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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (formerly curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre
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Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorite with Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
 

NF92AM1: Fluorite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and very aerial, with a cubic habit beveled by the dodecahedron, transparent, very shiny, with a bluish lilac color. On matrix, with white Quartz crystals. An excellent Spanish classic, of great quality.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 8.1 × 4.8 × 6.4 cm = 3.19” × 1.89” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.75” × 0.71”




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Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite

Recorded under LED light
 

ER92AM1: Group of Fluorapatite crystals with a short prismatic habit, extraordinarily transparent, with good luster and a somewhat bluish green color, with geometric zoning, on a Quartz crystal matrix with flattened Ferberite crystals and lenticular Siderite crystals. This is an old piece, as one no longer sees Fluorapatite pieces with this color and transparency.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 14.5 × 10.7 × 7.8 cm = 5.71” × 4.21” × 3.07”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.59” × 0.43”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite and Ferberite. Detail
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Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite and Chlorite
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite and Chlorite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite and Chlorite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Fluorapatite with Quartz, Siderite, Muscovite and Chlorite. Detail
Detail
 

EX92AM1: Short doubly terminated prismatic Fluorapatite crystal, with very well defined faces and edges, lustrous, and with a distinct geometric color zoning, popularly known in Panasqueira as “olho de boi” (ox's eye), with intense and uniform blue-violet prism faces. On a matrix of Quartz crystals, with lenticular Siderite crystals, Chlorite coatings and leafy Muscovite aggregates. This color is very rare in Panasqueira and more so in pieces of such quality, which are usually old pieces, as in this case.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 11.6 × 7.8 × 6.5 cm = 4.57” × 3.07” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.1 cm = 1.57” × 0.83”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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Proustite with Silver, Acanthite and Quartz
 

EG91AM1: Very sharp, transparent, brilliant Proustite crystals with an intense and vivid color that partially cover hooked Silver wires. On matrix, with white Quartz crystals and small but very sharp octahedral crystals of Acanthite. In Imiter, it is very rare to find free-standing specimens in a vug like this one, which also has the unusual detail of the Silver wire coated with red Proustite crystals.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2019)

Specimen size: 17.3 × 8.5 × 6.7 cm = 6.81” × 3.35” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.47” × 0.39”




Proustite with Silver, Acanthite and Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Proustite with Silver, Acanthite and Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Diaspore
Diaspore. Front
Front
Diaspore. Rear
Rear
 

ET73AM1: New (in part) after the 2020 Sainte Marie Virtual show. From a classic Turkish locality but with a different morphology and color. With its vertical twin plane, this crystal, which is transparent and of great fineness and quality, has excellent terminal faces and very good luster. With yellow-green tones and very distinct dichroism, its color changes between soft red and green, this being visible in all kinds of light, even natural light.
Ilbir Mountain, Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region  Turkey (2020)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 1.81” × 0.43” × 0.24”




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Diaspore with Margarite
 

ER94AM1: A large doubly terminated scepter and stepped crystal of Diaspore with polycrystalline terminations, transparent, lustrous, yellow with green reflections and partially covered in some areas by leafy growths of Margarite. A very remarkable specimen both for its size and color and for its perfection.
Ilbir Mountain, Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region  Turkey (2020)

Specimen size: 14.9 × 3.6 × 1.7 cm = 5.87” × 1.42” × 0.67”




Diaspore with Margarite. Front
Front
Diaspore with Margarite. Rear
Rear
Diaspore with Margarite. Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Diaspore with Margarite. Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Wittichenite
Wittichenite. Wittichenite.
 

ET26AM1: Extraordinarily shiny floater crystal of Wittichenite with complex polycrystalline growths dominated by finely striated prism faces and smoother bipyramid faces. The specimen was part of the lucky find in 1981 from which only a few crystals were recovered, since then considered "icons" as they are the best known for the species.
The sample has been noted and photographed in the article 'Wittichenite from the Cattle Grid Pit, Mount Gunson mine, South Australia' of the ‘Mineralogical Record‘ magazine on page 140 in the volume 44, number 2, March-April 2013
Cattle Grid deposit (Mount Gunson), Mount Gunson Copper mines, Pernatty Lagoon, Stuart Shelf, South Australia  Australia (1981)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.4 × 0.8 cm = 1.26” × 0.94” × 0.31”




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