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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

 

 

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines

Minerals and Personality
Minerals and Personality. Minerals and Personality.
Minerals and Personality. Minerals and Personality.

Ste. Marie is different!
 

SMAM: Small but very perfect. A classic, a real gem in its matrix of the 'Ballons d'Alsace'
Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Colmar-Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, Grand Est  France

Type locality

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USA

Baryte with Pyrite
Baryte with Pyrite  

CJ14AL5: Druse of Baryte crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, very bright and of a very intense and uniform orange color, with two small cubic Pyrite crystals. This piece, from a typical locality for quality Baryte, comes from the Carles Curto collection, whose label and catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.
Eagle Mine, Gilman, Gilman District, Eagle County, Colorado  USA

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.85” × 1.42” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.39” × 0.24”

Former collection of Carles Curto

€140 / US$156 / JPY16890 / AUD$228

Baryte with Pyrite. Baryte with Pyrite.
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Epidote with Quartz
Epidote with Quartz. Epidote with Quartz.
 

EC67AL5: Fan-like aggregates, one of them clearly dominant and very aerial, with very elongated Epidote crystals with very well defined faces and edges, bright, translucent, with a very deep pistachio-green color and on a group of Quartz crystals.
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan District, Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Borough, Alaska  USA (2003-2005)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.7 × 2 cm = 2.44” × 1.46” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.18” × 0.71”




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Clintonite
 

MT97AL5: Group of highly profiled laminar and tabular crystals of Clintonite, with a very well defined hexagonal outline, translucent, very deep green, on matrix. High quality for the locality
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan District, Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Borough, Alaska  USA

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.7 × 2.3 cm = 2.91” × 1.85” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.39” × 0.24”




Clintonite. Clintonite.
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Smithsonite with Aurichalcite
Smithsonite with Aurichalcite. Smithsonite with Aurichalcite.
Smithsonite with Aurichalcite  

EA90AL5: Botryoidal growths of translucent Smithsonite, of an intense greenish-blue color, on a botryoidal limonite matrix covered with light green Aurichalcite microcrystals.
The specimen comes from the Doug Toland collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District, Socorro County, New Mexico  USA

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.8 × 3.4 cm = 1.93” × 1.89” × 1.34”

Former collection of Doug Toland



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MEXICO

Miargyrite with Quartz
 

TR89AL5: Spheroidal aggregates of very sharp Miargyrite crystals, of good size for the species and very bright. On matrix with Quartz. The high quality specimen comes from a recent find in the San José mine. This piece has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
San José Mine, San José del Progreso, Municipìo San José del Progreso, Ocotlán District, Valles Centrales Region, Oaxaca  Mexico (01/2018)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.18” × 0.87” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.43”




Miargyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Miargyrite with Quartz. Top
Top
Miargyrite with Quartz. Rear
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Conichalcite
Conichalcite. Conichalcite.
 

TK87AL5: Spheroidal aggregates of Conichalcite crystals with well defined faces and edges, bright and of a uniform and intense green color.
We will send the piece in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

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

Former collection of Bob Noble

€220 / US$237 / JPY25410 / AUD$369

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Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite
 

NZ27AL5: Isolated Rhodochrosite spheroidal aggregates, bright and very intense and uniform pink color. On matrix, with botryoidal Hisingerite.
Potosí Mine, Santo Domingo (Francisco Portillo), Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 1.61” × 1.30” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”


€240 / US$259 / JPY27720 / AUD$403

Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite. Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite.
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Malachite with Quartz (variety chalcedony)
Malachite with Quartz (variety chalcedony). Malachite with Quartz (variety chalcedony).
 

TR88AL5: Growth of Malachite microcrystals of lenticular habit, with two very different intensities of green, on matrix with groups of small Quartz crystals and botryoidal Quartz (chalcedony variety). High quality for the deposit.
Concepción del Oro, Municipio Concepción del Oro, Zacatecas  Mexico

Specimen size: 6 × 5.1 × 5 cm = 2.36” × 2.01” × 1.97”

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


€380 / US$410 / JPY43900 / AUD$638

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Cu-rich Austinite
 

TF57AL5: Aggregates of highly profiled Austinite crystals, rich in copper, between transparent and translucent, bright, with a very deep and uniform green color and on a limonite matrix.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 7.1 × 3.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.80” × 1.46” × 1.34”




Cu-rich Austinite. Cu-rich Austinite.
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Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TB47AL5: Floater group of highly profiled, flattened crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with an equidimensional habit, bright, and very deep in color with intense and vivid translucency on the edges. As usually happens in the Milpillas mine, of extraordinary quality, especially due to the sharpness of the crystals.
Milpillas Mine, 1100 level, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (01/2020)

Specimen size: 4,6 × 3.4 × 1 cm = 1.57” × 1.34” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.34” × 0.91”




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Olivenite with Quartz and Hydroniumjarosite

Recorded under LED light
 

TR48AL5: A novelty at Tucson 2020. Groups of very sharp Olivenite crystals, many of them doubly terminated, with very well defined faces and edges and perfect terminal faces, transparent or translucent, bright and with a very deep olive-green color. On matrix with coatings of small yellowish-white botryoidal aggregates of Hydroniumjarosite. As in so many other occasions with Milpillas, among the best for the species.
Milpillas Mine, 992 level, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (11-12/2019)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 6.4 × 4 cm = 3.78” × 2.52” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.55” × 0.12”




Olivenite with Quartz and Hydroniumjarosite. Front
Front
Olivenite with Quartz and Hydroniumjarosite. Side
Side
Olivenite with Quartz and Hydroniumjarosite. Olivenite with Quartz and Hydroniumjarosite.
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CANADA

Lazulite with Siderite and Quartz
Lazulite with Siderite and Quartz. Lazulite with Siderite and Quartz.
 

MB47AL5: Druse of very well defined Lazulite crystals, twinned, of intense color and luster, on matrix, with translucent rhombohedral Siderite crystals and small water-clear Quartz crystals. Especially beautiful due to the slight separation of the crystals that allows us to see the matrix and the Quartz and Siderite crystals on which the Lazulite grew.
Crosscut Creek, Kulan Camp area, Rapid Creek area, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1995)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 4.3 × 3.1 cm = 3.19” × 1.69” × 1.22”

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


€240 / US$259 / JPY27720 / AUD$403

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Augelite with Lazulite
 

MX97AL5: Parallel growth of two Augelite crystals with very well defined crystal forms, pale yellowish with color zoning, denser in the central area. Implanted in a matrix partially covered with Lazulite crystals, which are also present on the Augelite crystal faces. Of the best possible quality for the deposit.
Rapid Creek area, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5 × 3.5 cm = 2.24” × 1.97” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.8 cm = 0.79” × 0.71”




Augelite with Lazulite. Augelite with Lazulite.
Augelite with Lazulite.
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SPAIN

Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela) with Gypsum
Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela) with Gypsum. Front
Front
Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela) with Gypsum. Top
Top
Quartz (variety jacinto de compostela) with Gypsum.
 

ND14AL5: Spheroidal growth of Quartz crystals (Jacinto de Compostela variety) on a Gypsum matrix. The sharp crystals have very fine, almost non-existent prismatic faces and are shiny and of an intense and uniform color.
Chella, Comarca Canal de Navarrés, València / Valencia, Valencian Community  Spain

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 3.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.50” × 1.34”


€90 / US$97 / JPY10390 / AUD$151

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Sphalerite with Dolomite and Calcite
 

NR27AL5: Polycrystalline growth of Sphalerite with slightly curved edges and faces, transparent, very bright and with a very deep honey color, with dominant yellow and orange tones. On matrix, with white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals and Calcite crystal coatings.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.9 × 2.8 cm = 1.73” × 1.14” × 1.10”

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


€220 / US$237 / JPY25410 / AUD$369

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

NP27AL5: Complex Sphalerite crystals with very well defined and slightly curved faces and edges, transparent, very bright and with a very deep toasted honey color. On matrix with white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

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

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.67” × 0.55”




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Romanèchite
 

NV57AL5: Very aerial botryoidal growths of Romanèchite, brilliant for the species and with very marked and aesthetic growth lines.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (no. 490), whose label we will send to the buyer. The specimen has been analyzed and we will also send a copy of the analysis.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 7.2 × 5 cm = 3.11” × 2.83” × 1.97”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Romanèchite. Romanèchite.
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Romanèchite with Calcite
Romanèchite with Calcite. Romanèchite with Calcite.
 

NX47AL5: Curious and aesthetic honeycomb growth formed by palisades of small translucent Calcite crystals with inclusions of Romanèchite and enclosing spheroidal growths of Romanèchite.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (no. 512), whose label we will send to the buyer. The specimen has been analyzed and we will also send a copy of the analysis.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 9.2 × 3.2 cm = 3.78” × 3.62” × 1.26”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez

€240 / US$259 / JPY27720 / AUD$403

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Quartz (variety amethyst)
 

NR67AL5: Group of Quartz crystals (variety amethyst) with a short prism, transparent, very bright and pale violet in color, with a more intense tone at the edges and at the vertices. High quality for the deposit.
The piece comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (no. 610), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Los Pajaritos-Cabezo de Don Juan Ravine, Llano del Beal, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 9 × 8.4 × 6.1 cm = 3.54” × 3.31” × 2.40”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.1 cm = 1.46” × 1.22”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Quartz (variety amethyst). Quartz (variety amethyst).
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Baryte
Baryte. Baryte.

Recorded under LED light
 

NR90AL5: Group of highly profiled tabular Baryte crystals, on matrix, translucent, bright and with a vivid and uniform light blue color.
This piece comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (no. 411), whose label we will send to the buyer.
San Jorge mining group, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, Portmán, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 18.4 × 9 × 6.9 cm = 7.24” × 3.54” × 2.72”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.7 cm = 0.79” × 0.67”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



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Chalcocite with Pyrite
 

NC37AL5: Very sharp Chalcocite crystals that form flattened twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, good luster, on matrix, with Pyrite coatings. These specimens were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 0.94” × 0.94” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.7 cm = 0.55” × 0.28”


€240 / US$259 / JPY27720 / AUD$403

Chalcocite with Pyrite. Front
Front
Chalcocite with Pyrite. Side
Side
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Chalcocite with Sb-rich Tennantite-(Fe) and Pyrite
Chalcocite with Sb-rich Tennantite-(Fe) and Pyrite. Chalcocite with Sb-rich Tennantite-(Fe) and Pyrite.
 

NH47AL5: Growth on matrix of highly profiled Chalcocite crystals that form flattened twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, lustrous, on matrix, with antimony-rich Tennantite- (Fe) and Pyrite coatings. These pieces were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.4 × 1.5 cm = 1.54” × 1.34” × 0.59”

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




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Chalcocite with Pyrite
 

NB97AL5: Growth on matrix of highly profiled Chalcocite crystals that form flattened twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, with good luster, on matrix, with iridescent Pyrite crystal coatings of mauve and dominant blue tones. These specimens were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.7 × 3.4 cm = 1.93” × 1.06” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.28” × 0.24”




Chalcocite with Pyrite. Chalcocite with Pyrite.
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Chalcocite with Pyrite
Chalcocite with Pyrite. Chalcocite with Pyrite.
 

NM48AL5: Growth on matrix of highly profiled Chalcocite crystals that form flattened twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, bright, bluish in color, on matrix, with iridescent Pyrite crystal coatings. These pieces were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 1.34” × 0.94” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.39” × 0.24”


€380 / US$410 / JPY43900 / AUD$638

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Chalcocite with Pyrite
 

ND86AL5: Growth on matrix of highly profiled Chalcocite crystals that form flattened twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, bright, bluish in color, on matrix, with coatings of Pyrite microcrystals. These specimens were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 2.7 cm = 2.36” × 1.57” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.24” × 0.12”




Chalcocite with Pyrite. Chalcocite with Pyrite.
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Chalcocite with Calcite and Pyrite
Chalcocite with Calcite and Pyrite. Chalcocite with Calcite and Pyrite.
 

NA49AL5: Growth on matrix of highly profiled Chalcocite crystals that form thick twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, bright, on matrix, with Calcite crystal coatings and Pyrite microcrystals. These specimens were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.7 × 5.4 cm = 2.40” × 2.24” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”

Calcite very fluorescent and phosphorescent short UV



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Chalcocite with Calcite
 

NZ89AL5: Growth on matrix of highly profiled Chalcocite crystals that form thick twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, bright, on matrix, with Calcite crystal coatings. These specimens were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 8.5 × 6.3 × 3.6 cm = 3.35” × 2.48” × 1.42”

Calcite very fluorescent and phosphorescent short UV



Chalcocite with Calcite. Chalcocite with Calcite.
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Chalcocite with Calcite
Chalcocite with Calcite. Chalcocite with Calcite.
 

NP89AL5: Growth on matrix of highly profiled Chalcocite crystals that form thick twins with a hexagonal outline, with very well defined faces and edges, bright, on matrix, with Calcite crystal coatings. These specimens were analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4 × 3.7 cm = 2.28” × 1.57” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”

Calcite very fluorescent and phosphorescent short UV



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