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Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White


PORTUGAL

Cassiterite with Quartz, Fluorapatite and Arsenopyrite
Cassiterite with Quartz, Fluorapatite and Arsenopyrite. Cassiterite with Quartz, Fluorapatite and Arsenopyrite.
 

TR96AL3: Groups of twinned Cassiterite crystals, very sharp, shiny and translucent on the edges. On matrix, with short elongated Fluorapatite crystals of almost white color, aggregates of elongated crystals of Arsenopyrite and Quartz crystals.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 1, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2018)

Specimen size: 10.4 × 6.8 × 3.9 cm = 4.09” × 2.68” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.51” × 0.28”

Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV



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Arsenopyrite with Muscovite
 

NB37AL3: Iridescent crystals of Arsenopyrite that form a closed aggregate, with parallel curvatures and growths, very lustrous, with small aggregates of lamellar Muscovite crystals.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±2005)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 6.2 × 3.6 cm = 2.60” × 2.44” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 1.4 cm = 1.61” × 0.55”




Arsenopyrite with Muscovite. Front
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Arsenopyrite with Muscovite. Side
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Arsenopyrite with Muscovite.
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Arsenopyrite-Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Siderite
Arsenopyrite-Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Siderite. Arsenopyrite-Marcasite with Arsenopyrite and Siderite.
 

NG27AL3: Aggregate of iridescent, complete, epitactic Arsenopyrite-Marcasite crystals with polycrystalline cockscomb growths, very lustrous, on matrix, with elongated Arsenopyrite crystals and small brown rhombohedral Siderite crystals.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (±2005)

Specimen size: 7 × 5.8 × 4 cm = 2.76” × 2.28” × 1.57”

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




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Pyrite with Quartz
 

MQ28AL3: Group of cubic Pyrite crystals modified by pyritohedron faces, with polycrystalline growths and slight curvatures of the edges, on a Quartz matrix. Despite being such a common mineral, Pyrites of this quality are not so common in Panasqueira.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.5 × 5.4 cm = 3.27” × 2.56” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.59” × 0.39”




Pyrite with Quartz. Front
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Pyrite with Quartz. Side
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Ferberite with Calcite-Dolomite and Pyrite
Ferberite with Calcite-Dolomite and Pyrite. Front
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Ferberite with Calcite-Dolomite and Pyrite. Side
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Ferberite with Calcite-Dolomite and Pyrite. Side
Side
 

TC69AL3: Floater group of Ferberite crystals, elongated, flattened and in parallel growth, with good terminations, lustrous, and partially covered with lenticular Calcite-Dolomite crystals and small Pyrite crystals.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 11.2 × 6.3 × 3.6 cm = 4.41” × 2.48” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 10.5 × 6.1 cm = 4.13” × 2.40”




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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)

Quartz with Hematite and Dolomite
 

MX76AL3: Druze of Quartz crystals with bipyramidal habit, with almost non-existent prisms, with inclusions of small lenticular crystals of Hematite, on matrix with rhombohedral Dolomite crystals. An English classic.
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England / United Kingdom

Specimen size: 5.4 × 5.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.13” × 2.13” × 1.30”

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




Quartz with Hematite and Dolomite. Quartz with Hematite and Dolomite.
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MOROCCO

Gersdorffite
Gersdorffite. Gersdorffite.
 

AB37AL3: Group of very sharp octahedral Gersdorffite crystals of good size, with polycrystalline growths on the surfaces of the faces.
Aït Ahmane, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2010)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.2 × 1.3 cm = 1.61” × 1.26” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.6 cm = 0.94” × 0.63”




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Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite)
 

TG69AL3: Aggregate of very elongated elongated crystals, with two generations of growth, the first having very elongated white crystals, with slight curvatures on the faces and edges, and a second, with reddish orange tints. A classic salvaged from Touissit‘s glorious era.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 11.1 × 10.9 × 5.6 cm = 4.37” × 4.29” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.30” × 0.24”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo



Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite). Front
Front
Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite). Side
Side
Aragonite (variety tarnowitzite).
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Prehnite with Epidote and Ferro-actinolite
Prehnite with Epidote and Ferro-actinolite. Prehnite with Epidote and Ferro-actinolite.
 

MQ89AL3: Spheroidal growths of good sized Prehnite crystals with their main faces perfectly distinguishable, of a uniform dark green color, on an ophitic matrix covered with small crystals of dark colored Ferro-actinolite and lighter colored Epidote.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9 × 5.2 cm = 4.65” × 3.54” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 4.9 × 3.8 cm = 1.93” × 1.50”




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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite  

EK89AL3: Doubly terminated Azurite crystal, very sharp, with parallel growths, bright color, and crystals of primary Malachite.
The specimen comes from the Christian Mondeilh collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.

Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1981)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 2.3 × 1.6 cm = 2.24” × 0.91” × 0.63”

Former collection of Christian Mondeilh



Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Rear
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
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Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
 

EP67AL3: A curiosity. Two generations of Fluorite crystals interrupted by a growth of Quartz crystals. The first, crystalline with bluish green color, supports a group of very sharp cubic crystals with an unusual slightly pinkish color.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 8.4 × 7.7 × 6.6 cm = 3.31” × 3.03” × 2.60”

Main crystal size: 7.9 × 7.3 cm = 3.11” × 2.87”

Very fluorescent long & short UV



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