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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


USA


Sand after Calcite
Sand after Calcite. Front
Front
Sand after Calcite. Side
Side
Sand after Calcite. Side
Side
Sand after Calcite  

CA66AI4: Group of crystals, one of them clearly dominant and all them (except one) doubly terminated. They show a prism with curved edges and a poorly defined terminal rhombohedron. The crystals are completely filled by sand inclusions. An American classic that is currently difficult to obtain in good samples because the area where they are found has been declared a National Park.
Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson County, South Dakota  USA (±1990)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5 × 3.9 cm = 3.0” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 7.2 × 3.2 cm = 2.8” × 1.3”

Former collection of Carles Curto




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Cinnabar with Quartz
Cinnabar with Quartz  

EA90AI4: Very sharp rhombohedral Cinnabar crystals with very well defined faces and the interpenetration twin. They have a very vivid color and are on matrix with small Quartz crystals. This specimen has an extraordinary quality for the locality, well known for the species but where good Cinnabars are rare.
Snowshoe Mine, Paradise Valley, Poverty Peak District, Humboldt County, Nevada  USA (±1954)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”




Cinnabar with Quartz. Cinnabar with Quartz.
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MEXICO


Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.
 

TT27AI4: Aggregate of very sharp Azurite crystals, one of them clearly dominant. These crystals, between translucent and transparent, are very bright and have the extraordinarily deep and vivid blue color (“electric blue”) typical of the best samples from Milpillas and they are implanted on a rough Malachite band coating the matrix. The esthetic blue-green contrast between Azurite and Malachite is not too common at Milpillas.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (07-08/2014)

Specimen size: 9.9 × 6.7 × 4.2 cm = 3.9” × 2.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.5”




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CANADA


Wardite with Childrenite
 

MC14AI4: Two dipyramidal crystals on matrix, very aerial and sharp, translucent with a pale green color and with some faces partially coated by microcrystals of Childrenite.
Stoneman Camp, Young's Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1995)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.9” × 1.0” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”




Wardite with Childrenite. Wardite with Childrenite.
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ROMANIA


Bournonite with Sphalerite and Pyrite
Bournonite with Sphalerite and Pyrite. Bournonite with Sphalerite and Pyrite.
 

ET51AI4: Druse of Bournonite crystals forming cyclic twins with very well defined parallel polycrystalline growths. They are very bright and are with groups of black Sphalerite crystals and small Pyrite crystals.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 10.2 × 4.1 cm = 4.5” × 4.0” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”




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Tetrahedrite with Quartz and Pyrite
 

MR99AI4: Very sharp tetrahedrons of Tetrahedrite crystals that are extraordinarily bright and are on a matrix of Quartz crystals with groups of Sphalerite crystals and small Pyrite crystals. The sample is from the Uwe Niemeyer collection (Germany) whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1964)

Specimen size: 13.8 × 12.7 × 4.8 cm = 5.4” × 5.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer




Tetrahedrite with Quartz and Pyrite. Tetrahedrite with Quartz and Pyrite.
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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)


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

MC89AI4: A novelty at Munich 2018. Lovely Fluorites from the abandoned mine of Four de Cluzel located in the Peyrebrune area. By their color, size and luster they are probably among the best French Fluorites. Congratulations to the team that recovered this treasure from an unexpected place.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.2” × 2.2” × 1.8”

Fluorescent long & short UV




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Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz
 

MN66AI4: A novelty at Munich 2018. Lovely Fluorites from the abandoned mine of Four de Cluzel located in the Peyrebrune area. By their color, size and luster they are probably among the best French Fluorites. Congratulations to the team that recovered this treasure from an unexpected place.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 9.7 × 5.6 cm = 4.6” × 3.8” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 7 × 6 cm = 2.8” × 2.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV




Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.
 

ET11AI4: Druse, on matrix, of very sharp Azurite crystals that are very bright and have an extraordinary very vivid color. Among the best known for this mine.
Špania Dolina (Herrengrund), Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica Region  Slovak Republic (05/2017)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.8 × 1.7 cm = 2.5” × 1.5” × 0.7”




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Cerussite
 

EX14AI4: Aggregate on a limonite matrix of white acicular Cerussite crystals with a silky luster and fibrous aspect resembling the so-called “jackstraw” variety. It is from a locality where samples of such quality are very scarce.
Lescure Mine, Mayres, Thueyts, Largentière, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.4 × 1.5 cm = 2.1” × 1.3” × 0.6”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV




Cerussite.
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Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.
 

MR14AI4: Elongated columnar and parallel growths of small Rhodochrosite crystals with a splendid pink color and silky luster.
Madem-Lakko Mine, Stratoni operations, Cassandra Mines, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department  Greece (±1985-90)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.3 × 3.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 1.3”




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Smithsonite
 

MC47AI4: Efflorescent growths of curved scalenohedral crystals with an intense green color. A sample is different from most for this locality.
Sounion area, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture  Greece (±1985)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.5 × 2.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.7” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”




Smithsonite. Smithsonite.
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Sphalerite with Calcite and Pyrite
Sphalerite with Calcite and Pyrite.
 

EC88AI4: Aggregate of very sharp Sphalerite (marmatite variety) crystals with very well defined spinel law twinning. They have an intense black color and are very bright and partially coated by Calcite crystals and small Pyrite crystals.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2000-2005)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9.1 × 4.3 cm = 4.6” × 3.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 0.8”




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MOROCCO


Quartz with Calcite
 

MA61AI4: A novelty at Munich 2018. Very fine Quartz with an almost "alpine" quality but mined in a polymetallic mine, which is not so common. The association of white Calcite crystals adds a "touch of class" to this unpredictable specimen.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2018 Munich Show in the magazine "Lapis" number 12/2018, page 30
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region  Morocco (10/2018)

Specimen size: 11.1 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 4.4” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Quartz with Calcite. Front
Front
Quartz with Calcite. Rear
Rear
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Quartz with Calcite
Quartz with Calcite. Front
Front
Quartz with Calcite. Rear
Rear
 

MB61AI4: A novelty at Munich 2018. Very fine Quartz with an almost "alpine" quality but mined in a polymetallic mine, which is not so common. The association of white Calcite crystals adds a "touch of class" to this unpredictable specimen.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region  Morocco (10/2018)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 5 × 2.4 cm = 4.0” × 2.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 10.2 × 3 cm = 4.0” × 1.2”

Calcite fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)


Microcline (variety amazonite) with Albite
 

MF46AI4: Single and partially doubly terminated Microcline (amazonite variety) crystal with very well defined faces and edges, a good green color, not as bluish as the classic Colorado amazonites, and on a matrix of Quartz and Albite. The sample is from the Carles Manresa collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 02/2018, page 87
Kenticha, Sidamo Province, SNNPR Region  Ethiopia

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5 × 2.8 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 4.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Carles Manresa




Microcline (variety amazonite) with Albite. Front
Front
Microcline (variety amazonite) with Albite. Rear
Rear
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Schorl
Schorl. Front
Front
Schorl. Rear
Rear
 

MF96AI4: Very aerial aggregate of Schorl crystals that have very well defined crystalline forms with polycrystalline growths and they are very bright.
Davib East Farm 61 (Davib Ost Farm), Karibib District, Erongo Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8.9 × 7.1 × 5.6 cm = 3.5” × 2.8” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.5”




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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)


Gold
 

EB57AI4: Very bright spongy growths and laminar crystals of native gold on a Quartz matrix. The sample is from a Colombian mining area not well known until now.
Municipio Vetas, Soto Province, Santander Department  Colombia

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 1.2”




Gold. Gold.
Gold.
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Gold with Quartz and Sphalerite
Gold with Quartz and Sphalerite. Gold with Quartz and Sphalerite.
 

EL88AI4: Very bright arborescent growths and acicular and leafy crystals of native gold on a Quartz matrix. . The sample is from a Colombian mining area not well known until now.
Los Delirios claim, Delirios III cut, Municipio Vetas, Soto Province, Santander Department  Colombia (02/2017)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.0”




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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite)
 

TA57AI4: Very aerial parallel growth, on matrix, of very sharp Hematite crystals (after octahedral Magnetite) with very well defined skeletal growths, extraordinarily bright and partially coated by small recrystallized lenticular Hematite crystals. The sample is from an area currently defined as a National Park so it is not allowed to collect there any more.
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province  Argentina (2008)

Specimen size: 10 × 5.6 × 6.2 cm = 3.9” × 2.2” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.5” × 1.3”




Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite).
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Chalcopyrite with Siderite
Chalcopyrite with Siderite. Chalcopyrite with Siderite.
 

MX14AI4: Group of well-formed Chalcopyrite crystals with very well defined faces, edges and parallel growths. They are bright and are with a single and very sharp rhombohedral Siderite crystal. The sample is from the Carles Manresa collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Paloma Mine, Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica Department  Peru

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.3 × 1.9 cm = 2.2” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Former collection of Carles Manresa




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CHINA


Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite
 

ET53AI4: Divergent aggregates of very large Pyromorphite crystals with very well defined skeletal terminations, coated and almost completely replaced by pale blue Plumbogummite. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2017)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.8 × 3.9 cm = 2.8” × 2.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite.
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite.
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ASIA (excl. China)


Tantalite-(Mn) with Calcite
Tantalite-(Mn) with Calcite.
 

NB88AI4: Single partially doubly terminated brown Manganotantalite crystal with reddish reflections and well defined faces and edges. On a Quartz matrix. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Kantiwa pegmatite, Wama District (Vama District), Nuristan Province  Afghanistan (09/2017)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4 × 3.7 cm = 2.6” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 5.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.3” × 1.1”




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Dravite with Mica and Quartz
 

LF68AI4: Floater and complete single crystal composed of two prisms with rhombohedral terminations. It is translucent and bright with a dark Brown color and is partially coated by leafy aggregates of very bright Muscovite. The sample, an Australian classic with a good length, is from the Carlos Millán collection whose computer card we’ll send to the buyer.
Yinnietharra Station, Upper Gascoyne Shire, Western Australia  Australia (±1978)

Specimen size: 10.6 × 8.2 × 7.6 cm = 4.2” × 3.2” × 3.0”

Former collection of Carles Millan




Dravite with Mica and Quartz.
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