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On this page we have shown a good representation of the specimens 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.


AUVERGNE - RHÔNE - ALPES


Wulfenite on Baryte
Wulfenite on Baryte.
 

MD86AA9: Very aerial single crystal with very well defined faces and edges. It has a yellow color with brownish shades and it is on a matrix with fine parallel growths of Baryte crystals. Very good for the locality.
Lantignié, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.6 × 3.3 cm = 0.83” × 0.63” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.51” × 0.43”

Former collection Caroline Martaud (Wulfenites)
Wulfenite with Fluorite, Baryte and Pyromorphite
 

MC29AA9: Single Wulfenite crystal with very well defined faces and edges, very sharp geometrical zoning and with dominant brown shades. It is on matrix, with cubic Fluorite crystals, laminar shaped Baryte and small greenish Pyromorphite aggregates. An excellent sample for the locality, both for crystal size and its association with Fluorite.
Lantignié, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1995)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.81” × 1.50” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.71” × 0.47”

Former collection Caroline Martaud (Wulfenites)
Wulfenite with Fluorite, Baryte and Pyromorphite. Wulfenite with Fluorite, Baryte and Pyromorphite.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
Fluorite with Quartz  

TN29X7: Very aerial aggregate of cubic Fluorite crystals. They are translucent, have a uniform yellow color and have selective coatings of Quartz micro-crystals on some of the cube faces. The sample is very remarkable for the locality.
Lantignié, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 9.6 × 9.3 × 3 cm = 3.78” × 3.66” × 1.18”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Gilles Emringer
Cerussite
 

MT68AF0: An aesthetic cluster of white Cerussite crystals with a silky luster. It is from a locality where samples of such quality are very scarce.
Lescure Mine, Mayres, Thueyts, Largentière, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (± 2014)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 3.8 × 3 cm = 2.56” × 1.50” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.55” × 0.16”

Cerussite. Cerussite.
Cerussite.
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite inclusions
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite inclusions. Front
Front
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite inclusions  

TQ68T1: Multiple parallel growth of very flattened crystals progressively turning to the right and crossed by a sharp chloritized ”faden” and contrasting with another group of different shape, very elongated. Very original.
The specimen is from the Denis Boël collection. We will send to the customer the collector’s label.
Les Deux Alpes, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.4 × 1.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.34” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 1.2 cm = 1.14” × 0.47”

Quartz
 

LT49AK0: Group of Quartz crystals with two clearly differentiated generations, one of them crystals with the prism edges slightly curved, transparent, bright and colorless and the second generation with very fine, also colorless and extraordinarily bright acicular crystals. The specimen, of high quality for a not so well-known locality, is from the Philippe Morelon collection (number 533) whose label, which includes more information on the back, will be sent to the buyer.
Saint-Pierre-d'Allevard, Crêts en Belledonne, Haut-Grésivaudan, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1980)

Specimen size: 9 × 7.8 × 4.9 cm = 3.54” × 3.07” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.91” × 0.31”

Former collection of Philippe Morelon
Quartz. Quartz.
Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Rear
Rear

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EC50Y6: Irregular aggregate of Quartz crystals on chalcedony matrix. They are completely clear, very bright and some of them are doubly terminated. An excellent sample, very fine and carefully conserved, from a classic French locality for Quartz.
La Gardette Mine, Villard-Notre-Dame, Le Bourg d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 11.1 × 6.3 × 7 cm = 4.37” × 2.48” × 2.76”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 0.9 cm = 2.56” × 0.35”

Quartz (variety faden)
 

M8RH5: Apparently being a single crystal, the growth shows different spread terminations all along the prism. In the interior a very thin, as a needle, “faden” is formed.
Lignarre Valley, Bourg d'Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1991)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 1.77” × 0.47” × 0.31”

Quartz (variety faden).
Quartz (variety faden) with Calcite
Quartz (variety faden) with Calcite . Quartz (variety faden) with Calcite .
 

R76BI7: Group of extraordinarily elongated, clear and shiny crystals, with "faden" growths in them. On the matrix, a big rough crystal of Calcite stands out.
Lignarre Valley, Bourg d'Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1991)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 8 × 7.5 cm = 4.25” × 3.15” × 2.95”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.5 cm = 1.26” × 0.20”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV
Quartz (japan law twin)
 

EQ17X2: Group of very elongated and sharp Quartz crystals. They are transparent and one of them shows a very well defined japan law twin.
Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2011)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.7 × 3.2 cm = 2.32” × 2.24” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 0.9 cm = 1.77” × 0.35”

Quartz (japan law twin). Front
Front
Quartz (japan law twin). Side
Side
Quartz (japan law twin)
Quartz (japan law twin). Front
Front
Quartz (japan law twin). Rear
Rear
 

EP96X2: Group of very sharp crystals, one of them clearly dominant, very aerial and with a very well defined japan law twin.
Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2011)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.7 × 2 cm = 2.44” × 1.46” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 1.8 cm = 2.44” × 0.71”

Quartz
 

TT96AG9: A fan-like group of Quartz crystals. They are bright and have good terminations, some of which have a single dominant rhombohedral face. On a limonite matrix.
Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 7 × 5.4 × 3.2 cm = 2.76” × 2.13” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 5 × 0.7 cm = 1.97” × 0.28”

Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Rear
Rear
Siderite with Quartz
Siderite with Quartz. Siderite with Quartz.
 

EF86R3: Aggregate of very sharp simple and transparent rhombohedral crystals with a rich color, very bright for the species. Selectively coated by groups of clear crystals of Quartz. A nice classic.
Allevard, Haut-Grésivaudan, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.7 × 3.8 cm = 2.05” × 1.46” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.71” × 0.59”

Siderite with Quartz
 

MY76AL3: Group of very flattened rhombohedral Siderite crystals with a lenticular habit, with polycrystalline surfaces on the faces. On matrix, with hyaline Quartz crystals. Its color is different from the usual in specimens from this area.
Le Collet d'Allevard, Allevard, Haut-Grésivaudan, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 8.9 × 6.3 × 3.1 cm = 3.50” × 2.48” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.8 cm = 0.98” × 0.71”

Siderite with Quartz. Siderite with Quartz.
Siderite with Quartz
Siderite with Quartz. Front
Front
Siderite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Siderite with Quartz. Top
Top
Siderite with Quartz  

EY47AG7: Elongated and floater rhombohedral Siderite crystal. It is translucent, bright and partially coated by small clear Quartz crystals.
The sample, very typical of its classic French locality, is from the Christophe Marot collection (cat. nr. C7-2), whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.3 × 2.2 cm = 2.05” × 1.69” × 0.87”

Former collection of Christophe Marot
Smoky Quartz with Albite
 

EH6M8: Group of right-handed crystals partially doubly terminated and rich in accessory small faces. The crystals have very good luster, color and transparency.
Arête des Rochassiers, Talèfre Glacier, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2008)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.3 × 3.1 cm = 2.32” × 2.09” × 1.22”

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

Smoky Quartz with Albite.
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite. Side
Side
 

EG16J0: Splendid specimen, very esthetic and of high quality. It is a group of prismatic crystals of excellent color, very transparent and with Chlorite inclusions in the terminal faces.
Mont Mallet, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1998)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 9.8 × 4.7 cm = 5.04” × 3.86” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 6 × 2.2 cm = 2.36” × 0.87”

Gwindel Smoky Quartz
 

EX47X2: Polycrystalline parallel growth with a very well marked "gwindel". The crystal is transparent, bright and shows a very uniform clear smoky color.
Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2009)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.6 × 2.5 cm = 2.32” × 1.81” × 0.98”

Gwindel Smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Gwindel Smoky Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gwindel Smoky Quartz. Top
Top
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety faden) with Chlorite  

EC27AG7: Doubly terminated floater crystal with a closed “faden” and very well defined parallel growths. The sample, very transparent, has a deep and uniform smoky color.
A French classic from the Christophe Marot collection (cat. nr. C8-6), on whose label, that we’ll send with the sample, it is noted that it was acquired in 2008 from Denis Boël.
Aiguille de Talèfre, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±2008)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.93” × 0.98” × 0.71”

Former collection of Christophe Marot
Smoky Quartz Gwindel
Smoky Quartz Gwindel  

EA50L5: Parallel growth of really transparent and deep smoky color Quartz crystals. The “gwindel” structure is easily seen. The specimen base is totally recrystallized, up to the point to preserve the full transparency.
The specimen is with the original label from the Bonisoli collection (Torino, Italy). We will send the label to the buyer.
Glacier de l'Argentière, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1985)

Specimen size: 11 × 6.8 × 3.7 cm = 4.33” × 2.68” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 3.6 cm = 2.80” × 1.42”

Smoky Quartz Gwindel. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz Gwindel. Top
Top
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Front
Front
Octahedral Fluorite with Albite. Side
Side
 

EB52R3: Parallel growth of very sharp octahedral crystals, with very smooth faces, translucent and of an excellent color, very uniform and with mauve shades. The group, much more complete and aerial than usual, is on a matrix of Albite.
Glacier de l'Argentière, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2009)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.2 × 2.6 cm = 1.65” × 1.26” × 1.02”

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

Octahedral Fluorite on smoky Quartz
 

TG69H3: Esthetic group of octahedral crystals of Fluorite of intense color, sharp, bright and implanted on a group of Quartz crystals, the most visible of which, at left and vertical, is doubly terminated.
Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.34” × 1.10” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.35” × 0.28”

Octahedral Fluorite on smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Octahedral Fluorite on smoky Quartz. Side
Side
Octahedral Fluorite on smoky Quartz. Top
Top
Smoky Quartz with chlorite
Smoky Quartz with chlorite.
Smoky Quartz with chlorite  

TR97X7: Parallel growths of flattened, transparent and extraordinarily bright crystals, with very well marked phantom growths and partially coated by chlorite. The words “Archi top” (super-good), written by Emringer on the back on the label, give us an idea about the real quality of the sample.
Notre-Dame-du-Cruet, La Lauzière Massif, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5 × 4.7 × 4.2 cm = 1.97” × 1.85” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.7 cm = 1.57” × 0.67”

Former collection of Gilles Emringer
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite and Feldspar
 

TA99Y9: Very aerial group of oriented smoky Quartz crystals. They are transparent, very bright and have small Feldspar crystals and Chlorite on the base of the aggregate. One of the crystals shows, very visible, the Dauphiné twin law. An excellent Alpine classic.
La Lauzière Massif, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 7.2 × 8.3 × 5.5 cm = 2.83” × 3.27” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 5.9 × 2.5 cm = 2.32” × 0.98”

Former collection of Gilles Emringer
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite and Feldspar. Front
Front
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite and Feldspar. Side
Side
Anatase with Orthoclase (variety adularia)
Anatase with Orthoclase (variety adularia). Anatase with Orthoclase (variety adularia).
 

ED46AC8: Very acute dipyramidal Anatase crystals, most of them doubly terminated. They are bright and are on a rocky matrix with small Orthoclase crystals (adularia variety) with brown inclusions. An Alpine classic.
La Lauzière Massif, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.4 × 1.4 × 1.7 cm = 1.34” × 0.55” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

Bazzite with Ilmenite and Quartz
 

TH48Z3: A dipyramidal Bazzite crystal, extraordinarily well-defined for the species, with an excellent intense and uniform blue color and a vivid luster. The crystal is implanted on a Quartz matrix with small laminar Ilmenite crystals.
Bois Kersy, Vallée de la Tarentaise, Bonneval-Tarentaise, La Lauzière Massif, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (07/2011)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.6 × 1.3 cm = 1.54” × 1.02” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.25 × 0.1 cm = 0.10” × 0.04”

Bazzite with Ilmenite and Quartz. Bazzite with Ilmenite and Quartz.
Bazzite with Quartz
Bazzite with Quartz. Bazzite with Quartz.
 

EV97W7: Small but extraordinary crystal of this rare scandium mineral of the Beryl group. The crystal, of a deep blue color, shows the faces of a very acute dipyramid and it is implanted on a matrix of clear Quartz crystals.
Bois Kersy, Vallée de la Tarentaise, Bonneval-Tarentaise, La Lauzière Massif, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (07/2011)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4 × 2.2 cm = 1.69” × 1.57” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Ilmenite with Quartz
 

EB13V9: Very sharp laminar crystal with a hexagonal contour. It is bright, with parallel growths and it is on matrix, with parallel growths of doubly terminated crystals of clear Quartz.
Bois Kersy, Vallée de la Tarentaise, Bonneval-Tarentaise, La Lauzière Massif, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (07/2011)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.3 × 4 cm = 1.93” × 1.30” × 1.57”

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

Ilmenite with Quartz. Ilmenite with Quartz.
Prehnite with Orthoclase (variety adularia), Epidote and Amphibole
Prehnite with Orthoclase (variety adularia), Epidote and Amphibole. Front
Front
Prehnite with Orthoclase (variety adularia), Epidote and Amphibole. Side
Side
Prehnite with Orthoclase (variety adularia), Epidote and Amphibole.
 

EQ76Z9: Polycrystalline Prehnite aggregate with very well defined curved faces and edges. They are bright, have an intense green color and are on a surface of Orthoclase (adularia) crystals with small acicular amphibole crystals coating a rocky matrix. On the Prehnite aggregate there is a small smooth and very white Orthoclase surface. An excellent French classic.
La Combe de la Selle, Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Le Bourg d'Oisans Comune, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.4 × 3.6 cm = 2.68” × 2.13” × 1.42”

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

Axinite-(Fe) with Quartz and Calcite
 

MX89X5: Sharp single transparent and very bright crystal. It has very well defined faces and edges, shows a very deep color and it is on matrix, with Quartz and Calcite.
Rochers de l'Armentier, Le Bourg d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2011)

Specimen size: 8 × 7.9 × 3.2 cm = 3.15” × 3.11” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.71” × 0.59”

Axinite-(Fe) with Quartz and Calcite.
Axinite-(Fe) with Quartz and Calcite. Axinite-(Fe) with Quartz and Calcite.
Epidote
Epidote. Front
Front
Epidote. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

LC70AK0: Crystal fan growth with very elongated prismatic habit and perfect terminal faces, bright translucent and intense pistachio green. The specimen, of high quality from a not so well-known locality, is from the Philippe Morelon collection (number 917) whose label, which includes more information on the back, will be sent to the buyer.
Chamrousse, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1980)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 5.8 × 6.4 cm = 3.11” × 2.28” × 2.52”

Former collection of Philippe Morelon
Clinozoisite
Clinozoisite  

TQ70X7: Bundled aggregates, on matrix, of bright acicular crystals with a slightly greenish brown color. The sample, as is written on the back of the Emringer collection label, is from a unique find at the locality so the sample must be considered as a rarity.
Chamrousse, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 12.7 × 8.2 × 5.5 cm = 5.00” × 3.23” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 0.7 cm = 1.65” × 0.28”

Former collection of Gilles Emringer
Clinozoisite. Clinozoisite.
Sphalerite with Siderite
Sphalerite with Siderite. Sphalerite with Siderite.
 

TP27AE2: Aggregate of complex equant Sphalerite crystals that are extraordinarily transparent and bright, with a very intense color and a vivid inner “fire.” On a matrix of very pale cream tabular Siderite crystals.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.46” × 1.38” × 0.87”

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

Sphalerite with Siderite
 

TH50Z9: Small but very well defined, bright and translucent crystals with a tan-honey color. They are on a matrix of massive Sphalerite with the lenticular Siderite crystals so characteristic of the locality.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7 × 3 cm = 3.43” × 2.76” × 1.18”

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

Sphalerite with Siderite. Sphalerite with Siderite.
Siderite with Quartz and Baryte
Siderite with Quartz and Baryte.
Siderite with Quartz and Baryte. Siderite with Quartz and Baryte.
 

ED89Y9: Aggregates of very flattened lenticular Siderite crystals on a matrix of Quartz crystals with very sharp white rhombohedral Calcite crystals and a Baryte crystal with very well defined faces and edges, a very rare species at Le Mure.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 12.7 × 12.5 × 4 cm = 5.00” × 4.92” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.9 cm = 0.67” × 0.35”

Former collection of the Lyon area
Dolomite with Siderite
Dolomite with Siderite  

SD87AC0: Drusy growth, on a rocky matrix, of sharp rhombohedral Siderite crystals with a brown color coated by white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals between transparent and translucent and small Quartz crystals. A French classic.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 15.8 × 9.4 × 3.9 cm = 6.22” × 3.70” × 1.54”

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

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Dolomite with Siderite. Dolomite with Siderite.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite  

SX67AC0: Aggregate of prismatic crystals with echeloned growths and flat rhombohedral terminations. The crystals, on matrix, are bright, between transparent and translucent, and have a snow white color. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the locality is quiet unknown.
Vicat Quarry, Montalieu-Vercieu, Morestel, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 9.5 × 7.1 × 5.5 cm = 3.74” × 2.80” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.2 cm = 1.18” × 0.47”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Calcite
Calcite  

SR28AD3: Spheroidal Calcite with concentric growths. The spheres have a yellow color and are on a basalt matrix. Very similar to those from Montalto di Castro, the classic Italian locality, but this one is from the Puy de Dôme area.
The sample is from the Francesco S. Stoppani collection (catalog number 0316), whose label we’ll send to the buyer. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Curebourse, Vic-sur-Cère, Aurillac, Cantal, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 12.3 × 11.7 × 6.7 cm = 4.84” × 4.61” × 2.64”

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

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Calcite. Calcite.
Aragonite with Calcite
Aragonite with Calcite. Aragonite with Calcite.
Aragonite with Calcite  

SA96AD6: Radiating sprays, on matrix, of transparent colorless and very bright acicular Aragonite crystals with white spheroidal Calcite. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Gergovie, La-Roche-Blanche, Veyre-Monton, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 15.3 × 9.8 × 5 cm = 6.02” × 3.86” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.1 cm = 0.39” × 0.04”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Rounded Fluorite
 

TD11F2: The rounded formations are notable for the variation on color, between lilac and light gray-green. They sit on a long matrix and contrast with the white Quartz and darker host rock.
Buxières-les-Mines, Moulins, Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2004)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 4.5 × 3.5 cm = 2.95” × 1.77” × 1.38”

Fluorescent long & short UV
Rounded Fluorite.
Rounded Fluorite.
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Side
Side
Pyromorphite with Quartz.
 

EA96AE3: Aggregates of acicular Pyromorphite crystals that are very bright, with a very uniform green color and on a matrix with Quartz crystals. The sample is from a not well known locality where good samples are very scarce.
Nuissière Mine, Chénelette, Thizy-les-Bourgs, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (04-05/2011)

Specimen size: 12.3 × 10.4 × 7.1 cm = 4.84” × 4.09” × 2.80”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.12” × 0.04”

Doubly terminated Quartz
 

MB57K9: Doubly terminated Quartz crystal, with a short prism, very clear and brilliant, contrasting with a dark matrix. Very popular specimens at French mineral shows, where were called “Diamants de la Drôme” (Drôme Diamonds).
Rémuzat, Nyons, Drôme, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 9.3 × 6.5 × 5.5 cm = 3.66” × 2.56” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 0.67” × 0.51”

Doubly terminated Quartz. Doubly terminated Quartz.

Chessy-les-Mines

Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite.
 

EM26X0: Floater spheroidal aggregate of short prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and slightly curved edges, with a more luminous color than usual, and a growth of Malachite which is probably a pseudomorph after primary crystals of Cuprite. A French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.14” × 1.06” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”

Type locality

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard. Number 10869
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite
 

MY47AB6: Floater aggregate of short-prismatic crystals with very well defined faces and slightly curved edges, with a vivid blue color and with octahedral Malachite pseudomorphs after Cuprite. This attractive miniature is an excellent French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.50” × 1.02” × 0.75”

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

Type locality
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
 

MR89Y4: Floater aggregate of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with a very intense blue color and, in some zones on the sample, partially substituted by Malachite. An excellent French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.4 × 3.4 cm = 1.73” × 1.34” × 1.34”

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

Type locality
Azurite with Malachite after Azurite
 

LY30AK0: Group of equidimensional crystals of Azurite with sharp faces and edges, very bright colors and partially covered by a cute group of Malachite after Azurite crystals. A French classic from the Philippe Morelon collection (number 345) whose label, which includes more information on the back, will be sent to the buyer.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1998)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.6 × 2.6 cm = 2.05” × 1.81” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.67” × 0.28”

Former collection of Philippe Morelon
Azurite with Malachite after Azurite. Azurite with Malachite after Azurite.
Azurite with Malachite after Azurite.
Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Side
Side
Azurite.
Azurite  

SV26AB6: Aggregate of very sharp crystals between prismatic and thick-tabular, with very well defined faces and edges, a very intense color and on matrix. On the back of the Stoppani label is recorded that the sample previously was on the B.S. Lloyd collection. An extraordinary French classic. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.6 × 2.6 ×  cm = 2.68” × 1.81” × 1.02”

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

Type locality

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Azurite with Malachite
 

EQ36Y7: Flattened, almost lenticular, Azurite crystals with sharp and very well defined faces and edges, with a very vivid color, very good luster and showing Malachite replacements on some of the faces.
The sample, an excellent French classic from the beginnings of the 19th century, has a quite better quality than usual on samples from the locality, and it is from the ancient collection of Quintino Sella (number 214) whose label, unfortunately, was lost.

Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1840)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6 × 2 cm = 2.87” × 2.36” × 0.79”

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

Type locality
Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.
Malachite after Azurite
Malachite after Azurite. Malachite after Azurite.
Malachite after Azurite  

ST90AB4: Aggregate of lenticular Malachite crystals pseudomorphous after Azurite, with very well defined faces and edges and on matrix, with Azurite and Malachite. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5 × 3.3 × 2.8 cm = 1.97” × 1.30” × 1.10”

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

Type locality

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Malachite after Cuprite
 

EC14AD6: Aggregate of Malachite pseudomorphous after dodecahedral Cuprite crystals, with smooth and very well defined faces, free of further alteration. A French classic and an excellent miniature.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

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

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

Malachite after Cuprite.
Malachite after Cuprite
Malachite after Cuprite. Front
Front
Malachite after Cuprite. Side
Side
 

EA27AF6: Complete floater group of very sharp pseudocrystals after cuprite, which are octahedrons beveled by the dodecahedron. The sample is from recent and surprising finds on the old dumps area at Chessy.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2017)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.71” × 0.59” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.67” × 0.55”


BRITTANY / BRETAGNE


Gold with Quartz
 

MT89AI5: A kind of novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2018, where this Gold appeared to the collectible trade for the first time. It forms very bright laminar growths and coatings on an aggregate of Quartz crystals very much more defined than usual for the locality. The locality, as is usual for a lot of novelties, is approximate and generic, so we are waiting for some more precise data.
Loudéac, Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany/Bretagne  France

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.6 × 0.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.63” × 0.35”

Weight: 4.9 grams
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gold with Quartz. Side
Side
Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gold with Quartz. Top
Top
Gold with Quartz.
 

EF88AH9: A kind of novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2018, where it appeared to the collectible trade for the first time. Gold forms very bright laminar growths and coatings on an aggregate of deformed Quartz crystals. The locality, as is usual for a lot of novelties, is approximate and generic, so we are waiting for some more precise data.
Loudéac, Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany/Bretagne  France

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.5 × 1 cm = 1.06” × 0.59” × 0.39”


CENTRE - VAL DE LOIRE


Pyromorphite on Fluorite
 

TR94T7: Aggregate formed by a first generation of very elongated crystals with acute terminations, some polycrystalline, with a dark brown color and a matrix of Fluorite. Most of the individuals are overgrown by a second generation of microcrystals with a very much lighter color. An unusual classic.
Chaillac Mine, Rossignol vein, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France

Specimen size: 11.2 × 10.1 × 4.2 cm = 4.41” × 3.98” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.1 cm = 0.24” × 0.04”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Pyromorphite on Fluorite. Pyromorphite on Fluorite.
Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
Fluorite with Baryte  

TZ71X7: Aggregate of sharp cubic crystals, between translucent and transparent, with intense yellow color and partially coated by “book” shaped aggregates of White Baryte crystals. An excellent French classic.
Chaillac Mine, Rossignol vein, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France

Specimen size: 9 × 7.3 × 3.5 cm = 3.54” × 2.87” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.87” × 0.79”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Gilles Emringer
Cerussite
 

EA47AC8: Aggregate of white Cerussite crystals with a silky luster and a fibrous appearance (“jackstraw”). Besides that the quality of the sample is excellent, We also note that, in this locality, good samples for collectors are very scarce.
Chaillac Mine, Chaillac, Le Blanc, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.69” × 1.42” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.6 cm = 1.02” × 0.24”

Fluorescent short UV
Cerussite.

GRAND EST


Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite  

TA96T3: Polycrystalline growths whose nucleus shows hollow formations, with geometrical color zoning, clearer in one of the terminations. The crystals, most of them doubly terminated, are implanted on Limonite matrix. We note the locality, quite uncommon..
The sample is from John Marshall’s collection whose card and label we’ll send to the buyer and has been published in the Chinese magazine ‘Mineral Lover’ on page 7 in the volume 9/2011
Steinbach, Cernay, Thann-Guebwiller, Haut-Rhin, Grand Est  France

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

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Hematite with Quartz
 

EM98Q8: Group of tabular crystals of neat hexagonal shape with small white crystals of Quartz. The sample is from an old find thirty years ago and can be considered among the best for the locality, not well known.
Le Haïcot , Brézouard, Les Vosges Massif, Lapoutroie, Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, Grand Est  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 4.7 × 1.6 cm = 3.03” × 1.85” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.47” × 0.20”

Hematite with Quartz. Hematite with Quartz.

HAUTS-DE-FRANCE


Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
Calcite  

SV89AE3: A scalenohedral Calcite crystal partially doubly terminated, with polycrystalline growths at its base. It is very sharp and large, between translucent and transparent and has a very intense, deep uniform color. A great French classic.
The sample is with a label from the Stoppani collection that we’ll send to the buyer. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Glageon Quarry, Avesnes-sur-Helpe, Nord, Hauts-de-France  France

Specimen size: 14.4 ×  11.5 × 10.8 cm = 5.67” × 4.53” × 4.25”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

ÎLE-DE-FRANCE


Calcite with inclusions
 

TA96N9: A French “super-classic”. Group of acute rhombohedral crystals of calcite that have grown including white sand. It comes from the Palix collection but it does not have its original label.
Forêt Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France (XIX Century)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.3 × 3 cm = 1.85” × 1.30” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.67” × 0.59”

Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with inclusions. Rear
Rear

NORMANDIE


Pyrite
Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Rear
Rear
 

EA96AC9: The sample, a floater, is a fossil sponge covered by crystals of Pyrite with very well defined and bright dominant octahedral faces and smaller cube faces. Very unusual, both for its composition and for the locality.
Boulonnais, Manche, Normandie  France

Specimen size: 8 × 4.3 × 4 cm = 3.15” × 1.69” × 1.57”

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


NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE


Pyromorphite
 

TH16H6: Magnificent and unusual greenish-yellow color of the prismatic crystals, very sharp and bright and having perfect flat terminations. The esthetics of this miniature is emphasized by the contrast between the color of the crystals and the matrix.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (1976-1980)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.46” × 1.34” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

TF39: A great oldie from Les Farges. Although usually we expect really green Pyromorphite from this locality, some other ones with very interesting colors appear from time to time, such as this one which is intensely brown with yellow tips. It is a floater, complete and its form is as nice as the photo suggests.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (1976)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.50” × 1.06” × 0.79”

Pyromorphite
 

MH57AJ1: Aerial group of very well defined Pyromorphite crystals with a tapered shape due to slight curvatures of faces and edges. They have a neat color change between the brownish green prism faces and the flat terminal pinacoids that are lemon yellow. A French classic.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.73” × 0.83” × 0.75”

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

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

NC50C9: Real Les Farges green in this specimen. Form, color, luster, perfection: all perfect in this unquestionable specimen. The collector who buys this one will always be happy with it, in my opinion.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4 × 3 cm = 1.77” × 1.57” × 1.18”

Pyromorphite
 

TP90T0: Very aerial group of prismatic crystals, most of them doubly terminated, slightly tapered, of green color zoned on the terminations , where they are clearer. A great European classic.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.81” × 1.10” × 0.91”

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

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
 

TF36H6: The sample forms arborescent growths of crystals with hopper terminations. They have the deep green color that made famous the Pyromorphite from this locality.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (1976-1980)

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

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite  

TV94X7: Bundled aggregates of prismatic crystals with hollow terminations. They have a very deep and uniform green color. An excellent classic, of great quality, from Les Farges.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.9 × 1.8 cm = 2.13” × 1.54” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.43” × 0.12”

Former collection of Gilles Emringer
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite and Baryte
Pyromorphite and Baryte. Pyromorphite and Baryte.
Pyromorphite and Baryte  

MD67AD1: Crystals with very well defined faces and edges, and with an intense green color very typical for Les Farges, coating a group of very sharp white Baryte crystals.
A French classic, with an excellent quality, from the Gaudry collection.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.17” × 1.26” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.20” × 0.12”

Minor fluorescence short UV
Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte
 

EH98AK1: Pyromorphite crystals with a very intense and vivid color, translucent, bright and on a Baryte matrix coated by small white Quartz crystals. A French classic, different from the usual.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.1 × 4 cm = 2.24” × 1.61” × 1.57”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte. Side
Side
Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte.
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite with Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
 

LT46AK0: Druse of Pyromorphite crystals on a Quartz matrix with very well defined faces and edges, some of them doubly terminated, with slightly curved edges and perfect terminal faces, translucent, very bright and a grass green color that is extraordinarily intense and very uniform. The sample is from the Philippe Morelon collection (number 1479) whose label, which includes more information on the back, will be sent to the buyer.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.2 × 2.9 cm = 2.56” × 1.65” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.2 cm = 0.28” × 0.08”

Former collection of Philippe Morelon
Pyromorphite with Baryte
 

EM71AD5: Aggregates of crystals with a very uncommon shape and color for Les Farges, with curved faces and edges, doubly terminated, bright, with an orange color and on a matrix of white Baryte crystals.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 13.5 × 9.3 × 5.2 cm = 5.31” × 3.66” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.24” × 0.12”

Minor fluorescence short UV
Pyromorphite with Baryte. Pyromorphite with Baryte.
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
 

EB86J5: Different from the usual habit for the locality. The crystals, of excellent luster, are prismatic, relatively short and a lot of them are doubly terminated. The color, apple-green, is different for the locality.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (±1970)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 8.5 × 4.5 cm = 5.71” × 3.35” × 1.77”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV
Mimetite with Pyromorphite and Wulfenite
 

PC96G0: Due to the crystal habit, we thought it could be Mimetite. Analysis indicates that every individual is formed from an inner crystal of Pyromorphite covered, in a second phase, with Mimetite. Completing the specimen, a little orange crystal of Wulfenite stands on the top. As we normally do in these cases we will send the buyer a copy of the analysis.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France (1972)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.9 × 3 cm = 1.73” × 1.54” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.20” × 0.04”

Mimetite with Pyromorphite and Wulfenite.
Mimetite with Pyromorphite and Wulfenite.
Mimetite with Pyromorphite and Wulfenite.

OCCITANIE


Baryte
Baryte.
 

EA6G1: The groups nearly spherical ("pompons") of laminar crystals, snowy-white, in contrast with the grayish matrix.
Les Cèdres Mine, Asce. 32, Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard, Occitanie  France (1996)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.5 × 5 cm = 4.53” × 3.35” × 1.97”

Baryte
 

CG12X7: Spheroidal aggregates of white laminar crystals with pearly luster and implanted on matrix. A French classic.
Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 17 × 9 × 7.7 cm = 6.69” × 3.54” × 3.03”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 4 cm = 1.65” × 1.57”

Baryte. Baryte.
Bournonite with Sphalerite
Bournonite with Sphalerite. Bournonite with Sphalerite.
Bournonite with Sphalerite.
 

EM37AA4: Aggregate of two tabular Bournonite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, forming cyclic twins and on a matrix coated by very bright Sphalerite crystals, a uncommon mineral association for the locality. A French classic of very good quality.
Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard, Occitanie  France (±1970-80)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.4 × 2.8 cm = 2.13” × 1.73” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.83” × 0.63”

Bournonite with Sphalerite
 

TB68K0: Group of crystals of considerable size. They are neat cyclic twins and are very well defined with sharp faces and edges. The locality is a classic but the specimen is from a recent find in 2005.
La Sanguinède Mine, Les Malines Mining District, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Le Vigan, Gard, Occitanie  France (2005)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 8.7 × 5.6 cm = 4.57” × 3.43” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.26” × 0.63”

Bournonite with Sphalerite. Bournonite with Sphalerite.
Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite
Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite. Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite.
Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite  

SM56AD6: Very sharp acute scalenohedral Calcite crystals, translucent white, on a Sphalerite matrix with Pyrite microcrystals. The locality is not well known, as is usual with a lot of samples from this collection.
Trèves Mine, Fournels Valley, Trèves, Gard, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 9.7 × 7.9 × 3.2 cm = 3.82” × 3.11” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.9 cm = 0.67” × 0.35”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Calcite with Dolomite
 

EC59AA2: Complex single crystal with the predominating faces of a prism, a scalenohedron and a terminal rhombohedron. The crystal is translucent, bright, with a uniform yellow color and it is on a rocky matrix coated by Dolomite crystals. Of very good quality for the locality.
Pallières Mines, Saint-Félix-de-Pallières, Anduze, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France (2007-2008)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 2.2 cm = 2.01” × 1.69” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.55”

Calcite with Dolomite.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite  

SV42AC7: Druse of very complex Calcite crystals with many faces, among which are sharp rhombohedra and shortened scalenohedra, giving it an equant shape. The crystals, on a matrix of Dolomite and Sphalerite, are transparent, bright and have a pale yellow color.
Joseph Mine, Saint-Félix-de-Pallières, Anduze, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8 × 5.3 cm = 4.13” × 3.15” × 2.09”

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

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Calcite
Calcite  

SE86AE3: Druse, on a rocky matrix, of very sharp trapezohedral crystals that are colorless, transparent and very bright.
The sample is with a label from the Stoppani collection that we’ll send to the buyer. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Bagard Quarry, Bagard, Anduze, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France (2006)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.5 × 4 cm = 3.43” × 2.95” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.8 cm = 0.59” × 0.31”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Calcite. Calcite.
Azurite on Baryte
Azurite on Baryte.
Azurite on Baryte  

SQ14AC0: Parallel aggregate of two elongated prismatic crystals that are translucent, with a very deep color and on a Baryte matrix. The sample is a thumbnail and as is the case with so many specimens in this collection is of great quality for the locality.
Mas Dieu, Mercoirol, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France (2005)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.79” × 0.59” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.2 cm = 0.28” × 0.08”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite  

EZ46AG9: Tapered prismatic crystals with curvatures on the prism edges, with an intense and uniform clear-green color and on matrix.
The sample, of an excellent quality for a locality that is not well known for good quality Pyromorphite, is from the Christophe Marot collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Mas Dieu, Mercoirol, Alès, Gard, Occitanie  France (±1996)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3.9 × 1.3 cm = 2.40” × 1.54” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Former collection of Christophe Marot
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Stolzite
Stolzite. Front
Front
Stolzite. Front
Front
Stolzite. Side
Side
 

EP86J8: The sample is from a recent find of this species at an European locality that we can consider as a classic for excellence. Group of very aerial tabular crystals of very well defined faces and edges.
Sainte Lucie Mine, St. Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie  France (05/2007)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.26” × 0.91” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.55”

Intense zoned fluorescence long & short UV
Stolzite with Cerussite
 

TR97M0: From the classic Sainte Lucie Mine. A tabular floater crystal, of considerable size for the species, partially covered by Cerussite. Faces on sides show well defined terminations.
Sainte Lucie Mine, St. Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.9 × 0.5 cm = 1.46” × 1.14” × 0.20”

Cerussite fluorescent short UV
Stolzite with Cerussite. Front
Front
Stolzite with Cerussite. Top
Top
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite.
 

EJ16J8: From a recent rediscovery at the locality. Group of cubic crystals of perfectly defined faces and edges and deep yellow color, almost honey, considerably transparent and with small crystals of Chalcopyrite.
Le Piboul (Le Pivoul), Gabrias, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie  France (05/2007)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.8 × 2.1 cm = 2.28” × 1.89” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.5 cm = 0.75” × 0.59”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
 

EK16J8: From a recent rediscovery at the locality. Group of cubic crystals of perfectly defined faces and edges and deep yellow color, almost honey, considerably transparent and with small crystals of Chalcopyrite.
Le Piboul (Le Pivoul), Gabrias, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie  France (05/2007)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.2 × 2.4 cm = 2.83” × 2.05” × 0.94”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite.
Pyrite with Calcite
Pyrite with Calcite. Pyrite with Calcite.
 

MD13X3: Coatings of small octahedral Pyrite crystals, very well defined and bright, on an aggregate of lenticular Calcite crystals.
Salsigne Mine, Salsigne, Mas-Cabardès, Carcassonne, Aude, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 9.8 × 8.3 × 3 cm = 3.86” × 3.27” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.91” × 0.31”

Hydroxylbästnasite-(Ce) with Calcite
 

MX67AF1: A group of very sharp laminar Hydroxylbastnäsite crystals, one of them very aerial and clearly dominant. They are transparent, have a honey color and are on a Calcite matrix. A classic of French and worldwide mineralogy.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.6 × 2.9 cm = 1.38” × 1.02” × 1.14”

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

Calcite minor fluorescence short UV
Hydroxylbästnasite-(Ce) with Calcite. Hydroxylbästnasite-(Ce) with Calcite.
Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite
Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite. Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite.
Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite.
 

TX48AG0: Group of very sharp tabular Hydroxylbastnäsite crystals, between transparent and translucent and with an intense and uniform color, and implanted on a matrix coated by rhombohedral Dolomite crystals.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.3 × 3.2 cm = 2.24” × 1.30” × 1.26”

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

Dissakisite-(Ce) on Dolomite
 

F26RE8: The mineralogical literature is not clear if we are dealing with Dissakisite-(Ce) or Allanite-(Ce). Both species are the end species of an isomorphic range and most of the samples from Trimouns present colored zones where the darker ones correspond with Allanite-(Ce) (as it is richer in iron) and the lighter areas are Dissakisite-(Ce) We have not analyzed this sample but the uniform color, and especially it lightness, indicate that it is poor in iron so we guess that it is Dissakisite-(Ce)
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Occitanie  France (±1997)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.1 × 1.9 cm = 2.64” × 2.01” × 0.75”

Dissakisite-(Ce) on Dolomite.
Dissakisite-(Ce) on Dolomite.
Monazite-(Ce) on Dolomite
Monazite-(Ce) on Dolomite. Monazite-(Ce) on Dolomite.
 

MT56AG9: Aggregate of three small, very well defined, transparent and bright Monazite-Ce crystals. They have a vivid and uniform yellow color and are implanted on a matrix with white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.2 × 3.6 cm = 2.09” × 1.26” × 1.42”

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

Quartz with Dolomite, Talc and Allanite-(Ce)
 

EF6T4: Well developed crystal of Quartz with a very visible inclusion that shows a feather shape, very probably Allanite-(Ce). Is on matrix, with Dolomite and small laminar crystals of Talc.
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Occitanie  France (02/2011)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 5.9 × 4.3 cm = 3.62” × 2.32” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 7.7 × 1.9 cm = 3.03” × 0.75”

Quartz with Dolomite, Talc and Allanite-(Ce). Quartz with Dolomite, Talc and Allanite-(Ce).
Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz
Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
 

EQ86W7: From a very recent find. Sharp tristetrahedral crystals with an excellent luster and they are larger that has been known for the locality. They are on matrix, with Chalcopyrite and Quartz crystals. The find has been described in number 107 of ‘Le Règne Minéral’ magazine.
Lina Mine, level 06-07, Alzen, Foix, Ariège, Occitanie  France (2012)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.9 × 1.7 cm = 2.72” × 1.93” × 0.67”

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

Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz
 

EM66W7: From a very recent find. Sharp crystals showing the faces of the tetrahedron and tristetrahedron. They have an excellent luster and are larger than hasbeen known for the locality. They are on matrix, with Chalcopyrite and Quartz crystals. The find has been described in number 107 of ‘Le Règne Minéral’ magazine.
Lina Mine, level 06-07, Alzen, Foix, Ariège, Occitanie  France (2012)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.5 × 3 cm = 2.95” × 2.17” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”

Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
Cuprian Aragonite
Cuprian Aragonite.
 

EJ13Y0: Fine botryoidal aggregate, on matrix, of cuprian Aragonite, with a uniform sky blue color on most of the sample, partially bordered by white smaller forms of the same Aragonite.
Lina Mine, level 07-08, Alzen, Foix, Ariège, Occitanie  France (2012)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.6 × 1.3 cm = 1.81” × 1.42” × 0.51”

Cuprian Aragonite
 

EX58AB4: Botryoidal aggregate, on matrix, of cuprian Aragonite. It has a uniform greenish color that in some areas of the sample tend to grayish tones. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #40, April 21, 2015 edition.
Lina Mine, level 07-08, Alzen, Foix, Ariège, Occitanie  France (2012)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.76” × 1.73” × 1.30”

Cuprian Aragonite.
Cuprian Aragonite
Cuprian Aragonite. Cuprian Aragonite.
 

EP46AB4: A curious sample with botryoidal and very individualized and strongly curved forms that coat and border an angular matrix. The aragonite is cuprian, with a uniform greenish color, with a tint of gray. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lina Mine, level 07-08, Alzen, Foix, Ariège, Occitanie  France (2012)

Specimen size: 17 × 11.5 × 6.5 cm = 6.69” × 4.53” × 2.56”

Pyromorphite
 

MA16M9: A novelty of Tucson 2009. Globular growths of barreled crystals of good luster and yellowish green color. The sample is from a recent find in a locality hitherto little known.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Sainte-Marie Show 2009’ section of the magazine ‘Minéraux et Fossiles’ and appears on page 18 of number 383.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (2008)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.22” × 1.10” × 0.79”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz.
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
 

MB48N2: A novelty of Tucson 2009. Greenish yellow globular crystals that contrast on a matrix of massive white Quartz.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (2008)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 9.5 × 4.7 cm = 4.09” × 3.74” × 1.85”

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

Pyromorphite with Quartz
 

MA52N2: A novelty of Tucson 2009. Globular crystals whose color is a little more intense and less greenish than the most of the samples of the find. They contrast on a matrix of massive white Quartz.
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (2008)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.7 × 5.3 cm = 4.80” × 3.82” × 2.09”

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

Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.
Ca-bearing Pyromorphite (polysphaerite)
Ca-bearing Pyromorphite (polysphaerite). Ca-bearing Pyromorphite (polysphaerite).
 

TP69Y1: Clear and uniform green botryoidal aggregate, coating and surrounding a Quartz matrix. The analysis reveals it is polysphaerite, a chemical variety Pyromorphite, very rich in calcium and very rare. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen was photographed for the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 14 of number 5/2013
La Vidale Mine (Brezies), Asprières, Saint-Martin de Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.3 × 4.9 cm = 2.95” × 2.09” × 1.93”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Malachite
Malachite  

SF12AC0: Botryoidal growth, on matrix, with neat and bright surfaces and a clear green color. It is from a not so well known French locality.
Bonche Peyrol Mine, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (1976)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 3.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.22” × 1.46” × 0.67”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Malachite. Malachite.
Malachite with Quartz
Malachite with Quartz. Malachite with Quartz.
Malachite with Quartz  

SC86AC3: Botryoidal growths and coatings with different green shades, from light to dark. They are on a group of Quartz crystals. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Bonche Peyrol Mine, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (2004)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.5 × 2.2 cm = 2.28” × 1.77” × 0.87”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Pyromorphite with Baryte and Quartz
 

ET14Z9: Slightly spindled Pyromorphite crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, with a deep and uniform green color and on a Baryte matrix with small Quartz crystals. The sample is from a not so well known locality.
Bouillac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.4 × 4.7 cm = 2.24” × 2.13” × 1.85”

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

Pyromorphite with Baryte and Quartz. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Baryte and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Analcime with Calcite and Malachite
Analcime with Calcite and Malachite.
 

MJ10V1: Translucent trapezohedral crystal of Analcime, with very well defined faces and edges and implanted on a polycrystalline growth of Calcite that is a perimorph of an old crystal of Calcite, now disappeared, and with small inclusions of Malachite. The locality is not so well known for the species.
L'Hermie Quarry, Port-d'Agrès, Decazeville, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (2007)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.14” × 1.02” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.55” × 0.43”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV
Galena with Sphalerite
 

MZ66AB8: Very sharp octahedral Galena crystals with very well defined faces and edges on a Sphalerite matrix. The sample is from a classic French locality.
Planioles Mine, Planioles, Figeac-Ouest, Figeac, Lot, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.5 × 2.4 cm = 2.28” × 1.38” × 0.94”

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

Former collection of Denis Boël
Galena with Sphalerite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
 

EJ14X1: Radial aggregates and fanlike growths, on matrix, of acicular crystals that have a very intense and uniform color. An European classic seen only from old findings.
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Occitanie  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.4 × 1.5 cm = 1.69” × 1.34” × 0.59”

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite  

MA96AD9: Very aerial aggregates with crusts, botryoidal growths and fine acicular crystals with a very intense green color. An European classic seen only from old finds.
The sample is from the F. Gaudry collection whose label (in which is noted that it previously was in the Michel Brunet collection, Canada) we’ll send to the buyer.
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 5.1 × 5 × 3.2 cm = 2.01” × 1.97” × 1.26”

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
 

EG48T7: Spheroidal growths of Pyromorphite with very thin acicular crystals, with rare transparency and intense green color. They are on a matrix of slate partially coated by Quartz. A classic from the past.
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Occitanie  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.4 × 2.7 cm = 2.68” × 2.52” × 1.06”

Pyromorphite
 

ER48X1: Radial growths of very bright acicular crystals that have a very intense and uniform clear green color that contrasts with the white tone of the Quartz matrix. An European classic seen only from old findings.
Saint-Salvy Mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, Occitanie  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 4.4 × 3.6 cm = 3.27” × 1.73” × 1.42”

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz.
 

TM96H7: The sample from a classic locality is high quality. It is formed by transparent cubic crystals, blue, but slightly greenish and with geometric zonations of deep sky blue outlining the orientation of the edges.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France (2005)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.2 × 3.4 cm = 2.48” × 2.05” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.75”

Fluorescent long & short UV
Chalcopyrite with Quartz
 

TR97AK4: Druze of unusually well formed Chalcopyrite crystals for the deposit, with very bright polycrystalline growths. They exhibit a lively iridescence, are on matrix and partially covered with small transparent crystals of Quartz.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 8.8 × 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 3.46” × 2.56” × 1.77”

Chalcopyrite with Quartz. Chalcopyrite with Quartz.
Copper with Quartz
Copper with Quartz. Copper with Quartz.
Copper with Quartz  

ED96AG7: Dendritic Copper growths with small crystals, rich with faces. They are on a matrix with small Quartz crystals.
The sample is from a well known locality that produced only rare Copper growths of such quality and is from the Christophe Marot collection (cat. nr. C7-05), whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.3 × 3.7 cm = 2.52” × 1.69” × 1.46”

Former collection of Christophe Marot
Azurite with Malachite, Quartz and Hematite
Azurite with Malachite, Quartz and Hematite  

SP87AC0: Double rosette growth of flattened Azurite crystals. They are very bright, have a very deep color and are on a Quartz matrix, with botryoidal Hematite and Malachite coatings with a pale green color. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Le Moulinal Mine, Saint-Jean-de-Jeannes, Alban, Tarn, Occitanie  France (2003)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.3 × 2.9 cm = 2.76” × 1.69” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.47” × 0.31”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Azurite with Malachite, Quartz and Hematite. Azurite with Malachite, Quartz and Hematite.
Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
 

MC89AI4: A novelty at Munich 2018. Lovely Fluorites from the abandoned mine of Four de Cluzel located in the Peyrebrune area. By their color, size and luster they are probably among the best French Fluorites. Congratulations to the team that recovered this treasure from an unexpected place.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.20” × 2.17” × 1.77”

Fluorescent long & short UV
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

MT56AI7: A novelty at Munich 2018. Group of very sharp cubic Fluorite crystals between transparent and translucent, extraordinarily bright with a very vivid golden yellow color and partially coated by small Quartz crystals with groups of white Baryte crystals. By their color, size and luster they are probably among the best French Fluorites.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 10.8 × 4.6 cm = 4.96” × 4.25” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 5.5 cm = 2.20” × 2.17”

Fluorescent long & short UV
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz.
Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite
Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite.
 

TT14N3: Novelties from the classic mine of Peyrebrune, well known its Fluorites. In November 2008, a small pocket found in the higher levels of the Rivet Quarry produced Rhodochrosite (analyzed), but more surprising is that the black material is another species, Kentrolite, a rare silicate of manganese and lead, never previously found on this site.
This sample is a good representation of this interesting find.
Rivet Quarry, level 1, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (10/11/2008)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.89” × 1.10” × 1.02”

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

Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite
 

TH13N3: Novelties from the classic mine of Peyrebrune, well known its Fluorites. In November 2008, a small pocket found in the higher levels of the Rivet Quarry produced Rhodochrosite (analyzed), but more surprising is that the black material is another species, Kentrolite, a rare silicate of manganese and lead, never previously found on this site.
This sample is a good representation of this interesting find.
Rivet Quarry, level 1, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (10/11/2008)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.2 × 4.5 cm = 2.87” × 2.05” × 1.77”

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

Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite. Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite.
Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite
Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite. Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite.
Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite  

SJ97AC0: Spheroidal and botryoidal growths of Kentrolite, a rare manganese silicate, coated by botryoidal Rhodochrosite with an intense pink color. It is one of the best Kentrolites of a single find at the Peyrebrune Mine. We made the first announcement of this find after analyzing it, so we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Rivet Quarry, level 1, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (10/11/2008)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.4 × 5.2 cm = 3.03” × 2.52” × 2.05”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite
 

TQ6N3: Novelties from the classic mine of Peyrebrune, well known its Fluorites. In November 2008, a small pocket found in the higher levels of the Rivet Quarry produced Rhodochrosite (analyzed), but more surprising is that the black material is another species, Kentrolite, a rare silicate of manganese and lead, never previously found on this site.
This sample is a good representation of this interesting find.
Rivet Quarry, level 1, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (10/11/2008)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.5 × 7.5 cm = 3.54” × 2.17” × 2.95”

Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite.
Rhodochrosite with Kentrolite.

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Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
Fluorite with Baryte  

TC49X7: Aggregate of translucent cubic crystals that are very bright and have a deep green color, with a neat geometric color zoning, clearer on the edges.
Fontsante Mine, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.4 × 3.7 cm = 2.40” × 2.13” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.7 cm = 0.91” × 0.67”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Gilles Emringer
Azurite with Malachite, Olivenite and Baryte
 

MB86AB1: Superficial growths of transparent and very bright Azurite microcrystals that have a very intense color. They are on matrix, with intense green Malachite, acicular Olivenite microcrystals with a clearer green color, with olive shades, and with small laminar Baryte crystals. The sample is from a classic French locality, very well known by its wide variety of species, most of them “micro”.
Cap Garonne Mine, Le Pradet, Toulon, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.5 × 3 cm = 3.43” × 2.95” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Azurite with Malachite, Olivenite and Baryte. Azurite with Malachite, Olivenite and Baryte.
Quartz
Quartz.
 

E85D: As strange, transparent and brilliant as the photo shows.
Sigoyer area, Forcalquier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (1994-1997)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.50” × 0.87” × 0.67”

Quartz
 

E87NYJ3: Group of clear crystals with curious growths and deformations. In some of them the prism is absent, in others it is considerably enlarged. The luster is extraordinary.
Sigoyer area, Forcalquier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (1994-1997)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5 × 6.2 cm = 3.43” × 1.97” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.81” × 0.71”

Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Rear
Rear


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