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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (formerly curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre
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USA

Tremolite with Dolomite (consolidated)
Tremolite with Dolomite (consolidated). Front
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Tremolite with Dolomite (consolidated). Side
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Tremolite with Dolomite (consolidated). Side
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Tremolite with Dolomite (consolidated). Top
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Recorded under LED light
 

TC86AL6: A novelty at Tucson 2020. Elongated Tremolite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, on a Dolomite matrix, with marked scepter growth. They have very well defined faces and edges, good terminal faces and an intense luster between crystalline and silky. It exhibits greater transparency than usual in specimens from this area and a beautiful gray-green color with bluish tints. From a recent find, the quality is also far superior to what is generally known from the St. Lawrence County area.
The crystal was reinforced, already at origin, in two spots on the prism to avoid its possible separation.

Big Mole claim, West Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, New York  USA (06/2019)

Specimen size: 15.7 × 6.5 × 4 cm = 6.18” × 2.56” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 15.7 × 2.3 cm = 6.18” × 0.91”

consolidated

Fluorescence on the matrix (short and long UV)



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Copper
 

TB86AL6: Very aerial dendritic aggregate of rhombododecahedral Copper crystals on matrix, slightly deformed in the growth process but with very well defined faces and edges. Excellent specimen, very elegant and large. An American classic.
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 20.5 × 15 × 6.7 cm = 8.07” × 5.91” × 2.64”




Copper. Front
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Copper.
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MEXICO

Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite-Neotocite (Series)
Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite-Neotocite (Series). Front
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Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite-Neotocite (Series). Rear
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Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite-Neotocite (Series).
Rhodochrosite with Hisingerite-Neotocite (Series)  

TB26AL6: Botryoidal growths of small rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals, very lustrous and with a vivid and uniform pink color, which cover a botryoidal Hisingerite-Neotocite (Series) matrix.
The sample comes from the Kay Robertson collection (no. 11979) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.8 × 3.6 cm = 2.44” × 2.28” × 1.42”




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Austinite coated by white Adamite
 

TL73AL6: Spheroidal aggregates, on a limonite matrix, of intense green Austinite crystals (copper-bearing variety), covered by small white crystals of Adamite with a matte luster.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 8.3 × 7.4 × 5.6 cm = 3.27” × 2.91” × 2.20”

Adamite fluorescent long & short UV



Austinite coated by white Adamite. Front
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Austinite coated by white Adamite. Side
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Austinite coated by white Adamite.
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CANADA

Wardite with Childrenite
Wardite with Childrenite. Wardite with Childrenite.
 

ME86AL6: Sharp bipyramidal Wardite crystals, ivory-white to very pale yellow, with slightly greenish tones, on matrix, with small Childrenite crystals.
Stoneman Camp, Young's Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory  Canada (07/1995)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.7 × 4 cm = 2.44” × 2.24” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.35” × 0.31”




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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and Romania)

Calcite

Recorded under LED light
Calcite
 

MD16AL6: Druse of complex Calcite crystals with dominant scalenohedron faces, transparent, shiny, and with reddish inclusions of Hematite. A great English classic, really old and with an unusual pedigree, with two labels that detail much of its history.
It came from the collection of Francis Butler, who in 1890 sold it to the British Museum in London, which gave it the collection number BM65723, after which it passed on to the Leif Engman collection.
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England / United Kingdom

Specimen size: 7.9 × 6.2 × 2.7 cm = 3.11” × 2.44” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1 cm = 0.67” × 0.39”

Former collection of Leif Engman



Calcite. Front
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Calcite. Side
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Calcite. Calcite.
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Acanthite with Calcite
Acanthite with Calcite. Front
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Acanthite with Calcite. Rear
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Acanthite with Calcite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TX36AL6: Very distinct Acanthite crystals, with well defined faces and edges, good luster, on a matrix of white Calcite crystals. An European classic.
Freiberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen  Germany

Specimen size: 4 × 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.57” × 0.94” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.8 cm = 0.63” × 0.31”




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MOROCCO

Quartz
 

EG14AL6: A novelty after the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual Show. Scepter growth of a doubly terminated, transparent, very shiny quartz crystal with inclusions, on another prismatic and translucent Quartz crystal. Very different from what is known to date from the area.
Jebel Gaïz, Alnif Comunne, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2020)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 2.1 × 1 cm = 2.28” × 0.83” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.1 cm = 1.02” × 0.83”




Quartz. Front
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Quartz
Quartz. Front
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Quartz. Rear
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EC56AL6: A novelty after the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual Show. Scepter growth of doubly terminated parallel crystals of Quartz, very lustrous and with inclusions, on a translucent Quartz crystal. Very different from what is known to date in the area.
Jebel Gaïz, Alnif Comunne, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2020)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 4.2 × 3 cm = 3.31” × 1.65” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 7.2 × 4.1 cm = 2.83” × 1.61”




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Quartz
 

EE96AL6: A novelty after the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual Show. Parallel aggregates of very sharp and doubly terminated Quartz crystals, transparent, lustrous, and mostly flattened. Very different from what was known to date from the area.
Jebel Gaïz, Alnif Comunne, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2020)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.7 × 4.4 cm = 2.80” × 2.24” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 4.1 cm = 2.13” × 1.61”




Quartz. Front
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Quartz. Side
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Quartz. Rear
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Quartz
Quartz. Front
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Quartz. Side
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EB96AL6: A novelty after the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual Show. Doubly terminated Quartz crystal, transparent, very lustrous and with inclusions, on a parallel growth of flattened and doubly terminated crystals. Very different from what was known to date from the area.
Jebel Gaïz, Alnif Comunne, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2020)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 4.4 × 4.8 cm = 3.35” × 1.73” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 3.7 cm = 2.20” × 1.46”




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Silver with Acanthite and Calcite
 

EV87AL6: Lamellar and hackly growths of Silver with good luster, on a Calcite matrix, with aggregates of deformed Acanthite crystals, of grayish tones and shiny. The Calcite is fluorescent under both longwave and shortwave UV light.
Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.4 × 4.4 cm = 1.89” × 1.73” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.59” × 0.16”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Silver with Acanthite and Calcite.
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite.
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Proustite with Quartz
Proustite with Quartz. Front
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Proustite with Quartz. Rear
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Proustite with Quartz.
 

EM94AL6: Proustite crystals with very well defined faces and edges and excellent pyramidal terminations, transparent, very lustrous, bright red with mauve tones, and with small white Quartz coatings. Excellent specimen of high quality and very representative of the locality.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 4.1 × 4.3 cm = 2.80” × 1.61” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”




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Malachite
 

ET50AL6: A relative novelty after the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual Show, due more than anything to its unusual morphology, very different from that known to date in this locality. In this case the Malachite forms globular growths of small centered acicular crystals, transparent and with a very intense silky luster, on matrix.
M'Cissi, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2019)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 10.1 × 5.3 cm = 5.24” × 3.98” × 2.09”




Malachite. Malachite.
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite. Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite.
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan) with Quartz and Pyrite.

Recorded under LED light
 

MR50AL6: Group of rhombohedral crystals, with a lenticular habit, of Smithsonite with slight curvatures on faces and edges and of a uniform and intense pink color (cobalt-bearing variety), on matrix. Associated with small crystals of transparent Quartz and Pyrite.
This high quality specimen comes from the prestigious Desmond Sacco collection, whose label we will send to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (±1980)

Specimen size: 10 × 8.8 × 3.7 cm = 3.94” × 3.46” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”

With handwritten label from the Desmond Sacco Collection



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BRAZIL

Elbaite (variety verdelite)
 

MT67AL6: Prismatic crystal of Elbaíte (verdelite variety), extraordinarily flat, with very well defined faces and edges of the prism and excellent terminal faces. Transparent, shiny, and with a very intense green color.
Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 8.5 × 1.8 × 0.5 cm = 3.35” × 0.71” × 0.20”




Elbaite (variety verdelite). Front
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Elbaite (variety verdelite). Rear
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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Tetrahedrite-(Zn) coating Enargite
Tetrahedrite-(Zn) coating Enargite. Tetrahedrite-(Zn) coating Enargite.
 

TB48AL6: Group of Tetrahedrite-(Zn) crystals with very well defined and brilliant faces and edges that cover a group of Enargite crystals. Tetrahedrite-(Zn) is a species just recently recognized by the IMA.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which contains the label and also a copy of the specimen analysis.
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department  Peru

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.4 × 2 cm = 1.42” × 0.94” × 0.79”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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Gold with Quartz and Sphalerite
Gold with Quartz and Sphalerite  

NA46AL6: Dendritic growths of Gold with dominant hackly, skeletal and lamellar shapes and very sharp small octahedral crystals. Very bright and on a Quartz matrix with small deformed sphalerite crystals.
The specimen comes via the collections of Raúl Sanabria Orellana and Ignacio Gaspar Sintes, whose labels we will send to the buyer.
Los Delirios claim, Delirios III cut, Municipio Vetas, Soto Province, Santander Department  Colombia (±2018)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.85” × 1.38” × 0.71”

Former collection of Raúl Sanabria

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



Gold with Quartz and Sphalerite. Gold with Quartz and Sphalerite.
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Wurtzite with Galena
Wurtzite with Galena. Front
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Wurtzite with Galena. Side
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Wurtzite with Galena. Wurtzite with Galena.
Wurtzite with Galena  

TA86AL6: Rosette growths of lamellar Wurtzite crystals with a very sharp hexagonal contour and good luster, unusually large in size for the species, on matrix, with very shiny cube-octahedral crystals of Galena. This well-known specimen, which comes from the prestigious Rock Currier collection (no. 6516), is considered the best of the find and undoubtedly among the most reputable. We will send the collection label to the buyer along with the specimen.
Ánimas Mine, Ánimas , Chocaya, Municipio Atocha, Sud Chichas Province, Potosí Department  Bolivia

Specimen size: 9 × 8.3 × 5.2 cm = 3.54” × 3.27” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.02” × 0.67”

Former collection of Rock Currier



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Twinned Quartz (japan law twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

EK89AL6: Very aerial group of Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and twinned by the japan-law, with double terminations. The crystals are water-clear and very shiny, with inclusions and negative forms of Quartz inside. Exceptional.
Municipio La Belleza, Vélez Province, Santander Department  Colombia (01/2020)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6 × 5 cm = 3.23” × 2.36” × 1.97”




Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Front
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Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Rear
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Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Detail
Detail
Twinned Quartz (japan law twin). Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite)
Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Front
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Side
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TD89AL6: Very aerial group of Hematite pseudomorphs after octahedral crystals of Magnetite (a variety known as martite) with a second generation of small lamellar crystals of the same species.
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province  Argentina (2008)

Specimen size: 10.1 × 6.2 × 5.6 cm = 3.98” × 2.44” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 6 × 3.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.34”




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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite)
 

TR72AL6: Very aerial group of Hematite pseudomorphs after octahedral crystals of Magnetite (a variety also known as martite) with a second generation of small lamellar crystals of the same species.
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province  Argentina (2008)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 9.7 × 0.7 cm = 4.57” × 3.82” × 0.28”




Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Front
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Rear
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite)
Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Front
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Hematite after Magnetite (variety martite). Side
Side
 

TT72AL6: Very aerial group of well defined Hematite (martite variety) pseudomorphs after unusually flat octahedral crystals of Magnetite, with a second generation of small lamellar crystals of the same species.
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Malargüe Department, Mendoza Province  Argentina (2008)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 8.7 × 4.6 cm = 4.49” × 3.43” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3 cm = 1.77” × 1.18”




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