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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


 




A long way to go

 



Typical record from the Jordi Fabre Collection

 

The main information goes on the front and on the back there is additional information


Link to the sold specimens of the Jordi Fabre Collection (duplicates)
 



Spain

Cassiterite with Muscovite
Cassiterite with Muscovite.

Recorded under neon light
Cassiterite with Muscovite
 

JFD188AP3: Different from the classic 'tin twins' so typical there, and also with a little more luster than usual. I bought it from a collector in Madrid and I liked it for that difference from what is usually seen in that mine.
Penouta Mines, Penouta (San Bartolomé), Viana do Bolo, Comarca Viana, Orense / Ourense, Galicia / Galiza  Spain

Specimen size: 5 × 3.3 × 2.9 cm = 1.97” × 1.30” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.4 cm = 0.87” × 0.55”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€110 / US$113 / ¥15930 / AUD$169

Reservado
Quartz (variety jasper)

Recorded under neon light
Quartz (variety jasper)
 

JFD187AP3: From Montjuïc hill in the city of Barcelona itself, these microcrystalline quartzes are a Catalan classic and although I said I would not part with any Catalan pieces for sentimental reasons, I had two of these so much alike that as an exception I'll keep one and release the other. I liked both of them because they have an intense color and the growth bands are more “pictorial” than what is usual from there.
Montjuïc, Barcelona city, Comarca Barcelonès, Barcelona, Catalonia / Catalunya  Spain (±1981)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.8 × 4.4 cm = 2.60” × 1.89” × 1.73”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

With handwritten note from the Folch Collection (duplicates)

€90 / US$92 / ¥13030 / AUD$138

Quartz (variety jasper).
Reservado
Baryte with Fluorite and Chalcopyrite
Baryte with Fluorite and Chalcopyrite. Baryte with Fluorite and Chalcopyrite.

Recorded under neon light
Baryte with Fluorite and Chalcopyrite
 

JFD178AP1: The difference between pieces from the Emilio Mine and the Jaimina Mine is very subtle. But we can tell that this piece came from the Emilio because when I bought it, Jaimina hadn't started working yet, but if it weren't for that, and for the general 'clarity' of the piece, doubt could remain, especially because of those hexaoctahedral Fluorite cubes.
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.3 × 3.4 cm = 2.24” × 2.09” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.18” × 0.71”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order
Pyromorphite

Recorded under neon light
Pyromorphite
 

JFD169AO9: So many different habits and so many tonalities… the indefatigable El Horcajo mines, always with high quality specimens.
This specimen had a curious history: the greatly missed Marçal Lloria obtained it when he bought the collection of Josefina Pons from Barcelona, to whom I had sold the piece in the remote past. Marçal put that collection up for sale at the Expominer 2003 Show and as soon as I saw the piece I arranged for it to come back home to papa (ie. me)
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.8 × 1.9 cm = 1.50” × 1.10” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.47” × 0.20”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Order
Baryte with Galena and Pyrite
Baryte with Galena and Pyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Galena and Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Galena and Pyrite.

Recorded under neon light
Baryte with Galena and Pyrite
 

JFD168AO9: Without the fame of its neighbor, the Troya Mine, in its heyday the Aizpea concession in Zerain yielded excellent specimens like this Baryte, very well formed and transparent and with small Galena crystals on one side and also included in one of the Baryte crystals. Spanish classic from a not well known locality.
Aizpea claim, Cerain mines, Zerain, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 2.01” × 1.42” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.69” × 0.87”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order
Calcite

Recorded under neon light
Calcite
 

JFD159AO8: From a prolific mine for Calcite, I kept this one because it is more transparent than what is usually seen from there.
Herculano Mine, El Puntal, Campos de Golf, Atamaría, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Region of Murcia (Murcia)  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 5 × 3.7 cm = 4.25” × 1.97” × 1.46”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite.
Order
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
Gold
 

JFD136AO6: One of the unexpected Spanish golds from the Sierra de la Chimenea area, this one in particular showing better presentation and definition than others. It has many empty molds of what must have been Quartz crystals, but which later geological processes have made disappear.
De la Chimenea Mountains, Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2002-2008)

Specimen size: 1.2 × 0.9 × 0.3 cm = 0.47” × 0.35” × 0.12”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Weight: 1.6 grams



Order
Fluorite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite
 

JFD119AO4: A curiosity very different from other Berbes pieces. The cube is a floater, has good color and prominent growth zoning. On the back, the inner zoned cube is very clear and around it grows a network of dissolution figures that give it an atypical appearance. It was sold to me simply as 'Berbes' and thus we don't know where exactly in that mining district this rarity came from.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1995)

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Fluorite.
Order
Baryte with Dolomite
Baryte with Dolomite. Front
Front
Baryte with Dolomite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Dolomite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Baryte with Dolomite
 

JFD118AO4: This Baryte is the proof that it can be a ticklish matter to ensure that this or that piece is from this or that locality. This appears to not be from the Emilio mine, neither for its habit nor for its size and definition. Fortunately, the Dolomite that accompanies it does resemble those from the Emilio mine and, furthermore, I am certain that it is from there because I bought it from the legendary Portuguese shovel operator Cándido, who was the one who had the best pieces in the initial years of exploitation of that mine.
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2002)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.8 × 3.4 cm = 1.93” × 1.10” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.06” × 0.79”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Fluorescent inclusions in Baryte



Order
Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Quartz
 

JFD109AO3: For its zoning and depth of color and its general appearance, this is a great Fluorite from La Viesca, which, although much older than the most recent finds this century, competes very well with the best of the recent finds.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (±2000)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.3 × 5.9 cm = 3.86” × 2.87” × 2.32”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
Order
Pyrite
Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Pyrite
 

JFD106AO3: A very old Pyrite from Ambas Aguas, from the 1970s-80s, which not only has an oblong appearance, quite different from what we usually see from there, but has also maintained its pristine condition all these years, both in its previous collection as in mine, and it has even kept its original luster.
Ambas Aguas (Ambasaguas), Muro de Aguas, Comarca Arnedo, La Rioja  Spain (±1970)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4 × 3.8 cm = 1.89” × 1.57” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 3 cm = 1.22” × 1.18”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order
Fluorite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite
 

JFD89AO1: The Josefa-Veneros vein yielded many fluorites and although they typically exhibit large cubes with color zoning on the edges of the crystals, rough, with dodecahedral faces and predominantly violet colors, there can be notable variations within this pattern, as in this case, in which the color is much bluer than usual, as well as its high transparency that makes it different from the usual Josefa-Veneros standards but no less beautiful for that.
Josefa-Veneros vein, 75 level, La Collada mining area, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (±1970-75)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.6 × 2.5 cm = 3.15” × 2.20” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.63” × 0.59”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Fluorite. Fluorite.
Order
Sphalerite
Sphalerite. Front
Front
Sphalerite. Light behind
Light behind

Recorded under neon light
Sphalerite
 

JFD87AO1: The color and luster are amazing. Although not on matrix, due to the transparency, intensity of color and good definition of the crystal, I have seen few of such quality. A very old piece in my collection, I bought it from the historic Andrés Puente in 1979. Andrés was the one who had the best Áliva pieces at that time.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2022, page 74
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain (1979)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 4.4 × 3.4 cm = 3.78” × 1.73” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 3.8 cm = 2.01” × 1.50”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order

Portugal

Fluorapatite with Muscovite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorapatite with Muscovite
 

JFD189AP3: A kind of forest of very green and very transparent-translucent Fluorapatite crystals. If there were a name to define the piece, it would be: 'showy'. It comes from an important collection and is very well documented.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1970)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.09” × 1.38” × 1.34”

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

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€340 / US$350 / ¥49250 / AUD$524

Fluorapatite with Muscovite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorapatite with Muscovite.
Reservado
Sphalerite with Fluorapatite and Muscovite
Sphalerite with Fluorapatite and Muscovite. Sphalerite with Fluorapatite and Muscovite.

Recorded under neon light
Sphalerite with Fluorapatite and Muscovite
 

JFD155AO7: Look out! A specimen like this is rare in Panasqueira. Sphalerite is not usually found there in good specimens, but moreover, when it is, it is almost always associated with other sulphides, which yields less luminous groups. In this case, the association with Fluorapatite, well crystallized and with a fibrous appearance, and Muscovite with a good color, results in a very unusual specimen, a real curiosity for those who specialise in this mine.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±2005)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 6.6 × 3.7 cm = 4.09” × 2.60” × 1.46”

Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order
Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite

Recorded under neon light
Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite
 

JFD153AO7: Panasqueira pyrites are unmistakable. It is curious that such a common mineral can be assigned to one locality in such a recognizable way. Flattened cubes, rich in faces, with Calcite-Dolomite in many cases and that brass-like color, from ancient ore.
It is nice what they call the pyrites in Panasqueira when they have this type of tones or they are oxidized: 'ferruginadas'
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1989)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 8.3 × 3.1 cm = 3.62” × 3.27” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.24” × 0.16”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite. Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite.
Order
Fluorite with Quartz, Siderite, Pyrite and Ferberite
Fluorite with Quartz, Siderite, Pyrite and Ferberite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz, Siderite, Pyrite and Ferberite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz, Siderite, Pyrite and Ferberite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Quartz, Siderite, Pyrite and Ferberite
 

JFD102AO2: An important piece. The Quartz is a floater, with recrystallizations on both sides and, hanging from it, a beautiful group of very isolated Fluorite cubes with dodecahedron faces on their edges and an intense blue color. The most remarkable thing about this piece, apart from the fact that it was in a very important French collection, is the fact that it is not from the more recent Fluorite finds there, but is much older, from the year 2000 approximately. Back then this was one of the best fluorites ever found in Panasqueira…
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 11.4 × 5.7 × 5.9 cm = 4.49” × 2.24” × 2.32”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.63” × 0.59”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order
Fluorapatite with Siderite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorapatite with Siderite
 

JFD77AO0: A great specimen of Fluorapatite, very perfect, a floater, with very good colour, zoning, and outstandingly sharp and lustrous.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1989)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6 × 3.3 cm = 3.31” × 2.36” × 1.30”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Fluorapatite with Siderite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Siderite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Siderite.
Order
Pyrite
Pyrite. Pyrite.

Recorded under neon light
Pyrite
 

JFD75AO0: When I bought this very unusual piece I had many illusions because of its alleged rarity and, as often happens, analyses demolished my illusions. It's a Pyrite, just Pyrite, but it's weird as hell, right?
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1988)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 3.9 × 3.7 cm = 2.80” × 1.54” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.6 cm = 1.22” × 1.02”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order

France

Quartz with Calcite

Recorded under neon light
Quartz with Calcite
 

JFD196AP3: Its form is a luxury. The Quartz crystal is long and has a deep twist enabling us to imagine it as a very showy arch, even more so for being on a kind of natural base, also formed of Quartz. Of all the Alpine finds in the Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne area, this one stands out for its attractive deformity.
Le Noirey, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1980)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 7.7 × 4.6 cm = 4.61” × 3.03” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 11.2 × 2.3 cm = 4.41” × 0.91”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Quartz with Calcite. Front
Front
Quartz with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Order
Goethite
Goethite.

Recorded under neon light
Goethite
 

JFD195AP3: The size of the Goethite crystals in this piece made me forget that some of them were broken, but really its size and thickness and its good presentation, well placed in a matrix of Quartz, makes the piece very attractive.
Les Redoutières Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (±1996)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.7 × 3.2 cm = 2.32” × 2.24” × 1.26”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Former collection of Alain Martaud

€340 / US$350 / ¥49250 / AUD$524

Reservado
Pyromorphite

Recorded under neon light
Pyromorphite
 

JFD79AO0: A sensational piece (or at least it seems so to me) in which the Pyromorphite has large crystals and a very nice color zoning: the body of the crystals is brown and the terminations are yellow. The piece is a floater, very perfect, and it has a good luster, unlike others with this color association that are usually more matte. It is the fruit of a time in my life when, due to my great passion for Des Farges pyromorphites, I constantly visited the homes of former miners there, and sometimes, as in this case, got a pleasant surprise.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (±1975)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.1 × 2.6 cm = 2.28” × 1.61” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.47” × 0.35”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€940 / US$969 / ¥136160 / AUD$1450

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite.
Reservado

Morocco

Wulfenite
Wulfenite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Wulfenite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Wulfenite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
Wulfenite
 

JFD194AP3: Very large plate of innumerable Wulfenite crystals with good color and luster. When I bought it, it drew my attention for its size, its color and luster, and the fact that despite having so many crystals the vast majority of them were in good condition.
Sidi Amer, Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 13.5 × 12.2 × 3.5 cm = 5.31” × 4.80” × 1.38”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Order
Arfvedsonite with Microcline

Recorded under neon light
Arfvedsonite with Microcline
 

JFD193AP3: With its brilliant luster and very sharp crystals, from among the arfvedsonites that came out for a period of time in the Imilchil area, this was one of the ones I chose, both for its sharpness as well as for its general quality.
This specific specimen has been analyzed, so it is quite certain that it is Arfvedsonite.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2012)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 2.60” × 1.73” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 6 × 2 cm = 2.36” × 0.79”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

With analysis copy



Arfvedsonite with Microcline. Arfvedsonite with Microcline.
Order
Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.

Recorded under neon light
Azurite
 

JFD192AP3: I bought it from Alain Martaud and he told me it came from Bou Bekker, which I can certainly believe because it doesn't look anything like Touissit's. The best thing about it is the 'dragon' form of the Azurite crystals and the fact that the 'dragon' is on matrix.
Bou Bekker, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±2012)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.44” × 1.77” × 1.30”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€440 / US$454 / ¥63730 / AUD$678

Reservado
Vanadinite on Siderite

Recorded under neon light
Vanadinite on Siderite
 

JFD171AO9: This is the first piece from my personal display cases that I put up for sale. I didn't think I would ever sell any of them as they aren't “duplicates”, but in life you never know and recently I got another specimen that has replaced this one and consequently it goes directly from the collection display to this page.
It comes from the discoveries made in 2009 in the number 15 vein of Tadaout in Taouz, that are characterized by the presence of Siderite at the base of the Vanadinite crystals, which in turn are characterized by their fan-like habit and also by their good color and luster.
Tadaout, vein 15, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01/2009)

Specimen size: 14.1 × 8.3 × 6.3 cm = 5.55” × 3.27” × 2.48”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Vanadinite on Siderite. Vanadinite on Siderite.
Vanadinite on Siderite.
Order
Smithsonite
Smithsonite. Front
Front
Smithsonite. Side
Side
Smithsonite.

Recorded under neon light
Smithsonite
 

JFD166AO8: This very old Smithsonite is quite different from those found later. The color and luster are excellent and show us what this great mine was like in its early days. I remember we searched a lot before we were able to locate the mine, like ‘explorers’ in the wild and wonderful country that Morocco was then.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1977)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 9.2 × 6.2 cm = 3.78” × 3.62” × 2.44”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Sphalerite with Actinolite

Recorded under neon light
Sphalerite with Actinolite
 

JFD164AO8: These came out for a brief period and then were never seen again.
Their luster and sharpness are of high quality, but the color is not very attractive... until they are illuminated with an intense light and then, what color!
Bouismas Mine, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2016)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.3 × 4.2 cm = 2.20” × 1.69” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.26” × 0.91”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Sphalerite with Actinolite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Actinolite. Light behind
Light behind
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Silver (variety kongsbergite)
Silver (variety kongsbergite). Front
Front
Silver (variety kongsbergite). Rear
Rear
Silver (variety kongsbergite).

Recorded under neon light
Silver (variety kongsbergite)
 

JFD135AO5: With a bad reputation for containing a lot of mercury (kongsbergite variety), if carefully protected from light they do not turn black and they retain that slightly reddish tone so characteristic of Imiter. With some matrix, very good size and that arborescent appearance, it is still a remarkable specimen despite the 32 years that have passed since it was found and I bought it.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1990)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 9.5 × 2.9 cm = 5.24” × 3.74” × 1.14”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Fluorite with Baryte

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Baryte
 

JFD134AO5: This is one of the first fluorites I saw from the El Hammam Mine, which at that time was off limits, in a very isolated place. It was an adventure to find out where the deposit really was, go there, and get specimens from the miners, although the specimens were almost always very beaten up due to the miners' lack of knowledge. Things have changed a lot since then and the current miners are much more careful. This is the one I was able to save for my collection from that remote time.
El Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1985)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 9.1 × 3.7 cm = 4.41” × 3.58” × 1.46”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
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Skutterudite with Calcite
Skutterudite with Calcite. Skutterudite with Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
Skutterudite with Calcite
 

JFD123AO4: Good crystal size, good luster, and Calcite - which proves that the piece has not been acid-cleaned. I understand that this is why, despite having been found in 1994, it is still impeccable, with no signs of aging.
Bou Azzer Mine, Bou Azzer mining district, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.1 × 4.5 cm = 2.44” × 2.01” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.4 cm = 0.83” × 0.55”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Skutterudite with Calcite

Recorded under neon light
Skutterudite with Calcite
 

JFD105AO2: Large Skutterudite crystal that has kept its luster well all these years. The best skutterudites in the world are those from Bou Azzer, and those from the Bou Azzer Mine proper, like this one, were and continue to be a reference standard for museums and collectors around the world.
Bou Azzer Mine, Bou Azzer mining district, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1988)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.6 × 4.8 cm = 2.28” × 2.20” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2 cm = 1.22” × 0.79”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Skutterudite with Calcite. Skutterudite with Calcite.
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Acanthite with Calcite
Acanthite with Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
Acanthite with Calcite
 

JFD104AO2: One of the first well-crystallized acanthites seen from Imiter. Although specimens with sharper crystals came out later, this Acanthite is not bad at all as it is well accompanied by groups of small pink Calcite rhombohedra.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2007)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4 × 3.1  cm = 1.73” × 1.57” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.94” × 0.43”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Azurite with Malachite, Wulfenite and Cerussite

Recorded under neon light
Azurite with Malachite, Wulfenite and Cerussite
 

JFD103AO2: Nice association of Azurite, Malachite, Cerussite and Wulfenite. The quality and type of Azurite crystal shows that it is from Touissit, a locality where Azurite with such a variety of associated species was not common at all.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.73” × 1.46” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 0.6 cm = 0.94” × 0.24”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Azurite with Malachite, Wulfenite and Cerussite. Azurite with Malachite, Wulfenite and Cerussite.
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Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite
Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite. Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite.
Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite.

Recorded under neon light
Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite
 

JFD84AO0: Very interesting specimen for this mine because the very aesthetic Calcite crystals sit on large Baryte crystals coated by what look like orange iron oxides and are accompanied by small Pyrite crystals. Baryte is not a common mineral in El Hammam, I have rarely seen it there, much less in large crystals as in this case. As sometimes happens, I didn't buy it in Morocco but in Tucson 2009, from the Moroccan Ahmed Es Seouani.
El Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (11/2008)

Specimen size: 9 × 8.2 × 7.7 cm = 3.54” × 3.23” × 3.03”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.67” × 0.55”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Baryte with inclusions and Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Baryte with inclusions and Quartz
 

JFD82AO0: The Bou Nahas mine produced many pyrites and barytes early in its history. Out of so much material I chose this piece, with the Baryte crystal isolated on the Quartz and with a slight bluish central thread unlike the first barytes from there, which had more yellow tones.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2011)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.1 × 4.7 cm = 2.48” × 2.01” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 2.8 cm = 1.69” × 1.10”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Baryte with inclusions and Quartz. Front
Front
Baryte with inclusions and Quartz. Side
Side
Baryte with inclusions and Quartz.
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Cerussite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions
Cerussite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions. Cerussite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions.

Recorded under neon light
Cerussite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions
 

JFD80AO0: Less famous than Touissit or Mibladen, Taouz cerussites can be attractive too. In this case, although the very aerial crystals are small, their snow-white color contrasts with the dark matrix in which there are small Quartz crystals with inclusions of iron oxides.
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1990)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.7 × 2 cm = 2.52” × 1.46” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.35” × 0.31”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Azurite

Recorded under neon 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.
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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.
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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 neon 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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