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AUVERGNE - RHÔNE - ALPES

Quartz (japan law twin)
Quartz (japan law twin). Front
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Quartz (japan law twin). Side
Side
Quartz (japan law twin).

Recorded under neon light
 

TMP37AN6: Group of very sharp crystals, one of them with a very sharp Japan-law twin, very transparent and lustrous, colorless, and on matrix.
This piece comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Les Rivoirands, Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2010)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.9 × 5.9 cm = 3.03” × 2.32” × 2.32”

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




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Quartz (variety faden)
 

TBY26AN3: Very aerial group of doubly terminated Quartz crystals, extremely flattened, with parallel growths and a very visible “faden” growth. They are also water-clear and very lustrous.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Le Freney-d'Oisans, L'Oisans-Romanche, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.34” × 1.06” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.34” × 0.55”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Quartz (variety faden). Front
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Quartz (variety faden). Rear
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Doubly terminated Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite
Doubly terminated Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite. Front
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Doubly terminated Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

ERM27AN5: Parallel growth of flattened Quartz crystals, all of them doubly terminated, traversed inside by a very distinct faden growth. They are shiny, transparent, colorless and rich in Chlorite (Group) inclusions.

Plan-du-Lac, Saint Christophe en Oisans, Le Bourg d'Oisans Comune, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1995)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.4 × 1 cm = 2.05” × 1.34” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 1.5 cm = 2.05” × 0.59”




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Tetrahedrite with Siderite

Recorded under neon light
 

ERM69AO7: Group of tetrahedral crystals of Tetrahedrite with very distinct polycrystalline growths. Lustrous, on matrix with lenticular crystals of Siderite and coatings of Chalcopyrite microcrystals.
The specimen is excellent for the locality both for its quality and for the size of the crystals.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.6 × 3.5 cm = 2.01” × 1.42” × 1.38”

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




Tetrahedrite with Siderite. Front
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Tetrahedrite with Siderite. Side
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Tetrahedrite with Siderite. Side
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Siderite with Quartz
Siderite with Quartz. Siderite with Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
 

LM94AK4: Group of flattened lenticular crystals of Siderite, translucent, bright and of uniform brown color, on matrix, with small water-clear crystals of Quartz. An excellent French classic from the Philippe Morelon collection (No. 362), whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1994)

Specimen size: 18.4 × 7.2 × 4.4 cm = 7.24” × 2.83” × 1.73”

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

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



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Prehnite with Epidote and Albite
 

EF37AL9: Prehnite crystals with sharp edges and well defined faces. With very marked curvatures and polycrystalline growths, translucent, shiny, and with an intense green color. On matrix, with Calcite and small, very sharp crystals of Epidote, transparent, very lustrous and with deep color. Excellent French classic from one of the typical localities for the species.
La Combe de la Selle, Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Le Bourg d'Oisans Comune, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1990)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.4 × 2.9 cm = 1.69” × 1.34” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.47” × 0.39”




Prehnite with Epidote and Albite. Prehnite with Epidote and Albite.
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Prehnite with Epidote and Actinolite (variety byssolite)
Prehnite with Epidote and Actinolite (variety byssolite). Front
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Prehnite with Epidote and Actinolite (variety byssolite). Side
Side
Prehnite with Epidote and Actinolite (variety byssolite).

Recorded under neon light
 

EGH87AN5: Polycrystalline aggregate of lustrous Prehnite with very well defined faces and edges, and with curvatures, on matrix. It is associated with Epidote and felty aggregates of Actinolite (variety byssolite). Excellent French classic.
The specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Combe de la Selle, Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Le Bourg d'Oisans Comune, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1990)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.3 × 3.6 cm = 3.07” × 2.48” × 1.42”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Quartz (variety faden)
 

R57FV6: Very unusual distorted Quartz, extra-flat and apparently with broken areas, although "in person" it is clear that all faces are complete and undamaged.
Lignarre Valley, Bourg d'Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1991)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.6 × 1.7 cm = 3.03” × 2.60” × 0.67”




Quartz (variety faden). Front
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Quartz (variety faden). Rear
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
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Fluorite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
 

EFM91AN5: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and an intense blue color with a fine geometric violet zoning on the edges.
This specimen, with crystals of unusual size for the locality and of a dominant blue color, is rare for what is known from this mine and comes from one specific find that was part of the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2020)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 6.7 × 5.1 cm = 4.80” × 2.64” × 2.01”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.30” × 0.91”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Baryte
 

TMB66AN4: Group of very sharp Baryte crystals, between lamellar and tabular, transparent, very lustrous and with an intense yellow color. This high-quality specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection and is unusual for the locality, which is characterized by larger but less ‘fine’ Baryte crystals than this one.
Croiseur vein, Liauzun Ravine, Olloix, Saint-Amant-Tallende, Clermont-Ferrand District, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3 × 2 cm = 1.26” × 1.18” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 0.87” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Baryte.
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Baryte
Baryte. Baryte.
 

TAF86AN4: Group of very sharp Baryte crystals, between lamellar and tabular, transparent, very lustrous and with an intense yellow color. This high-quality specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection and is unusual for the locality, which is characterized by larger but less ‘fine’ Baryte crystals than this one.
Croiseur vein, Liauzun Ravine, Olloix, Saint-Amant-Tallende, Clermont-Ferrand District, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.4 × 2.6 cm = 2.17” × 1.34” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.63” × 0.55”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Baryte
 

TTA14AN4: Group of very sharp lamellar Baryte crystals, translucent, with good luster and a uniform yellow color.
The specimen, of high quality for the locality, comes from the Alain Martaud collection.
La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1997)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.56” × 2.09” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.43”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Baryte. Baryte.
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Opal-CT (variety lussatite) after fossil (Helix ramondi)
Opal-CT (variety lussatite) after fossil (Helix ramondi). Front
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Opal-CT (variety lussatite) after fossil (Helix ramondi). Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

MTX86AO3: Gastropod (Helix ramondi) fossilized in Opal-CT (lussatite variety) translucent, with a pearly luster and colors between white and sky-blue.
Very good quality for the deposit, a French classic.
Les Rois Mine, Mur-sur-Allier, Pont-du-Château, Clermont-Ferrand District, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.9 × 1.5 cm = 0.83” × 0.75” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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Octahedral Fluorite with Chlorite
 

TX98AL5: Octahedral crystal of Fluorite very rich in polycrystalline growths, transparent, bright, unusually intense in color and with Chlorite inclusions. A high quality French alpine classic.
Aiguille Verte, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±2010)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2 × 2 cm = 1.10” × 0.79” × 0.79”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Octahedral Fluorite with Chlorite. Front
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Octahedral Fluorite with Chlorite. Side
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Fluorite (octahedral)
Fluorite (octahedral). Front
Front
Fluorite (octahedral). Top
Top
Fluorite (octahedral). Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

EFG90AN5: Octahedral Fluorite crystal with very sharp crystal forms, doubly terminated, with good luster and a pink, almost red color, unusually intense and uniform.
The specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Aiguille du Chardonnet, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2018)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3 × 1.9 cm = 1.30” × 1.18” × 0.75”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Wulfenite on Baryte
 

MF46AA9: Single crystal with very well defined faces and edges, a reddish-brown color and on a matrix with fine parallel growths of Baryte crystals. Very good for the locality.
Lantignié, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.4 × 4.4 cm = 1.34” × 0.94” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”




Wulfenite on Baryte. Wulfenite on Baryte.
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Twinned Calcite
Twinned Calcite. Front
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Twinned Calcite. Side
Side
 

TDC27AN3: Group of Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, doubly terminated, with very sharp scalenohedron forms and a very sharp interpenetration twin. Translucent, lustrous and on matrix.
This specimen, which is exceptional for the locality, comes from the Alain Martaud collection.
Largentière Mines, Largentière, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 6.1 × 5.7 cm = 2.99” × 2.40” × 2.24”

Main crystal size: 7 × 4.4 cm = 2.76” × 1.73”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Cerussite
 

TP90AG5: Group of translucent crystals with very elongated prisms and dipyramidal terminations forming a scepter, and with cyclic twins. The shape is different and better defined than usual for samples from the locality.
Lescure Mine, Mayres, Thueyts, Largentière, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (± 2014)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 4 × 1.7 cm = 1.10” × 1.57” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1 cm = 0.83” × 0.39”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Cerussite. Front
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Cerussite. Rear
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Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear
 

TQ27AG5: Group of translucent crystals with very elongated prisms and dipyramidal terminations with the cyclic twin. The shape is different and better defined than usual for samples from the locality.
Lescure Mine, Mayres, Thueyts, Largentière, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (± 2014)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 1.8 × 1 cm = 1.26” × 0.71” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.87” × 0.20”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Cerussite
 

EX14AI4: Aggregate on a limonite matrix of white acicular Cerussite crystals with a silky luster and fibrous aspect resembling the so-called “jackstraw” variety. It is from a locality where samples of such quality are very scarce.
Lescure Mine, Mayres, Thueyts, Largentière, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.4 × 1.5 cm = 2.13” × 1.34” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.55” × 0.16”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Cerussite.
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Chessy-les-Mines

Azurite
Azurite. Front
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Azurite. Top
Top
 

EE96AI1: Floater growth of very sharp equant Azurite crystals that have the false appearance of cubes. They are bright and have a very vivid color.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2005-2009)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.94” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 0.67” × 0.51”

Type locality



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Azurite
 

EB77AF8: Group of very sharp and flattened crystals with the dominant faces of a rhombohedron, with very well defined faces and edges and a clearer color than usual for the Chessy pieces. The sample is from recent and surprising finds at the old dumps area at that mine.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2010)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.26” × 0.91” × 0.55”

Type locality



Azurite. Front
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Azurite. Front
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Azurite. Rear
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Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.
 

ED8AF8: Group of very sharp equant rhombohedral crystals with a more vivid color than usual for the Chessy pieces. The sample is from recent and surprising finds at the old dumps area at that mine.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2009)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.42” × 1.14” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.55” × 0.39”

Type locality



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Azurite
 

EQ96AD9: Floater aggregate with rosette growths of tabular crystals with very well defined faces and edges and quite large for the locality. It has an intense and deep blue color and has a small spherulitic microcrystalline Malachite growth. A French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3 × 3 cm = 1.46” × 1.18” × 1.18”

Type locality



Azurite. Front
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Azurite. Rear
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Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite.
 

TF86T3: Rosette growths with very well defined faces and edges and with a classic (for Chessy) crystal of Malachite pseudomorph after Cuprite and with minor matrix on its base.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 1.50” × 1.22” × 1.10”

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

Type locality



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Azurite with Malachite
 

EM86AG9: Group of Azurite crystals with a short prismatic shape, some of them doubly terminated, with parallel growths and with small Quartz crystals and Malachite coatings. A good French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2017)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.81” × 1.42” × 0.94”

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

Type locality



Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.
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Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
 

ET96AD9: Floater aggregate with rosette growths of equant crystals with very well defined faces and edges and with an intense and vivid blue color.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2013)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.85” × 1.34” × 1.18”

Type locality



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Azurite with Malachite
 

EM96AL4: Group of sharp, equidimensional Azurite crystals, with marked parallel growths and slight curvatures and with a more bluish color than usual in Chessy specimens. On matrix, with small Malachite coatings. The specimen comes from relatively recent finds in the old dumps of the mine.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2010-2012)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.4 × 3.6 cm = 1.97” × 1.34” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.75” × 0.35”

Type locality



Azurite with Malachite. Front
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Azurite with Malachite. Rear
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Azurite with Malachite. Side
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Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Front
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Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Top
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EK69AM3: Group of Azurite crystals with very sharp crystal forms and a very vivid color, with Malachite pseudomorphs after Cuprite crystals with the dominant forms of octahedron and dodecahedron. A French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.09” × 1.34” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.59” × 0.51”

Type locality



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Azurite
 

EB90AL5: Floater group of rhombohedral Azurite crystals, with very marked polycrystalline growths, with a very deep color and intense luster. Good crystal size for the locality.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1989-1995)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.4 × 3.7 cm = 2.28” × 1.73” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.83”

Type locality



Azurite. Front
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Azurite. Side
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Azurite.
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Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.
Azurite.
 

MB50AE2: Botryoidal and spheroidal aggregates of small rhombohedral crystals that are bright and have a very vivid and uniform color. A French classic of great quality.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.7 × 3.3 cm = 2.40” × 1.85” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.75”

Type locality



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Azurite with Malachite

Recorded under neon light
 

TM26AF8: Druse of rhombohedral Azurite crystals with polycrystalline growths and a very vivid color and luster on matrix with fibrous Malachite that has a silky luster. The sample, from a not well-known collection, is very old and has the characteristics of the Azurites that were from the “Mine bleue,” typical of the XIX century.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 9.4 × 6.6 × 2.6 cm = 3.70” × 2.60” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.35” × 0.20”

Type locality



Azurite with Malachite. Front
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Azurite with Malachite. Close-up
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Azurite with Malachite. Rear
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Malachite after Cuprite
Malachite after Cuprite. Front
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Malachite after Cuprite. Side
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Malachite after Cuprite  

EH14AE8: Aggregate of Malachite replacing dodecahedral Cuprite crystals. The former Cuprite crystals are very well defined, with smooth faces, a uniform green color and are on matrix.
A French classic that is with an old German label from an unknown collector that we’ll send to the buyer.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.7 × 2.2 cm = 0.87” × 0.67” × 0.87”

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




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BRITTANY / BRETAGNE

Gold with Quartz
 

EG69AH9: A kind of novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2018, where it appeared to the collectible trade for the first time. Gold forms very bright laminar growths and coatings on an aggregate of deformed Quartz crystals. The locality, as is usual for a lot of novelties, is approximate and generic, so we are waiting for some more precise data.
Loudéac, Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany/Bretagne  France

Specimen size: 2.1 × 2 × 1 cm = 0.83” × 0.79” × 0.39”




Gold with Quartz. Front
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Gold with Quartz. Rear
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Gold with Quartz.
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
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Gold with Quartz. Rear
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Gold with Quartz.
 

MV54AI5: A kind of novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2018, where this Gold appeared to the collectible trade for the first time. It forms very bright laminar growths and coatings on an aggregate of Quartz crystals very much more defined than usual for the locality. The locality, as is usual for a lot of novelties, is approximate and generic, so we are waiting for some more precise data.
Loudéac, Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany/Bretagne  France

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.1 × 1.3 cm = 0.91” × 0.83” × 0.51”

Weight: 9.8 grams



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CENTRE - VAL DE LOIRE

Fluorite with Pyromorphite and Baryte
 

ER56AM2: Sharp transparent Fluorite crystals, very rich in white inclusions, with thin platy Baryte crystals and partially covered by small greenish yellow crystals of Pyromorphite. From a classic French mine.


Chaillac Mine, rossignol vein, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.1 × 2.1 cm = 1.89” × 1.61” × 0.83”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Pyromorphite and Baryte. Fluorite with Pyromorphite and Baryte.
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Fluorite with Pyromorphite
Fluorite with Pyromorphite. Front
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Fluorite with Pyromorphite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Pyromorphite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
 

EF51AM5: Group of Fluorite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, translucent and purple in color with geometric color zoning, more intense on the edges. The brown coatings of Pyromorphite formed by a multitude of crystals that cover a good part of the Fluorite crystals are noteworthy. This specimen, from a classic French mine, comes from the George Bouvet collection (Grenoble)
Chaillac Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (±1985)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 5.4 × 4.3 cm = 4.65” × 2.13” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3 cm = 1.57” × 1.18”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of George Bouvet



Order
Fluorite with inclusions
 

LM68AK0: Group of crystals with very marked polycrystalline growths on the surface of the faces, transparent and bright, with inclusions and a very marked color change due a phantom growth, yellowish at the nucleus of the crystals and colorless-reddish on the surface. A French classic. The sample is from the Philippe Morelon collection (number 980) whose label, which includes more information on the back, will be sent to the buyer.
Chaillac Mine, rossignol vein, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (1995)

Specimen size: 12.4 × 9.8 × 3.1 cm = 4.88” × 3.86” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.6 cm = 0.71” × 0.63”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



Fluorite with inclusions. Fluorite with inclusions.
Order
Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite with Baryte.
Fluorite with Baryte  

ET86AG7: Aggregate of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on their faces. They are between transparent and translucent and have a variable color, more reddish on the edges and between yellow and brown on the core area. The sample is of an extraordinary quality compared with the usual Fluorite from this mine, famous for Pyromorphite.
It was personally collected by Christophe Marot (cat. nr. C8-2)
Chaillac Mine, rossignol vein, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France

Specimen size: 16.3 × 11 × 6.3 cm = 6.42” × 4.33” × 2.48”

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

Former collection of Christophe Marot

Minor fluorescence short UV



Order
Fluorite
 

EC87AM0: Group of Fluorite crystals with two very marked growth phases with a yellow polycrystalline exterior and a violet interior. With characteristics different from the usual in better known specimens from the Chaillac mining area. A specimen rescued from the past from the Les Redoutières Mine, less well known than other mines in the same mining district.
Les Redoutières Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (±1997)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 7.1 × 4 cm = 4.65” × 2.80” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.46” × 1.14”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite. Fluorite.
Order
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.
 

ET88AM0: Group of Fluorite crystals with two distinct growth phases, with a polycrystalline exterior of yellow color and a greenish-colorless interior, with characteristics different from the usual ones in better known specimens from the Chaillac mining district. A specimen rescued from the past from the Les Redoutières Mine, less well known than other mines in the same mining district.
Les Redoutières Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (±1997)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 8.6 × 3.6 cm = 5.20” × 3.39” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3 cm = 1.65” × 1.18”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Order
Fluorite with Baryte
 

EA99AM0: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, with a color between yellow and pink and with small lenticular crystals of Baryte. With characteristics different from the usual ones in the better known specimens from the Chaillac mining district. A specimen rescued from the past from the Les Redoutières Mine, less well known than other mines in the same mining district.
Les Redoutières Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (±1997)

Specimen size: 13.8 × 7.7 × 3 cm = 5.43” × 3.03” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.02” × 0.98”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
Order
Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear
 

EB56AC9: Parallel aggregates of Cerussite crystals with a fibrous aspect, a white color and small black Goethite coatings. Good quality for the locality.
Chaillac Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.77” × 0.98” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.7 cm = 1.57” × 0.67”

Fluorescent short UV



Order

GRAND EST

Fluorite

Recorded under neon light
 

EFL27AO2: Fluorite crystals with the forms of a cube and a rhombododecahedron, with polycrystalline growths and an intense violet color. In matrix.
The specimen is from a not very well known deposit from which it is currently very difficult to obtain quality specimens.
Bois le Duc, Foisches, Charleville-Mézières District, Ardennes, Grand Est  France

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.4 × 2.6 cm = 1.42” × 0.94” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.83” × 0.79”




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

Recorded under neon light
 

TFA16AO0: Fluorite crystals with a cubic shape and stepped edges, translucent, with good luster and an intense violet color, on a Quartz matrix.
This specimen, from a not so usual locality, comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bois le Duc, Foisches, Charleville-Mézières District, Ardennes, Grand Est  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 8.6 × 4.2 cm = 3.70” × 3.39” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.59” × 0.43”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Order
Fluorite

Recorded under neon light
 

EC97AM1: Group of sharp crystals of Fluorite, translucent and pale green in color. The specimen comes from a local find that produced very few well-crystallized specimens.
Montagnes des Coltes, Urbeis, Sélestat, Sélestat-Erstein, Bas-Rhin, Grand Est  France (2018)

Specimen size: 11.1 × 8.4 × 5.6 cm = 4.37” × 3.31” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 5 × 4.5 cm = 1.97” × 1.77”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorite.
Order
Hematite with Quartz
Hematite with Quartz. Front
Front
Hematite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Hematite with Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
 

EPR46AO1: Quartz crystals with small Hematite crystals forming a 'cast' (coating) with very bright crystalline forms of Hematite in the inner part of that 'cast'.
A classic from the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines area.
Bernardstein, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Colmar-Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, Grand Est  France

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.1 × 2 cm = 2.91” × 1.61” × 0.79”




Order

ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

Calcite with sand inclusions

Recorded under neon light
 

TMV14AO6: Floater group of acute rhombohedral Calcite crystals with sand inclusions.
An excellent French classic.
Bellecroix, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.38” × 0.98” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1.7 cm = 1.38” × 0.67”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Calcite with sand inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with sand inclusions. Rear
Rear
Order
Calcite with sand inclusions
Calcite with sand inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with sand inclusions. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

TPV76AO6: Floater group of acute rhombohedral Calcite crystals with sand inclusions.
An excellent French classic.
Bellecroix, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.73” × 1.38” × 0.87”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Order
Calcite with sand inclusions

Recorded under neon light
 

TMB66AO5: Floater group of acute rhombohedral Calcite crystals with sand inclusions. An excellent French classic.
Bellecroix, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.6 × 2.9 cm = 2.20” × 1.42” × 1.14”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Calcite with sand inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with sand inclusions. Rear
Rear
Order
Calcite with sand inclusions
Calcite with sand inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with sand inclusions. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

TAB47AO6: Floater group of acute rhombohedral Calcite crystals with sand inclusions. An excellent French classic.
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 9

Bellecroix, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 2.28” × 1.50” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.4 cm = 0.75” × 0.55”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE

Pyromorphite
 

TTV86AN5: Group of Pyromorphite crystals, on matrix, with strongly curved faces and edges, with very bright luster and a yellow color with green reflections.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains the label stating that it was previously in the Sullivan collection.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 0.91” × 0.75” × 0.47”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Bob Noble



Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Order
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
 

TP36AM9: Two generations of Pyromorphite crystals with different habits, one of them with small acicular crystals of a greenish yellow color and the other with thicker and larger crystals, with very well defined faces and edges, many with a hopper termination, intense green and lustrous.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 4 × 2.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.57” × 1.14” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”




Order
Pyromorphite

Recorded under neon light
 

TFM98AO6: Pyromorphite crystals, with a tapered prismatic shape due to slight curvatures of the faces and edges, on a Baryte matrix. With very pronounced color zoning, a yellowish brown tone in the prism and yellow at the terminations.
The specimen comes from the Santiago Jiménez collection, basically dedicated to Spanish localities but with good specimens from other countries too.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.73” × 1.42” × 0.94”

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

Former collection of Santiago Jiménez García



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

Recorded under neon light
 

TFL97AO4: Pyromorphite crystals with a very unusual habit and color for Des Farges, with strong curvatures on the faces and edges, doubly terminated, with bright luster and an orange color. On a Baryte matrix.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.81” × 1.61” × 0.91”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Order
Pyromorphite
 

MG26AJ0: Arborescent growths of crystals with a spindled shape, and with very deeply hoppered terminations. The very bright crystals have an unusually intense orange color. A French classic, but different from the usual.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5 × 4.8 × 3.1 cm = 1.97” × 1.89” × 1.22”

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




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Order
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite with Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
 

TYE28AO4: Elongated prismatic Pyromorphite crystals, many of them doubly terminated, translucent, with a good luster and very vivid green color. On a matrix of small white Quartz crystals.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5 × 4.9 × 2.8 cm = 1.97” × 1.93” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.3 cm = 0.35” × 0.12”




Order
Pyromorphite on Calcite
 

NC69AL5: Groups of crystals with slightly curved edges, many of them doubly terminated, extraordinarily bright, with a very vivid and uniform color and on a Calcite matrix. A French classic which stands out for its color.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 4.1 cm = 2.01” × 1.69” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV



Pyromorphite on Calcite. Pyromorphite on Calcite.
Order
Pyromorphite with Baryte
Pyromorphite with Baryte. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Baryte. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite with Baryte.
 

EG9AI7: Exquisite cluster of small elongated crystals with good, acute or flat pinacoidal terminations. They are bright with an extraordinarily deep and uniform green color and are on a Baryte matrix. An excellent French classic.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.1 × 3.4 cm = 2.24” × 2.01” × 1.34”




Order
Pyromorphite with Baryte

Recorded under neon light
 

EBR99AO0: Pyromorphite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, some with very deep hopper terminations and many of them doubly terminated. Brilliant, with the characteristic brown-greenish color in Des Farges, on a group of very sharp white Baryte crystals.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 7 × 4.7 × 3.8 cm = 2.76” × 1.85” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.35” × 0.20”




Pyromorphite with Baryte. Pyromorphite with Baryte.
Order
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
 

TD47AH2: Tapered prismatic crystals with curvatures on the prism edges, with very well defined faces and edges, a lot of them doubly terminated. They are on a Quartz matrix. The luster and the color, intense and uniform green, is extraordinary. An excellent French classic.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.6 × 1.8 cm = 2.95” × 2.60” × 0.71”

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




Order
Fluorite
 

TRM16AN4: Very sharp crystals of Fluorite, transparent, with good luster and a very distinct geometric color zoning, on matrix.
This specimen, from a little-known locality, comes from the Alain Martaud collection.
Birrity Quarry, Arbouet-Sussaute, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 8.8 × 7.2 × 3.7 cm = 3.46” × 2.83” × 1.46”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Fluorite. Fluorite.
Order

OCCITANIE

Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
 

TTK64AN3: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, transparent, with good luster and a pale sky-blue color. From a locality from which few quality specimens are known.
This specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Font d'Arques, Cabrières-Péret mining district, Mèze, Béziers District, Hérault, Occitanie  France (2021)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3 × 3.4 cm = 1.30” × 1.18” × 1.34”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Order
Fluorite
 

TVL96AN3: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, transparent, lustrous, colorless and very rich in inclusions. From a locality from which few high-quality specimens are known.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Font d'Arques, Cabrières-Péret mining district, Mèze, Béziers District, Hérault, Occitanie  France (2021)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.6 × 3.4 cm = 2.13” × 1.42” × 1.34”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Top
Top
Order
Chalcopyrite with Baryte
Chalcopyrite with Baryte. Chalcopyrite with Baryte.
 

TXA14AN4: Druse of white lamellar Baryte crystals, sharp, and partially covered by small twinned Chalcopyrite crystals. Curiously, Chalcopyrite is a rare species at this well-known locality.
This specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Les Cèdres Mine, Asce. 32, Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard Department, Occitanie  France (±1990)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 6.8 × 3.4 cm = 2.91” × 2.68” × 1.34”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Order
Fluorite
Fluorite  

TP89X7: Aggregate of cubic crystals, of large size for the locality, between translucent and transparent, bright and showing well defined phantom growths. Very notable for the locality.
Durfort Mine, Durfort-et-Saint-Martin-de-Sossenac, Sauve, Le Vigan, Gard Department, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.5 × 9.7 × 5.7 cm = 4.13” × 3.82” × 2.24”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 2.7 cm = 2.13” × 1.06”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Gilles Emringer



Fluorite. Fluorite.
Order
Aragonite
Aragonite.

Recorded under neon light
 

EQM13AO1: Very aerial coralloidal growths of Aragonite with an uniform sky-blue color that coexists with areas of white Aragonite. The specimen, from a well known French locality, has a more intense color than usual in specimens from this provenance.
A French classic that comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.

Arrigas Mines, Arrigas, Le Vigan, Gard Department, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4.1 × 1.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.61” × 0.51”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Order
Calcite
Calcite  

SH96AE3: Druse, on a rocky matrix, of crystals showing single prisms and terminal rhombohedra in very well defined parallel growths. The crystals have very well defined color zones due to reddish Hematite inclusions.
The sample is with a label from the Stoppani collection that we’ll send to the buyer.
Cadacu Quarry, Laval-Pradel, La Grand-Combe, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.5 × 9.4 × 3.2 cm = 4.13” × 3.70” × 1.26”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani



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

EB88AG7: Aggregate of Calcite crystals, very rich with faces and whose length is very much larger than usual for this quarry. The crystals show predominant scalenohedron and rhombohedron forms with slight curvatures on their faces and edges. They are colorless and between translucent and transparent.
The sample is from the Christophe Marot collection (cat. nr.. C7-8), whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Bagard Quarry, Bagard, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 13.8 × 8.3 × 7.7 cm = 5.43” × 3.27” × 3.03”

Main crystal size: 5.7 × 5.7 cm = 2.24” × 2.24”

Former collection of Christophe Marot

Fluorescent long & short UV



Order
Calcite

Recorded under neon light
Calcite
 

ERB47AO1: Calcite crystals, on matrix, in which the forms of a prism and the terminal rhombohedron predominate. The crystals are translucent to transparent, lustrous, and have a uniform yellow color and very visible scalenohedral phantom growths inside. Of excellent quality for the deposit.
This specimen was exhibited in the exhibition ¨Les Malines et les mines des Cévennes”, at the Musée Cévenol, in Vigan, Gard, in 2014, and comes from the collection of Alain Martaud, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Anduze Quarry, Anduze, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 14.8 × 9.5 × 4.6 cm = 5.83” × 3.74” × 1.81”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Calcite. Calcite.
Order
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TJX16AO7: Druse of transparent Fluorite crystals, with a very bright luster and reflections of very pale somewhat greenish blue tones. From a classic French locality.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 6.4 × 6.2 × 2.4 cm = 2.52” × 2.44” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.43” × 0.35”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Order
Fluorite with Quartz
 

TG67Z9: Polycrystalline growth of cubic Fluorite crystals with very well marked phantoms, with blue color and partially coated by small Quartz crystals. We note the size of the crystals, unusually large for the locality.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 9.7 × 7.3 × 4.8 cm = 3.82” × 2.87” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 7.7 × 7.3 cm = 3.03” × 2.87”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Order
Azurite with Chalcopyrite and Malachite
Azurite with Chalcopyrite and Malachite. Azurite with Chalcopyrite and Malachite.
Azurite with Chalcopyrite and Malachite  

SR26AC0: Spheroidal aggregates, on matrix, of very bright and deep colored Azurite crystals, an uncommon species at this mine which is famous for its Fluorite.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France (2002)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.9 × 2 cm = 1.42” × 1.14” × 0.79”

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

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani



Order
Fluorite

Recorded under neon light
 

EEF47AO1: Group of Fluorite crystals with polycrystalline growths on some of their faces, between transparent and translucent, lustrous, pale green in color with geometric zoning of a more intense tone on the edges. It is an old piece and therefore its appearance and quality are different from what was found later in the mine. Excellent for the locality.
Mont-Roc Mine, Mont-Roc, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.8 × 3.2 cm = 3.70” × 3.07” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 0.94” × 0.87”

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV



Fluorite. Fluorite.
Order
Pyrite with Baryte and Siderite
Pyrite with Baryte and Siderite. Front
Front
Pyrite with Baryte and Siderite. Side
Side
 

EG14AL7: Cubic Pyrite crystals with curious stepped projections on the edges, on a group of outstanding tabular Baryte crystals partially covered with small white Siderite crystals with the so-called “saddle” habit.
Rivet Quarry, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (11/2018)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.65” × 1.42” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”




Order
Calcite with Siderite and Pyrite

Recorded under neon light
 

EMT56AN5: Parallel growths of very sharp lenticular white Calcite crystals, translucent, lustrous, on a matrix with small crystals of Siderite and Pyrite. A quality classic from this popular mining district.
Peyrebrune Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 9.2 × 6.6 × 3.1 cm = 3.62” × 2.60” × 1.22”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV



Calcite with Siderite and Pyrite. Calcite with Siderite and Pyrite.
Order
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

EGB46AO0: Two Fluorite crystals with a not very common flattened shape. Between translucent and brilliant, with white inclusions (most likely Quartz) and a lemon-yellow color that cannot be easily seen as the crystals are covered by an epigenetic growth of water-clear Quartz crystals.
Peyrebrune Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 7.9 × 7.2 × 3.6 cm = 3.11” × 2.83” × 1.42”

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




Order
Fluorite with Siderite and Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

MXL94AO3: Staggered growth of two very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, with a deep mauve color of the best intensity for this deposit and with coatings of small light cream Siderite crystals and water-clear Calcite crystals.
Peyrebrune Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (±1975)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 10.1 × 5.2 cm = 4.53” × 3.98” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 11.1 × 7 cm = 4.37” × 2.76”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Siderite and Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Siderite and Calcite. Top
Top
Fluorite with Siderite and Calcite.
Order
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
 

ETF88AO5: Group of Fluorite crystals, one of them dominant, very sharp, translucent, with good luster and an intense and uniform lemon-yellow color, selectively covered by small water-clear Quartz crystals. Thanks to their color, brilliance and crystal size, these are among the best French fluorites. A discovery due to the hard work of amateurs, recovered in an unexpected place, the Four de Cluzel mine, now abandoned.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 6.6 × 3 cm = 2.91” × 2.60” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 5.7 × 4 cm = 2.24” × 1.57”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Order
Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

TVA92AO5: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, with good luster and an intense and uniform lemon-yellow color, selectively coated by small water-clear Quartz crystals. Owing to their color, brilliance and crystal size, these are among the best French fluorites. A discovery due to the hard work of amateurs, recovered in an unexpected place, the Four de Cluzel mine, now abandoned.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 9.1 × 4.7 cm = 5.24” × 3.58” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.5 cm = 1.73” × 1.38”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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

Recorded under neon light
 

ECA86AO5: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, with good luster and an intense and uniform lemon-yellow color, selectively coated by small water-clear Quartz crystals. Owing to their color, brilliance and crystal size, these are among the best French fluorites. A discovery due to the hard work of amateurs, recovered in an unexpected place, the Four de Cluzel mine, now abandoned.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 14.6 × 9.5 × 7.1 cm = 5.75” × 3.74” × 2.80”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV



Order
Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

TTB10AO5: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, with good luster and an intense and uniform lemon-yellow color, selectively coated by small water-clear Quartz crystals. Owing to their color, brilliance and crystal size, these are among the best French fluorites. A discovery due to the hard work of amateurs, recovered in an unexpected place, the Four de Cluzel mine, now abandoned.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 15.1 × 11.8 × 5 cm = 5.94” × 4.65” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.1 cm = 1.57” × 1.22”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
Order
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

Recorded under neon light
 

EGX11AO7: Groups of Pyromorphite crystals with a barrel-shaped habit, with very curved faces and edges, good luster and an intense and uniform yellow greenish color, very prominent on its matrix.
The aesthetic quality of the specimen stands out above what is usual for this locality.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (03/2011)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.9 × 1.4 cm = 1.42” × 1.14” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.31” × 0.24”




Order
Pyromorphite (variety As-bearing pyromorphite)

Recorded under neon light
 

AMC86AO4: Globular growths of barrel-shaped crystals of Pyromorphite (arsenic-rich variety), with a silky luster and a yellowish green color, on a Quartz matrix.
The specimen has been analyzed, with the results showing the arsenic content. We will send the buyer a copy of the analysis.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6.4 × 4.7 cm = 2.83” × 2.52” × 1.85”

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

With a copy of its analysis.

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Pyromorphite (variety As-bearing pyromorphite). Pyromorphite (variety As-bearing pyromorphite).
Order
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
 

ML96R9: Globular growths of barrel-shaped orange yellow crystals with a good luster. The crystals are on a matrix with small crystals of Quartz.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (2008)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.2 × 3.6 cm = 3.62” × 2.83” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.39” × 0.12”




Order
Pyromorphite
 

ET94AK3: Group of well developed Pyromorphite crystals, with very curved faces and edges, bright greenish yellow, free standing, on a Quartz matrix. The specimen is big for this deposit.
La Vidale Mine area, Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (05/2017)

Specimen size: 16 × 11.4 × 4.7 cm = 6.30” × 4.49” × 1.85”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.
Order
Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) and Dolomite
Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) and Dolomite. Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) and Dolomite.
 

MH88AJ4: Parallel growth of very sharp laminar Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) crystals that are transparent and bright with a very intense honey color and on matrix with rhombohedral Calcite crystals. A classic of French and worldwide mineralogy.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Haute-Ariège, Foix, Ariège Department, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.8 × 4.7 cm = 2.68” × 2.28” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.39” × 0.28”




Order
Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz
 

EP76W7: From a very recent find. Sharp crystals showing the faces of the tetrahedron and tristetrahedron. They have an excellent luster and are larger than has been known for the locality. They are on matrix, with Chalcopyrite and Quartz crystals. The find has been described in number 107 of ‘Le Règne Minéral’ magazine.
Lina Mine, level 06-07, Alzen, Foix, Ariège Department, Occitanie  France (2012)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 5 × 2.8 cm = 3.27” × 1.97” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.43” × 0.35”




Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
Order
Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
 

TVM27AO6: Group of Quartz crystals with diverse habits, all of them doubly terminated, very transparent and lustrous, on matrix. The specimen, from a little-known Pyrenean locality, comes from the collection of Jean-Louis Goux.
La Piquette Peak (Soum de la Piquette), Castillon, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Hautes-Pyrénées Département, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.3 × 5 cm = 2.64” × 2.09” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.50” × 0.87”

Former collection of Jean-Louis Goux



Order
Calcite
 

T13RAX7: Scalenohedral crystals with slightly curved faces and edges. On a rock matrix, they are transparent and extraordinarily bright. Some of the crystals are colorless, strongly contrasting with other honey color Calcite crystals. Of a great quality and among the best well known for this locality.
Espira-de-l'Agly, Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 15.5 × 10.5 × 6.5 cm = 6.10” × 4.13” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.47” × 0.24”




Calcite. Calcite.
Order

PROVENCE - ALPES - CÒTE D'AZUR

Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite. Day light behind
Day light behind
Fluorite with Calcite. Led light behind
Led light behind
Fluorite with Calcite.
 

TDF86AN4: Druse of Fluorite crystals with very marked polycrystalline growths, transparent against the light and with a very deep blue-violet color, with zoning of different intensity and the color highly concentrated in the crystal nucleus (“cocarde”).
A French classic that comes from the Alain Martaud collection.
Fontsante Mine, Sud 3 vein, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (±2004)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.8 × 3.4 cm = 2.48” × 2.28” × 1.34”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Order
Fluorite with Baryte

Recorded under neon light
 

EFG37AN5: Druse of Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with a bright luster and an intense and uniform yellow color, associated with a small group of Baryte crystals.
A quality French classic that comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.

Fontsante Mine, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.6 × 3 cm = 3.03” × 2.60” × 1.18”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Fluorite with Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte. Side
Side
Fluorite with Baryte.
Order
Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.

Recorded under neon light
 

TNR72AN3: Druse with radial and stalagmitic growths of transparent and bright cubic Fluorite microcrystals with a bright and uniform green color. Unusual combination of stalagmitic growths and the deep green color. Associated with small crystals of Baryte.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Fontsante Mine, Saint-Barthélemy vein, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (1999-2005)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 11.2 × 3.3 cm = 4.65” × 4.41” × 1.30”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Order
Quartz (variety smoky)
 

EA87S3: Group of Quartz crystals practically dipyramidal, with a scant development of the prism. They are very bright, rich with inclusions and have very evident “window” growths.
Allos Pass, Allos area, Barcelonette, Castellane, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France

Specimen size: 9.2 × 5.7 × 4.3 cm = 3.62” × 2.24” × 1.69”




Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky). Side
Side
Order


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