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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

 

 

Chronicle of the Sainte
Marie Virtual 2021

 

 



Ste. Marie atmosphere - Ste. Marie 2015
A group of FMF friends at the stairs of the Theater - Ste. Marie 2013
Wildlife in Ste. Marie 2011
Ste. Marie atmosphere
- Ste. Marie 2015
A group of FMF friends at
the stairs of the Theater - Ste. Marie 2013
Wildlife in Ste. Marie 2011

SPAIN


The storms coming - Ste. Marie 2011
We shall not live by minerals alone - Ste. Marie 2009
From the stairs of the Theater - Ste. Marie 2014
Bryan Swoboda doing the clown - Ste. Marie 2017
The storms coming
- Ste. Marie 2011
We shall not live
by minerals alone
- Ste. Marie 2009
From the stairs of the Theater - Ste. Marie 2014 Bryan Swoboda
doing the clown
- Ste. Marie 2017


Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite  

NT10AN2: Group of Pyromorphite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and rich in pyramidal faces and with hopper terminations, translucent, with bright luster and a uniform yellow-green color.
The specimen is extraordinary for the locality, which is very little known to collectors. It comes from the collection of Ignacio Gaspar Sintes, who field collected it and whose label we will send to the buyer.
Fajano Mine, Villamayor de Calatrava, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (07/2008)

Specimen size: 1.3 × 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.51” × 0.51” × 0.39”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



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Calcite after Gypsum
 

NC59AN2: Rosette aggregate of Calcite pseudomorphs after Gypsum crystals, translucent, with a certain luster and a uniform creamy white color. The specimen comes from a recent find in an area where we were not previously aware of the presence of these curious pseudomorphs. A rarity.
De Los Cazadores Ravine, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Comarca Área metropolitana de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (09/2020)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4 × 4.1 cm = 1.85” × 1.57” × 1.61”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Calcite after Gypsum.
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Calcite after Gypsum
Calcite after Gypsum.
 

NL11AN2: Rosette aggregate of Calcite pseudomorphs after Gypsum crystals, translucent, with a certain luster and a uniform creamy white color. The specimen comes from a recent find in an area where we were not previously aware of the presence of these curious pseudomorphs. A rarity.
De Los Cazadores Ravine, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Comarca Área metropolitana de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (09/2020)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 6 × 4.9 cm = 2.99” × 2.36” × 1.93”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Siderite

Recorded under LED light
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Siderite
 

NA70AN2: Druse of Quartz crystals (amethyst variety) with a very short prism, translucent, with good luster and a pale magenta-violet color, partially covered by small groups of Siderite crystals.
This piece comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 603) whose label we will send to the buyer. Of exceptional quality for the locality.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 19.4 × 13.4 × 7.8 cm = 7.64” × 5.28” × 3.07”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.18” × 1.10”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Quartz (variety amethyst) with Siderite. Quartz (variety amethyst) with Siderite.
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A village and a Show - Ste. Marie 2011
Unpacking and unpacking - Ste. Marie 2013
Bearded Jordi at Ste. Marie 1991
A village and a Show
- Ste. Marie 2011
Unpacking and unpacking
- Ste. Marie 2013
Bearded Jordi
at Ste. Marie 1991

SPANISH FLUORITE


A long history of mining - Ste. Marie 2006
Relax and flowers - Ste. Marie 2006
Local media - Ste. Marie 2006
Downloading the car at Ste. Marie 2006
A long history of mining
- Ste. Marie 2006
Relax and flowers - Ste. Marie 2006 Local media - Ste. Marie 2006 Downloading the car
at Ste. Marie 2006


Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.
 

NT67AN2: Fluorite crystals with cube shapes clearly bevelled by the dodecahedron, very transparent and lustrous, almost colorless, with slightly violet tones and on Quartz matrix.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.28” × 2.09” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.47” × 0.31”




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Fluorite
Fluorite  

NC27AN2: Group of very sharp Fluorite crystals, transparent, with bright luster and bluish and violet tones that form geometric color zoning showing different growth phases.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 290) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Jaimina Mine, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Trechorio, Carrales, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2008)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 5.1 × 4.3 cm = 2.01” × 2.01” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 0.98” × 0.87”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Fluorite. Fluorite.
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Hot Show - Ste. Marie 2017
Historic pool of Ste. Marie opened at 1903
A large lump of mineral embedded in a house - Ste. Marie 2012
Hot Show - Ste. Marie 2017 Historic pool of Ste. Marie
opened at 1903
A large lump of mineral
embedded in a house
- Ste. Marie 2012

PORTUGAL


Symbols of a past mining splendor - Ste. Marie 2011
A meeting point from always - Ste. Marie 2006
Looking at the 2008 Soccer World Cup final
BlueCap Productions and Christophe Gobin - Ste. Marie 2015
Symbols of a past
mining splendor
- Ste. Marie 2011
A meeting point from always
- Ste. Marie 2006
Looking at the 2008
Soccer World Cup final
BlueCap Productions
and Christophe Gobin
- Ste. Marie 2015


Arsenopyrite-Marcasite with Siderite and Muscovite
Arsenopyrite-Marcasite with Siderite and Muscovite. Arsenopyrite-Marcasite with Siderite and Muscovite.
 

NF47AN2: Fan-shaped aggregates of crystals formed by a first phase of Arsenopyrite with a metallic gray color, followed by a second phase with very sharp crystals of Arsenopyrite-Marcasite with the typical “cockscomb” habit. With lenticular crystals of Siderite of light cream color and leafy aggregates of Muscovite crystals.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1999)

Specimen size: 13.4 × 8.8 × 3 cm = 5.28” × 3.46” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.6 cm = 1.18” × 1.02”




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Jim Spann and Mike Rumsey enjoying the life - Ste. Marie 2017
Nick Carruth standing, Neil Hubbard sitting. Both English - Ste. Marie 2014
Belgium team - Ste. Marie 2018
Jim Spann and Mike
Rumsey enjoying the life
- Ste. Marie 2017
Nick Carruth standing,
Neil Hubbard sitting. Both English
- Ste. Marie 2014
Belgium team - Ste. Marie 2018

EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and France)


Julia and Umberto Riggi - Ste. Marie 2005
Joaquim and Eloïsa Callén with the Jungle Buyer team - Ste. Marie 2014
Paul Stahl: power to the rocks - Ste. Marie 2004
Gail Spann and Ian Jones - Ste. Marie 2017
Julia and Umberto Riggi
- Ste. Marie 2005
Joaquim and Eloïsa Callén with the
Jungle Buyer team - Ste. Marie 2014
Paul Stahl: power to the rocks
- Ste. Marie 2004
Gail Spann and Ian Jones
- Ste. Marie 2017


Chalcopyrite with Siderite and Dolomite
 

TV11AN2: Twinned Chalcopyrite crystals, shiny, with very sharp crystal forms, with strong curvatures on faces and edges, on matrix. With tabular crystals of Siderite of light cream color and white crystals of Dolomite.
Vereinigung Mine, Katzwinkel, Altenkirchen (Westerwald), Siegerland, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz  Germany

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.26” × 0.91” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.28” × 0.24”

Former collection of Guenter Grundmann



Chalcopyrite with Siderite and Dolomite. Front
Front
Chalcopyrite with Siderite and Dolomite. Side
Side
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Turkey

Smithsonite
Smithsonite.
 

TFA86AN2: A novelty from Turkey. Botryoidal Smithsonite growths, translucent, lustrous and with remnants of rock matrix. The specimen comes from a find in 2020 at a locality not known until now in the world of collecting for quality Smithsonites.
The specimen has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Aladağ Mine, Zamanti River area, Denizovasi, Yahyalı District, Kayseri Province, Central Anatolia Region  Turkey (2020)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 6.2 × 3.5 cm = 3.35” × 2.44” × 1.38”




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