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

 

 

When Jordi offered me a corner on his web page to publish photos of the pieces that I choose I found it an excellent idea. It goes without saying that the project made me very enthusiastic immediately.

It is my intention to show, through my photographs, my point of view of the beauty of minerals, and I hope to add to that a point of charm, that touch of magic that minerals awaken in all those who view them with delight and admiration.

Joaquim Callén

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Baryte with Chalcopyrite  

 

 

Baryte with Chalcopyrite
Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Baryte with Chalcopyrite. Side
Side
Baryte with Chalcopyrite.

MB57AI6
A sample that has the special attraction of being a German classic, a Baryte that forms a parallel aggregate of very sharp thick tabular crystals that are partially coated by disphenoidal Chalcopyrite crystals with a tetragonal shape, with very well defined faces and edges and very intense brightness.

Euro:240 / US$271 / Yen:30870 / AUD$375

Dreislar Mine, Dreislar, Winterberg, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen
Germany


Specimen size: 9.7 × 6.4 × 4 cm = 3.8” × 2.5” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 9.4 × 4.3 cm = 3.7” × 1.7”

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  Celestine with Sulfur

Machów Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Podkarpackie
Poland

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV. Phosphorescent

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.6 × 6.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.8” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”

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Celestine with Sulfur. Celestine with Sulfur.

CA91AI6
Relatively common in the eighties the Celestine samples from Machov had a great success in the collectible mineralogical world due both for their strict mineralogical interest and the esthetic appearance of the crystals, elongated and transparent, often with smoky shades and extraordinarily bright. They are currently considered as classics of mineralogy and there are few samples for collectors. To all this we must add that the Celestine has the unusual property of being phosphorescent (during 1-2 seconds)

Celestine with Sulfur

Galena with Quartz  

 

 

Galena with Quartz
Galena with Quartz. Galena with Quartz.
Galena with Quartz.

EP40AI6
The well known aesthetics of the Kosovar samples enhance some minerals that are currently considered as “modest,” as is the case with this Galena that forms cubo-octahedral crystals that are twinned according to the spinel-law, some of them flattened, all them extraordinarily bright and on matrix with Quartz crystals.

Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District
Kosovo

2017


Specimen size: 17.6 × 11.3 × 6.5 cm = 6.9” × 4.4” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.0”

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  Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena

Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District
Kosovo

2010


Specimen size: 11.8 × 9.4 × 6.2 cm = 4.6” × 3.7” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.2 cm = 1.6” × 0.9”

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Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena. Front
Front
Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena. Top
Top
Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena.

MG30AI6
A sample that reclaims a special attention, both for its spectacular appearance and for its complexity, because the Galena has the pseudomorph shape of parallel growths of old tabular Pyrrhotite crystals coated by Pyrite further recrystallized in small cubic and cubo-octahedral crystals, and with some twinned Sphalerite crystals. Being that the Pyrrhotite is after Galena and not Pyrite (which is the the most typical) the chemical stability of the sample seems assured.

Euro:480 / US$543 / Yen:61750 / AUD$750

Calcite  

 

 

Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear

SA27AI6
Dalnegorsk is one of those mineral localities that is always offering nice surprises to the collector as has happened with this thick tabular Calcite crystal that has the exquisiteness of a very sharp hexagonal form and the aesthetics of the added group of smaller Calcite crystals.

Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region
Russia


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 8.4 × 8.2 × 4.1 cm = 3.3” × 3.2” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 8.4 × 8.2 cm = 3.3” × 3.2”

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  Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky)

Mount Malosa, Zomba District
Malawi

Feldspar minor fluorescence long & short UV.

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.7 × 3.6 cm = 3.1” × 3.0” × 1.4”

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Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky). Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky).

TQ46AI6
An example of the mineralogical variation of the peculiar Malawi pegmatites is this Pyrophanite that forms radial aggregates of dark brown acicular crystals that are on a Feldspar matrix with small smoky Quartz crystals.

Euro:170 / US$192 / Yen:21870 / AUD$265
Pyrophanite with Feldspar and Quartz (variety smoky)

Smithsonite (variety cadmium)  

 

 

Smithsonite (variety cadmium)
Smithsonite (variety cadmium). Front
Front
Smithsonite (variety cadmium). Rear
Rear

TB37AI6
The Cadmium-rich Smithsonite variety is an uncommon find at Tsumeb so it is a pleasure to be able to photograph this druse of rhombohedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges and displaying a delicate orange color, due to the presence of Cadmium.

Euro:240 / US$271 / Yen:30870 / AUD$375

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region
Namibia


Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.3 × 4.6 cm = 2.3” × 2.1” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Reservado

  Euclase

Santana do Encoberto, São Sebastião do Maranhão, Minas Gerais
Brazil


Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.8” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Reservado
Euclase. Front
Front
Euclase. Rear
Rear
Euclase. Top
Top

ML49AI6
Brazilian Euclase is a classic that must not be missing in any collection and, as a magnificent example, here is this parallel growth of very sharp crystals, colorless with an extraordinary luster and of a considerable length for the species.
The sample is from the Uwe Niemeyer collection (Germany) whose label we’ll send to the buyer.

Euro:460 / US$521 / Yen:59180 / AUD$719
Euclase

Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series  

 

 

Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. Front
Front
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. Rear
Rear
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. Light behind
Light behind
Hübnerite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series.

CR76AI6
An association that is very uncommon at Pasto Bueno of Hübnerite and crystals of the Tennantite-Tetrahedrite Series. The Hübnerite is a floater crystal, between translucent and opaque, that has very well defined faces on both terminations. On this crystal there is a small group of Quartz crystals on which is a sharply twinned Tennantite-Tetrahedrite crystal.
The sample is from the Carles Curto collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.

Euro:170 / US$192 / Yen:21870 / AUD$265

Huayllapon Mine (Huallapon Mine), Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department
Peru

±1984


Former collection of Carles Curto

Specimen size: 5.6 × 2.8 × 2.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.1” × 0.8”

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  Anglesite after Creussite

Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales
Australia


Intense fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.6 × 3.6 cm = 2.5” × 1.8” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5”

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Anglesite after Creussite. Front
Front
Anglesite after Creussite. Rear
Rear

EH37AI6
A Broken Hill Anglesite with the special appeal of the ancient (the “oldies”) samples. The Anglesite has completely pseudomorphed a group of flattened Cerussite crystals with a coralloid aspect and that have a white color with pinkish shades.
The sample is from the René Hubin collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer with other two old labels that were with it.

Anglesite after Creussite

Beryl (variety aquamarine)  

 

 

Beryl (variety aquamarine)
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top
Top

ME68AI6
A Pakistan Beryl (aquamarine variety) crystal, very similar to old Brazilian samples, with the pinacoidal termination beveled by several pyramids and with inner phantom growths and dissolution channels all along the interior of the crystal.
The sample is from the Carles Manresa collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.

Euro:360 / US$407 / Yen:46310 / AUD$562

Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)
Pakistan


Former collection of Carles Manresa

Specimen size: 8 × 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 3.1” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Reservado



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