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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

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”




Epidote with Quartz. Epidote with Quartz.
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Clintonite
Clintonite. 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”




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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



Smithsonite with Aurichalcite. Smithsonite with Aurichalcite.
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MEXICO

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

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”




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Austinite (variety cuprian)
 

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”




Austinite (variety cuprian). Austinite (variety cuprian).
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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.
This sample has been referenced and pictured, as a novelty in Ste. Marie Virtual 2020, in the magazine 'Le Règne Minéral' number 154, page 45
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

Augelite with Lazulite
Augelite with Lazulite. Augelite with Lazulite.
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.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2020, page 89
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”




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SPAIN

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”




Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.
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Quartz (variety amethyst)
Quartz (variety amethyst). 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



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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



Baryte. Baryte.
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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 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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