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AUVERGNE - RHÔNE - ALPES

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
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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, 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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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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Octahedral Fluorite with Chlorite
Octahedral Fluorite with Chlorite. Front
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Octahedral Fluorite with Chlorite. Side
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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



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Opal-CT (variety lussatite)
 

ME26AL3: Botryoidal growth of lussatite, a variety of Opal-CT of volcanic origin, translucent, shiny and with dominant blue tones, replacing a fossil. The specimen is of good quality for what is known at this locality.
Mur-sur-Allier, Pont-du-Château, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.89” × 1.30” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.5 cm = 0.83” × 0.20”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Opal-CT (variety lussatite). Opal-CT (variety lussatite).
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Wulfenite on Baryte
Wulfenite on Baryte. 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”




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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
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Cerussite. Rear
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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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Siderite with Quartz
Siderite with Quartz. Siderite with Quartz.
 

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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Quartz (variety faden)
 

B9RV6: Group of elongated, clear and shiny crystals, with "faden" growths in them.
Lignarre Valley, Bourg d'Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1991)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.2 × 3.4 cm = 2.48” × 2.05” × 1.34”




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

Recorded under LED light
Quartz
 

TG96AI5: Druse of Quartz crystals on a chalcedony matrix. They are very clear and colorless, very bright, rich in faces and have the typical shape that relates to the name of the mine. An extraordinary sample, very fine and carefully preserved, from a classic French locality for Quartz. We’ll send to the buyer the label from the Jean-Pierre Gilian collection.
La Gardette Mine, Brides gallery, Villard-Notre-Dame, Le Bourg d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2015)

Specimen size: 20 × 8.5 × 11 cm = 7.87” × 3.35” × 4.33”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1 cm = 1.18” × 0.39”

Former collection of Jean-Pierre Gilian



Quartz. Quartz.
Quartz.
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Chessy-les-Mines

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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Malachite after Cuprite
 

TP99AK7: Floater intergrowth of octahedral crystals of Malachite pseudomorphic after Cuprite, very well shaped and larger than usual. A French classic of high quality.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.6 × 2.3 cm = 1.06” × 1.02” × 0.91”

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




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

EP93AM1: Group of very sharp Azurite crystals with a lenticular habit, with fine polycrystalline growths, very well defined faces and edges and more vivid color, transparency and luster than usual in Chessy specimens.
The specimen, from the type locality for the species, comes from the Alain Martaud collection whose label we will send to the buyer. This high-quality specimen is from a find from 1820.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1820)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.6 × 2.8 cm = 1.85” × 1.02” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.6 cm = 1.18” × 0.63”

Type locality

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Azurite
 

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



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



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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



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

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



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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



Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite.
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Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite
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.
 

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



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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
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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. Rear
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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



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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
 

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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Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite
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. Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite.

Recorded under LED light
 

MA50AL5: Floater rosette of Azurite crystals, with an unusual habit for the deposit, and an unusually bright color, along with an octahedral Malachite pseudomorph after a crystal of Cuprite. The specimen is from the type locality for the species and a magnificent French classic. It comes from an old Spanish collection and with the piece we will deliver the associated collection label.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.7 × 5.5 cm = 3.74” × 2.64” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.79”

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BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE-COMTÉ

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



Baryte. Front
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Baryte. Rear
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Baryte. Side
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Baryte.
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BRITTANY / BRETAGNE

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




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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



Gold with Quartz. Front
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Gold with Quartz. Rear
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Gold with Quartz.
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CENTRE - VAL DE LOIRE

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
 

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.
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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



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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.
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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
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Fluorite with Baryte.
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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



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GRAND EST

Fluorite with Quartz
 

EE96AM1: Druse of sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, with good luster and a pale green color, on matrix. 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: 8.3 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 3.27” × 1.61” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 0.87” × 0.71”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Quartz.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
 

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

Pyromorphite on Baryte

Recorded under LED light
 

EF61AL8: Efflorescent aggregates of Pyromorphite crystals with curvatures on their faces and edges, bright, with an intense green color and on a matrix of “book-like” Baryte crystals. A French classic.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 12.3 × 8.7 × 4.6 cm = 4.84” × 3.43” × 1.81”

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




Pyromorphite on Baryte. Front
Front
Pyromorphite on Baryte. Side
Side
Pyromorphite on Baryte.
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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
Front
Pyromorphite with Baryte. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite with Baryte.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite.
 

EF52AI7: 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.
The sample is from the Paul Zerfass collection (reg. 462) whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 6 × 5.1 × 4.1 cm = 2.36” × 2.01” × 1.61”

Former collection of Paul Zerfass



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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



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

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”




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OCCITANIE

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
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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



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Pyrite with Baryte and Siderite
 

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”




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

Recorded under LED light
 

TT66AK9: A discovery due to the hard work of amateur collectors, a treasure recovered in an unexpected place, the currently abandoned Four de Cluzel Mine. Very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent and bright yellow lemon with uniform color, are topped by a parallel growth of very sharp tabular Baryte crystals. Both the Fluorite and Baryte are partially and selectively coated with small water-clear crystals of Quartz. Because of their color, luster and crystal size, these are among the most beautiful French Fluorites.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.8 × 6.2 cm = 3.43” × 3.07” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 7.2 × 5 cm = 2.83” × 1.97”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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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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Galena with Sphalerite
 

ER97AL8: Octahedral crystals of Galena, well outlined and with very marked geometric growth figures. On a matrix of small complex crystals of Sphalerite with a very deep red color. Possibly one of the best specimens from this specific find in a not very well known mine.
Planioles Mine, Planioles, Figeac-Ouest, Figeac, Lot, Occitanie  France (2003)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.1 × 2.6 cm = 3.03” × 2.40” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.26” × 1.18”




Galena with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Galena with Sphalerite. Side
Side
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Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite
Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite. 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, Ariège, 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”




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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, Ariège, 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”




Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) and Dolomite. Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) and Dolomite.
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Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz
Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. 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, 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”




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, 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.
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Calcite
Calcite. 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



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Calcite
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



Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear
Order
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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PROVENCE - ALPES - CÒTE D'AZUR

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
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