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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


SPANISH FLUORITE

Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite.
 

ND68AL3: Group of cubic crystals strongly beveled on the rhombododecahedron faces forming polycrystalline growths. The crystals are transparent violet-blue with geometric zoning of more intense tones in the center of the crystal.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 9.4 × 6.5 × 3.1 cm = 3.70” × 2.56” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 4.6 cm = 2.20” × 1.81”




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Fluorite
 

NJ89AL3: Group of cubic crystals finely beveled on the rhombododecahedron faces, forming stepped edges. The crystals are transparent and have a very deep bluish violet color.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (±2009)

Specimen size: 12 × 8 × 5.8 cm = 4.72” × 3.15” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 4.9 cm = 2.48” × 1.93”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite. Light behind
Light behind
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Fluorite with hydrocarbon inclusions
Fluorite with hydrocarbon inclusions. Fluorite with hydrocarbon inclusions.
 

MF89AL3: Group of sharp transparent crystals between colorless and slightly bluish. These crystals have a clear geometric zoning marked by the presence of small hydrocarbon inclusions. It comes from a historic mine, long abandoned and which was the first find in Spain for crystals with tetrahexahedral growths.
San Lino Quarry, Aurora vein, Caravia mining area, Cerracín, Prado, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 11 × 9.8 × 6.7 cm = 4.33” × 3.86” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.38” × 1.34”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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PORTUGAL

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



Cassiterite with Quartz, Fluorapatite and Arsenopyrite. Cassiterite with Quartz, Fluorapatite and Arsenopyrite.
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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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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
Front
Arsenopyrite with Muscovite. Side
Side
Arsenopyrite with Muscovite.
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Pyrite with Quartz
Pyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrite with Quartz. Side
Side
 

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”




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Ferberite with Calcite-Dolomite and Pyrite
 

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”




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

Nagyágyte with Quartz
Nagyágyte with Quartz. Nagyágyte with Quartz.
Nagyágyte with Quartz  

TT72AL3: Well defined lamellar Nagyágite crystals on matrix, lustrous and undamaged, something unusual for this rare species of which Sacarîmb (Nagyág) is the type locality. With intergrowths of aggregates of small Quartz crystals.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3 × 1.6 cm = 1.61” × 1.18” × 0.63”

Type locality



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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)

Opal-CT (variety lussatite)
 

ME26AL3: Botryoidal growth of lussatite, a variety of Opal-CT of volcanic origin, translucent, shiny and with dominant blue tones, replacing a fossil. The specimen is of good quality for what is known at this locality.
Mur-sur-Allier, Pont-du-Château, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.89” × 1.30” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.5 cm = 0.83” × 0.20”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Opal-CT (variety lussatite). Opal-CT (variety lussatite).
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Silver with Acanthite and Calcite
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Front
Front
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Close up
Close up

Recorded under LED light
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite
 

TV27AL3: Aggregate of very elongated Silver crystals, with pronounced twists (“wire”), recognizable terminal faces, along with isolated Acanthite crystals, all implanted on a matrix covered with transparent, bright and colorless Calcite crystals. An excellent high quality German classic.
Freiberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen  Germany (±1930)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.97” × 1.46” × 1.14”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



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Microcline
Microcline  

MX96AL3: Very sharp elongated Microcline crystal, partially doubly terminated, on a base of the same mineral, with very well defined crystalline forms and with a very clearly seen Baveno-law twin. An Italian alpine classic.
The specimen comes from the Carles Curto collection (no. 1970.03), whose label and information sheet we will send to the buyer.
Oltrefiume, Baveno, Maggiore Lake, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province, Piedmont (Piemonte)  Italy (±1970)

Specimen size: 8 × 3 × 3.3 cm = 3.15” × 1.18” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 7.9 × 2.4 cm = 3.11” × 0.94”

Former collection of Carles Curto



Microcline. Front
Front
Microcline. Side
Side
Order
Galena with Calcite
Galena with Calcite. Front
Front
Galena with Calcite. Side
Side
Galena with Calcite.
 

EC50AL3: Spheroidal growth of cubic Galena crystals with polycrystalline growths, and partially coated with lenticular rhombohedral Calcite crystals. With extraordinary luster, the crystal faces are so smooth they look like mirrors. One of the best Galenas that we have seen from this locality.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2010)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 6.8 × 6.5 cm = 2.91” × 2.68” × 2.56”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



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Kaolinite after Orthoclase
 

TG86AL3: Kaolinite pseudomorph after a floater Karlsbad-law twinned Orthoclase crystal.
This classic English specimen will be sent in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
St Dennis, St Austell District, Cornwall  United Kingdom England

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.06” × 0.51” × 0.24”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Kaolinite after Orthoclase. Kaolinite after Orthoclase.
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Quartz with Hematite and Dolomite
Quartz with Hematite and Dolomite. 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  United Kingdom England

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”




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FSU

Cuprite
Cuprite  

CG57AL3: Polycrystalline complete floater of very sharp octahedral Cuprite crystals, with brilliant, slightly curved faces and edges and with minor crystals of Marshite
The specimen comes from the Carles Curto collection (no. 2011.36), whose label and information sheet we will send to the buyer.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altai Krai, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (2011)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.3 × 3.2 cm = 1.65” × 1.30” × 1.26”

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

Fluorescent short UV

Former collection of Carles Curto



Cuprite. Front
Front
Cuprite. Rear
Rear
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MOROCCO

Andradite with Feldspar and Magnetite
Andradite with Feldspar and Magnetite.
 

MH9AL3: Group of black rhombododecahedral Andradite crystals, very sharp, on a Feldspar matrix, with small octahedral Magnetite crystals.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2010)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.18” × 1.06” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.67” × 0.63”




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Baryte
 

MR27AL3: Group of Baryte crystals with a very individualized elongated habit at the terminations, where they are transparent, with sharp faces and edges, a bright luster, and a very intense yellow-brown color, which contrasts with the parallel growths in the central part, where they form a curious thickening of lighter color. Great color!
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Tazenakht, Bou Azzer District, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2015)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.26” × 0.94” × 0.55”

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




Baryte. Front
Front
Baryte. Side
Side
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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, Bou Azzer 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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Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite. Cobaltoan Calcite.
 

MV14AL3: Group of crystals formed by short six-sided prisms and a very flattened terminal rhombohedron, with parallel vertical growths along the prism. The crystals exhibit great luster and very uniform and deep color.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer District, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (10/2012)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.4 × 3.7 cm = 3.43” × 2.91” × 1.46”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV



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Prehnite with Epidote
 

MV10AL3: Prehnite as spheroidal growths with the main faces of the crystals perfectly distinguishable, of a uniform pale green color, on an ophitic matrix covered with fan-shaped aggregates of small Epidote crystals.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 4 × 4.1 × 2..7 cm = 1.57” × 1.61” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 0.91” × 0.87”


€60 / US$64 / JPY6890 / AUD$100

Prehnite with Epidote. Front
Front
Prehnite with Epidote. Side
Side
Reservado
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
Rear
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
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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Baryte with Calcite and limonite

Recorded under LED light
 

EB26AL3: Parallel growths and bundles of fine elongated crystals on matrix, with slight curvatures, transparent, very shiny, light blue in color on the prism and colorless on the terminations. In a very good state of conservation, which in these Barytes is like a small miracle.
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (05-06/2014)

Specimen size: 13.9 × 8.8 × 6.1 cm = 5.47” × 3.46” × 2.40”

Main crystal size: 5 × 2 cm = 1.97” × 0.79”




Baryte with Calcite and limonite. Baryte with Calcite and limonite.
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