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JOAQUIM CALLEN'S PHOTO GALLERY

Mexico

Azurite  

 

 

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

TA68AG2
"Electric blue" is the proper name that has been given to the color of the best Azurites from Milpillas. Certainly these Azurites seem to have their own light as if they emit light instead of capturing it. This small filigree represents very well that "electric" color as well as the best quality of the Milpillas Azurites.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

12/2013


Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.14” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.02” × 0.47”

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  Malachite after Azurite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 3.4 × 3 × 2 cm = 1.34” × 1.18” × 0.79”

Order
Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear

TP16AI9
Pseudocrystals of Malachite after Azurite in parallel growth on a matrix of fibrous Malachite: bright, with very rich color.

  Malachite after Azurite

Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite  

 

 

Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite  
Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite. Side
Side

TH16AI9
This is a single, sharp, doubly terminated floater of Malachite pseudomorphous after Azurite, apparently simple, but the polycrystalline growths are full of interesting details.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.65” × 0.91” × 0.75”

Order

  Cuprite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 8.7 × 8 × 4.8 cm = 3.43” × 3.15” × 1.89”

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

Order
Cuprite. Cuprite.
Cuprite.

TA30AG1
Milpillas is in recent times a kind of lighthouse for the fans of minerals from all over the world. Within the extensive catalog of spectacular minerals their Cuprites are not the most recognized, but their quality is very high.

  Cuprite

Brochantite  

 

 

Brochantite  
Brochantite. Brochantite.

TL62AI9
Brochantite crystals from Milpillas are famous for their sharpness and generally excellent quality. Here we have a group of idiomorphic Brochantite crystals with well-defined faces and edges and chisel-like terminations. The specimen’s composition, with large crystals on matrix coated by smaller crystals, makes for fine aesthetics. In my opinion this locality produces the world’s finest Brochantite specimens.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2012


Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.5 × 4.6 cm = 2.05” × 1.77” × 1.81”

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

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  Brochantite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

01/2015


Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.4 × 2.6 cm = 2.44” × 2.13” × 1.02”

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

Order
Brochantite. Brochantite.

TR88AI9
Brochantite specimens from Milpillas have won a well-deserved fame for their excellent quality. In this case, the idiomorphic crystals are elongated,with sharp faces and edges and a very deep green color; the matrix is partially coated by a later generation of brochantite, showing pale green fibrous crystals with satiny luster. In my opinion this locality offers the world’s best Brochantite as judged by crystal size and sharpness, deep color and high luster.

  Brochantite

Volborthite  

 

 

Volborthite  
Volborthite. Volborthite.

EK57AI9
Milpillas Volborthite specimens are without doubt the world’s best: with their large crystal size and high luster they set a new standard for this rare species. This small specimen shows a rosette-shaped growth of flattened Volborthite crystals on matrix; the rosette is very sharp and deeply colored.

Milpillas Mine, level 26, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

04/2015


Specimen size: 1.3 × 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.51” × 0.51” × 0.28”

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  Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite

Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur
Mexico


Specimen size: 7 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 2.76” × 1.97” × 1.89”

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

Order
Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite. Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite.

TE87AG1
Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite on matrix. Coming from recent finds in the famous Amelia Mine due to work on the dumps there.

  Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite



Portugal

Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite  

 

 

Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite  
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite.

NP90AG2
The upper levels of the great classic mine of Panasqueira are now producing very good specimens. We have gone from a period of scarcity to the current wealth, but in my opinion we are in a transitory period that may end when the mine goes to different areas. So far several pieces as attractive as this zoned crystal of Fluorapatite have been recovered, isolated and well placed on its matrix of Quartz and Muscovite.

Minas da Panasqueira, levels 0-1, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro
Portugal

04/2017


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 10.7 × 5.6 × 4.5 cm = 4.21” × 2.20” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.6 cm = 1.46” × 1.42”

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France

  Quartz (variety smoky) with Epidote

Pointe des Périades, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
France

07/2010


Former collection of Philippe Morelon

Specimen size: 10.9 × 9.7 × 9.2 cm = 4.29” × 3.82” × 3.62”

Main crystal size: 8.4 × 5.3 cm = 3.31” × 2.09”

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

LK91AK2
A good example of what is expected of an Alpine fissure Smoky Quartz, for its transparency, intense luster and depth of color. Associated with some small Epidote crystals. The sample is from the Philippe Morelon collection (No. 766), whose catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.

  Quartz (variety smoky) with Epidote

Pyromorphite  

 

 

Pyromorphite  
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite. Top
Top
Pyromorphite. Close-up
Close-up

LY26AK2
A true classic from Des Farges, both for its crystalline morphology with slightly tapered crystals and good flat terminations, as well as for the excellent luster, the greenish yellow color, the phantoms visible in transmitted light and the geometric yellow-toned color zoning that is brighter around the terminations. A French classic that comes from the Philippe Morelon collection (No. 1085), whose catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.

Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
France

Former collection of Philippe Morelon
Minor fluorescence short UV

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.1 × 4 cm = 2.28” × 1.61” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.67” × 0.24”

Order

  Pyromorphite

Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
France

1980

Former collection of Philippe Morelon
Minor fluorescence short UV

Specimen size: 8.2 × 4.4 × 5 cm = 3.23” × 1.73” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.39” × 0.08”

Order
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.

LG91AK2
The elongated shape of the specimen enhances the aesthetics of these crystals on matrix that form very well defined polycrystalline growths, with good pyramidal terminations. The color, unusual for the locality, is cream yellow with greenish tones. A French classic that comes from the Philippe Morelon collection (No. 531), whose catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.

  Pyromorphite



Europe (excl. Spain, Portugal and France)

Celestine with Sulfur  

 

 

Celestine with Sulfur  
Celestine with Sulfur. Celestine with Sulfur.

CA91AI6
Relatively common in the eighties the Celestine samples from Machov had a great success in the collectible mineralogical world due both for their strict mineralogical interest and the esthetic appearance of the crystals, elongated and transparent, often with smoky shades and extraordinarily bright. They are currently considered as classics of mineralogy and there are few samples for collectors. To all this we must add that the Celestine has the unusual property of being phosphorescent (during 1-2 seconds)

Machów Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Poland

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV. Phosphorescent

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.6 × 6.8 cm = 4.80” × 3.78” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.59” × 0.08”

Order

  Azurite

Rudabányai Mountains, Rudabánya, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Hungary


Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 4.6 cm = 2.20” × 1.97” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.51” × 0.31”

Order
Azurite. Azurite.

TN89AG1
Rudabánya is a classic European town famous for its Cuprites replaced by Malachite and although there are also Azurites they are normally of modest quality. This piece, however, is of good quality and size and improves on what is usually seen coming from that mine.

  Azurite

Galena with Quartz  

 

 

Galena with Quartz  
Galena with Quartz. Galena with Quartz.
Galena with Quartz.

EP40AI6
The well known aesthetics of the Kosovar samples enhance some minerals that are currently considered as “modest,” as is the case with this Galena that forms cubo-octahedral crystals that are twinned according to the spinel-law, some of them flattened, all them extraordinarily bright and on matrix with Quartz crystals.

Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District
Kosovo

2017


Specimen size: 17.6 × 11.3 × 6.5 cm = 6.93” × 4.45” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.42” × 0.98”

Order

  Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz

Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District
Kosovo

1994-2002


Minor fluorescence short UV

Specimen size: 18.5 × 11.5 × 7.7 cm = 7.28” × 4.53” × 3.03”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.3 cm = 1.57” × 1.30”

Order
Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz. Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz.
Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz.

EJ89AG8
The great mining region of Trepča is one of the largest polymetal deposits in the world and it has given for many years exceptional pieces of Sphalerite as well as varied combinations of sulfides and carbonates. This old piece, found before the mine went back to work in 2005, presents an architectural group of large rhombohedral Dolomite crystals partially coated by Calcite crystals and with a cluster of Pyrite crystals on one side of the piece. Small crystals of Arsenopyrite dot the large Dolomite crystals and also some small Quartz crystals complete the combo.

  Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz

Smithsonite with Calcite  

 

 

Smithsonite with Calcite  
Smithsonite with Calcite. Smithsonite with Calcite.

ME14AJ6
Fine and aerial botryoidal growth of rhombohedral crystals that are between yellow and orange, contrasting nicely with white Calcite coatings.

Kamaritza Mines, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture
Greece

±1985


Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.09” × 1.61” × 1.26”

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FSU

  Calcite with Aragonite

Verkhnii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai
Russia


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.73” × 1.46” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.73” × 1.26”

Order
Calcite with Aragonite. Front
Front
Calcite with Aragonite. Side
Side
Calcite with Aragonite.

TX97AH3
You can opine, perhaps, that Calcite is a “modest” species, but it can also reach unexpected heights of elegance as in the case of this complete crystal that is clear, colorless, very rich in faces and has additional elongated Calcite and Aragonite crystals with curious parallel growths. Due to its special transparency, the Calcite crystal has a high birrefringence that allows one to see “double” images through it.

  Calcite with Aragonite



Morocco

Vanadinite with Gypsum and Baryte  

 

 

Vanadinite with Gypsum and Baryte  
Vanadinite with Gypsum and Baryte. Vanadinite with Gypsum and Baryte.
Vanadinite with Gypsum and Baryte. Vanadinite with Gypsum and Baryte.

AB16AK1
The best possible color for the Vanadinite! The crystals on a white Baryte matrix have very sharp faces and edges, some very marked hopper growths and they are translucent and extraordinarily bright. A specimen that can compete wonderfully with the best quality of the latest finds of Vanadinite in Morocco and that comes from the collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane) whose label we will send to the buyer.

ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region
Morocco

2001


Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.48” × 2.05” × 1.22”

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

Order

  Pyrite with Quartz

Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region
Morocco

04/2018


Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.8 × 6 cm = 2.83” × 2.28” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.1 cm = 0.91” × 0.83”

Order
Pyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrite with Quartz. Side
Side
Pyrite with Quartz.

EV86AK1
Aesthetic aggregate of cubic Pyrite crystals with very clear polycrystalline surfaces, bright and with curvatures of the faces and edges. Partially coated by small white crystals of Quartz.

  Pyrite with Quartz

Malachite xx  

 

 

Malachite xx  
Malachite xx. Malachite xx.
Malachite xx.

ED27AK1
Curious distribution of primary Malachite crystals in small parallel groups of sharp, elongated and very intense and deep colored crystals. The primary Malachite is very rare at this locality.

Tazalarht mining area, Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa Region
Morocco

2017


Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.5 × 4 cm = 2.80” × 2.56” × 1.57”

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

Order

  Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth with Calcite

Aït Ahmane (auxiliary shaft), Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region
Morocco

11/2014-05/2015


Specimen size: 3 × 2.9 × 0.7 cm = 1.18” × 1.14” × 0.28”

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

Order
Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth with Calcite. Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth with Calcite.
Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth with Calcite.

TH16AK1
Surprising is the morphological perfection of the laminar crystals, on matrix, very sharp, bright and with a very well defined hexagonal contour. The analysis, which we will send a copy of to the buyer, indicates an intimate growth of Djurleite and Chalcocite with Djurleite dominant.

  Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth with Calcite

Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite  

 

 

Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite  
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Front
Front
Chalcostibite with Azurite and Malachite. Rear
Rear

TF99AK1
A rare species with many attractions including the profiled and simple shapes of the two crystals, and their blue color, and dramatized by the partial substitution by Azurite and the subsequent substitution in some areas by green Malachite. An excellent classic from Morocco.

Rar el Anz, Oued Cherrat (Cherrat Wadi), Chaouia-Ouardigha, Casablanca Prefecture, Casablanca-Settat Region
Morocco


Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.6 × 2.4 cm = 2.13” × 1.81” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.18” × 0.98”

Order

  Fluorite

Aghbala, Béni Mellal Province, Béni Mellal-Khénifra Region
Morocco

2017


Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Specimen size: 6.7 × 6.3 × 6 cm = 2.64” × 2.48” × 2.36”

Order
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side

NA37AK1
Really peculiar is this cubic Fluorite, a floater with very marked polycrystalline growths, translucent and with geometric color zoning, more intense in the nucleus of the crystal. With geometric cavities that suggest the previous existence of trigonal crystals, probably Calcite, that have subsequently dissolved. The locality is very little known and even less known for pieces of this quality.

  Fluorite



Africa (excl. Morocco)

Scepter Quartz (variety smoky)  

 

 

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

TN56AG8
Sceptered Quartz variety smoky from an isolated find in which the upper part of the crystals is of an excellent smoky color and the lower part on which the scepter grows is milky Quartz with faces coated by parallel growths of small crystals, also Quartz.

Steinkopf, Namakwa District (Namaqualand), Northern Cape Province
South Africa

08/2010


Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.73” × 1.50” × 0.91”

Order

  Rhodochrosite

N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province
South Africa

2017


Specimen size: 5.7 × 5 × 3.1 cm = 2.24” × 1.97” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.47” × 0.08”

Order
Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.
Rhodochrosite.

MQ53AG6
In 2017 in the N'Chwaning I Mine some manual work for the extraction of collector’s specimens was reinitiated. This fine Rhodochrosite is a good example of the result of this work. Good color and great luster are the hallmarks of this piece.

  Rhodochrosite

Beryl  

 

 

Beryl  
Beryl. Front
Front
Beryl. Front
Front
Beryl. Side
Side
Beryl.

EX89AJ6
The sample, a single crystal, is a complete floater with an uncommon morphological appearance. It has a base with two opposite polycrystalline terminal areas and an enlargement of the crystal that finishes with a very acute pyramid. To the curiosity of the crystal shape we must add the attractive color, between green and yellow.

Fianarantsoa Province
Madagascar


Specimen size: 8 × 3.1 × 3 cm = 3.15” × 1.22” × 1.18”

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South America (excl. Brazil)

  Copper with Calcite and Malachite

Manto Cuba Mine, San Pedro de Cachiyuyo, Inca de Oro, Chañaral Province, Atacama Region
Chile


Specimen size: 7 × 4.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.76” × 1.77” × 1.34”

Order
Copper with Calcite and Malachite. Front
Front
Copper with Calcite and Malachite. Rear
Rear

MV37AJ6
Surely this ample offers the most classic image of what a native Copper sample should be, with delicate and very well balanced arborescent growths of crystals with rounded faces and edges and with the precise matrix to give it the necessary esthetic character.

  Copper with Calcite and Malachite

Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz  

 

 

Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz  
Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.

MB91AG1
This elegant silver-rich Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz has a long history with labels starting in 1925 by Franz Ding and ending with John S. White. At that time the silver-rich Tetrahedrite was called "Freibergite", that name has come with the label but an analysis have proven that it is not "Freibergite" but silver-rich Tetrahedrite. Although the photos may look like there is a broken crystal the piece is perfect and has no damage. We will send labels and the analysis to the buyer of the specimen.

Pulacayo Mine, Huanchaca, Antonio Quijarro Province, Potosí Department
Bolivia

± 1925


Former collection of John S. White

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.7 × 2.3 cm = 2.64” × 1.85” × 0.91”

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

Order

  Arsenic

La Paloma Mine, Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department
Peru

2008


Specimen size: 12.3 × 9.6 × 4.8 cm = 4.84” × 3.78” × 1.89”

Order
Arsenic. Arsenic.
Arsenic.

NF89AG8
A little-known mine, La Paloma, in the district of Quiruvilca, Peru, gives some curious specimens like this botryoidal Arsenic, with a certain beauty despite the modest aesthetics that this species usually has. Also on matrix, visible since it is white.

  Arsenic



China

Gold with Quartz  

 

 

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

TR76AJ9
Very aerial and elegant group of Gold crystals with the well-defined crystalline forms of the octahedron and the dodecahedron. They are elongated, some of them with “window” and skeletal growths and some laminar forms.

Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China

2014-2015

Weight: 7.4 grams

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.94” × 0.91” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.28” × 0.16”

Order

  Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz

Tongren Mine, Tongren, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province
China


Specimen size: 14.5 × 10.4 × 8.3 cm = 5.71” × 4.09” × 3.27”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.3 cm = 1.57” × 1.30”

Order
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz. Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.

TV50AJ9
Very well known in mineral collecting the beauty of these complex Sphalerite crystals never ceases to amaze us. They are translucent, very bright and with a very deep color, on a matrix coated bay small Quartz crystals and cubo-octahedral Galena crystals with very well defined faces and edges.

  Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz

Pyromorphite  

 

 

Pyromorphite  
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite.

TB49AH3
Accustomed to a very different esthetics on Pyromorphite samples from the Daoping mine, the finds between 2012 and 2013 surprised us with these very aerial and stylized shapes, whose crystals have very well defined faces and edges and showing a color and luster of great quality.

Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

2012


Specimen size: 4.9 × 2 × 2 cm = 1.93” × 0.79” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.47” × 0.28”

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  Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite

Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

02/2014


Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.32” × 1.73” × 1.54”

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

Order
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite. Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite.
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite.

MA86AH3
Plumbogummite growths that are between botryoidal and stalactitic. They have an intense greenish-blue color and velvety surfaces and they have empty cores with the shape of lost Pyromorphite crystals as well as some yellow traces of these former Pyromorphite crystals. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.

  Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite

Calcite  

 

 

Calcite  
Calcite. Calcite.

MR88AG1
Yes, it is Calcite, a very common species, but check out the crystallographic habit of this group of crystals and their light pink color. Different…

Fuzichong, Cenxi, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

± 2002


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8 × 5 cm = 4.53” × 3.15” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 6 × 5 cm = 2.36” × 1.97”

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  Fluorite

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China


Specimen size: 16.2 × 9.3 × 5.4 cm = 6.38” × 3.66” × 2.13”

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

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Fluorite. Fluorite.

ET96AH3
Even the most well known occurrences can adopt different forms, new or attractive, as this irregular surface completely recrystallized on both of its ends by transparent cubic Fluorite crystals with an intense violet color. Similar to a geode, but fully upholstered by Fluorite crystals “in” and “out” at the same time…

  Fluorite

Hematite with Quartz  

 

 

Hematite with Quartz  
Hematite with Quartz. Hematite with Quartz.
Hematite with Quartz.

TL68AJ9
The sample is especially attractive due the contrast between the thin and sharp forms of the rosette aggregates of the laminar Hematite crystals, very bright, and the rounded outlines of the aggregates of white Quartz crystals with the “artichoke-like” shape.

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

2013


Specimen size: 9.5 × 3.1 × 5.2 cm = 3.74” × 1.22” × 2.05”

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  Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

2014


Specimen size: 11.2 × 3.5 × 4.8 cm = 4.41” × 1.38” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 9.7 × 3.1 cm = 3.82” × 1.22”

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Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite.

EV97AJ9
Perhaps simply Quartz but it has a surprising variety of forms and morphological changes, with parallel growths on the scepter terminations, dipyramidal, with a short prism (in some cases those faces are nonexistent or poorly visible and such crystals have sometimes been erroneously described as β-Quartz). The Quartz group is very rich in inclusions and partially coated by small, white Calcite-Dolomite crystals.

  Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite

Ilvaite with Quartz  

 

 

Ilvaite with Quartz  
Ilvaite with Quartz. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz. Side
Side

MR90AH3
The year 2010 saw the ringing of the bell of the first great samples arriving from Huanggang, a mining area of which little had been spoken of until that moment. Among the novelties there were some Ilvaite samples with crystals of great size with very well defined faces and frequently with Quartz crystals. In a very short time these samples became classic, not only for China but also for the rest of the world.

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

10/2010


Specimen size: 7 × 6.5 × 4.2 cm = 2.76” × 2.56” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 2.7 cm = 2.56” × 1.06”

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  Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite

Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

04/2017


Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.52” × 1.81” × 1.61”

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Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite. Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite.
Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite. Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite.

EA89AJ9
If the variation is pleasant, what better than this association of four species, two of them (Roweite and Olshanskyite) very rare? The Roweite is in aggregates of laminar crystals of great size and quality for what has been known for the species, and it is on matrix, with very sharp, clear and colorless Olshanskyite crystals, small Andradite crystals and octahedral Magnetite crystals. The Roweite crystals are neatly differentiated and have well defined faces and edges with a light creamy color. The quality of these specimens is undoubtedly superior to what was previously known, both for the individuality of the crystals and for their sharpness, but also for their association with first level Olshanskyite crystals, which makes them deserving to be in the best private collections and museums. We have analyzed samples to confirm the identity of the different species and we’ll send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.

  Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite



Asia (excl. China) - Australia

Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)  

 

 

Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)  
Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group). Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group).
Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group).

EQ96AG1
The good definition and morphology of this Lazurite on Calcite takes us back to the time in which from this locality the "lapislazuli" was extracted and distributed throughout the world via the Silk Road.

Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province
Afghanistan

Scapolite Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.4 × 2.9 cm = 1.54” × 1.34” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.47”

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  Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite

Chah Milleh Mine, Chah Milleh, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


Fluorescent short UV

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

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1 cm = 1.06” × 0.39”

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Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite. Front
Front
Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite. Side
Side
Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite. Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite.

MH46AH3
Seen and unseen, these samples that appeared at the Munich Show in 2015 are currently a rarity. They form arborescent growths of Willemite crystals pseudomorphous after Descloizite and have partial coatings of small barrel-shaped Mimetite crystals with an intense orange color.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 49, May 7, 2018 edition.

  Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite

Mimetite with Calcite  

 

 

Mimetite with Calcite  
Mimetite with Calcite. Mimetite with Calcite.
Mimetite with Calcite.

TM96AH3
The most innovative of this Iranian Mimetite sample is, undoubtedly, its sharpness and that its tabular crystals have a color, a transparency and a luster that are unusual for the species. In this concrete case we must note their esthetic growth on a matrix of white Calcite crystals.

Gowd Mine, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.5 × 4 cm = 1.93” × 1.77” × 1.57”

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

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