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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


SPAIN

Pyromorphite with Baryte
Pyromorphite with Baryte. Pyromorphite with Baryte.

Recorded under LED light
Pyromorphite with Baryte
 

NP74AL0: Group of prismatic crystals on matrix, many of them doubly terminated, with excellent development of faces and edges, some with flat pinacoidal terminations and others with acute polycrystalline terminations. The color and luster are very good. A glory from the past, coming from one of the best vugs found in the San Andrés mine.
The specimen is from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the Russian magazine ‘Mineral Observer’ on page 64 in the volume 25, number 2

San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 9 × 6 × 4.5 cm = 3.54” × 2.36” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.28” × 0.20”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



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Gold
Gold  

NT66AL0: Gold nugget with an elongated shape that retains rounded and deformed cubic crystals on the back. A representative of Spanish Golds, seldom easy to get.
The specimen is from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection, whose label and catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.91” × 0.43” × 0.28”

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar

Weight: 8.60 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
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Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

NX27AL0: Pineapple-like growth, complex, very three-dimensional, and on a matrix of doubly terminated Quartz crystals. They have good luster and are between translucent and transparent. The specimen is unusual because the crystals are on matrix whereas the vast majority of Berbes Quartzes are floaters.
It comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (No. 377), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.52” × 1.73” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3 cm = 1.77” × 1.18”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



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Baryte with Dolomite
 

NK47AL0: Rosette aggregates of platy Baryte crystals, translucent, lustrous, of a uniform light blue color, partially covered by white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals with the typical “saddle” habit. The specimen, with a type of aggregate unusual for the locality, comes from the collection of Miguel David Martínez (No. 491), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 8.7 × 5.7 cm = 3.78” × 3.43” × 2.24”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Baryte with Dolomite. Baryte with Dolomite.
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SPANISH FLUORITE

Fluorite with Dolomite
Fluorite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Dolomite. Side
Side
 

NC56AL0: Fluorite crystal of cubic habit with finely polycrystalline faces, subtransparent, intense and uniform lilac color, on matrix, and partially covered by Dolomite microcrystals. The sample, of excellent quality for the locality, comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (No. 480), whose label we will send to the buyer.
San Roque Mine, Alumbres, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4.1 × 2.5 cm = 1.65” × 1.61” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.02” × 1.02”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



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Fluorite with Baryte
 

LK70AL0: Group of cubic Fluorite crystals with marked parallel growths, transparent, bright, uniform light blue, with inclusions and on matrix, with a group of white, sharp platy crystals of Baryte. The specimen, in better condition than usual for the locality, comes from the Philippe Morelon collection (No. 348), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Emilio Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (±1997)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm = 3.43” × 2.64” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2 cm = 0.94” × 0.79”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



Fluorite with Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte. Rear
Rear
Order
Calcite with inclusions and Fluorite
Calcite with inclusions and Fluorite. Calcite with inclusions and Fluorite.
 

NK67AL0: Two generations of Calcite coexist in the specimen, partially covering a group of transparent, lustrous and intense yellow Fluorite crystals. The later of these Calcite generations forms poorly defined white crystals, while the first forms a coating of translucent, bright, scalenohedral crystals, colored reddish by Hematite inclusions.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 14.2 × 7.9 × 7.6 cm = 5.59” × 3.11” × 2.99”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)

Silver after Dyscrasite
 

EB68AL0: Silver as fan-like pseudomorphs after very aerial and flattened crystals of Dyscrasite, in Calcite matrix.
Uranium Mine number 21 (shaft number 21), Háje, Příbram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.2 × 3.8 cm = 2.44” × 1.65” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1 cm = 1.02” × 0.39”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Silver after Dyscrasite. Silver after Dyscrasite.
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Montroseite
Montroseite. Montroseite.
 

EA91AL0: Fine acicular crystals of Montroseite, a rare iron and vanadium hydroxide, with good luster and very dark green, almost black, on matrix.
Prachovice, Pardubice Region, Bohemia  Czech Republic (2005)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 9.1 × 2.7 cm = 4.96” × 3.58” × 1.06”

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




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Celestine
 

LM71AL0: Aggregate of thick and extraordinarily elongated Celestine crystals, which form very marked, translucent, parallel growths of very dense golden to smoky color. A classic from Poland that comes from the Philippe Morelon collection (No. 1013), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Machów Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Subcarpathian Voivodeship  Poland

Specimen size: 12 × 5.4 × 4.9 cm = 4.72” × 2.13” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 10 × 2.1 cm = 3.94” × 0.83”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Philippe Morelon



Celestine. Front
Front
Celestine. Rear
Rear
Celestine.
Order
Manganite
Manganite. Manganite.
Manganite.

Recorded under LED light
 

EG67AL0: Group of crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with sharp faces and edges and fine parallel growths. An excellent German classic of great quality with an outstanding main crystal.
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Nordhausen District, Thuringia/Thüringen  Germany

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 2.24” × 1.61” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.02” × 0.63”

Type locality



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MOROCCO

Pyrite
 

EV8AL0: Three-dimensional floater group of cubo-octahedral Pyrite crystals, lustrous, with very well defined faces and edges, growing as markedly parallel aggregates. An elegant miniature.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.67” × 0.63” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.24” × 0.08”




Pyrite.
Order

SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Quartz (variety amethyst) doubly terminated
Quartz (variety amethyst) doubly terminated. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) doubly terminated. Rear
Rear
 

NX56AL0: Group of doubly terminated Quartz crystals (amethyst variety), with very well defined faces and edges, translucent and with an intense deep color, deeper at the ends of the crystal. It is getting ever less common to find specimens from this locality, which was worked for only a brief time.
La Francesa Mine, Villa Rafael Benegas (Villa Benegas), Mina Clavero, San Alberto Department, Córdoba Province  Argentina (2003)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5 × 4.2 cm = 2.28” × 1.97” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 2.9 cm = 1.50” × 1.14”




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Quartz (variety amethyst) doubly terminated
 

EJ97AL0: Group of doubly terminated Quartz crystals (amethyst variety), with very well defined faces and edges, forming parallel growths. The crystals are translucent and display an intense deep color, deeper at the ends of the crystal. It is getting less and less common to find specimens from this locality, which was worked for only a brief time.
La Francesa Mine, Villa Rafael Benegas (Villa Benegas), Mina Clavero, San Alberto Department, Córdoba Province  Argentina (01-06/2002)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.4 × 3.7 cm = 2.87” × 2.13” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 6.1 × 3.8 cm = 2.40” × 1.50”




Quartz (variety amethyst) doubly terminated. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) doubly terminated. Rear
Rear

Side
Order
Hutchinsonite with Pyrite and Galena
Hutchinsonite with Pyrite and Galena. Hutchinsonite with Pyrite and Galena.
 

TM6AL0: Isolated crystals and radial aggregates of sharp Hutchinsonite crystals with bright luster and red internal reflections, on a matrix of granular Galena with pyritohedral Pyrite crystals. Both the Hutchinsonite and Galena have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department  Peru (03/2016)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.2 × 1.9 cm = 2.09” × 1.65” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.20” × 0.04”




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