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USA

Franklinite with Calcite
Franklinite with Calcite. Front
Front
Franklinite with Calcite. Side
Side
Franklinite with Calcite. Side
Side
Franklinite with Calcite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

MMX96AN9: Octahedral crystals of Franklinite with very sharp crystal forms and with the dominant octahedron beveled by the dodecahedron. One of the crystals is clearly dominant and very aerial on a Calcite matrix. We emphasize that the crystal, in addition to being very aerial and complete, is practically free of damage, something really unusual in this type of specimen.
To all this we must add that the specimen comes from the prestigious collections of John Kolic and Chester Lemanski.
East Limb Fill Quarry, Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin mining district, Sussex County, New Jersey  USA (16/06/2004)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 2.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.17” × 1.06” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.34” × 1.18”

Calcite intense fluorescence long & short UV

Former collections of John Kolic and Chester Lemanski.



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Beryl (variety red beryl)

Recorded under neon 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”




Beryl (variety red beryl). Beryl (variety red beryl).
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Cerussite with Malachite
Cerussite with Malachite. Front
Front
Cerussite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
Cerussite with Malachite. Side
Side
Cerussite with Malachite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon 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



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Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite

Recorded under neon 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



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.
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Epidote with Quartz
Epidote with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Epidote with Quartz. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Epidote with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

MAE87AO3: Large Epidote crystals on matrix and with Quartz. With very sharp crystal forms, many of them doubly terminated and with deep green tones with lighter internal reflections. An excellent American classic.
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan District, Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Borough, Alaska  USA

Specimen size: 11.7 × 8.7 × 4.6 cm = 4.61” × 3.43” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 6.1 × 5.1 cm = 2.40” × 2.01”




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MEXICO - CANADA

Mexico

Azurite with Malachite

Recorded under neon 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”




Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite.
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite.

Recorded under neon 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”




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Malachite after Azurite with Malachite

Recorded under neon 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”




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.
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Canada

Augelite with Lazulite
Augelite with Lazulite. Augelite with Lazulite.
Augelite with Lazulite.

Recorded under neon 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”




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SPAIN

Pyromorphite

Recorded under neon light
 

MBL98AP3: Group of prismatic Pyromorphite crystals, many of them doubly terminated and with color zoning in the center of the crystals, some of them thicker and with hopper terminations. With small traces of matrix formed by tiny Galena crystals. In LED light, the specimen exhibits the greenish tones so typical of this deposit. From a classic locality for the mineralogy of Spain and the European Union, Minas de El Horcajo evokes splendid times in which green lead shone in the darkness of the Malacate and Argentífero shafts. Specimens from this locality and with this quality are increasingly difficult to obtain.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.8 × 3.2 cm = 2.64” × 1.89” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.83” × 0.24”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Pyromorphite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Pyromorphite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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SPANISH FLUORITE

Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz. Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

NZL87AP3: A pair of interpenetrant Fluorite crystals of an exceptional size for the deposit, with a very deep and uniform purple-blue color, being of a darker tone, more intense on the edges (best seen in the backlit photo). The crystals have perfectly sharp cube faces with polycrystalline growths on the crystal faces and also on one of the edges, which may seem broken but, in reality, it is recrystallized with polycrystalline growths. Coming from the well-known Asturian mine of La Viesca, specifically from one of the best vugs ever found there: the Las Monjas vug, discovered in May 2010
La Viesca Mine, Las Monjas pocket, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (05/2010)

Specimen size: 17.3 × 14.4 × 8.3 cm = 6.81” × 5.67” × 3.27”

Main crystal size: 11 × 10.6 cm = 4.33” × 4.17”




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Fluorite with Calcite

Recorded under neon 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, Principality of Asturias (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”




Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
Fluorite with Calcite.
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Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Baryte. Detail
Detail
Fluorite with Baryte. Detail
Detail

Recorded under neon light
 

TC21800EMY: Group of transparent, cubic Fluorite crystals with good luster and an intense color, marked geometric zoning and with groups of white lamellar Baryte crystals. Everything that the name 'Berbes' represents comes with this specimen.
The specimen comes from the Raúl Sanabria Orellana collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (1981)

Specimen size: 19 × 12.7 × 8.8 cm = 7.48” × 5.00” × 3.46”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3 cm = 1.46” × 1.18”

Former collection of Raúl Sanabria



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PORTUGAL

Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite

Recorded under neon 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, and in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 02/2021, page 102
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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Ferberite with Quartz, Calcite-Dolomite and Siderite
Ferberite with Quartz, Calcite-Dolomite and Siderite.
Ferberite with Quartz, Calcite-Dolomite and Siderite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TC24300PBV: Polycrystalline and parallel growths of large Ferberite crystals with very sharp habits, associated with a Quartz crystal and with white Calcite-Dolomite coatings and lenticular Siderite crystals.
A monster. Among the best known of this size.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 20.5 × 17 × 10.5 cm = 8.07” × 6.69” × 4.13”

Main crystal size: 18 × 6.7 cm = 7.09” × 2.64”

Former collection of Jordi Povill



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FRANCE

Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
Fluorite with Quartz
 

EPX50AP3: Of exceptional size, a group of interpenetrating cubic Fluorite crystals totally covered by small Quartz crystals that give it a multitude of bright reflective points. The Fluorite crystals are a delicate green that looks good when backlit. Coming from an old French mine that was exploited for Fluorite and which was active between 1938 and 1971.
The specimen comes from the collection of Christophe Marot and was found by Grégoire de Bodinat and Sylvain Desfarge in 2009
Exhibited at Ste. Marie 2015 (La Fluorite Pierre d'Exception) and bears the commemorative label.
L'Avellan Mine, Massif L'Esterel, Fréjus, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  France (12/2009)

Specimen size: 28.8 × 20.4 × 7.6 cm = 11.34” × 8.03” × 2.99”

Main crystal size: 7.6 × 7.2 cm = 2.99” × 2.83”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Christophe Marot

€5200 / US$5365 / ¥753270 / AUD$8022

Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Reservado
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite. Azurite with Malachite after Cuprite.

Recorded under neon 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



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Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite

Recorded under neon 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”




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
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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 neon 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

Recorded under neon light
 

ERT35AO0: Great piece, both for its size and its quality, being (in size) one of the best known fluorites from this deposit. The large cubes, with good transparency and a nice uniform green color, have inclusions and on some edges octahedral faces that can be distinguished from cleavages because they are somewhat rough and show crystal figures. Exceptional specimen from a historic mine.
Marsanges Mine, Pratclos (Pratclaux) vein, Langeac, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 23.5 × 13.5 × 15.5 cm = 9.25” × 5.31” × 6.10”

Main crystal size: 8.9 × 8.3 cm = 3.50” × 3.27”




Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite. Light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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EUROPE

Pyrite with Sphalerite
Pyrite with Sphalerite. Front
Front
Pyrite with Sphalerite. Side
Side
Pyrite with Sphalerite. Side
Side
Pyrite with Sphalerite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

EMF96AO1: Floater group of complex Pyrite crystals, with the dominant shapes of the cube, the pyritohedron and the octahedron, lustrous and with small equant Sphalerite crystals. A high-quality specimen from a very classic Italian locality for the species, but from which there are not many specimens of such quality.
Niccioleta Mine, Massa Marittima, Grosseto Province, Tuscany  Italy

Specimen size: 13.3 × 8.7 × 8.3 cm = 5.24” × 3.43” × 3.27”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.46”




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FSU

Quartz (variety red quartz) with Quartz

Recorded under neon 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

Baryte with Quartz (variety saccharoid)

Recorded under neon light
 

MLB16AP3: Obtained in Munich 2022
An important find mined between August and September 2022 in the Bou Nahas Mine in Morocco yielded a series of barytes, among them this floater specimen, formed by very thick tabular crystals of considerable dimensions, aerial and with perfectly defined faces and edges, of a very uniform light blue color, more yellowish towards the vertices of the crystals. As a curiosity, note that it is accompanied by small very white crystals of saccharoidal Quartz that is somehow reminiscent of a carbonate.
High quality for the locality.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08-09/2022)

Specimen size: 12.4 × 10 × 6.4 cm = 4.88” × 3.94” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 4.6 cm = 2.52” × 1.81”


€2200 / US$2270 / ¥318690 / AUD$3393

Baryte with Quartz (variety saccharoid). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Baryte with Quartz (variety saccharoid). Rear / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Reservado
Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Top
Top
Azurite.

Recorded under neon 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”




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Twinned Cerussite

Recorded under neon 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



Twinned Cerussite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
Twinned Cerussite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
Twinned Cerussite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Acanthite with Siderite and Proustite
Acanthite with Siderite and Proustite. Acanthite with Siderite and Proustite.
Acanthite with Siderite and Proustite. Acanthite with Siderite and Proustite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TX89AN0: Acanthite crystals on matrix, very sharp, with coatings in some areas of yellow Siderite. 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”




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Gersdorffite with Nickeline and Annabergite

Recorded under neon 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”


€10800 / US$10750 / ¥1539320 / AUD$16085

Gersdorffite with Nickeline and Annabergite. Gersdorffite with Nickeline and Annabergite.
Reservado

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

Recorded under neon 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”

With analysis copy

Weight: 2.8 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under neon 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”

With analysis copy

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

Recorded under neon 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”

With analysis copy

Weight: 2.9 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under neon 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”

With analysis copy

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

Recorded under neon light
 

EFR88AO0: Stylized parallel growths of Gold crystals with a very well defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron in parallel growths and with a very marked spinel-law twin. Among the top pieces of those found so far.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (09/2021)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 2.20” × 0.24” × 0.24”

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

With analysis copy

Weight: 4.2 grams



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AFRICA

Malachite

Recorded under neon light
Malachite
 

MLR97AP3: Spherical aggregates formed of a multitude of acicular Malachite crystals of excellent, very deep and uniform green color, with their well-known velvety appearance, becoming darker in the center of the spheres, with a lighter colored edging at the ends of the needles. In rock matrix, the light colored Dolomite crystals stand out at the base of the piece creating a nice color contrast. Coming from a world class deposit, the Tsumeb Mine, at which two people, both now deceased, played a key role in the supply of quality specimens: Charles Key and Sidney Pieters, the latter having been the original source of this specimen, which was later in a French collection. We will send both labels to the buyer of the piece.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 9 × 7.7 × 3.5 cm = 3.54” × 3.03” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.63”


€2900 / US$2992 / ¥420090 / AUD$4473

Malachite. Malachite.
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Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky)
Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky). Side
Side
Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz (variety smoky).

Recorded under neon light
 

MFA46AP3: Black and very lustrous Aegirine crystals, two of them clearly dominant, elongated and in parallel growth with very well defined faces and edges and perfectly terminated. Accompanied by a “waterfall” of crystals of very sharp cream-colored Orthoclase, Quartz (smoky variety) forming divergent groups and, especially interesting, crystals of orange colored Zircon growing on Quartz crystals. Sometimes misidentified as Xenotime, analysis confirms it to be Zircon, we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
A superb piece with a very refined aesthetic.
Mount Malosa, Zomba District  Malawi (01/2021)

Specimen size: 14 × 7.2 × 5.6 cm = 5.51” × 2.83” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 14 × 2.7 cm = 5.51” × 1.06”

Fluorescent short UV

With analysis copy

€1600 / US$1660 / ¥231390 / AUD$2464

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Elbaite (variety rubellite)

Recorded under neon 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



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

Recorded under neon light
 

TC23900TBA: Floater and doubly terminated Elbaite crystal, with a rough lower termination and an acute upper termination rich in crystal forms, transparent, with good luster and an intense green color in most of the crystal but with a pink-red band at the base.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2021)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 2.9 × 2.8 cm = 2.91” × 1.14” × 1.10”

Weight: 124.8 grams



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Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz

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EF94AM0: Polychrome floater crystal of Elbaite, doubly terminated, with both terminations rich in faces, translucent, lustrous, with coatings of Feldspar and Quartz crystals. All the crystal terminations are perfect.
Sahatany Valley (Mt. Ibity), Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province  Madagascar (2017)

Specimen size: 16.8 × 6.2 × 5.3 cm = 6.61” × 2.44” × 2.09”




Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz. Detail top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Elbaite with Feldspar and Quartz. Base / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Base / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite.

Recorded under neon 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



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Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite

Recorded under neon 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



Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite. Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite.
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite.
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BRAZIL

Gold
Gold. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

EBR90AP1: Floater Gold specimen with arborescent growths of elongated octahedral-rhombododecahedral crystals and with very sharp parallel skeletal shapes. By size, weight and quality, among the best of the find. The orefield is no longer productive and new specimens from there are unlikely to appear on the market.
We have analyzed these Golds and they are very special, containing 99.1% gold and around 0.5% rhodium, which is rare. We will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
If you want to know more about these Golds you can use this link
Serra do Caldeirão claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Alto Guaporé District, Mato Grosso  Brazil (9-12/2015)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.02” × 0.98” × 0.71”

Weight: 29 grams



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Brazilianite with Albite and Greifensteinite

Recorded under neon 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)



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
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SOUTH AMERICA

Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety emerald).
Beryl (variety emerald). Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

MLX47AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Parallel growths of prismatic crystals of Beryl (emerald variety), doubly terminated, between transparent and translucent, with a very uniform green color, with three of the crystals clearly dominant. A gem quality floater sourced from the world's classic locality for the species, Muzo in Colombia. The color of the emerald is caused by chromophores like trivalent chromium or vanadium.
Muzo mining district, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2022)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2 × 1.1 cm = 0.98” × 0.79” × 0.43”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.8 cm = 0.67” × 0.31”




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CHINA

Bismuth with Chalcopyrite

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TPA62AP3: Enormous crystal of Bismuth with well defined faces and edges, a metallic grey color, on a crystalline Chalcopyrite matrix. On the back it exhibits polysynthetic twinning and dissolution forms. Among the largest crystals known for the species.
From the Piaotang Mine in China where tungsten and tin are extracted from quartz veins.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7.2 × 4.2 cm = 2.95” × 2.83” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 7.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.95” × 1.77”

With analysis copy



Bismuth with Chalcopyrite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Imayoshiite with Sphalerite, Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite
Imayoshiite with Sphalerite, Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Sphalerite, Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

MFR6AP3: One of the best, if not the best, Imayoshiite of very large size, coming from the 2021 finds that yielded the best known so far for the species. On a good size group of very lustrous twinned Sphalerite crystals several Calcite crystals with dominant scalenohedral forms have been precipitated and then were in turn covered almost entirely by whitish Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite crystals and, finally, a large quantity of Imayoshiite crystals of a pale cream color. Thanks to three "windows" in the Calcite crystals we can see the whole process of formation. This very "geological" specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
To learn more about this species and the rest of the paragenesis discovered so far in this mine it is essential to read the article ‘Rare Borate Minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China', whose authors are César Menor-Salván, Berthold Ottens and Ed Richard, featured in Rocks & Minerals, September/October 2021, volume 96, number 5
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 22.3 × 13.7 × 4.8 cm = 8.78” × 5.39” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.43” × 0.31”

With analysis copy



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Helvine with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite

Recorded under neon light
 

BRB49AO6: Aggregate of tetrahedral crystals with very marked and deep polycrystalline growths, lustrous, dark brown with reddish tones. On matrix with transparent and lustrous Quartz crystals, white platy Calcite crystals and Chlorite coatings.
This specimen has a size and luster superior to that of other pieces, comes from an important European collection, has been analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 6.8 × 6.4 cm = 4.53” × 2.68” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 7.4 × 5.7 cm = 2.91” × 2.24”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

With analysis copy



Helvine with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite. Front
Front
Helvine with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite. Side
Side
Helvine with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite.
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Silver with Calcite
Silver with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

TBY88AO2: A novelty on the market in 2022. Very aerial and aesthetic arborescent growth of Silver, with a very marked spinel-law twin plane. On matrix, with numerous small Calcite crystals that adorn it and differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and which showed no evidence of such good silvers until now.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the 'What’s New on the Internet Reports' section, report 63, April 15, 2022 edition, page 2
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 9 × 3.2 × 1.3 cm = 3.54” × 1.26” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 7.2 × 0.1 cm = 2.83” × 0.04”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



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Silver with Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

TAX10AO2: A novelty on the market in 2022. Very aerial and aesthetic arborescent growth of Silver, with a very marked spinel-law twin plane. On matrix, with numerous small Calcite crystals that adorn it and differentiate it from the classic Hongda silvers.
These pieces come from a find made in a small gold working, currently closed, and which showed no evidence of such good silvers until now.
Jizishan deposit, Linqu, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province  China (±2014)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 4.4 × 3 cm = 3.35” × 1.73” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 0.1 cm = 2.17” × 0.04”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Silver with Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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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 neon 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 neon 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 neon 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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Malachite

Recorded under neon light
 

EFL31AO0: Botryoidal and stalagmitic growth of Malachite with very aesthetic forms, banded with different shades of green and with an intense silky luster, which give it a peculiar chatoyant appearance. Among the best stalagmites found at the locality.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 16.5 × 8.5 × 6.8 cm = 6.50” × 3.35” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 12,8 × 3 cm = 4.72” × 1.18”




Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Top
Top
Malachite. Rear
Rear
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ASIA - AUSTRALIA

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite. Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TCC47AO8: Beryl crystal with very sharp crystal forms, transparent, with inclusions and highly lustrous. With an intense sky-blue color (aquamarine variety) and implanted in a matrix covered by leafy aggregates of Muscovite.
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan

Specimen size: 8.4 × 8 × 7.2 cm = 3.31” × 3.15” × 2.83”

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




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Fluorite with Muscovite

Recorded under neon 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



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
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Spinel with Calcite
Spinel with Calcite. Spinel with Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
 

BLA86AO5: Very sharp octahedral crystal of Spinel (ruby spinel variety), whose growth appears flattened by one of the faces being more developed than the rest. Between transparent and translucent, with good luster and a very vivid and uniform red color, on Calcite matrix.
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division)  Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 5 × 4.5 cm = 2.01” × 1.97” × 1.77”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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Diaspore with Margarite

Recorded under neon 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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