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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (formerly curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre (Fabre Minerals) Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White

 

 

When Jordi offered me a corner on his web page to publish photos of the pieces that I choose I found it an excellent idea. It goes without saying that the project made me very enthusiastic immediately.

It is my intention to show, through my photographs, my point of view of the beauty of minerals, and I hope to add to that a point of charm, that touch of magic that minerals awaken in all those who view them with delight and admiration.

Joaquim Callén

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Cerussite on Goethite  

 

 


Recorded under neon light
Cerussite on Goethite
 
Cerussite on Goethite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Cerussite on Goethite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

NRF89AN8
Cyclic twins of second generation yellowish white tabular crystals of Cerussite, with very sharp and translucent crystal forms that contrast with the Goethite matrix that presents low iridescence with mostly reddish brown colors.
This specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 822), whose label we will send to the buyer.

San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia
Spain

±1995

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez

Specimen size: 12 × 7.3 × 8.5 cm = 4.72” × 2.87” × 3.35”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”

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  Goethite

Peyrebrune Mine, Peyrebrune area, Montredon-Labessonnié, Le Haut Dadou, Castres, Tarn, Occitanie
France

±1975

Specimen size: 12 × 8.8 × 6.3 cm = 4.72” × 3.46” × 2.48”

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Goethite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Goethite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Goethite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Goethite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

EFX99AN8
Very aerial botryoidal growth of brilliant greyish Goethite. Excellent for this locality, being from the Peyrebrune mine itself, from which not many Goethites as remarkable as this one are known.

 

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Goethite

Bournonite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite  

 

 


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Bournonite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite
 
Bournonite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Bournonite with Pyrite, Sphalerite and Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

MRM73AN8
Twinned Bournonite crystal, isolated, very aerial and large, shiny and on matrix, with complex Pyrite crystals, twinned Sphalerite crystals and small white Calcite crystals. This specimen, from a recent find, recalls the classic bournonites found in the mine in the past. It has been tested that the Bournonite crystal was not mechanically bound to the matrix, corroborating the nature of the specimen.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragénesis’, number 01/2022, page 74 and published in the Bulletin ‘MiniBul A.G.A.B.’ on page 83 of number 3/2022

Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District
Kosovo

03/2020

Specimen size: 11.2 × 9.1 × 7.7 cm = 4.41” × 3.58” × 3.03”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.91”

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