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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


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Sulfur with Calcite
Sulfur with Calcite. Front
Front
Sulfur with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Sulfur with Calcite. Side
Side
Sulfur with Calcite.
 

VH27AJ0: Group of Sulfur crystals with a flattened dipyramidal shape. They are translucent, bright, and are on a Calcite matrix.
The sample is from the A. Mayor collection (num. 363).
Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily  Italy (±1967)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.3 × 6.3 cm = 3.7” × 2.9” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.1 cm = 1.5” × 1.2”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of A. Mayor




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Pyromorphite
 

MG26AJ0: Arborescent growths of crystals with a spindled shape, and with very deeply hoppered terminations. The very bright crystals have an unusually intense orange color. A French classic, but different from the usual.
Mine des Farges (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5 × 4.8 × 3.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.2”

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




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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MOROCCO


Actinolite with Ferro-actinolite and Prehnite
Actinolite with Ferro-actinolite and Prehnite. Actinolite with Ferro-actinolite and Prehnite.
 

EC14AJ0: A novelty at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2018. Bundle-like aggregates of fibrous and acicular Actinolite crystals with a clear pistachio green color, with darker, almost black, intergrowths of crystalline Ferro-actinolite and partially coated by white Prehnite. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2018)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.8 × 5.9 cm = 2.2” × 1.9” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”




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Arfvedsonite with Feldspar
 

TP46AJ0: Very acute, prismatic Arfvedsonite crystals that are very bright, have fine vertical striations, a deep black color and are on a Feldspar matrix. The sample has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2012)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.6 × 5.1 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.2 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”




Arfvedsonite with Feldspar. Front
Front
Arfvedsonite with Feldspar. Rear
Rear
Order
Sphalerite with Quartz
Sphalerite with Quartz. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Sphalerite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

MV6AJ0: A novelty at Munich 2018. This is one of the first mentions of Sphalerite as a collectible species at Aït Ahmane. It is a druse of not so well defined complex but translucent and bright crystals with a very deep honey color. They are with small Quartz crystals.
Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region  Morocco (05/2018)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 4.8 × 3.4 cm = 2.8” × 1.9” × 1.3”




Order

TSUMEB


Azurite
 

TR13AJ0: Flattened crystal with a curious asymmetric lateral growth, with a very sharp edge at the left and very well defined polycrystalline growths on the right. It is translucent, very bright and has very vivid transparences and color reflections.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.1 × 1 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.4”




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

TC37AJ0: Very aerial group of sharp crystals that are translucent and bright and have very vivid transparences and color reflections. Partially coated by Malachite.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”




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Tennantite with Dolomite and Quartz
 

MM49AJ0: Group of Tennantite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, with the forms of a tetrahedron and dodecahedron, and with small, white, Dolomite
A classic from Tsumeb that was in the Enrique Moës collection.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.1 × 3.9 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.3”




Tennantite with Dolomite and Quartz. Front
Front
Tennantite with Dolomite and Quartz. Side
Side
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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)


Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite
Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) with Calcite. Top
Top
 

TP98AJ0: Beryl crystal (emerald variety) with an excellent definition of faces and edges and an upper termination that is rough but complete. The crystal is very clear and has excellent luster and color. The sample, in gem quality, is implanted on a Calcite matrix.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2012)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Franckeite with Stannite
Franckeite with Stannite  

NE27AJ0: Spheroidal growths of small Franckeite crystals that are metallic dark gray, almost black, and are very well defined and bright. They are on matrix with Pyrite and very well defined Stannite crystals. An excellent sample of this rare mineral.
The sample was in the Gilbert Gautier collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department  Bolivia

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.8” × 1.3” × 0.6”




Franckeite with Stannite. Franckeite with Stannite.
Franckeite with Stannite.
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Atacamite
Atacamite. Atacamite.
 

MX14AJ0: Radial aggregates on matrix of acicular Atacamite crystals, very bright and with a very deep color.
A Chilean classic that was in the Enrique Moës collection.
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas District, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region  Chile

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.1 × 4.2 cm = 3.6” × 2.8” × 1.7”




Order

DESMOND SACCO COLLECTION


Quartz (variety smoky) with Ferberite
 

DC89AJ0: Parallel growth of very sharp Quartz (smoky variety) crystals. They are partially doubly terminated, transparent, very bright, with inclusions, and are on a matrix of crystallized Ferberite with small Pyrite crystals.
The sample was in the Desmond Sacco collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
Kara-Oba, Betpak-Dala (Bet-Pak-Dala) Desert , Karaganda Region  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 10.3 × 5.4 × 6.8 cm = 4.1” × 2.1” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 8.8 × 5.7 cm = 3.5” × 2.2”

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection




Quartz (variety smoky) with Ferberite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with Ferberite. Rear
Rear
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