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


THE IGNACIO HERNÁNDEZ COLLECTION


Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Tetrahedrite and Pyrite
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Tetrahedrite and Pyrite. Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Tetrahedrite and Pyrite.
 

NA92AI3: Very sharp rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals that are translucent, bright, very aerial and have an intense color. They are implanted on a group of Quartz crystals on matrix, with small Tetrahedrite and Pyrite crystals.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 99) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Sweet Home Mine, Hedgehog pocket, Main Stope drift, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 2.1” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




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Neptunite on Natrolite
 

NB26AI3: Group of isolated and very bright Neptunite crystals with very well defined faces and edges. One of them, clearly dominant, is doubly terminated and is on a perfectly vertical position on its Natrolite matrix. An American classic of great quality.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 56) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA

Specimen size: 6.1 × 2.8 × 2.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.9 cm = 1.3” × 0.4”

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




Neptunite on Natrolite. Neptunite on Natrolite.
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Beryl (variety bixbite)
Beryl (variety bixbite). Beryl (variety bixbite).
 

NC87AI3: Single doubly terminated Beryl (bixbite variety) crystal with very well defined faces and edges and perfect terminal faces. It is translucent and has an intense color. An American classic of high quality
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 26) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah  USA

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.1 × 2.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 1.0”

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

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




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Gypsum
 

ND6AI3: Very sharp and extraordinarily clear and bright Gypsum crystal with very well defined crystalline forms, partially doubly terminated and on matrix. A Spanish classic that is increasingly scarce.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 104) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Alabaster Quarries, Patillas Hill, Fuentes de Ebro, Delimitación Comarcal de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Aragon  Spain

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.6 × 3.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.5 cm = 1.2” × 1.0”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




Gypsum. Front
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Gypsum. Rear
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Calcite with Pyrite
Calcite with Pyrite. Calcite with Pyrite.
 

NE46AI3: Double aggregate forming a “loop-like” shape of scalenohedral Calcite crystals that are very acute, translucent, bright and on a matrix coated by a first generation of Calcite crystals with Pyrite at the back.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 50) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.1” × 1.9” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




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Calcite with Pyrite
 

NF26AI3: Groups of partially doubly terminated Calcite crystals with very well defined polycrystalline growths, colorless, clear, bright and very aerial and esthetic on a matrix coated by a first generation of Calcite crystals and with Pyrite microcrystals at the back.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 81) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 9.3 × 4.7 × 2.9 cm = 3.7” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 1.8 cm = 1.7” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




Calcite with Pyrite. Calcite with Pyrite.
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Hematite
Hematite. Front
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Hematite. Rear
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NT66AI3: Floater group of very sharp laminar crystals with very well edged parallel growths and very bright surfaces.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 106) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.9 × 0.1 cm = 2.1” × 1.1” × 0.0”

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




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Zoisite (variety tanzanite)
 

NG61AI3: Single crystal with very well defined faces and edges, with very transparent and bright (gem quality) terminal faces and an excellent color, intense blue with violet shades. The transition between the different colored areas on the crystal indicates it has not suffered any heat treatment.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 84) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Merelani mines, Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region  Tanzania

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 1.4” × 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




Zoisite (variety tanzanite). Front
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Zoisite (variety tanzanite). Rear
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Zoisite (variety tanzanite). Side
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Zoisite (variety tanzanite). Side
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Hematite
Hematite. Front
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Hematite. Rear
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NH66AI3: Group of platey and very aerial Hematite crystals. They have a curious outline with a rectangular aspect. They are complete, very bright and are with small and transparent rhombohedral Magnesite crystals.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 28) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4.1 × 2.1 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 0.8”

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

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




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Quartz with Epidote
 

NJ27AI3: Pair of two Quartz crystals, one of them complete and doubly terminated. Both Quartz crystals are very rich in Chlorite inclusions with an intense green color and they are very bright. There are some “bundle-like” Epidote aggregates, very bright and with a deep green color, attached to them .
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 87) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Paracas Quarry, Huaytará, Huaytará Province, Huancavelica Department  Peru

Specimen size: 8 × 5 × 3.1 cm = 3.1” × 2.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 8 × 1.4 cm = 3.1” × 0.6”

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




Quartz with Epidote. Front
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Quartz with Epidote. Rear
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Baryte with Dolomite
Baryte with Dolomite. Front
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Baryte with Dolomite. Rear
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NA27AI3: Polycrystalline growth of very sharp thin tabular crystals that are practically complete and they are transparent, bright with a smoky color and are on a Dolomite matrix.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 137) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Warihuyn Hill, 2850 m.↑, Puños, Miraflores District, Huamalíes Province, Huánuco Department  Peru

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.6 × 2.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 0.8”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




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Baryte with Dolomite
 

NB96AI3: Very aerial Baryte crystals on a Dolomite matrix in very sharp thin tabular crystals with very well defined polycrystalline growths. They are complete, transparent, bright and with a slightly smoky color.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 138) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Warihuyn Hill, 2850 m.↑, Puños, Miraflores District, Huamalíes Province, Huánuco Department  Peru

Specimen size: 8.2 × 3.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.2” × 1.5” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1.7 cm = 1.4” × 0.7”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández




Baryte with Dolomite. Front
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Baryte with Dolomite. Rear
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MEXICO


Legrandite
Legrandite. Front
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Legrandite. Rear
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Legrandite  

TF96AI3: Fan-like aggregates of elongated crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with good terminal faces, very luminous and with a very intense color. A Mexican classic from the famous F. John Barlow collection.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.3 × 1.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.5”




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CANADA


Vesuvianite
 

TR27AI3: Floater aggregate of Vesuvianite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, a lot of them totally or partially doubly terminated, translucent, bright and with well differentiated color areas, between yellow and an intense violet. A Canadian classic.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec  Canada (2005)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.6 × 3.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”




Vesuvianite. Front
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Vesuvianite. Rear
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Vesuvianite.
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Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside
Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside. Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside.
Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside. Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside.
 

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 = 4.2” × 1.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”




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SPAIN


Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
 

EC11AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.2”

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




Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
 

EA12AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

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




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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
 

EB13AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.1 × 2.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 0.8”

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




Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
 

EF14AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.1” × 1.7”

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




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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
 

EE6AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.3 × 3.2 cm = 3.1” × 2.1” × 1.3”

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




Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
 

ED16AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 1.7” × 2.1” × 1.7”

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




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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)


Sphalerite (variety cleiophane) with Calcite
 

TP91AI3: Group of complex Sphalerite crystals on a Calcite matrix. They are transparent, extraordinarily bright and have the intense greenish color that characterizes the cleiophane variety. Of the best quality for the locality.
Krushev dol Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria (±2011)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 6.8 × 3.2 cm = 5.7” × 2.7” × 1.3”

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




Sphalerite (variety cleiophane) with Calcite. Sphalerite (variety cleiophane) with Calcite.
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)


Adamite (variety cuprian)
Adamite (variety cuprian). Adamite (variety cuprian).
Adamite (variety cuprian)  

TR66AI3: Druse of polycrystalline Adamite growths on a limonite matrix. The crystals are very sharp and have slightly curved faces. They have an intense deep green color. An excellent classic from Tsumeb, very scarce, and more so with such great quality.
The simple is from the Chris Amo collection whose label we’ll send with another from the Warren Taylor collection (num. 2465P) where the sample was previously.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.4 × 4.6 cm = 2.8” × 2.1” × 1.8”

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




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Gold
 

TW48AI3: Floater and very aerial aggregate of strongly elongated octahedral crystals with Spinel twins and very well defined hooked and skeletal growths. Luster and color are excellent. Such samples seem destined to be, in a short time, a worldwide classic. We analyzed these Gold samples and they are really special. They contain 99.1% Gold and about 0.5 % Rhodium which is quite uncommon. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of these Golds 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: 3.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.4” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Weight: 16.8 grams



Gold. Front
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Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
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Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald). Front
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Beryl (variety emerald). Side
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Beryl (variety emerald). Top
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TG68AI3: Group of crystals with excellent terminations consisting of a dominant pinacoid and small pyramidal faces. The crystals are clear (gem quality) and have extraordinary luster and color.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia

Specimen size: 2 × 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.7” × 0.5”

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




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