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





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USA

Beryl (variety red beryl)
Beryl (variety red beryl). Beryl (variety red beryl).

Recorded under LED light
 

TV89AL5: Group of Beryl crystals (variety red beryl), one of them clearly dominant, doubly terminated, shiny, with a very intense color, on matrix. An excellent American classic that for years has disappeared from the market due to the cessation of work on the deposit.
Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah  USA

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.6 × 4 cm = 2.48” × 2.20” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.63” × 0.51”




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Cerussite with Malachite

Recorded under LED light
Cerussite with Malachite
 

TT48AL5: Group of flattened, twinned crystals, with lattice growths, colorless, transparent, with good luster and small inclusions of Malachite. Of the best quality for a historical locality, especially for its perfection since these specimens are usually very fragile, often have damage, but this piece is nevertheless perfect. The sample comes from the Dick Norris collection (no. 179) whose label, together with a previous one by Dave Bunk, we will send to the buyer.
Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, St. Anthony deposit, Tiger, Mammoth District, Pinal County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.85” × 1.34” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 3.1 cm = 1.81” × 1.22”

Fluorescent short UV

Former Collection of Dick Morris



Cerussite with Malachite. Front
Front
Cerussite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite with Malachite. Side
Side
Cerussite with Malachite. Side
Side
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Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite. Side
Side
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite. Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite.

Recorded under LED light
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite
 

EN87AI8: Rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals that are translucent and bright with a very intense and deep color. They are with Galena, Pyrite and small Quartz crystals and, furthermore, there are Fluorite crystals, something uncommon at the locality.
The sample is from the Raúl Sanabria collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
Sweet Home Mine, main stope, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (1993)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 7 × 3.6 cm = 3.19” × 2.76” × 1.42”

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

Former collection of Raúl Sanabria



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MEXICO - CANADA

Mexico

Malachite after Azurite

Recorded under LED light
Malachite after Azurite
 

TF48AL1: Very 3-dimensional growth of Malachite pseudomorphing equidimensional crystals of Azurite, with very well defined faces and edges, intense color, on matrix. Before the Azurite started altering to Malachite a thin dark coating, probably Cuprite, formed on the faces of the crystals, as suggested by the mineralogy of the locality and some of the crystalline forms, apparently octahedral, present in the matrix.
This great quality piece comes from the collection of Rock H. Currier (No. 4667) whose label we will send to the buyer.
The specimen is from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 64 in the volume 25, number 2
New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Little Ajo Mountains, Ajo District, Pima County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.2 × 4.9 cm = 3.03” × 2.05” × 1.93”

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

Former collection of Rock Currier



Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear
Malachite after Azurite. Top
Top
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TA74AL5: Aggregate, on matrix, of thick lenticular Azurite crystals, with very well defined faces and edges, with the intense brilliance and blue color (“electric blue”) that Milpillas is so famous for. With small coatings of fibrous Malachite. The Milpillas mine closed in June 2020.
Milpillas Mine, level 1100, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (2019)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5 × 3.5 cm = 2.64” × 1.97” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2 cm = 1.18” × 0.79”




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Azurite with Malachite

Recorded under LED light
 

TLB72AN3: Very aerial aggregate of thick crystals, with an elongated lenticular habit, very sharp crystal forms with slight curvatures, on Azurite matrix. Has a deep blue color (“electric blue”) typical of the best Milpillas specimens. With transparencies on the edges and a very intense luster. The aggregate is partially covered on the back by aggregates of fibrous Malachite crystals with a silky luster, very characteristic of the famous Milpillas vug that yielded such isolated crystals with this lenticular habit and with fibrous Malachite on the back of most of that vug's specimens.
Milpillas Mine, level 1280, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (2016)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.9 × 2.7 cm = 3.27” × 2.72” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.1 cm = 0.79” × 0.43”




Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite.
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Malachite after Azurite with Malachite
Malachite after Azurite with Malachite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Malachite after Azurite with Malachite.
Malachite after Azurite with Malachite. Malachite after Azurite with Malachite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TF37AM5: Very aerial aggregate of sharp Azurite crystals with an unusual morphology for the deposit. They are lustrous, have a very deep and vivid color and are partially covered by fibrous Malachite. The Milpillas mine closed in June 2020.
Milpillas Mine, level 1100, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (01/2020)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 6.1 × 3.8 cm = 4.09” × 2.40” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.6 cm = 0.91” × 0.63”




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Brochantite with Dickite

Recorded under LED light
 

TR51AL4: Two complete Brochantite crystals, isolated and extraordinarily well defined, with sharp crystal forms, chisel-like terminations, implanted on matrix with white growths of Dickite, an aluminum silicate. Both the excellent definition and size of the crystals as well as the color, the luster and, in general, their extraordinary quality, place this type of specimen among the best in the world.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (07-08/2014)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4.2 × 3.2 cm = 1.81” × 1.65” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.35”




Brochantite with Dickite. Front
Front
Brochantite with Dickite. Side
Side
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Canada

Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside
Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside. Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside.
Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside. Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside.

Recorded under LED light
 

TX39AI3: Group of well-developed crystals with a good size, trapezohedral with dodecahedral faces, transparent, very bright with an intense color and on a matrix coated by small Diopside crystals.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 02/2018, page 96
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec  Canada

Specimen size: 10.6 × 4.4 × 1.9 cm = 4.17” × 1.73” × 0.75”

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




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Augelite with Lazulite

Recorded under LED light
 

MX97AL5: Parallel growth of two Augelite crystals with very well defined crystal forms, pale yellowish with color zoning, denser in the central area. Implanted in a matrix partially covered with Lazulite crystals, which are also present on the Augelite crystal faces. Of the best possible quality for the deposit.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2020, page 89
Rapid Creek area, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5 × 3.5 cm = 2.24” × 1.97” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.8 cm = 0.79” × 0.71”




Augelite with Lazulite. Augelite with Lazulite.
Augelite with Lazulite.
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Kulanite with Fluorapatite, Siderite and Quartz
Kulanite with Fluorapatite, Siderite and Quartz. Front
Front
Kulanite with Fluorapatite, Siderite and Quartz. Side
Side
Kulanite with Fluorapatite, Siderite and Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
 

MC47AL5: Kulanite crystals with very well defined crystal forms, large for the species, highly lustrous and on matrix, with rhombohedral Siderite crystals, small water-clear Quartz crystals, and white crystals, many of them doubly terminated, of Fluorapatite. The specimen, from the type locality, is one of the best that has been found.
Crosscut Creek, Kulan Camp area, Rapid Creek area, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1995)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.3 × 3.4 cm = 2.56” × 2.09” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”

Type locality



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SPANISH FLUORITE

Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

NB27AM5: Group of Fluorite crystals with a cubic habit finely beveled by the dodecahedron, extraordinarily transparent, with bright luster and a uniform pale blue color, on a microcrystalline Quartz matrix. An excellent Spanish classic.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 14 × 11.2 × 4.7 cm = 5.51” × 4.41” × 1.85”

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




Fluorite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz.
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Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
Fluorite with Calcite.

Recorded under LED light
 

NFF96AN3: Aggregates of Fluorite crystals with a cubic habit, bevelled by dodecahedron faces, transparent, with good luster and a very deep and uniform violet color, with that unusual vividness displayed by specimens from this locality. Implanted on a matrix of scalenohedral Calcite crystals.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 14.4 × 10 × 7.6 cm = 5.67” × 3.94” × 2.99”

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




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PORTUGAL

Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite

Recorded under LED light
 

ER92AM1: Group of Fluorapatite crystals with a short prismatic habit, extraordinarily transparent, with good luster and a somewhat bluish green color, with geometric zoning, on a Quartz crystal matrix with flattened Ferberite crystals and lenticular Siderite crystals. This is an old piece, as one no longer sees Fluorapatite pieces with this color and transparency.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 84 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 14.5 × 10.7 × 7.8 cm = 5.71” × 4.21” × 3.07”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.59” × 0.43”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite. Detail
Detail
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FRANCE

Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

TQ66AM8: Group of complex Sphalerite crystals, transparent (with back lighting) and lustrous, with an intense color, on a matrix of white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals and small lenticular crystals of light cream colored Siderite. A great French classic with a crystal size bigger than usual in this deposit and with the isolated crystals appearing in very good contrast with the white Dolomite crystals.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.2 × 4.4 cm = 3.86” × 2.83” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 1.46” × 1.30”




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Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite

Recorded under LED light
 

MA50AL5: Floater rosette of Azurite crystals, with an unusual habit for the deposit, and an unusually bright color, along with an octahedral Malachite pseudomorph after a crystal of Cuprite. The specimen is from the type locality for the species and a magnificent French classic. It comes from an old Spanish collection and with the piece we will deliver the associated collection label.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 85 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.7 × 5.5 cm = 3.74” × 2.64” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.79”

Type locality



Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

EMF49AN5: Very aerial druse of very sharp Fluorite crystals, rich in polycrystalline growths, extraordinarily transparent and lustrous and with a uniform pastel green color.
The specimen, of the best quality for this classic French locality, came from the Alain Martaud collection.
Fontsante Mine, Tanneron Massif, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 18 × 15 × 5.5 cm = 7.09” × 5.91” × 2.17”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Albite

Recorded under LED light
 

ERM94AN7: Group of very sharp octahedral Fluorite crystals, translucent, lustrous, one of them, on the back, of considerable size. They have an intense and uniform pink color and are on matrix with transparent smoky Quartz crystals and aggregates of small lamellar Albite crystals with a limpid white color. An excellent alpine classic of great quality.
Les Courtes, Bassin du Talèfre, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2019)

Specimen size: 16.3 × 12.3 × 5.2 cm = 6.42” × 4.84” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 3.3 cm = 1.89” × 1.30”

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV



Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Albite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Albite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Albite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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EUROPE

Erythrite with Quartz
Erythrite with Quartz. Erythrite with Quartz.
Erythrite with Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
Erythrite with Quartz
 

TA98AL5: Centered aggregate of acicular Erythrite crystals, with the habit, brilliance and presentation that have made the Schneeberg Erythrites famous. This is the type locality for the species. The specimen, apart from being classic and very aesthetic, also has a long pedigree documented in its accompanying label record which we will send to the buyer.
Schneeberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen  Germany

Specimen size: 9.2 × 5.7 × 5.3 cm = 3.62” × 2.24” × 2.09”

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

Type locality

Former Eckert Mineral Research
Former collection of John Mihelcic
Former collection of Mike Groben



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FSU

Quartz (variety red quartz) with Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

EA62AL5: Groups of red Quartz crystals, elongated, many of them doubly terminated, intergrown, and forming very "sculptural" groups - a very different habit from the usual. Finds of this type of Quartz in Dalnegorsk were quite ephemeral and as they appeared, they quickly disappeared too, so it is not easy to get such elegant specimens as this one. The red Quartz is partially covered by a second generation of white Quartz.
Second Sovetskii Mine, 230↓, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai  Russia (±1998)

Specimen size: 15.5 × 11.4 × 6.4 cm = 6.10” × 4.49” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 0.25 cm = 1.34” × 0.10”




Quartz (variety red quartz) with Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz (variety red quartz) with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety red quartz) with Quartz. Quartz (variety red quartz) with Quartz.
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Bertrandite with Quartz (variety smoky) and Pyrite
Bertrandite with Quartz (variety smoky) and Pyrite. Front
Front
Bertrandite with Quartz (variety smoky) and Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Bertrandite with Quartz (variety smoky) and Pyrite. Top
Top
Bertrandite with Quartz (variety smoky) and Pyrite.
 

EA62AM2: Groups of flat prismatic Bertrandite crystals, very sharp and well defined, many of them doubly terminated, which contrast with the smoky tones of the group of Quartz crystals, partially covered by small Pyrite crystals. An excellent specimen of a rare species from a currently extinct locality.
Kara-Oba, Betpak-Dala (Bet-Pak-Dala) Desert, Karaganda Region  Kazakhstan (1985-1990)

Specimen size: 24 × 20 × 14 cm = 9.45” × 7.87” × 5.51”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”




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MOROCCO

Azurite

Recorded under LED light
 

TG57AN2: Group of elongated Azurite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, very rich in crystal forms and with excellent, very lustrous and smooth terminations, while the faces at the base of the prism look finely granulated. An excellent specimen, a souvenir of those extracted at the locality between 1979 and 1989.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1980)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.9 × 3.7 cm = 2.40” × 2.32” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.46” × 0.83”




Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Top
Top
Azurite.
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Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite. Twinned Cerussite.
Twinned Cerussite. Twinned Cerussite.

Recorded under LED light
Twinned Cerussite
 

EB11AK1: An extraordinary specimen that brings together various morphological habits of Cerussite, with very sharp arrow twins, parallel growths of elongated crystals and lattice growths. The crystals are translucent and very bright.
A superb example from the René Hubin collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 11.1 × 8.3 × 3.7 cm = 4.37” × 3.27” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 5.8 × 2.4 cm = 2.28” × 0.94”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of René Hubin



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Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite

Recorded under LED light
 

TX89AN0: Acanthite crystals on matrix, very sharp, with coatings in some areas of yellow Chlorargyrite of good size and filamentous appearance. Proustite is also present and in general the specimen is notable both for the definition of the Acanthite crystals and for the fact that they are on a rock matrix, which is very rare in this deposit.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 14.2 × 10.3 × 5 cm = 5.59” × 4.06” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.59” × 0.43”




Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite. Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite.
Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite. Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite.
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Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side
Vanadinite. Side
Side
Vanadinite.

Recorded under LED light
 

EB27AM2: Tabular Vanadinite crystals on matrix, translucent, brilliant, and with the intense and vivid red color that characterizes many of the specimens found in 2017.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (14/05/2017)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 7 × 2.7 cm = 3.23” × 2.76” × 1.06”

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




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Vanadinite

Recorded under LED light
 

ED67AJ9: This magnificent sample comes from a find made at the Coud’a area in the first months of 2019, found much deeper than usual. Large crystals with a thick tabular shape, a lot of them doubly terminated, bright and with a very vivid reddish-brownish color with orange shades.
Mohamedine, Coud'a, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (01-02/2019)

Specimen size: 12 × 8.6 × 6.7 cm = 4.72” × 3.39” × 2.64”

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




Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Side
Side
Vanadinite.
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Gersdorffite with Nickeline and Annabergite
Gersdorffite with Nickeline and Annabergite. Gersdorffite with Nickeline and Annabergite.

Recorded under LED light
 

MB26AN2: Large group of octahedral Gersdorffite crystals of good size, very sharp, isolated and lustrous. On a Nickeline matrix, which guarantees stability to the whole piece, and small green Annabergite coatings. Simply exceptional.
Aït Ahmane, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2017)

Specimen size: 16 × 11.2 × 10.7 cm = 6.30” × 4.41” × 4.21”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.8 cm = 0.79” × 0.71”




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Gold from Guelmim-Oued Noun

During the year 2020, images, videos and many rumors began to circulate about the discovery of high-quality Golds in the Southwest of Morocco. With the Covid situation it was difficult to go to or to leave Morocco, so it was quite a long time until the first pieces arrived in Europe. Once here, very reliable analyses had to be done to ensure that these new Golds were natural. They were so perfect and, some of them so different from the Golds that had been known before from Southwestern Morocco that to avoid suspicions it was best to have the analytical data prior to putting them on sale. Between one thing and another we have had to wait a bit but at the end of 2020 we can finally offer these specimens of great beauty and very different from what has been known so far.
We attach here the analysis, which as you can see is very complete, to avoid doubts about it.

 

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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

MC36AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. The piece shows excellent crystallization, with the dodecahedron as the dominant form and parallel growths of very sharp crystals with a very distinct spinel-law twin. Absolute novelty and of great quality. The material has been carefully analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty in the magazine ‘Lapis‘ number 3/2021, page 4
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.5 × 0.6 × 0.5  cm = 0.59” × 0.24” × 0.20”

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

Weight: 1.8 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

MN96AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. The specimen shows excellent crystallization, with the dominant dodecahedron, with some hopper faces, and very sharp and stylized growths and with a very distinct spinel-law twin. Absolute novelty and of great quality. The material has been carefully analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.91” × 0.24” × 0.20”

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

Weight: 2.8 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

MR46AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. This specimen shows an excellent crystallization, with the dominant octahedron, flattened and very sharp, with slight twists following the main axis, with very distinct spinel-law twinning. Absolute novelty and of great quality. The material has been carefully analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 1.06” × 0.16” × 0.16”

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

Weight: 1.9 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front
Front
Gold (spinel twin). Rear
Rear
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Rear  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

EAM66AN7: A Gold with the dominant forms of the octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, hopper growths and with distinct twinning according to the spinel law. The material has been carefully analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (09/2021)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.4 × 0.6 cm = 1.10” × 0.55” × 0.24”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.4 cm = 0.83” × 0.16”

Weight: 1.9 grams

€1700 / US$1958 / ¥222660 / AUD$2650

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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

MG7AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. The specimen shows excellent crystallization, with a dominant and very sharp octahedron, some parts with hopper formations, in parallel growths, very stylized and with a very distinct spinel-law twin. Absolute novelty and of great quality. The material has been carefully analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 1.34” × 0.20” × 0.20”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

Weight: 2.9 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

EJT27AN7: A Gold with the dominant forms of the octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, hopper growths and with distinct twinning according to the spinel law. The material has been carefully analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (09/2021)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 1.42” × 0.31” × 0.20”

Weight: 3.9 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

ME57AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. This piece shows excellent crystallization, with the dominant octahedron, very sharp and in parallel growth, very stylized and with a very distinct spinel-law twin. Absolute novelty and of great quality. The material has been carefully analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 87 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 1.61” × 0.28” × 0.24”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.31” × 0.12”

Weight: 3.5 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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AFRICA

Elbaite (variety rubellite)
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Front
Front
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

TMA56AN5: Elbaite crystal (variety rubellite) with very sharp crystal forms and excellent terminations. It is transparent, very lustrous, and has a wine-red prism with gradations in the same color tones.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 2.17” × 0.67” × 0.47”

Weight: 21.1 grams



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Elbaite

Recorded under LED light
Elbaite
 

TH69AN2: Large Elbaite crystal with very sharp crystal forms and excellent upper terminations. The crystal faces are very sharp, transparent and lustrous and with the base of the prism of an intense red wine color with gradations in the color tones, and with the termination exhibiting an intense and uniform green color.
This specimen is on the front cover of the magazine 'Mineralien Welt' edition 03/2021
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 3.07” × 1.06” × 0.87”

Weight: 97.2 grams



Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Top
Top
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Fluor-liddicoatite
Fluor-liddicoatite. Front
Front
Fluor-liddicoatite. Light behind
Light behind
Fluor-liddicoatite. Rear
Rear
Fluor-liddicoatite. Top
Top

Recorded under LED light and with light behind
 

MQ26AL5: An excellent example of Malagasy polychrome Fluor-liddicoatite, with very well defined faces and edges, rich in termination faces, between transparent and translucent, and with a splendid gradation of hues, from the purple tones around the termination and the base to the caramel colors of the center of the prism. A gem.
Anjanabonoina, Ambohimanambola, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province  Madagascar

Specimen size: 9.8 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 3.86” × 1.97” × 1.89”




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Azurite with Malachite

Recorded under LED light
Azurite with Malachite
 

NV36AM9: Group, on matrix, of very sharp Azurite crystals, with bright luster and a very vivid color, with small coatings of Malachite. An excellent Tsumeb classic with unusual morphology and excellent color.
The specimen comes from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection (number AZU-16), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

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

Main crystal size: 3 × 2 cm = 1.18” × 0.79”

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite.
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Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite. Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite.
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite.

Recorded under LED light
 

MR50AL6: Group of rhombohedral crystals, with a lenticular habit, of Smithsonite with slight curvatures on faces and edges and of a uniform and intense pink color (cobalt-bearing variety), on matrix. Associated with small crystals of transparent Quartz and Pyrite.
This high quality specimen comes from the prestigious Desmond Sacco collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (±1980)

Specimen size: 10 × 8.8 × 3.7 cm = 3.94” × 3.46” × 1.46”

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

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



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BRAZIL

Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

TJ89AL5: Very aerial, dendritic and parallel growths of elongated crystals of native Gold with rounded crystal habits and a very distinct spinel-law twin. A fine and elegant specimen that comes from the Robert J. Noble collection, whose label we will send to the buyer. This piece may well be one of the largest gold spinel-law twins ever found in the prolific Serra do Caldeirão find.
Serra do Caldeirão claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Alto Guaporé District, Mato Grosso  Brazil (9-12/2015)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 1.2  × 1.3 cm = 1.30” × 0.47” × 0.51”

Former collection of Bob Noble

Weight: 17 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front
Front
Gold (spinel twin). Side
Side
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Brazilianite with Albite and Greifensteinite
Brazilianite with Albite and Greifensteinite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Brazilianite with Albite and Greifensteinite. Side  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Brazilianite with Albite and Greifensteinite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

TZ27AM5: Large doubly terminated and very sharp Brazilianite crystals, transparent, with good luster and a very vivid color and on an Albite matrix. Partially covered with small, very sharp crystals of Greifensteinite, a rare phosphate of calcium, iron, and beryllium.
Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 8 × 7.2 × 4.3 cm = 3.15” × 2.83” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 2.8 cm = 2.56” × 1.10”

Fluorescence on the matrix (short and long UV)



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SOUTH AMERICA

Beryl (variety emerald)

Recorded under LED light
Beryl (variety emerald)
 

TF88AG1: Who does not like the Colombian emeralds? The depth of color and the perfection of its crystals are a luxury. This group of parallel crystals with their color and perfect geometry show us the reasons why this mineral is so appreciated.

Peñas Blancas Mine, Municipio San Pablo de Borbur, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.98” × 0.51” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.67” × 0.20”




Beryl (variety emerald). Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald). Side
Side
Beryl (variety emerald). Top
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Twinned Quartz (japan law twin)
Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Front
Front
Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Rear
Rear
Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Detail
Detail
Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

EK89AL6: Very aerial group of Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and twinned by the japan-law, with double terminations. The crystals are water-clear and very shiny, with inclusions and negative forms of Quartz inside. Exceptional.
Municipio La Belleza, Vélez Province, Santander Department  Colombia (01/2020)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6 × 5 cm = 3.23” × 2.36” × 1.97”




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CHINA

Fluorite (octahedral) with Calcite

Recorded under LED light
 

MT66AK7: New in Denver 2019: Sharp octahedral deep pink Fluorite crystal, translucent, with growth figures on the faces and partially covered with white Calcite crystals and small cubic pyrite crystals.
This sample has been referenced and pictured, as a novelty in Munich 2019, in the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 66 of number 1/2020

Huanggang Mines, shaft 6, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2019)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.8 × 5.9 cm = 2.44” × 2.28” × 2.32”




Fluorite (octahedral) with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite (octahedral) with Calcite. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite (octahedral) with Calcite. Side
Side
Fluorite (octahedral) with Calcite. Top
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Kësterite with Mushistonite, Muscovite, Calcite and Fluorapatite
Kësterite with Mushistonite, Muscovite, Calcite and Fluorapatite. Front
Front
Kësterite with Mushistonite, Muscovite, Calcite and Fluorapatite. Rear
Rear
Kësterite with Mushistonite, Muscovite, Calcite and Fluorapatite. Detail
Detail
Kësterite with Mushistonite, Muscovite, Calcite and Fluorapatite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

TFF27AN4: Extensive group of Kësterite crystals with very sharp crystal forms and a yellowish brown color due to coatings of Mushistonite. The group is on matrix with lamellar Muscovite crystals, and small very lustrous water-clear crystals of Fluorapatite in the front, and larger crystals of pink Fluorapatite in the back, together with white rhombohedral Calcite crystals. An especially elegant specimen in which the perfection and the absence of damage to the crystals and their harmonious arrangement on the matrix make it aesthetically pleasing, something that does not normally occur in this species.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.9 × 4.1 cm = 3.07” × 2.72” × 1.61”

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

Calcite and Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV



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Cassiterite with Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

ER53AM5: Twinned Cassiterite crystals, on matrix, with Quartz crystals. The crystals have very well defined faces and edges, they are transparent to translucent and dark brown in color. The luster and size of the crystal are extraordinary. One of the best pieces found in this locality.
Amo deposit, Ximeng, Pu'er Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9.7 × 7.5 cm = 4.65” × 3.82” × 2.95”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 4.7 cm = 1.85” × 1.85”




Cassiterite with Quartz. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Quartz. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Cassiterite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime
Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime. Rear
Rear
Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime. Rear
Rear
Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime.

Recorded under LED light
 

MD89AK0: Group of very sharp Babingtonite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and on a matrix of transparent Quartz crystals. Also there are groups of green spheroidal Prehnite crystals and white trapezohedral Analcime crystals. Specimens of such quality are already classics for global mineralogy.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2010)

Specimen size: 14.7 × 12.5 × 5.9 cm = 5.79” × 4.92” × 2.32”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.18” × 0.71”




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ASIA - AUSTRALIA

Diaspore with Margarite

Recorded under LED light
 

ER94AM1: A large doubly terminated scepter and stepped crystal of Diaspore with polycrystalline terminations, transparent, lustrous, yellow with green reflections and partially covered in some areas by leafy growths of Margarite. A very remarkable specimen both for its size and color and for its perfection.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 86 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Ilbir Mountain, Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region  Turkey (2020)

Specimen size: 14.9 × 3.6 × 1.7 cm = 5.87” × 1.42” × 0.67”




Diaspore with Margarite. Front
Front
Diaspore with Margarite. Rear
Rear
Diaspore with Margarite. Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Diaspore with Margarite. Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Fluorite with Muscovite
Fluorite with Muscovite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Muscovite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Muscovite. Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Muscovite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

ERJ92AN5: Group of Fluorite crystals, basically octahedral in habit but also with smooth cube faces along with the octahedral faces (and other crystallographic forms) incorporating very extensive and easily visible fine polycrystalline growths. The crystals are large, transparent, with very bright luster and an intense and uniform pink color, on a matrix of very sharp lamellar crystals of Muscovite. Exceptional.
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2019)

Specimen size: 13.4 × 9.3 × 8.8 cm = 5.28” × 3.66” × 3.46”

Main crystal size: 9.3 × 6.8 cm = 3.66” × 2.68”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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