Reference Specimens
The James Catmur Collection

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On this page we have shown a good representation of the specimens from the James Catmur Collection that, because of their quality, rarity or interesting locality, we wish to maintain on our web site as reference specimens although they have been sold.

Text: Carles Curto (curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator)

 


I’m James and I have been involved in the world of mineral collecting ever since I was a young child, when I used to collect in the mines of northern Derbyshire. Spells of my life living in Mexico, USA, France, Singapore and Spain kept this interest live and also resulted in me learning Spanish and French. As my career continued and I started a family I realized that there was too little time in the day for me to be father to two small children and to keep up with very active mineral collecting (it used to be every weekend). Small children have meant that collecting has come to a bit of a halt, but as they are growing older I am starting to get back out there and start field collecting again. I have always focussed on specimens that are interesting from a crystallographic point of view as I love the shapes and forms of the crystals. I have also focussed on certain regions and types of minerals. I have now decided to focus a bit more, so I am steadily reducing specimens that do not match my new focus. Some of this does makes me very sad as I love the pieces, but I am trying to be tough and keep to my focus. I hope those who now get the chance to see and obtain specimens from my collection will get some idea of what I have tended to collect and will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed them.

James Catmur

 

 
Typical record from the Catmur Collection

Typical record from the Catmur Collection


 
Rhodochrosite
Cerussite
Anglesite


The James Catmur Collection


Andradite (variety topazolite) with Clinochlore
Andradite (variety topazolite) with Clinochlore. Andradite (variety topazolite) with Clinochlore.
 

JD90W0: Grouped and isolated crystals with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense and uniform color and implanted on a matrix of Clinochlore. One of the best examples of the 1998 find.
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (11/1998)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.2 × 1.8 cm = 2.76” × 2.44” × 0.71”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Microcline (variety amazonite)
 

JA46W0: Parallel aggregate of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, some of them doubly terminated and with a neat color zoning, intense bluish green on the terminations and clearer on the dominant faces.
Park County Claims, Tarryall Mountains, Park County, Colorado  USA (±1990)

Specimen size: 9 × 7 × 4.5 cm = 3.54” × 2.76” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 7 × 2.5 cm = 2.76” × 0.98”

Former collection of James Catmur
Microcline (variety amazonite).
Enargite
Enargite. Enargite.
 

KA96M0: Exceptional specimen for the locality. Very aerial Enargite crystals, with well defined faces and edges showing an excellent luster. Perfect terminal faces, also very bright. On matrix.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.

Longfellow Mine, Red Mountain District, San Juan County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.2 × 3.7 cm = 1.93” × 1.65” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.28” × 0.20”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz
 

JE86W6: Excellent Fluorite for the locality, showing a rare combination of species, with pink rhombohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite and Quartz, both typical of the Sweet Home mine.The crystals of Fluorite, transparent, bright and with a very deep color, show neatly defined faces of the cube and the dodecahedron.
Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (2001)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.54” × 1.10” × 0.91”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz. Fluorite with Rhodochrosite and Quartz.
Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite
Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite. Side
Side
 

JT94W0: Sharp, individual, rhombohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite. They are translucent, very bright and have a great intensity of color. Furthermore, they are implanted on an aggregate of sharp tetrahedral crystals of Tetrahedrite, an uncommon association. The Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine has become, in just a few years, one of the great classics due to their quality and the permanent closing of the mine.
Sweet Home Mine, Corner pocket, Watercourse raise, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (1994)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.97” × 1.30” × 0.91”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite
 

KX99R4: Group of rhombohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite of considerable size, on matrix with a rich paragenesis: crystals of Quartz, rosettes of yellow Calcite, Tetrahedrite, Chalcopyrite and nice beveled cubic blue crystals of Fluorite.
The sample is from the collection of James Catmur, whose label we'll send to the buyer.
Sweet Home Mine, Rainbow pocket, Tetrahedrite stope, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (±1994)

Specimen size: 12 × 10 × 3.5 cm = 4.72” × 3.94” × 1.38”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite. Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Calcite, Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite.
Doubly terminated Baryte
Doubly terminated Baryte. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Baryte. Rear
Rear
 

KH86M8: Parallel growth of tabular crystals from a classic American locality. The crystals, sharp and very well defined, have an excellent luster and a honey color, between orange and yellow.
Sherman Mine, Upper Iowa Gulch, Leadville District, Lake County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.6 × 1.5 cm = 2.83” × 2.20” × 0.59”

Former collection of James Catmur
Baryte
 

JR66W3: Thick tabular crystal with simple forms, isolated and practically a floater. It is large, translucent, bright and has a color between yellow and brown depending of the zones. The sample is from a locality that is rarely represented in most of the good mineralogical collections.
Sherman Mine, Upper Iowa Gulch, Leadville District, Lake County, Colorado  USA (±1988)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.7 × 3.2 cm = 4.53” × 3.43” × 1.26”

Former collection of James Catmur
Baryte.
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite.
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite.
 

KM86M8: From an uncommon American locality. Aggregate of twinned crystals with yellowish and orange reflections, with Chalcopyrite crystals.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (num. B241), whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Emperius Mine, Creede District, Mineral County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 13 × 7.5 × 3.3 cm = 5.12” × 2.95” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 0.67” × 0.47”

Former collection of James Catmur
Pyromorphite
 

KG68L9: Stunning group of extremely curved clusters of Pyromorphite crystals, that give a globular aspect to the specimen. These very aerial and esthetic globular aggregates are on a Limonite matrix. With an extraordinary color and luster. It has been reported that the globular orange crystals from Bunker Hill are arsenic-rich Pyromorphite specimens, so we analyzed some samples and the results are that they really are pure Pyromorphite, with no arsenic.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with the piece.

Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA (1/06/2002)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.15” × 2.09” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.43”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite.
Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
 

JX68W0: A curious crystal of bicolor Fluorite, whose inner part is yellow and its core is blue, with forms of dissolution extraordinarily well marked, really uncommon for the samples from this locality. It is partially coated by an aggregate of very elongated white scalenohedral crystals of Calcite.
The sample is with a label from the Tom Wiesner collection that we'll send to the buyer.
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois  USA (17/05/1985)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.2 × 3.1 cm = 3.07” × 2.44” × 1.22”

Fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B941 from the James Catmur Collection
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz
 

JD66X3: Two doubly terminated crystals that are transparent, extraordinarily bright, and slightly smoky, with inclusions and with curious areas, very limited, of nearly amethyst color. An American classic.
Herkimer County, New York  USA

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.1 × 4.2 cm = 1.77” × 1.61” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3.3 cm = 1.77” × 1.30”

With label number B249 from the James Catmur Collection
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated smoky Quartz. Top
Top
Fluorite with Calcite and Sphalerite
Fluorite with Calcite and Sphalerite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite and Sphalerite. Side
Side
 

JB14W3: Flattened doubly terminated crystal of Calcite implanted on a polycrystalline growth of small cubic crystals of Fluorite. Transparent, it has pale yellow color.
The sample was previously in the collection of Jan Buma (num. 050115), whose card we値l send with the Catmur label to the buyer.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith County, Tennessee  USA

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.05” × 1.22” × 1.10”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite
 

KG70M2: Elegant doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal, showing a well defined twin, good color and notable transparency. With a small Sphalerite crystal matrix.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith County, Tennessee  USA (±1993)

Specimen size: 10.9 × 8.7 × 3.6 cm = 4.29” × 3.43” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 10.9 × 3.6 cm = 4.29” × 1.42”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Calcite with Sphalerite. Rear
Rear
Pseudoboleite
Pseudoboleite. Front
Front
Pseudoboleite. Top
Top
 

KP92L9: Excellent specimen, very representative for the species. This sample shows a very sharp pseudocubic crystal with typical stepped growths. Really good color and brilliance. There is a second crystal on the back side, smaller than the main one, but also with the same high quality.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it. This specimen was analyzed many years ago, but we didn稚 keep analysis documents, that is why we could confirm the species but we can稚 send the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was photographed for the 全ainte-Marie Show 2008 section of the magazine Min駻aux et Fossiles and appears on page 22 of number 373, as well as on the Hors-s駻ie nコ 27 "Min駻aux du Cuivre" on page 65.
Mina Amelia, Santa Rosala, Boleo, Baja California Sur  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.8 × 1.4 cm = 1.22” × 1.10” × 0.55”

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

Type locality

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Vesuvianite and Grossular
 

JC99W3: Irregular aggregate of very sharp octahedral crystals, between translucent and transparent, bright, with a very uniform lilac color and on matrix. They are with small yellow crystals of Vesuvianite and brown dodecahedral crystals of Grossular.
Naica, Municipio Saucillo, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 6 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.36” × 1.46” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.67” × 0.63”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number 294 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Vesuvianite and Grossular. Fluorite with Vesuvianite and Grossular.
Fluorite with Galena
Fluorite with Galena. Fluorite with Galena.
 

JF53W0: Octahedral crystal of Fluorite with minor faces of the cube and beveled by the dodecahedron. Translucent, with clear green color, it is implanted on a druse of cubo-octahedral crystals of bright Galena twinned on the Spinel law.
The sample is with a previous label of the Jan Buma collection (num. 040715), that we'll send to the buyer.
Naica, Municipio Saucillo, Chihuahua  Mexico (03/2004)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 7.7 × 3.7 cm = 4.25” × 3.03” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.4 cm = 1.14” × 0.94”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number 040715 from the James Catmur Collection
Calcite
 

TV96P8: Complex equidimensional crystals, very rich in faces, growing on an early generation of smaller crystals primarily covering a stalactitic growth of a mineral that has disappeared, maybe Limonite?. A very esthetic piece. The sample is from J. Catmur collection and the label indicates that it was acquired in 1994.
Mina El Potos, Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serd疣, Chihuahua  Mexico (±1994)

Specimen size: 14 × 10 × 3.5 cm = 5.51” × 3.94” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 0.91” × 0.87”

Former collection of James Catmur
Calcite. Calcite.
Wulfenite with Vanadinite (variety endlichite)
Wulfenite with Vanadinite (variety endlichite). Wulfenite with Vanadinite (variety endlichite).
 

KT16L9: Group of Wulfenite crystals, with splendid color and luster, very well defined. Thick tabular crystals on a Calcite matrix with small aggregates of arsenic-rich Vanadinite (Endlichite).
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection, previously in the Folch collection. We will send both, the label from Catmur collection and the handwritten label from Folch collection.
Erupcin Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico (24/03/1964)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.4 × 4.8 cm = 2.68” × 2.52” × 1.89”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Wulfenite
 

KP56M3: Exceptional group of translucent and tabular Wulfenite crystals with an unusually good color and brilliance. Their shape and the sample size make the specimen especially esthetic.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label to the buyer.
Erupcin Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 10 × 6.6 × 6.2 cm = 3.94” × 2.60” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.47” × 0.35”

Former collection of James Catmur
Wulfenite. Wulfenite.
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Quartz
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Quartz.
Fluorapatite with Muscovite and Quartz.
 

JC90G0: Esthetically perfect, due both to crystal development and their position on a Muscovite matrix. A Quartz crystal, equilibrating the group, is the definitive detail.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de S縊 Francisco de Assis, Covilh, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.56” × 2.17” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.10” × 0.79”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite
 

KL66L9: Wonderful octahedral Fluorite crystal with well defined faces and edges, excellent brightness and very deep color. The crystal has grown esthetically on a small rocky matrix accompanied by Albite.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.
Les Droites (north face), Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhne-Alpes  France (07/1994)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.57” × 1.46” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.4 cm = 1.46” × 1.34”

Former collection of James Catmur
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Front
Front
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Side
Side
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Side
Side
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Top
Top
Baryte with Sphalerite
Baryte with Sphalerite. Baryte with Sphalerite.
 

JA16X9: Spheroidal Aggregates (well known as 菟ompons) of laminar Baryte crystals with a snowy white color and pearly luster. They are on matrix with small but very bright Sphalerite crystals. A French classic.
Les C鐡res Mine, Asce. 32, Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard Department, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.3 × 8.5 × 4.7 cm = 4.06” × 3.35” × 1.85”

Former collection of James Catmur
Baryte with Sphalerite
 

JP17X3: Spheroidal growths of laminar crystals of snowy white Baryte, very bright and implanted on a matrix coated by small Sphalerite crystals. The sample, unlike most Barytes from this mine, remains free of damage.
Les C鐡res Mine, Asce. 32, Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard Department, Occitanie  France (±1998)

Specimen size: 15 × 10.5 × 6.8 cm = 5.91” × 4.13” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 6 cm = 2.56” × 2.36”

With label number B545 from the James Catmur Collection
Baryte with Sphalerite. Baryte with Sphalerite.
Fluorite with Sphalerite
Fluorite with Sphalerite. Fluorite with Sphalerite.
 

JD69X0: Druse of very sharp cubic crystals, between transparent and translucent, with a very deep yellow color and very bright. A French classic of superior quality and transparency for samples from this mine.
Mespouli鑽e filon, Valzergues Mines, Valzergues, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (1990)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 8.4 × 6.3 cm = 3.66” × 3.31” × 2.48”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.4 cm = 0.87” × 0.55”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Talc crystals with Calcite
 

KR66M8: Rosette groups and leafy crystals with very well defined contours and pearly luster. Excellent quality for the species.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (num. B288). whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Haute-Ari鑒e, Foix, Ari鑒e Department, Occitanie  France (±1993)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.7 × 5.5 cm = 2.91” × 2.24” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.16” × 0.04”

Former collection of James Catmur
Talc crystals with Calcite.
Talc crystals with Calcite.
Grossular with Chlorite
Grossular with Chlorite. Grossular with Chlorite.
 

JV60W0: Aggregate of crystals that combine, in a balanced way, the faces of the dodecahedron and the trapezohedron. They are translucent, very bright, have an orange color and are on matrix, with leafy aggregates of Chlorite.
Aosta Valley (Val d'Aosta)  Italy

Specimen size: 7 × 6.3 × 4.5 cm = 2.76” × 2.48” × 1.77”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Galena with Calcite and Siderite
 

JD86W3: Parallel growths of cuboctahedral crystals of Galena that are extraordinarily bright, especially bearing in mind that they are from Romania. Some of them show skeletal growths, and with white lenticular crystals of Calcite and small crystals of Siderite and Pyrite.
Boldut Mine, 61 level, ↓350m., Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (04/01/1999)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 5.5 × 5.2 cm = 3.27” × 2.17” × 2.05”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number B664 from the James Catmur Collection
Galena with Calcite and Siderite.
Baryte with Realgar inclusions
Baryte with Realgar inclusions.
Baryte with Realgar inclusions. Baryte with Realgar inclusions.
 

KF98N0: Thin tabular crystals, very transparent, bright and with yellow color. They have red inclusions of Realgar, more evident on the lower part of the piece.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (num. B495) and we値l send the label to the buyer.
230 Level, Roata Mine, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (12/1995)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 8.5 × 7.4 cm = 5.71” × 3.35” × 2.91”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.59” × 0.39”

Former collection of James Catmur
Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite
 

KX56M2: Very sharp Chalcopyrite crystals with an excellent luster and a well marked twin. On a matrix of thin Quartz crystals which are partially covered by nice Calcite rosettes.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.
Boldut Mine, 61 level ↓350m., Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1995)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.8 × 2.5 cm = 2.83” × 2.28” × 0.98”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite. Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite.
Baryte with Realgar inclusions
Baryte with Realgar inclusions. Baryte with Realgar inclusions.
 

KP96M0: Bunched groups of white Baryte crystals, between laminar to tabular, which grade into a very intense red color due to dense Realgar inclusions.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (±1995)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.2 × 3.7 cm = 1.89” × 1.65” × 1.46”

Former collection of James Catmur
Octahedral Fluorite with Bertrandite and Fluorapatite
 

KQ49M0: Group of very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals, with a very deep color, almost black under the day-light. With Fluorapatite and Bertrandite and on matrix. No finds are recently known from this locality.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.

Akchatau, Shet, Karaganda Region  Kazakhstan (1993)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 5.8 × 2.4 cm = 3.66” × 2.28” × 0.94”

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

Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Octahedral Fluorite with Bertrandite and Fluorapatite.
Octahedral Fluorite with Bertrandite and Fluorapatite.
Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite
Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz with octahedral Fluorite and Pyrite. Rear
Rear
 

JF89X9: Aggregate of very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals with abundant inclusions. They are on a group of smoky Quartz crystals, with small cubic Pyrite crystals. It is currently very difficult to obtain good samples from this locality.
Kara-Oba, Betpak-Dala (Bet-Pak-Dala) Desert, Karaganda Region  Kazakhstan (±1993)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 8.3 × 8.5 cm = 5.20” × 3.27” × 3.35”

Main crystal size: 7.7 × 4 cm = 3.03” × 1.57”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Quartz and Goethite
 

JJ86W0: Floater cubic crystal, extraordinarily transparent, colorless, neat and bright. It is impaled by a crystal of Quartz coated by Goethite. The corners show very small faces of the cube surrounded by the trisoctahedron. A small jewel.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (05/1996)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.94” × 0.55” × 0.51”

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

With label number B295 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz and Goethite.
Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Top
Top
 

JF89X5: Group of crystals, one of them clearly dominant, dodecahedral and with small faces of the cube. They are colorless, transparent and very bright and have a small matrix and abundant inclusions.
We値l send the Catmur collection label with the sample.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (07/2003)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 1.93” × 1.61” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.6 cm = 1.61” × 1.42”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Galena and Calcite

To see a larger 3D image please
click here or on the image
 

JC40W0: Colorless, transparent and bright crystal formed by the clearly dominant faces of the dodecahedron, a very infrequent occurrence on Fluorite crystals, with minor faces of the cube and octahedron. It is on matrix, with Calcite and twinned crystals of Galena on Calcite. Neither the photos nor the 3D imagegive a perfect vision of the crystal, since it is extraordinarily transparent and very luminous.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2003)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.2 × 3.6 cm = 2.48” × 2.05” × 1.42”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B893 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Galena and Calcite. Fluorite with Galena and Calcite.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz.
 

JM91X9: Aggregate of two colorless crystals, formed by the dodecahedron, the octahedron and the cube, on a matrix of Quartz crystals. Each face has distinct characteristics, the dodecahedron is translucent, the octahedron shows polycrystalline surfaces and the cubic faces are very bright and completely clear.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (±2006)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.7 × 6 cm = 3.74” × 2.64” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 4.5 cm = 1.77” × 1.77”

Former collection of James Catmur
Galena with Sphalerite and Calcite
 

JL28W0: Polycrystalline growth, extraordinarily flattened, of Galena.Very bright, on Calcite matrix and with small crystals of Sphalerite.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.5 × 4.5 cm = 3.07” × 2.95” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.59” × 0.39”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B845 from the James Catmur Collection
Galena with Sphalerite and Calcite.
Galena and Quartz
Galena and Quartz. Galena and Quartz.
 

JV99W6: Group of cubo-octahedral crystals of Galena showing smooth and bright cube faces that contrast with those of the octahedron, which have a rougher surface. They are with small crystals of Quartz and on matrix, with Sphalerite.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (±1993)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 9 × 6.2 cm = 4.25” × 3.54” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2 cm = 1.26” × 0.79”

With label number B291 from the James Catmur Collection
Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite
 

TX99N9: Polysynthetic growths of crystals of Sphalerite with very well defined faces and edges, with very bright cube-octahedral crystals of Galena, small laminar crystals of Siderite and cubic crystals of Fluorite.
The sample, complete and free of damage, is from the collection of James Catmur (num. B484), whose label we値l send to the buyer of the piece.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (1996)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.5 × 4.6 cm = 4.92” × 2.95” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.5 cm = 1.57” × 1.38”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite.
Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite. Sphalerite with Galena, Calcite and Fluorite.
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.
 

KM91M3: Complex Sphalerite crystals, very rich in geometrical growth forms accompanied by Galena crystals, with well marked dissolution structures, and Quartz crystals.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label to the buyer.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (1995)

Specimen size: 13.8 × 7.2 × 5.8 cm = 5.43” × 2.83” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.8 cm = 1.10” × 1.10”

Former collection of James Catmur
Pyrrhotite with Chalcopyrite
 

KF88L9: Group of well defined faces and edges on tabular Pyrrhotite crystals. With some recrystalization on the pinacoid faces. To increase esthetics, a very bright Chalcopyrite crystal is located in the center of the specimen.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (±1994)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.3 × 2 cm = 2.28” × 1.69” × 0.79”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Pyrrhotite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Pyrrhotite with Chalcopyrite. Rear
Rear
Pyrrhotite with Pyrite and Quartz
Pyrrhotite with Pyrite and Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrrhotite with Pyrite and Quartz. Side
Side
 

JZ50W6: Groups of laminar crystals of Pyrrhotite in rosettes. They are very aerial, of a considerable size and are on a rocky matrix. The crystals of Pyrrhotite, with recrystallized Pyrite on the surfaces of the pinacoidal faces, remain stable in spite of the long time that has passed since they were recovered, very probably due to the presence of the Pyrite.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (±1996)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9 × 6.7 cm = 4.65” × 3.54” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.8 cm = 1.65” × 1.50”

With label number B151 from the James Catmur Collection
Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz
 

JC97X0: Group of crystals of Pyrrhotite between tabular and laminar. They are perfectly preserved, and they are with very well defined and bright cubo-octahedral crystals of Galena and a group of white Quartz crystals.
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (1995)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 5.3 × 4.3 cm = 4.92” × 2.09” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.7 cm = 0.94” × 0.67”

With label number B441 from the James Catmur Collection
Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz.
Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz. Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz.
Erythrite
Erythrite.
Erythrite. Erythrite.
 

JM46X9: Fanlike aggregates of sharp Erythrite crystals. They are bright, have an excellent very vivid color, and are on matrix, with small Quartz crystals.
Bou Azzer mining district, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1992)

Specimen size: 10 × 5.8 × 4 cm = 3.94” × 2.28” × 1.57”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Vanadinite

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JD73W3: Aggregate of crystals, large for the species, bright and with an intense and vivid red color. They have poorly developed prismatic faces, one of their terminations is polycrystalline, and with predominating pyramidal faces. The back sides of the crystals are almost flat.
Coud'a, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (10/2001)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.5 × 3.2 cm = 2.09” × 1.77” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.14” × 1.02”

Former collection of James Catmur
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Rear
Rear
Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side
 

JD37X5: Group of tabular crystals, some showing a clearly hemimorphic shape with very well marked pyramidal faces. They are very bright and have irregular color zoning.
We値l send the Catmur collection label with the sample.
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1995)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.9 × 3 cm = 2.24” × 1.54” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.5 cm = 0.79” × 0.20”

Former collection of James Catmur
Vanadinite with Baryte
 

JC98X5: Tabular Vanadinite crystals that have a very intense color and luster. They are spread on a group of white Baryte crystals and on rocky matrix.
We値l send the Catmur collection label with the sample.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±1995)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.5 × 3.7 cm = 2.72” × 2.56” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.28” × 0.20”

Former collection of James Catmur
Vanadinite with Baryte. Vanadinite with Baryte.
Vanadinite on Baryte
Vanadinite on Baryte. Vanadinite on Baryte.
Vanadinite on Baryte  

JM47AD5: Aggregates of very well defined mostly tabular Vanadinite crystals that are translucent, bright, have a very deep color and are on a matrix of white Baryte crystals with small white Calcite coatings.
The sample is from the James Catmur collection (number B098), whose label we値l send to the buyer. A Moroccan classic.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1993)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.5 × 7.3 cm = 3.70” × 2.95” × 2.87”

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

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Quartz and Pyrite
 

JE49W0: Aggregate of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on the corners that insinuate the forms of the octahedron, reinforced by the presence of oriented small crystals of Quartz and Pyrite partially coating them.
El Hamman, Mekn鑚, Mekn鑚 Prefecture, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2004)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.8 × 4 cm = 3.03” × 2.28” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 2.5 cm = 1.54” × 0.98”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B871 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz and Pyrite. Fluorite with Quartz and Pyrite.
Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite.
 

JA87X0: Group of translucent crystals with two growth phases very well differentiated by the difference of color. They have deep violet and bright faces of the octahedron while the faces of the cube are whitish and less bright.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.1 × 3.7 cm = 3.43” × 2.80” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.38” × 1.26”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Calcite
 

JX90W0: Aggregate of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on the faces, with a deep density of color typical of the samples from the locality that requires them to be observed with a strong light.
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2006)

Specimen size: 11 × 8.5 × 3.8 cm = 4.33” × 3.35” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.7 cm = 1.57” × 1.46”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite. Light behind
Light behind
Cerussite on Quartz with Goethite inclusions
Cerussite on Quartz with Goethite inclusions. Cerussite on Quartz with Goethite inclusions.
 

KV89L9: Multiple radial twinned white Cerussite crystals, a fine quality for this locality, excellent brilliance and on an uncommon matrix formed by concretions of micro-crystals of Quartz.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it.
Bouzougar, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Dr秣-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/05/2003)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5 × 3.3 cm = 3.43” × 1.97” × 1.30”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Cerussite
 

JH56W0: Group of twinned crystals of Cerussite that are very flattened, with perfect, acute, terminations, between transparent and translucent, bright and with a slightly smoky color. A fine miniature from Touissit.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.34” × 1.06” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.79” × 0.47”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number B208 from the James Catmur Collection
Cerussite.
Cerussite with Dolomite
Cerussite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Cerussite with Dolomite. Top
Top
 

KP47M5: Translucent twinned crystals, bright and with very well defined faces and edges. Due to their position on the Dolomite matrix the sample is really esthetic.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection, whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1998)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.3 × 3.6 cm = 2.36” × 1.69” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.10” × 0.79”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Cerussite
 

TG67T3: Very aerial group of transparent crystals of Cerussite with an extraordinary luster and on Galena matrix.
The sample is from James Catmur痴 collection, whose label we値l send to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (01/01/2000)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.60” × 1.65” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.43”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Cerussite. Cerussite.
Anglesite
Anglesite. Front
Front
Anglesite. Rear
Rear
Anglesite.
 

JL92W0: A very sharp crystal that has an extraordinarily intense and uniform yellow color. It is very bright and transparent and has inclusions of Galena. Another magnificent classic of Touissit's golden age.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (02/1995)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.4 × 1.6 cm = 2.05” × 1.34” × 0.63”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Phosgenite
 

KR49M3: Phosgenite crystal with excellent transparency, color and luster, and with well defined prism and terminal faces. Some upper faces show totally natural corroded structures, but the crystal is totally undamaged.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label to the buyer.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine Mineralogical Record on page 638 in the volume 44, number 6
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 2.20” × 1.38” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.4 cm = 0.87” × 0.55”

Fluorescent short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Phosgenite. Front
Front
Phosgenite. Side
Side
Phosgenite. Top
Top
Azurite
Azurite.
 

JM62X9: Druse, on limonite matrix, of very sharp and well defined crystals, some of them doubly terminated. They are transparent, extraordinarily bright and have a very deep and intense metallic blue color.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1992)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.2 × 2 cm = 1.77” × 1.26” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.16” × 0.12”

Former collection of James Catmur
Azurite with Oxiplumborom駟te and Calcite
 

KK66M5: Groups of doubly terminated crystals of Azurite with Calcite on a Limonite matrix, rich with small crystals of Oxiplumborom駟te and small growths of Malachite. Oxiplumborom駟te is known but scarcely cited at this locality, probably due to its similarity with the clays that cover much of the specimens from Touissit.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection, whose label will be sent to the buyer.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1992)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.6 × 6.8 cm = 2.32” × 2.20” × 2.68”

Former collection of James Catmur
Azurite with Oxiplumborom駟te and Calcite.
Azurite with Oxiplumborom駟te and Calcite.
Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite
Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Cerussite and Malachite.
 

JE9W3: Unusual combination of species with complete cyclic twins of Cerussite, translucent and bright, and prismatic crystals of Azurite, some of them doubly terminated, and small spherical growths of Malachite.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 5.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.50” × 2.13”

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

Cerussite minor fluorescence long & short UV

With label number B103 from the James Catmur Collection
Prehnite with Epidote, Quartz and Clinochlore
 

KQ47M0: Groups of Prehnite curved crystals forming globular aggregates. On a matrix with Quartz, Epidote and Clinochlore.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label with it. Very esthetic piece.
Jebel Melh, Bou Arfa, Figuig Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 9 × 8.4 × 4.8 cm = 3.54” × 3.31” × 1.89”

Former collection of James Catmur
Prehnite with Epidote, Quartz and Clinochlore. Prehnite with Epidote, Quartz and Clinochlore.
Carrollite with Calcite
Carrollite with Calcite. Carrollite with Calcite.
 

JF54W0: Cubo-octahedral crystals that in some faces show the forms of the tetrahexahedron. The crystals, from the famous find of April 2001, are perfectly sharp and are on matrix, with Calcite.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (04/01/2001)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.5 × 4.2 cm = 2.72” × 2.17” × 1.65”

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

With label number B763 from the James Catmur Collection
Baryte with Malachite inclusions
 

KB92M3: Group of parallel greenish doubly terminated Baryte crystals. This greenish tone is caused by Malachite inclusions. On a Limonite matrix. One of the best samples of this shape found in this locality. We consider this specimen among the best Baryte with Malachite specimens worldwide.
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we値l send the label to the buyer.
Shangulow Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (11/1997)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 7 × 4.5 cm = 3.31” × 2.76” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 5 × 1.5 cm = 1.97” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Baryte with Malachite inclusions. Front
Front
Baryte with Malachite inclusions. Top
Top
Fluorite
Fluorite.
 

JG37W3: Aggregate of cubic crystals, on matrix, with polycrystalline growths on their vertices. They have a deep green color and are bright and transparent, with mossy looking inclusions.
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia (±2003)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 7.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.87” × 2.80” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.91”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Wulfenite with Dolomite
 

JF10W0: Tabular crystals of Wulfenite with very well developed faces of the pinacoid and the dipyramid. They are between transparent and translucent, yellow in color with orange shades, very bright and on matrix.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 3.3 cm = 2.20” × 1.97” × 1.30”

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

Dolomite fluorescent short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Wulfenite with Dolomite. Wulfenite with Dolomite.
Rutile with Hematite
Rutile with Hematite. Rutile with Hematite.
 

JX48W6: Acicular crystals of Rutile with good terminations, very bright with a golden yellow color. The crystals of Rutile have grown epitactically on laminar crystals of Hematite with a very sharp hexagonal contour.
Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (±1999)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3 × 1.7 cm = 2.17” × 1.18” × 0.67”

With label number B533 from the James Catmur Collection
Cassiterite with Muscovite
 

JK48W0: Very sharp twinned crystal of Cassiterite. The crystal, black, is very bright, has parallel growths, a considerable size for the locality and it's partially coated by a leafy aggregate of Muscovite.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.3 × 3.9 cm = 1.93” × 1.30” × 1.54”

With label number B313 from the James Catmur Collection
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Rear
Rear
Pyrrhotite with Dolomite
Pyrrhotite with Dolomite. Pyrrhotite with Dolomite.
 

JB47X3: Sharp laminar Pyrrhotite crystals, bright and with a fine and neat hexagonal contour. They are on a matrix of lenticular translucent Dolomite crystals. A Brazilian classic.
Morro Velho mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1988)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 11 × 5,9 cm = 5.04” × 4.33” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.59” × 0.39”

With label number B305 from the James Catmur Collection
Bournonite with Siderite and Pyrite
 

ME67X0: Platy crystals of Bournonite partially coated by a second growth phase that formed microcrystalline aggregates of the same mineral. They are on matrix, with Pyrite and small crystals of Siderite.
Vboras Mine, Machacamarca, Cornelio Saavedra, Potos  Bolivia (2001)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.4 × 7.3 cm = 2.87” × 2.52” × 2.87”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 1.73” × 1.22”

With label number B812 from the James Catmur Collection
Bournonite with Siderite and Pyrite. Bournonite with Siderite and Pyrite.
Fluorite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite
Fluorite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite.
 

JB59W6: Crystals of Fluorite composed of the dominant forms of the octahedron, beveled by the dodecahedron and the vertices are cut by small cube faces. They are translucent, with a pale greenish color, are with cubic crystals of Pyrite, aggregates of white lenticular crystals of Calcite and small twinned crystals of Sphalerite.
Huayllapon Mine (Huallapon Mine), Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department  Peru (1999)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.4 × 3.7 cm = 2.36” × 2.13” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.06” × 0.79”

Fluorite & Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Galena with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite
 

JC99W6: Group of extraordinarily flattened crystals of Galena with parallel growths showing the Spinel law twin, which is very evident on their edges. On a Sphalerite matrix, with Quartz and Pyrite.
Huancavelica Department  Peru (±1996)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.9 × 4.8 cm = 3.43” × 2.72” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.94” × 0.51”

Former collection of James Catmur
Galena with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite. Galena with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite.
Tetrahedrite-Chalcopyrite with Galena, Quartz and Calcite
Tetrahedrite-Chalcopyrite with Galena, Quartz and Calcite. Tetrahedrite-Chalcopyrite with Galena, Quartz and Calcite.
 

KV97N8: Big crystals with parallel growths and a partially melted look, with Chalcopyrite and with small crystals of Galena, Quartz and Calcite.
The sample is from the collection of James Catmur and we'll send the label to the buyer.
Casapalca, Huarochiri, Departamento Lima  Peru (±1986)

Specimen size: 14 × 8.3 × 5.9 cm = 5.51” × 3.27” × 2.32”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.38” × 1.18”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Quartz
 

JB91X0: Isolated crystal composed of equal cube and dodecahedron faces. It is transparent, with a sky blue color, with inclusions of white Quartz and a very well defined phantom growth with a very intense violet color. The crystal is on a matrix of small Quartz crystals.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2000)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 9.1 × 2.8 cm = 3.78” × 3.58” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.8 cm = 1.10” × 1.10”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
Fluorite with Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite
Fluorite with Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite. Fluorite with Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite.
 

JH93W0: Aggregate of cubic crystals of Fluorite clearly beveled by the dodecahedron, extraordinarily bright, transparent, with an especially intense and deep violet color, with phantom growths and on matrix, with small crystals of Quartz, Dolomite and Pyrite. The main crystal has minor damage on one of its edges.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±2004)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 8.7 × 5 cm = 4.92” × 3.43” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.59” × 0.55”

With label number B875 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite
 

JT51W0: Very aerial group of sharp transparent cubic crystals, some of them showing white inclusions in their central area. The crystals are extraordinarily bright, have a clear green color, intense and uniform, and are on a small matrix of limonite.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2006)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 8.5 × 8.5 cm = 4.21” × 3.35” × 3.35”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.63”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite
Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite. Octahedral Fluorite with Calcite.
 

JQ27X9: Aggregate of vivid green octahedral crystals of Fluorite showing microcrystalline surfaces and the intense pearly luster typical of the samples from this mine. The Fluorite crystals are partially coated by sharp and transparent lenticular Calcite crystals.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 8.7 × 5.3 cm = 4.92” × 3.43” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 4 cm = 1.77” × 1.57”

Fluorite & Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Quartz
 

JT50W3: Group of cubic crystals that are beveled by the faces of the dodecahedron. They are very aerial as usual, bright, very transparent, and have a very uniform clear green color, with white selective micro-recrystallizations on some of the cube faces.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 9.8 × 7.5 cm = 5.20” × 3.86” × 2.95”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 1.26” × 0.98”

Fluorescent long & short UV

With label number B868 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Top
Top
Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
 

JY27X0: Group of transparent and bright cubic crystals with a very uniform green color and very accentuated phantom growths. They have selective coatings of Calcite crystals on some of the faces of the cube. From the first Fluorite finds at the locality.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 10.9 × 5.8 × 4.9 cm = 4.29” × 2.28” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.91”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz
 

JB48X0: Group of Sharp cubic crystals, one of them clearly dominant, transparent, bright, with a very uniform green color and on matrix, with white lenticular crystals of Calcite. From the first Fluorite finds at the locality.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 8.5 × 5.8 cm = 5.31” × 3.35” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.18” × 1.02”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz.
Fluorite with Scheelite and Calcite
Fluorite with Scheelite and Calcite. Fluorite with Scheelite and Calcite.
 

JE51W0: Cubic crystals of Fluorite, transparent and extraordinarily bright, with a phantom growth in their core. They are on a group of Quartz crystals, with Calcite and sharp dipyramidal crystals of Scheelite, transparent and brown.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.7 × 4 cm = 3.31” × 2.64” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV. Scheelite fluorescent short UV & low fluorescence long UV

With label number B878 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Calcite
 

JB49W0: Group of cubic crystals of Fluorite. They are bright, transparent, with very well marked phantom growths delineated by an intense violet color and partially coated by white lenticular crystals of Calcite. The main crystal has a surface of exfoliation in one of its vertexes but, nonetheless, the sample is really attractive.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 9.8 × 4.7 cm = 4.61” × 3.86” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 4 cm = 2.13” × 1.57”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
Fluorite with Muscovite
Fluorite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Muscovite. bottom
bottom

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JP51W6: Group of very sharp cubic crystals, completely transparent, extraordinarily bright and with a blue color with lilac reflections. On matrix and with globular growths of Muscovite.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2001)

Specimen size: 14 × 9.7 × 5.7 cm = 5.51” × 3.82” × 2.24”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 4 cm = 1.77” × 1.57”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz

To see a larger 3D image please
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JC46X9: The biggest crystals have an octahedral shape composed of polycrystalline surfaces with very well marked cubic forms and very deep colored zones in some areas. Some smaller crystals are neatly cubic, sharp and transparent. They all are on matrix, with Muscovite, Quartz and small Scheelite crystals. Spectacular.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2000)

Specimen size: 22.5 × 16 × 5.5 cm = 8.86” × 6.30” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 5 cm = 2.17” × 1.97”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz. Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz.
Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz. Fluorite with Scheelite, Muscovite and Quartz.
Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Calcite.
 

JJ89W0: Very well defined octahedral crystals that are translucent and have a very nice blue color. They are on a matrix of lenticular crystals of Calcite.
Sichuan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 3.03” × 2.56” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.6 cm = 1.06” × 1.02”

First generation Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Stibnite with Calcite
 

JM61X9: Bundled aggregates of thin prismatic Stibnite crystals. They are very bright, have good terminations and are partially coated by white Calcite.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4 × 3.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.57” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 0.2 cm = 1.06” × 0.08”

Former collection of James Catmur
Stibnite with Calcite.
Stibnite with Calcite
Stibnite with Calcite. Front
Front
Stibnite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
 

JX60X9: Aggregate of flattened prismatic Stibnite crystals. They are very bright, have very well defined faces and edges and good terminations, and are partially coated by white Calcite.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 3.9 cm = 2.36” × 1.57” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.98” × 0.20”

Former collection of James Catmur
Stibnite with Calcite
 

JD14W6: Radial group of very sharp crystals of Stibnite with perfect terminations and partially coated by globular growths of Calcite.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang, Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 1.9 × 0.9 cm = 3.82” × 0.75” × 0.35”

Main crystal size: 7 × 0.4 cm = 2.76” × 0.16”

With label number B650 from the James Catmur Collection
Stibnite with Calcite. Front
Front
Stibnite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Sphalerite with Quartz
Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.
 

JP16X9: Isolated complex Sphalerite crystal with polycrystalline growths and curved but well defined faces and edges. It is translucent, bright and has a deep intense and uniform red color. It is on a rocky matrix coated by small Quartz crystals.
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (±1997)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.1 × 3.5 cm = 2.48” × 2.01” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.79” × 0.59”

Former collection of James Catmur
Scheelite with Muscovite
 

JB70X9: Parallel growths of very sharp dipyramidal Scheelite crystals. They are transparent with a very intense luster and have a vivid and uniform orange color. On matrix with leafy aggregates of Muscovite.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (1996)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.2 × 3.4 cm = 2.68” × 2.05” × 1.34”

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

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Scheelite with Muscovite. Scheelite with Muscovite.
Kermesite with Gypsum and Stibnite
Kermesite with Gypsum and Stibnite. Front
Front
Kermesite with Gypsum and Stibnite. Rear
Rear
 

JP93W3: Divergent aggregates of flat and very elongated crystals that are on matrix, which is very slightly rare with such samples. They have very marked reddish reflections under a strong light and are slightly coated by small white growths of Gypsum and very thin acicular crystals of Stibnite.
Kermesite occurrence, Damingshan Range, Dafeng, Shanglin, Nanning Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2002)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 4.8 × 3.1 cm = 3.46” × 1.89” × 1.22”

With label number B828 from the James Catmur Collection
Twinned Spinel with Calcite
 

JG27W0: Single crystal neatly twinned on the law typical for the species. It is implanted on a white Calcite matrix, is transparent and has an especially intense and uniform red color. A miniature very representative of the species.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division)  Myanmar (Burma) (1999)

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

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of James Catmur
Twinned Spinel with Calcite. Twinned Spinel with Calcite.
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite-Ca
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite-Ca.
 

JR13X9: Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals, one of them clearly dominant and partially doubly terminated, formed by a prism, a dipyramid and the pinacoid (it is not a cleavage surface) on a base of Stilbite-Ca crystals.
Mumbai (Bombay) District, Maharashtra  India (±1993)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.7 × 3.2 cm = 3.23” × 2.64” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 5 × 3 cm = 1.97” × 1.18”

Former collection of James Catmur
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite
 

JV64W0: Spheroidal crystals of Fluorite with very intense red color growing on the faces of a yellow scalenohedral crystal of Calcite, all this in a cavity of Quartz crystals.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine Rocks & Minerals on page 370 in the volume 88, number 4, Jul/Aug 2013
Mahodari, Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.3 × 5.5 cm = 3.62” × 2.87” × 2.17”

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

With label number B886 from the James Catmur Collection
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite. Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.
Axinite-(Fe) with Albite
Axinite-(Fe) with Albite. Axinite-(Fe) with Albite.
 

JK97W0: The sample is very representative of the first finds of Axinite-(Fe) in Pakistan (1993), with sharp, flattened and quite individual crystals. They are transparent, brown with mauve shades and on matrix.
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan  Pakistan (1993)

Specimen size: 7 × 5 × 5.5 cm = 2.76” × 1.97” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.34” × 1.26”

With label number B298 from the James Catmur Collection
Crocoite
 

JN46X9: Irregular aggregate or elongated crystals, most of them doubly terminated, with very well marked hollow terminations. The crystals have a vivid and uniform color and, in some areas, they have unidentified coatings.
Adelaida Mine, Dundas, Tasmania  Australia (±1998)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.77” × 1.61” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.16”

Former collection of James Catmur
Crocoite.
Crocoite
Crocoite.
 

JP27X9: Irregular aggregate of crystals with finely striated prism faces and very well marked hopper terminations. The crystals are intensely colored and they have unidentified white coatings in some areas.
Adelaida Mine, Dundas, Tasmania  Australia (±1998)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.5 × 2.6 cm = 2.56” × 1.77” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.98” × 0.20”

Former collection of James Catmur


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