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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

Copper
Copper.
Copper  

CL11AL3: A very aerial tree-like floater aggregate composed of slightly elongated rhombododecahedral crystals of Copper with pronounced curved edges.
The specimen comes from the Carles Curto collection (no. 1976.46), whose label and information sheet we will send to the buyer.
Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA (±1976)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.7 × 0.8 cm = 1.02” × 0.67” × 0.31”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1 cm = 0.63” × 0.39”

Former collection of Carles Curto



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Copper
 

TX71AL3: Arborescent growth of very aerial and individual crystals of Copper with curvatures on the faces and edges.
Cliff Mine, Phoenix, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 11 × 5.6 × 2.3 cm = 4.33” × 2.20” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 0.87” × 0.59”




Copper. Front
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Copper. Rear
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Fluorapophyllite-(K) With Quartz and Prehnite
Fluorapophyllite-(K) With Quartz and Prehnite. Fluorapophyllite-(K) With Quartz and Prehnite.
Fluorapophyllite-(K) With Quartz and Prehnite  

TT47AL3: Equidimensional Fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with an apparently cubic habit, with very well defined faces and edges, translucent white, on matrix, with Quartz and small white botryoidal aggregates of Prehnite. The specimen comes from a classic American locality for the species.
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey  USA (±1930)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5 × 3.2 cm = 2.56” × 1.97” × 1.26”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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Quartz (variety amethyst)
 

EE89AL3: Group of Quartz crystals (variety amethyst) transparent and bright. The color is selectively distributed, with the prism faces being practically colorless, slightly reddish colors on the pyramidal faces, and intense violet concentrated mainly around the terminal edges. The specimen comes from a classic American locality.
North Bend, King County, Washington  USA

Specimen size: 7.8 × 6.1 × 4.6 cm = 3.07” × 2.40” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.85” × 0.94”




Quartz (variety amethyst). Front
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Quartz (variety amethyst). Side
Side
Quartz (variety amethyst). Top
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
 

MN91AL3: Group of slightly flattened Azurite crystals, with the dominant forms of the rhombohedron and polycrystalline growths on the faces, of a very vivid blue color, on matrix and partially covered with Malachite. From one of the great classic localities in Arizona, and with more color and better luster than usually found there.
Morenci Mine, Morenci, Copper Mountain District, Shannon Mountains, Greenlee County, Arizona  USA (±1995)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.4 × 2.9 cm = 2.17” × 1.73” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.55”




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MEXICO

Mimetite
 

TB89AL3: Botryoidal growth, very aesthetic, of Mimetite with an intense fatty luster and zones of distinct colors that range from an intense lemon-yellow to orange-yellow. A Mexican classic.
San Pedro Corralitos, Municipio Casas Grandes, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 3 × 1.5 × 2 cm = 1.18” × 0.59” × 0.79”




Mimetite. Front
Front
Mimetite. Side
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Selenium-rich Acanthite with Selenium-rich Polybasite and Calcite
Selenium-rich Acanthite with Selenium-rich Polybasite and Calcite. Selenium-rich Acanthite with Selenium-rich Polybasite and Calcite.
Selenium-rich Acanthite with Selenium-rich Polybasite and Calcite.
 

TF89AL3: Acanthite crystal growths (selenium-rich) with the dominant faces being the rhombododecahedron, an unusual form for the species, some of them with hoppered growths, associated with Polybasite crystals, likewise rich in selenium, Calcite, and coatings of small Pyrite crystals. Analyses of the specimen, of which we will send a copy to the buyer, indicate a high content of selenium in both the Acanthite and the Polybasite.
San José Mine, San José del Progreso, Municipěo San José del Progreso, Ocotlán District, Valles Centrales Region, Oaxaca  Mexico (01/2018)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 1.50” × 1.50” × 1.46”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



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SPAIN

Fülöppite
 

MD26AL3: Good specimen of this rare lead sulphantimonate, with rosette-like crystal aggregates on matrix, dark metallic grey in color. Fülöppite is one of the rare species associated with Stibnite in this mine.
Casualidad Mine, Cordillera de los Picachos, Bańos de Sierra Alhamilla, Pechina, Comarca Metropolitana de Almería, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (2014-2015)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.14” × 0.94” × 0.75”

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




Fülöppite. Fülöppite.
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Prehnite
Prehnite.
Prehnite  

NC16AL3: Globular growths, on matrix, with bright, translucent crystals and a very intense and uniform apple-green color. A Spanish classic.
The specimen comes from the Carles Curto collection (no. 2002.03), whose label and information sheet we will send to the buyer.
Oficarsa Quarry, De las Culebras Hill, Carchelejo, Cárcheles, Comarca Sierra Mágina, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (10/2001)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3 × 1.9 cm = 1.50” × 1.18” × 0.75”

Former collection of Carles Curto

€110 / US$118 / JPY12700 / AUD$184

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Pyrolusite
 

NB12AL3: Botryoidal growth, on matrix, of very shiny, sharp crystals, with slightly curved faces and edges. From a locality until recently very little known.
Aljibe Range, Aliseda, Comarca Tajo-Salor Almonte, Cáceres, Extremadura  Spain (2014)

Specimen size: 5 × 4 × 3.2 cm = 1.97” × 1.57” × 1.26”

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




Pyrolusite. Pyrolusite.
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Goethite
Goethite. Front
Front
Goethite. Rear
Rear
Goethite  

MA26AL3: Botryoidal growth of very aerial Goethite, with variegated metallic iridescence, of dominant reddish blue, golden and green tones.
We will send the label of the Fermín Clemente collection to the buyer of the copy.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09-10/2011)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.2 × 1 cm = 1.89” × 1.26” × 0.39”

Former collection of Fermín Clemente



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Sphalerite with Dolomite
 

NL13AL3: Polycrystalline growths with complex forms, with sharp edges and faces, slightly curved, transparent, very lustrous, with deep and uniform honey-brown color. This piece comes from some small artisanal finds that were made after the mine closed. There is currently no access to the galleries.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleńo, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.42” × 1.30” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.6 cm = 0.75” × 0.63”




Sphalerite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Light behind
Light behind
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Cinnabar with Calcite and Quartz
Cinnabar with Calcite and Quartz. Cinnabar with Calcite and Quartz.
 

NQ27AL3: Rhombohedral Cinnabar crystals, one of them clearly dominant and individual, translucent, shiny, very deep in color, on matrix, with small crystals of Calcite and Quartz
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1960-70)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4 × 1.2 cm = 1.81” × 1.57” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.24” × 0.16”




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Cinnabar with Dolomite
 

NP89AL3: Polycrystalline growths of transparent rhombohedral Cinnabar crystals, brilliant, on matrix, with aggregates of white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1960-70)

Specimen size: 7 × 6 × 2.5 cm = 2.76” × 2.36” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”




Cinnabar with Dolomite. Cinnabar with Dolomite.
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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Microcline.
 

NG8AL3: Scepter Quartz crystal (variety amethyst), with parallel growths in the lower parts, translucent, lustrous, and with very intense color. On a Microcline matrix.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabč (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (10/2004)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.4 × 1.6 cm = 1.18” × 0.94” × 0.63”




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Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky)
 

NC14AL3: Microcline crystal with very well defined faces and edges, with clear double twinning according to both the Baveno and Manebach twin laws, and implanted in a translucent smoky Quartz crystal with deep and uniform color. Can Vernenc, close to Gualba, is an area that has produced very few collector quality specimens.
Can Vernenc, Montnegre Mountains, La Batllňria, Sant Celoni, Comarca Vallčs Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (1980-1985)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4 × 4.7 cm = 3.07” × 1.57” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 7.8 × 4 cm = 3.07” × 1.57”




Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky). Side
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Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky). Rear
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Quartz (variety smoky)  

DX66AL3: Group of very transparent smoky Quartz crystals on matrix, one of them clearly dominant and partially doubly terminated, with a group of smaller crystals, some of which are also doubly terminated, from the historic Montseny locality where the first finds of amethyst and quality smoky Quartz were made before the recent finds. The Daunis collection was, in the 70s-80s, a reference for local field collectors in the Barcelona area.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 8 × 2.5 × 1.9 cm = 3.15” × 0.98” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 6 × 2.1 cm = 2.36” × 0.83”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



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Bavenite with Albite and Chlorite
Bavenite with Albite and Chlorite  

NE62AL3: Spheroidal aggregates of sharp lamellar Bavenite crystals, lustrous and on matrix, with Albite and partial Chlorite coatings.
The specimen comes from the Carlos González Bargueńo collection, whose label we will send to the buyer. Carlos was the one who first found these Bavenites and thanks to his work these extraordinary specimens were saved.
Venero I Quarry (Cadalso I Quarry), Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.4 × 2.4 cm = 1.81” × 1.34” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”

Former collection of Carlos González Bargueño

Albite fluorescent short UV



Bavenite with Albite and Chlorite. Bavenite with Albite and Chlorite.
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Celestine
Celestine. Front
Front
Celestine. Side
Side
Celestine.
 

NV14AL3: Elongated prismatic Celestine crystals, very sharp and some doubly terminated, colorless translucent, on matrix.
Barranco del Mulo Deposit, Barranco del Mulo, Ulea, Comarca Valle de Ricote, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1992)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 7.1 × 3.3 cm = 4.45” × 2.80” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 0.7 cm = 0.94” × 0.28”




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Siderite with Quartz
Siderite with Quartz  

NB89AL3: Powerful group of Quartz crystals displaying a dipyramidal habit, as the prism is mostly absent, covered by an epigenetic growth of small Siderite crystals. The size of the Quartz crystals and the quality of the piece is much higher than what is usually found in this deposit.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection, whose label we will send to the buyer along with a small poster that certifies that this specimen was displayed in the “Minerals of the Mediterranian 2014” exhibition at the 2014 Expominer Show.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (±1990)

Specimen size: 14.7 × 9.3 × 5.5 cm = 5.79” × 3.66” × 2.17”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.1 cm = 1.38” × 1.22”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Siderite with Quartz. Siderite with Quartz.
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