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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

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
 

TT68AK9: Aerial group of sharp crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with slight curvatures on faces and edges, of considerable size for the locality, very bright and orange.
We will send the specimen in the original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, which shows that it came from the Sullivan collection, with an entry for Tucson 1997
Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho  USA

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.1 × 1.7 cm = 1.26” × 0.83” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.39” × 0.28”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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MEXICO

Dioptase
 

TZ37AK9: Druze of small rhombohedral Dioptase crystals, transparent and extraordinarily brilliant, on matrix, with small water-clear crystals of Calcite. Dioptase is a rarity in Milpillas. One more surprise from a locality which is accustoming us to surprises.
Milpillas Mine, 890 level, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (12/2018)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.5 × 1.3 cm = 1.42” × 1.38” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.12” × 0.04”




Dioptase. Dioptase.
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Acanthite
Acanthite. Front
Front
Acanthite. Side
Side
 

TZ71AK9: Two very sharp and lustrous Acanthite crystals, of cubic habit (pseudomorphic after Argentite) with very deep hopper growths. An excellent miniature, a classic of Mexican mineralogy, from an old collection.
Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Municipio Guanajuato  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.6 × 2 cm = 1.26” × 1.02” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.75”




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Hemimorphite
 

MY14AK9: Group of Hemimorphite crystals, in a matrix of limonite, translucent, white, bright and with excellent terminations.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 6 × 5.1 × 3.7 cm = 2.36” × 2.01” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.71” × 0.20”




Hemimorphite. Hemimorphite.
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CANADA

Sphalerite with Pyrite
Sphalerite with Pyrite. Sphalerite with Pyrite.
 

NB26AK9: Outstanding matrix group of Sphalerite crystals of complex habit, translucent and intense orange. A good specimen from a well known Canadian locality but one from which Sphalerite of good quality for collections is rare.
Flamboro Quarry, West Flamborough, Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario  Canada

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.8 × 2.1 cm = 1.69” × 1.50” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”




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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)

Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety smoky)  

MQ76AK9: Group of doubly terminated floater crystals, transparent and very bright, with a slightly smoky tone. An alpine classic from the collection Carles Manresa (no. 4147) whose collection entry shows that it was previously in the collection of Joaquín Folch Girona, who got it in an exchange with the Sulzbachs, Zurich, in 1950. We will send to the buyer, together with the specimen, the label and collection record of Carlos Manresa and the label and handwritten record from the Folch collection.
Sidelangetscher, Furka Pass area, Urseren, Uri  Switzerland (±1950)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 3.7 cm = 2.20” × 1.97” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.17” × 1.30”

Former collection of Carles Manresa

With record from the Folch Collection (duplicates)



Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky). Rear
Rear
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Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
 

TT66AK9: A discovery due to the hard work of amateur collectors, a treasure recovered in an unexpected place, the currently abandoned Four de Cluzel Mine. Very sharp Fluorite crystals, translucent and bright yellow lemon with uniform color, are topped by a parallel growth of very sharp tabular Baryte crystals. Both the Fluorite and Baryte are partially and selectively coated with small water-clear crystals of Quartz. Because of their color, luster and crystal size, these are among the most beautiful French Fluorites.
Four de Cluzel Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie  France (04-08/2018)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.8 × 6.2 cm = 3.43” × 3.07” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 7.2 × 5 cm = 2.83” × 1.97”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Calcite with Hematite inclusions
 

EJ89AK9: An English classic in excellent condition, forming a druse of parallel growths of prismatic crystals with flattened rhombohedral terminations. The crystals exhibit oriented reddish zonation due to Hematite inclusions.
Stank Mine, Barrow-in-Furness, former Cumberland, Cumbria  United Kingdom England

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.7 × 5.5 cm = 4.80” × 3.82” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 1.8 cm = 1.26” × 0.71”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



Calcite with Hematite inclusions. Calcite with Hematite inclusions.
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MOROCCO

Silver with Acanthite and Quartz
Silver with Acanthite and Quartz. Silver with Acanthite and Quartz.
Silver with Acanthite and Quartz  

ER94AK9: Arborescent and aerial hooked growths of bright native Silver, on Quartz matrix with cuboid growths of Acanthite.
The specimen comes from the Christian Mondeilh collection (No. 0760/2006), whose label we will send to the buyer. Unlike other Imiter Silvers, it has very good aesthetics and good definition in the arborescent crystals.
Imiter Mine, shaft P3, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2006)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 4.9 × 2.7 cm = 2.60” × 1.93” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2 cm = 1.34” × 0.79”

Former collection of Christian Mondeilh



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Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Epidote
 

MR67AK9: Group of sharp pseudohexagonal Calcite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, completely covered by a second generation of small scalenohedral crystals, with small Quartz crystals, and localized groups of Epidote crystals. We have analyzed this type of specimen because of their genetic complexity and will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 17.8 × 11.7 × 10.2 cm = 7.01” × 4.61” × 4.02”

Main crystal size: 7 × 2.8 cm = 2.76” × 1.10”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Epidote. Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Epidote.
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Copper with Quartz
Copper with Quartz. Front
Front
Copper with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Copper with Quartz  

EB66AK9: Outstanding double arborescent growth of deformed and flattened copper crystals, three-dimensional and sharp on the octahedral terminations, in a crystalline Quartz matrix.
The specimen is from the Christian Mondeilh collection (No. 0755/2014), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2014)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 6.8 × 4.3 cm = 5.20” × 2.68” × 1.69”

Former collection of Christian Mondeilh



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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite  

ET67AK9: Azurite crystals on matrix, with a small fan-like aggregate of Malachite. The individual Azurite crystals, with simple sharp forms and perfect terminations, are translucent, bright, with vivid color and intense reflections.
The sample is from the Christian Mondeilh collection (No. M27 / 2002), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Kerrouchen, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (±2002)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.4 × 2.6 cm = 2.40” × 2.13” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.51” × 0.39”

Former collection of Christian Mondeilh



Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Dioptase with Shattuckite
Dioptase with Shattuckite. Dioptase with Shattuckite.
Dioptase with Shattuckite.
 

ME89AK9: Druze of rhombohedral Dioptase crystals, translucent, very bright and intense in color. With bluish coatings of Shattuckite and an aggregate of flat Malachite crystals.
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (2006)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4.9 × 2.6 cm = 3.07” × 1.93” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.28” × 0.28”




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Fluor-liddicoatite with Feldspar

Recorded under LED light
 

EG87AK9: Group of Fluor-liddicoatite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, doubly terminated, translucent, with high luster and intense, uniform and deep purple red color, in Feldspar matrix. A great classic from Madagascar, of unusual size and quality for a matrix specimen.
Sahatany Valley (Mt. Ibity), Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province  Madagascar

Specimen size: 7.5 × 5.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.95” × 2.17” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.56” × 1.77”




Fluor-liddicoatite with Feldspar. Front
Front
Fluor-liddicoatite with Feldspar. Side
Side
Fluor-liddicoatite with Feldspar. Bottom
Bottom
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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Gold with minor Palladium
Gold with minor Palladium. Front
Front
Gold with minor Palladium. Rear
Rear
 

MV88AK9: Dendritic growth of flattened octahedral Gold crystals with very well defined faces and edges. Taking into account the frequent debates about Venezuelan Golds, we decided to analyze the specimen. The analysis showed a Palladium content of around 0.5%, significant but insufficient to consider it “Palladian Gold”. We will send the buyer a copy of the analysis.
San Antonio de Morichal, Santa Elena de Uairén, Gran Sabana, Bolívar State  Venezuela (2019)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.55” × 0.55” × 0.12”

Weight: 1.5 grams



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Gold with minor Palladium
 

MT99AK9: Dendritic growth of flattened octahedral Gold crystals with very well defined faces and edges. Taking into account the frequent debates about Venezuelan Golds, we decided to analyze the specimen. The analysis showed a Palladium content of around 0.5%, significant but insufficient to consider it “Palladian Gold”. We will send the buyer a copy of the analysis.
San Antonio de Morichal, Santa Elena de Uairén, Gran Sabana, Bolívar State  Venezuela (2019)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.71” × 0.39” × 0.16”

Weight: 1.7 grams



Gold with minor Palladium. Front
Front
Gold with minor Palladium. Rear
Rear
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Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety emerald). Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
 

ND69AK9: Floater crystal, of good size, surely formed in a Calcite matrix, with sharp faces and edges but with dissolution forms in both its upper and lower terminations. Transparent, lustrous, with more intense color in the terminal areas than in the center of the crystal.
  Colombia

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.79” × 0.59” × 0.59”




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Baryte
 

TW26AK9: Group of tabular and very sharp Baryte crystals on matrix, many of them doubly terminated and all of them transparent, extraordinarily lustrous and slightly smoky. A very elegant specimen.
Warihuyn Hill, →2850 m., Puños, Miraflores District, Huamalíes Province, Huánuco Department  Peru (2007)

Specimen size: 14.6 × 6.9 × 3.9 cm = 5.75” × 2.72” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.06” × 0.47”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV



Baryte. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
Baryte. Detail
Detail
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CHINA

Pyromorphite with Baryte
Pyromorphite with Baryte. Pyromorphite with Baryte.
Pyromorphite with Baryte  

EG16AK9: Sharp translucent Pyromorphite crystals with very deep hopper faces, intense luster, bright and uniform green color, implanted on a white Baryte matrix.
The specimen is from the Raúl Sanabria collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (±2013)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 6.8 × 6.7 cm = 3.82” × 2.68” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.47” × 0.35”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Raúl Sanabria



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ASIA (excl. China)

Gold
 

TE92AK9: Dendritic growth of very elongated crystals, with flattened stretched “wire” shapes. We will send the specimen, which comes from one of the great Australian classic localities, in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains his label, with the annotation: Kalgoorlie, 2007, 5.5 grams net.
Idaho South pit, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2 × 0.2 cm = 1.02” × 0.79” × 0.08”

Former collection of Bob Noble

Weight: 5.5 grams



Gold. Gold.
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Zunyite with Hematite
Zunyite with Hematite. Front
Front
Zunyite with Hematite. Rear
Rear
 

MR57AK9: Zunyite crystals, a rare aluminum sorosilicate and fluoride, two of them dominant. The crystals, of good size, are tetrahedral with beveled edges, have very well defined and smooth faces, are reddish-brown in color and have scaly Hematite inclusions, which distinguishes it from the first Zunyites from Iran that came to the world of collecting in Munich 2018..
This specimen was photographed for the 'Munich 2019' section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 66 of number 1/2020
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province  Iran (07/2019)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.7 × 1.7 cm = 0.83” × 0.67” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.67” × 0.55”




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