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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


USA


Smithsonite
Smithsonite. Smithsonite.
Smithsonite.
Smithsonite  

TT66AK3: Smithsonite as a botryoidal aggregate, translucent, green with very pale blue tones and a small bit of matrix rock on the back. An American classic, very aesthetic and of great quality, which comes from the collection of Anna and Danilo Rolando (No. 9577), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District, Socorro County, New Mexico  USA

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4.7 × 4.5 cm = 3.4” × 1.9” × 1.8”




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Andradite (variety topazolite)
 

T76CAK3: Groups of Andradite crystals (topazolite variety) dominated by the rhombohedron, along with cube and trapezohedron faces, transparent, very lustrous and a uniform honey-yellow. An American classic.
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (11/1998)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 4.7 × 2.7 cm = 3.7” × 1.9” × 1.1”

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




Andradite (variety topazolite). Andradite (variety topazolite).
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Andradite (variety topazolite)
Andradite (variety topazolite). Andradite (variety topazolite).
 

T98HAK3: Groups of very sharp rhombohedral crystals of Andradite (variety topazolite), very transparent and brilliant and of a very uniform honey-yellow color. On a rock matrix, with abundant spheroidal aggregates of Clinochlore, very deep green, almost black. An American classic.
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (11/1998)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.7 × 2 cm = 2.7” × 1.9” × 0.8”

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




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Andradite (variety topazolite)
 

T29NAK3: Andradite crystals (topazolite variety) with the dominant crystal forms of the rhombohedron, combined with cube and trapezohedron faces, transparent, very bright and uniform honey-yellow. On a rock matrix, with abundant spheroidal aggregates of very deep green, almost black, Clinochlore. An American classic.
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (11/1998)

Specimen size: 9.2 × 7.2 × 2.9 cm = 3.6” × 2.8” × 1.1”

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




Andradite (variety topazolite). Andradite (variety topazolite).
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CANADA


Kulanite
Kulanite. Kulanite.
 

MC11AK3: Well defined Kulanite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, of a very dark color, almost black, very lustrous, on matrix, with small rhombohedral crystals of Siderite and small crystals of Quartz. An excellent specimen of this rare species from its type locality.
Crosscut Creek, Kulan Camp area, Rapid Creek area, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1995)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.1 × 2.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 1.1”

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

Type locality




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ROMANIA


Berthierite with Calcite and Siderite
 

MB40AK3: Centered aggregate of acicular Berthierite crystals, on matrix, which is very unusual, with Siderite and aggregates of grey-white Calcite crystals.
The specimen is from the Uwe Niemeyer collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1956)

Specimen size: 12.7 × 8.7 × 7.4 cm = 5.0” × 3.4” × 2.9”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer




Berthierite with Calcite and Siderite. Front
Front
Berthierite with Calcite and Siderite. Rear
Rear
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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)


Linarite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Chalcopyrite
Linarite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Chalcopyrite. Linarite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Chalcopyrite.
 

ET16AK3: Fan-shaped groups of very sharp, brilliant, acicular, and brightly colored Linarite crystals. Associated with Brochantite, Quartz, Chalcopyrite, and small black crystals of Sphalerite, in a limonite matrix.
King Arthur Mine, Kirki Mines, Ιvros Prefecture, Thraki Department  Greece (03-04/2013)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.6 × 4.4 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.1 cm = 0.3” × 0.0”




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Linarite with Brochantite and Quartz
 

EK14AK3: Fan-like aggregate of very sharp, brilliant, and very brightly colored, acicular Linarite crystals, in a limonite matrix with Brochantite growths and small Quartz crystals.
King Arthur Mine, Kirki Mines, Ιvros Prefecture, Thraki Department  Greece (03-04/2013)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.4 × 3 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.1 cm = 0.3” × 0.0”




Linarite with Brochantite and Quartz. Linarite with Brochantite and Quartz.
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Linarite with Brochantite and Quartz
Linarite with Brochantite and Quartz. Linarite with Brochantite and Quartz.
 

EX16AK3: Aggregates of very sharp, brilliant, acicular Linarite crystals with very bright color. In a limonite matrix with Quartz, Brochantite growths, and an unknown light blue species, probably Caledonite.
King Arthur Mine, Kirki Mines, Ιvros Prefecture, Thraki Department  Greece (03-04/2013)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.2 × 3.1 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”




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Baryte with inclusions
 

NJ11AK3: Aggregates of tabular Baryte crystals of variable color, predominantly red due to Hematite inclusions, more intense on the edges. With small white lenticular crystals of Calcite.
Mine 18, Paleokamariza Mines, Lavrion Mining District, Attikν (Attica) Prefecture  Greece (±1980)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.1”

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




Baryte with inclusions.
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Nickeline
Nickeline. Front
Front
Nickeline. Rear
Rear
 

TZ66AK3: Aggregate of well defined crystals, some of them extraordinarily sharp, something quite rare for the species. Lustrous and with a little matrix on the back. A rarity from a classic locality.
Pφhla, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen  Germany

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.8 × 1.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”


Euro:150 / US$165 / Yen:17760 / AUD$242

Reservado
Pyromorphite
 

ET94AK3: Group of well developed Pyromorphite crystals, with very curved faces and edges, bright greenish yellow, free standing, on a Quartz matrix. The specimen is big for this deposit.
Mine La Vidale area, Aspriθres, St. Martin de Bouillac, Aveyron, Occitanie  France (05/2017)

Specimen size: 16 × 11.4 × 4.7 cm = 6.3” × 4.5” × 1.9”

Minor fluorescence short UV




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.
Order

MOROCCO


Proustite with Calcite
Proustite with Calcite. Proustite with Calcite.
 

TY39AK3: Groups of Proustite crystals of elongated prismatic habit, with excellent terminations, some of them polycrystalline, in Calcite matrix. These high quality crystals are transparent, brilliant, and with an extraordinary ruby red color with mauve tones, very characteristic of this find.
Aοt Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drβa Region  Morocco (12/2018)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 8.8 × 5.7 cm = 4.6” × 3.5” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Calcite minor fluorescence short UV



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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)


Bixbyite with Sturmanite and Calcite
 

MD64AK3: Group of very sharp Bixbyite crystals, of cubic habit, very bright, on matrix, with Calcite and small Sturmanite crystals.
The specimen is from the Carles Manresa collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
N'Chwaning III Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.1”

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

Former collection of Carles Manresa




Bixbyite with Sturmanite and Calcite. Bixbyite with Sturmanite and Calcite.
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Olmiite
Olmiite. Front - neon light (day light)
Front - neon light (day light)
Olmiite. Front - bulb light
Front - bulb light
Olmiite. Rear - neon light (day light)
Rear - neon light (day light)
Olmiite. Rear - bulb light
Rear - bulb light
 

EC97AK3: Group of crystals of short prismatic habit, well developed, of good size for the species, translucent and lustrous, color between pink and reddish, as was typical of the first finds of this species.
N'Chwaning II Mine, section 5 south, stope 46-47 roof, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (01/2002)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.8 × 2.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.8”

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

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Type locality




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CHINA


Stibnite
 

ME56AK3: Group of very elongated crystals, two of them clearly dominant, with excellent terminations, brilliant, with a small white lenticular crystal of Calcite. This type of specimen, which used to be relatively common, are becoming a rarity.
Wuning Mine, Qingjiang, Wuning County, Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 14.2 × 6.5 × 2.4 cm = 5.6” × 2.6” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 14.2 × 1.1 cm = 5.6” × 0.4”




Stibnite. Front
Front
Stibnite. Rear
Rear
Order

ASIA (excl. China)


Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Quartz. Top
Top
 

TA47AK3: Polycrystalline aggregate of Elbaite (rubellite variety) with a curious morphology known as a "mushroom", translucent, with very deep and uniform color. In a matrix of massive Quartz and with some Quartz crystals partially covering the rubellite.
Palelni Mine, Khetchel Village, Molo Quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State  Burma (2003-2004)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.2 × 3.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.3” × 1.2”




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