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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

Malachite after Azurite
Malachite after Azurite. Front
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Malachite after Azurite. Rear
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Malachite after Azurite. Top
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Recorded under LED light
Malachite after Azurite
 

TF48AL1: Very 3-dimensional growth of Malachite pseudomorphing equidimensional crystals of Azurite, with very well defined faces and edges, intense color, on matrix. Before the Azurite started altering to Malachite a thin dark coating, probably Cuprite, formed on the faces of the crystals, as suggested by the mineralogy of the locality and some of the crystalline forms, apparently octahedral, present in the matrix.
This great quality piece comes from the collection of Rock H. Currier (No. 4667) whose label we will send to the buyer.
New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Little Ajo Mountains, Ajo District, Pima County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.2 × 4.9 cm = 3.03” × 2.05” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.5 cm = 1.26” × 0.98”

Former collection of Rock Currier



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MEXICO

Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite
 

TC63AL1: A novelty at Tucson 2020. Cinnabar crystals with dominant rhombohedral habit, along with other minor crystal forms, translucent, extraordinarily brilliant and very bright in color, on matrix with small crystals of Calcite and Quartz. The specimen comes from a recent find and has been carefully analyzed and determined to be Cinnabar. It has been said that in specimens from this find there could be Metacinnabar too, but our analyses have not detected any. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Cocineras Mine, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico (2019)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 1.7 × 1 cm = 1.30” × 0.67” × 0.39”

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

Calcite fluorescent short UV



Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite. Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite.
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Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite
Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite. Cinnabar with Quartz and Calcite.
 

TA14AL1: A novelty at Tucson 2020. Cinnabar crystals with dominant rhombohedral habit, along with other minor crystal forms, translucent, extraordinarily brilliant and very bright in color, on matrix with small crystals of Calcite and Quartz. The specimen comes from a recent find and has been carefully analyzed and determined to be Cinnabar. It has been said that in specimens from this find there could be Metacinnabar too, but our analyses have not detected any. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Cocineras Mine, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico (2019)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.26” × 0.63” × 0.47”

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

Calcite fluorescent short UV



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Cinnabar with Gypsum, Quartz and Calcite
 

TD16AL1: A novelty at Tucson 2020. Cinnabar crystals with dominant rhombohedral habit and with minor crystalline forms, translucent, extraordinarily bright and very bright in color, in matrix of lamellar Gypsum, and with small crystals of Calcite and Quartz. The specimen comes from a recent find and has been carefully analyzed and determined to be Cinnabar. It has been said that in specimens from this find there could be Metacinnabar too, but our analyses have not detected any. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Cocineras Mine, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico (2019)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.93” × 1.26” × 0.91”

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

Calcite fluorescent short UV



Cinnabar with Gypsum, Quartz and Calcite. Cinnabar with Gypsum, Quartz and Calcite.
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Creedite with Fluorite
Creedite with Fluorite. Creedite with Fluorite.
 

TR13AL1: A novelty at Tucson 2020. Fan-shaped growths of short prismatic crystals of light violet Creedite, with very sharply pointed terminal faces, good luster, on matrix, with green Fluorite. This specimen is quite different from those that were known from this locality in recent years, although there are similar pieces from this mine in some old collections, which supports the indications that this find was made in old galleries of the mine.
Navidad Mine, Abasolo, Rodeo, Municipio de Rodeo, Durango  Mexico (10-12/2019)

Specimen size: 8 × 6.3 × 3.2 cm = 3.15” × 2.48” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0..4 cm = 0.71” × 0.00”

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV



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Dioptase
 

TT93AL1: A novelty at Tucson 2019. Druze of small elongated Dioptase crystals, with rhombohedral terminations, transparent and with bright luster, on matrix with pale blue shattuckite. Dioptase is a rarity in Milpillas, another surprise like many to which this locality has accustomed us.
Milpillas Mine, 1100 level, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (2019)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 2.40” × 1.73” × 1.22”

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




Dioptase. Dioptase.
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Churchite-(Y)
Churchite-(Y). Churchite-(Y).
 

TX68AL1: Extraordinary specimen of this very rare Yttrium phosphate, as white spherulitic growths that stand out in very well defined fashion on the blackish matrix.
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.5 × 1.7 cm = 1.54” × 1.38” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”




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AUSTRALIA

Gold
 

TR67AL1: Group of well-defined cubo-octahedral crystals, with parallel and skeletal growths, and very marked hopper faces, from an unusual locality. We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. (Bob) Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Boronia Gully, Ironcap Bluff, Coolgardie, Coolgardie Shire, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.79” × 0.59” × 0.47”

Former collection of Bob Noble

Weight: 14 grams



Gold. Gold.
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