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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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Link to sold specimens from the Jordi Fabre Collection
 



Spain

Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz
Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz. Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz
 

JFD61AN9: A great curiosity: small crystals of Fluorite, with an intense color, very transparent, on a Quartz matrix ... all quite different from what is usually found in the Minas de Villabona area, although this type of scoriaceous Pyrite is characteristic of the deposit.
The piece was in the collection of A. Mayor, from Madrid, and is very old. As I have already noticed with some other piece, what appeared there many years ago was quite different from what we see today.
Villabona Mines, Barrio de la Estación, Villabona, Llanera, Comarca del Nora, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (±1979)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 10.4 × 7.7 cm = 4.45” × 4.09” × 3.03”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Former collection of A. Mayor

€260 / US$294 / ¥33890 / AUD$405

Reservado
Fluorite with inclusions of Cinnabar and sulphides, with Calcite

Recorded under LED light
Fluorite with inclusions of Cinnabar and sulphides, with Calcite
 

JFD59AN9: In the first fluorites found in the Emilio mine it was relatively common for them to have sulphide inclusions, but only rarely were they Cinnabar. Later, these inclusions were seen less often, although a piece still appears occasionally with such inclusions.
This specimen also shows several Calcite crystals with a more complex crystal habit than the simple scalenohedra typical of this locality.
I bought it from a peddler in the mine in May 1993. What times those were...
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (1991)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.9 × 3.1 cm = 2.05” × 1.54” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 0.94” × 0.83”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€150 / US$169 / ¥19550 / AUD$234

Fluorite with inclusions of Cinnabar and sulphides, with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with inclusions of Cinnabar and sulphides, with Calcite. Side
Side
Fluorite with inclusions of Cinnabar and sulphides, with Calcite.
Reservado
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

Recorded under LED light
Pyromorphite
 

JFD57AN9: Very different from any other Horcajo Pyromorphite that I have seen, and supported by a magnificent pedigree. Ex-Máximo Reyero collection, one of the best field collectors in the South of Spain in the 1960-70s, later passing through the Folch collection (duplicates), and now it has come here.
Its crystal habit is very curious, the striations on the crystal faces are quite curious too, and the recrystallizations with an important color change, going from dark green to a lighter green, almost yellow, are very curious. In short, a curiosity from a mine that never ceases to amaze us.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.1 × 3.1 cm = 1.89” × 1.61” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.7 cm = 0.55” × 0.28”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

With handwritten note & record from the Folch Collection (duplicates)

€440 / US$498 / ¥57360 / AUD$687

Reservado
Prehnite with Augite and Titanite

Recorded under LED light
Prehnite with Augite and Titanite
 

JFD56AN9: It was always believed that these elongated black crystals were diopsides, but thanks to Gonzalo García, editor of the respected mineral magazine Bocamina, we now know that they are actually augites. In the case of this piece, it is abundant and well displayed, as there are many crystals traversing the Prehnite crystals.
Altogether, a fine piece from this locality, with the addition of the Augite and small Titanite crystals. Curiously, in the review of the piece that appeared together with its photograph in Mineralien Welt magazine, page 10 of the 01/2004 edition, the Augite is not mentioned but only the Prehnite. In those years these Carchelejo specimens were still relatively new in Europe.
Oficarsa Quarry, De las Culebras Hill, Carchelejo, Cárcheles, Comarca Sierra Mágina, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (2003)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.3 × 3.2 cm = 3.03” × 2.48” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 0.98” × 0.87”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€220 / US$249 / ¥28680 / AUD$343

Prehnite with Augite and Titanite. Prehnite with Augite and Titanite.
Prehnite with Augite and Titanite. Prehnite with Augite and Titanite.
Reservado
Celestine
Celestine. Front
Front
Celestine. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
Celestine
 

JFD55AN9: Fine and elegant, among the many that appear at this locality, this piece has something special that caught our attention, both Fermín Clemente, who was the one who found it, and me who bought it.
El Pilar de Jaravía, Pulpí, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.3 × 2 cm = 1.50” × 1.30” × 0.79”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Former collection of Fermín Clemente

€90 / US$101 / ¥11730 / AUD$140

Reservado
Fluorite on epimorphic Quartz after Calcite

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)



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
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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”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€340 / US$385 / ¥44320 / AUD$530

Reservado
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, La Collada mining area, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, 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”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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.
Order
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear

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)



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Portugal

Fluorapatite with Cassiterite, Ferberite and Siderite

Recorded under LED light
Fluorapatite with Cassiterite, Ferberite and Siderite
 

JFD62AN9: Purple fluorapatites ('os lilas' in local slang) are a rarity in Panasqueira and when they appear they are highly valued. This piece is not large, but has no damage, it has Siderite, Cassiterite and Ferberite crystals, and color zoning, with a purple band between two green bands, which makes it an original and very elegant specimen.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1989)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.38” × 1.06” × 0.83”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€460 / US$520 / ¥59970 / AUD$718

Fluorapatite with Cassiterite, Ferberite and Siderite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Cassiterite, Ferberite and Siderite. Rear
Rear
Fluorapatite with Cassiterite, Ferberite and Siderite. Side
Side
Reservado
Fluorite with Chlorite, Muscovite, Ferberite and Siderite
Fluorite with Chlorite, Muscovite, Ferberite and Siderite. Fluorite with Chlorite, Muscovite, Ferberite and Siderite.

Recorded under LED light
Fluorite with Chlorite, Muscovite, Ferberite and Siderite
 

JFD51AN8: When the upper levels of Panasqueira were reworked, what had always been an elusive rarity there, the Fluorite, suddenly flourished and provided us with specimens as extraordinary as this one that, as so often happens in the world of minerals, surprises us with its different shape and color, and by the color contrast between the Fluorite and the Chlorite that covers leafy groups of Muscovite crystals which in turn are on top of Ferberite and Siderite crystals.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 02/2016, page 68
Minas da Panasqueira, levels 0-1, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (03/2014)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 8.3 × 5.8 cm = 4.41” × 3.27” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2 cm = 1.14” × 0.79”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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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)



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.
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Morocco

Marcasite
Marcasite. Front
Front
Marcasite. Rear
Rear
Marcasite. Marcasite.

Recorded under LED light
Marcasite
 

JFD64AN9: The Bou Nahas mine exploded onto the world collecting scene relatively recently. This Marcasite is phenomenal, with a multitude of crystals, all with Sperkise twinning, which are grouped together forming a very sharp and aesthetic elongated column. Since the mine started operating not many years ago, it is not yet possible to know for certain how well these marcasites will be preserved, but at the moment they do not seem to show signs of decomposition. This piece was published in Lapis magazine, 03/2014, page 26, and in the book 'La Guide des Passionnés' by Julien Lebocey (Le Règne Minéral) on page 103
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (07/2014)

Specimen size: 14.4 × 2.3 × 2.1 cm = 5.67” × 0.91” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.71” × 0.12”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Azurite

Recorded under LED light
Azurite
 

JFD63AN9: Touissit is well known for its secondary lead minerals but is less known as a world class locality for copper secondaries, and yet I believe that some of its best azurites would be among the top ten azurites in the world. They tend to have good sharp crystals, like this one, and occasionally exhibit an excellent luster, as is also the case here. The size of the crystals is not very large, but they sit on a white matrix that gives a nice color contrast.
I bought it to the always precise and always affable Hmani Ali, at his home in Oujda.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1996)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.6 × 3.5 cm = 1.57” × 1.42” × 1.38”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Azurite. Azurite.
Order
Proustite on Calcite
Proustite on Calcite. Front
Front
Proustite on Calcite. Side
Side
Proustite on Calcite. 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)



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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)



Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Top
Top
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite.
Order
Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote
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.

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)



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