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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


MOROCCO

Malachite
Malachite. Malachite.
 

TM66AN0: Druse of elongated primary Malachite crystals (not pseudomorphs), some of them doubly terminated, with good terminations, on matrix.
El Fecht prospects, El Fecht, Oumjrane, Tinghir Province, DrÔa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.4 × 2.7 cm = 2.05” × 1.73” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.2 cm = 0.35” × 0.08”




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Calcite with Siderite
 

TA86AN0: Parallel growths of white lenticular crystals of Calcite, translucent, with good luster and a white color, which formed on a group of rhombohedral lenticular crystals of Siderite. It comes from a mine from which few specimens have been seen.
Iouriren Mine (AGM Mine), Akka, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Souss-Massa Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.1 × 4.4 cm = 2.80” × 2.40” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 1.1 cm = 1.61” × 0.43”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Calcite with Siderite. Front
Front
Calcite with Siderite. Side
Side
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Quartz with Siderite and Gypsum
Quartz with Siderite and Gypsum. Quartz with Siderite and Gypsum.
 

AT12AN0: Quartz crystal, transparent and with inclusions, extraordinarily lustrous, on a matrix of rhombohedral Siderite crystals with small coatings of Gypsum. From a very little known locality.
Tazoult NÔra deposit, Jebel Boutaraf, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, DrÔa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1999)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.3 × 4 cm = 2.52” × 1.30” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.1 cm = 1.02” × 0.43”




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Quartz with Siderite and Gypsum
 

AM14AN0: Two Quartz crystals, one of them partially doubly terminated, transparent and with inclusions, extraordinarily lustrous, on a matrix of rhombohedral Siderite crystals with small coatings of Gypsum. From a very little known locality.
Tazoult NÔra deposit, Jebel Boutaraf, Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, DrÔa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1999)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.4 × 3.4 cm = 2.20” × 1.34” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.34” × 0.55”




Quartz with Siderite and Gypsum. Quartz with Siderite and Gypsum.
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Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite
Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite. Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite.
Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite. Acanthite with Chlorargyrite and Proustite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TX89AN0: Acanthite crystals on matrix, very sharp, with coatings in some areas of yellow Chlorargyrite of good size and filamentous appearance. Proustite is also present and in general the specimen is notable both for the definition of the Acanthite crystals and for the fact that they are on a rock matrix, which is very rare in this deposit.
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, DrÔa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2020)

Specimen size: 14.2 × 10.3 × 5 cm = 5.59” × 4.06” × 1.97”

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




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Gold (spinel twin)
 

TZ86AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Group of elongated and flattened Gold crystals, with parallel growths and twinned according to the spinel law. The 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 × 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.47” × 0.24” × 0.12”

Weight: 1.1 gramos



Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
 

TQ97AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Very aerial group of elongated and flattened leafy growths of Gold, with very sharp parallel growths. The 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: 2.3 × 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.91” × 0.39” × 0.20”

Weight: 1.4 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

TB98AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Very aerial and elongated group of Gold crystals with excellent crystallization, with the dominant crystal forms being the dodecahedron and the octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths and with sharp spinel-law twins. The 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: 1.9 × 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.75” × 0.16” × 0.12”

Weight; 0.6 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn

Recorded under LED light
 

TE91AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Very aerial and elongated group of Gold crystals with excellent crystallization, dominated by crystal forms of the dodecahedron and octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, with sharp spinel-law twins. The 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 × 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.79” × 0.28” × 0.12”

Weight: 1.0 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

TM71AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Very aerial and elongated group of Gold crystals with excellent crystallization, dominated by crystal forms of the dodecahedron and octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, with sharp spinel-law twins. The 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: 2.1 × 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.83” × 0.16” × 0.16”

Weight: 0.8 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front
Front
Gold (spinel twin). Rear
Rear
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn

Recorded under LED light
 

TV98AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Very aerial and elongated group of Gold crystals with excellent crystallization, dominated by crystal forms of the dodecahedron and octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, with sharp spinel-law twins. The 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: 2.2 × 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.87” × 0.12” × 0.12”

Weight: 0.5 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

TD94AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Very aerial and elongated group of Gold crystals with excellent crystallization, dominated by crystal forms of the dodecahedron and octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, with sharp spinel-law twins. The 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: 2.3 × 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.91” × 0.24” × 0.12”

Weight: 1.2 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
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Gold (spinel twin)
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn

Recorded under LED light
 

TB37AN0: These elegant Golds were found for the first time in 2020. Very aerial and elongated group of Gold crystals with excellent crystallization, dominated by crystal forms of the dodecahedron and octahedron in highly stylized parallel growths, with sharp spinel-law twins. The 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: 3.8 × 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 1.50” × 0.20” × 0.16”

Weight: 2.8 grams



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Gold (spinel twin)

Recorded under LED light
 

TX67AN0: These elegant Golds were first found in 2020. This specimen is different from others of the same find, but it also has excellent crystallization, the dominant crystal forms being the dodecahedron and octahedron, with a sharp spinel-law twin. The 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: 1.5 × 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.59” × 0.39” × 0.35”

Weight: 3.7 grams



Gold (spinel twin). Front
Front
Gold (spinel twin). Rear
Rear
Gold (spinel twin). Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Front / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Gold (spinel twin). Rear  / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
Rear / Photo: Joaquim CallÚn
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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Andorite with Zinkenite
Andorite with Zinkenite. Andorite with Zinkenite.
Andorite with Zinkenite  

ND56AN0: Parallel growth of flattened Andorite crystals, very sharp, with good luster, and partially covered by acicular Zinkenite crystals.
The specimen comes from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection (number AND-7), whose catalogue card we will send to the buyer.
San JosÚ Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department  Bolivia

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.5 × 0.8 cm = 1.26” × 0.98” × 0.31”

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



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Quartz (variety rose quartz)
 

MP17AN0: Original fan-shaped growths on matrix of translucent, lustrous and pink Quartz crystals, the color of which is not due to inclusions of iron oxides but is their natural color. The precise name of the mine is not yet known, but will surely become known with the passage of time.
Huancayo District, Huancayo Province, JunÝn Department  Peru (2020)

Specimen size: 16.5 × 13.4 × 6.3 cm = 6.50” × 5.28” × 2.48”

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




Quartz (variety rose quartz). Quartz (variety rose quartz).
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ASIA (excl. China)

Zunyite with Hematite
Zunyite with Hematite. Front
Front
Zunyite with Hematite. Rear
Rear
 

MM88AN0: Floater crystal of Zunyite, a rare aluminum sorosilicate-fluoride, tetrahedral and beveled by cube faces, of good size, has very well defined and smooth faces and a color between reddish and dark brown. With lamellar inclusions of Hematite, which makes it different from the first Zunyites from Iran that came to the world of collecting at Munich 2018.
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province  Iran (07/2019)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.2 × 1.9 cm = 0.91” × 0.87” × 0.75”




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