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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

 

 

 


In the foreground another historic GMC perrsonality, Xavier Thomas

The GMC stand is always very busy,with its mineral magazines and all kinds of information about its activities: excursions, shows, conferences, mineral swap events, etc...

During several Expominer shows, Chinese dealers were a constant, despite the distance

In this matter of mineral observation, macro is not always enough, but sometimes a loupe is required to see tiny minerals, which are often equally or even more interesting than the macrominerals


AFRICA (excl. Morocco)

Zoisite (variety tanzanite)
Zoisite (variety tanzanite). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Zoisite (variety tanzanite). Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Top / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Zoisite (variety tanzanite). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

MFB26AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Zoisite crystal (tanzanite variety) with very well defined faces and edges, very transparent and lustrous terminations, gem quality, and an excellent intense blue color with violet shades. The transition between the dichroic tones of the crystal indicates that it has not suffered heat treatment.
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region  Tanzania (2019-2022)

Specimen size: 4 × 1.9 × 0.8 cm = 1.57” × 0.75” × 0.31”

Weight: 11.5 grams



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Dioptase on Plancheite

Recorded under neon light
 

MLT47AP3: Group of Dioptase crystals, most of them doubly terminated, more elongated than usual in the species, and extraordinarily lustrous, on matrix, with deep blue Plancheite. The specimen comes from a very little known locality.
The Plancheite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Ngouedi mission village, Loutete, Mouyondzi District, Bouenza Department  Republic of the Congo (2022)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.2 × 2.4 cm = 2.28” × 1.26” × 0.94”

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

With analysis copy



Dioptase on Plancheite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Dioptase on Plancheite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Dioptase on Plancheite
Dioptase on Plancheite. Dioptase on Plancheite.

Recorded under neon light
 

MAL28AP3: Doubly terminated crystal of Dioptase more elongated than usual for the species, translucent and extraordinarily lustrous, on matrix, with deep blue Plancheite. The specimen comes from a little known deposit.
The Plancheite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Ngouedi mission village, Loutete, Mouyondzi District, Bouenza Department  Republic of the Congo (2022)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.2 × 2.2 cm = 2.36” × 1.26” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.71” × 0.28”

With analysis copy

€320 / US$330 / ¥46350 / AUD$493

Reservado
Dioptase on Plancheite

Recorded under neon light
 

MFB98AP3: Group of Dioptase crystals, most of them doubly terminated, more elongated than usual in the species and extraordinarily lustrous, on matrix, with deep blue Plancheite. The specimen comes from a very little known locality.
The Plancheite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Ngouedi mission village, Loutete, Mouyondzi District, Bouenza Department  Republic of the Congo (2022)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.6 × 3.2 cm = 1.46” × 1.42” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.9 cm = 0.63” × 0.35”

With analysis copy



Dioptase on Plancheite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Dioptase on Plancheite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Dioptase with Quartz and Cerussite
Dioptase with Quartz and Cerussite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Dioptase with Quartz and Cerussite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Dioptase with Quartz and Cerussite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Dioptase with Quartz and Cerussite. Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Foto: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

MFB86AP3: Dioptase crystals, in groups and isolated, some of them doubly terminated, very lustrous and in matrix, on slightly smoky Quartz crystals and partially covered by brown Cerussite crystals, distinctive of the locality.
M'Fouati, M'Fouati District, Bouenza Department  Republic of the Congo (2022)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.2 × 4.8 cm = 2.91” × 2.05” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.5 cm = 0.43” × 0.20”




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Dioptase with Plancheite

Recorded under neon light
 

MLT67AP3: Group of Dioptase crystals, some of them doubly terminated and large, on matrix, with bright blue Plancheite. The specimen comes from a very little known locality.
The Plancheite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Ngouedi mission village, Loutete, Mouyondzi District, Bouenza Department  Republic of the Congo (2022)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.8 × 2.9 cm = 3.74” × 2.28” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 1.6 cm = 1.50” × 0.63”

With analysis copy



Dioptase with Plancheite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Dioptase with Plancheite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz
Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Dioptase with Plancheite and Quartz. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

MJK97AP3: Dioptase crystals, isolated or in small groups, more elongated than usual in the species and many of them doubly terminated, extraordinarily lustrous and on matrix. On Quartz and associated with Plancheite. The specimen comes from a very little known locality.
The Plancheite has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Ngouedi mission village, Loutete, Mouyondzi District, Bouenza Department  Republic of the Congo (2022)

Specimen size: 21 × 10.2 × 5.2 cm = 8.27” × 4.02” × 2.05”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.2 cm = 0.43” × 0.08”




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Juan Maria Pérez Samper, camera in hand. A regular at mineral shows who year after year shares on forums and social media

One of the workshops organized by the GMC that never fails is the observation of minerals through the binocular microscope. Here we see Joan Manuel giving instruction and guidance on the observation of microminerals through the scope

Aim the lens up, aim down, it seems impossible to retain everything in the memory, whether it be in the brain or on the memory card of the camera

Two generations of one of the classics. Enrique Kucera and Griselda Kucera from Natura Kucera. Many years of dedication


BRAZIL

Zanazziite on Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

EBP66AP3: Spheroidal aggregates of Zanazziite microcrystals with a greenish brown color on a group of Quartz crystals (pink quartz variety) that has grown on an isolated crystal of white Quartz.
This specimen comes from the type locality for the species.
Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.81” × 1.02” × 0.63”

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

Type locality

With analysis copy



Zanazziite on Quartz. Zanazziite on Quartz.
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Ludlamite
Ludlamite. Ludlamite.

Recorded under neon light
 

MFT69AP3: Group of very sharp Ludlamite crystals which are large for the species, some of them doubly terminated, with parallel growths, translucent, with bright luster and a very deep dark color, in a limonite matrix.
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Cabeça do Cachorro area, Amazonas  Brazil

Specimen size: 4 × 3.9 × 2.6 cm = 1.57” × 1.54” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.55” × 0.39”




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Beryl (variety morganite)

Recorded under neon light
 

TFA99AP3: Beryl crystal (morganite variety) with a hexagonal profile etched in some parts by natural dissolution channels. The crystal is between transparent and translucent, with concentric geometric color zoning and good luster. An old Brazilian classic.
Urucum Mine, Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.48” × 2.05” × 1.54”




Beryl (variety morganite). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety morganite). Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety morganite). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Minerals, the true protagonists of a mineral show, are capable of attracting very diverse people, but with a common denominator: they provoke happiness. It is enough to observe the expression of the protagonist of this photo…

Temporary exhibit of bibliography related to minerals, mines, etc. The long-awaited Bocamina magazine edited by the Grupo Mineralogista de Madrid stands out, with Gonzalo García at the helm

Exhibition of mineral photos, the work of a master, Joaquim Callén.

For a mineral show to work, the minerals themselves are needed which, together with the mineral collectors, make the perfect pairing. God creates them and then they get together. In the image, two regulars at the mineral shows, Jordi Gil and Andrés Jiménez, chatting about a piece


SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
 

MJR98AP3: Elongated alluvial Gold nugget with rounded edges but still retaining part of the original crystal forms. The specimen comes from one of the most classic localities for the species.
Chocó River, Antioquia Department  Colombia

Specimen size: 1.2 × 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.47” × 0.24” × 0.16”

Weight: 1 gram



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Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz and Pyrite

Recorded under neon light
 

MFX87AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Group of Beryl crystals (emerald variety) with very sharp crystal forms, good terminations, transparent, with good luster and a very vivid, deep and uniform color. With Pyrite crystals on the back and small Quartz coatings.
Chivor mining district, Los Topos gallery, Municipio Chivor, Eastern Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2019)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.2 × 2 cm = 1.38” × 0.87” × 0.79”

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




Beryl (variety emerald) with Quartz and Pyrite.
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Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald). Beryl (variety emerald).

Recorded under neon light
 

MLR73AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Group of Beryl crystals (emerald variety) with very sharp crystal forms, good terminations, transparent, with good luster and an intense color, on matrix.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2022)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.46” × 1.02” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.55” × 0.16”


€860 / US$887 / ¥124570 / AUD$1326

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Beryl (variety emerald)

Recorded under neon light
 

MMZ26AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Beryl crystals (emerald variety) with very sharp crystal forms and very marked parallel growth, with good terminations, transparent, great luster and a very vivid, deep and uniform color.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2022)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 0.7 × 0.7 cm = 0.67” × 0.28” × 0.28”




Beryl (variety emerald). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety emerald). Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald). Beryl (variety emerald).

Recorded under neon light
 

MLF91AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Two Beryl crystals (emerald variety) on matrix, with very sharp crystal forms and good terminations, transparent, with great luster and a very deep and uniform vivid color.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2022)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2 × 1.6 cm = 1.02” × 0.79” × 0.63”

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




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Beryl (variety emerald)

Recorded under neon light
 

MLF46AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Beryl crystal (emerald variety) isolated on matrix, with very sharp crystal forms and good terminations in which, apart from the dominant pinacoid, pyramidal faces are present too. This transparent and very lustrous crystal exhibits a very vivid, deep and uniform color.
Muzo mining district, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2022)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.34” × 0.98” × 0.71”

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




Beryl (variety emerald). Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Beryl (variety emerald). Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite
Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
 

MFF96AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Beryl crystal (emerald variety) isolated on matrix, with the Calcite crystals that are typical of the locality, with very sharp crystal forms and good terminations in which, apart from the dominant pinacoid, pyramidal faces appear too. The crystal, transparent and very lustrous, shows a very vivid, deep and uniform color.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2022)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 1.14” × 0.91” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.24”




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Beryl (variety emerald)

Recorded under neon light
 

MLA27AP3: Obtained at Munich 2022
Beryl crystal (emerald variety) isolated on matrix, with the Calcite crystals that are typical of the locality, with very sharp crystal forms and good terminations in which, apart from the dominant pinacoid, pyramidal faces appear too. The crystal, transparent and very lustrous, shows a very vivid, deep and uniform color.
Muzo mining district, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (2022)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3 × 3.9 cm = 2.20” × 1.18” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.63” × 0.16”




Beryl (variety emerald). Beryl (variety emerald).
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Pyrite with Quartz
Pyrite with Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrite with Quartz. Side
Side
Pyrite with Quartz.

Recorded under neon light
 

TMX87AP3: Druse of Pyrite crystals with a cubic shape but very rich in smaller crystal forms too. The crystals, shiny and aerial, have natural unaltered fine fissures and are partially covered by small white crystals of Quartz.
Mundo Nuevo mining area, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department  Peru

Specimen size: 10 × 8 × 3.7 cm = 3.94” × 3.15” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.10” × 1.02”




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When one has already spent a lifetime dedicated to collecting minerals, it is not an easy task to find that desired piece, as with Andrés Jiménez, who has to look at boxes and boxes and more boxes to find -if it appears at all- that piece that fits into the collection

Joaquim Callén receiving recognition for his entire professional career in the field of mineral photography

Another of the magical fountains of Montjuïc, in this case "dressed" in ocher with a turquoise base, at night in Barcelona. An emblematic place where beautiful stories have been experienced

The imposing Montjuïc Palace that crowns Maria Cristina Avenue, one of the emblems of the city of Barcelona and -of course- of Expominer


CHINA

Cassiterite with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

EFR97AP3: Twinned Cassiterite crystal, very aerial on matrix, with very sharp crystal forms, between transparent and translucent, with very bright luster and with color zoning, denser in the center of the crystal.
Amo deposit, Ximeng, Pu'er Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.42” × 0.94” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.71” × 0.59”




Cassiterite with Quartz. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Quartz. Side
Side
Cassiterite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
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Cassiterite with Muscovite
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Cassiterite with Muscovite.

Recorded under neon light
 

EBX49AP3: Polycrystalline aggregate of twinned Cassiterite crystals, with very sharp crystal forms, extraordinarily lustrous and with a deep black color, on a matrix of very sharp lamellar Muscovite crystals.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 6 × 4.4 × 3.1 cm = 2.36” × 1.73” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 2.5 cm = 1.61” × 0.98”




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Scheelite with Muscovite

Recorded under neon light
 

BRB94AP3: Parallel polycrystalline growth of octahedral Scheelite crystals, translucent, very lustrous and a very vivid orange, on matrix.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (1996)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 5 × 3.4 cm = 2.64” × 1.97” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.55” × 0.39”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV



Scheelite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Muscovite. Side
Side
Scheelite with Muscovite.
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Scheelite with Albite
Scheelite with Albite. Front
Front
Scheelite with Albite. Side
Side

Recorded under neon light
 

TFR53AP3: Group of dipyramidal Scheelite crystals of good size, translucent and deep orange, in an Albite matrix.
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China

Specimen size: 9.1 × 6.4 × 3.6 cm = 3.58” × 2.52” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 5 cm = 2.80” × 1.97”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV



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Veszelyite

Recorded under neon light
 

ELM94AP3: Group, on matrix, of elongated Veszelyite crystals, with very sharp crystal forms, translucent, with very good luster and an intense, deep and uniform color. Optimum quality for the species.
Sanguozhuang, Dongchuan District, Kunming Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.46” × 1.22” × 0.91”

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




Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Veszelyite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite
Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TXP97AP3: Equant translucent Fluorite crystals with a very deep color and irregular zoning. On matrix, with Quartz and yellow Calcite microcrystals.
The specimen comes from finds made in March 2022.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.7 × 3.4 cm = 2.28” × 1.85” × 1.34”

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




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Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

EPM96AP3: Equant translucent Fluorite crystals with a very deep color and irregular zoninG. On matrix, with Quartz and yellow Calcite microcrystals.
The specimen comes from finds made in March 2022.
Piaotang Mine, Dayu, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (03/2022)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.5 × 4 cm = 2.48” × 1.77” × 1.57”

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




Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite. Fluorite with Quartz and Calcite.
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Fluorite with Baryte
Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
Fluorite with Baryte.

Recorded under neon light
 

EFL69AP3: Stalactitic growth of translucent Fluorite crystals with an intense violet color, with geometric color zoning, more saturated on the edges, and with white coatings of Baryte.
Weishan, Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 3.4 × 3 cm = 4.61” × 1.34” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.47” × 0.43”




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Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

EFM71AP3: Very aerial crystal of translucent Fluorite, with a violet color on the edges and blue in the center of the crystal, on a fine Quartz matrix.
Higher quality than usual for this locality.
Dachang District, Nandan, Hechi Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (02/2022)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 7.8 × 3.4 cm = 4.02” × 3.07” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 4 × 4 cm = 1.57” × 1.57”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz. Fluorite with Baryte and Quartz.
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Fluorite with Dolomite
Fluorite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Dolomite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Dolomite.

Recorded under neon light
 

ELP94AP3: Very aerial group of Fluorite crystals with a cubic habit, translucent with a pale blue color, almost totally covered by white rhombohedral Dolomite microcrystals with the well known saddle-shaped habit. Very original, very different from those generally known, and with an extraordinary aesthetic.
Daguishan, Babu District, Hezhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (08/2022)

Specimen size: 14.8 × 16.7 × 13.8 cm = 5.83” × 6.57” × 5.43”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

€980 / US$1011 / ¥141960 / AUD$1511

Reservado
Galena with Quartz

Recorded under neon light
 

EJA88AP3: Very sharp cubic Galena crystals, very shiny, implanted on a matrix of small white Quartz crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2014)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.7 × 2.4 cm = 2.36” × 1.46” × 0.94”

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




Galena with Quartz. Front
Front
Galena with Quartz. Side
Side
Order
Galena with Quartz and Pyrite
Galena with Quartz and Pyrite.

Recorded under neon light
 

EFE99AP3: Cubic crystal of Galena with the vertices beveled by minor octahedron forms, on a little matrix with Quartz coatings and Pyrite microcrystals.
Exceptional quality for the species at this locality.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2018)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.2 × 4.1 cm = 2.76” × 1.65” × 1.61”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.8 cm = 1.61” × 1.50”




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Copper

Recorded under neon light
 

EFB69AP3: Very aerial arborescent aggregate of Copper in which sharp crystals coexist with lamellar forms, with two different metallic tones, one more yellowish and the other more reddish.
Chengmenshan Mine, Jiujiang Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (2021)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 6.4 × 4.8 cm = 4.06” × 2.52” × 1.89”




Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.
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Sphalerite with Calcite
Sphalerite with Calcite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Calcite. Light behind
Light behind
Sphalerite with Calcite. Detail
Detail
Sphalerite with Calcite. Light behind
Light behind

Recorded under neon light
 

EFG97AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals, more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous and very intense reddish, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3 × 3.2 cm = 2.40” × 1.18” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.3 cm = 0.71” × 0.51”




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Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena

Recorded under neon light
 

ETV89AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals, more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous and very intense reddish, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.3 × 5.8 cm = 3.43” × 2.48” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.10” × 0.79”




Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena. Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena.
Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena.
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Sphalerite with Calcite
Sphalerite with Calcite. Sphalerite with Calcite. Front with light behind
Front with light behind
Sphalerite with Calcite. Sphalerite with Calcite. Detail with light behind
Detail with light behind

Recorded under neon light
 

EBR50AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals, more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous and very intense reddish, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 6.7 × 4.4 cm = 3.31” × 2.64” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.10” × 0.94”




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Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena

Recorded under neon light
 

EXY51AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous, with an intense reddish color, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals and Galena crystals with a cubic habit.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9.7 × 4.7 cm = 4.65” × 3.82” × 1.85”

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


€640 / US$660 / ¥92710 / AUD$987

Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena. Detail
Detail
Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena. Detail
Detail
Sphalerite with Calcite and Galena. Light behind
Light behind
Reservado
Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena
Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena. Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena.
Sphalerite with Calcite, Quartz and Galena.

Recorded under neon light
 

ERT90AP3: New at Ste. Marie 2022
Twinned Sphalerite crystals more isolated than usual, sharp and with very well defined faces and edges, between translucent and transparent, lustrous, with an intense reddish color, on matrix, with small white Calcite crystals and Galena crystals with a cubic habit.
Huxu Mine, Dongxiang, Fuzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province  China (12/2021)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 9.4 × 6.8 cm = 5.04” × 3.70” × 2.68”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 0.94” × 0.83”




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Malachite

Recorded under neon light
 

EBR90AP3: Columnar and stalactitic growths, very aerial, of Malachite with the intense silky luster typical of specimens from this locality and which gives them a peculiar chatoyant appearance. Deep green in color, it also has some curious Malachite concretions of much lighter tone and small holes recrystallized in the terminations, almost certainly due to very rapid growth.
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (±1995)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.4 × 6.7 cm = 3.31” × 2.13” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 0.6 cm = 1.54” × 0.24”




Malachite.
Order
Hubeite with Inesite
Hubeite with Inesite. Hubeite with Inesite.
Hubeite with Inesite.

Recorded under neon light
 

EMR78AP3: Equant transparent to translucent Hubeite crystals, with great luster and a brown color with very deep reddish tones, in a group of deep pink, very elongated and flattened Inesite crystals.
This specimen comes from the type locality for Hubeite.
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (±2003)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.3 × 2.4 cm = 2.80” × 2.09” × 0.94”

Type locality



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Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

TXM37AP3: From a discovery in the year 2022 in the Daye area: Parallel growths of lenticular and very aerial Calcite crystals, on matrix. They are translucent, lustrous, yellow in color with red Hematite inclusions and geometric color zoning. Very aesthetic.
Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.2 × 3 cm = 1.97” × 1.65” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.39” × 0.31”


€230 / US$237 / ¥33310 / AUD$354

Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
Calcite. Rear
Rear
Reservado
Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Rear
Rear
Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
 

TJA87AP3: From a discovery in the year 2022 in the Daye area: Parallel growths of lenticular and very aerial Calcite crystals, on matrix. They are translucent, lustrous, yellow in color with red Hematite inclusions and geometric color zoning. Very aesthetic.
Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.72” × 1.89” × 1.50”

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


€280 / US$288 / ¥40560 / AUD$431

Reservado
Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

TYB37AP3: From a discovery in the year 2022 in the Daye area: Parallel growths of lenticular and very aerial Calcite crystals, on matrix. They are translucent, lustrous, yellow in color with red Hematite inclusions and geometric color zoning. Very aesthetic.
Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.3 × 4.1 cm = 2.20” × 1.69” × 1.61”

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




Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side
Order
Calcite
Calcite.

Recorded under neon light
 

ELP48AP3: Doubly terminated scalenohedral Calcite crystal, on matrix, transparent and extraordinarily lustrous, with reddish inclusions of iron oxides. A miniature of great quality and very aesthetic.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 2.6 cm = 1.69” × 1.65” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2 cm = 1.57” × 0.79”




Order
Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

EMM91AP3: Group of scalenohedral Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and of good size, translucent, very bright and with reddish inclusions of iron oxides that got concentrated at the vertices.
Tonglüshan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province  China (2022)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 10.8 × 6.3 cm = 4.49” × 4.25” × 2.48”

Main crystal size: 6.4 × 4 cm = 2.52” × 1.57”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Calcite. Calcite.
Order
Topaz
Topaz. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Topaz. Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Rear / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

ERB46AP3: Isolated Topaz crystal of good size, on matrix, with very sharp crystal forms, between transparent and translucent depending on the area, lustrous and pale blue, a rarity in China with this quality and size.
Daguishan, Babu District, Hezhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (10/2021)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.1 × 6.8 cm = 2.87” × 2.01” × 2.68”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



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Copper with Cuprite

Recorded under neon light
 

ETW74AP3: Arborescent aggregate of native Copper, very aerial, with well defined crystals for the species, with good luster and partially coated by very sharp octahedral Cuprite crystals, lustrous and deep red.
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi District, Chizhou Prefecture, Anhui Province  China (06/2022)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 12.3 × 4.8 cm = 4.49” × 4.84” × 1.89”




Copper with Cuprite. Front
Front
Copper with Cuprite. Side
Side
Copper with Cuprite.
Order
Imayoshiite
Imayoshiite. Front
Front
Imayoshiite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén

Recorded under neon light
 

MFR96AP3: Novelty of the summer of 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. The Imayoshiite occurs as numerous very sharp crystals with a hexagonal lenticular habit, transparent, very lustrous and colorless to cream-colored, with a single large crystal. An exceptional specimen, worthy of any museum. 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 Rocks & Minerals, September/October 2021, volume 96, number 5
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8.9 × 5.3 cm = 4.53” × 3.50” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.9 cm = 0.71” × 0.35”




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Imayoshiite with Andradite

Recorded under neon light
 

TBF27AP3: Novelty in the summer of 2021 and, in all probability, the best known so far for the species. The Imayoshiite occurs as numerous sharp crystals with a tabular habit and hexagonal outline, transparent and very lustrous, directly associated with crystalline Andradite that, due to its intense color, gives a good contrast to the Imayoshiite. An exceptional specimen, worthy of any museum. 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 Rocks & Minerals, September/October 2021, volume 96, number 5
Shijiangshan Mine, Yinwu, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region  China (09/2021)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 9.6 × 6.8 cm = 4.61” × 3.78” × 2.68”

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




Imayoshiite with Andradite. Front
Front
Imayoshiite with Andradite.
Imayoshiite with Andradite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Order


Trio of enthusiasts, J.A. Soldevilla, José Miguel Sola and Jesús Franquesa, always under the common denominator of minerals.

This photo of the magic fountain of Montjuïc looks like a volcano about to erupt

Jordi Lluís Pi and his camera in the foreground, Joaquim Callén with a copy of the Nomenclator of mineral species, with the authors, Joan Manuel Ybarra and Josep Lluís Garrido, to his right

A show like Expominer requires a thorough organization and above all contact between exhibitors and organizers. Here we see Marta, the person in charge of acting as a bridge between the two, tireless and resolute, so that everything goes as smoothly as possible


ASIA (excl. China)

Spinel with Clintonite
Spinel with Clintonite. Front
Front
Spinel with Clintonite. Side
Side
Spinel with Clintonite. Rear
Rear
Spinel with Clintonite.

Recorded under neon light
 

EAR26AP3: Floater group of very sharp octahedral Spinel crystals, translucent, with good luster and an intense pink color and with small white coatings of Clintonite.
Its “architecture” is great!
An Phu, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province  Vietnam (±2006)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.9 × 3 cm = 2.05” × 1.54” × 1.18”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV



Order
Gold
 

MTB94AP3: Floater group of Gold crystals with recognizable crystal shapes and faces dominated by the octahedron, very shiny and aesthetic, coming from a locality from which such well-crystallized specimens are rarely seen.
Mount Kare Mine, Mount Kare Valley, Mount Hagen, Mount Hagen District, Western Highlands Province  Papua New Guinea

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.1 × 0.3 cm = 0.59” × 0.43” × 0.12”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.24” × 0.16”

Weight: 2.1 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Side
Side
Gold. Rear
Rear
Order
Väyrynenite
Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
 

MRJ67AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 1.9 × 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.75” × 0.08” × 0.08”




Order
Väyrynenite
 

MRE87AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 1.8 × 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.71” × 0.04” × 0.04”




Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
Order
Väyrynenite
Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
 

MRB98AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 2.4 × 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.94” × 0.16” × 0.04”




Order
Väyrynenite
 

MRH69AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 1.3 × 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.51” × 0.08” × 0.08”




Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
Order
Väyrynenite
Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
 

MRG69AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 0.8 × 0.3 cm = 0.67” × 0.31” × 0.12”




Order
Väyrynenite
 

MRC69AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 1.9 × 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.75” × 0.20” × 0.08”




Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
Order
Väyrynenite
Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
 

MRD89AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 0.7 × 0.2 cm = 0.67” × 0.28” × 0.08”




Order
Väyrynenite

Recorded under neon light
 

MRF70AP3: Very sharp crystal of Väyrynenite, a rare phosphate of beryllium and manganese, with very well defined edges and faces, fine parallel growths and good terminations. It is translucent, very lustrous and bright pink, more intense than usual in this type of specimen.
Shakpo Mine, Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2015-2016)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.67” × 0.63” × 0.16”




Väyrynenite. Front
Front
Väyrynenite. Rear
Rear
Order
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite.
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite.

Recorded under neon light
 

MTL87AP3: Beryl crystal (aquamarine variety) that displays a highly developed prism with dipyramid faces truncated by the pinacoid. In the upper central part of the crystal, two growth rings perpendicular to the prism can be seen. The aquamarine crystal has a uniform blue-green color and is lustrous and translucent. The termination of the crystal is very curious as it is formed by a multitude of very fine fibrous crystals that make it totally opaque if we look vertically down at the crystal from the top. It is partially embedded in a matrix of snow-white Albite crystals.
From a classic locality for this species.
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan

Specimen size: 4.9 × 1 × 1.4 cm = 1.93” × 0.39” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 4.9 × 1 cm = 1.93” × 0.39”




Order
Lazurite with Calcite

Recorded under neon light
 

EBB27AP3: Complete crystal of Lazurite with a very vivid and uniform blue color arranged aerially on a matrix formed of Calcite, partially metamorphosed to marble, with dodecahedral faces and very sharp edges.
From the classic locality par excellence for this species.
Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province  Afghanistan

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3 × 2.9 cm = 1.30” × 1.18” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.4 cm = 0.98” × 0.94”




Lazurite with Calcite. Front
Front
Lazurite with Calcite. Side
Side
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