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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.

AUSTRIA


Doubly terminated Diopside
Doubly terminated Diopside. Front
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Doubly terminated Diopside. Rear
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Doubly terminated Diopside

TA47F6: A European classic that is very hard to get. The large fine crystals are doubly terminated and an excellent color.
There are two labels with it, one from the R.M. Wilke collection (nº 1054) and the other from the dealer Filer (Redlands, California)
Diopside rift (Schwarzenstein), Ochsner-Rotkopf Massif, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, North Tyrol, Tyrol/Tirol  Austria

Specimen size: 10 × 2.7 × 2.3 cm = 3.9” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Almandine

VB26G5: A classic specimen which, aside its esthetical quality, has the feature that it has very well-defined crystals, free of damage and totally natural, without the polishing so frequently seen on the Tyrolean samples to make them more esthetic.
Gaisberg Valley, Obergurgl, Gurgler Valley, Ötz Valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol/Tirol  Austria

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.3” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.4”

Almandine. Front
Front
Almandine. Side
Side
Epidote with Byssolite
Epidote with Byssolite. Front
Front
Epidote with Byssolite. Rear
Rear
Epidote with Byssolite.

EA64N8: A novelty in Ste. Marie 2009. Group of crystals, most of them doubly terminated, of excellent transparency and luster and a very deep color. They are on matrix, with Actinolite (Byssolite). From a recent find in probably the most classical locality for the species.
Knappenwand, Knappenwand area, Untersulzbach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg  Austria (03/2009)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.9 × 2 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 0.5 cm = 1.7” × 0.2”

Epidote with Byssolite

EB61N8: A novelty in Ste. Marie 2009. Excellent sample, a group of long prismatic crystals with very good terminations. They have notable transparency and luster, and a very deep color. They are on matrix, with Actinolite (Byssolite). We must point out the very noticeable bending of the main crystal at the left, with a continuous curvature on the center one. From a recent find in probably the most classical locality for the species.
Knappenwand, Knappenwand area, Untersulzbach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg  Austria (03/2009)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 3.3” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 7.3 × 1.3 cm = 2.9” × 0.5”

Epidote with Byssolite. Front
Front
Epidote with Byssolite. Rear
Rear
Hematite with Muscovite and Clinochlore
Hematite with Muscovite and Clinochlore. Front
Front
Hematite with Muscovite and Clinochlore. Top
Top

EC86R3: Parallel growth of sharp and bright laminar crystals of Hematite, on matrix, with Muscovite and Clinochlore. We especially note the Austrian locality, very uncommon.
Mörchner area, Zemmgrund, Ziller Valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol/Tirol  Austria (1991)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 1.6” × 0.9” × 0.7”


BELGIUM


Twinned Calcite
Twinned Calcite

ET27AA4: Aggregate of lenticular Calcite crystals, the largest with the prism faces more developed. The crystals are translucent, their color is between yellow and orange and they have a gray color zoning. As in so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
La Sambre Quarry, Landelies, Montigny-le-Tilleul, Hainaut Province, Wallonia Region  Belgium

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.7 × 3.1 cm = 2.9” × 2.2” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 3.4 cm = 1.4” × 1.3”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Twinned Calcite. Front
Front
Twinned Calcite. Light behind
Light behind
Twinned Calcite. Top
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BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA


Hyalophane (Series)
Hyalophane (Series).

TH12H7: Group of very well-defined and bright crystals. They have a high degree of transparency and on both sides, more clearly at the left, the Baveno twin, typical of alkaline Feldspars, is present.
Zagradski Potok Mine, Zagradski Creek, Busovača, Central Bosnia, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina (2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Hyalophane (Series)

TZ90H9: A floater group of crystals from the classic locality of Busovaca, practically the only one for good quality specimens of this species. Crystals have very obvious double Baveno-Manebach twins, and they are translucent and bright.
Zagradski Potok Mine, Zagradski Creek, Busovača, Central Bosnia, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina (2004)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.1 × 4.8 cm = 2.7” × 2.4” × 1.9”

Hyalophane (Series). Front
Front
Hyalophane (Series). Top
Top
Hyalophane (Series) on Quartz (variety smoky)
Hyalophane (Series) on Quartz (variety smoky). Hyalophane (Series) on Quartz (variety smoky).

TB46G0: A group of prismatic crystals, with very good luster and definition of forms. It is attached to a matrix of Quartz, something that we had never seen before.
Zagradski Potok Mine, Zagradski Creek, Busovača, Central Bosnia, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina (2004)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.3 × 3.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.5” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”

Hyalophane (Series) with Rutile

MC62AE7: Aggregate of very sharp Hyalophane (feldspar series) crystals that are transparent and have a slightly bluish-gray color and are partially coated by unusual aggregates of acicular Rutile crystals.
Zagradski Potok Mine, Zagradski Creek, Busovača, Central Bosnia, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina (1989-1990)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.4 × 1.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Hyalophane (Series) with Rutile. Hyalophane (Series) with Rutile.

BULGARIA


Galena
Galena. Front
Front
Galena. Top
Top

MH26M9: Group of cubic crystals of Galena, some of them flattened and have a tabular aspect. They have the vertices truncated by the triangular faces of the octahedron. On the lower side there is a small, very well defined, crystal of Sphalerite which color is honey yellow.
A photograph of this specimen is on the page 207 of the book "Earth Science" (4th edition) published by BJU.
Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (2002)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.2 × 3.1 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 1.2”

Galena with Sphalerite

TV86K4: Group of cubic crystals that show triangular faces at vertices corresponding to the octahedron. Some of the cubic faces show hollow structures and forms of dissolution. At the top of the sample there are very bright Sphalerite crystals.
Angel Yanakiev Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (2005)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.6” × 0.9”

Galena with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Galena with Sphalerite. Top
Top
Sphalerite with Quartz and Galena
Sphalerite with Quartz and Galena. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Quartz and Galena. Side
Side

TC47Q6: Parallel growth with a prominent tetrahedral-face, aerial and sharp, with very well defined faces and edges and an excellent luster. The matrix is especially rich in small crystals of Quartz and cube-octahedral crystals of Galena.
Borieva Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (2008)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.4” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Sphalerite with Galena, Chalcopyrite and Quartz

EM26M2: In this excellent sample, Sphalerite crystals are showing extremely defined crystalline forms, more than usual for the species. Tetrahedral faces are dominant but other accessory faces are perfectly visible. The Sphalerite crystals are very aerials on a Quartz crystal-rich matrix also with Chalcopyrite and Galena crystals.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2008 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine Le Règne Minéral number 82 (July-August 2008), page 82.
Borieva Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (06/2008)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.5 × 5.9 cm = 2.8” × 2.6” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Sphalerite with Galena, Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Galena, Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Top
Top
Sphalerite with Galena, Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
Sphalerite (variety cleophane)
Sphalerite (variety cleophane).

MD96N4: Group of octahedral crystals beveled by the dodecahedron. They are bright, transparent and have the typical greenish shade that characterizes the variety Cleophane.
September Mine (9th of September Mine) , Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (1993)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Sphalerite (variety cleiophane) with Quartz and Galena

ML37N4: Group of bright, transparent crystals of Sphalerite with the greenish color that characterizes the variety cleiophane. With small cubic crystals of Galena and groups of small, very bright, crystals of Quartz.
September Mine (9th of September Mine) , Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (1993)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.5 × 2 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Sphalerite (variety cleiophane)  with Quartz and Galena. Sphalerite (variety cleiophane)  with Quartz and Galena.
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.

ER11M9: Twinned Sphalerite crystals with very well defined flat faces, which is not too common for the species. They are associated with Chalcopyrite crystals, small cubes of Galena and Quartz crystals.
Mogilata Deposit, September Mine (9th of September Mine) , Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (1992)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 7.6 × 3.4 cm = 3.3” × 3.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.8 cm = 0.8” × 0.7”

Pyrite

MC12N4: Very aerial floater group of crystals formed by the faces of the cube and the pyritohedron with very well marked longitudinal striations.
Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (1996)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.6 × 2.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Quartz
Calcite with Quartz.

MG61N4: A very esthetic sample with polycrystalline growths on a tabular crystal attached to a group of clear crystals of Quartz.
Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (1997)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 6 × 2.6 cm = 2.4” × 2.4” × 1.0”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Quartz
Calcite with Quartz

EZ97AA4: Uniaxial growths of lenticular (flattened rhombohedron) Calcite crystals. They are translucent, have a light pinkish color and are on a matrix of Quartz crystals. A Calcite with a very uncommon shape for the locality.
Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.7 × 5.3 cm = 3.4” × 3.0” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 2.1 cm = 2.1” × 0.8”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Calcite with Quartz. Calcite with Quartz.
Calcite with Dolomite (perimorphose) and Quartz
Calcite with Dolomite (perimorphose) and Quartz. Front
Front
Calcite with Dolomite (perimorphose) and Quartz. Side
Side
Calcite with Dolomite (perimorphose) and Quartz.
Calcite with Dolomite (perimorphose) and Quartz

ER68AA4: Aggregate of lenticular Calcite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, white, translucent and on a matrix of Quartz crystals with perimorphic Dolomite growths. As in so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria

Specimen size: 10.1 × 8.9 × 5.4 cm = 4.0” × 3.5” × 2.1”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite

TA96M3: Excellent miniature. Crystals shows a better brilliance than usual for the locality. Specimen is formed by a group of crystals with very sharp faces and edges, excellent terminations and a very aerial shape.
The specimen is from the Thomas Moore collection and we’ll send the label to the buyer.

Pcheloyad Mine, Momchilgrad Obshtina, Kardzhali Oblast  Bulgaria

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Top
Top
Pyromorphite with Quartz
Pyromorphite with Quartz. Pyromorphite with Quartz.

TX63V8: From an old and abandoned Bulgarian locality, these individual brown crystals of Pyromorphite look nice perched on the white Quartz matrix.
Something unusual and with some beauty too.
Pcheloyad Mine, level 200, Momchilgrad Obshtina, Kardzhali Oblast  Bulgaria

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.3 × 2 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.2” × 0.0”


CZECH REPUBLIC


Calcite with inclusions
Calcite with inclusions

EF49AA4: Druse of rhombohedral Calcite crystals with very well defined faces and edges and a red color, due to abundant inclusions, and partially coated by a second generation of small, white, Calcite crystals. As in so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Příbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 8.7 × 8 × 3.8 cm = 3.4” × 3.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Fluorescence on the matrix (short and long UV)

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Calcite with inclusions. Calcite with inclusions.
Calcite with inclusions.
Mimetite with Quartz and Siderite
Mimetite with Quartz and Siderite. Mimetite with Quartz and Siderite.
Mimetite with Quartz and Siderite

TF96W8: Rosette growths of Mimetite crystals with an intense yellow color. They are on matrix, with Quartz and Siderite. Mimetite is a very uncommon species at Pribram and the rare well known samples have been quite old, as is the case of this piece, whose pedigree is testified by the three attached labels and the collection card, that we’ll send to the buyer.
Příbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 7.9 × 7.8 × 4.3 cm = 3.1” × 3.1” × 1.7”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Sphalerite with Quartz

ED36K0: Small, very well defined crystals of deep red color very uncommon from this locality, on a surface of micro-crystalline Quartz.
Příbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic (±1960)

Specimen size: 9 × 8.6 × 3.7 cm = 3.5” × 3.4” × 1.5”

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

Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.
Cassiterite on Quartz
Cassiterite on Quartz.
Cassiterite on Quartz.
Cassiterite on Quartz

MH80F3: Classic locality for excellent Cassiterite. The very brilliant crystals have some degree of translucence and are lighter in color than is typical for the locality. They are on a matrix of Quartz.
There is also a label from the collection of Professor H. Siegmund of Vienna (number 337)
Cinovec/Zinnwald, Erzgebirge, Krusné Hory Mts., Ústí Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 8 × 4.7 × 1.8 cm = 3.1” × 1.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Aragonite

TB56X4: Very sharp crystal with prismatic shape, translucent, a yellowish color and with a very well marked twin on the terminal faces. A classic from the Czech Republic.
Číčov hill (Spitzberg), Hořenec (Horzenz), Bílina (Bilin), Ústí Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 4 × 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.6” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Aragonite.
Montroseite
Montroseite. Montroseite.

EH66AH6: Druse, on matrix, of acicular crystals of Montroseite, a rare iron and vanadium hydroxide, that are bright and have a very dark, almost black, green color.
Prachovice, Pardubice Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic (2005)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 1.4” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”

Titanite with Quartz

MF9Q7: A piece from a classic but not so well known locality. The small crystals have very good quality, with a very obvious twin and an extraordinary luster. With crystals of Quartz and on matrix.
Krásne, Šumperk, Olomouc Region, Moravia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 8.8 × 8.3 × 5.5 cm = 3.5” × 3.3” × 2.2”

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

Titanite with Quartz. Titanite with Quartz.

DENMARK


Steenstrupine
Steenstrupine. Steenstrupine.
Steenstrupine

ED76Y8: Group of black crystals with a dipyramidal shape and rhombic aspect (they are trigonal). They have very well developed faces and edges and are a good size for this rare cyclosilicate. The sample, on matrix and with fibrous Aegirine aggregates on the back, is with a Claus Hedegaard collection label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Tasseq Skråningen, Ilimaussaq Massif, Narsaq (Narssaq), Kujalleq, Greenland  Denmark

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4 × 2 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.7 cm = 0.8” × 0.7”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard

Steenstrupine
Steenstrupine

EC67Y8: Isolated black crystal with dipyramidal shape and rhombic aspect (it is trigonal). It has very well developed faces and edges and a good size for this rare cyclosilicate. The sample is with a Claus Hedegaard collection label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Tasseq Skråningen, Ilimaussaq Massif, Narsaq (Narssaq), Kujalleq, Greenland  Denmark

Specimen size: 3 × 2.8 × 1.9 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard

Steenstrupine.

FRANCE


Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

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 = 1.1” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

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 = 1.5” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

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 = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Type locality

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 = 2.7” × 1.8” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Type locality

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Side
Side
Azurite.
Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. 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 = 2.9” × 2.4” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Type locality

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 = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Type locality

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Malachite after Azurite. Malachite after Azurite.
Malachite after Cuprite
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 = 0.7” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Malachite after Cuprite

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 = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Malachite after Cuprite. Front
Front
Malachite after Cuprite. Side
Side
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 = 0.8” × 0.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

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 = 1.8” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

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 = 3.8” × 3.7” × 1.2”

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

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 = 2.6” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

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 = 1.7” × 1.3” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 1.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.5”

Quartz
Quartz

JB86AC4: Irregular aggregate, on matrix, of very clear and extraordinarily bright crystals whose terminations have the more typical shape for the locality, with a greater development of one of the terminal faces.
The simple is from the James Catmur collection (register B284), whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
La Gardette Mine, Villard-Notre-Dame, Le Bourg d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1989)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.9 × 5.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.3” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 0.5 cm = 1.3” × 0.2”

Former collection of James Catmur

Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz. Side
Side
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 = 4.4” × 2.5” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 0.9 cm = 2.6” × 0.4”

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 = 1.8” × 0.5” × 0.3”

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 = 4.3” × 3.1” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.5 cm = 1.3” × 0.2”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV