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THE JORDI FABRE COLLECTION (DUPLICATES)
Jordi Fabre Texts: Jordi Fabre
Translation: Alfredo Petrov
Alfredo Petrov

 

Azurite
Azurite. Azurite.

Recorded under neon light
Azurite
 

JFD63AN9: Touissit is well known for its secondary lead minerals but is less known as a world class locality for copper secondaries, and yet I believe that some of its best azurites would be among the top ten azurites in the world. They tend to have good sharp crystals, like this one, and occasionally exhibit an excellent luster, as is also the case here. The size of the crystals is not very large, but they sit on a white matrix that gives a nice color contrast.
I bought it to the always precise and always affable Hmani Ali, at his home in Oujda.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (±1996)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.6 × 3.5 cm = 1.57” × 1.42” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.47”

Former collection of Jordi Fabre (duplicates)



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


BOB NOBLE THUMBNAIL COLLECTION

Fluorapatite with Cassiterite and Arsenopyrite
 

TTR14AN9: Group of translucent, lustrous, pale green tabular Fluorapatite crystals with twinned Cassiterite crystals and small Arsenopyrite crystals.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de Săo Francisco de Assis, Covilhă, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.3 × 2.5 cm = 1.02” × 0.91” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.51” × 0.28”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Bob Noble



Fluorapatite with Cassiterite and Arsenopyrite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Cassiterite and Arsenopyrite. Side
Side
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Beryl (variety goshenite) and Schorl
Beryl (variety goshenite) and Schorl. Front
Front
Beryl (variety goshenite) and Schorl. Side
Side
 

TYM10AN9: Group of Beryl crystals with excellent terminations, transparent, lustrous, colorless (goshenite variety) and with inclusions of acicular Schorl crystals.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2 × 1.7 × 2.1 cm = 0.79” × 0.67” × 0.83”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.63” × 0.20”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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Olmiite
 

TLF86AN9: Sheaf-like growth of Olmiite crystals with well defined faces and edges, with good luster and a pale brown color, on matrix.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2 × 2.1 cm = 1.06” × 0.79” × 0.83”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Former collection of Bob Noble



Olmiite. Front
Front
Olmiite. Front
Front
Olmiite. Side
Side
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Hematite
Hematite. Hematite.
 

TVR46AN9: Aggregate of lamellar crystals of lustrous Hematite, extraordinarily sharp and with very marked parallel growths.
We will send the specimen in its original Perky box from the R.J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.1 × 0.7 cm = 1.30” × 0.83” × 0.28”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2 cm = 0.94” × 0.79”

Former collection of Bob Noble



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Ferberite
 

TEL64AN9: Group of Ferberite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and outstanding, with sharp and lustrous crystal forms. It comes from a locality where few specimens of this quality have been seen.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Mount Chambillaya mining district, Quime, Inquisivi Province, La Paz Departament  Bolivia

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.4 × 1.3 cm = 1.14” × 0.94” × 0.51”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.83”

Former collection of Bob Noble



Ferberite. Ferberite.
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Cerussite with Malachite
Cerussite with Malachite. Front
Front
Cerussite with Malachite. Front
Front
Cerussite with Malachite. Side
Side
 

THM14AN9: Twinned crystals of Cerussite with very sharp, translucent and lustrous crystal forms. They are white in color and on matrix with Malachite.
We will ship the specimen in its original Perky box from the Robert J. Noble collection, which also contains the label.
Brown's Open Pit, Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Coomalie Shire, Northern Territory  Australia

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.98” × 0.83” × 0.63”

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

Former collection of Bob Noble

Minor fluorescence short UV



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USA

Franklinite with Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

MMX96AN9: Octahedral crystals of Franklinite with very sharp crystal forms and with the dominant octahedron beveled by the dodecahedron. One of the crystals is clearly dominant and very aerial on a Calcite matrix. We emphasize that the crystal, in addition to being very aerial and complete, is practically free of damage, something really unusual in this type of specimen.
To all this we must add that the specimen comes from the prestigious collections of John Kolic and Chester Lemanski.
East Limb Fill Quarry, Sterling Mine, Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Franklin mining district, Sussex County, New Jersey  USA (16/06/2004)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 2.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.17” × 1.06” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.34” × 1.18”

Calcite intense fluorescence long & short UV

Former collections of John Kolic and Chester Lemanski.



Franklinite with Calcite. Front
Front
Franklinite with Calcite. Side
Side
Franklinite with Calcite. Side
Side
Franklinite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
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SPAIN

Prehnite with Orthoclase
Prehnite with Orthoclase. Front
Front
Prehnite with Orthoclase. Rear
Rear
Prehnite with Orthoclase.

Recorded under neon light
 

NRA46AN9: Very aerial group of Prehnite crystals, of good size for the locality, with crystal forms that are unusually sharp for the species, between translucent and transparent, with good luster and a greenish yellow color, on an Orthoclase matrix, associated with crystals of the Clinozoisite-Epidote (Series)
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.7 × 3.2 cm = 2.13” × 1.85” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.39” × 0.35”




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Sphalerite with Siderite

Recorded under neon light
 

NVA13AN9: Twinned crystals of Sphalerite with very sharp and extraordinarily lustrous crystal forms, on a matrix covered by rhombohedral Siderite crystals. Very unusual for the locality.
This specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 775) 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 (2012)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.46” × 1.38” × 0.87”

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

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Sphalerite with Siderite. Sphalerite with Siderite.
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EUROPE (excl. Spain, Portugal and France)

Bismuth with Calcite
Bismuth with Calcite. Front
Front
Bismuth with Calcite. Top
Top
Bismuth with Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
 

MMB26AN9: Very aerial aggregate of sharp Bismuth crystals with very well marked parallel and skeletal growths, some of them doubly terminated, on matrix with Calcite. A superb European classic, of great quality and with the added benefit of being in matrix.
Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen  Germany

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.4 × 3.4 cm = 2.05” × 1.73” × 1.34”




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Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena, Calcite, Quartz and Dolomite

Recorded under neon light
 

NFX90AN9: Large pseudomorphs with a hexagonal outline of Pyrite after Pyrrhotite crystals, with coatings of complex white Calcite crystals, cubo-octahedral Galena crystals and small Quartz and Dolomite crystals. An old piece, since the mine is not currently producing this type of specimen with large Galena crystals.
Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District  Kosovo

Specimen size: 16 × 12.5 × 10.5 cm = 6.30” × 4.92” × 4.13”

Main crystal size: 9.3 × 6.8 cm = 3.66” × 2.68”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV



Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena, Calcite, Quartz and Dolomite. Front
Front
Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena, Calcite, Quartz and Dolomite. Side
Side
Pyrite after Pyrrhotite with Galena, Calcite, Quartz and Dolomite.
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MOROCCO

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

Recorded under neon light
 

EPP96AN9: Group of very sharp Gold crystals with the dominant forms of the octahedron in very stylized parallel growths, toothed and with distinct spinel-law twinning. 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 (09/2021)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 1.14” × 0.31” × 0.28”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.24” × 0.12”

With a copy of its analysis.

Weight: 4.8 grams



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Baryte with Pyrite inclusions

Recorded under neon light
 

NRT27AN9: Group of very sharp tabular Baryte crystals, transparent, with extraordinary luster and a uniform greenish color, and very rich in inclusions of small Pyrite crystals.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 878) whose label we will send to the buyer.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif Commune, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (±2019)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.9 × 4.5 cm = 2.52” × 1.54” × 1.77”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1 cm = 0.75” × 0.39”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Baryte with Pyrite inclusions. Front
Front
Baryte with Pyrite inclusions. Side
Side
Baryte with Pyrite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Pyrite inclusions.
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AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Smithsonite
Smithsonite. Smithsonite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TFB48AN9: Druse of small rhombohedral Smithsonite crystals that are very sharp, lustrous, and have a reddish color that is quite rare for Tsumeb specimens.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8.9 × 5.6 × 4.1 cm = 3.50” × 2.20” × 1.61”

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




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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Gold with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

MXJ57AN9: Arborescent growth of deformed Gold crystals with small Quartz matrix fragments. The specimen comes from a very recent find in a locality hitherto semi-unknown to collectors.
La Rinconada, Ananea District, San Antonio de Putina Province, Puno Departament  Peru (03/2021)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.83” × 0.71” × 0.47”




Gold with Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold with Quartz. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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CHINA

Beryl
Beryl. Front
Front
Beryl. Rear
Rear

Recorded under neon light
 

TFR29AN9: Single Beryl crystal with an unusual cylindrical habit, with a progressive narrowing in the lower part and a finely polycrystalline termination. It is transparent, lustrous, and with very distinct color zoning: pink in the middle, with greenish blue tones at the ends. Of the best possible quality for this deposit.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China

Specimen size: 5 × 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.97” × 0.55” × 0.55”




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Fluorite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

TFB76AN9: Group of Fluorite crystals with cubic habit and very well marked, transparent, lustrous polycrystalline growths, with shades between deep blue and violet and with intense geometric color zoning, on a matrix of small Quartz crystals. From a locality not well known for quality fluorites.
Jingbian Mine, Hengbu, Zongyang, Anqing Prefecture, Anhui Province  China

Specimen size: 5.9 × 5.8 × 2.9 cm = 2.32” × 2.28” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.83” × 0.79”

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
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Tobermorite (Group) with Datolite (variety bakerite)
Tobermorite (Group) with Datolite (variety bakerite). Front
Front
Tobermorite (Group) with Datolite (variety bakerite). Rear
Rear
Tobermorite (Group) with Datolite (variety bakerite).

Recorded under neon light
 

EFH96AN9: New for summer 2021: Tobermorite forms small, snow-white fibrous spheroidal coatings on translucent orange-pink spheroidal growths of Datolite (bakerite variety).
These specimens have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. To learn more about this species and the rest of the paragenesis discovered so far in this mine, it is essential to read the article 'Rare Borate Minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China' whose authors are César Menor-Salván, Berthold Ottens and Ed Richard, featured in Rock & Minerals magazine, September-October 2021, Volume 96, Number 5.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 2.01” × 1.57” × 0.98”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

EYZ11AN9: A novelty for the summer of 2021 and, in all likelihood, the best known for the species so far. Imayoshiite occurs in numerous very sharp crystals, with a tabular habit and hexagonal contour, transparent, very lustrous and between colorless and slightly yellow, occuring together with spheroidal growths of pinkish Bultfonteinite and with small white fibrous coatings of some Tobermorite group species, on Andradite matrix. These specimens have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. To learn more about this species and the rest of the paragenesis discovered so far in this mine, it is essential to read the article 'Rare Borate Minerals from the Shijiangshan-Shalonggou Deposits, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China' whose authors are César Menor-Salván, Berthold Ottens and Ed Richard, featured in Rock & Minerals magazine, September-October 2021, Volume 96, Number 5.
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (15/07/2021)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.2 × 3.5 cm = 1.85” × 1.26” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.31” × 0.16”




Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Imayoshiite with Tobermorite (Group) and Calcite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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