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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


MEXICO


Pyrargyrite
Pyrargyrite. Front
Front
Pyrargyrite. Rear
Rear
Pyrargyrite. Top
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TK49AI5: Aggregate of crystals, on a little matrix, with a prismatic shape and flat terminations that are very bright, translucent and have reddish reflections. It is from a locality that is very new in the mineral world and that is producing very good silver sulphosalts. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 37 of the 2018/02 edition.
San José Mine, San José del Progreso, Municipìo San José del Progreso, Ocotlán District, Valles Centrales Region, Oaxaca  Mexico (01/2018)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.2 × 1.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.5” × 0.5”




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SPAIN


Pyromorphite
 

NB10AI5: Clusters of prismatic and very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit for San Andrés Pyromorhite, similar to the samples from El Horcajo.
This sample is from the Ignacio Gaspar collection and we’ll send to the buyer a copy of the original label.
San Andrés Mine, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1987)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
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Pyromorphite. Rear
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Pyromorphite. Top
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Pyromorphite. Close-up
Close-up
Pyromorphite  

NB16AI5: Groups of mainly prismatic Pyromorphite crystals that coexist with very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit for San Andrés Pyromorphite, similar to the samples from El Horcajo.
This sample is from the Ignacio Gaspar collection and we’ll send to the buyer the original label.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10-11/1997)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.7 × 3.6 cm = 2.5” × 1.9” × 1.4”

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

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar




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Silver with Acanthite and Calcite
 

PT48AI5: Dendritic growths, on a matrix of massive Calcite, of elongated native Silver crystals that are very well defined and bright, partially coated by Acanthite crystals. The Calcite matrix has been etched with acid to expose the Silver.
Balcoll Mine, Falset, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (11/2004)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.2 × 3.5 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.4”

Calcite minor fluorescence short UV



Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Silver with Acanthite and Calcite.
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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)


Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
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Gold with Quartz. Rear
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Gold with Quartz.
 

MV54AI5: A kind of novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2018, where this Gold appeared to the collectible trade for the first time. It forms very bright laminar growths and coatings on an aggregate of Quartz crystals very much more defined than usual for the locality. The locality, as is usual for a lot of novelties, is approximate and generic, so we are waiting for some more precise data.
Loudéac, Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany/Bretagne  France

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.1 × 1.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.5”

Weight: 9.8 grams



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Azurite
Azurite  

CQ87AI5: Group, on matrix, of lenticular crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, bright with a color that is intense, very much more vivid than usual for the locality.
The sample is from the Carles Curto collection whose label and catalog card we’ll send to the buyer.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 1.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Former collection of Carles Curto




Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
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Quartz
Quartz. Quartz.
Quartz.
Quartz  

TG96AI5: Druse of Quartz crystals on a chalcedony matrix. They are very clear and colorless, very bright, rich in faces and have the typical shape that relates to the name of the mine. An extraordinary sample, very fine and carefully preserved, from a classic French locality for Quartz. We’ll send to the buyer the label from the Jean-Pierre Gilian collection.
La Gardette Mine, Brides gallery, Villard-Notre-Dame, Le Bourg d'Oisans, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2015)

Specimen size: 20 × 8.5 × 11 cm = 7.9” × 3.3” × 4.3”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1 cm = 1.2” × 0.4”

Former collection of Jean-Pierre Gilian



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FSU


Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Mica and Feldspar
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Mica and Feldspar  

EH89AI5: Elbaite (rubellite variety) with simple and very well defined faces and edges and a very smooth pinacoidal termination. It is translucent, bright, has a very intense and uniform color and it is with a tiny Feldspar matrix with leafy Mica aggregates.
Mokhovaya pegmatite, Malkhan (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), East Siberia Region  Russia (±2004)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 3.0” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Raúl Sanabria




Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Mica and Feldspar. Front
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Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Mica and Feldspar. Side
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Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Mica and Feldspar. Rear
Rear
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Mica and Feldspar. Top
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MOROCCO


Gold
Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
Rear
 

MC1AI5: Very aerial and bright aggregate with crystalline forms perhaps not so well defined but evident. The sample is from a not yet quite well defined area in the Sidi-Ifni region.
Sidi Ifni area, Sidi Ifni Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 1.8 × 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Weight: 3.4 grams



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Gold
 

MA2AI5: Floater that is bright and has poorly defined but existing crystalline forms. The sample is from a not yet quite well defined area in the Sidi-Ifni region.
Sidi Ifni area, Sidi Ifni Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.6” × 0.1”

Weight: 4.2 grams



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

MB94AI5: Floater that is bright and has poorly defined but existing crystalline forms. The sample is from a not yet quite well defined area in the Sidi-Ifni region.
Sidi Ifni area, Sidi Ifni Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.8 × 0.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.7” × 0.2”

Weight: 6.8 grams



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Azurite with Malachite xx
 

MX67AI5: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2018. Very aerial aggregate, on matrix, of crystals that have a flattened shape, are very bright with a deep color and partially coated by small equant primary Malachite crystals.
El Fetch, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (05/2018)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 6.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.5” × 2.4” × 1.1”




Azurite with Malachite xx. Azurite with Malachite xx.
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Azurite with Malachite xx
Azurite with Malachite xx. Front
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Azurite with Malachite xx. Rear
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Azurite with Malachite xx.
 

TY94AI5: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2018. Aggregate of crystals that have lenticular shape, are very bright with a deep color and partially coated by small flattened, equant primary Malachite crystals.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 51, December 5, 2018 edition.
El Fetch, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (12/2017)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.9” × 2.2” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1 cm = 0.9” × 0.4”




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Calcite with Chalcopyrite
 

MD36AI5: A novelty at Munich 2018. Scalenohedral crystal with rhombohedral terminal faces and very well defined polycrystalline growths. It is translucent, white, has slightly pink reflections and it is on a matrix of more Calcite. It shows an intense red fluorescence under long wave light and very intense red under short wave light.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region  Morocco (07/2018)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 4.3 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.8 cm = 1.6” × 0.7”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV




Calcite with Chalcopyrite. Calcite with Chalcopyrite.
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Calcite with Chalcopyrite
Calcite with Chalcopyrite. Calcite with Chalcopyrite.
 

MC86AI5: A novelty at Munich 2018. Group of scalenohedral crystals with rhombohedral terminal faces and very well defined polycrystalline growths. They are translucent, white, have slightly pink reflections and are on a matrix of more Calcite. It shows an intense red fluorescence under long wave light and very intense red under short wave light.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region  Morocco (07/2018)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.9 × 5.3 cm = 3.3” × 2.7” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 2 cm = 1.7” × 0.8”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV




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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)


Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz
 

ED90AI5: Isolated Dioptase crystals, one of them clearly dominant, that are partially doubly terminated, bright, with a deep color and on a matrix of crystalline Quartz partially coated by Planchéite.
The sample is from the Raúl Sanabria collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Kandesei Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region  Namibia (±2007)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.5 × 4.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Former collection of Raúl Sanabria




Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz. Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz.
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DESMOND SACCO COLLECTION


Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite. Front
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Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite. Side
Side
 

MV91AI5: Very well defined Beryl (aquamarine variety) crystals. They have excellent terminations, are transparent and bright, have a very well defined and uniform sky blue color and are on an Albite matrix with very bright Schorl crystals. Of high quality as is usual with samples from the Desmond Sacco collection.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia (±2016)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.9” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection

Albite minor fluorescence short UV



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Tarbuttite with Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite
 

MA16AI5: Fanlike growths of acicular Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite micro-crystals on Tarbuttite crystals, distinguishable by its green color. Of high quality, as is usual with samples from the Desmond Sacco collection.
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region  Namibia (2016)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.2 × 4.6 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection




Tarbuttite with Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite. Tarbuttite with Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite.
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