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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 with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
 

NF37AL4: Floater Fluorite crystal, with cubic crystal forms and a polycrystalline rhombododecahedral bevel and recrystallizations on the back, between transparent and translucent, with fine Quartz coatings. The Fluorite exhibits geometric color zoning between lilac and blue, much more intense in the core of the crystal.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2007)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.7 × 3.9 cm = 2.52” × 2.24” × 1.54”




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Fluorite with Quartz
 

NR47AL4: Group of Fluorite crystals beveled by rhombododecahedron faces, transparent, shiny, blue with lilac tones, geometric color zoning and small white Quartz coatings.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2015)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.8 × 3.3 cm = 2.64” × 1.89” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.02” × 0.94”




Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
Fluorite with Quartz. Top
Top
 

NE87AL4: Group of cubic Fluorite crystals with edges beveled by thin rhombododecahedral faces, with staggered parallel growths, between transparent and translucent and with geometric color zoning between violet and blue.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.3 × 3.4 cm = 2.76” × 2.48” × 1.34”




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Fluorite with Quartz
 

NT98AL4: Slightly elongated Fluorite crystal, with marked polycrystalline growths, translucent, with an intense sky-blue color and covered with small Quartz crystals.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.9 × 5.9 cm = 2.80” × 2.32” × 2.32”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Light behind
Light behind
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Fluorite
Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Light behind
Light behind
 

NE29AL4: Group of cubic Fluorite crystals, transparent, with a very deep violet color and with marked geometric color zoning. A Spanish classic.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2010)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5 × 4.6 cm = 2.68” × 1.97” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 5.2 cm = 2.52” × 2.05”




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Fluorite with Quartz
 

NB97AL4: Group of sharp Fluorite crystals, transparent, bright, with an intense light blue color with violet tones and very marked geometric color zoning. On matrix, with small Quartz crystals.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 15.6 × 9.2 × 3.9 cm = 6.14” × 3.62” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.87” × 0.63”




Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz.
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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)

Epidote
Epidote. Front
Front
Epidote. Rear
Rear
Epidote. Rear
Rear
 

MB14AL4: Group of very elongated crystals, with sharp faces and edges, good polycrystalline terminations rich in faces, translucent, lustrous and with an intense color. An excellent European classic both for the species and for the locality, in excellent condition and without repairs.
Knappenwand area, Untersulzbach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg  Austria

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.2 × 1.3 cm = 1.38” × 1.26” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.94” × 0.16”




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Calcite
 

EK86AL4: Matrix group of complex Calcite crystals very rich in crystalline forms, some of them doubly terminated, with well defined phantoms that delimit two different growth phases. From a locality that has become a classic for Calcite.
Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Lappland Province  Sweden

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.4 × 4.9 cm = 2.52” × 2.13” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2 cm = 1.34” × 0.79”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
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Dolomite with Calcite
Dolomite with Calcite. Front
Front
Dolomite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
Dolomite with Calcite.
 

EE87AL4: Floater group of white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals that form parallel polycrystalline aggregates and are partially coated with some Calcite crystals.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2002)

Specimen size: 14.3 × 8.9 × 4.4 cm = 5.63” × 3.50” × 1.73”




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Rhodochrosite with Calcite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite)

Recorded under LED light
Rhodochrosite with Calcite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite)
 

LR47AL4: Polycrystalline growths of small very sharp rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals, shiny, intense pink, with white Calcite crystals and felted aggregates of Boulangerite (plumosite variety) at the base of the specimen.
The specimen comes from the Philippe Morelon collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (1980)

Specimen size: 13.4 × 7.4 × 5.3 cm = 5.28” × 2.91” × 2.09”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Rhodochrosite with Calcite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite). Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Calcite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite). Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite with Calcite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite). Rhodochrosite with Calcite and Boulangerite (variety plumosite).
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Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Calcite
Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Calcite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Calcite. Side
Side
Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Calcite. Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Calcite.
 

EF86AL4: Stalactitic growth of lenticular Rhodochrosite crystals, deep pink, with very individualized twinned Sphalerite crystals, groups of white scalenohedral Calcite crystals and small transparent Quartz crystals, all covering a large Quartz crystal. A splendid classic, very aesthetic.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2002)

Specimen size: 19.4 × 9.6 × 10.7 cm = 7.64” × 3.78” × 4.21”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.34” × 0.87”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



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Anglesite with Galena
Anglesite with Galena  

MA47AL4: Group of Anglesite crystals, two of them clearly dominant, rich in faces, much more transparent and lustrous than usual for the locality and on a matrix of granular Galena. A European classic both for the species and the locality.
The specimen comes from an old WWII era German collection. Along with the specimen we will send the buyer the old label.
Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Sud Sardegna Province, Sardinia/Sardegna  Italy

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.1 × 2.6 cm = 2.09” × 1.61” × 1.02”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Anglesite with Galena. Anglesite with Galena.
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Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side
 

EM96AL4: Group of sharp, equidimensional Azurite crystals, with marked parallel growths and slight curvatures and with a more bluish color than usual in Chessy specimens. On matrix, with small Malachite coatings. The specimen comes from relatively recent finds in the old dumps of the mine.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (2010-2012)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.4 × 3.6 cm = 1.97” × 1.34” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.75” × 0.35”

Type locality



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Baryte
 

MD990AL4: Aggregate of highly profiled Baryte crystals with well defined faces and edges, translucent and with good luster. From a classic French locality. In excellent condition.
Maine Mine, Les Reclesnes, Cordesse, Lucenay-l'Évêque, Autun District, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté  France

Specimen size: 11,6 × 8.7 × 5.6 cm = 4.33” × 3.43” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 1.2 cm = 2.52” × 0.47”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Baryte. Front
Front
Baryte. Rear
Rear
Baryte. Side
Side
Baryte.
Order

MOROCCO

Beta-Roselite with Calcite
Beta-Roselite with Calcite. Beta-Roselite with Calcite.
 

MG26AL4: Coating of lenticular Beta-Roselite crystals, transparent, of a very deep red color with distinct mauve tones and on matrix. The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Oumlil Mine, Oumlil, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08-09/2016)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4.7 × 3.1 cm = 1.85” × 1.85” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.28” × 0.16”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



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Prehnite with Epidote
 

MB16AL4: Spheroidal growth, on matrix, of Prehnite crystals with visible crystals, translucent, pale green, and partially encrusted with small Epidote crystals.
Imilchil area, Anti-Atlas, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 5.3 × 4.5 cm = 2.13” × 2.09” × 1.77”




Prehnite with Epidote. Front
Front
Prehnite with Epidote. Side
Side
Prehnite with Epidote. Side
Side
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