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RM2022   Pyromorphite

San Andrés mine, Espiel, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

A specimen of pyromorphite from this classic Spanish locality, in Córdoba. Several crystals with an intense green color, translucent and exceptional brilliance. Hexagonal crystals show barred shapes, truncated by the pinacoids. They are disposed upholstering the cavities of the matrix. A fine sample, acquired by Mr. Manchion to Joan Viñals, in 1991. Nowadays it is not easy to find samples from this mine. The pyromorphite from San Andrés Mine has been known from the first half of the XX century.


Size: 6.5 x 6 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 0.7 cm.

Col. Manchion #580, J. Viñals 1991.
Classic locality


 

RM2004   Twinned gypsum

Montalbán, Teruel, Aragón, Spain

From this locality you could find samples in the market, but with a group of interpenetrated crystals, rather few. A curiosity...


Size: 6 x 5.3 x 2 cm.

 

RM2014   Fluorite with baryte and quartz

Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain

Group of fluorite crystals, cubic shape, brilliance, transparence and violet colour with geometric zoning. Some of them presents minor nicks, without affecting the whole. They are accompanied by barite crystals partially covered by tiny, shiny quartz crystals.


Size: 8.6 x 8.4 x 5 cm.
Main crystal: 2 cm.

 

RM2008   Sphalerite

Las Mánforas Mine (Áliva), Camaleño, Cantabria, Spain

Fragment of a sphalerite crystal, with complex faces and intense color when the light passes through it. Back side is exfoliated. From this classic locality.


Size: 5 x 3.8 x 1.5 cm.

 

RM2007   Sphalerite

Las Manforas Mine (Áliva), Camaleño, Cantabria, Spain

Aggregate of sphalerite crystals, with complex faces and intense color when the light passes through it. Back side is exfoliated. From this classic locality.


Size: 5 x 4 x 2.8 cm.

Price: 55 €Buy
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RM2024   Sphalerite

Las Manforas Mine (Áliva), Camaleño, Cantabria, Spain

Aggregate of sphalerite crystals, with complex faces and intense color when the light passes through it. Back side is recrystalized. From this classic Spanish locality.


Size: 5.5 x 3.8 x 3.5 cm.

 

RM2013   Anatase with quartz

Moro Quarry, Oteruelo de la Valduerna, Santiago de Millas, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Druse of small quartz crystals, some doubly terminated, partially covered by white kaolinite. Peppered by several anatase crystals, with dipyramidal faces, truncated by basal pinacoid. Very sharp, translucent and with a toasted honey tone. Very aesthetic and rare in the market.
It is interesting to say that recent analysis of the reddish ashlars of the Torre Nueva (New Tower) of the Astorga cathedral indicated that these building materials were extracted from this Cantera del Moro during XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.


Size: 6 × 4.5 × 3.7 cm
Main crystal: 2 mm

 

RM2023   Anatase with quartz

Moro Quarry, Oteruelo de la Valduerna, Santiago de Millas, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Druse of small quartz crystals, some doubly terminated, partially covered by white kaolinite. Peppered by several anatase crystals, with dipyramidal faces, truncated by basal pinacoid. Very sharp, translucent and with a toasted honey tone. Very aesthetic and rare in the market.
It is interesting to say that recent analysis of the reddish ashlars of the Torre Nueva (New Tower) of the Astorga cathedral indicated that these building materials were extracted from this Cantera del Moro during XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.


Size: 7 x 5.2 x 4.2 cm.
Main crystal: 2 mm.

Price: 30 €Buy
 

RM2027   Anatase with quartz

Moro Quarry, Oteruelo de la Valduerna, Santiago de Millas, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Druse of small quartz crystals, some doubly terminated, partially covered by white kaolinite. Peppered by several anatase crystals, with dipyramidal faces, truncated by basal pinacoid. Very sharp, translucent and with a toasted honey tone. Very aesthetic and rare in the market.
It is interesting to say that recent analysis of the reddish ashlars of the Torre Nueva (New Tower) of the Astorga cathedral indicated that these building materials were extracted from this Cantera del Moro during XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.


Size: 10 x 9 x 4 cm.
Main crystal: 1.5 mm.

Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2028   Anatase with quartz

Moro Quarry, Oteruelo de la Valduerna, Santiago de Millas, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Druse of small quartz crystals, some doubly terminated, partially covered by white kaolinite. Peppered by several anatase crystals, with dipyramidal faces, truncated by basal pinacoid. Very sharp, translucent and with a toasted honey tone. Very aesthetic and rare in the market.
It is interesting to say that recent analysis of the reddish ashlars of the Torre Nueva (New Tower) of the Astorga cathedral indicated that these building materials were extracted from this Cantera del Moro during XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.


Size: 9 x 4 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 2 mm.

 

RM2029   Anatase with quartz

Moro Quarry, Oteruelo de la Valduerna, Santiago de Millas, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Druse of small quartz crystals, some doubly terminated, partially covered by white kaolinite. Peppered by several anatase crystals, with dipyramidal faces, truncated by basal pinacoid. Very sharp, translucent and with a toasted honey tone. Very aesthetic and rare in the market.
It is interesting to say that recent analysis of the reddish ashlars of the Torre Nueva (New Tower) of the Astorga cathedral indicated that these building materials were extracted from this Cantera del Moro during XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.


Size: 6 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 2.5 mm.

Price: 40 €Buy
 

RM2030   Cinnabar with baryte

El Entredicho Mine, Almadenejos, Almadén, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

A historical specimen of this classic mine. Various tabular baryte crystals peppered by small but brilliant and well-shaped cinnabar crystals. These specimens are very difficult to find today.


Size: 6.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm.
Found in ±1984.

Col. Manchion #97, 04/1984, J. Viñals.
Classic locality


 

RM1990   Fluorite

Berta quarry, El Papiol - Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Rich group of sharp isolated octahedral fluorite crystals, from translucent to transparent. They show an interesting slight apple green color. They are accompanied by small quartz crystals. On a granite matrix. This matrix is classic for modern specimens and comes from low levels of the Berta quarry.


Size: 5.8 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 6 mm.
Found in ±1989

Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 55 €Buy
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RM2038   Octahedral fluorite

Berta quarry, El Papiol - Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Sharp isolated octahedral fluorite crystal, translucent, glassy. It shows an interesting slight apple green color. Accompanied by small quartz crystals. On a granite matrix. This matrix is classic for modern specimens and comes from low levels of the Berta quarry.


Size: 8 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 0.8 cm.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 45 €Buy
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RM2039   Octahedral fluorite

Berta quarry, El Papiol - Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Group of sharp isolated octahedral fluorite crystals, from translucent to transparent. They show an interesting slight apple green color. They are accompanied by small quartz crystals. On a granite matrix. This matrix is classic for modern specimens and comes from low levels of the Berta quarry.


Size: 6.5 x 4.4 x 4.6 cm.
Main crystal: 0.7 cm.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 55 €Buy
 

RM1998   Greenockite

Berta quarry, El Papiol - Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Curious specimen of greenockite of this classic locality of the Catalan mineralogy. Under loupe, aggregates of intense yellow color are observed, with reflections of what could be crystalline faces. This cadmium sulphide is a product of the alteration of rich Cd sphalerite. It is impossible to get specimens today.


Size: 4.5 x 3.2 x 2.8 cm.
Found in ±1985.

Col. Manchion #398.
 

RM2001   Diopside

El Americano (Can Sala) quarries, Montseny Mountains, Gualba, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Rich aggregate of diopside crystals, with an intense apple green color. In the cavities we can observe the shapes of the lanceolate prisms. From a classic Catalan mine, from which it is difficult to obtain samples. A local curiosity.


Size: 6.3 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm.

Col. Manchion.


Price: 40 €Buy
 

RM2012   Calcite

Santa Eugènia de Berga, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Group of sharp calcite crystals, with rhombohedral flattened shape, translucent. From a unusual locality not well represented in collections.


Size: 5 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 2.4 cm.
Found in ±1980.

Fluorescent under long wave UV


Price: 35 €Buy
 

RM1991   Almandine with schorl and feldspar

Cap de Creus, Cadaqués - El Port de la Selva, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

An old piece from el Cap de Creus (Creus Cape), in Girona. It presents different almandine crystals, with colour between pink to orange, some altered, others faceted, which are included in a matrix of pegmatite. They are accompanied by black schorl. Nowadays it is forbidden to collect anything in that area and it is difficult to find available pieces.


Size: 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 6 mm.
Found in ±1978.

Col. Manchion.


Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2011   Schorl

Cap de Creus, Cadaqués - El Port de la Selva, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Good schorl specimen from the clssic locality of Cap de Creus, Girona. Some crystals showing a developed and faceted prism and terminal faces, some of them with good thickness. From this locality it is very difficult to obtain specimens if they do not appear in old collections, as it is the case, since it is totally forbidden to collect specimens in the area. This one belongs from the Manchion Collection and it is accompanied by the handwritten label.


Size: 7.3 x 7 x 4.6 cm.
Main crystal: 2.1 cm.
Found in ±1980.

Classic locality


Price: 70 €Buy
 

RM2006   Tremolite

Pic de l'Infern (Hell's Peak), Queralbs, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Radiated aggregates of Tremolite from this classic Catalan locality. Specimens were found in a Cambrian-Ordovician marbles with calc-silicate levels. Outcrops at an altitude of 2700-2800 m, near Pic de l'Infern (Hell's Peak), 2870 m.


Size: 6.5 x 5.3 x 2.4 cm.
Main crystal: 1.8 cm.

Col. Manchion.


 

RM2002   Gahnite

Victoria mine, Val d'Aran, Arres, Lleida, Catalunya, Spain

In this old specimen from Manchion collection we can observe several octahedral gahnite crystals with defined faces and edges, a uniform deep blue color and accompanied by yellowish sphalerite. Such samples are very difficult to obtain and only from time to time appears a classic like this, only from old collections.


Size: 6.5 x 5.3 x 2.8 cm.
Main crystal: 5 mm.

Col. Manchion.


 

RM2009   Vesuvianite

Can Montsant mines, Hortsavinyà, Tordera, Maresme, Catalunya, Spain

These mines are located in the heart of Massís del Montnegre, in Catalunya, and it is a classic for mineral collectors. The "vesuvianas" are found mainly in the outer zone of the mines. In this old specimen we can enjoy a radial aggregate of vesuvianite crystals, of good size and with the beige-greenish color that characterizes them in this locality. In a small vug we can see greenish transparent and well formed crystals of the species.


Size: 9 x 7 x 4 cm.
Main crystal: 2.3 cm.

Col. Manchion.
Classic locality


 

RM2033   Smithsonite

Linda Mariquita Mine, El Molar, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

Specimen formed by small rounded crystals of smithsonite, with an intense pink color. These specimens stand out for the town and its intense color. The mine is now closed and in the process of restoration to make a part visitable.


Size: 8.8 x 4 x 3.4 cm.
Found in 2018.

 

RM2015   Sphalerite, dolomite and siderite

Troya Mine, Troi, Mutiloa, Gipuzkoa, Euskadi, Spain

A very nice specimen of this classic Basque mine. It shows a dolomitic matrix partially covered by brilliant sphalerite crystals, defined faces and slightly curved edges. Excellent transparence and toasted honey color. It is accompanied by some greenish siderite rhombohedral crystals and dolomite crystals. A complete and brilliant specimen from this mine. From the Manchion Collection.
Troya Mine was closed in 1993, only a few years before these specimens were collected in 1990. Nowadays the mine is collapsed and flooded. This specimen was in a former German mineral collection since then.


Size: 7.8 x 6.8 x 3 cm.
Found in ±1989

Col. Manchion #479, Expominer 1989.


Price: 120 €Buy
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