LED light
Pyromorphite
 

JFD02AN5: What years those were! Extraordinary pyromorphites that became world famous were found during the years 1997 and 1998 in the San Andrés Mine. But not everything ended there, since in 1999 a good piece like this one was still recovered, with a very elegant structure and good crystal quality.
San Andrés Mine, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (08/1999)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.4 × 3.2 cm = 2.13” × 1.34” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
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Portugal

Quartz with Fluorapatite, Cassiterite and Siderite
Quartz with Fluorapatite, Cassiterite and Siderite. Front
Front
Quartz with Fluorapatite, Cassiterite and Siderite. Bottom
Bottom
Quartz with Fluorapatite, Cassiterite and Siderite. Quartz with Fluorapatite, Cassiterite and Siderite.

Recorded under LED light
Quartz with Fluorapatite, Cassiterite and Siderite
 

JFD38AN7: Quartz is ubiquitous in Panasqueira and appears there in a great diversity of habits. In this floater, recrystallized at its base, what is attractive, in addition to its transparency and perfection, is the presence of a Cassiterite crystal in the center of the piece and the numerous inclusions of Fluorapatite crystals, a very rare inclusion due to the very different formation temperatures of Quartz and Fluorapatite. Completing this combo piece is the presence of Siderite on the back.
I bought it from Alberto Ledo in 2014. Alberto is part of the new generation of Portuguese dealers who go often to the mine and sometimes get great specimens from there.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (10/2014)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 4.5 × 2.8 cm = 4.57” × 1.77” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 9.1 × 2.9 cm = 3.58” × 1.14”

Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Morocco

Proustite on Calcite
Proustite on Calcite  

JFD43AK6: Groups of fine Proustite crystals of prismatic habit, with excellent prismatic terminations. The crystals, transparent, and with an extraordinary bright ruby-red color with mauve tones, sit on a Calcite matrix. This specimen, from one of the first finds of this type of Proustite in 2013, comes from the Jordi Fabre collection.
We’ll send to the buyer both Jordi Fabre collection labels, the original label (F2136) as well as the Internet label (JFD43)
Bouismas Mine, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 5.2 × 3.3 cm = 3.23” × 2.05” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Proustite on Calcite. Front
Front
Proustite on Calcite. Side
Side
Proustite on Calcite. Proustite on Calcite.
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Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite.
 

JFD41AF3: Single Chalcostibite crystal with a flattened prismatic shape, finely striated and with good upper terminal faces. It is on matrix and is coated and partially substituted by Azurite and, to a lesser extent, Malachite.
The sample is from the Jordi Fabre collection (number F1287) and it was previously acquired at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines from Alberto Ancillotti, who rediscovered the Chalcostibites (as collectible samples) at their classic type locality, Rhar el Anz, between the eighties and the nineties.
We’ll send to the buyer both Jordi Fabre collection labels, the original label (F1287) as well as the Internet label (JFD41)
Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region  Morocco (06/1994)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.61” × 1.57” × 1.10”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote

Recorded under LED light
Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote
 

JFD29AN6: It's been a long time since these unique prehnites were seen for the first time, from a remote locality in the deep South of Morocco. Due to the difficulties caused by being close to the border, the work was abandoned and, although pieces from this locality reappear sporadically due to individual adventures, it has never become a classic Moroccan locality despite the fact that it could easily qualify due to the richness of what is apparently there.
Jebel Melh, Bou Arfa, Figuig Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1995)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 9.8 × 9.9 cm = 5.39” × 3.86” × 3.90”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote. Front
Front
Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote. Side
Side
Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote. Side
Side
Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote.
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Pyromorphite with limonite
Pyromorphite with limonite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with limonite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite with limonite.

Recorded under LED light
Pyromorphite with limonite
 

JFD27AN6: An exciting novelty when they were first found. Many different source localities were given initially until we finally found out precisely which mine they came from. They are not spectacular, but nice, with a good green color (sometimes with shades of yellow) and sharp crystals. There was a lot of talk about them because, curiously, Morocco, a country so rich in secondary lead minerals, to date has very few localities for Pyromorphite.
Bou Iboulkhir Mine, Moulay Bouazza, Khénifra Province, Béni Mellal-Khénifra Region  Morocco (03-04/2015)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 4 × 2 cm = 1.61” × 1.57” × 0.79”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€110 / US$126 / ¥14400 / AUD$171

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