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When Jordi offered me a corner on his web page to publish photos of the pieces that I choose I found it an excellent idea. It goes without saying that the project made me very enthusiastic immediately.

It is my intention to show, through my photographs, my point of view of the beauty of minerals, and I hope to add to that a point of charm, that touch of magic that minerals awaken in all those who view them with delight and admiration.

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JOAQUIM CALLEN'S PHOTO GALLERY

USA

Elbaite  

 

 

Elbaite  
Elbaite. Elbaite.

TV88AJ6
Of the polychrome Elbaites from the Himalaya mine one of the characteristics that the 'photographic eye' most appreciates is the geometric color zoning, in this case from the bottom to the top there are three superimposed delicate pastel colors: yellow, pink and green. A 'delicatessen'. We will send the sample in its original Perkin’s box from the R.J. Noble collection, also with the collection label on which it appears that it was obtained in an exchange with Terry Enright, June 2011.

Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California
USA


Former collection of Bob Noble

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.1 × 1.1 cm = 1.1” × 0.4” × 0.4”

Order

  Wulfenite

Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, Silver District, La Paz County, Arizona
USA


Former collection of Ignacio Hernández

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5.1 × 2.5 cm = 3.4” × 2.0” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Order
Wulfenite. Wulfenite.
Wulfenite.

NT89AJ6
Typically from the classic Red Cloud mine the tabular crystals are very sharp and are implanted on a limonite matrix, showing all of their splendor and beauty with the perfection of the crystal forms and the intensity of their bright red color. The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection whose label we will send to the buyer.

  Wulfenite



Europe

Kermesite with Calcite  

 

 

Kermesite with Calcite  
Kermesite with Calcite. Kermesite with Calcite.
Kermesite with Calcite.

EP69AJ6
Radial and fan-like aggregates of acicular Kermesite crystals. They are extraordinarily bright and have an intense deep red color, on matrix with small white Calcite crystals.

Kolársky vrch, Pezinok, Pezinok District, Bratislava Region
Slovak Republic

2005


Specimen size: 6.6 × 6 × 2.9 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”

Order

  Smithsonite with Calcite

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

±1985


Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.1” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Order
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.

  Smithsonite with Calcite

Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite  

 

 

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

EE57AJ6
A classic aggregate of Malachite crystals after Cuprite, formed by the cube and the dodecahedron. Its clear and uniform green color contrasts with the deep blue of the nodule of equant Azurite crystals. A French classic.

Euro:360 / US$404 / Yen:44370 / AUD$578

Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
France

2005-2009


Type locality

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.2 × 2.4 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Reservado

  Galena with Quartz

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 = 6.9” × 4.4” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.0”

Order
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.

  Galena with Quartz

Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz  

 

 

Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz  
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.

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 = 7.3” × 4.5” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.3 cm = 1.6” × 1.3”

Order

  Celestine with Sulfur

Machów Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Podkarpackie
Poland

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV. Phosphorescent

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.6 × 6.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.8” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”

Order
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)

  Celestine with Sulfur

Ilvaite with Quartz  

 

 

Ilvaite with Quartz  
Ilvaite with Quartz. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

HD14AI9
This specimen represents a classic Italian locality for Ilvaite. It is one of the better known localities for the species, but only a very small number of specimens from it have ever been recovered and saved. The Ilvaite crystals, some terminated sharply on one end and less sharply on the other end, are highly lustrous. Small quartz crystals are associated.

Temperino Mine, Campiglia Marittima, Campigliese, Livorno Province, Tuscany
Italy


Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.4” × 1.4” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Order

  Pyromorphite

Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, Allerdale, former Cumberland, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom


Minor fluorescence short UV

Specimen size: 5 × 4.3 × 3.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Order
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

ET92AG6
We love the classics, and when they are good then it is the best! This classic from England easily was found 100 years ago and reflects very well a period in the history of minerals in which the United Kingdom was the reference for many mineral species, including Pyromorphite.
The Moutet collection from Marseille is the origin of this piece and the label of the prestigious shop Deyrolle de Paris that accompanies it is as historic as the Pyromorphite itself.

  Pyromorphite

Azurite  

 

 

Azurite  
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.

Rudabánya, Rudabányai Mountains, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Hungary


Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 4.6 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

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Africa (excl. Morocco)

  Beryl

Fianarantsoa Province
Madagascar


Specimen size: 8 × 3.1 × 3 cm = 3.1” × 1.2” × 1.2”

Order
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.

  Beryl

Rhodochrosite  

 

 

Rhodochrosite  
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.

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 = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.1”

Order

  Scepter Quartz (variety smoky)

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

08/2010


Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Order
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.

  Scepter Quartz (variety smoky)



Brazil

Beryl (variety heliodor)  

 

 

Beryl (variety heliodor)  
Beryl (variety heliodor). Front
Front
Beryl (variety heliodor). Front
Front
Beryl (variety heliodor). Top
Top

TM54AJ6
The crystal, completely transparent, is very bright and very rich with pyramidal terminal faces. It is notable for its luster, its clarity and its intense yellow color. A small jewel we will send in the original Perkin’s box from the R.J. Noble collection, also containing the collection label on which it appears that it previously was in the Bob Sullivan collection.

Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais
Brazil


Former collection of Bob Noble

Specimen size: 3.1 × 0.3 × 0.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.1” × 0.3”

Order

  Quartz (variety smoky)

Minas Gerais
Brazil


Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 20.3 × 12.8 × 5.3 cm = 8.0” × 5.0” × 2.1”

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

NF90AJ6
Very aerial polycrystalline growth of very bright and transparent crystals with sharp 'window' growths. An old Brazilian sample, a classic.

  Quartz (variety smoky)

Elbaite with Mica and Quartz  

 

 

Elbaite with Mica and Quartz  
Elbaite with Mica and Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite with Mica and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Elbaite with Mica and Quartz. Top
Top

TF90AI2
The gemstone deposits of the Brazilian pegmatites will never cease to amaze us. This is the case with this specimen, rich in elongated crystals of Elbaite with a considerable variety of terminal forms (many recrystallized), a bright green color and in a Quartz matrix, and with leafy aggregates of a Mica which, according their violet shades, could be Lepidolite.

Araçuaí, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais
Brazil


Specimen size: 11.7 × 8.2 × 5 cm = 4.6” × 3.2” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 6.8 × 2 cm = 2.7” × 0.8”

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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 = 2.8” × 1.8” × 1.3”

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

Beryl (variety emerald)  

 

 

Beryl (variety emerald)  
Beryl (variety emerald). Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald). Side
Side
Beryl (variety emerald). Top
Top

TF88AG1
Who does not like the Colombian emeralds? The depth of color and the perfection of its crystals are a luxury. This group of parallel crystals with their color and perfect geometry show us the reasons why this mineral is so appreciated.

Peñas Blancas Mine, Municipio San Pablo de Borbur, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department
Colombia


Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

Order

  Pyrite

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department
Peru


Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.4” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 3.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.5”

Order
Pyrite. Pyrite.

MC56AI9
The Pyrite crystals on this specimen are perfect examples of the pyritohedron form, and they are very sharp and bright.
The specimen is from the collection of Enrique Moës, whose label we will send to the buyer.

  Pyrite

Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite  

 

 

Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite  
Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite. Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite.
Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite.

TR51AG2
Hutchinsonite is not a common mineral at all. Only in the Quiruvilca Mine hhave good specimens of this rare sulfoarsenide of lead and thallium been found, and although at this time given their relative abundance here it may seem that it is a common species, it is not like that at all. That said, this particular specimen is especially attractive for of the richness of its crystals, its definition and brightness and the contrast with the related Orpiment.

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

03/2016


Specimen size: 6.5 × 5 × 3.2 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

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 = 4.8” × 3.8” × 1.9”

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

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 = 2.6” × 1.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

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China

  Pyromorphite

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

2012


Specimen size: 4.9 × 2 × 2 cm = 1.9” × 0.8” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Order
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.

  Pyromorphite

Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite  

 

 

Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite  
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.

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

02/2014


Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

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  Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite

Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.
China

04/2017


Specimen size: 5 × 3.6 × 3.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.5”

Order
Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite. Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite.
Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite. Magnetite
Magnetite

ED18AH3
Mineral rarities can also have particular beauty, as is the case of these rare borates coexisting on the same sample, where the lenticular Roweite crystals, with an orange color and of great size and quality for what has been known of this species, are with radial aggregates of very sharp, colorless, clear and very bright Olshanskyite crystals plus also ornate by Calcite and nice Magnetite! The quality of the specimens is undoubtedly superior to what was previously known, both for the individuality of the Roweite crystals and for their sharpness, but also for their size and their association with first class Olshanskyite which makes them deserving to be in the best private collections and museums. We have analyzed specimens to confirm the identity of the species and we will send a copy of the different analyses to buyers.

  Roweite with Olshanskyite 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 = 2.8” × 2.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 2.7 cm = 2.6” × 1.1”

Order

  Fluorite

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


Specimen size: 16.2 × 9.3 × 5.4 cm = 6.4” × 3.7” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Order
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

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 = 4.5” × 3.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 6 × 5 cm = 2.4” × 2.0”

Order

  Acanthite

Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province
China

08/2016


Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 4 cm = 3.4” × 2.4” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.7”

Order
Acanthite. Acanthite.
Acanthite.

TC13AG1
Monumental, a top specimen. Few Acanthites are as impressive as those from this mine and this one in particular stands out for its extraordinary quality.


  Acanthite



Asia (excl. China) - Australia

Anglesite after Creussite  

 

 

Anglesite after Creussite  
Anglesite after Creussite. Front
Front
Anglesite after Creussite. Rear
Rear

EH37AI6
A Broken Hill Anglesite with the special appeal of the ancient (the “oldies”) samples. The Anglesite has completely pseudomorphed a group of flattened Cerussite crystals with a coralloid aspect and that have a white color with pinkish shades.
The sample is from the René Hubin collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer with other two old labels that were with it.

Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales
Australia


Intense fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.6 × 3.6 cm = 2.5” × 1.8” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5”

Order

  Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)

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 = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Order
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.

  Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)

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 = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

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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 = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1 cm = 1.1” × 0.4”

Order
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



Mexico

Pyrite  

 

 

Pyrite  
Pyrite.

TE37AI9
A floater group of pyritohedral crystals without minor forms, with very well-defined faces and edges, very bright and partially coated by growths of calcite microcrystals. The specimen is from a locality where good Pyrite specimens are not so common.

Concepción del Oro, Municipio Concepción del Oro, Zacatecas
Mexico


Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.2 × 3.7 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

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  Azurite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

12/2013


Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5”

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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.

  Azurite

Malachite after Azurite  

 

 

Malachite after Azurite  
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.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 3.4 × 3 × 2 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.8”

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  Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.7” × 0.9” × 0.7”

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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.

  Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite

Malachite after Azurite  

 

 

 
Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Side
Side
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear

TG99AI9
This is a group of pseudocrystals of Malachite after Azurite, one of them clearly dominant, with very well-defined faces and edges and a very deep color, partially coated by fibrous Malachite.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 9.1 × 5.8 × 5.3 cm = 3.6” × 2.3” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 3.1 cm = 2.1” × 1.2”

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  Cuprite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 8.7 × 8 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 3.1” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

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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 = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

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  Brochantite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

01/2015


Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.4 × 2.6 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

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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 = 0.5” × 0.5” × 0.3”

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  Volborthite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

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Volborthite. Volborthite.

TD89AG1
Not all Volborthites are expensive! This group of crystals with a color change on top is not bad at all. The change of color, which may look like a break, makes its price reasonable.

  Volborthite

Volborthite  

 

 

Volborthite  
Volborthite. Front
Front
Volborthite. Rear
Rear
Volborthite. Top
Top
Volborthite.

TR13AG1
The Volborthites of Milpillas are among the most spectacular discoveries that have happened in the mineral world in recent years. In general they are of an enormous quality and in aspects this great rosette of crystals with Malachite and on matrix stands out among all others. If someone wants a definitive piece, here it is.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘‘Mineral Up’’ on page 69 of the 2017/01 edition

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 0.6”

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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 = 2.8” × 2.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

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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

Fluorite  

 

 

Fluorite  
Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite. Fluorite.

TQ51AG1
Creedites are well known from this mine, but their Fluorites are not as well known and yet they are excellent; octahedral and violet and more rarely in very large crystals such as this one. On a base of Quartz and a first generation of green Fluorite, the collector José Luis Vallecillo was right in his choice of this powerful Fluorite.

Navidad Mine, Abasolo, Rodeo, Municipio de Rodeo, Durango
Mexico


Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 15.8 × 13.5 × 5.7 cm = 6.2” × 5.3” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 4.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.7”

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Portugal

  Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite

Minas da Panasqueira, level 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 = 4.2” × 2.2” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

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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.

  Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite



FSU

Calcite with Aragonite  

 

 

Calcite with Aragonite  
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.

Verkhnii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region
Russia


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3”

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  Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz

Akchatau Mine, Karagandy Province
Kazakhstan


Specimen size: 15.5 × 12.8 × 3.8 cm = 6.1” × 5.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”

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Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz. Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz.

FF71AI9
An aesthetic group of octahedral Fluorite crystals with polycrystalline growths on the edges. The translucent Fluorite crystals have a very deep violet color, and they share their matrix with cubic Pyrite crystals and small Quartz crystals. The specimen is from a mine which went extinct many years ago.

  Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz



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