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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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Malachite after Azurite

Recorded under neon 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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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 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



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Copper with Tenorite and Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

TFM47AO5: Very aerial group of good sized native Copper crystals with sharp and lustrous crystal forms, with darker coatings of Tenorite in some areas, and with small complex Calcite crystals with inclusions of the same Copper.
Kearsarge Mine, Kearsarge, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 11.2 × 8.7 × 4.4 cm = 4.41” × 3.43” × 1.73”

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




Copper with Tenorite and Calcite. Front
Front
Copper with Tenorite and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Tenorite and Calcite. Copper with Tenorite and Calcite.
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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

Adamite

Recorded under neon light
 

TFG37AO8: Centered and flattened fan-shaped aggregates, very aerial, of Adamite crystals on limonite matrix, very sharp, with excellent terminations, translucent, with good luster and an intense lemon-yellow color.
A specimen of great quality from an important European collection.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 14.5 × 8.4 × 9.4 cm = 5.71” × 3.31” × 3.70”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 0.91” × 0.59”

Very fluorescent long & short UV



Adamite. Front
Front
Adamite. Side
Side
Adamite.
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TG47AM5: Aggregate of very sharp Azurite crystals, with well defined faces and edges and with the very intense luster of Milpillas and the famous deep blue color (“electric blue”) of the best specimens from the locality. On matrix, with small coatings of fibrous Malachite. The Milpillas mine closed in June 2020.
Milpillas Mine, level 1280, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (2016)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.6 × 4 cm = 2.36” × 1.81” × 1.57”

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




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

Recorded under neon 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”




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Canada

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”




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 neon 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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Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside

Recorded under neon 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”




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

Pyromorphite
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

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



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Pyromorphite

Recorded under neon light
 

NT92AL5: Centered aggregates of acicular Pyromorphite crystals, with a very vivid green color and good luster. The specimen, from a time period and locality that is historic for both Spanish and European mineralogy, exhibits the most classic habit for this deposit. These specimens are very difficult to obtain because, having only been found at the beginning of the last century, very few specimens have survived.
This specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 154/2020, page 45, and the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 84 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.8 × 5.3 cm = 2.95” × 2.68” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.2 cm = 0.67” × 0.08”

Minor fluorescence long UV



Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite  

NF88AM2: Druse of Pyromorphite crystals with well defined faces and edges, many of them with lustrous, deeply hoppered faces and olive-green color. The specimen, an old Spanish classic from the Joaquín Folch duplicate collection, was sold by J. Fabre to J.H. Marshall, from where it ended up in a Spanish collection and from there back to us. The labels of the Folch collection, the previous Fabre Minerals collection, the label and the record of the Marshall collection and the label of the last collection of provenance will be delivered to the buyer.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1910)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 7.4 × 6 cm = 3.31” × 2.91” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.9 cm = 0.63” × 0.35”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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SPANISH FLUORITE

Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

NF38AM5: Druse of Fluorite crystals with polycrystalline surfaces, transparent, lustrous, and with an extraordinarily intense, deep and uniform blue color. With geometric color zoning, violet on the edges and with small white Quartz coatings. The color is memorable.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2007)

Specimen size: 11 × 8.4 × 8 cm = 4.33” × 3.31” × 3.15”

Main crystal size: 5 × 4.6 cm = 1.97” × 1.81”




Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Quartz.
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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 Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

NF92AM1: Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and very aerial, with a cubic habit beveled by the dodecahedron, transparent, very shiny, with a bluish lilac color. On matrix, with white Quartz crystals. An excellent Spanish classic, of great quality.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain

Specimen size: 8.1 × 4.8 × 6.4 cm = 3.19” × 1.89” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.75” × 0.71”




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

Recorded under neon 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, Principality of Asturias (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”




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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 Calcite and Quartz
Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Calcite and Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

NA89AM5: Group of Fluorite crystals with cubic habit, beveled by the dodecahedron, transparent, with great luster and a uniform blue color with phantom growths, on a Quartz matrix with scalenohedral Calcite crystals. Among the best found at this locality.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 14.8 × 9.6 × 7.8 cm = 5.83” × 3.78” × 3.07”

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




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Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

NT67AM5: Very sharp crystals of Fluorite, transparent, with bright luster and an intense lilac color and geometric color zoning, blue on the edges. On matrix, with small Quartz crystals and lamellar Baryte crystals. High quality even for Berbes, a locality that has produced so many exceptional pieces.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 87 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias)  Spain (±1998)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 9.8 × 5.6 cm = 5.04” × 3.86” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 4 cm = 1.69” × 1.57”

Baryte Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz.
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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, Muscovite and Chlorite

Recorded under neon light
 

EX92AM1: Short doubly terminated prismatic Fluorapatite crystal, with very well defined faces and edges, lustrous, and with a distinct geometric color zoning, popularly known in Panasqueira as “olho de boi” (ox's eye), with intense and uniform blue-violet prism faces. On a matrix of Quartz crystals, with lenticular Siderite crystals, Chlorite coatings and leafy Muscovite aggregates. This color is very rare in Panasqueira and more so in pieces of such quality, which are usually old pieces, as in this case.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 11.6 × 7.8 × 6.5 cm = 4.57” × 3.07” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.1 cm = 1.57” × 0.83”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite and Chlorite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite and Chlorite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite and Chlorite. Detail
Detail
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Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite. Detail
Detail

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



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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



Ferberite with Quartz, Calcite-Dolomite and Siderite.
Ferberite with Quartz, Calcite-Dolomite and Siderite.
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FRANCE

Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Front with light behind
Front with light behind

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

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Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite

Recorded under neon light
 

ET86AM2: Sharp octahedral Malachite pseudomorphs after Cuprite crystals, lustrous, on very well defined Azurite crystals with a lot of luster and a more vivid color than usual in this type of specimen. The quality of both the Malachite pseudomorphs and the Azurite is superior to others from this locality. A high quality French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.1 × 3 × 1.6 cm = 1.22” × 1.18” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.39” × 0.28”

Type locality



Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite. Side
Side
Malachite after Cuprite with Azurite.
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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 with Chalcopyrite
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Chalcopyrite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
 

EV37AM1: Group of very sharp crystals with a cubic habit, translucent, with good luster and an extraordinarily intense and vivid blue color, with inclusions of small Chalcopyrite crystals. Due to its color, one would guess that it is a specimen from Puy-Saint-Gulmier or from the Le Beix mine, but in reality it comes from Le Burc, where Fluorites very rarely have this intensity of color.
The specimen is from the prestigious Pierre-Marie Guy fluorite collection.
Le Burc Mine, Alban-Le Fraysse area, Tarn, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.7 × 8.5 × 6.1 cm = 4.21” × 3.35” × 2.40”

Main crystal size: 8 × 5.5 cm = 3.15” × 2.17”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Pierre-Marie Guy



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Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

ELX86AP2: Groups of very sharp Fluorite crystals with a cubic shape, between transparent and translucent, with very good luster and an extraordinarily intense and vivid yellow color. In matrix, with small Quartz crystals. The specimen comes from Les Escauffages, a very specific zone in the well-known locality of Valzergues, famous for the quality of its specimens.
Les Escauffages, Valzergues Mines, Valzergues, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 10.4 × 6.8 × 4 cm = 4.09” × 2.68” × 1.57”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV



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

FR87AM1: Druse on matrix of very sharp crystals with a cubic habit, transparent, lustrous, and with an extraordinarily intense and vivid yellow color and the characteristic geometric blue zoning on the crystal edges.
The specimen is from the prestigious Pierre-Marie Guy fluorite collection.
Valzergues Mines, Valzergues, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (±2010)

Specimen size: 16.2 × 8.8 × 4.6 cm = 6.38” × 3.46” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.7 cm = 0.79” × 0.67”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Pierre-Marie Guy



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Fluorite

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



Fluorite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz (variety smoky)
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz (variety smoky). Top
Top

Recorded under neon light
 

ELR27AP0: Group of octahedral Fluorite crystals with polycrystalline growths on their faces, translucent, with an intense pink color and with a transparent Quartz crystal (smoky variety).
A French classic of high quality, from the Alain Martaud collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Les Droites (north face), Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±2006)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.9 × 3.5 cm = 1.65” × 1.54” × 1.38”

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

Former collection of Alain Martaud



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

Recorded under neon 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 (08/2019)

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

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”




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EUROPE

Mimetite (variety campylite)
Mimetite (variety campylite)  

ET50AM5: Mimetite crystals (campylite variety) on matrix, much more individualized than usual, with a very distinct twinning, which gives them a different appearance than usual. Orange in color with yellow edges and a bright luster, on a Quartz matrix. An excellent and unusual English classic from the Anna and Danilo Rolando collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Allerdale, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England / United Kingdom

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.68” × 1.65” × 1.22”

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

Former collection of Anna & Danilo Rolando



Mimetite (variety campylite). Mimetite (variety campylite).
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Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Arsenopyrite
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Arsenopyrite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Arsenopyrite. Side
Side
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Arsenopyrite. Side
Side
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Arsenopyrite. Side
Side
 

ER92AM2: Two rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals with polycrystalline growths, with a very vivid and uniform pink color and of a good size for the locality. Implanted on a doubly terminated Quartz crystal and covered by small elongated and brilliant Arsenopyrite crystals. High quality for the deposit.
Cassandra Mines, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department  Greece

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.6 × 4.4 cm = 2.52” × 1.81” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 2.6 cm = 1.30” × 1.02”

Former collection of René Hubin



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Erythrite with Quartz

Recorded under neon 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



Erythrite with Quartz. Erythrite with Quartz.
Erythrite with Quartz.
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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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Quartz (variety smoky & gwindel) with Albite

Recorded under neon light
 

EFG99AN6: Group of Quartz crystals (smoky variety), one of them clearly dominant and centered on the matrix, partially doubly terminated, with parallel growths and very marked gwindel twist, extraordinarily transparent and lustrous, with a very vivid and deep smoky color, associated with small crystals of Albite. Extraordinary, far superior in perfection, transparency and color to other similar specimens.
Grimsel area, Hasli Valley, Bern  Switzerland (±1990)

Specimen size: 19 × 11.2 × 8.6 cm = 7.48” × 4.41” × 3.39”

Main crystal size: 9.7 × 6 cm = 3.82” × 2.36”




Quartz (variety smoky & gwindel) with Albite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Quartz (variety smoky & gwindel) with Albite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Quartz (variety smoky & gwindel) with Albite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Quartz (variety smoky & gwindel) with Albite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Beryl (variety heliodor)
Beryl (variety heliodor). Front
Front
Beryl (variety heliodor). Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety heliodor). Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
 

EBB16AN4: Doubly terminated Beryl crystal (heliodore variety) with parallel growths and excellent terminations, with very bright luster and a uniform lemon-yellow color.
A high-quality, crystallographically highly complex Ukrainian classic.
Khoroshiv (Volodarsk-Volynskii), Zhytomyr Oblast  Ukraine

Specimen size: 6.3 × 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 2.48” × 0.55” × 0.47”

Weight: 13.1 grams



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Rhodochrosite

Recorded under neon light
 

MFT86AN9: Druse with translucent, lustrous botryoidal Rhodochrosite growths with an exceptionally intense and uniform color. A very elegant and rare specimen to have such quality.
This specimen was from the Bernd Jarmer collection.
Ushkatyn deposits, Zhayrem, Karaganda Region  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 11.7 × 8.7 × 3.7 cm = 4.61” × 3.43” × 1.46”

Former collection of Bernd Jarmer



Rhodochrosite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite. Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite.
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Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

EX98AM5: Gold nugget of considerable size and weight, which retains its good color and luster as well as the basic crystal forms, despite the rounding.
Lena River, Baikal Mountains, Irkutsk Oblast, Zabaykalsky Krai  Russia

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.5 × 0.6 cm = 1.10” × 0.98” × 0.24”

weight: 27 grams



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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
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Wulfenite
Wulfenite. Front
Front
Wulfenite. Side
Side
Wulfenite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TF47AN2: Very aerial floater group of fine tabular crystals, very sharp, clearly hemihedral and rich in lateral faces, with bright luster and an intense yellow color. A totally perfect Moroccan classic of great quality.
Shaft XI (Puit XI), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1980)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.5 × 2.8 cm = 2.40” × 2.17” × 1.10”

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




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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”




Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Top
Top
Azurite.
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Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
Twinned Cerussite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
Twinned Cerussite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén

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



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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”




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

Recorded under neon 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 neon 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 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

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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)

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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”

With analysis copy

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

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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)

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MQ46AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. The specimen shows excellent crystallization, with the dominant forms of the dodecahedron and the octahedron, with some of the faces forming very sharp and stylized growths that clearly show the 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.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 59, March 7, 2021 edition, page 7
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.20” × 0.12”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”

With analysis copy

Weight: 1.9 grams



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

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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



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Gold (spinel twin)

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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”

With analysis copy

Weight: 1.9 grams



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
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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

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TDA86AO0: 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. The piece is very aesthetic and for this reason it has been given the nickname 'The flame' since its shape is reminiscent of a flame moved by the wind.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (09/2021)

Specimen size: 3 × 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 1.18” × 0.28” × 0.20”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.4 cm = 0.51” × 0.16”

With analysis copy

Weight: 3.2 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

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MK36AM5: 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 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: 3.1 × 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 1.22” × 0.20” × 0.16”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.28” × 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
Gold (spinel twin). Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (spinel twin). Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MJ68AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. The specimen shows excellent crystallization, with the cube and dodecahedron dominant and the octahedron forming parallel growths, with very sharp lateral growth, and twinned according to the spinel-law. 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: 3.1 × 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 1.22” × 0.35” × 0.20”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.2 cm = 0.75” × 0.08”

With analysis copy

Weight: 5.1 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

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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



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

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ML12AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. The specimen shows excellent crystallization, with very sharp forms of the octahedron and parallel and stylized growths that form very distinct spinel-law twins, and a hooked termination. 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: 3.6 × 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 1.42” × 0.12” × 0.12”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.1 cm = 0.75” × 0.04”

With analysis copy

Weight: 0.8 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

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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.
This sample has been referenced and pictured, as a novelty in Munich 2021, in the magazine 'Le Règne Minéral' number 162, November-December 2021, page 21
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”

With analysis copy

Weight: 3.9 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). 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
Gold (spinel twin). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MA52AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. This piece shows excellent crystallization, with the dominant forms of the dodecahedron, some with skeletal and hopper growths, with the twinning according to the spinel-law very marked. 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: 4 × 1 × 1 cm = 1.57” × 0.39” × 0.39”

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

With analysis copy

Weight: 10.5 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

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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). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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MT47AM8: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. The specimen shows excellent crystallization, with the dominant forms of the dodecahedron and the octahedron, with some of the faces forming very sharp and stylized growths that clearly show the 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: 4.6 × 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 1.81” × 0.20” × 0.16”

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)

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MB58AM5: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. This specimen shows excellent crystallization, with the dominant dodecahedron and triangular forms of the octahedron, with a growth of very sharp crystals that delineate the 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: 4.6 × 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 1.81” × 0.24” × 0.20”

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

With analysis copy

Weight: 4.8 grams



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

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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

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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).

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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



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Elbaite

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TF96AN2: Floater doubly terminated Elbaite crystal, with very sharp crystal forms and excellent faces on both terminations. Transparent, with a very bright luster and a red wine prism, with gradations in color tones and an intense green termination.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 1 × 0.7 cm = 1.69” × 0.39” × 0.28”

Weight: 5.2 grams



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

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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

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TJ1AN2: Parallel growth of two Elbaite crystals with very sharp crystal forms and excellent upper terminations. The crystal faces are very sharp, transparent and lustrous, 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. High quality and very elegant.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 6 × 2 × 1.8 cm = 2.36” × 0.79” × 0.71”

Weight: 39.6 grams



Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Side
Side
Elbaite. Top
Top
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Elbaite
Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. With light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
With light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Elbaite. Top
Top

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TRA87AP2: Parallel growth of Elbaite crystals with very sharp crystal forms and very rich in terminal faces. Transparent, with the clarity characteristic of this locality, with good luster and a clear color zoning, green in much of the prism and even the top, but pinkish at the base.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2021)

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

Weight: 42.7 grams



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Elbaite

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TZR86AN5: Isolated Elbaite crystal with very sharp crystal forms and excellent terminations. It is transparent, with very bright luster. The base of the prism up to the middle of the crystal is pink, with gradations in the same color tones, and with the termination being a pale and uniform green color.
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 7 × 1.7 × 1.1 cm = 2.76” × 0.67” × 0.43”

Weight: 28.6 grams



Elbaite. Front
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Elbaite. Rear
Rear
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Elbaite
Elbaite. Top
Top

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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

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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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Chrysocolla after Baryte and with Malachite
Chrysocolla after Baryte and with Malachite. Front
Front
Chrysocolla after Baryte and with Malachite. Rear
Rear
Chrysocolla after Baryte and with Malachite.

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EMP96AO9: Obtained at Ste. Marie 2022
Centered growths of Chrysocolla pseudomorphs after Baryte crystals, with light blue-green tones, and partially coated by small primary crystals of very lustrous and deep green Malachite.
Exceptional aesthetics.
Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) (2020)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 6 × 4.2 cm = 3.46” × 2.36” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 1 cm = 1.73” × 0.39”




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Hemimorphite

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ERT29AN5: Large spheroidal groups of Hemimorphite crystals with very sharp crystal forms, good luster and a uniform sky-blue color, on matrix.
The specimen, from the Pierre Vincent collection, dates from 1957 and is, without a doubt, exceptional for its aesthetics, quality, size and locality of origin.
M'Fouati, M'Fouati District, Bouenza Department  Republic of the Congo (1957)

Specimen size: 15.8 × 8.6 × 7 cm = 6.22” × 3.39” × 2.76”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1 cm = 0.91” × 0.39”




Hemimorphite. Hemimorphite.
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Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.

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TE16AN2: A historical piece, since the first 'top' Rhodochrosites from the Kalahari area were found in Hotazel before they were also found in N'Chwaning.
It is a druse of very sharp and well separated scalenohedral crystals, between transparent and translucent, lustrous and with a very intense and uniform color. A magnificent classic of African mineralogy in which some crystals have cleavages, something very difficult to avoid in specimens of this type and size, although it does not affect the general aesthetics of the piece, considering its global quality.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 42 of the 2020/02 edition.


Hotazel Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 8.8 × 6.4 × 4 cm = 3.46” × 2.52” × 1.57”

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




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Grandidierite
Grandidierite  

ED56AL5: Undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, uncut Grandidierite crystal found in the deposit, both for the perfection of its crystal forms and for its luster, transparency and color intensity, as well as for its gem quality. All this made it worthy of being on the cover of the German magazine Mineralien Welt, and it was also featured in the Mineralogical Record.
This specimen is on the front cover of the 'Mineralien Welt' edition 06/2019, and has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery of Munich 2019 in the ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 380 in the volume 51, number 2, May-April 2020, and in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 85 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar)  Madagascar (09-10/2018)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.43” × 0.39” × 0.31”




Grandidierite. Front
Front
Grandidierite. Rear
Rear
Grandidierite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Laurentthomasite
Laurentthomasite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Laurentthomasite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Laurentthomasite. Rear with light behind
Rear with light behind
Laurentthomasite. Side
Side
 

TR98AL5: Hexagonal floater crystal, with very marked polycrystalline growths, shiny, transparent and with an intense deep blue color. The species, a magnesium-potassium cyclosilicate, is a rarity recently (2019) approved by the IMA. The specimen comes from the type locality for the species. Accompanied by an original label signed by Laurent Thomas, after whom the species is named.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 42 of the 2020/02 edition.
Beravina, Ambaro, Tsaraitso, Betroka District, Anosy Region  Madagascar (04/2019)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.79” × 0.71” × 0.20”

Type locality



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Elbaite

Recorded under neon light
 

MD94AL5: The Madagascar Tourmalines that have become famous for their coloration and brightness have an excellent representative in this specimen of bicolor Elbaite, with parallel growths, very rich in well defined terminal faces, transparent, with good luster and a magnificent gradation of tones, from the more intense pink at the base up to the different gradations of green in the prism and the upper termination.
Bevaondrano pegmatite, Ikalamavony District, Haute Matsiatra Region  Madagascar

Specimen size: 5 × 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.97” × 0.98” × 0.91”




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

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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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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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Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz
Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz. Front
Front
Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz. Side
Side
Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz. Aegirine with Zircon, Orthoclase and Quartz.

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EBA50AN3: Large group of very elongated prismatic Aegirine crystals, with polycrystalline terminations, lustrous, and on matrix. With small doubly-terminated Zircon crystals, twinned Orthoclase crystals and small Quartz crystals. A monumental specimen of Aegirine, of exceptional quality and probably destined to be a classic.
Mount Malosa, Zomba District  Malawi (2015)

Specimen size: 22.5 × 21 × 12 cm = 8.86” × 8.27” × 4.72”

Main crystal size: 6 × 2 cm = 2.36” × 0.79”

Zircon minor fluorescence short UV



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Dioptase with Calcite

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EGH72AO0: Druse of very sharp Dioptase crystals with very good crystal forms and excellent color. The Dioptase crystals are large, have an exceptional luster and are on matrix, with white Calcite.
This specimen, an extraordinary Tsumeb classic, comes from the Ginette Verax collection.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 10.2 × 8.1 × 5.1 cm = 4.02” × 3.19” × 2.01”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.79” × 0.47”

Former collection of Ginette Verax



Dioptase with Calcite. Dioptase with Calcite.
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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 Cu-bearing smithsonite) with Cerussite

Recorded under neon light
 

BFR37AO5: Druse of rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals with very sharp crystal forms, translucent, with good luster and a uniform green color (cuprosmithsonite variety)
With aerial growths that built up on neat Cerussite crystals. It is a very fine specimen that comes from an important collection.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 12.8 × 8.3 × 5.2 cm = 5.04” × 3.27” × 2.05”

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




Smithsonite (variety Cu-bearing smithsonite) with Cerussite. Smithsonite (variety Cu-bearing smithsonite) with Cerussite.
Smithsonite (variety Cu-bearing smithsonite) with Cerussite. Smithsonite (variety Cu-bearing smithsonite) with Cerussite.
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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.

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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)

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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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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

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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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Elbaite
Elbaite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Elbaite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Elbaite. Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

ERF91AO0: Doubly terminated and complete floater crystal of Elbaite, very rich in faces and with perfect terminations, transparent, lustrous and with a clear polarization of color, deep green at the ends and vivid pink on the prism. This 1972 specimen comes from the Ginette Verax collection.
Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (1972)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 2.17” × 0.55” × 0.55”

Former collection of Ginette Verax



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Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

TH97AL5: Group of Elbaite crystals (indicolite variety) forming parallel growths with very sharply pointed polycrystalline pyramidal terminations. The crystals are transparent, with great luster, mostly blue but with pink tones in the lower part. This is one of the few large specimens saved for collectors from the lucky finds of the 1980s, most of which went to the gem trade for faceting, which yielded crystals with a quality and density of color, and luster, far superior to previous finds. A unique specimen which demonstrates how very unpredictable Nature can be.
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1980)

Specimen size: 15 × 12.5 × 8 cm = 5.91” × 4.92” × 3.15”




Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Quartz. Front with day light
Front with day light
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Quartz. With focused day light behind
With focused day light behind
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Quartz. Rear with day light
Rear with day light
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SOUTH AMERICA

Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz
Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz. Side
Side
Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz. Top
Top

Recorded under neon light
Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz
 

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”




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Beryl (variety emerald)

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”




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
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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

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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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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

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”

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Borcarite with Cahnite
 

EB92AM1: Floater group of sharp Borcarite crystals, a very rare borate-carbonate. The crystals exhibit very well defined forms, are translucent, with a uniform green color and are partially covered by small, well-defined white crystals of Cahnite, an arsenate which is also considered very rare.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.67” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.8 cm = 0.55” × 0.31”




Borcarite with Cahnite. Front
Front
Borcarite with Cahnite. Side
Side
Borcarite with Cahnite. Borcarite with Cahnite.
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Borcarite with Cahnite
Borcarite with Cahnite. Borcarite with Cahnite.
 

EA16AM1: Very aerial floater group of sharp Borcarite crystals, a very rare borate-carbonate. The crystals show well defined shapes, are translucent, with a uniform green color, and are partially covered by small, sharp white crystals of Cahnite, another very rare arsenate. Exceptional!
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 86 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2011)

Specimen size: 3 × 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 1.18” × 0.63” × 0.43”




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Bultfonteinite on Tobermorite (Group)

Recorded under neon light
 

MBR91AO0: A novelty for 2021: Tobermorite-Clinotobermorite forms small fibrous spheroidal intense pink coatings associated with spheroidal growths of orange-brown Bultfonteinite of good size, on matrix.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. If you want to go deeper into the species and the paragenesis of this mine, you can consult the article by Menor-Salván, C.; Ottens, B.; Richard, E. “Rare borate minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China.” Rocks & Minerals, 96(5) (September/October 2021)
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 8 × 7.3 × 2.7 cm = 3.15” × 2.87” × 1.06”

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




Bultfonteinite on Tobermorite (Group). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Bultfonteinite on Tobermorite (Group). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Helvine with Quartz, Calcite and Chlorite
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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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

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Fluorite (octahedral) with Calcite

Recorded under neon 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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Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz and Dolomite
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz and Dolomite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz and Dolomite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite (octahedral) with Quartz and Dolomite. Side
Side

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ET70AM5: Large crystal with an apparently octahedral habit, formed by polycrystalline growths with dominant dodecahedral forms. Transparent, lustrous, pale pink in color, more intense in the center of the crystal. On matrix, with Quartz crystals and white Dolomite rhombohedra.
This specimen has been published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 59, March 7, 2021 edition, page 8
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 9.5 × 9.2 cm = 4.45” × 3.74” × 3.62”

Main crystal size: 10 × 9.5 cm = 3.94” × 3.74”




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Silver with Calcite

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



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
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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
Silver with Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

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



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Silver

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TM69AL7: Very aerial and aesthetic specimen with growths of highly stylized Silver crystals, with hooked terminations and lateral twists. The luster and state of preservation are excellent. On matrix with deformed pseudo-octahedral crystals of Acanthite.
Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (10/2017)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.2 × 2.7 cm = 2.87” × 2.05” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 0.2 cm = 1.42” × 0.08”




Silver. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Silver. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Acanthite
Acanthite. Acanthite.
Acanthite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TC13AG1: Monumental, a top specimen. Few Acanthites are as impressive as those from this mine and this one in particular stands out for its extraordinary quality.
The specimen has been published in the book 'China II', by Berthold Ottens, on page 299



Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (08/2016)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 4 cm = 3.39” × 2.44” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.7 cm = 0.98” × 0.67”




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Kësterite with Mushistonite, Muscovite, Calcite and Fluorapatite

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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



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
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Cassiterite with Quartz
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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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”




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Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite

Recorded under neon light
 

TVA97AO4: Group of slightly tapered Pyromorphite crystals, with very deep hopper terminations, partially coated and replaced by Plumbogummite with an intense sky-blue color. Of the best known quality for that historic find.
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2014)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 7.1 × 6.2 cm = 4.80” × 2.80” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 2.1 cm = 1.69” × 0.83”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite. Bottom / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Bottom / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite. 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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Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

ET88AM5: Group of complex equant Calcite crystals, very rich in forms, transparent, with very good luster and a uniform orange-yellow color with lively golden reflections. Extraordinary. Its origin is curious, since these Calcites appeared unexpectedly in a coal mine, and just as suddenly as they had appeared, after a short time they were never seen again.
Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2009)

Specimen size: 21 × 15.3 × 7 cm = 8.27” × 6.02” × 2.76”

Main crystal size: 5.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.28” × 1.50”




Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Malachite
Malachite. Front
Front
Malachite. Top
Top
Malachite. Rear
Rear

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”




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Topaz with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

MGP27AO2: Topaz crystal rich in crystal forms, with excellent terminations. The flat lower face is not a cleavage plane but rather a contact plane, as can be seen with the naked eye. The crystal is especially transparent and lustrous, with a uniform and vivid orange color, on a Quartz matrix. Extraordinary!
Katlang, Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  Pakistan

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.8 × 4.2 cm = 2.72” × 1.89” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.50” × 0.71”




Topaz with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Topaz with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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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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Beryl (variety aquamarine)

Recorded under neon light
 

NQR47AN5: Group of Beryl crystals (aquamarine variety) with sharp crystal forms and excellent terminations. They are transparent, shiny and sky-blue in color.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 02/2021, page 102
Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan

Specimen size: 14 × 11 × 4.5 cm = 5.51” × 4.33” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 2.1 cm = 1.73” × 0.83”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Top / 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 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”

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Epidote with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

NRX47AO0: Fan-shaped growths of Epidote crystals with a prismatic habit with very well defined and sharp crystal forms, translucent, with good luster and an intense, deep and uniform green color. On a matrix of water-clear Quartz crystals, one of them with a contact that gives it a different termination from the other central crystal.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 479), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (±2015)

Specimen size: 15.3 × 10.2 × 7.3 cm = 6.02” × 4.02” × 2.87”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Epidote with Quartz. Epidote with Quartz.
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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
 

ET73AM1: New (in part) after the 2020 Sainte Marie Virtual show. From a classic Turkish locality but with a different morphology and color. With its vertical twin plane, this crystal, which is transparent and of great fineness and quality, has excellent terminal faces and very good luster. With yellow-green tones and very distinct dichroism, its color changes between soft red and green, this being visible in all kinds of light, even natural light.
Ilbir Mountain, Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region  Turkey (2020)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 1.81” × 0.43” × 0.24”




Diaspore. Front
Front
Diaspore. Rear
Rear
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Diaspore on Chloritoid and with Margarite
Diaspore on Chloritoid and with Margarite. Diaspore on Chloritoid and with Margarite.

Recorded under neon light
 

ELR87AO9: Obtained at Ste. Marie 2022
Elongated Diaspore crystals, two of them clearly dominant, with very sharp crystal forms with excellent terminations, transparent, with good luster and a nice light yellow color. On matrix on abundant well crystallized Chloritoid and with white fibrous and lamellar intergrowths of Margarite. The specimen is of an extraordinary elegance and perfection.
The Chloritoid has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region  Turkey (2022)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 6.3 × 3.5 cm = 2.91” × 2.48” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 1 cm = 1.46” × 0.39”

With analysis copy



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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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Australia

Wittichenite
Wittichenite. Wittichenite.

Recorded under neon light
 

ET26AM1: Extraordinarily shiny floater crystal of Wittichenite with complex polycrystalline growths dominated by finely striated prism faces and smoother bipyramid faces. The specimen was part of the lucky find in 1981 from which only a few crystals were recovered, since then considered "icons" as they are the best known for the species.
The sample has been noted and photographed in the article 'Wittichenite from the Cattle Grid Pit, Mount Gunson mine, South Australia' of the ‘Mineralogical Record‘ magazine on page 140 in the volume 44, number 2, March-April 2013, and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 87 in the volume 26/2021, number 1
Cattle Grid deposit (Mount Gunson), Mount Gunson Copper mines, Pernatty Lagoon, Stuart Shelf, South Australia  Australia (1981)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.4 × 0.8 cm = 1.26” × 0.94” × 0.31”




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