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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

 

Chronicle of the 2020
Ste. Marie Virtual Show

 



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

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, Tinzouline, 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 Quartz
 

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



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

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



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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”




Epidote with Quartz. Epidote with Quartz.
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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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Anglesite with Galena
 

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



Anglesite with Galena. Front
Front
Anglesite with Galena. Side
Side
Anglesite with Galena. Side
Side
Anglesite with Galena. Detail
Detail
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Alabandite
Alabandite. 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



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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



Tarbuttite. Tarbuttite.
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Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite
Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite. Front
Front
Prehnite perymorphose Anhydrite. Rear
Rear
 

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



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Andradite (variety topazolite) with Calcite

Recorded under LED light
 

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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