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Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White


MOROCCO

Vanadinite with Baryte
Vanadinite with Baryte. Vanadinite with Baryte.
 

AA96AM7: Thick tabular crystals of Vanadinite, translucent, with good luster and a very deep color, on matrix, with book-like aggregates of snow-white lamellar Baryte crystals.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/1995)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.60” × 2.24” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.35” × 0.28”




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Vanadinite with Baryte
 

MB36AM7: Thick tabular crystals of Vanadinite, translucent, with very bright luster and an intense orange-red color, on a matrix with the white lamellar Baryte crystals that are typical of the ACF mine. A Moroccan classic, among the best finds of the year 1995.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/1995)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5.2 × 2.7 cm = 2.99” × 2.05” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.24” × 0.16”




Vanadinite with Baryte. Vanadinite with Baryte.
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Vanadinite with Baryte
Vanadinite with Baryte. Vanadinite with Baryte.
 

AB76AM7: Thick tabular crystals of Vanadinite, translucent, with very bright luster and an intense orange-red color, on a matrix with the white lamellar Baryte crystals that are typical of the ACF mine. A Moroccan classic, among the best finds of the year 1995.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (08/1995)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 6.4 × 5.7 cm = 3.82” × 2.52” × 2.24”

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




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Vanadinite with Baryte

Recorded under LED light
 

AC97AM7: Thick tabular crystals of Vanadinite, translucent, with very bright luster and an intense orange-red color, on a matrix with the white lamellar Baryte crystals that are typical of the ACF mine. A Moroccan classic.
ACF Mine, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1993)

Specimen size: 15.7 × 12.2 × 4.8 cm = 6.18” × 4.80” × 1.89”

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




Vanadinite with Baryte. Vanadinite with Baryte.
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan)
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan). Front
Front
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan). Smithsonite (variety cobaltoan).

Recorded under LED light
 

MR87AM7: Group of rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals with slight curvatures on the faces and edges, translucent, with good luster and a clear pink color. Some of them are of considerable size for the locality. An excellent Tsumeb classic, of unusual size and quality.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8.8 × 7.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.46” × 2.87” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.5 cm = 0.75” × 0.59”




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BRAZIL

Childrenite with Roscherite and Quartz
 

MC48AM7: Prismatic Childrenite crystals, with very well defined faces and edges, some of them doubly terminated, translucent, lustrous, with spheroidal Roscherite growths on a Quartz matrix. We will send the buyer a copy of the Childrenite and Roscherite analyses.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2006)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5.9 × 3.3 cm = 2.64” × 2.32” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.4 cm = 0.47” × 0.16”




Childrenite with Roscherite and Quartz. Childrenite with Roscherite and Quartz.
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Zanazziite with Muscovite and Quartz
Zanazziite with Muscovite and Quartz. Zanazziite with Muscovite and Quartz.
 

TF27AM7: Coatings of many small salmon-colored Zanazziite crystals with good luster, on a Muscovite matrix with Quartz crystals.
Murundu Mine, Jenipapo District, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.2 × 4.7 cm = 3.70” × 2.83” × 1.85”

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




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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Gold
 

EV89AM7: Skeletal crystals and leafy growths of Gold, very bright and contrasting with the rock matrix. The specimen comes from a recent find in a mining district in Colombia which is still little known.
Los Delirios claim, Delirios I cut, Municipio Vetas, Soto Province, Santander Department  Colombia (15/08/2020)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.3 × 1.8 cm = 2.17” × 1.30” × 0.71”




Gold. Gold.
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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
Quartz (variety rose quartz). Quartz (variety rose quartz).
 

MA10AM7: A novelty at Tucson Virtual 2021. Unusual fan-shaped growths on matrix of translucent, lustrous and deep pink Quartz crystals whose color is not due to inclusions of iron oxides but rather is inherent to the Quartz itself. The exact name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known with the passage of time.
Huancayo District, Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3 × 2.1 cm = 1.30” × 1.18” × 0.83”




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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

MX14AM7: A novelty at Tucson Virtual 2021. Unusual fan-shaped growths on matrix of translucent, lustrous and deep pink Quartz crystals whose color is not due to inclusions of iron oxides but rather is inherent to the Quartz itself. The exact name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known with the passage of time.
Huancayo District, Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.4 × 2 cm = 1.22” × 0.94” × 0.79”




Quartz (variety rose quartz).
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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).
 

MF96AM7: A novelty at Tucson Virtual 2021. Unusual fan-shaped growths on matrix of translucent, lustrous and deep pink Quartz crystals whose color is not due to inclusions of iron oxides but rather is inherent to the Quartz itself. The exact name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known with the passage of time.
Huancayo District, Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 5 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.97” × 1.18” × 1.10”




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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

MM67AM7: A novelty at Tucson Virtual 2021. Unusual fan-shaped growths on matrix of translucent, lustrous and deep pink Quartz crystals whose color is not due to inclusions of iron oxides but rather is inherent to the Quartz itself. The exact name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known with the passage of time.
Huancayo District, Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.2 × 3.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.26” × 1.34”




Quartz (variety rose quartz). Quartz (variety rose quartz).
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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
Quartz (variety rose quartz). Quartz (variety rose quartz).
 

MQ86AM7: A novelty at Tucson Virtual 2021. Unusual fan-shaped growths on matrix of translucent, lustrous and deep pink Quartz crystals whose color is not due to inclusions of iron oxides but rather is inherent to the Quartz itself. The exact name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known with the passage of time.
Huancayo District, Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.6 × 3.1 cm = 2.87” × 2.20” × 1.22”




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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

EC96AM7: A novelty at Tucson Virtual 2021. Unusual fan-shaped growths on matrix of translucent, lustrous and deep pink Quartz crystals whose color is not due to inclusions of iron oxides but rather is inherent to the Quartz itself. The exact name of the mine is not yet known, but it will surely become known with the passage of time.
Huancayo District, Huancayo Province, Junín Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 7.2 × 2.6 cm = 3.39” × 2.83” × 1.02”




Quartz (variety rose quartz). Quartz (variety rose quartz).
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