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This page provides a selection of the specimens that have passed through the Fabre Minerals website and, due to their quality,
rarity, or significance as specimens from interesting locations, have been preserved as reference specimens in #MVM


Troya Mine

Not only Áliva produces good color Sphalerite in Spain. A small mine called La Troya in the Basque Country produced, when it worked (it is now closed, collapsed, and flooded), nice, red and quite transparent ones.

Sphalerite with Siderite, Dolomite and Pyrite
Sphalerite with Siderite, Dolomite and Pyrite.
 

NE59AM7: Complex crystals of caramel-colored Sphalerite, with very sharp crystal forms, more isolated than usual in pieces from this locality, transparent, with good luster and an intense color, on matrix, with white Dolomite and brown rhombohedral Siderite crystals. The mine has been closed for years and half flooded, making it almost impossible to obtain new specimens.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (1990)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.8 × 3.3 cm = 1.89” × 1.10” × 1.30”

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

Sphalerite with Siderite
 

N13AHL6: Sphalerite crystals with well defined faces and edges, some of them with curvatures, with good honey color. Most are peppered by small Pyrite crystals. On a matrix with Siderite and Pyrite crystals. This mine closed a long time ago, and it is now flooded and collapsed, so it is quite impossible to obtain specimens there.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.05” × 1.65” × 1.22”

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

Sphalerite with Siderite.
Sphalerite with Siderite.
Sphalerite
Sphalerite.
Sphalerite.
 

N11BL6: Group of Sphalerite crystals with well defined faces and edges, some of them with curvatures, on a white Baryte matrix formed by tabular crystals, some of them with a good size. An uncommon mineral association for this mine, that closed long time ago. It is flooded and collapsed, and so it is quite impossible to obtain specimens there.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.5 × 2.1 cm = 2.09” × 1.77” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.39” × 0.28”

Sphalerite with Siderite and Pyrite
Sphalerite with Siderite and Pyrite  

XM80NE: Complex twinned crystals of Sphalerite, on matrix, with curvatures on the faces and edges, translucent, lustrous, and with an excellent honey color, partially covered by small rhombohedral crystals of Siderite and microcrystals of Pyrite. The mine has been flooded for a long time and is currently completely inaccessible.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (1990)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.6 × 4.9 cm = 2.28” × 1.81” × 1.93”

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

Sphalerite with Siderite and Pyrite.
Sphalerite with Siderite and Pyrite.
Sphalerite
Sphalerite.
Sphalerite.
 

N12DGM3: Group of very sharp Sphalerite crystals with curved faces. Good transparency, brilliance and excellent toasted honey color. With minor Dolomite. The Troya Mine has been flooded and collapsed for a long time.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (1991)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.2 × 2.9 cm = 2.68” × 1.65” × 1.14”

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

Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite
 

NB87X9: Complex polycrystalline growths of Sphalerite. They are translucent, very bright, with curved faces and edges and with a very deep reddish color, and on a matrix of white Dolomite crystals with a small group of brown Siderite rhombohedrons. The mine is currently collapsed and filled with water, so such Sphalerite samples are currently part of Spanish mineralogical history.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (1985)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.6 × 4.2 cm = 3.31” × 2.20” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.7 cm = 0.71” × 0.67”

Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite.
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Chalcopyrite
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Chalcopyrite. Sphalerite with Dolomite and Chalcopyrite.
 

EF50AJ5: Complex Sphalerite crystals, very large for the locality, transparent, very bright with a deep and intense honey color and partially coated by bright Chalcopyrite microcrystals.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain

Specimen size: 14 × 11.3 × 7.8 cm = 5.51” × 4.45” × 3.07”

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

Baryte with Sphalerite and Dolomite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

JXA96AP8: Lamellar Baryte crystals, transparent, with very good luster and an intense and uniform yellow color, on matrix, with white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals and small groups of transparent spheroidal Sphalerite crystals with very good luster and a toasted honey color.
The specimen, of excellent quality for the locality, comes from the collection of Andrés Jiménez Shelly.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (1986)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.2 × 4.7 cm = 2.83” × 2.05” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1 cm = 0.71” × 0.39”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Andrés Jiménez Shelly
Baryte with Sphalerite and Dolomite. Baryte with Sphalerite and Dolomite.
Galena with Siderite, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite
Galena with Siderite, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite.
 

NB9K9: Group of very well defined cubic crystals of Galena, partially covered by globular aggregates of brown Siderite, white Dolomite and Chalcopyrite. Today the Troya Mine is flooded and collapsed.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.89” × 1.26” × 1.18”

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

Galena with Siderite, Calcite and Pyrite
 

MF27AJ5: Galena crystals on matrix, one of them clearly dominant, with the form of the cube truncated by the octahedron on the corners. The sample is of the best quality for the locality.
Aizpea claim, Cerain mines, Zerain, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.3 × 4.6 cm = 3.31” × 2.48” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.2 cm = 1.22” × 0.87”

Galena with Siderite, Calcite and Pyrite. Galena with Siderite, Calcite and Pyrite.
Aurichalcite with Quartz
Aurichalcite with Quartz.
Aurichalcite with Quartz.
 

NM9L4: Very aerial rosette aggregate of laminar Aurichalcite crystals, with a gentle blue color and silky luster. On a vug coated by small Quartz crystals which are covered by an orange and black layer; and with Limonite that enhances the Aurichalcite contrast. New find from a quarry of the historical Troya Mine, currently it is flooded and collapsed.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Guipúzcoa / Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Euskadi)  Spain (01/2008)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.30” × 0.91” × 0.55”

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


EXTREMADURA


Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NTX96AQ1: A novelty for Spanish mineralogy (see: La extraordinaria paragénesis de minerales de mercurio de Usagre)
Group of Eglestonite crystals -a mineral species produced by the alteration of other mercury minerals - with the dominant forms of the octahedron, on matrix, of a honey color, translucent, and completely filling a vug, as well as being dispersed in the rest of the piece. They are accompanied by Calomel crystals with an adamantine luster, and small Mercury droplets that are sustained thanks to their high surface tension.
Both of the mercury halide species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
These minerals are photosensitive, blackening easily in sunlight and even under the light of a lamp, so we recommend keeping them in the dark.
Mariquita mining group, Cerro de las Minas, Usagre, Comarca Campiña Sur, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2015)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.26” × 1.06” × 0.51”

Very fluorescent long & short UV
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury. Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury.
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NNB96AQ1: A novelty for Spanish mineralogy (see: La extraordinaria paragénesis de minerales de mercurio de Usagre)
Group of Eglestonite crystals -a mineral species produced by the alteration of other mercury minerals - with the dominant forms of the octahedron, on matrix, of a honey color, translucent, and completely filling a vug, as well as being dispersed in the rest of the piece. They are accompanied by Calomel crystals with an adamantine luster, and small Mercury droplets that are sustained thanks to their high surface tension.
Both of the mercury halide species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
These minerals are photosensitive, blackening easily in sunlight and even under the light of a lamp, so we recommend keeping them in the dark.
Mariquita mining group, Cerro de las Minas, Usagre, Comarca Campiña Sur, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2015)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4.4 × 3 cm = 1.81” × 1.73” × 1.18”

Very fluorescent long & short UV
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NXT96AQ1: A novelty for Spanish mineralogy (see: La extraordinaria paragénesis de minerales de mercurio de Usagre)
Group of Eglestonite crystals -a mineral species produced by the alteration of other mercury minerals - with the dominant forms of the octahedron, on matrix, of a honey color, translucent, and completely filling a vug, as well as being dispersed in the rest of the piece. They are accompanied by Calomel crystals with an adamantine luster, and small Mercury droplets that are sustained thanks to their high surface tension.
Both of the mercury halide species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
These minerals are photosensitive, blackening easily in sunlight and even under the light of a lamp, so we recommend keeping them in the dark.
Mariquita mining group, Cerro de las Minas, Usagre, Comarca Campiña Sur, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2015)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.2 × 2.2 cm = 2.36” × 1.65” × 0.87”

Very fluorescent long & short UV
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Eglestonite with Calomel and Mercury. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Calomel with Eglestonite, Mercury and Cinnabar
Calomel with Eglestonite, Mercury and Cinnabar. Photo: Mark Mauthner
Photo: Mark Mauthner
Calomel with Eglestonite, Mercury and Cinnabar.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NFG88AQ0: A novelty for Spanish mineralogy (see: La extraordinaria paragénesis de minerales de mercurio de Usagre)
Crystals of Calomel with an adamantine luster, some of them clearly dominant and easily visible, and with Eglestonite crystals, a mineral species, product of alteration of other mercury minerals, an element that is also present in the specimen as small drops of native Mercury that hold together thanks to their high surface tension. The quality of this sample is exceptional, compared to other specimens from the same discovery. Both of the mercury halide species have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
These minerals are photosensitive, blackening easily when exposed to sunlight and even under the light of a lamp, so we recommend keeping them out of the reach of light.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2023 Sainte Marie Show in the magazine ‘Lapis‘ number 7-8/2023, page 66
Mariquita mining group, Cerro de las Minas, Usagre, Comarca Campiña Sur, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2015)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.7 × 2.4 cm = 2.64” × 1.46” × 0.94”

With analysis copy
Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NBP96AO6: Allanite crystals with very sharp crystal forms, some of them doubly terminated and of considerable size for this type of specimen. On matrix, with small Epidote crystals. The Allanite-(La) at this locality is zoned with Epidote, so the most correct name for them would be Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote.
The specimen comes from the collection of Santiago Jiménez who, especially in the 1980s and 90s, put together a collection with a very good representation of Spanish mineralogy.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra-Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.4 × 4.1 cm = 2.56” × 2.13” × 1.61”

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

Former collection of Santiago Jiménez García
Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote. Front
Front
Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote. Side
Side
Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote.
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
 

NL16V5: Dendritic and laminar growths, with rough cubic forms and on Quartz matrix.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 0.7 × 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.28” × 0.16” × 0.12”

Gold
 

NG36S1: Slightly eroded nugget of Native Gold that partially conserves its laminar and hooked forms.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 0.7 × 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.28” × 0.24” × 0.08”

Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Front
Front
Gold on Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

NH56S1: Native Gold conserving very well defined crystalline forms and also laminar and hooked forms. On Quartz matrix.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 0.8 × 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.31” × 0.24” × 0.16”

Weight: 0.6 grams
Gold
 

NF96AC4: Dendritic growth that forms a complete ring, with poorly defined, but clearly distinguishable, crystal faces and with small hollows on the surface.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (02-03/2012)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.43” × 0.39” × 0.08”

Weight: 0.9 grams
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
 

ND67AC4: Irregular native Gold aggregate on a matrix of massive Quartz, with echeloned growths and poorly defined but visible crystalline surfaces.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 1.2 × 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.47” × 0.39” × 0.28”

Weight: 1.7 grams
Gold
 

NA27S1: Very slightly eroded nugget of native Gold conserving a group of quite well defined aggregate of crystals of a considerable size.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.55” × 0.20” × 0.12”

Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
 

NR97AC4: Flattened and elongated Gold nugget with small vugs, inclusions and hollows. The sample has a good size for the locality and shows on its upper part some defined but quite rounded crystalline forms.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (02-03/2012)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.67” × 0.39” × 0.12”

Weight: 2.2 grams
Gold on Quartz
 

NM68AH4: Dendritic, spongy and laminar Gold growths perched on a Quartz pebble. From an occasional and very recent find at a Spanish place in an area in which Gold pebbles have been noted, but is not well known until now.
Jardines del Guadiana area, Casas de Don Pedro, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.4 × 0.8 cm = 0.83” × 0.55” × 0.31”

Weight: 4.1 grams
Gold on Quartz. Gold on Quartz.
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
 

NB49P4: A novelty at Munich 2009. The locality was known in 2004 for its Gold pebbles but it has been public only very recently. The pebble is very neat, rounded and has empty zones probably corresponding to disappeared Quartz grains and in its surface some quite big, nearly rounded, crystalline forms are preserved.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2009 Munich Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 90, page 27.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2004-2008)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.87” × 0.39” × 0.28”

Gold
 

NE50Z0: Flattened and elongated nugget, with hollows and red inclusions. It has a good size for the locality and, in some areas, preserves well defined, slightly rounded crystalline forms.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 2.4 × 0.9 × 0.4 cm = 0.94” × 0.35” × 0.16”

Weight: 3.3 grams
Gold . Front
Front
Gold . Rear
Rear
Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Gold on Quartz.
 

NF76AC4: Irregular Gold aggregate on a matrix of massive Quartz, with poorly defined crystalline surfaces at the right and skeletal growths at the left.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (02-03/2012)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.9 × 1.6 cm = 1.57” × 1.14” × 0.63”

Weight: 0.9 grams
Gold
 

PE46AI7: Very slightly eroded nugget of native Gold preserving some quite well defined crystalline forms that have a considerable size. The sample is from well-known gold locality but where samples of this size are rare.
Coria-Moraleja road, Valles de Huelega, Guijo de Coria, Comarca Vegas del Alagón, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.4 × 0.5 cm = 0.87” × 0.55” × 0.20”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.43” × 0.24”

Weight: 8.1 grams
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Arsenopyrite with Muscovite
Arsenopyrite with Muscovite.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NBZ13AQ0: Group of very sharp Arsenopyrite crystals, lustrous, with coatings of lamellar Muscovite crystals.
Somewhat different from what has been known up to now from this locality, it comes from recent discoveries in new work faces. It is very good news that the La Parrilla mine, one of the largest classic Spanish deposits, is yielding collectible specimens again.
La Parrilla Claim (new cut), Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (07/2022)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2 × 2.2 cm = 0.91” × 0.79” × 0.87”

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

Arsenopyrite with Muscovite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NBX64AQ0: Group of very sharp Arsenopyrite crystals, lustrous, with coatings of lamellar Muscovite crystals.
Somewhat different from what has been known up to now from this locality, it comes from recent discoveries in new work faces. It is very good news that the La Parrilla mine, one of the largest classic Spanish deposits, is yielding collectible specimens again.
La Parrilla Claim (new cut), Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (07/2022)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.4 × 1.5 cm = 1.18” × 0.94” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.75” × 0.31”

Arsenopyrite with Muscovite.
Arsenopyrite with Muscovite and Quartz
Arsenopyrite with Muscovite and Quartz.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NBV6AQ0: Group of very sharp Arsenopyrite crystals, lustrous, with coatings of lamellar Muscovite crystals and with small crystals of Quartz and Cassiterite.
Somewhat different from what has been known up to now from this locality, it comes from recent discoveries in new work faces. It is very good news that the La Parrilla mine, one of the largest classic Spanish deposits, is yielding collectible specimens again.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the 'What’s New on the Internet Reports' section, report 67, July 24, 2023 edition, page 16
La Parrilla Claim (new cut), Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (07/2022)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.50” × 0.94” × 0.75”

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

Arsenopyrite with Muscovite and Quartz

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NBT6AQ0: Group of very sharp Arsenopyrite crystals, lustrous, with coatings of lamellar Muscovite crystals and with small crystals of Quartz and Cassiterite.
Somewhat different from what has been known up to now from this locality, it comes from recent discoveries in new work faces. It is very good news that the La Parrilla mine, one of the largest classic Spanish deposits, is yielding collectible specimens again.
La Parrilla Claim (new cut), Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (07/2022)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.61” × 1.02” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.63” × 0.39”

Arsenopyrite with Muscovite and Quartz.
Scheelite with Cassiterite, Pyrite, Muscovite and Quartz
Scheelite with Cassiterite, Pyrite, Muscovite and Quartz.

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NTX96AQ0: Polycrystalline growths of translucent Scheelite with a dipyramidal habit and an intense and uniform yellow-orange color. On a matrix of Quartz crystals, with small crystals of Cassiterite, Pyrite and Muscovite. It is very good news that the La Parrilla mine, one of the largest classic Spanish deposits, is yielding collectible specimens again.
The specimen comes from the Antonino Bueno collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the 'What’s New on the Internet Reports' section, report 67, July 24, 2023 edition, page 16
La Parrilla Claim (new cut), Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (08/2022)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.2 × 2 cm = 1.22” × 0.87” × 0.79”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Former collection of Antonino Bueno
Scheelite with Arsenopyrite, Cassiterite, Muscovite and Quartz

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NBR27AQ0: Scheelite crystal with a dipyramidal habit, with very marked parallel growths, translucent and with an intense and uniform yellow-orange color. It is very good news that the La Parrilla mine, one of the largest classic Spanish deposits, is yielding collectible specimens again.
The specimen comes from the Antonino Bueno collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Parrilla Claim (new cut), Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (08/2022)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.5 × 1.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.98” × 0.75”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Former collection of Antonino Bueno
Scheelite with Arsenopyrite, Cassiterite, Muscovite and Quartz. Front
Front
Scheelite with Arsenopyrite, Cassiterite, Muscovite and Quartz. Side
Side
Scheelite

Recorded under neon light
 

TPP90CD5: Complex twinned Scheelite crystal, with polycrystalline growths, well defined faces and edges and a uniform and intense color with orange tones and good luster. This antique specimen comes from the first period of mining the La Parrilla concession, which was one of the largest tungsten mining areas in Spain.
It comes from the former collection of Andrés Jiménez Shelly.
La Parrilla Claim, Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (1989)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4 × 2.6 cm = 1.65” × 1.57” × 1.02”

Former collection of Andrés Jiménez Shelly
Scheelite with Arsenopyrite, Cassiterite, Muscovite and Quartz

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NRB46AQ0: Polycrystalline growths, with a dipyramidal habit, of translucent Scheelite with an intense and uniform yellow-orange color, on matrix, with very sharp crystals of Arsenopyrite, small twinned Cassiterite crystals and lamellar Muscovite growths. It is very good news that the La Parrilla mine, one of the largest classic Spanish deposits, is yielding collectible specimens again.
The specimen comes from the Antonino Bueno collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Parrilla Claim (new cut), Santa Amalia, Don Benito-Almoharín, Comarca Vegas Altas, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (08/2022)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.73” × 1.65” × 0.63”

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

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Former collection of Antonino Bueno
Scheelite with Arsenopyrite, Cassiterite, Muscovite and Quartz. Scheelite with Arsenopyrite, Cassiterite, Muscovite and Quartz.
Pyrolusite
Pyrolusite. Pyrolusite.
 

NB12AL3: Botryoidal growth, on matrix, of very shiny, sharp crystals, with slightly curved faces and edges. From a locality until recently very little known.
Aljibe Range, Aliseda, Comarca Tajo-Salor Almonte, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (2014)

Specimen size: 5 × 4 × 3.2 cm = 1.97” × 1.57” × 1.26”

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


Allanite (Group)

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Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Hedenbergite
 

NA14E1: A single Allanite crystal with small Magnetite crystals, all on a matrix of Hedenbergite. The upper tip of the crystal was broken and has then recrystallized.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra-Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (1988)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.67” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.35” × 0.20”

Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Hedenbergite. Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Hedenbergite.
Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Magnetite
Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Magnetite.
 

ND13K7: A clear and well-developed prismatic crystal of Allanite on matrix with very sharp edges and faces. Magnetite octahedrons and small pistachio green Epidote accompany it.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra-Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (1978)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.4 × 1.7 cm = 1.26” × 0.94” × 0.67”

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

Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Magnetite
 

NF62X7: Allanite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, on a matrix of the same Allanite and with very sharp octahedral crystals of Magnetite.
Nueva Vizcaya Mine, Los Calvitos property, Burguillos del Cerro, Comarca Zafra-Río Bodión, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (1977-1978)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5 × 4.1 cm = 2.83” × 1.97” × 1.61”

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

Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Magnetite. Allanite-(La) zoned with Epidote and with Magnetite.

Epidote from Aguablanca Mine

Epidote with Andradite and Pyrite
Epidote with Andradite and Pyrite.
 

NB6P6: Flattened crystals of Epidote, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, of typical pistachio-green color, deformed Quartz crystals, rounded crystals of Andradite and curiously shaped Pyrite crystals, on matrix.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 5.6 × 3.4 cm = 3.07” × 2.20” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.1 cm = 1.34” × 1.22”

Epidote with Calcite
 

NP63N6: Thick crystals of Epidote of considerable size, with very well defined faces and edges, partially included in Calcite and on a rich Andradite matrix. One of the few samples of quality collected in the Aguablanca mine.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.8 × 4.3 cm = 3.15” × 2.28” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.50” × 1.06”

Epidote with Calcite.
Epidote with Quartz and Andradite
Epidote with Quartz and Andradite. Epidote with Quartz and Andradite.
 

NK63N3: The Aguablanca nickel deposit is not really being generous in providing specimens for collectors, despite the high expectation aroused among collectors when it started. But in September 2006 the operations went through an area where good specimens of Epidote associated with Garnet, Pyrite, Quartz and Calcite appeared. This sample is a good representation of this find.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 8.8 × 5 cm = 4.92” × 3.46” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1 cm = 0.87” × 0.39”

Andradite with Epidote
 

NB10N3: The Aguablanca nickel deposit is not really being generous in providing specimens for collectors, despite the high expectation aroused among collectors when it started. But in September 2006 the operations went through an area where good specimens of Epidote associated with Garnet, Pyrite, Quartz and Calcite appeared.
This sample is a good representation of this find.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.6 × 3.1 cm = 1.81” × 1.42” × 1.22”

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

Andradite with Epidote.
Andradite with Epidote
Andradite with Epidote.
 

NH11N3: The Aguablanca nickel deposit is not really being generous in providing specimens for collectors, despite the high expectation aroused among collectors when it started. But in September 2006 the operations went through an area where good specimens of Epidote associated with Garnet, Pyrite, Quartz and Calcite appeared. This sample is a good representation of this find.
Aguablanca Mine, Monesterio, Comarca Tentudía, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (09/2006)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.48” × 2.13” × 1.54”


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Cassiterite with Quartz and Muscovite
 

NB11M0: A very neat Cassiterite twin, with the classic habit of the Penouta specimens. On a Quartz matrix with Muscovite.
Penouta Mines, Penouta (San Bartolomé), Viana do Bolo, Comarca Viana, Orense / Ourense, Galicia / Galiza  Spain (±1998)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.2 × 2.1 cm = 1.77” × 1.65” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.06” × 0.51”

Cassiterite with Quartz and Muscovite.
Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald).
 

D53R: It is not very well know but in the northwest of Spain, in the countryside, it is possible to find some reasonable Emeralds (opaque of course) such as this representative sample.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia / Galiza  Spain

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.5 cm = 1.14” × 0.98”

Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

NFM14AN9: Two Beryl crystals (emerald variety), aerial, with very sharp crystal forms, translucent and with an intense color, on a Phlogopite matrix. It comes from a Spanish locality already considered a classic.
This specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 786) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia / Galiza  Spain (2000)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.1 × 2.4 cm = 1.26” × 0.83” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.4 cm = 0.71” × 0.55”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Top
Top
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Rear
Rear
 

NV6AF2: Thick tabular Beryl (emerald variety) crystal a distinct hexagonal shape, with inclusions of leafy Phlogopite aggregates.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia / Galiza  Spain

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.50” × 1.22” × 0.71”

Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite
 

NA13AJ5: Two Beryl (emerald variety) crystals, one of them clearly dominant and aerial, with an intense color and on a Phlogopite matrix.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia / Galiza  Spain

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.81” × 1.14” × 1.02”

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

Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Light behind
Light behind
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Side
Side
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Side
Side

Fluorescent light (daylight)
 

TTV66AP9: Parallel growths of doubly terminated Beryl crystals (emerald variety) with good terminations, on matrix and with leafy black Phlogopite coatings.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia / Galiza  Spain (1982)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.17” × 1.22” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.91” × 0.43”

Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite
 

L58RL6: A large Beryl (var. Emerald) with intense color. The specimen preserves the hexagonal shape, with curved faces partially covered by Muscovite as a matrix. From the most classic Spanish locality for Emerald, although nowadays it is quite impossible to obtain specimens there.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia / Galiza  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 3.3 cm = 2.36” × 1.50” × 1.30”

Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite.
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite.

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