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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


PORTUGAL

Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz
Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Octahedral Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
 

EX88AK1: Octahedral crystal with the edges truncated by the faces of the cube and polycrystalline growths that give it the morphology known as "Aztec pyramid." The octahedral Fluorites are extremely rare at Panasqueira. The crystal, translucent and with an intense lilac-bluish color, has on its back remains of a matrix of crystalline Calcite and molds of missing Calcite crystals. The specimen comes from a recent find in the upper levels of Panasqueira.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 0-1, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (12/2018)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.3 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 1.4”




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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)

Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte
 

EH98AK1: Pyromorphite crystals with a very intense and vivid color, translucent, bright and on a Baryte matrix coated by small white Quartz crystals. A French classic, different from the usual.
Des Farges Mine (Les Farges Mine), Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.1 × 4 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV




Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte. Side
Side
Pyromorphite with Quartz and Baryte.
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Bournonite with Sphalerite, Pyrite after Pyrrhotite and Galena
Bournonite with Sphalerite, Pyrite after Pyrrhotite and Galena. Bournonite with Sphalerite, Pyrite after Pyrrhotite and Galena.
 

ET47AK1: Single Bournonite crystal, isolated, on a matrix of Galena after Pyrrhotite beveled by growths of complex crystals of Pyrite and with spherical crystals of Sphalerite. The specimen, from a very recent find, reminds us of the classic Bournonites of this mine, found in the past.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2019)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 4.6 × 2.8 cm = 3.8” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”




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MOROCCO

Prehnite
 

EJ12AK1: New at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019. Individualized spheroidal aggregates with parallel crystal growths of well defined translucent and bright faces, a uniform light green color and on matrix. They have a morphology not previously known at Imilchil.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.2 × 2 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”




Prehnite. Prehnite.
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Prehnite
Prehnite. Prehnite.
 

EH14AK1: New at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019. Individualized spheroidal aggregates with parallel crystal growths of well defined translucent and bright faces, a uniform light green color and on matrix. They have a morphology not previously known at Imilchil.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.8 × 2 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 0.8”

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




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Prehnite
 

EL14AK1: New at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019. Individualized aggregates with parallel crystal growths of well defined translucent and bright faces, a uniform light green color and on matrix. They have a morphology not previously known at Imilchil.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6.7 × 2.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.6” × 1.0”

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




Prehnite. Prehnite.
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Prehnite
Prehnite. Front
Front
Prehnite. Rear
Rear
 

EC9AK1: New at Sainte Marie-aux-Mines 2019. Individualized spheroidal aggregates with parallel crystal growths of well defined translucent and bright faces, a uniform light green color and on matrix. They have a morphology not previously known at Imilchil.
This specimen has been photographed and published as a novelty at the 2019 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 148, page 35
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”




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Fluorite with Calcite
 

ET49AK1: Druse of cubic crystals, transparent, bright and with a lilac color, intense and uniform. With white botryoidal Calcite on the back. The specimen comes from a very recent discovery in this classic mine, in which the quality of the specimens is not usually this excellent.
Jebel Tirhemi, Taourirt, Taourirt Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (02/2019)

Specimen size: 10.6 × 9.3 × 4.3 cm = 4.2” × 3.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”




Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite.
 

ET90AK1: Druse of cubic crystals, transparent, bright and with a lilac color, intense and uniform, more intense on the edges. The specimen comes from a very recent discovery in this classic mine, in which the quality of the specimens is not usually this excellent.
Jebel Tirhemi, Taourirt, Taourirt Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (02/2019)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 7.8 × 4.3 cm = 4.5” × 3.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV




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Fluorite with Baryte
 

ER70AK1: Druse of cubic crystals, transparent, bright and with a lilac color, intense and uniform, more intense on the edges and with a small white coating of Baryte. The specimen comes from a very recent discovery in this classic mine, in which the quality of the specimens is not usually this excellent.
Jebel Tirhemi, Taourirt, Taourirt Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (02/2019)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 8.5 × 4.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.3” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”




Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
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Erythrite on Skutterudite
Erythrite on Skutterudite. Erythrite on Skutterudite.
Erythrite on Skutterudite. Erythrite on Skutterudite.
 

ER73AK1: Very sharp and large crystals of Erythrite with fine parallel growths, bright and with a very dense and deep color. On a matrix of massive Skutterudite in which another species with salmon-pink crystals also appears and which we believe may be Talmessite. This specimen is a Moroccan classic with great quality and a very peculiar appearance.
Bou Azzer Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region  Morocco (05/2019)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 6.7 × 2.8 cm = 2.6” × 2.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”




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