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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


USA

Hemimorphite
Hemimorphite. Front
Front
Hemimorphite. Side
Side
 

MH46AM6: Hemimorphite druse, on a limonite matrix, which forms botryoidal growths of a uniform sky blue color. From a classic US locality. We will send the buyer the specimen in its original perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label, which shows that the specimen was previously in the Sullivan collection.
79 Mine, Chilito, Hayden area, Banner District, Dripping Spring Mountains, Gila County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 2.4 × 1.6 × 1.6 cm = 0.94” × 0.63” × 0.63”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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Azurite
 

MB27AM6: Flattened Azurite crystal with very marked polycrystalline growths on the faces, lustrous, with a bright color and with small coatings of Malachite. From a rarely seen locality. We will send the buyer the specimen in its original perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Emma Mine, Hanover-Fierro District, Grant County, New Mexico  USA

Specimen size: 3 × 2.3 × 2.4 cm = 1.18” × 0.91” × 0.94”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Azurite. Azurite.
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SPAIN

Calcite with Fluorite and Dolomite
Calcite with Fluorite and Dolomite.
 

TF6AM6: Complex Calcite crystal, very rich in crystal forms, translucent, lustrous, on matrix, with yellow Fluorite crystals and small white Dolomite rhombohedra.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 9.5 × 7.1 × 2.9 cm = 3.74” × 2.80” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 2.8 cm = 1.89” × 1.10”




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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and France)

Calcite with inclusions
 

MK12AM6: Group of Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with polycrystalline growths and strong curvatures on faces and edges, with a “saddle” habit, and with gray fibrous inclusions, probably of Boulangerite.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.3 × 1.8 cm = 0.98” × 0.91” × 0.71”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Calcite with inclusions. Calcite with inclusions.
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Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Pyrite, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite and Quartz
Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Pyrite, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite and Quartz. Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Pyrite, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite and Quartz.
Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Pyrite, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite and Quartz. Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Pyrite, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite and Quartz.

Recorded under LED light
 

EB69AM6: Druse of very sharp parallel Pyrite growths, pseudomorphs after Pyrrhotite, on matrix, with Rhodochrosite, twinned crystals of Sphalerite, Quartz and small crystals of a second generation of Pyrite with a bright and vivid color.
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo (2018)

Specimen size: 17.1 × 13.6 × 8.7 cm = 6.73” × 5.35” × 3.43”




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Sphalerite with Quartz

Recorded under LED light
 

EF36AM6: Very sharp crystals of Sphalerite (variety marmatite), with the dominant forms of a tetrahedron beveled by minor crystal forms, extraordinarily lustrous, on matrix, with water-clear Quartz crystals. A very aesthetic specimen, from a classic locality.
Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast  Bulgaria

Specimen size: 20.8 × 15.2 × 4.4 cm = 8.19” × 5.98” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.63”




Sphalerite with Quartz. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Quartz. Side
Side
Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.
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FSU

Cuprite
Cuprite. Front
Front
Cuprite. Top
Top
 

ME86AM6: Floater group of octahedral Cuprite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, beveled by the faces of the rhombic dodecahedron. Translucent, lustrous and deep red in color. We will send the buyer the specimen in its original perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Rubtsovskoe Mine, Rubtsovsky District, Altai Krai  Russia

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.7 × 2 cm = 1.02” × 0.67” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.87” × 0.63”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Mimetite with Smithsonite
 

EA97AM6: Elongated dipyramidal crystals of Mimetite, some of them doubly terminated, transparent, very lustrous, with an intense lemon-yellow color, on matrix, with rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals. The Smithsonite has been analyzed, we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 11.1 × 8.2 × 6.7 cm = 4.37” × 3.23” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.08”

Former collection of Pedro Hernández

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Mimetite with Smithsonite. Mimetite with Smithsonite.
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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Metastibnite
Metastibnite. Metastibnite.
Metastibnite.
 

MP26AM6: Very dark gray spheroidal and columnar growths of Metastibnite, a rare dimorph of Stibnite, with subsequent coatings of antimony oxides.
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department  Bolivia

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.1 × 2.6 cm = 1.06” × 0.83” × 1.02”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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Gold

Recorded under LED light
 

ET26AM6: Dentate leafy growths (“herringbone”) of very brilliant gold crystals on a rock matrix. The specimen comes from a mining district in Colombia which is very little known so far and has a very high quality level for the locality.
Los Delirios claim, Delirios I cut, Municipio Vetas, Soto Province, Santander Department  Colombia (15/08/2020)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.4 × 2.8 cm = 2.48” × 1.73” × 1.10”




Gold. Gold.
Gold.
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CHINA

Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.

Recorded under LED light
 

EG69AM6: Druse of very transparent and shiny cubic Fluorite crystals with a uniform and intense green color, with inclusions oriented in growth phantoms.
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2018)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 6.9 × 4.8 cm = 3.70” × 2.72” × 1.89”

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

Fluorescent long & short UV



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ASIA (excl. China)

Sulvanite
 

MM13AM6: Crystalline aggregate of Sulvanite, a very rare copper and vanadium sulfide, lustrous, metallic gray with bronze reflections and partially covered by an unidentified green species, probably Vésigniéite. This specimen, from the type locality for the species, is from the Robert J. Noble collection and will be shipped to the buyer in its original perky collection box, which also contains the label.
Edelweiss Mine, Burra, Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.8 × 1 cm = 1.10” × 0.71” × 0.39”

Type locality

Former collection of Bob Noble



Sulvanite. Sulvanite.
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Scolecite
Scolecite. Front
Front
Scolecite. Rear
Rear
 

HA37AM6: Centered groups of fine prismatic Scolecite crystals, with visible terminal faces, translucent, with a silky luster and a snow-white color. Very elegant.
Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 11.4 × 9.8 × 10.2 cm = 4.49” × 3.86” × 4.02”

Main crystal size: 11 × 0.9 cm = 4.33” × 0.35”




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