'Bye, bye 2020' Update

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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


MEXICO

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite  

NL90AM4: Short prismatic crystals of Pyromorphite with good luster and an intense green color that contrasts with the white rock matrix.
This specimen, from a little known Mexican locality that has produced few quality specimens, comes from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection (number PIF-60) and, previously, from Peter Megaw's. We will send the buyer the labels of both collections.
San Luis Mine, San José, Municipio Guazapares, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 8 × 6 × 5 cm = 3.15” × 2.36” × 1.97”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



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SPAIN

Tennantite-(Fe) coating Chalcocite
 

NT14AM4: Shiny Tennantite-(Fe) crystals with dark gray tones, with a very unusual crystallographic habit and covering twinned Chalcocite crystals.
The specimen comes from the last find before the definitive closure of the open pit operations at this mine. It has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Fase 6, levels 130-135, ↓175 m., Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (01/2020)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.44” × 1.81” × 1.61”

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




Tennantite-(Fe) coating Chalcocite. Tennantite-(Fe) coating Chalcocite.
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Tennantite-(Fe)
Tennantite-(Fe). Tennantite-(Fe).
 

NF16AM4: Shiny, dark gray crystals of Tennantite-(Fe) with a very unusual crystallographic habit.
The specimen comes from the last find before the definitive closure of the open pit operations at this mine. It has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Fase 6, levels 130-135, ↓175 m., Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (01/2020)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.3 × 2.7 cm = 2.40” × 1.69” × 1.06”

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




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Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite  

NR48AM4: Reticulated floater growth of flattened and twinned prismatic crystals of Cerussite, with good white terminations with slightly pinkish tones. In a perfect state of conservation, unusual in specimens from this locality.
It comes to us from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection (number CER-46), whose catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.
Luis Mine, Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (10/2013)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.69” × 1.06” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.83” × 0.24”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



Twinned Cerussite. Front
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Twinned Cerussite. Rear
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MOROCCO

During the year 2020, images, videos and many rumors began to circulate about the discovery of high-quality Golds in the Southwest of Morocco. With the Covid situation it was difficult to go to or to leave Morocco, so it was quite a long time until the first pieces arrived in Europe. Once here, very reliable analyses had to be done to ensure that these new Golds were natural. They were so perfect and, some of them so different from the Golds that had been known before from Southwestern Morocco that to avoid suspicions it was best to have the analytical data prior to putting them on sale. Between one thing and another we have had to wait a bit but at the end of 2020 we can finally offer these specimens of great beauty and very different from what has been known so far.
We attach here the analysis, which as you can see is very complete, to avoid doubts about it.

 

To see our best specimens from this locality use this link
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Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold. Rear  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under LED light
 

MC56AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, distinctly twinned according to the spinel law and with curious hooked ends.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.3 × 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.51” × 0.31” × 0.28”

Weight: 2.1 grams



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Gold

Recorded under LED light
 

MB16AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, distinctly twinned according to the spinel law and with curious hooked ends.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 1.06” × 0.12” × 0.12”

Weight: 1.38 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold. Side
Side
Gold. Side  / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

MG34AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron, twinned according to the spinel law, and minor Quartz.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1 × 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.24” × 0.16”

Weight: 1.3 grams



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Gold

Recorded under LED light
 

MF30AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron, twinned according to the spinel law and with curious hooked ends.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.3 × 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.51” × 0.20” × 0.20”

Weight: 0.8 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

MQ87AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron and with minor Quartz.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.43” × 0.35” × 0.31”

Weight: 1.2 grams



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Gold

Recorded under LED light
 

MH89AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron and with curious hooked ends.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 0.9 × 0.3 cm = 0.43” × 0.35” × 0.12”

Weight: 0.7 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

ME30AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location still to be determined, this specimen of very brilliant crystallized Gold displays branched forms, skeletal shapes and it has minor Quartz.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.55” × 0.43” × 0.12”

Weight: 1.7 grams



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Gold with Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

MV51AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location still to be determined, this specimen of very brilliant crystallized Gold displays branched forms, skeletal shapes and it has minor Quartz.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.43” × 0.28” × 0.16”

Weight: 1.4 grams



Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

MK28AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron, twinned according to the spinel law, with curious hooked ends and with minor Quartz.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.43” × 0.16” × 0.16”

Weight: 0.5 grams



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Gold

Recorded under LED light
 

MM16AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, distinctly twinned according to the spinel law and with curious hooked ends.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 0.9 × 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.35” × 0.16” × 0.12”

Weight: 0.4 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear

Recorded under LED light
 

MJ87AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron, twinned according to the spinel law, with curious hooked ends and with minor Quartz.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 1.2 × 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.47” × 0.12” × 0.08”

Weight: 0.4 grams



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Gold

Recorded under LED light
 

ML16AM4: From a very recent find in the area of Western Sahara in Morocco, with the specific location yet to be determined, this specimen of Gold, very well crystallized and with brilliant luster, displays a sharply defined morphology, with the dominant forms of the octahedron, twinned according to the spinel law, with curious hooked ends and with minor Quartz.
We will see what the future of the locality holds for these high quality absolute novelties.
This material has been carefully analyzed, and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aouint Ighoman, Assa-Zag Province, Guelmim-Oued Noun Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 0.8 × 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.31” × 0.12” × 0.08”

Weight: 0.1 grams



Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
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ASIA (excl. China)

Phlogopite with Calcite
Phlogopite with Calcite. Phlogopite with Calcite.
 

EF26AM4: Sharp, doubly terminated crystal of Phlogopite, translucent, with good luster and a bronze color that contrasts with the intense white of the Calcite matrix.
Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division)  Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.9 × 4.2 cm = 2.68” × 1.93” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.79” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence short UV



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Brucite

Recorded under LED light
 

EM16AM4: Botryoidal aggregates of Brucite on matrix with visible and better defined crystal forms than usual in the species. Translucent, with good luster and an intense and uniform lemon-yellow color.
The specimen comes from the collection of Peter Rosewarne (number Rc953), whose label we will send to the buyer, along with a copy of the analysis.
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan

Specimen size: 13.2 × 7.8 × 2 cm = 5.20” × 3.07” × 0.79”

Former collection of Peter Rosewarne



Brucite. Front
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Brucite.
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