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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


BOB NOBLE THUMBNAIL COLLECTION

Hematite
Hematite. Hematite.
 

MJ6AM8: Floater group of outlined thin platy Hematite crystals, with very marked parallel growths, hopper growths on some faces and extraordinarily brilliant surfaces.
We will send the buyer the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.06” × 0.91” × 0.24”

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

Former collection of Bob Noble



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Pyrite
 

MP12AM8: Very aerial group on matrix of Pyrite crystals with cubic habit, with iridescence and very bright luster.
We will send the buyer the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Roger Quarries, João Pessoa, Paraíba  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.2 × 1.8 × 1.4 cm = 1.26” × 0.71” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.08” × 0.04”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Pyrite. Pyrite.
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Stellerite
Stellerite. Stellerite.
 

MV13AM8: Floater aggregate with a sheaf-like habit of Stellerite crystals with sharp crystal forms, translucent, white in color and with a pearly luster.
We will send the buyer the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra  India

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 1.9 cm = 1.18” × 0.87” × 0.75”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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SPAIN

Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte and Fluorite
 

RA13AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix and with crystalline Baryte and Fluorite. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.55” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV



Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte and Fluorite.
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Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte and Fluorite
Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte and Fluorite.
 

RB13AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix, with crystalline Baryte and Fluorite. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.1 × 1.2 cm = 1.18” × 0.83” × 0.47”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1 cm = 0.71” × 0.39”

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV



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Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Fluorite and Baryte
 

RX26AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix, with crystalline Baryte and Fluorite. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.1 × 1.4 cm = 1.22” × 0.83” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.31” × 0.24”

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV



Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Fluorite and Baryte. Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Fluorite and Baryte.
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Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte and Fluorite
Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte and Fluorite.
 

RV6AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix, with crystalline Baryte and Fluorite. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 1.06” × 0.83” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 0.63” × 0.43”

Fluorite fluorescent long & short UV



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Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Baryte, Fluorite and Galena
 

RD36AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix, with Baryte and very small crystals of Fluorite and small crystals of Cerussite associated with Galena. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy with the peculiarity of the presence of Cerussite that did not usually appear in this deposit and associated with chillagite.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.1 × 2.7 cm = 1.97” × 1.22” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.6 cm = 0.71” × 0.63”

Fluorite and Cerussite fluorescent long & short UV



Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Baryte, Fluorite and Galena. Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Baryte, Fluorite and Galena.
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Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Galena and Baryte
Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Galena and Baryte. Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Galena and Baryte.
 

RA56AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix, with Baryte, Fluorite and small crystals of Cerussite associated with Galena. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy with the peculiarity of the presence of Cerussite that did not usually appear in this deposit associated with chillagite.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.6 × 1.8 cm = 2.52” × 1.42” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.87” × 0.35”

Fluorite and Cerussite fluorescent long & short UV



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Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte, Fluorite, Cerussite and Galena
 

RP26AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix, with Baryte and very small crystals of Fluorite and small crystals of Cerussite associated with Galena. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy with the peculiarity of the presence of Cerussite that did not usually appear in this deposit associated with chillagite.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 5.5 × 3.9 cm = 3.11” × 2.17” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.39” × 0.20”

Fluorite and Cerussite fluorescent long & short UV



Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte, Fluorite, Cerussite and Galena. Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Baryte, Fluorite, Cerussite and Galena.
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Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Baryte and Galena
Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Baryte and Galena. Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with Cerussite, Baryte and Galena.
 

RQ46AM8: Deformed lamellar crystals of Wulfenite (variety chillagite) with a light cream color. On matrix, with Baryte, Fluorite and small crystals of Cerussite associated with Galena. A historical classic of Spanish mineralogy with the peculiarity of the presence of Cerussite that did not usually appear in this deposit associated with chillagite.
Teresita Mine, Can Donadeu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Comarca Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain (±1955)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4.9 × 4.3 cm = 3.43” × 1.93” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.39” × 0.08”

Fluorite and Cerussite fluorescent long & short UV



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Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite  

NV27AM8: Polycrystalline growth of complex shapes, with defined edges and faces and with fine curvatures, transparent, very lustrous and with a very deep and uniform toasted honey color. On matrix, with white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals. The specimen comes from small artisanal finds in the mine after its closure. There is currently no access to the galleries.
The specimen comes from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection (number BLD-7) whose catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4 × 3 cm = 2.17” × 1.57” × 1.18”

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




Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.
Sphalerite with Dolomite.
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SPANISH FLUORITE

Fluorite with inclusions
Fluorite with inclusions. Fluorite with inclusions.
Fluorite with inclusions.
 

NA11AM8: Very aerial group of transparent and lustrous Fluorite crystals, with an intense and uniform yellow color and rich in sulfide inclusions oriented along the edges, and with geometric zoning that becomes more evident with ultraviolet light since some zones are very fluorescent.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (1995)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 4.6 × 4.4 cm = 2.99” × 1.81” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.24” × 0.20”

Intense zoned fluorescence long & short UV



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PORTUGAL

Siderite with Quartz
 

NW27AM8: Group of transparent Quartz crystals partially covered by tabular Siderite crystals, with a light cream color and high quality.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1999)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 6.8 × 4.6 cm = 4.13” × 2.68” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 10.5 × 3.4 cm = 4.13” × 1.34”




Siderite with Quartz. Front
Front
Siderite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
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Siderite with Fluorapatite and Mica
Siderite with Fluorapatite and Mica. Siderite with Fluorapatite and Mica.
 

NR16AM8: Two generations of Siderite crystals, a first with large, tabular crystals, and a second generation of small, lenticular crystals, with a color between brown and cream, with small tabular Fluorapatite crystals and groups of lamellar Muscovite crystals.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2000)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 8.3 × 4.7 cm = 5.04” × 3.27” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 5 × 4.8 cm = 1.97” × 1.89”




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Fluorapatite with Quartz and Siderite
 

NY87AM8: Transparent Quartz crystal partially covered by very elongated prismatic Fluorapatite crystals, many of them doubly terminated, with a light yellow color, and with lenticular crystals of Siderite.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1999)

Specimen size: 19.9 × 5.5 × 5 cm = 7.83” × 2.17” × 1.97”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorapatite with Quartz and Siderite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Siderite. Rear
Rear
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Siderite.
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Siderite on Quartz with Pyrite
Siderite on Quartz with Pyrite. Siderite on Quartz with Pyrite.
Siderite on Quartz with Pyrite.

Recorded under neon light
 

NE94AM8: Large quartz crystal partially covered by groups of rhombohedral Siderite crystals with polycrystalline growths, with a light cream color and small Pyrite crystals. Monumental.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2000)

Specimen size: 23.7 × 12.4 × 8.1 cm = 9.33” × 4.88” × 3.19”




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FRANCE

Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite

Recorded under neon light
 

TQ66AM8: Group of complex Sphalerite crystals, transparent (with back lighting) and lustrous, with an intense color, on a matrix of white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals and small lenticular crystals of light cream colored Siderite. A great French classic with a crystal size bigger than usual in this deposit and with the isolated crystals appearing in very good contrast with the white Dolomite crystals.
La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Matheysine-Trièves, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1980)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.2 × 4.4 cm = 3.86” × 2.83” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 1.46” × 1.30”




Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail with light behind / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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