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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

 



BRAZIL

Quartz (variety rose quartz)
Quartz (variety rose quartz). Front
Front
Quartz (variety rose quartz). Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety rose quartz). Side
Side
Quartz (variety rose quartz). Detail
Detail

Recorded under neon light
Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

TA97AL5: Group of crystals of Quartz (variety rose quartz), very lustrous, transparent and with an intense and vivid pink color. What stands out most in the piece, in addition to its beauty, is how sharp the crystals are since rose Quartz very rarely presents so much definition. A Brazilian classic from the Rock Currier collection (No. 5105), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Berilo Branco claim, Sapucaia do Norte, Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 11.1 ×5.9 × 3.9 cm = 4.37” × 2.32” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 1.1 cm = 1.34” × 0.43”

Former collection of Rock Currier



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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Chrysocolla on Quartz
 

TA88AL5: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual show: Group of Quartz crystals covered by botryoidal growths of Chrysocolla with an intense greenish blue color. From a well-known Peruvian locality but from which this type of specimen had not previously been found.
Tentadora Mine, Ullpac Mountain, Huancano District, Pisco Province, Ica Department  Peru (03/2020)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.8 × 3 cm = 1.30” × 1.10” × 1.18”




Chrysocolla on Quartz. Front
Front
Chrysocolla on Quartz. Side
Side
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Chrysocolla on Quartz
Chrysocolla on Quartz. Front
Front
Chrysocolla on Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

TD89AL5: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual show: Group of Quartz crystals covered by botryoidal growths of Chrysocolla with an intense greenish blue color. From a well-known Peruvian locality but from which this type of specimen had not previously been found.
Tentadora Mine, Ullpac Mountain, Huancano District, Pisco Province, Ica Department  Peru (03/2020)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.8 × 2.8 cm = 2.28” × 1.50” × 1.10”




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Chrysocolla on Quartz
 

TE89AL5: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual show: Group of Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant, covered by botryoidal growths of Chrysocolla with an intense greenish blue color. From a well-known Peruvian locality from which this type of specimen had not been previously found.
Tentadora Mine, Ullpac Mountain, Huancano District, Pisco Province, Ica Department  Peru (03/2020)

Specimen size: 9.1 × 6 × 3.1 cm = 3.58” × 2.36” × 1.22”




Chrysocolla on Quartz. Front
Front
Chrysocolla on Quartz. Rear
Rear
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Chrysocolla on Quartz
Chrysocolla on Quartz. Front
Front
Chrysocolla on Quartz. Rear
Rear
 

TB99AL5: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual show: Quartz crystals covered by botryoidal growths of Chrysocolla with a very intense greenish blue color, in turn partially covered by a second generation of Quartz with dissolution figures. From a well known Peruvian locality but one from which this type of specimen had not previously been found.
Tentadora Mine, Ullpac Mountain, Huancano District, Pisco Province, Ica Department  Peru (03/2020)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3 × 2.1 cm = 2.60” × 1.18” × 0.83”




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Chrysocolla on Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

TR26AL5: A novelty at the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual show: Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant, covered by two generations of very vivid greenish blue chrysocolla, the first forming a smooth and uniform cover and the other, later, in botryoidal growths. From a well known Peruvian locality but one from which this type of specimen had not been found before.
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
Tentadora Mine, Ullpac Mountain, Huancano District, Pisco Province, Ica Department  Peru (03/2020)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 3.8 × 3.5 cm = 4.41” × 1.50” × 1.38”




Chrysocolla on Quartz. Front
Front
Chrysocolla on Quartz. Rear
Rear
Chrysocolla on Quartz.
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Descloizite with Quartz
Descloizite with Quartz. Descloizite with Quartz.
 

NQ14AL5: Descloizite crystals with an equidimensional habit very different from those known in other localities, with very sharp faces and edges, a very dark green color, almost black, on matrix, with Quartz. The specimen is accompanied by two old handwritten labels in which the original collection does not appear.
Los Pilones, Cruz del Eje Departament, Córdoba Province  Argentina

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.85” × 1.42” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”




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Calcite with Pyrite

Recorded under neon light
Calcite with Pyrite
 

TG66AL5: Very elongated parallel polycrystalline growths of lenticular Calcite crystals, of a more intense pink than usual in these specimens. On matrix, with groups of cubic Pyrite crystals. Altogether a beauty.
Pachapaqui mining district, Pachapaqui, Aquia District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department  Peru

Specimen size: 15.4 × 14 × 7.6 cm = 6.06” × 5.51” × 2.99”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Rock Currier



Calcite with Pyrite. Calcite with Pyrite.
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CHINA

Veszelyite with Hemimorphite
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite. Veszelyite with Hemimorphite.
Veszelyite with Hemimorphite  

TC92AL5: Groups of crystals of Veszelyite with fairly well defined crystalline forms, intense color, randomly distributed in a matrix with white botryoidal coatings of Hemimorphite.
The specimen comes from the Rock Currier collection (no. 8979), whose label we will send to the buyer. It has a sawn matrix on the rear.
Laochang ore field, Gejiu, Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan  China

Specimen size: 7.5 × 7.4 × 2.6 cm = 2.95” × 2.91” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Former collection of Rock Currier



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ASIA (excl. China) - AUSTRALIA

Phenakite
 

TF69AL5: Very sharp Phenakite crystal formed by a hexagonal prism with pyramidal terminations. The crystal is colorless, transparent and very shiny.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label
Palelni Mine, Khetchel Village, Molo Quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State  Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.71” × 0.47” × 0.39”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Bob Noble



Phenakite. Phenakite.
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Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Lepidolite
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Lepidolite. Front
Front
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Lepidolite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Lepidolite. Top
Top
 

NR51AL5: Two Elbaite crystals (variety rubellite) rich in very well defined terminal faces, transparent, bright, deep red in color and with aggregates of Lepidolite crystals at the base. Very elegant.
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 6.4 × 2 × 1.6 cm = 2.52” × 0.79” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 1 cm = 2.52” × 0.39”




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Chlorargyrite-(Br)
 

TQ87AL5: Shiny, cream-colored, Chlorargyrita-(Br) crystal coatings on matrix. The richness of the material and the excellent state of conservation of the specimen are surprising. We will send it in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Broken Hill Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales  Australia

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.02” × 0.94” × 0.87”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Chlorargyrite-(Br). Chlorargyrite-(Br).
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