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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 CARLES CURTO COLLECTION


Inesite
Inesite. Inesite.
Inesite

CT96AI3: Groups of Inesite crystals with very well defined simple forms, bright and with a very intense pink color, on a matrix of the same Inesite with minor Calcite. The locality is an American classic for the species. The sample is from a J. Fabre exchange with the collection of duplicates of Joaquνn Folch in the year 1987, when this collection was not well known under this name.
Hale Creek Mine, Mad River Rock, Coastal Range, Trinity County, California  USA (1973)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 2.5” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.4 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Former collection of Carles Curto




Order
Calcite (variety cobaltoan)
Calcite (variety cobaltoan)

CM12AI3: A matrix coated by Calcite (cobalt-rich variety) with an aspect clearly more crystalline than usual for the locality (a result, perhaps, of further recrystallization) and with a very intense color.
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Comarca Pallars Sobirΰ, Lleida/Lιrida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.8 × 1.9 cm = 2.4” × 2.3” × 0.7”

Former collection of Carles Curto


Euro:70 / US$79 / Yen:9000 / AUD$109

Calcite (variety cobaltoan).
Reservado
Opal (variety hyalite)
Opal (variety hyalite). Opal (variety hyalite).
Opal (variety hyalite)

CC10AI3: Clear and colorless botryoidal aggregate that is very bright, on matrix and is fluorescent with an UV lamp. A precursor of the current hyalites from Central Europe.
Valeč, Doupov, Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.4 × 2.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Fluorescent short UV

Former collection of Carles Curto




Order
Brookite with Quartz
Brookite with Quartz

CD16AI3: Very sharp laminar Brookite crystals that are transparent and bright with an orange brown color. They are implanted on a group of doubly terminated Quartz crystals with polycrystalline growths.
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4 × 2.9 cm = 3.1” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

Former collection of Carles Curto




Brookite with Quartz. Brookite with Quartz.
Order
Smithsonite
Smithsonite.
Smithsonite

CR46AI3: Druse of rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals on matrix. They are well defined with fine growth striations and are translucent, bright and have a uniform and attractive pinkish color.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.7 × 3.1 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Former collection of Carles Curto




Order
Babingtonite with Prehnite
Babingtonite with Prehnite

CB69AI3: Very aerial group of very sharp and flattened crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated. They are bright with a deep black color and are on a matrix of botryoidal Prehnite. These Chinese Babingtonites have almost disappeared from the mineral market and the best are those that first appeared.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (±2008)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 4 × 3.2 cm = 3.3” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Former collection of Carles Curto




Babingtonite with Prehnite. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Prehnite. Rear
Rear
Babingtonite with Prehnite.
Order
Andradite with Epidote
Andradite with Epidote. Andradite with Epidote.
Andradite with Epidote

CX12AI3: Very sharp dodecahedral Andradite crystals, one of them clearly dominant. They are well centered on the matrix, translucent with a deep olive green color and on a matrix coated by small Epidote crystals with a lighter green color.
Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Mountains, Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.3”

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

Former collection of Carles Curto


Euro:70 / US$80 / Yen:9170 / AUD$113

Reservado


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