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AUVERGNE - RHÔNE - ALPES

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

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



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Doubly terminated Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite

Recorded under LED 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”




Doubly terminated Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite. Rear
Rear
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Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Side
Side
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TQ66AM8: Group of complex Sphalerite crystals, transparent (with back lighting) and lustrous, with an intense color, on a matrix of white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals and small lenticular crystals of light cream colored Siderite. A great French classic with a crystal size bigger than usual in this deposit and with the isolated crystals appearing in very good contrast with the white Dolomite crystals.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.2 × 4.4 cm = 3.86” × 2.83” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 1.46” × 1.30”




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Siderite with Quartz

Recorded under LED 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



Siderite with Quartz. Siderite with Quartz.
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Prehnite with Epidote and Albite
Prehnite with Epidote and Albite. 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”




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Prehnite with Epidote and Byssolite

Recorded under LED 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



Prehnite with Epidote and Byssolite. Front
Front
Prehnite with Epidote and Byssolite. Side
Side
Prehnite with Epidote and Byssolite.
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Quartz (variety faden)
Quartz (variety faden). Front
Front
Quartz (variety faden). Rear
Rear
 

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”




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Fluorite

Recorded under LED light
 

EGH56AN5: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and an intense yellow color with a fine geometric zoning on the violet edges.
From a limited find of great quality for what is known from this mine.

La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (12/2019)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.7 × 1.6 cm = 1.54” × 1.06” × 0.63”

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


€190 / US$224 / ¥24700 / AUD$303

Fluorite. Fluorite.
Reservado
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.

Recorded under LED light
 

EGF76AN5: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and an intense yellow color with a fine geometric zoning on the violet edges.
From a limited find of great quality for what is known from this mine.
La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (12/2019)

Specimen size: 6 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 2.36” × 1.18” × 0.98”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Fluorite

Recorded under LED light
 

EMP27AN5: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and an intense yellow color with a fine geometric zoning on the violet edges.
From a limited find of great quality for what is known from this mine.
La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (12/2019)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.6 × 3.3 cm = 2.36” × 1.81” × 1.30”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

€240 / US$284 / ¥31200 / AUD$383

Fluorite. Fluorite.
Reservado
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.

Recorded under LED light
 

EPF69AN5: Druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, between transparent and translucent, with good luster and an intense yellow color with a fine geometric zoning on the violet edges, and also with light blue crystals, which were rare from this find.
A limited find, of great quality for what is known from this mine.
La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (12/2019)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 5.8 × 2.9 cm = 3.27” × 2.28” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.51” × 0.39”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Fluorite

Recorded under LED 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



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
Order
Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TRA70AN4: Very sharp Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, transparent and with very distinct geometric color zoning, with blue bands around the edges and yellow in the heart of the crystal. The Fluorite is on matrix with white Calcite coatings.
An excellent French ‘modern classic’ from the Alain Martaud collection.
La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2019)

Specimen size: 14.3 × 9.7 × 3.3 cm = 5.63” × 3.82” × 1.30”

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

Fluorescent 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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Baryte
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



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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



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

EF89AM2: Gastropod (Helix ramondi) fossilized in translucent Opal-CT (variety lussatite), with a pearly luster and colors ranging from white to sky blue. No reconstruction or repairs of any kind. This French classic is very good quality for the locality.
Les Rois Mine, Mur-sur-Allier, Pont-du-Château, Clermont-Ferrand District, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.83” × 0.75”

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

Recorded under LED 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
Front
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
Front
Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Order
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
Front
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
Front
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
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
Front
Azurite. Rear
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 after Cuprite
 

EB16AI1: Druse of equant Azurite crystals with a very vivid and intense bright color. They have some Malachite growths with a silky luster that replaced Cuprite crystals.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2005-2009)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.9 × 2.5 cm = 1.54” × 1.54” × 0.98”

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

Type locality



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



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Azurite
 

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



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

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



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Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite
 

EC96AI1: Rosette growths of Azurite crystals with a thick tabular shape. They are very sharp and bright with a vivid color and have Malachite growths with a silky luster that replaced Cuprite crystals, and they also are with small Quartz fragments.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2005-2009)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.97” × 1.38” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.1 cm = 0.28” × 0.04”

Type locality



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

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



Order
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
Front
Azurite. Side
Side
Azurite.
Order
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 LED 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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BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE-COMTÉ

Fluorite with Quartz, Goethite and Baryte
 

TZP96AN3: Group of Fluorite crystals with a cubic habit, pale yellow in color with coatings of an intense yellow, almost orange, and partially covered by Quartz crystals with inclusions of Goethite and small white lamellar crystals of Baryte. Unusual!
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
L'Argentolle Mine, L'Argentolle, Saint-Prix, Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray, Autun District, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté  France

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.5 × 5.3 cm = 2.20” × 2.17” × 2.09”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Fluorite with Quartz, Goethite and Baryte. Front
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Fluorite with Quartz, Goethite and Baryte. Side
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Fluorite with Quartz, Goethite and Baryte. Side
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Fluorite with Quartz, Goethite and Baryte.
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Baryte
Baryte. Front
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Baryte. Rear
Rear
Baryte. Side
Side
Baryte.
 

MD990AL4: Aggregate of highly profiled Baryte crystals with well defined faces and edges, translucent and with good luster. From a classic French locality. In excellent condition.
Maine Mine, Les Reclesnes, Cordesse, Lucenay-l'Évêque, Autun District, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté  France

Specimen size: 11,6 × 8.7 × 5.6 cm = 4.33” × 3.43” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 1.2 cm = 2.52” × 0.47”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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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

Pyromorphite with Fluorite

Recorded under LED light
 

EFR97AN5: Pyromorphite crystals, some doubly terminated, with sharp crystal forms and slightly curved edges, on a group of colorless Fluorite crystals, between translucent and transparent.
A French classic that comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Chaillac Mine, Rossignol vein, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France

Specimen size: 8.4 × 4 × 3 cm = 3.31” × 1.57” × 1.18”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV

€290 / US$343 / ¥37700 / AUD$463

Pyromorphite with Fluorite. Front
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Pyromorphite with Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite with Fluorite.
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Fluorite with Pyromorphite and Baryte
Fluorite with Pyromorphite and Baryte. 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



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Fluorite with Pyromorphite
 

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



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
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Fluorite with inclusions
Fluorite with inclusions. 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



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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



Fluorite with Baryte. Front
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Fluorite with Baryte. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite with Baryte.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. 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



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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



Fluorite. Fluorite.
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Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. 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



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Cerussite
 

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



Cerussite. Front
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Cerussite. Rear
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GRAND EST

Fluorite
Fluorite.
 

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



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NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE

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.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. 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



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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”




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. 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”




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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.
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Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
 

EL14AD6: Aggregates of Pyromorphite crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are translucent, very bright and have a very vivid and uniform green color. They are on a matrix of Quartz crystals, very uncommon at Les Farges and probably from a recent find in zones near the old mines.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.2 × 5 × 3.9 cm = 2.05” × 1.97” × 1.54”

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




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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”




Pyromorphite with Baryte. Front
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Pyromorphite with Baryte. Rear
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Pyromorphite with Baryte.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite  

TV50X7: Flattened parallel growths and very well defined crystals with good terminations and geometrical color zoning, clearer at the crystal terminations. There are two different shades of color on the sample, deep and uniform green on most on them and yellowish green in some minor areas.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.72” × 2.56” × 1.30”

Former collection of Gilles Emringer



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Pyromorphite with Quartz

Recorded under LED 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”




Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
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OCCITANIE

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



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Fluorite
 

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



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Top
Top
 

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



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Baryte
 

TMX69AN3: Very aerial group of lustrous sharp lenticular crystals of Baryte, with translucent edges and a uniform snow-white color. High quality for the locality.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Font d'Arques, Cabrières-Péret mining district, Mèze, Béziers District, Hérault, Occitanie  France (2019)

Specimen size: 14.3 × 11.2 × 6 cm = 5.63” × 4.41” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 7 × 3.5 cm = 2.76” × 1.38”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Baryte. Front
Front
Baryte. Side
Side
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Fluorite
Fluorite. 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



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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.
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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, Anduze, 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



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Copper with Fluorite
 

TA10AN2: Dendritic growth of small Copper crystals with sharp crystal forms and shiny surfaces and with irregular growths of transparent white Fluorite crystals. The specimen is a significant rarity for this mine, which is known for its Fluorites.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.4 × 0.9 cm = 0.91” × 0.55” × 0.35”


€60 / US$71 / ¥7800 / AUD$95

Copper with Fluorite.
Reservado
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
 

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



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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



Azurite with Chalcopyrite and Malachite. Azurite with Chalcopyrite and Malachite.
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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”




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Pyrite with Calcite

Recorded under LED light
 

EMR46AN5: Group of Calcite crystals completely covered by small, very shiny Pyrite crystals. A quality classic from this popular mining district.
Peyrebrune Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.7 × 3.1 cm = 2.60” × 2.24” × 1.22”


€110 / US$130 / ¥14300 / AUD$175

Pyrite with Calcite. Pyrite with Calcite.
Reservado
Calcite with Siderite and Pyrite
Calcite with Siderite and Pyrite. Calcite with Siderite and Pyrite.

Recorded under LED 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



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Fluorite with Quartz and Siderite

Recorded under LED light
 

TKL50AN5: Very sharp crystals of Fluorite, transparent and lustrous, with an intense and uniform yellow color and with overgrowths on the crystal faces. They are partially covered by small doubly terminated Quartz crystals and implanted on a matrix covered by very dark, almost black, lenticular microcrystals of Siderite.
Peyrebrune Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.1 × 6.7 × 6 cm = 3.98” × 2.64” × 2.36”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

€460 / US$544 / ¥59810 / AUD$735

Fluorite with Quartz and Siderite. Fluorite with Quartz and Siderite.
Fluorite with Quartz and Siderite.
Reservado
Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite. Top
Top

Recorded under LED light
 

EYB88AN5: Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with geometric color growth, translucent and with a very intense and deep blue color.
A rarity, of great quality for this until now very little known locality.
The specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.

De Margou Mine, Paulinet, Le Haut Dadou, Albi, Tarn, Occitanie  France (2012)

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud

€380 / US$449 / ¥49410 / AUD$607

Reservado
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”




Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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.
Mine La Vidale area, Asprières, St. 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



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Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite
 

TG89AK7: Group of very sharp, transparent, thin platy Hydroxylbastnäsite crystals, lustrous, intense and uniform caramel color, on a matrix of white rhombohedral Dolomite
A French classic from the collection of Anna and Danilo Rolando (No. 9606) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Haute-Ariège, Foix, Ariège Department, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5 × 3.6 × 5.6 cm = 1.97” × 1.42” × 2.20”

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




Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite. Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite.
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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”




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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.
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Calcite
Calcite. 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”




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Pyrite

Recorded under LED light
 

EMB26AN5: Floater group of Pyrite with very sharp crystal forms, lustrous polycrystalline growths and with small remnants of a carbonaceous matrix. Excellent for the locality, from which specimens of such a high quality were not known before.
Saint-Denis-d'Orques, La Flèche, Sarthe Department, Pays de la Loire  France (04/2021)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.7 × 3.8 cm = 2.28” × 2.24” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2 cm = 0.91” × 0.79”


€130 / US$153 / ¥16900 / AUD$207

Pyrite.
Reservado
Pyrite
Pyrite. Pyrite.

Recorded under LED light
 

EPC46AN5: Floater group of Pyrite with very sharp crystal forms, lustrous polycrystalline growths and with small remnants of a carbonaceous matrix. Excellent for the locality, from which specimens of such a high quality were not known before.
Saint-Denis-d'Orques, La Flèche, Sarthe Department, Pays de la Loire  France (04/2021)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.6 × 5.7 cm = 2.36” × 1.42” × 2.24”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.71” × 0.47”


€140 / US$165 / ¥18200 / AUD$223

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Pyrite

Recorded under LED light
 

ETV86AN5: Floater group of Pyrite with very sharp crystal forms, lustrous polycrystalline growths and with small remnants of a carbonaceous matrix. Excellent for the locality, from which specimens of such a high quality were not known before.
Saint-Denis-d'Orques, La Flèche, Sarthe Department, Pays de la Loire  France (04/2021)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.7 × 3.9 cm = 3.03” × 2.24” × 1.54”

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


€180 / US$213 / ¥23400 / AUD$287

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

Recorded under LED light
 

EVA96AN5: Very curious morphology of this Pyrite that forms parallel vertical growths, highlighting some very sharp trihedral terminations, which surprisingly do not seem to correspond to the cubic system. Excellent for the locality, from which specimens of such high quality have hardly ever been seen.
Saint-Denis-d'Orques, La Flèche, Sarthe Department, Pays de la Loire  France (04/2021)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 2.4 × 4.6 cm = 3.43” × 0.94” × 1.81”

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


€240 / US$284 / ¥31200 / AUD$383

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Twinned Calcite
 

TMG97AN3: A 'butterfly' twin of two very sharp Calcite crystals, with geometric bands of different intensities of red color due to Hematite inclusions. Interestingly similar to the classic English twinned Calcites from the Bigrigg area.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Vaiges, Meslay-du-Maine, Mayenne, Mayenne Department, Pays de la Loire  France

Specimen size: 7.4 × 7.1 × 2.4 cm = 2.91” × 2.80” × 0.94”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Twinned Calcite. Front
Front
Twinned Calcite. Rear
Rear
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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



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Fluorite with Baryte

Recorded under LED 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.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.
 

TPT48AN3: Druse of Fluorite crystals with a cubic habit, very sharp, with good luster and a pale pink-violet color, an unusual color in this deposit.
This specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Fontsante Mine, Sud 3 vein, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (1999-2005)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.4 × 2.7 cm = 3.31” × 2.13” × 1.06”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Fluorite with Quartz
 

TQV87AN3: Fluorite crystals with dominant cubic shapes beveled by the dodecahedron, of an intense green color with deep violet zoning in some areas of the specimen and with small white Quartz crystals.
This specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Fontsante Mine, Lenté D. vein, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (2005)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 8.2 × 4.3 cm = 4.02” × 3.23” × 1.69”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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

Recorded under LED 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



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Bournonite with Siderite

Recorded under LED light
 

TJK73AN5: Parallel growths of Bournonite crystals forming very sharp cyclic twins, on a matrix of rhombohedral Siderite crystals.
The specimen, of great quality for the locality, comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Saint-Pons area, Barcelonnette, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.1 × 4 cm = 2.20” × 2.01” × 1.57”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud

€780 / US$923 / ¥101420 / AUD$1246

Bournonite with Siderite. Bournonite with Siderite.
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Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky). Side
Side
 

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”




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