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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


Mimetite with Goethite
Mimetite with Goethite. Mimetite with Goethite.
 

TT13AK0: With a different presentation than other more common Mexican Mimetites, here it forms spheroidal aggregates on a Goethite matrix of crystals with a very sharp pyramidal habit, with good terminations, very bright and with a very intense yellow-orange color.
The piece comes from the collection of José Luis Vallecillo, from Madrid.
Potosí Mine, Santo Domingo (Francisco Portillo), Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo




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Mimetite with Goethite
 

TC86AK0: With a different presentation than other more common Mexican Mimetites, here it forms spheroidal aggregates on a Goethite matrix of crystals with a very sharp pyramidal habit, with good terminations, very bright and with a very intense yellow-orange color.
The piece comes from the collection of José Luis Vallecillo, from Madrid.
Potosí Mine, Santo Domingo (Francisco Portillo), Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 9.4 × 8.1 × 5.1 cm = 3.7” × 3.2” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo




Mimetite with Goethite. Mimetite with Goethite.
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SPAIN


Cinnabar with Dolomite and Mercury
Cinnabar with Dolomite and Mercury. Cinnabar with Dolomite and Mercury.
Cinnabar with Dolomite and Mercury  

NQ91AK0: Group of complex crystals of Cinnabar with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very vivid and deep color, with coatings of small white crystals of Dolomite and on matrix. Also with small drops of native Mercury.
An old classic from the collection of Ignacio Gaspar, which was previously in the collection of Martín Oliete. We will send the buyer the cards from both collections.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (1980)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.9” × 0.5”

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

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar




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SPANISH FLUORITE


Fluorite with Quartz
 

NC69AK0: Group of cubic crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with polycrystalline growths on the surface of the faces, between transparent and translucent, bright, with a very intense deep blue color and with small coatings of Quartz crystals.
La Viesca Mine, Las Monjas pocket, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (05/2010)

Specimen size: 12.3 × 7.5 × 6.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.0” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 6.7 × 5.8 cm = 2.6” × 2.3”


Euro:460 / US$514 / Yen:54560 / AUD$759

Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Reservado
Fluorite
Fluorite.
 

NJ89AK0: Group of crystals with smooth cube faces and finely polycrystalline rhombic-dodecahedral forms. The crystals, translucent, lilac-bluish-greenish in color with the lilac tones much more intense in the areas of the phantom growths.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 14.8 × 9.7 × 6.4 cm = 5.8” × 3.8” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 9.6 × 6.8 cm = 3.8” × 2.7”




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Fluorite with Quartz
 

NP92AK0: Group of cubic crystals with polycrystalline growths on the surface of the faces, between transparent and translucent, bright with an extraordinary blue color that is very intense and deep and which turns to lilac in some areas. On a matrix of Quartz crystal coatings of former Calcite crystals as frequently happens in the specimens of this particular pocket.
La Viesca Mine, Las Monjas pocket, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (05/2010)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 6.2 × 4.4 cm = 4.8” × 2.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 6 cm = 2.4” × 2.4”




Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Top
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
 

NM92AK0: Group of crystals with very marked polycrystalline growths and curious shaped dissolution cavities. Translucent and very bright with an intense blue color and partially coated by transparent Quartz crystals.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.8 × 5.5 cm = 4.8” × 3.9” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 7.8 × 7.8 cm = 3.1” × 3.1”




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ROMANIA


Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz  

NR92AK0: Arborescent growth of native Gold crystals, some of them with a laminar habit and others clearly octahedral, very bright, on matrix and with Quartz. The light color and the frequent presence in the deposit of the electrum variety (rich in silver) makes us think that it is indeed this variety.
The sample comes from the collection of Ignacio Gaspar whose file we will send to the buyer.
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Apuseni District, Alba, Transylvania  Romania

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 2.6 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar




Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)


Prehnite with Epidote
Prehnite with Epidote. Front
Front
Prehnite with Epidote. Rear
Rear
Prehnite with Epidote  

NR26AK0: Prehnite in a spheroidal growth, very aerial and aesthetic, translucent and with an intense and uniform green color and implanted in a very dark green, almost black, Epidote crystal.
The sample comes from the collection of Ignacio Hernández whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bendougou village, Commune Diakon, Arrondissement Diakon , Bafoulabé Circle, Kayes Region  Mali

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.0” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández


Euro:110 / US$123 / Yen:13040 / AUD$181

Reservado
Fluor-liddicoatite with Quartz
 

EA64AK0: Fluor-liddicoatite crystal with very well defined and perfect prism faces as well as both terminal faces, the pinacoid and the rhombohedron. Very transparent and bright with micro inclusions and a mauve color that is very intense and uniform, different from the usual color of the Fluor-liddicoatites of Madagascar. Also with a small Quartz coating.
Sahatany Valley (Mt. Ibity), Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province  Madagascar (03/2019)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.0” × 0.7” × 0.5”




Fluor-liddicoatite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluor-liddicoatite with Quartz. Top
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TSUMEB


Azurite with Cerussite and Calcite
Azurite with Cerussite and Calcite. Front
Front
Azurite with Cerussite and Calcite. Side
Side
Azurite with Cerussite and Calcite.
 

MH46AK0: Group of Azurite crystals on matrix with a flat prismatic habit, bright, translucent, a deep color and partially covered by small whitish crystals of Cerussite.
A classic of Tsumeb, from the Desmond Sacco collection whose label we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Easter Pocket, 8 level, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (1994)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5 × 5.9 cm = 2.3” × 2.0” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Former collection of Desmond Sacco




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BRAZIL


Ludlamite with Siderite
 

EY46AK0: Druse of equidimensional crystals of Ludlamite with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, bright, with a very intense green color and on matrix. With spheroidal Siderite. A relative novelty in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019, with better quality than the previous ones seen so far from this locality.
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas  Brazil (2019)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.1 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.8” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




Ludlamite with Siderite.
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Ludlamite with Siderite
Ludlamite with Siderite. Ludlamite with Siderite.
 

EV96AK0: Ludlamite crystals with parallel growths and very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense green color and on matrix. With spheroidal Siderite. A relative novelty in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019, with better quality than the previous ones seen so far from this locality.
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas  Brazil (2019)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 2.1 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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Ludlamite with Siderite
 

ER87AK0: Ludlamite crystals with parallel growths and very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense green color and on matrix. With spheroidal Siderite. A relative novelty in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019, with better quality than the previous ones seen so far from this locality.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 53, August 10, 2019 edition, page 10
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas  Brazil (2019)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”


Euro:230 / US$257 / Yen:27280 / AUD$379

Ludlamite with Siderite.
Reservado
Ludlamite with Siderite
Ludlamite with Siderite. Ludlamite with Siderite.
 

EX47AK0: Ludlamite crystals with parallel growths and very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense green color and on matrix. With spheroidal Siderite. A relative novelty in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019, with better quality than the previous ones seen so far from this locality.
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas  Brazil (2019)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 2.7 × 2.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”




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Ludlamite with Siderite
 

EZ87AK0: Ludlamite crystals with parallel growths and very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense green color and on matrix. With spheroidal Siderite. A relative novelty in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019, with better quality than the previous ones seen so far from this locality.
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas  Brazil (2019)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.2 × 2.4 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.9 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”




Ludlamite with Siderite. Ludlamite with Siderite.
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Ludlamite with Siderite
Ludlamite with Siderite. Ludlamite with Siderite.
 

ET88AK0: Ludlamite crystals with parallel growths and very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright, with a very intense green color and on matrix. With spheroidal Siderite. A relative novelty in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019, with better quality than the previous ones seen so far from this locality.
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas  Brazil (2019)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.2 × 2.4 cm = 2.6” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”




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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)


Bournonite with Galena and Pyrite
 

TT69AK0: Cyclic twins of well-defined Bournonite crystals covered by a second generation of very bright small crystals of Bournonite. On matrix with Galena crystals and groups of Pyrite crystals.
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department  Peru (±2019)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.1 × 4.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.1” × 0.8”




Bournonite with Galena and Pyrite. Bournonite with Galena and Pyrite.
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.
Gold with Quartz  

MD16AK0: Very aerial growth of elongated and laminar crystals of native Gold on a Quartz matrix. The sample, from an extremely unusual location, is accompanied by a very old handwritten label that we will send to the buyer.
Santa Isabel Mine, Municipio Remedios, Antioquia Department  Colombia

Specimen size: 5.7 × 3.8 × 2.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 0.8”


Euro:880 / US$984 / Yen:104370 / AUD$1453

Reservado
Quartz with inclusions
 

EA49AK0: Group of Quartz crystals with very well defined faces and one of them, clearly dominant, with polycrystalline terminations. The crystals, mostly colorless and clear, are very rich in inclusions of a clayey aspect and yellow-orange color in the terminal part. It has been said that these inclusions were Humboldtine but this has already been discredited (see: Quartz and Humboldtine? from Colombia )
Cabiche, Quípama, Boyacá Department  Colombia (01/2019)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.1 × 1.9 cm = 2.0” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 1.5 cm = 2.0” × 0.6”




Quartz with inclusions.
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Quartz with inclusions
Quartz with inclusions. Front
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Quartz with inclusions. Rear
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Quartz with inclusions.
 

EB49AK0: Group of Quartz crystals with very well defined faces, mostly colorless and clear, contrasting with the yellow-orange clay inclusions in the terminal part. It has been said that these inclusions were Humboldtine but this has already been discredited (see: Quartz and Humboldtine? from Colombia )
Cabiche, Quípama, Boyacá Department  Colombia (01/2019)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.6 × 3.7 cm = 2.7” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 0.6 cm = 1.9” × 0.2”


Euro:440 / US$492 / Yen:52180 / AUD$726

Reservado

CHINA


Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime
 

MD89AK0: Group of very sharp Babingtonite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and on a matrix of transparent Quartz crystals. Also there are groups of green spheroidal Prehnite crystals and white trapezohedral Analcime crystals. Specimens of such quality are already classics for global mineralogy.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2010)

Specimen size: 14.7 × 12.5 × 5.9 cm = 5.8” × 4.9” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.7”




Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime. Rear
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Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime. Rear
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Babingtonite with Quartz, Prehnite and Analcime.
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