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On this page we have shown a good representation of the specimens from the Joaquim Callen's Photo Gallery 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.

Jordi Fabre Text: Jordi Fabre (Fabre Minerals)
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White

 

 

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

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

Joaquim Callén

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USA

Rhodochrosite  

 

 

Rhodochrosite  
Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.

TM91AG1
An American classic coming from a mainly forgotten mine, the Anselmo mine. The crystals are almost completely covered by a thin crust of Quartz but in some places where there is no Quartz you can see their excellent color.

 

Anselmo Mine, Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow County, Montana
USA


Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.1 × 3 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”


  Beryl (variety morganite) with Muscovite

Elizabeth R. Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, California
USA


Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Beryl (variety morganite) with Muscovite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety morganite) with Muscovite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety morganite) with Muscovite. Side
Side
Beryl (variety morganite) with Muscovite. Side
Side

TG91AG1
Very good geometry, a floater, doubly terminated and with a white phantom inside. Its color is not very intense but I like classics, and for obvious reasons I like this classic.

 
  Beryl (variety morganite) with Muscovite


Mexico

Quartz (variety amethyst)  

 

 

Quartz (variety amethyst)  
Quartz (variety amethyst). Quartz (variety amethyst).
Quartz (variety amethyst).

TB91AG1
Large crystals of amethyst, different than the classic amethysts of Las Vigas, with thicker and slightly tapered crystals and zoned color, very intense in the first generation of the crystal and colorless or white in its last growth phase. A classic of the past from the collection of José Luis Vallecillo.

 

Amatitlán, Municipio Zumpango del Río, Guerrero
Mexico


Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 17.7 × 11.5 × 6.7 cm = 7.0” × 4.5” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 6 × 1.7 cm = 2.4” × 0.7”



Europe

  Ba-rich Microcline (variety hyalophane)

Zagradski Potok Mine, Zagradski Creek, Busovača, Central Bosnia, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina

1989-1990


Minor fluorescence short UV

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.9 × 2.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Ba-rich Microcline (variety hyalophane). Front
Front
Ba-rich Microcline (variety hyalophane). Rear
Rear

MV14AI9
This is a floater group of Hyalophane crystals from Busovaca—practically the only locality for fine specimens of this Feldspar-group species. The lustrous, translucent crystals are very obviously repeating double Baveno-Manebach twins.

 
  Ba-rich Microcline (variety hyalophane)

Quartz  

 

 

Quartz  
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Rear
Rear

TE26AG1
La Gardette is a mythical name. That small mine located in the middle of the French Alps has offered and continues to offer some of the most elegant Quartzes in the world. A beauty as fascinating as the place where they are found.

 

La Gardette Mine, Villard-Notre-Dame, Le Bourg d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
France


Specimen size: 12.5 × 9.5 × 6.8 cm = 4.9” × 3.7” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 1.1 cm = 1.9” × 0.4”


  Baryte with Chalcopyrite

Dreislar Mine, Dreislar, Winterberg, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen
Germany


Specimen size: 9.7 × 6.4 × 4 cm = 3.8” × 2.5” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 9.4 × 4.3 cm = 3.7” × 1.7”

Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Side
Side
Baryte with Chalcopyrite.

MB57AI6
A sample that has the special attraction of being a German classic, a Baryte that forms a parallel aggregate of very sharp thick tabular crystals that are partially coated by disphenoidal Chalcopyrite crystals with a tetragonal shape, with very well defined faces and edges and very intense brightness.

 
  Baryte with Chalcopyrite

Silver with Calcite  

 

 

Silver with Calcite  
Silver with Calcite. Silver with Calcite.
Silver with Calcite. Silver with Calcite.

NT67AH3
Silver from Kongsberg is obviously part of the history of mineralogy but also of European history. On this sample the Silver has grown forming delicate arborescent aggregates of small octahedral crystals included in Calcite and on a rocky matrix.

 

Kongsberg mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud
Norway


Calcite fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.8 × 3 cm = 2.7” × 1.9” × 1.2”



FSU

  Calcite

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


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

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

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

Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear

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

 
  Calcite

Chrysobeyl (variety alexandrite) with Phlogopite  

 

 

Chrysobeyl (variety alexandrite) with Phlogopite  
Chrysobeyl (variety alexandrite) with Phlogopite. Front - neon light (day light)
Front - neon light (day light)
Chrysobeyl (variety alexandrite) with Phlogopite. Front - bulb light
Front - bulb light

TC69AI2
Alexandrite was one of the favorite gemstones of the Russian Czars and the Orenburg deposits provided excellent specimens, such as this floater crystal that formed a complete cyclic ( sixling) twin with a good color change according to the type of incident light, green with natural light and reddish-brownish under incandescent light. A very good Russian classic.

 

Orenburgskaya Oblast', Southern Urals, Urals Region
Russia


Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.6”



Morocco

  Scorodite with Karibibite

Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region
Morocco

09/2017


Specimen size: 11.7 × 8 × 4.8 cm = 4.6” × 3.1” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.4 ×0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Scorodite with Karibibite. Scorodite with Karibibite.
Scorodite with Karibibite. Scorodite with Karibibite.

ME51AG6
Scorodites are known in the Oumlil Mine but have recently been found there in very individual crystals and associated with Karibibite. This is the best piece that we got from this association in Munich 2017. Who knows if we will see more in the future, the only certain thing is that now and here we have this one.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2017 Munich Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ Nov/Dec 2017, number 138, page 35 and for the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ on page 71 of number 1/2018

 
  Scorodite with Karibibite


Africa (excl. Morocco)

Grandidierite with Feldspar  

 

 

Grandidierite with Feldspar  
Grandidierite with Feldspar. Front
Front
Grandidierite with Feldspar. Side
Side

MQ28AG8
Grandidierite is one of the great myths of mineralogy, especially in the field of rare species. It was believed that we would never see more Grandidierites of such quality as those that exist in the great museums of the world, especially the museums of Paris, but for a couple of years in a little-known Madagascar site excellent Grandidierites have been appearing, some of them of as great quality as the famous specimens that appeared in the past.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Munich 2017’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 70 of number 1/2018, and for the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 338 in the volume 49, number 2

 

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

02-06/2017


Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.8 × 2.9 cm = 2.1” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 1.7 cm = 2.0” × 0.7”


  Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky)

Mount Malosa, Zomba District
Malawi

Feldspar minor fluorescence long & short UV.

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

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

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

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

 
  Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky)

Elbaite with Mica  

 

 

Elbaite with Mica  
Elbaite with Mica. Front
Front
Elbaite with Mica. Light behind
Light behind

NF29AI2
Luminosity and balance are surely the terms that best define this specimen which displays a pinacoidal termination of the Elbaite crystal that is extraordinarily sharp and bright and with prismatic faces that are very well defined with a marked color zoning, green on the terminal half and a vibrant pink on the bottom half. The matrix, with leafy aggregates of Mica some of them very aerial, add the final aesthetic touch.

 

Naipa Mine, Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province
Mozambique

07/2017


Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.2 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.1”


  Quartz (variety citrine) with Albite

Mamapa, Nampula Province
Mozambique

2016


Specimen size: 6.4 × 2.7 × 1.8 cm = 2.5” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Quartz (variety citrine) with Albite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety citrine) with Albite. Side
Side
Quartz (variety citrine) with Albite. Side
Side

NA86AG1
From a new location not known until now come these limpid citrine Quartzes with an extraordinary color. Many of them have small dings, this one in particular also has some, but in any case its color is so beautiful that I think it can be forgiven.

 
  Quartz (variety citrine) with Albite

Wulfenite  

 

 

Wulfenite  
Wulfenite. Front
Front
Wulfenite. Side
Side
Wulfenite.

EG72AG6
Yes, the crystals of Wulfenite can also be very large as shown by this giant from Tsumeb, partially coated with crystals of Calcite and iron oxides.
The collector René Hubin from Neupré, Belgium had the luck and the success of obtaining this "monster" and us we were happy to buy it from him!

 

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region
Namibia


Former collection of René Hubin

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.7 × 1.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 0.5”


  Smithsonite (variety cadmium)

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region
Namibia


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

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

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

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

 
  Smithsonite (variety cadmium)

Shigaite with Rhodochrosite  

 

 

Shigaite with Rhodochrosite  
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite. Shigaite with Rhodochrosite.
Shigaite with Rhodochrosite.

MC93AG6
In 2017 in the N'Chwaning I Mine some manual work for the extraction of collector’s specimens was initiated. This colorful Shigaite in Rhodochrosite is a good example of the result of this work. The good form of the crystals that are very aerial, their transparency, color, brightness and perfection are the hallmarks of this piece.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2014 Munich Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ Nov/Dec 2017, number 138, page 29

 

N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province
South Africa

2017


Specimen size: 5.9 × 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 2.3” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”



Brazil

  Gold

Serra do Caldeirão claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Alto Guaporé District, Mato Grosso
Brazil

2015

Weight: 1.6 grams

Specimen size: 1 × 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Gold. Gold.

TM88AG8
What about the Golds from Serra do Caldeirão? Much of what happened there in 2015 is well explained in this FMF thread: An opportune harvest of Gold in Serra do Caldeirão claims, Brazil
This specimen has an excellent quality-price ratio given the good definition of the terminal faces of the crystals that show a kind of "hopper" growing.

 
  Gold

Euclase  

 

 

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

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

 

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


Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

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



China

  Pyromorphite

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

05/2000


Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 1.9 × 2.9 cm = 1.9” × 0.7” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.

AG96AJ9
This beautiful sample is not very large but it possesses a lot of esthetic qualities such as an intense luster, a color of an especially deep and vivid green shade, and the morphological variety of the crystals that varies from the acicular shape to the prismatic habit with pinacoidal terminations or parallel growths of doubly terminated crystals with polycrystalline or hollow terminations. A small jewel from the Silvane collection whose label we will send to the buyer.

 
  Pyromorphite

Beryl with Muscovite  

 

 

Beryl with Muscovite  
Beryl with Muscovite. Beryl with Muscovite.
Beryl with Muscovite.

MT90AJ6
The Xuebaoding Beryl is characterized by its tabular morphology, well known but not common for the species. The crystals are transparent to translucent and have a very attractive and uniform light sky blue color and are on a matrix of Muscovite crystals.

 

Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China

2017

Slight fluorescence in the corners

Specimen size: 10.9 × 8.2 × 3.7 cm = 4.3” × 3.2” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.1”


  Cassiterite with Muscovite

Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China

2017


Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Cassiterite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Side
Side
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Top
Top

NH66AH3
Geometry and a very intense luster characterize this twin of two crystals, a twin that is splendidly well defined and that has the added “touch” of very sharp laminar and perfectly defined Muscovite crystals.

 
  Cassiterite with Muscovite


Asia (excl. China) - Australia

Mimetite with Calcite  

 

 

Mimetite with Calcite  
Mimetite with Calcite. Front
Front
Mimetite with Calcite. Side
Side
Mimetite with Calcite.

TB87AH3
The luster, the finesse and the definition and the length of its crystals should be enough to consider the sample on a rank of very good quality, and more if we add an excellent esthetic profile that is especially photogenic.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 49, May 7, 2018 edition.

 

Gowd Mine, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 1.1”

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


  Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite

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

01/2015


Fluorescent short UV

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

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

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

 
  Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite

Copper  

 

 

Copper  
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.

MP7AH3
The sample is from a locality that is unusual in non-Australian collections. It is aesthetic, with dendritic growths of equant crystals that are very rich in forms with very well defined faces of the predominant dodecahedron. An infrequent mineral curiosity.

 

Boddington Mine, Boddington, Peel, Western Australia
Australia


Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.1 × 4.2 cm = 3.7” × 2.0” × 1.7”

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




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