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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


AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Smithsonite
Smithsonite. Front
Front
Smithsonite. Side
Side
Smithsonite  

TR98AL3: Aggregate of rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals with lenticular habit that form very marked uniaxial growths. The crystals, translucent and bright, have a yellowish-white color.
The sample has been analyzed and comes from the Rock H. Currier collection (No. 3399) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.8 × 3.2 cm = 1.61” × 1.10” × 1.26”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Rock Currier



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Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite
 

MT86AL3: Andradite crystals (demantoid variety) of good size with equally developed trapezohedral and rhombododecahedral forms, between transparent and translucent, lustrous and with an intense and uniform green color. On matrix, with aggregates of small Calcite crystals.
Antetezambato outcrop, Antetezambato, Maherivaratra Commune, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province  Madagascar (2010)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 5.9 × 2.9 cm = 3.39” × 2.32” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.63” × 0.51”




Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite. Andradite (variety demantoid) with Calcite.
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BRAZIL

Eosphorite with Quartz (variety rose)
Eosphorite with Quartz (variety rose). Eosphorite with Quartz (variety rose).
 

MR92AL3: Elongated crystals of Eosphorite, many of them doubly terminated, with very well defined crystalline forms and easily visible terminations, transparent, bright, with an intense and uniform brown color with violet shades, on a matrix of crystallized rose Quartz.
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 7.9 × 4.9 × 4.1 cm = 3.11” × 1.93” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.1 cm = 0.28” × 0.04”




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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Enargite
 

TH67AL3: Very aerial group of Enargite crystals, more elongated than usual in examples from this deposit, with excellent crystal terminations, brilliant and on a matrix that also consists of Enargite.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department  Peru

Specimen size: 2.1 × 2 × 0.7 cm = 0.83” × 0.79” × 0.28”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.16”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Enargite. Enargite.
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CHINA

Cassiterite
Cassiterite. Front
Front
Cassiterite. Top
Top
 

MV68AL3: Multiple twin of Cassiterite with elongated habit, very rich in crystal forms, partially doubly terminated, translucent, shiny and of uniform dark brown color. From a locality that has given just few specimens.
Amo deposit, Ximeng, Pu'er Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm = 1.46” × 1.22” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.4 cm = 1.34” × 0.94”




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Löllingite with Arsenopyrite
 

MF68AL3: Group of Löllingite crystals with polycrystalline growths, very sharp for the species, brilliant, and with small bipyramidal Arsenopyrite crystals scattered non-epitactically on the surface of the faces. Both the Löllingite and Arsenopyrite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.1 × 3.6 cm = 2.56” × 2.40” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 1.61” × 1.26”




Löllingite with Arsenopyrite. Front
Front
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite. Rear
Rear
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite. Bottom
Bottom
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Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz. Front
Front
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz. Side
Side
Löllingite with Arsenopyrite, Fluorite and Quartz.
 

TR99AL3: Group of Löllingite crystals with polycrystalline growths, very sharp for the species, with great luster and with small bipyramidal Arsenopyrite crystals scattered non-epitactically on the surface of the faces. On a matrix of Quartz crystals with water-clear Fluorite crystals dominated by octahedral and rhombododecahedral forms. Both the Löllingite and Arsenopyrite have been analyzed and we will send copies of both analyses to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 7.1 × 3.7 cm = 2.87” × 2.80” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 3.3 cm = 1.89” × 1.30”




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Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite
 

TY29AL3: Group of Scheelite crystals with bipyramidal habit rich in faces, very well defined, of unusual color, white with reddish areas, translucent, shiny and implanted on matrix with Magnetite and Arsenopyrite crystals. Also it has notable Molybdenite inclusions, giving a kind of peculiar fluorescence. The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2013)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.6 × 3.9 cm = 2.72” × 2.20” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.77” × 0.91”

Very fluorescent long & short UV



Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Scheelite with Molybdenite, Arsenopyrite and Magnetite.
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Quartz with Hematite
Quartz with Hematite. Front
Front
Quartz with Hematite. Rear
Rear
Quartz with Hematite.
 

MT87AL3: Single crystal of Quartz, very large and also very special for two reasons: it comes from a deposit from which only a few pieces are known and the Hematite inclusions give it a very attractive reddish color. The presence of small Hematite iron roses also completes its appeal.
East Ujimqin Banner (Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (2016)

Specimen size: 23 × 4.8 × 4.6 cm = 9.06” × 1.89” × 1.81”




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ASIA (excl. China)

Twinned Cerussite
 

TN56AL3: Floater reticulated Cerussite aggregate with multiple twinned crystals between lamellar and tabular, highly profiled, transparent, bright and more limpid and perfect than is usually the case in the Cerussites from this deposit.
Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.73” × 1.30” × 0.75”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear
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Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear
 

TA66AL3: Floater reticulated Cerussite aggregate with multiple twinned crystals between lamellar and tabular, highly profiled, transparent, bright and more limpid and perfect than is usually the case in the Cerussites from this deposit.
Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.7 × 3.5 cm = 1.93” × 1.46” × 1.38”

Minor fluorescence short UV



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Twinned Cerussite
 

TQ96AL3: Floater reticulated Cerussite aggregate with multiple twinned crystals between lamellar and tabular, highly profiled, transparent, bright and more limpid and perfect than is usually the case in the Cerussites from this deposit.
Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.2 × 2.4 cm = 1.73” × 1.26” × 0.94”

Minor fluorescence short UV



Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear
Twinned Cerussite. Side
Side
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Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear
 

TE57AL3: Floater reticulated Cerussite aggregate on matrix, with multiple twinned crystals between lamellar and tabular, highly profiled, transparent, bright and more limpid and perfect than is usual in specimens from this deposit.
Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (03/2016)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.3 × 3 cm = 1.81” × 1.30” × 1.18”

Minor fluorescence short UV



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Mimetite with Calcite
 

TP96AL3: Very sharp tabular crystals, with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, bright, with an intense yellow color and on matrix.
Gowd Mine, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (08/2015)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.9 × 1.9 cm = 2.36” × 2.32” × 0.75”

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




Mimetite with Calcite. Mimetite with Calcite.
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Chromium rich Mimetite with Cerussite
Chromium rich Mimetite with Cerussite. Front
Front
Chromium rich Mimetite with Cerussite. Side
Side
 

EL38AL3: Reticulated Cerussite aggregates with cyclic twins. The Cerussite crystals, between lamellar and tabular, are outlined by very fine and sharp elongated microcrystals of Mimetite with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed in detail and turned out to be the rare chromium-bearing variety. We will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer of the specimen.
Nakhlak Mine, ↓200 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (01/2015)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.73” × 1.14” × 1.02”

Fluorescent short UV



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Chromium rich Mimetite with Cerussite
 

EP38AL3: Reticulated Cerussite aggregates with cyclic twins. The Cerussite crystals, between lamellar and tabular, are outlined by very fine and sharp elongated microcrystals of Mimetite with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed in detail and turned out to be the rare chromium-bearing variety. We will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer of the specimen.
Nakhlak Mine, ↓200 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province  Iran (01/2015)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.97” × 1.77” × 1.26”

Fluorescent short UV



Chromium rich Mimetite with Cerussite. Front
Front
Chromium rich Mimetite with Cerussite. Side
Side
Chromium rich Mimetite with Cerussite.
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Zunyite with Hematite
Zunyite with Hematite. Zunyite with Hematite.
 

MD93AL3: Zunyite crystal, a rare aluminum and fluorine sorosilicate, on matrix. The crystal, tetrahedral but beveled by cube faces, has very well defined and smooth faces, with a color between reddish and dark brown and with lamellar inclusions of Hematite which makes it different from the first Zunyites from Iran that arrived in the collectors‘ world at Munich 2018.
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province  Iran (07/2019)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.54” × 1.06” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.63”




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Copper
Copper  

CE16AL3: Floater group of Copper crystals with an unusual cubic habit, beveled by the rhombododecahedron. The specimen comes from a classic Australian deposit.
The specimen comes from the Carles Curto collection (no. 2007.09), whose label and information sheet we will send to the buyer.
Boddington Mine, Boddington, Peel, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5.3 × 2.7 cm = 2.20” × 2.09” × 1.06”

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

Former collection of Carles Curto



Copper. Copper.
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