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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
Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte
Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte. Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte.

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte
 

JFD184AP2: From much quantity can come quality. Of all the thousands of pieces that we have all seen these years from the Moscona mine, some stand out. This one, due to the color and the edges of the cubes of Fluorite bordered by transparent Baryte crystals, is a joy.
It was in a very special collection, its previous owner knew what he was doing.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1990-2000)

Specimen size: 13.8 × 11.1 × 4.6 cm = 5.43” × 4.37” × 1.81”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Baryte with Fluorite and Calcite

Recorded under neon light
Baryte with Fluorite and Calcite
 

JFD183AP2: The blue barytes from the Moscona mine are so appreciated... above all in the past when the mine had not yet yielded so much material, and, why not say it, because of the transparency and color of those early blue barytes, which were, in my opinion, better than most that came out later. Pretty and elegant was what I expected back then to get with a blue baryte from Moscona and this one served me well.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1989)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.6 × 3.3 cm = 1.73” × 1.42” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.6 cm = 0.75” × 0.63”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Baryte with Fluorite and Calcite.
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Dolomite (twinned)
Dolomite (twinned). Front
Front
Dolomite (twinned). Top
Top

Recorded under neon light
Dolomite (twinned)
 

JFD182AP2: The great classics are always great classics!
Even though it is not a top piece, more than anything because of the size of the crystal, it is a Dolomite from 'el pozo' in matrix, undamaged, twinned and has that special 'light', that transparency and luster of the best dolomites from Eugui, those of 'el pozo'
Asturreta Quarry, 'el pozo', Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Chartered Community of Navarre (Navarra)  Spain (±1972)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.2 × 4.4 cm = 2.52” × 1.65” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.3 cm = 1.34” × 1.30”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Chalcopyrite with Dolomite and Siderite

Recorded under neon light
Chalcopyrite with Dolomite and Siderite
 

JFD180AP1: One hell of a piece (for this deposit anyway). Chalcopyrite is not exactly the most famous species from the Troya mine, but this specimen, found in the first years of exploitation, shows good sharp crystals, displaying a nice contrast with the Dolomite and the Siderite that are typical there.
Of the best possible quality for this locality.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (±1983)

Specimen size: 12.3 × 8.9 × 3.4 cm = 4.84” × 3.50” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.63” × 0.47”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Chalcopyrite with Dolomite and Siderite. Chalcopyrite with Dolomite and Siderite.
Chalcopyrite with Dolomite and Siderite.
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Gypsum
Gypsum. Gypsum.

Recorded under neon light
Gypsum
 

JFD179AP1: Sorbas has been declared a protected natural area, but I collected this piece 13 years before that, in 1976. I still remember the beauty of the place and the ease with which it was possible to get specimens like this, with reddish Gypsum crystals colored by the red clays so characteristic of that place.
Yesos de Sorbas Karst, Los Yesares, Sorbas, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (08/1976)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 5.6 × 4.9 cm = 3.39” × 2.20” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.10” × 0.71”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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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)



Baryte with Fluorite and Chalcopyrite. Baryte with Fluorite and Chalcopyrite.
Order
Quartz with Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series)
Quartz with Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series). Quartz with Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series).

Recorded under neon light
Quartz with Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series)
 

JFD177AP1: Many years ago, when specimens from the quarries of the Sierra Norte de Madrid began to be seen (almost always referred to under the generic name of 'Los Gallegos') this quality of specimen still attracted attention. Later, those quarries experienced a splendor that we could hardly imagine, and so this piece now remains as a historical relic of the early days.
Miraculously, I was able to find out that it came specifically from the Navazales II Quarry, rather than having only the generic area name of 'Los Gallegos'
Navazales II Quarries, La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco - Bustarviejo - Cabanillas de la Sierra - Navalafuente, Comarca Sierra Norte de Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1998)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.2 × 3 cm = 2.91” × 1.65” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.3 cm = 0.79” × 0.12”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Goethite

Recorded under neon light
Goethite
 

JFD174AP0: A friend who saw it called it 'a tower of the Sagrada Familia' cathedral. How capricious are these goethites from La Lapilla!
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 14.4 × 4.2 × 4 cm = 5.67” × 1.65” × 1.57”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Goethite. Goethite.
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Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Quartz
 

JFD173AP0: This very fine Quartz from the mythical La Gitana mine has a curious history, because it came to my collection very recently. I did not have any pieces of it but with the sale of part of the collection of Santiago Jiménez I became very happy with this one although, as sometimes happens, another better one had been forgotten, and several months after the 'coming out' of that collection I was able to acquire another Quartz from the same mine, and so in the end I am letting this one go.
Santa María Mine, Cueva La Gitana, Las Carreras, Abanto y Ciérvana/Abanto Zierbena, Comarca Gran Bilbao, Vizcaya / Bizkaia, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4 × 3.9 cm = 2.09” × 1.57” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.8 cm = 1.26” × 1.10”

Former collection of Santiago Jiménez García

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Jarosite on Siderite

Recorded under neon light
Jarosite on Siderite
 

JFD172AP0: It may seem silly, but jarosites from Spain are among the best in the world not because of the size of the crystals but because of their quality and transparency. Also, even though the ones from Arteal are not from the type locality, which is Barranco Jaroso, both localities are in the Sierra Almagrera and not far from each other.
Socavón Santa Bárbara (Túnel El Arteal), Almagrera Range, Cuevas del Almanzora, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6 × 3.5 cm = 2.83” × 2.36” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.16” × 0.12”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Jarosite on Siderite. Jarosite on Siderite.
Jarosite on Siderite.
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Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
Calcite
 

JFD170AO9: An Aragonese classic that is also 'in the chest' of the Catalans and Valencians because the locality is very close to Tarragona and Castellón. The calcites from there are very nice, though they are not always so transparent. It was found by Joan Carles Mérida, well known Catalan field collector, specializing in the areas of Massabé and Sils.
La Cañada de Verich, Comarca del Bajo Aragón, Teruel, Aragon  Spain (10/2011)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4 × 3.1 cm = 2.09” × 1.57” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.83” × 0.35”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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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
Adamite (variety Co-bearing adamite)

Recorded under neon light
Adamite (variety Co-bearing adamite)
 

JFD167AO9: An absolute rarity. From the well-known Dolores Mine in the Los Pedroches Valley, this nice exception piece. The type of minerals found in that mine, with a preponderance of native Bismuth, are not famous for their beauty, but this cobalt-bearing Adamite stands out for its intense color and its good crystallization. Small crystals, yes, but very showy. As a curiosity, the engineer J.A. Carbonell Molina, who found it around 1963, classified it as 'Roselite'. Recent analyses prove that it is actually Adamite.
Dolores Mine, Dolores Mining Group, Las Lomas, Pozoblanco, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (±1963)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.1 × 1.4 cm = 0.91” × 0.83” × 0.55”

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

With analysis copy

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Former collections of J.A. Carbonell Molina and Folch (duplicates)



Adamite (variety Co-bearing adamite). Adamite (variety Co-bearing adamite).
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Smithsonite on Chalcophanite
Smithsonite on Chalcophanite. Smithsonite on Chalcophanite.

Recorded under neon light
Smithsonite on Chalcophanite
 

JFD160AO8: Both species here were analyzed, and confirmed to be Smithsonite and Chalcophanite. It comes from Francesco Stoppani's extensive collection of European carbonates, and I kept it because I found the association to be interesting as it is not that common in that area.
Los Blancos Quarry, Llano del Beal, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Region of Murcia (Murcia)  Spain (±2010)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.3 × 4.1 cm = 3.70” × 2.87” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.39” × 0.31”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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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
Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte
Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte. Light behind
Light behind

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Calcite and Baryte
 

JFD158AO8: Beautiful miniature, with the Fluorite cubes being larger than usual for this mine, and also of a deeper color. The associated Calcite and Baryte adorn the piece well.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2001)

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

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Quartz
 

JFD157AO8: The crystallography of Berbes fluorites is not as rich as that of other neighboring mines such as San Lino, Jaimina, or Emilio, but sometimes even in Berbes there are unusual morphologies, very similar to those other mines, as can be seen in the enlarged photo of this beautiful specimen. Small, but interesting.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1982)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.98” × 0.87” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Quartz
 

JFD152AO7: From the La Sirena cut, right next to the Josefa-Veneros vein, but their fluorites are so different. Usually those from La Sirena are quite cloudy and not very lustrous, but this one, surely because it was one of the first to be found, has good quality, to the point that if it were not for its characteristic 'bottle green' tone and its characteristic matrix, one might think that it came from somewhere else.
La Sirena cut, La Collada mining area, La Collada, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1991)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 7.4 × 5.1 cm = 4.09” × 2.91” × 2.01”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.06” × 0.98”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Fluorite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz
 

JFD151AO7: Very fine and very aerial, with its Chalcopyrite crystal and matrix Quartz. It has a growth defect at the base (left) but it is not a break, since if it were, it would have cleaved into octahedrons.
I always liked this piece...
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.6 × 2.7 cm = 2.64” × 1.81” × 1.06”

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

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Fluorite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Fluorite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
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Twinned Dolomite
Twinned Dolomite. Front
Front
Twinned Dolomite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Twinned Dolomite
 

JFD150AO7: From the glorious era in which, in the 'el Pozo' area, Engineer Córdoba ordered the saving of exceptional specimens. I was only 18 years old at the time and this was one of the dolomites I got. There were much better ones but, having just started in the world of mineral collecting at that time, I don't complain about my luck.
Asturreta Quarry, 'el pozo', Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Chartered Community of Navarre (Navarra)  Spain (±1974)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.4 × 3.2 cm = 2.13” × 1.73” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.4 cm = 0.98” × 0.94”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Galena with Baryte and Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Galena with Baryte and Quartz
 

JFD149AO7: Lluís Daunis again, this time with a holy relic: this Galena with Baryte and Quartz from the Santa Bárbara Mine (better know as 'La Perdiguera') which has much more brightness and quality than is usually known from there.
Santa Bárbara Mine, De Pichita Hill, La Perdiguera, Madridejos, Comarca La Mancha, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.8 × 5.3 cm = 3.39” × 2.68” × 2.09”

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

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Galena with Baryte and Quartz. Galena with Baryte and Quartz.
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Quartz (doubly terminated) with Baryte and hydrocarbon inclusions
Quartz (doubly terminated) with Baryte and hydrocarbon inclusions. Front
Front
Quartz (doubly terminated) with Baryte and hydrocarbon inclusions. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
Quartz (doubly terminated) with Baryte and hydrocarbon inclusions
 

JFD148AO7: Why did I choose this Berbes Quartz? It is beautiful, yes, and it has inclusions and some of them are mobile, but although it seems silly, I kept it because it was associated with small fragments of Baryte, which, curiously, is unusual with Berbes Quartz.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2002)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.99” × 1.73” × 1.54”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Hydrocarbons fluorescent long & short UV



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Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela)

Recorded under neon light
Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela)
 

JFD147AO7: Like a Quartz Santa Claus, the top crystal acts as a cap for a motley array of crystals. As so often with specimens found by Lluís Daunis, the locality is semi-unknown in the world of mineral collecting.
Aliaguilla, Comarca Serranía Baja, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4 × 3.2 cm = 2.01” × 1.57” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.59” × 0.47”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela). Front
Front
Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela). Rear
Rear
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Pyrite with Fluorite
Pyrite with Fluorite. Front
Front
Pyrite with Fluorite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Pyrite with Fluorite
 

JFD139AO6: Fluorite with two large groups of Pyrite crystals (similar to those of Minas de Villabona) on one side and very bright Pyrite coating the back.
The Fluorite is 'Moscona type' and the Pyrite is 'Minas de Villabona type', a curious combination.
I bought it from Ramón ‘Chispa’, who was an “institution” from whom one could get good specimens back in the 1990s.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1992)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 8.6 × 7 cm = 3.86” × 3.39” × 2.76”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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Prehnite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Prehnite with Quartz
 

JFD138AO6: Curious things come out of every great vug, like this Prehnite that has three Quartz crystals protruding from it and that at the same time are covered with Prehnite. But the best thing about the piece (for me) is that it was found by James Catmur, with whom I exchanged it in 1993.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Community of Madrid  Spain (10/1992)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.7 × 2.4 cm = 2.44” × 1.46” × 0.94”

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Prehnite with Quartz.
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Baryte with Fluorite
Baryte with Fluorite. Front
Front
Baryte with Fluorite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
Baryte with Fluorite
 

JFD137AO6: From 1986, making it one of the first blue barytes that began to come out of the Moscona mine. It has a different look from the ones that came out later, appearing more 'clean' due to its color and transparency. It is a doubly terminated floater crystal with some Fluorite at the base.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1986)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.73” × 1.38” × 0.59”

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Gold

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”

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Weight: 1.6 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
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Baryte
Baryte. Baryte.
Baryte.

Recorded under neon light
Baryte
 

JFD130AO5: Bought from a well-known collector in Murcia in 1994, I was right to buy it since the Victoria Mine, although prolific, does not usually produce specimens as fine as this one, very clean and with a lot of definition to the crystals, not very large, but more individualized than on other pieces from that mine. The color, as is often the case with Victoria's barytes, is excellent.
Victoria Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, El Estrecho de San Ginés, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Region of Murcia (Murcia)  Spain (04/1994)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 6.6 × 5.8 cm = 4.41” × 2.60” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

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Pyromorphite

Recorded under neon light
Pyromorphite
 

JFD129AO5: What to say about specimens from the El Horcajo mining district that has not already been said? Always attractive, always special, with that color and that fibrous structure. A delight.
This one in particular was photographed by the much-missed Bocamina magazine and appears on page 64 of Volume 13, published in April 2004.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1914)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.71”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

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Pyromorphite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Pyromorphite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite. Fluorite with Chalcopyrite.

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
 

JFD128AO5: From the first years of exploitation of the Emilio Mine, which amazed us all for the clarity of its Fluorite crystals and for having some other good quality species associated with it, as in this case Chalcopyrite, very lustrous and shiny.
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.65” × 1.06” × 0.87”

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

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Fluorite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite
 

JFD127AO5: Specimens from the Josefa-Veneros vein always have that special air, even the smallest ones. So different...
Josefa-Veneros vein, 75 level, La Collada mining area, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (±1974)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.7 × 1.5 cm = 1.46” × 1.06” × 0.59”

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

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Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Rear
Rear
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Prehnite
Prehnite. Front
Front
Prehnite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
Prehnite
 

JFD126AO5: Not all the pieces in a collection have to be 'top'. There are pieces like this, that without being anything special, you like them. Because of their shape, or because it was one of the very first ones found, or whatever. A collection can have anything, it is enough that we like it! 😉
Oficarsa Quarry, De las Culebras Hill, Carchelejo, Cárcheles, Comarca Sierra Mágina, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (2000)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.10” × 1.02” × 0.67”

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Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz

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Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz
 

JFD120AO4: One of the characteristics of the first pieces found in the Llamas quarry was their elongated shape, like a matchbox, and although pieces with that habit have continued to appear later, they were much more abundant in the early days. This piece, which was found in 2012 in a pocket called 'De la Culebra' (“of the snake” - One can easily guess why), shows that characteristic elongated habit, as well as the absolute transparency that has made this site famous.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (01/2010)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.9 × 3.9 cm = 2.64” × 2.32” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.63” × 0.24”

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Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz. Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite. Rear
Rear
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”

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Baryte with Dolomite

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



Baryte with Dolomite. Front
Front
Baryte with Dolomite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Dolomite. Side
Side
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Scheelite with Muscovite and Quartz
Scheelite with Muscovite and Quartz. Scheelite with Muscovite and Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
Scheelite with Muscovite and Quartz
 

JFD117AO4: From Manuel Mesa, this piece belonged to his father who worked in the Wolfastur company mine and had the wisdom to save this Scheelite which, although tiny, has in its favor being in a Muscovite matrix.
Penouta, Nona y Coto claims, Alto de Penouta - Vegadeo road, Bual, Concejo Boal, Comarca Eo-Navia, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.2 × 2.4 cm = 1.69” × 1.26” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

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Chalcostibite

Recorded under neon light
Chalcostibite
 

JFD116AO4: A Spanish rarity. This locality has produced some very remarkable specimens, and from the time when Carlos Pareja had set up a team to explore what could be found there, I kept this small group that has an unusual shape, both for the species and for the mine.
El Vagón Mine (Tío Seguro Mine), Lanteira, Comarca Guadix, Granada, Andalusia  Spain (±2006)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.67” × 0.55” × 0.39”

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Chalcostibite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite. Side
Side
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. 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”

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Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Quartz
 

JFD108AO3: This piece requires explanation. What might seem to be just another Fluorite from La Viesca always intrigued me because of its age and its somewhat different appearance from others in that area. I sold it at the time to Alain Martaud and, when he sold part of his collection, I got it back and, still intrigued by it, was showing it to José Ramón García, who, without hesitation, solved the enigma. For him, without a doubt, it is from the famous Aurora Mine in the same town of Caravia (currently buried under the municipal soccer field)
Aurora Mine, Aurora vein, Caravia mining area, El Cuetu, Prado, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (±1970)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.2 × 3.6 cm = 1.77” × 1.65” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.06” × 0.94”

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Fluorite with Quartz.
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Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
Calcite
 

JFD107AO3: A Basque classic. Generations of collectors there had collected, and continue to collect, these characteristic calcites that come from one specific area of a very large iron mine. Very abundant in the past, nowadays it is increasingly difficult to get good specimens from there.
Bodovalle Mine, Gallarta, Abanto y Ciérvana/Abanto Zierbena, Comarca Gran Bilbao, Vizcaya / Bizkaia, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (±1966)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7 × 3.7 cm = 3.86” × 2.76” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.63”

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Pyrite

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”

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Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Side
Side
Order
Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Baryte. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Baryte
 

JFD98AO2: From a huge vug found in 1990 by one of the most well known field collectors in Berbes, José Manuel Cuesta, owner of the Playa de Vega campsite and through whose hands thousands (sic) of pieces have passed, often destined for the guests of his campground.
The quality of the pieces from that vug was not extraordinary, but the quantity of specimens that came out was indeed extraordinary, and some of them very fine, like this one.
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 6.6 × 4.3 cm = 4.49” × 2.60” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.7 cm = 0.71” × 0.67”

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Sphalerite with Dolomite

Recorded under neon light
Sphalerite with Dolomite
 

JFD97AO2: A very good example of the quality of the sphalerites from the Troya mine, with the addition that since the matrix is all Dolomite, there are no sulphide stains of any kind and that is why the matrix looks so white, despite the many years that have passed since it was found.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (1985)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.2 × 1.9 cm = 1.61” × 1.26” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.39” × 0.31”

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Sphalerite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Detail
Detail
Sphalerite with Dolomite. With indirect light
With indirect light
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Quartz with Calcite and Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series)
Quartz with Calcite and Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series).

Recorded under neon light
Quartz with Calcite and Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series)
 

JFD96AO2: A piece that I have had for many years, from the very popular Sierra y Lomas Quarry (aka Los Serranos Quarry), with its usual Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series) crystals, its usual Quartz (in this case with inclusions), and with a not so usual Calcite crystal, very clear and shiny.
Sierra y Lomas Quarry (Los Serranos Quarry), Cabezo Negro, Albatera, Comarca Vega Baja del Segura, Alicante / Alacant, Valencian Community / Comunitat Valenciana  Spain (±1983)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.1 × 2.2 cm = 2.24” × 1.22” × 0.87”

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

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Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz
 

JFD90AO1: One of the myths of Berbes is that there are also light blue fluorites like those from La Viesca and this piece is one of the very few proofs of this. The characteristic leafy Baryte clearly proves its origin, as well as a small violet rim of 'Berbes color' on the edges of the crystals and small doubly terminated quartzes on the rear of the piece.
I got the piece from Martín Oliete at the Bilbao Fosminer Show in 1995, and he could only tell me that he had it for 'a long time' and that he did not know in which part of Berbes it had been found. Legend says that these blue fluorites came out in the Valdelmar area, but for this piece we are not able to be sure.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain

Specimen size: 8.6 × 8 × 3.4 cm = 3.39” × 3.15” × 1.34”

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

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Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz.
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. 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”

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Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions

Recorded under neon light
Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions
 

JFD88AO1: A watermark piece. Very transparent, with a small matrix of tiny quartzes that gives it less of a “floater” appearance than these Berbes quartzes usually have.
Of course, hydrocarbon inclusions are present too, but in a very minor role, so as not to take away the beauty of the piece...
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (±1987)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.85” × 1.50” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 0.91” × 0.55”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

Hydrocarbons fluorescent long & short UV



Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions. Front
Front
Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions. Side
Side
Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions. Rear
Rear
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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”

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Galena

Recorded under neon light
Galena
 

JFD85AO1: As I have commented on other occasions, a collection is a set and not only of selected pieces, but it can also have modest pieces to simply represent a locality. This very isolated Galena crystal is representative and, furthermore, its matrix is very white, which gives it a certain contrast.
Galena's mine, Vegacervera, Comarca Ribera del Torío, León, Castile and León  Spain

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4 × 3.6 cm = 1.65” × 1.57” × 1.42”

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

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

Recorded under neon 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, Principality of Asturias (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

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Former collection of A. Mayor



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Portugal

Quartz with Pyrite and Muscovite

Recorded under neon light
Quartz with Pyrite and Muscovite
 

JFD191AP3: It's a little love of mine, this piece. The specimen is a floater, it has no damage, everything complete, and everything, both Quartz and Pyrite and even the Muscovite, has quality. As I said, I feel a little love for it.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1999)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.3 × 2.4 cm = 3.62” × 2.87” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 9.2 × 2.3 cm = 3.62” × 0.91”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)

€580 / US$598 / ¥84010 / AUD$894

Quartz with Pyrite and Muscovite. Quartz with Pyrite and Muscovite.
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Fluorapatite with Chlorite
Fluorapatite with Chlorite. Fluorapatite with Chlorite.

Recorded under neon light
Fluorapatite with Chlorite
 

JFD190AP3: Rare, rare, both for its color and for the presentation of the crystals. Despite having seen so many fluorapatites, the truth is that I don't remember seeing another one like this one. Besides, the little 'ball' of Chlorite is intriguing, because I honestly don't know if it is an aggregate of Chlorite crystals or if it is covering some other species.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1997)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.56” × 2.09” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.4 cm = 1.38” × 0.94”

Fluorescent long & short UV

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€390 / US$402 / ¥56490 / AUD$601

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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.
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Topaz with Fluorite, Siderite and Fluorapatite
Topaz with Fluorite, Siderite and Fluorapatite.

Recorded under neon light
Topaz with Fluorite, Siderite and Fluorapatite
 

JFD185AP2: For a long time I was looking for a piece with Topaz that was worthy of Panasqueira, and I was really happy when I got this specimen with its Fluorite, its Siderite and even its small elongated Fluorapatite crystal. Later, in more modern times, more topazes came out, but that is another story.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1985)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.3 × 1.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.30” × 0.67”

Minor fluorescence short UV

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Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite

Recorded under LED light
Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite
 

JFD175AP0: Intense color change in this Fluorapatite, from a delicate green to almost blue, depending on the type of light illuminating it. Panasqueira fluorapatites are known to do this, but in this one the property is extreme.
Small, but cute.

Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1989)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.06” × 1.02” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

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Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite. Side - Led light
Side - Led light
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Arsenopyrite (doubly terminated) with Muscovite and Calcite-Dolomite
Arsenopyrite (doubly terminated) with Muscovite and Calcite-Dolomite. Front
Front
Arsenopyrite (doubly terminated) with Muscovite and Calcite-Dolomite. Top
Top
Arsenopyrite (doubly terminated) with Muscovite and Calcite-Dolomite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Arsenopyrite (doubly terminated) with Muscovite and Calcite-Dolomite
 

JFD162AO8: Panasqueira arsenopyrites are said to be the best in the world, and we could spend hours discussing that, but this piece with its Muscovite base and the white carbonates behind it, is a great example of why one could come to that conclusion.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1985)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4 × 3.4 cm = 1.89” × 1.57” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.7 cm = 1.57” × 1.46”

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Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite

Recorded under neon light
Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite
 

JFD161AO8: Unusual. Extra-flat Pyrite crystals growing in what appears to have been a coating of carbonates on the face of a Quartz crystal that at some point had detached, with the crystallization of the carbonates finishing far from where they started forming. As said, unusual.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1990)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.85” × 1.30” × 0.24”

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Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite. Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite.
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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

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Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Calcite-Dolomite

Recorded under neon light
Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Calcite-Dolomite
 

JFD154AO7: A classic from Panasqueira: large sharp crystals of Marcasite, in 'cock's comb' habit, with some Arsenopyrite, and associated with carbonates (Calcite-Dolomite in this case) which very possibly contributes to making them more stable than those from other deposits.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1993)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 7.1 × 5.1 cm = 4.09” × 2.80” × 2.01”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.75” × 0.71”

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Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Calcite-Dolomite. Front
Front
Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Calcite-Dolomite. Side
Side
Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Calcite-Dolomite. Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Calcite-Dolomite.
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Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite
Pyrite with Calcite-Dolomite. 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”

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Cassiterite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Siderite

Recorded under neon light
Cassiterite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Siderite
 

JFD142AO6: One hell of a Cassiterite! Very large for Panasqueira, very lustrous, and sitting well on Sphalerite crystals that are associated with Quartz crystals, one of them broken, but the others recrystallized, and with small Siderite crystals.
Who said that Panasqueira cassiterites did not reach world class status?
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1970)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 9.7 × 4.1 cm = 4.25” × 3.82” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.7 cm = 1.18” × 1.06”

Former collection Folch (duplicates)

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Cassiterite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Siderite. Cassiterite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Siderite.
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Galena with Dolomite, Stannite and Chalcopyrite
Galena with Dolomite, Stannite and Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Galena with Dolomite, Stannite and Chalcopyrite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Galena with Dolomite, Stannite and Chalcopyrite
 

JFD141AO6: Although it is such a popular mineral, Galena is quite rare in Panasqueira and only very occasionally can good specimens be obtained. In this case, it also has the added bonus of well-crystallized Stannite covering Chalcopyrite in the base. A combo of unusual species at Panasqueira.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1989)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 1.73” × 1.22” × 1.10”

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

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Arsenopyrite with Chalcopyrite, Cassiterite y Sphalerite

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Arsenopyrite with Chalcopyrite, Cassiterite y Sphalerite
 

JFD131AO5: The Panasqueira mines have been active for many years and even in 1964 notable specimens were already coming out. Somewhat different from the current ones, but also attractive. In this case, the Arsenopyrite has a different crystal habit from the one we usually see today and an Arsenopyrite-Chalcopyrite-Cassiterite-Sphalerite association that is not normally seen today either, and yet it is still easy to recognize the Panasqueira signature.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1964)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.7 × 3 cm = 3.03” × 2.24” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2 cm = 0.94” × 0.79”

Former collection Folch (duplicates)

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Arsenopyrite with Chalcopyrite, Cassiterite y Sphalerite. Arsenopyrite with Chalcopyrite, Cassiterite y Sphalerite.
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Chalcopyrite with Arsenopyrite, Pyrite and Muscovite
Chalcopyrite with Arsenopyrite, Pyrite and Muscovite. Chalcopyrite with Arsenopyrite, Pyrite and Muscovite.

Recorded under neon light
Chalcopyrite with Arsenopyrite, Pyrite and Muscovite
 

JFD121AO4: One hell of a piece! Many Chalcopyrite crystals with a curious morphology, good luster and color and as a floater in which the Arsenopyrite culminates the piece in its upper part and the omnipresent Siderite covers a little of everything, but without invading the rest of the species.
Not only are apatites and ferberites world-class in Panasqueira, but sometimes other species are as well.

Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1999)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.8 × 4.4 cm = 4.53” × 3.46” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.6 cm = 0.75” × 0.63”

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Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite, Muscovite and Chlorite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite, Muscovite and Chlorite
 

JFD112AO3: In the past, you had to sweat blood to get hold of one of these mythical 'lilas' apatites, always very expensive and always with defects (broken or damaged crystals). I was very happy when I got this one, and at the time I was proud to have it in my collection.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1995)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.8 × 7.2 cm = 3.27” × 2.68” × 2.83”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.91” × 0.51”

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Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite, Muscovite and Chlorite. Fluorapatite with Arsenopyrite, Muscovite and Chlorite.
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Fluorapatite with Siderite
Fluorapatite with Siderite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Siderite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
Fluorapatite with Siderite
 

JFD111AO3: Very peculiar Fluorapatite. These floater crystals, complete and well terminated throughout, have bands of lighter color that appear to be fibrous crystals included within the Fluorapatite crystals themselves.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2009)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.57” × 1.30” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.02” × 0.91”

Fluorescent long & short UV

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Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite
 

JFD110AO3: Fine, elegant and on matrix, this small specimen shows us why Panasqueira stands out from any other locality for its fluorapatites.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1988)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.55” × 0.55”

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

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Fluorapatite with Siderite and Muscovite.
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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”

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Quartz with Siderite

Recorded under neon light
Quartz with Siderite
 

JFD101AO2: Nothing special but, as always in Panasqueira, with 'something' particular. It has the added value of having been in the private collection of a Portuguese doctor who at the time was very assiduous in trying to obtain the best pieces that came out of Panasqueira.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±1985)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.6 × 0.5 cm = 1.57” × 1.02” × 0.20”

Main crystal size: 3 × 0.7 cm = 1.18” × 0.28”

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Quartz with Siderite. Front
Front
Quartz with Siderite. Rear
Rear
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Ferberite with Pyrite
Ferberite with Pyrite. Front
Front
Ferberite with Pyrite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
Ferberite with Pyrite
 

JFD100AO2: Despite their general uniformity, Panasqueira specimens can show a lot of variety. This Ferberite is very different from those that usually appear there since its crystals are highly elongated and fine, forming a kind of lattice. Fortunately, I am certain that it is from there since I bought it in 1990 in the mine 'Escritorio', freshly extracted from the mine by Zé da Tropa.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1990)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.3 × 1.9  cm = 0.98” × 0.91” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.08”

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Siderite with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite

Recorded under neon light
Siderite with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite
 

JFD92AO1: I do feel a little love for the siderites of Panasqueira. With much less fame than other mineral species from this mine, its variety of forms and its frequent association with other species always attracted me. This specimen well represents what I want to say - The crystal is sharp, its color is pleasant and it shows in its center a kind of growth phantom of trigonal symmetry. In addition, it is associated with Muscovite and Arsenopyrite, both of good quality.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (03/1995)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.1 × 2.6 cm = 2.44” × 2.01” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 4.2 cm = 2.01” × 1.65”

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Siderite with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Siderite with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Rear
Rear
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Fluorapatite with Siderite
Fluorapatite with Siderite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Siderite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
Fluorapatite with Siderite
 

JFD91AO1: These columnar fluorapatites are called in Panasqueira “hydroxylapatites”, unfortunately without any foundation since all the ones I have had analyzed were all textbook fluorapatites. This does not stop them from being very showy, as this one is, and very different from the usual patterns.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±2005)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 1.69” × 1.30” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.2 cm = 0.83” × 0.08”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

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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”

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Fluorapatite with Siderite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Siderite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Siderite.
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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”

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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

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Quartz with Calcite. Front
Front
Quartz with Calcite. Rear
Rear
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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

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Calcite with Sphalerite and Dolomite

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Calcite with Sphalerite and Dolomite
 

JFD181AP1: Found around 1970, this specimen is a good example of the quality of calcites from this classic mine. Although calcites with larger crystals were found there, this piece is very fine, with a matrix of Sphalerite covered by multiple well developed Calcite crystals of good transparency.
Trèves Mine, Fournels Valley, Trèves, Gard, Occitanie  France (±1970)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 7.2 × 4.5 cm = 3.46” × 2.83” × 1.77”

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

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Calcite with Sphalerite and Dolomite. Calcite with Sphalerite and Dolomite.
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Calcite (variety cobalt-bearing)
Calcite (variety cobalt-bearing). Calcite (variety cobalt-bearing).

Recorded under neon light
Calcite (variety cobalt-bearing)
 

JFD163AO8: Alain is an inexhaustible source of French surprises. I bought this cobaltoan 'fried egg' from him in Tucson 2020, very shortly before the world stopped due to the pandemic. When I saw the specimen for the first time I was convinced that it was from the San Carlos mine in Huesca, Spain, It looks so much like the Spanish ones! That it was a former Alain collection piece convinced me to buy it.
Les Cabesses, Rivèrenert, Saint-Girons, Ariège Department, Occitanie  France (2018)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 7.1 × 3.7 cm = 4.45” × 2.80” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 5.6 cm = 2.80” × 2.20”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud

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Pyromorphite with Baryte

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Pyromorphite with Baryte
 

JFD140AO6: What a pleasure when Farges Pyromorphites are so good!
In Baryte, with very raised crystals and two generations of color, brown at the base and very green at the termination. With a curious pedigree too, since it comes from a great Barcelona collector who bought it from me in 1996 and from whom I bought it back for my own collection in 2012. A great piece.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), 150m.↓, Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (1974)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 5.6 × 3.4 cm = 3.39” × 2.20” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.5 cm = 0.55” × 0.20”

Minor fluorescence short UV

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Pyromorphite with Baryte. Pyromorphite with Baryte.
Pyromorphite with Baryte.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite
 

JFD125AO4: Le Burc is one of the three localities in the triad of French blue fluorites, together with Le Beix and Puy-Saint-Gulmier. Obviously this piece does not have a particularly intense blue, but at the time I liked its transparency, perfection and, why not, its color, since although it is far from the electric blue of other fluorites in that triad, it is nevertheless fine and elegant.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France (±2005)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.03” × 2.09” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.7 cm = 0.71” × 0.67”

Fluorescent long & short UV

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Fluorite

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite
 

JFD99AO2: The fluorites from Buxières-les-Mines are striking for their globular appearance and for the brilliance and transparency of the multitude of small crystals that make up the globules. In addition, in this specimen the two colors stand out, the typical brown from the locality and a violet color in some areas.
I bought it from Alain Martaud in 2011, and he got it from Dr. Martin's collection.
Buxières-les-Mines, Moulins, Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 9.7 × 8 × 3.3 cm = 3.82” × 3.15” × 1.30”

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

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Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
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

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Morocco

Wulfenite

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”

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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
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Arfvedsonite with Microcline
Arfvedsonite with Microcline. 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”

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With analysis copy



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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”

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€440 / US$454 / ¥63730 / AUD$678

Azurite. Azurite.
Reservado
Erythrite with Skutterudite
Erythrite with Skutterudite. Erythrite with Skutterudite.

Recorded under neon light
Erythrite with Skutterudite
 

JFD186AP2: On my first 'exploratory' trip in 1986 I crossed all of Morocco, from Oujda to Agadir, in a Moroccan car with three Moroccans and me in the car. The experience was unforgettable, I learned a lot and got Hepatitis A. The best thing about the trip (despite the headaches of getting these specimens): a lot of good erythrites from the Bou Azzer Mine, of which I was especially proud of this one, and kept it.
Many memories...
Bou Azzer Mine, Bou Azzer mining district, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1986)

Specimen size: 10.1 × 7 × 3.4 cm = 3.98” × 2.76” × 1.34”

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

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Mottramite

Recorded under neon light
Mottramite
 

JFD176AP0: Very old piece in my collection, I bought it from a 'basariste' in Asni, a small town located almost at the other end of Morocco. How curious that already in the year 1985 I had managed to purchase this Touissit rarity, 900 kilometers from there! These 'basaristes' of Morocco have done a formidable job of dispersing its minerals throughout the country, and in a way they have contributed, and continue to contribute, to its mineralogical splendor.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1985)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 6 × 3.7 cm = 2.99” × 2.36” × 1.46”

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

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Mottramite. Mottramite.
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Vanadinite on Siderite
Vanadinite on Siderite. Vanadinite on Siderite.
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”

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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”

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Smithsonite. Front
Front
Smithsonite. Side
Side
Smithsonite.
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Magnetite
Magnetite. Front
Front
Magnetite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Magnetite
 

JFD165AO8: Imilchil never ceases to amaze me. Relatively young in the mineralogical history of Morocco, it seems to continually come up with new specimens. It is true that many different deposits are gathered under the generic name 'Imilchil', but such large crystals of Magnetite, and of such high quality, were something unexpected.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2014)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 7.4 × 6.4 cm = 3.11” × 2.91” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 4.5 cm = 1.73” × 1.77”

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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”

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Sphalerite with Actinolite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Actinolite. Light behind
Light behind
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Gersdorffite
Gersdorffite.

Recorded under neon light
Gersdorffite
 

JFD156AO7: Except in its top specimens, Gersdorffite is not a species that usually gives showy pieces. This one, although modest, has the elegance of having sharp crystals, hanging from a kind of pinnacle of another Gersdorffite crystal which, although coarser, makes the other crystals look better.
Aït Ahmane, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (11/2012)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.34” × 0.87” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.43”

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Acanthite with Pyrite

Recorded under neon light
Acanthite with Pyrite
 

JFD145AO6: Very large, very lustrous, this is an Acanthite crystal that stands out for its size and its polysynthetic growths. From the good years for acanthites in Imiter, years that have not returned since there are currently very few good specimens of Acanthite coming from there.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2007)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 2.6 × 1.1 cm = 3.19” × 1.02” × 0.43”

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Acanthite with Pyrite. Front
Front
Acanthite with Pyrite. Rear
Rear
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Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Vanadinite
 

JFD144AO6: One of the first I ever saw in the Bou Almaden area in Mibladen. They drew attention for their crystal size, since until then most of the vanadinites had come from the ACF mine, which produced smaller crystals. Later finds yielded even bigger crystals, but these early ones still have something special about them.
Bou Almaden (Bou el Maden), Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5 × 4 cm = 2.44” × 1.97” × 1.57”

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

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Azurite

Recorded under neon light
Azurite
 

JFD143AO6: For its color and definition, it is a gem, and its limonitic matrix makes it unusual.
From Touissit and not from Bou Bekker, as proven by the extremely sharp crystal (quite apart from the fact that I bought it in Touissit itself 😉)
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the 'What’s New on the Internet Reports' section, report 64, July 3, 2022 edition, page 8

Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1988)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.09” × 1.06” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.6 cm = 0.59” × 0.24”

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Azurite. Azurite.
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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”

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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”

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Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
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Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
 

JFD133AO5: Relatively recently found and very showy, these scalenohedral Calcite crystals, with the most concentrated color at the base of the crystals, have something as unreal.
Agoudal Mines, Tansifite, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2013)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.1 × 3 cm = 2.24” × 2.01” × 1.18”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

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Proustite with Quartz and Galena

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Proustite with Quartz and Galena
 

JFD132AO5: Imiter's proustites are not widely recognized in the world of collecting because very large crystals are not found there, but they can have high quality, both because of how sharp the crystals are and because of their luster and color, which are both extraordinary in this piece.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 7.1 × 3.2 cm = 3.39” × 2.80” × 1.26”

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

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Proustite with Quartz and Galena. Proustite with Quartz and Galena.
Proustite with Quartz and Galena.
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Anorthoroselite with Calcite and Goethite
Anorthoroselite with Calcite and Goethite. Front
Front
Anorthoroselite with Calcite and Goethite. Side
Side
Anorthoroselite with Calcite and Goethite.

Recorded under neon light
Anorthoroselite with Calcite and Goethite
 

JFD124AO4: How pretty! I said the same thing when I bought it. It is precious, with the strong contrast with the Calcite covered by the black of the Goethite.
Double joy when analysis gave Anorthoroselite, which is a much rarer species than Roselite.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08-09/2016)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 6.2 × 3.6 cm = 4.09” × 2.44” × 1.42”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

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With a copy of its analysis



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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

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Skutterudite with Calcite. Skutterudite with Calcite.
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Baryte with limonite
Baryte with limonite. Front
Front
Baryte with limonite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
Baryte with limonite
 

JFD122AO4: This piece would require a very long story. In short: around 1977 I saw a very nice blue Baryte in the small Merchich collection, a pharmacist from Azrou, and I always remembered that piece. Seventeen years later at the 1994 Millau Show, Mr. Friteau had this other Baryte and I bought it immediately, and then, in 2012, Boom! came the explosion of these Jebel Ouichane barytes that are among the most beautiful in the world.
It makes me very happy to leave this story in writing, since in a way the story of these Barytes is part of my life. I was finally able to choose the pieces of my dreams among so many that came out... 35 years since Merchich's dream Baryte.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1994)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.13” × 1.81” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.4 cm = 1.57” × 0.55”

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Quartz (variety red quartz)

Recorded under neon light
Quartz (variety red quartz)
 

JFD115AO3: One of Aouli's specialties: Quartz with a first generation of blood-red color and a second generation of totally colorless Quartz that allows the underlying red first generation to be seen very well. Curiously, Aouli's fame is not derived from these quartzes but from fluorites, which do not actually come from there but rather from the deposits of Sidi Ayad and Chebka Sidi Said.
Aouli, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1996)

Specimen size: 8 × 4 × 6.2 cm = 3.15” × 1.57” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 0.87” × 0.67”

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Quartz (variety red quartz). Front
Front
Quartz (variety red quartz). Side
Side
Quartz (variety red quartz). Rear
Rear
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Vanadinite on Baryte
Vanadinite on Baryte. Vanadinite on Baryte.

Recorded under neon light
Vanadinite on Baryte
 

JFD114AO3: There are so many many vanadinites around, but when they are showy they still make us tremble, especially when of top color and on white Baryte, which gives them a spectacular aesthetic.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1995)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.93” × 1.85” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.28” × 0.20”

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Skutterudite with Calcite

Recorded under neon light
Skutterudite with Calcite
 

JFD113AO3: Not very large crystals but well individualized on their Skutterudite with Calcite matrix. Despite being a very old piece, it retains its luster well.
Bou Azzer Mine, Bou Azzer mining district, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1985)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.81” × 0.94” × 1.06”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

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Skutterudite with Calcite. Skutterudite with Calcite.
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Skutterudite with Calcite
Skutterudite with Calcite. 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”

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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”

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Acanthite with Calcite.
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Azurite with Malachite, Wulfenite and Cerussite
Azurite with Malachite, Wulfenite and Cerussite. 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”

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Erythrite with Calcite

Recorded under neon light
Erythrite with Calcite
 

JFD94AO1: For many years the best Erythrite in my collection. Although the color of the Erythrite is so attractive, it has never been easy to obtain attractive collection specimens since it is difficult to find pieces with well-developed crystals and well-arranged on the matrix. It has accompanied me since 1988 when I got it, and I hope it finds a place where its new owner appreciates it as much as I have until now.
Bou Azzer Mine, Bou Azzer mining district, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1992)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 5.8 × 2 cm = 3.23” × 2.28” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.5 cm = 0.55” × 0.20”

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Erythrite with Calcite. Front
Front
Erythrite with Calcite. Side
Side
Erythrite with Calcite.
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Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite).

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Calcite (variety Co-bearing calcite)
 

JFD93AO1: Calcite with an intense color, very characteristic of those that came out many years ago in the Bou Azzer Mine.
I bought it from Ali Moudoud when he, along with his brother, practically controlled all the specimens that came out of the mines in the Bou Azzer area. Those were very difficult years but, in a way, also exciting and attractive.
Bou Azzer Mine, Bou Azzer mining district, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (09/1994)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.1 × 0.9 cm = 1.42” × 1.22” × 0.35”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.24” × 0.12”

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Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite

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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”

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Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite. Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite.
Calcite with Baryte and Pyrite.
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Baryte with inclusions and Quartz
Baryte with inclusions and Quartz. Front
Front
Baryte with inclusions and Quartz. Side
Side
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”

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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”

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Cerussite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions. Cerussite on Quartz with iron oxides inclusions.
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Azurite
Azurite. 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”

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



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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)



Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote. Front
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Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote. Side
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Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote. Side
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Prehnite with Quartz and Epidote.
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