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AUVERGNE - RHÔNE - ALPES

Quartz
Quartz. Quartz.
 

TV48AN2: Group of Quartz crystals with a very well defined La Gardette habit, elongated, transparent, colorless, very lustrous and with small inclusions, on matrix. An excellent French classic, from a locality not as well known as other famous Quartz localities in the area.
Les Rivoirands, Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2000)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.4 × 7.2 cm = 2.91” × 1.73” × 2.83”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 0.7 cm = 1.61” × 0.28”




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Quartz (japan law twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

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

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

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




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

ET37AM3: Growth of transparent Quartz crystals, very lustrous and slightly yellow in color due to the presence of iron oxides. Good quality and in perfect condition.
Les Rivoirands, Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2010)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 7.7 × 5.3 cm = 4.57” × 3.03” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 6 × 1.1 cm = 2.36” × 0.43”




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Quartz (variety faden)
 

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

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

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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

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”




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Quartz
 

TZA37AN4: Group of Quartz crystals with diverse morphologies, very transparent, lustrous and colorless, with inclusions, one of them very showy with a green coating, probably Chlorite.
This high-quality specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection, and previously the collection of A. Berlioz, and was displayed in the Bourg d'Oisans mineral museum.
Val Fournel, Le Freney-d'Oisans, L'Oisans-Romanche, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1997)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.6 × 2.3 cm = 2.52” × 1.42” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 5.7 × 2.4 cm = 2.24” × 0.94”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Quartz. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Rear
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Quartz. Side
Side

Recorded under LED light
 

TZM16AN4: Druse of Quartz crystals with a very sharp La Gardette habit, elongated, transparent, colorless, very lustrous and with small inclusions.
An excellent French classic from the Alain Martaud collection.
Lac Blanc, Huez, Grenoble, Isère Departament, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 8.6 × 5.7 cm = 4.02” × 3.39” × 2.24”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.38” × 0.71”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Quartz (variety scepter)

Recorded under LED light
 

TYR27AN4: Druse of Quartz crystals with very sharp scepter growths, transparent, colorless, very lustrous and with small inclusions.
An excellent French classic from the Alain Martaud collection.
Val Ferrand, Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 8 × 6.6 cm = 4.49” × 3.15” × 2.60”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.3 cm = 1.02” × 0.51”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Quartz (variety scepter). Quartz (variety scepter).
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Quartz
Quartz. Quartz.
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



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Baryte with inclusions
 

LN58AK0: Very sharp crystal with very marked parallel growths, a tabular-laminar habit, bright and transparent to translucent, with inclusions and with the edges profiled by a snowy white geometric zoning. The specimen, found on an area near the old Le Mure mine, is from the Philippe Morelon collection (number 349) whose label, which includes more information on the back, will be sent to the buyer.
La Mure area, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (04/2012)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 7.6 × 0.6 cm = 3.82” × 2.99” × 0.24”

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



Baryte with inclusions. Front
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Baryte with inclusions. Rear
Rear
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Sphalerite with Bournonite and Siderite
Sphalerite with Bournonite and Siderite. Sphalerite with Bournonite and Siderite.
 

TV46AM8: Group of complex equant crystals of Sphalerite, very transparent and lustrous, with an intense color and a vivid interior "fire", on a matrix of lenticular crystals of Siderite with a very light cream color, and twinned Bournonite crystals.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1970)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.3 × 1.6 cm = 2.56” × 1.69” × 0.63”

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




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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 Actinolite (variety byssolite)
Prehnite with Actinolite (variety byssolite). Prehnite with Actinolite (variety byssolite).
 

EF66AM3: Prehnite crystals with very well defined faces and edges. With distinct curvatures and polycrystalline growths, translucent, lustrous, and of an intense green color. On matrix, with Calcite and felted aggregates of Actinolite (variety byssolite). 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

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.69” × 0.98” × 0.91”

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




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Prehnite with Epidote and Albite
 

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

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

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




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



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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
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.
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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

€170 / US$197 / ¥21920 / AUD$271

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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.
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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”

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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
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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

€480 / US$556 / ¥61900 / AUD$767

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Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

LA96AK8: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, very lustrous and extraordinarily intense and uniform blue. The fluorite grew in the void left by a scalenohedral Calcite crystal with some relict faces covered by epitactic Quartz.
The specimen is from the Philippe Morelon collection (number 962), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Le Beix Mine, Saint-Germain-près-Herment, Herment, Clermont-Ferrand District, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1980)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 6.2 × 4.7 cm = 4.45” × 2.44” × 1.85”

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

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Former collection of Philippe Morelon

minID: D5NA2A



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
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Fluorite with Quartz. Side
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Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
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Fluorite with Quartz.
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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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Baryte
Baryte. 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



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Baryte

Recorded under LED light
 

ERB97AN6: Druse of thick tabular Baryte crystals with very sharp crystal forms. They are transparent to translucent, with a very bright luster and an intense and uniform yellow color. One of the best known for the locality.
The specimen comes from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Châtel-Guyon, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1997)

Specimen size: 13.6 × 8.2 × 2.3 cm = 5.35” × 3.23” × 0.91”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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

EP27AM2: 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: 1.4 × 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.55” × 0.43” × 0.39”

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Opal-CT (variety lussatite) after fossil (Helix ramondi)
 

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”

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

EF99AL7: Gastropod (Helix ramondi) fossilized in Opal-CT (variety lussatite) translucent, with a pearly luster and colors varying from white to sky blue. In its original matrix, without glue or repairs of any kind. Very good quality for the locality, a French classic.
Les Rois Mine, Mur-sur-Allier, Pont-du-Château, Clermont-Ferrand District, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.72” × 2.01” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.87” × 0.79”

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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 District, 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”

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Opal-CT (variety lussatite). Opal-CT (variety lussatite).
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Fluorite with Quartz after Fluorite
Fluorite with Quartz after Fluorite. Fluorite with Quartz after Fluorite.
 

EX27AM2: Very sharp Fluorite crystals, transparent, shiny, yellow in color and rich in inclusions. On matrix with coatings of white Quartz microcrystals and relict forms of disappeared cubic Fluorite crystals.
The specimen is from the prestigious Pierre-Marie Guy fluorite collection.
Langeac, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1975-1976)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5.3 × 4 cm = 2.17” × 2.09” × 1.57”

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

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Former collection of Pierre-Marie Guy



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Fluorite with Quartz and Sphalerite

Recorded under LED light
 

TAW98AN3: Fluorite crystals with a cubic habit, very sharp and lustrous, transparent and with a yellowish green color, with Sphalerite inclusions and on a matrix of Quartz crystals.
The specimen, from a 1995 find at this locality, comes from the Alain Martaud collection.
Marsanges Mine, Pratclos (Pratclaux) vein, Langeac, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1995)

Specimen size: 12.7 × 11.6 × 5.5 cm = 5.00” × 4.57” × 2.17”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Fluorite with Quartz and Sphalerite. Fluorite with Quartz and Sphalerite.
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Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety smoky). Quartz (variety smoky).

Recorded under LED light
 

TF98AN0: Group of Quartz crystals, smoky variety, with very sharp crystal forms and distinct parallel growths, very transparent and lustrous, with deep and uniform smoky tones. A great French and European classic.
Aiguille de l'Eboulement, Les Petites Jorasses, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2015)

Specimen size: 17 × 15.6 × 12.3 cm = 6.69” × 6.14” × 4.84”

Main crystal size: 13.3 × 7.2 cm = 5.24” × 2.83”




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Octahedral Fluorite with Chlorite
 

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

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

Fluorescent long & short UV



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



Order
Octahedral Fluorite on Albite

Recorded under LED light
 

ER48AL9: Group of octahedral Fluorite crystals with polycrystalline growths, translucent, with good luster and an intense and uniform color. On an Albite matrix, with recrystallizations. A classic French Alpine specimen, very aesthetic and of high quality, the specimen is from the prestigious collection of Fluorite by Pierre-Marie Guy.
Aiguille Verte, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±2010)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.6 × 2.6 cm = 2.09” × 1.81” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.8 cm = 0.79” × 0.71”

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV



Octahedral Fluorite on Albite. Octahedral Fluorite on Albite.
Octahedral Fluorite on Albite.
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Fluorite on Quartz (variety smoky)
Fluorite on Quartz (variety smoky). Front
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Fluorite on Quartz (variety smoky). Side
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TXM27AN3: Fluorite crystals of unusual habit and color for alpine specimens, dominated by cube forms, beveled by the rhombic dodecahedron. Transparent, with a violet color, on a matrix of smoky Quartz crystals.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Aiguille Verte, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2015)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.9 × 3.4 cm = 1.69” × 1.54” × 1.34”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Wulfenite on Baryte
 

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

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

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




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

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

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Cerussite
 

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

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

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

Fluorescent long & short UV



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

Recorded under LED light
 

EXL37AN6: Doubly terminated floater crystal of Anatase, extraordinarily elongated due to multiple parallel growth - a known but rare habit. Lustrous and with very sharp crystal forms. The specimen is undoubtedly among the longest known from this find.
Pointe du Rozet, La Lauzière Massif, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 4.3 × 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 1.69” × 0.20” × 0.20”




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Quartz with Chlorite inclusions
 

NC14AK5: From a collection displayed for the first time at Munich 2019: Group of very sharp Quartz crystals with visible Dauphine-law twinning, transparent, brilliant, and rich in Chlorite inclusions.
The sample is from the Miguel David Martínez collection (No. 78), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Maurienne Valley, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1999)

Specimen size: 6 × 2.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.06” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 5.7 × 1 cm = 2.24” × 0.39”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Front
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Quartz with Chlorite inclusions. Rear
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Chessy-les-Mines

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

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

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

Type locality



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Azurite
 

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

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

Type locality



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

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

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

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

Type locality



Order
Azurite
 

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

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

Type locality



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

EC68AL3: Group of flattened and highly profiled crystals with sharp faces and edges and polycrystalline surfaces with a very intense, deep and uniform color. Higher quality than usual in Chessy-les-Mines, type locality of the species.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1995-1998)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.2 × 2.1 cm = 1.77” × 1.26” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.06” × 0.87”

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.
Order
Azurite
Azurite. Side
Side
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
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
 

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

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

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

Type locality



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
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Azurite. Side
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Azurite.
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Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.
Azurite.
 

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

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

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

Type locality



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Azurite with Malachite

Recorded under 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. Front
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Malachite after Cuprite. Top
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Malachite after Cuprite  

NT26AN2: Malachite pseudomorph after a complete floater crystal of Cuprite, very sharp, octahedral, and beveled by dodecahedron forms. A quality French classic.
This piece comes from the Ignacio Gaspar collection (number CUP-7), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 1 × 1 × 1.2 cm = 0.39” × 0.39” × 0.47”

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



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Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite
 

EF66AN1: Floater group of Malachite pseudomorphs after Cuprite crystals with one of the crystals clearly dominant and with a sharp octahedral habit. Partially covered by groups of small Azurite crystals, an association that is not so frequent in Chessy, type locality for that species.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.67” × 0.63” × 0.51”

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

Type locality



Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite. Front
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Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite. Side
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Malachite after Cuprite
Malachite after Cuprite.
 

EM14AN2: Malachite pseudomorphs after a complete floater group of dodecahedral Cuprite crystals, one of them clearly dominant.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 2 × 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.63” × 0.55”

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




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Malachite after Cuprite
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”




Malachite after Cuprite. Front
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Malachite after Cuprite. Side
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Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite
Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite. Front
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Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite. Rear
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Recorded under LED light
 

LK73AL6: Malachite pseudomorphs after octahedral crystals of Cuprite, very large for the locality, aerial, with deep hopper growths and implanted on an Azurite matrix from the type locality for this species.
A French classic from the Philippe Morelon collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1980)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 4.1 × 3.1 cm = 1.61” × 1.61” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.02” × 0.83”

Type locality

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



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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
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Baryte. Side
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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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Baryte
Baryte  

EX74AG7: Aggregate of very sharp Baryte crystals, translucent, bright and with an intense color.
A sample of great quality from the Christophe Marot collection (cat. nr. C5-1), on whose label that we’ll send to the buyer is that is was acquired from the Frederic Delporte collection.
Maine Mine, Les Reclesnes, Cordesse, Lucenay-l'Évêque, Autun District, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté  France

Specimen size: 12.8 × 12 × 7 cm = 5.04” × 4.72” × 2.76”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1 cm = 1.38” × 0.39”

Former collection of Christophe Marot



Baryte. Front
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Baryte. Side
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Baryte.
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BRITTANY / BRETAGNE

Cassiterite with Quartz
Cassiterite with Quartz. Cassiterite with Quartz.
 

TFR26AN4: Group of twinned Cassiterite crystals with sharp crystal forms, lustrous and on matrix, something not common in specimens from this classic locality.
This piece is from the Alain Martaud collection.
La Villeder, Le Roc-Saint-André, Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany/Bretagne  France (±1900)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 2.8 × 4.4 cm = 2.05” × 1.10” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.55”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Galena after Pyromorphite (variety sexangulite)
 

TG47AL6: Galena pseudomorphs after a group of prismatic Pyromorphite crystals, one of them clearly dominant. As can be seen by the tiny cleavages at the base of the specimen, the substitution of Pyromorphite by Galena is complete. A great French classic, very hard to come by.
Huelgoat, Châteaulin, Finistère, Brittany/Bretagne  France

Specimen size: 2 × 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.79” × 0.55” × 0.39”




Galena after Pyromorphite (variety sexangulite). Front
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Galena after Pyromorphite (variety sexangulite). Rear
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Galena after Pyromorphite (variety sexangulite). Top
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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.
 

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



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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. Side
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MR30AI5: 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: 2.5 × 1.1 × 1.1 cm = 0.98” × 0.43” × 0.43”

Weight: 4.1 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
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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
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Fluorite with Pyromorphite. 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
Fluorite with Baryte. Front
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Fluorite with Baryte. Side
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Fluorite with Baryte.
 

EB49AM0: Group of Fluorite crystals, with two distinct growth phases, a polycrystalline exterior with an intense yellow color and a gray to colorless interior. Its characteristics are different from the usual ones in better known specimens from the Chaillac mining district. With lenticular crystals of Baryte. 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: 9.1 × 7.4 × 4.5 cm = 3.58” × 2.91” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.26” × 0.87”

Minor fluorescence 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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Cerussite
Cerussite. Front
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Cerussite. Rear
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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”

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Cerussite
 

MF99AF1: Very aerial aggregate of flattened crystals with a very well defined twin. Their white color contrasts with the brown of the oxide inclusions. The sample is from a classic French locality and has great quality.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2017, page 84
Chaillac Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (± 1980)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.6 × 2.2 cm = 2.52” × 2.20” × 0.87”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Cerussite. Front
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Cerussite. Cerussite.
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GRAND EST

Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz.
 

ED17AM1: Group of sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent, with a pale green color, on matrix with white Quartz crystals. 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: 9.3 × 7.2 × 4 cm = 3.66” × 2.83” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 3.7 cm = 1.69” × 1.46”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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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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Fluorite
Fluorite. 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



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Pyromorphite
 

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

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

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Bob Noble



Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
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Pyromorphite. Side
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MH46AN0: Group of Pyromorphite crystals with very sharp prismatic and pyramidal crystal forms, the latter rare at the locality, with good luster and a very pronounced color zoning, yellowish brown in the prism and yellow in the terminations.
We will ship the specimen, which comes from a classic French locality for the species, in its original Perky box from the Robert J. 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: 2.9 × 2 × 1.1 cm = 1.14” × 0.79” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.12” × 0.04”

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. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Pyromorphite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Pyromorphite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Pyromorphite  

MA96AL7: Floater group of Pyromorphite crystals many of them doubly terminated, with slight curvatures on the faces and edges, lustrous and with the green color that characterizes the best specimens from this locality.
The specimen comes from the Wendell E. Wilson collection, as attested by the label on the back of the specimen. We will send the buyer the original collection tag.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2 × 2.1 cm = 1.61” × 0.79” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.39” × 0.24”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV



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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite  

NW37AM4: Arborescent growths of Pyromorphite crystals with tapered habit and hopper terminations. With good luster and an intense grass-green color.
A French classic that comes from the Ignacio Gaspar collection (number PIF-58), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (±1974)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.97” × 1.26” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.24” × 0.08”

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



Pyromorphite. Front
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Pyromorphite. Top
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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 Quartz
 

EZ47AL5: Very aerial group of Pyromorphite crystals, many of them doubly terminated, with an intense deep green color, on matrix, with Quartz. The shape of the crystals, very elongated, on matrix, makes this specimen different from other Pyromorphites from this classic French deposit.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.6 × 2.4 × 1.8 cm = 2.20” × 0.94” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.1 cm = 0.24” × 0.04”




Pyromorphite with Quartz. Front
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Pyromorphite with Quartz. Side
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Pyromorphite with Quartz.
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Pyromorphite with Baryte
Pyromorphite with Baryte. Front
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Pyromorphite with Baryte. Rear
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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”




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Pyromorphite
 

ED29AM3: Pyromorphite crystal growths with a tapered habit and shiny hopper terminations with an intense grass-green color. We highlight the unusualness of the globular forms of the matrix. A French classic.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.3 × 3.9 cm = 2.68” × 2.09” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.12” × 0.04”




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

ET74Z8: Irregular aggregate of simple prismatic crystals on matrix. A lot of the crystals are doubly terminated and have a good size, have slightly curved faces and edges, are a very bright olive-green color on the prism with intense yellow shades on their terminations, so typical of some of the samples from Les Farges. A very elegant French classic.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 11.6 × 8.5 × 3.5 cm = 4.57” × 3.35” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.39” × 0.24”




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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
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Pyromorphite on Baryte. Side
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Pyromorphite on Baryte.
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Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
Pyromorphite with Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
 

AA59AM7: Large druse of Pyromorphite crystals on matrix with very sharp crystal forms and deeply hoppered terminations, with good luster and an intense and lively grass-green color.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 13.7 × 11.8 × 10 cm = 5.39” × 4.65” × 3.94”

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




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Goethite after Pyrite
 

TXM14AN4: Floater group of very sharp pyritohedral pseudomorphs of what used to be Pyrite crystals, now replaced by Goethite.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Agos-Vidalos, Argelès-Gazost, Hautes-Pyrénées Département, Occitanie  France (2017)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 6.4 × 5.4 cm = 2.91” × 2.52” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 5.9 × 5.4 cm = 2.32” × 2.13”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Goethite after Pyrite. Front
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Goethite after Pyrite. Side
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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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Baryte with Sphalerite
 

EF50AM3: Group of very sharp Baryte crystals, lustrous and with a snow-white color. On matrix, with small transparent, lustrous and sharp Sphalerite crystals. The matrix has been sawn at the base and reduced on the sides to give the piece a more appropriate size.
Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard Department, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 11 × 9.4 × 6.6 cm = 4.33” × 3.70” × 2.60”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Baryte with Sphalerite. Baryte with Sphalerite.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
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Fluorite. Side
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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



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Fluorite
 

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

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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



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Fluorite
Fluorite  

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

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

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Gilles Emringer



Fluorite. Fluorite.
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Azurite with Cerussite
Azurite with Cerussite. Azurite with Cerussite.
Azurite with Cerussite.
Azurite with Cerussite  

SG96AC0: Spheroidal Azurite aggregates, one of them clearly dominant, that are bright and with a very deep color. They are on a rocky matrix, with small but very well defined and bright Cerussite crystals. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Mas Dieu, Mercoirol, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France (2004)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.8 × 2.4 cm = 2.24” × 1.89” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0,9 cm = 0.39” × 0.00”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani



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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.
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Copper with Fluorite
Copper with Fluorite. Copper with Fluorite.
Copper with Fluorite  

TY37AN2: Dendritic growth of small Copper crystals with sharp crystal forms and shiny surfaces. With a transparent and colorless Fluorite crystal and with distinct irregular and parallel growths. The specimen is a significant rarity for this mine, which was known for its Fluorites.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5 × 4.7 cm = 2.64” × 1.97” × 1.85”

Former collection of Corlier



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Copper with Fluorite
 

TM69AN2: 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: 9.4 × 7.4 × 6 cm = 3.70” × 2.91” × 2.36”




Copper with Fluorite. Front
Front
Copper with Fluorite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Fluorite.
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
 

EA96AM2: Group of transparent Fluorite crystals, with very bright luster, and an intense and vivid blue color typical of the best specimens from this mine, on a matrix of white Quartz crystals. A French classic.
The specimen is from the prestigious Pierre-Marie Guy fluorite collection.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 9 × 5 × 4.4 cm = 3.54” × 1.97” × 1.73”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Pierre-Marie Guy



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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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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite  

NF76AI0: Radial aggregates and fan-like growths of acicular Pyromorphite crystals on matrix. They are very bright and have a very intense and uniform color. An European classic seen only from old collections.
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.89” × 1.02” × 0.75”




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

TM27AN2: Group of twinned Chalcopyrite crystals with a tetrahedral habit, very marked curvatures on their faces and edges, lustrous, on matrix with small groups of Quartz crystals.
The specimen comes from a not very well known French mine, from the Alain Tuel collection (number 2-147), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Mont-Roc Mine, Mont-Roc, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.3 × 4.7 cm = 2.28” × 1.69” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.87” × 0.63”

Former collection of Alain Tuel



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Goethite
 

TCB14AN3: Druse of Goethite crystals with a prismatic habit, very lustrous and with finely polycrystalline terminations.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
La Quille du Roy, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.06” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.12” × 0.04”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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

TP56AM9: Druse of Goethite crystals with a prismatic habit, very lustrous and with finely polycrystalline terminations. Of the best quality for the deposit.
La Quille du Roy, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (2007)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.5 × 3.6 cm = 2.60” × 1.77” × 1.42”

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




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Goethite
 

TXD66AN3: Vug of very sharp and lustrous Goethite microcrystals, forming elongated spheroidal growths.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
En Bournegade (Embournegade), Alban-le-Fraysse, Le Haut Dadou, Albi, Tarn, Occitanie  France (±1994)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 5.9 × 4.7 cm = 3.82” × 2.32” × 1.85”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud

Former collection of Claude Estrabaut



Goethite. Goethite.
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz.
 

EG14AL9: Very sharp Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and with marked color zoning, yellowish in the core of the crystal and blue around the edges. Partially covered by small Quartz crystals.
The specimen, from a very unusual French locality, has been referenced and pictured, as a novelty in Ste. Marie 2019, in the magazine 'Le Règne Minéral' number 148, July-August 2019, page 44
Berlan, Roquecourbe, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (2019)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.38” × 1.22” × 1.26”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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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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Pyrite with Calcite
Pyrite with Calcite. Pyrite with Calcite.
 

EF36AL7: Globular Pyrite growths composed of multiple cubic crystals, whose faces are perfectly visible. Shiny and on matrix, with lenticular white transparent Calcite crystals with recrystallizations on the prism faces.
Rivet Quarry, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (11/2018)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.2 × 1.8 cm = 2.60” × 1.65” × 0.71”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV



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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.
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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



Fluorite with Quartz and Siderite. Fluorite with Quartz and Siderite.
Fluorite with Quartz and Siderite.
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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

minID: XXRLYK



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Fluorite

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



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite. Top
Top
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

ER10AL9: Group of very sharp crystals, translucent, lustrous, with a very intense and uniform yellow color with blue geometric zoning on the edges, and partially covered by small Quartz crystals. From a well-known French mine, the specimen is from the prestigious collection of Fluorite by Pierre-Marie Guy.
Valzergues Mines, Valzergues, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (±2010)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.8 × 3.9 cm = 1.97” × 1.89” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 0.94” × 0.83”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Pyromorphite
 

EC27AI5: Druse, on matrix, of globular aggregates formed by small crystals that are unusually well defined for the locality, more evident on the aggregates at the bottom of the sample.
Mine La Vidale area, Asprières, St. Martin de Bouillac, Aveyron, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.46” × 1.06”

Minor fluorescence short UV



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

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

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

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




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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 Department, 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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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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Allanite-(Ce) with Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) and Dolomite
 

EL90AI8: Parallel growth of two crystals of Allanite-(Ce) on Calcite matrix with a good length, very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense and deep color and with small Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) crystals related. A French classic.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2019, page 72
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Haute-Ariège, Foix, Ariège Department, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4 × 4.4 cm = 2.68” × 1.57” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.91” × 0.12”




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

EL13W7: From a very recent find. Sharp tristetrahedral crystals with an excellent luster. They are larger than what 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: 4.6 × 3 × 1.7 cm = 1.81” × 1.18” × 0.67”

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




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Tetrahedrite with Quartz
 

TEZ63AN3: Groups of very sharp Tetrahedrite crystals with dominant tetrahedral forms and with clearly visible accessory forms, lustrous, on matrix with thick Quartz crystals, which distinguishes this specimen from others of the same find.
The specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Lina Mine, Alzen, Foix, Ariège Department, Occitanie  France (2012)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 4 × 3.6 cm = 3.03” × 1.57” × 1.42”

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Tetrahedrite with Quartz. Tetrahedrite with Quartz.
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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 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”




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Calcite
 

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

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

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




Calcite. Calcite.
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PAYS DE LA LOIRE

Pyrite
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

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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

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




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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”




Pyrite. Pyrite.
Pyrite.
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Twinned Calcite
Twinned Calcite. Front
Front
Twinned Calcite. Rear
Rear
 

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



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PROVENCE - ALPES - CÒTE D'AZUR

Fluorite with Baryte
 

TCR14AN4: Druse of Fluorite crystals with very well marked, transparent, lustrous polycrystalline growths, with a vivid and uniform green color, on which there is a parallel growth of colorless and transparent fine tabular Baryte crystals.
This piece is from the Alain Martaud collection.
Fontsante Mine, Saint-Barthélemy vein, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (±1999-05)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.69” × 1.10” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.67” × 0.28”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
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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 (2005-2007)

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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Fluorite
 

TZQ88AN3: Druse of sharp, lustrous Fluorite crystals rich in inclusions. More transparent and ‘clean’ than is usual for specimens from this locality.
This specimen is from the Alain Martaud collection.
L'Avellan Mine, Massif L'Esterel, Fréjus, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (2009)

Specimen size: 10 × 8.5 × 4.6 cm = 3.94” × 3.35” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 0.98” × 0.79”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite.
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Bournonite with Siderite
Bournonite with Siderite. 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 (2018)

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



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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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Acanthite
Acanthite. Front
Front
Acanthite. Rear
Rear
 

EM47AM7: Very aerial group of elongated octahedral Acanthite crystals, with very well defined faces and edges. This highly unusual specimen comes from a reference locality for Fluorite and in which Acanthite is practically unknown.
Fontsante Mine, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France

Specimen size: 2. × 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.79” × 0.55” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.39” × 0.20”




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