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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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Europe

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, 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”

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  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”

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  Azurite

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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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

Pyromorphite  

 

 

Pyromorphite
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.

Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, 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”

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FSU

  Calcite

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


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 8.4 × 8.2 × 4.1 cm = 3.3” × 3.2” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 8.4 × 8.2 cm = 3.3” × 3.2”

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Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear

SA27AI6
Dalnegorsk is one of those mineral localities that is always offering nice surprises to the collector as has happened with this thick tabular Calcite crystal that has the exquisiteness of a very sharp hexagonal form and the aesthetics of the added group of smaller Calcite crystals.

Calcite

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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Africa (excl. Morocco)

  Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky)

Mount Malosa, Zomba District
Malawi

Feldspar minor fluorescence long & short UV.

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.7 × 3.6 cm = 3.1” × 3.0” × 1.4”

Reservado
Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky). Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky).

TQ46AI6
An example of the mineralogical variation of the peculiar Malawi pegmatites is this Pyrophanite that forms radial aggregates of dark brown acicular crystals that are on a Feldspar matrix with small smoky Quartz crystals.

Euro:170 / US$192 / Yen:21870 / AUD$265
Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky)

Smithsonite (variety cadmium)  

 

 

Smithsonite (variety cadmium)
Smithsonite (variety cadmium). Front
Front
Smithsonite (variety cadmium). Rear
Rear

TB37AI6
The Cadmium-rich Smithsonite variety is an uncommon find at Tsumeb so it is a pleasure to be able to photograph this druse of rhombohedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges and displaying a delicate orange color, due to the presence of Cadmium.

Euro:240 / US$271 / Yen:30870 / AUD$375

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region
Namibia


Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.3 × 4.6 cm = 2.3” × 2.1” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Reservado

  Grandidierite with Feldspar

Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)
Madagascar

02-06/2017


Specimen size: 3.9 × 1 × 0.3 cm = 1.5” × 0.4” × 0.1”

Order
Grandidierite with Feldspar. Front
Front
Grandidierite with Feldspar. Rear
Rear

TM49AI2
Some minerals are fortunate, either for the time they were discovered, or by the circumstances of their discovery or even by the place where they were found and beyond their greater or lesser beauty, of having become true myths of mineralogy. This is what happens with the Grandidierite of which, in addition, recent discoveries of an exceptional quality have been made to date, as is the case with this splendid individual flattened crystal with faces and edges unusually sharp and with the top termination very well defined while the lower termination is polycrystalline and somewhat rough. The crystal is bright, between transparent and translucent and it has a very deep and uniform bluish-green color.

Grandidierite with Feldspar

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 = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

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  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 = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.2”

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

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



Brazil

Euclase  

 

 

Euclase
Euclase. Front
Front
Euclase. Rear
Rear
Euclase. Top
Top

ML49AI6
Brazilian Euclase is a classic that must not be missing in any collection and, as a magnificent example, here is this parallel growth of very sharp crystals, colorless with an extraordinary luster and of a considerable length for the species.
The sample is from the Uwe Niemeyer collection (Germany) whose label we’ll send to the buyer.

Euro:460 / US$521 / Yen:59180 / AUD$719

Santana do Encoberto, São Sebastião do Maranhão, Minas Gerais
Brazil


Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.8” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Reservado

  Elbaite with Mica and Quartz

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”

Order
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.

Elbaite with Mica and Quartz



South America (excl. Brazil)

Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series  

 

 

Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. Front
Front
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. Rear
Rear
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. Light behind
Light behind
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series.

CR76AI6
An association that is very uncommon at Pasto Bueno of Hübnerite and crystals of the Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. The Hübnerite is a floater crystal, between translucent and opaque, that has very well defined faces on both terminations. On this crystal there is a small group of Quartz crystals on which is a sharply twinned Tennantite-Tetrahedrite crystal.
The sample is from the Carles Curto collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.

Euro:170 / US$192 / Yen:21870 / AUD$265

Huayllapon Mine (Huallapon Mine), Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department
Peru

±1984


Former collection of Carles Curto

Specimen size: 5.6 × 2.8 × 2.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Reservado

  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”

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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

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”

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  Beryl (variety emerald)

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
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.

Beryl (variety emerald)

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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Asia (excl. China)

  Anglesite after Creussite

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
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.

Anglesite after Creussite

Beryl (variety aquamarine)  

 

 

Beryl (variety aquamarine)
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top
Top

ME68AI6
A Pakistan Beryl (aquamarine variety) crystal, very similar to old Brazilian samples, with the pinacoidal termination beveled by several pyramids and with inner phantom growths and dissolution channels all along the interior of the crystal.
The sample is from the Carles Manresa collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.

Euro:360 / US$407 / Yen:46310 / AUD$562

Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)
Pakistan


Former collection of Carles Manresa

Specimen size: 8 × 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 3.1” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Reservado

  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”

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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

Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite  

 

 

Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite
Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite. Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite.
Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite.

EB50AH3
Different and aesthetic. Aggregates of cyclic twins of tabular Cerussite crystals that are finely bordered by very thin and acute Mimetite microcrystals with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed and have proven to be a rare chromium-rich variety. We'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.

Nakhlak Mine, 200 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

01/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.3 × 3.7 cm = 2.6” × 2.5” × 1.5”

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Mexico

  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”

Order
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

Cuprite  

 

 

Cuprite
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.

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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  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”

Order
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”

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

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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Canada

  Quartz (variety smoky) with Calcite

Grant Quarry, Greely, Gloucester Township, Carleton County, Ontario
Canada

06/2004


Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.8 × 3 cm = 2.6” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.4 cm = 1.6” × 0.9”

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

TA97AG8
The Quartz from this Quarry which is already defunct (currently is completely flooded) is a world's reference due its quality and brightness. From the glorious past comes this beautiful group of Quartz crystals, several of them doubly terminated and partially coated with small scalenohedral crystals of Calcite.

Quartz (variety smoky) with Calcite



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.

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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, 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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China

  Fluorite with Baryte

Weishan, Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province
China

2016


Specimen size: 6 × 1.8 × 1.8 cm = 2.4” × 0.7” × 0.7”

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

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

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Esthetics and mineralogy are joined on this elongated Fluorite sample, with Fluorite crystal cubes that are translucent, with a lilac color on their interior and strongly saturated violet color on their edges, and they are partially coated by Baryte on the back. They have grown around a fine elongated Stibnite crystal that is partially visible due to the transparency of the Fluorite.

Fluorite with Baryte

Pyromorphite  

 

 

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

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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 = 1.9” × 0.8” × 0.8”

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

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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 = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.5”

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

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

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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

Hemimorphite  

 

 

Hemimorphite
Hemimorphite. Hemimorphite.
Hemimorphite.

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Among the many and nice incentives that Chinese mining has provided us in recent years there are some scarce samples of botryoidal Hemimorphite with an especially intense and vivid blue color, with a surprising resemblance to the classic and very well known samples from the Sa Duchessa mine, in Sardinia.

Wenshan, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province
China


Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.8 × 5.7 cm = 4.8” × 3.9” × 2.2”

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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”

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

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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

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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”

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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 = 6.4” × 3.7” × 2.1”

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

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Fluorite. Fluorite.

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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.

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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”

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  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”

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Acanthite. Acanthite.
Acanthite.

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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



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