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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

 

 



FSU

Quartz (variety prase) with Andradite
Quartz (variety prase) with Andradite. Quartz (variety prase) with Andradite.
 

MT66AL5: Very aerial crystals of prase Quartz with polycrystalline surfaces with the typical tapered shape of local specimens, deep in color, on matrix, with small Andradite crystals.
Sinerechenskoe, Primorsky Krai  Russia

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3.7 × 3.9 cm = 2.40” × 1.46” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1 cm = 1.18” × 0.39”




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MOROCCO

Wulfenite with Mottramite
 

MR86AL5: Floater group of highly profiled tabular crystals rich in faces, a characteristic of Sidi Amer specimens, of a deep and uniform yellow color. A Moroccan classic.
Sidi Amer, Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 3.1 × 3 × 2.9 cm = 1.22” × 1.18” × 1.14”

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




Wulfenite with Mottramite. Front
Front
Wulfenite with Mottramite. Rear
Rear
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As-rich Vanadinite with Mottramite
As-rich Vanadinite with Mottramite. As-rich Vanadinite with Mottramite.
 

NB26AL5: Druse, on matrix, of elongated Vanadinite crystals rich in arsenic, with curvatures, many of them doubly terminated, with good luster and lighter in color than usual in this type of specimen.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.2 × 2.4 cm = 2.64” × 1.65” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.43” × 0.28”




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Azurite with Malachite and Dolomite
 

PG94AL5: Parallel growths of Azurite crystals with good terminations, with good luster, deep color, on matrix, with botryoidal growths of Malachite.
This piece comes from the Rodolfo Pigrau collection, whose catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 10.4 × 7.8 × 3.5 cm = 4.09” × 3.07” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 1.5 cm = 2.17” × 0.59”

Former collection of Rodolfo Pigrau



Azurite with Malachite and Dolomite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite and Dolomite. Side
Side
Azurite with Malachite and Dolomite.
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Gold with Quartz, Malachite and Chrysocolla
Gold with Quartz, Malachite and Chrysocolla. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz, Malachite and Chrysocolla. Side
Side
Gold with Quartz, Malachite and Chrysocolla.
 

EG10AL5: Hook-shaped and lamellar growths of Gold (variety electrum), very elongated, doubly terminated, on matrix, with Quartz, botryoidal Malachite aggregates and lighter green Chrysocolla aggregates. These Golds are a curiosity and a rarity in collections since only a few specimens were found and for only a few months.
Bleida Far West Mine, Bleida, Bou Azzer District, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2017-2018)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.3 × 2.8 cm = 2.05” × 1.30” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”




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Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Epidote
 

MH10AL5: Group of Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and very aerial, with a very well defined pseudohexagonal outline, completely covered by a second generation of small scalenohedral crystals, with small Quartz crystals, and individualized groups of Epidote crystals. We have analyzed this type of specimen due to its genetic complexity and will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.3 × 4.3 cm = 2.72” × 2.48” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.54” × 0.91”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Epidote. Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Epidote.
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Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Quartz
Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Quartz. Front
Front
Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

MZ14AL5: Two very aerial Calcite crystals, with a sharp pseudohexagonal habit, completely covered by a second generation of small scalenohedral crystals, with small Quartz crystals. We have analyzed this type of specimen due to its genetic complexity and will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.1 × 3.1 cm = 2.52” × 2.01” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 5.8 × 3.1 cm = 2.28” × 1.22”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Quartz and Epidote
 

MY26AL5: Group of Calcite crystals with a very well defined pseudohexagonal shape, completely covered by a second generation of small scalenohedral crystals, with small Quartz and Epidote crystals. We have analyzed this type of specimen due to its genetic complexity and will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.6 × 4.3 cm = 2.68” × 2.60” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 2.5 cm = 2.48” × 0.98”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Quartz and Epidote. Front
Front
Calcite (variety kanonenspat) with Quartz and Epidote. Rear
Rear
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Epidote with Quartz
Epidote with Quartz. Epidote with Quartz.
 

MG6AL5: Fan-like growths of short prismatic crystals of Epidote rich in terminal faces, shiny, and very deep in color, on matrix, with Quartz. Previously labeled as coming from "Imilchil", but we now know a more precise location.
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region  Morocco (08/2019)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 7.9 × 3.4 cm = 3.23” × 3.11” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.79” × 0.47”




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Allargentum with Byssolite
 

FD16AL5: Very dominant elongated crystals of Allargentum, with intergrowths of Silver and Dyscrasite, on a Calcite matrix with centered growths of acicular crystals of Actinolite (byssolite variety). The Allargentum appears to be clearly the majority in the two analyses (EDS and XRD) carried out on the specimen, demonstrating that it is not a pseudomorph but rather Allargentum crystals intergrown with Dyscrasite and Silver. It comes from the Jordi Fabre collection. We will send the buyer a copy of the analyses and the original collection label (No. F1765)
Bouismas Mine, Bouismas, Tazenakht, Bou Azzer District, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (07/2009)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 4.5 × 2.5 cm = 3.31” × 1.77” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.4 cm = 0.51” × 0.16”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Jordi Fabre



Allargentum with Byssolite. Allargentum with Byssolite.
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Vanadinite
Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

ET46AL5: This specimen is from a recent discovery at a deeper depth than usual in the Coud'a area, with parallel polycrystalline aggregates that form a feathery growth of tabular habit crystals, extraordinarily bright and with a very lively and uniform red-magenta color. Slightly matte on the back.
Coud'a, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2019)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 5.2 × 1.6 cm = 3.11” × 2.05” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 7.9 × 5.2 × 1.6 cm = 3.11” × 2.05” × 0.63”




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Vanadinite

Recorded under LED light
 

MV37AL5: Parallel growths of thick tabular crystals that make up a single Vanadinite crystal with polycrystalline growths. The growths have marked pyramidal faces, shiny, and with a very vivid and uniform red-magenta color, slightly matte on the back. Different from other Vanadinites and with a huge single crystal for the species.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 53 of the 2020/01 edition.
Mohamedine, Coud'a, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2019)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.7 × 2 cm = 3.31” × 2.24” × 0.79”




Vanadinite. Front
Front
Vanadinite. Detail
Detail
Vanadinite. Side
Side
Vanadinite. Rear
Rear
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Anglesite with Galena
Anglesite with Galena. Front
Front
Anglesite with Galena. Side
Side
Anglesite with Galena. Side
Side
Anglesite with Galena. Detail
Detail
 

N54NAL5: Very sharp Anglesite crystals, rich in faces, between transparent and translucent, lemon yellow and on a massive Galena matrix. A Moroccan classic.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1997)

Specimen size: 12.4 × 7.9 × 7.2 cm = 4.88” × 3.11” × 2.83”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.6 cm = 1.18” × 0.63”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Alabandite
 

TB87AL5: Alabandite crystal, highly profiled, practically a floater, with light contacts that conserve remains of Calcite matrix and formed by the dominant octahedron with the vertices truncated by the faces of the cube.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region  Tanzania

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.87” × 0.87” × 0.63”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Alabandite. Alabandite.
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Tarbuttite
Tarbuttite. Tarbuttite.
 

TA37AL5: Very aerial group of highly profiled Tarbuttite crystals, unusually transparent and sharp and on matrix. We will send the specimen, from the type locality for the species, in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, on which it appears that it was previously in the Jim & Dawn Minette collection.
Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine), Kabwe (Kabwe-Ka Mukuba), Kabwe District, Central Province  Zambia

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2 × 2.7 cm = 1.22” × 0.79” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”

Type locality

Former collection of Bob Noble

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV



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Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite
 

TA91AL5: Perimorphic growth of Prehnite crystals with defined crystal forms, translucent and of a vivid and uniform green color. The Prehnite maintains the outline of the Anhydrite crystal on which it was formed, which later disappeared.
The specimen comes from the Rock Currier collection (no. 7271), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bendougou village, Commune Diakon, Arrondissement Diakon, Bafoulabé Circle, Kayes Region  Mali

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.8 × 4.6 cm = 4.92” × 3.07” × 1.81”

Former collection of Rock Currier



Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite. Front
Front
Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite. Rear
Rear
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Laurentthomasite
Laurentthomasite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Laurentthomasite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Laurentthomasite. Rear with light behind
Rear with light behind
Laurentthomasite. Side
Side
 

TR98AL5: Hexagonal floater crystal, with very marked polycrystalline growths, shiny, transparent and with an intense deep blue color. The species, a magnesium-potassium cyclosilicate, is a rarity recently (2019) approved by the IMA. The specimen comes from the type locality for the species. Accompanied by an original label signed by Laurent Thomas, after whom the species is named.
Beravina, Ambaro, Tsaraitso, Betroka District, Anosy Region  Madagascar (04/2019)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.79” × 0.71” × 0.20”

Type locality



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Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite
 

MT87AL5: Brown greenish Andradite crystals (variety topazolite) on matrix, of good size, very rich in faces, with the dominant forms of the rhombododecahedron combined with those of the trapezohedron. The transparent crystals have an extraordinary luster.
Antetezambato outcrop, Antetezambato, Maherivaratra Commune, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province  Madagascar (2010)

Specimen size: 16.2 × 9.4 × 8.7 cm = 6.38” × 3.70” × 3.43”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.2 cm = 0.63” × 0.47”




Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite. Front
Front
Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite. Side
Side
Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite. Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite.
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Hematite
Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Rear
Rear
 

TJ88AL5: Thick tabular Hematite crystal, very sharp, shiny and rich in faces.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 3 × 2.3 × 1 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.39”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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Olmiite with Calcite and Oyelite
 

MG96AL5: Group of extraordinarily defined rhombic habit crystals, of a good size for the species, translucent and shiny and with an excellent reddish color, much more intense than usual in this type of specimen. With small Calcite crystals and globular white Oyelite aggregates.
N'Chwaning II Mine, level 45 south, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (13-15/08/2009)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 1.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.14” × 0.63” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.71” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Olmiite with Calcite and Oyelite. Front
Front
Olmiite with Calcite and Oyelite. Side
Side
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Smithsonite
Smithsonite. Smithsonite.
 

NY77AL5: Aggregate of sharp Smithsonite crystals with a rhombohedral habit, between translucent and transparent and much brighter than usual in Smithsonite. A Namibian classic from a historic locality.
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5 × 4.3 × 2.9 cm = 1.97” × 1.69” × 1.14”

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




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Dioptase with Plancheite
 

EG16AL5: Very sharp Dioptase crystals, aerial, lustrous and implanted on matrix, with very light blue Planchéite coatings.
Kandesei Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region  Namibia (±2007)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 1.14” × 0.63” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.7 cm = 0.59” × 0.28”




Dioptase with Plancheite. Front
Front
Dioptase with Plancheite. Rear
Rear
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