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RM1781   Spodumene (var. hiddenite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to slightly yellow green spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas. A good size gemmy specimen.


Size: 7.5 x 2.4 x 1.0 cm.

Price: 90 €Buy
 

RM1780   Spodumene (var. hiddenite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to slightly pink spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas. A good size gemmy specimen.


Size: 3.8 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm.

 

RM1779   Spodumene (var. hiddenite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to yellowish spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas. From a classic locality for the species.


Size: 3.0 x 1.4 x 0.9 cm.

Price: 85 € 55 €Buy
 

RM1774   Spodumene (var. Kuncite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to slightly pink spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas.A gemmy specimen.


Size: 3.8 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm.

Price: 80 € 60 €Buy
 

RM797   Lazurite (sulfide-rich haüyne)

Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

A fine lazurite specimen from the Type Locality: Sar-e Sang, Afghanistan. A group of very sharp blue-violet lazurite crystals, one of them dominant and very aerially diposed, contrasting white the calcite (marble) matrix, with larger crystals within the marble. They show dodecahedron faces and cube faces on the main crystal.
It must be said to be strict, that these crystals are really sulfide-rich haüyne. In the words of the recently published article about Sar-e Sang in Mineralogical Record (Vol. 45, 3), all specimens analyzed from Sar-e Sang contain some sulfide, but is nevertheless sulfate-dominant. Note that in nature is not described any sulfide-dominant lazurite. 

 


Size: 8,5 x 5,2 x 4,0 cm.
Main crystal: 24 x 22 mm.
Found in 2012.



 

RM1463   Lazurite (sulphide-rich haüyne)

Ladjuar Medam, Koksha Valley, Sar-e Sang, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

A fine quality specimen of lazurite from the type locality for the species. It is a crystal with a good size, very aerial and contrasting on the matrix of calcite (marble). It presents an intense blue color, with very defined faces (not polished) of the dodecahedron.
It must be said, to be strict, that these crystals are really haüyne rich in sulphide. According to the published article of Mineralogical Record (Vol. 45, 3), all the analyzed specimens of this locality contain sulphur, however, in nature there is no lazurite with dominant sulphide.
In the mining area several mines are worked. Ladjuar Medam is a generic name meaning "lapis lazuli mine" and therefore can refer to any of the mines in this area.


Size: 5.8 x 5.5 x 4.0 cm.
Main crystal: 21 x 17 mm.

 

RM1533   Epidote and diopside

Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Mts., Khogyani, Nangarhar, Afghanistan

A rich specimen formed by numerous epidote prismatic crystals of gem-quality, brilliance, transparence and with an intense green color. They are accompanied by diopside crystals with a darker green tone. An aesthetic piece and full of shine.


Size: 7.5 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm.
Main crystal: 9 x 4 mm.

 

RM519   Magnetite with andradite, epidote, clinochlore and diopside

Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Mts., Khogyani, Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Groups of very sharp magnetite crystals showing octahedral forms with staggered epitaxial growths on faces. Intense metallic luster, color is deep black and very sharp faces and edges. It is accompanied by green epidote crystals, brilliant and transparent; prismatic crystals of diopside (more grayish green tone), andradite and some clinochlore. A complete gemmy specimen.


Size: 6,0 x 3,9 x 2,4 cm.
Main crystal: 8 x 7 mm.
Found in 2011.

 

RM1866   Elbaite var. rubellite

Paprok, Kamdesh, Nuristan, Afghanistan

Group of prismatic crystals of elbaite in parallel growth, with striated faces in the prism and defined terminal rhombohedral faces, some fractured. Transparence, brightness and very uniform pink color. A nice gem.


Size: 3.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm.
Main crystal: 3.2 x 0.8 cm.
Found in ±1990.

Col. J.M. Manchion, Barcelona. Nr. 608.


 

RM1401   Rutile with quartz

Kapudzhukh Mts., Zangezur Range, Nakhchivan Aut. Republic, Azerbaijan

An amazing rutile specimen with an exceptional quality for the locality and for the species. The famous rutile specimens of Kapudzhukh in Azerbaijan are already a classic. It is said, they appeared during the 90s, for only a period of two years. This specimen shows perfect faces, first and second order twins and dipyramids, and a more than outstanding definition.
According to explained by Rob Lavinsky, a limited number of pieces were collected during this short period. They were send to United States, at the hands of Bill Larson, through a former official of the KGB, nicknamed "Niki the Tank", who got into mineral collecting and dealing after the Wall fell. Honestly, this is one of those pieces that you dubt to keep or come off it...


Size: 6.2 x 5.4 x 4.5 cm.
Main crystal: 15 x 12 mm.
Found in 1990's

 

RM1575   Rutile with quartz

Kapudzhukh Mts., Zangezur Range, Nakhchivan Aut. Republic, Azerbaijan

An amazing rutile specimen with an exceptional quality for the locality and for the species. The famous rutile specimens of Kapudzhukh in Azerbaijan are already a classic. It is said, they appeared during the 90s, for only a period of two years. This specimen shows some crystals, one predominant, perfect faces, first and second order twins and dipyramids, and a more than outstanding definition.
According to explained by Rob Lavinsky, a limited number of pieces were collected during this short period. They were send to United States, at the hands of Bill Larson, through a former official of the KGB, nicknamed "Niki the Tank", who got into mineral collecting and dealing after the Wall fell.


Size: 4.0 x 3.5 x 3.4 cm.
Main crystal: 18 x 6 mm.
Found in ±1990's.

 

RM1930   Fluorite

Jingbian Cu-Au deposit, Zongyang Co., Anqing, Anhui, China

Group of cubic fluorite crystals, with defined edges and faces with tiled growths. Good brilliance, translucent to transparent and intense violet-purple color with marked geometric zoning. When the light passes through them, a purple tone is shown and the lines of growth are observed. On one of the crystals there is a small group of calcite crystals. A fine quality fluorite.


Size: 10.8 x 9 x 3 cm.
Main crystal: 28 x 25 mm.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 300 € 260 €Buy
 

RM1738   Fluorite and quartz

Sanming, Fujian, China

These fluorite specimens are particularly interesting as they show dodecahedral crytals, which is an uncommon habit for fluorite, with minor octahedral and cube faces. To give a touch of aesthetics, crystals have a marked geometric color zoning, revealing a purple replica of the larger crystal inside. Good transparence and brilliances. They are disposed on a quartz matrix. Really aesthetic.


Size: 6.3 x 5.0 x 4.7 cm.
Main crystal: 20 x 15 mm.
Found in 2017.

 

RM1971   Spessartine

Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou, Fujian, China

Rich group of  spessartine crystals, well defined, with faces of the trapezohedron and dodecahedron. Transparent, gemmy and with the characteristic orange colour, on matrix.


Size: 13 x 7 x 2.4 cm.
Main crystal: 6 mm.

 

RM1195   Spessartine with smoky quartz

Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou, Fujian, China

On a solid matrix of feldspar, several groups of spessartine crystals partially covering it; with an intense orange-red color, very brilliant and with transparence. Well defined faces and edges. Some of them are disposed on a remarkable group of well developed quartz crystals with very intense smoke tone. A good sized specimen, perfect for any display case.


Size: 13.5 x 10.5 x 7.2 cm.
Main crystal: 4 x 14 mm (qz) - 7 x 6 mm (spes.)

 

RM1938   Pyromorphite

Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang, China

Excellent group of prismatic, slightly barrel-shaped crystals of pyromorphite. They show defined faces, with parallel growths and hoppered terminations, very brilliant. The green color is very good. Very aerial, skeletal, a first class piece. Nowadays it is not easy to find samples with this quality, remembering past times in which they were seen more often.


Size: 5.4 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm.
Main crystal: 11 mm.

Price: 310 €Buy
 

RM1969   Pyromorphite

Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang, China

Rich group of hexagonal prismatic pyromorphite crystals. Some of them with hoppered forms and marked color zoning. Excellent green color, brilliance and with translucent crystals. A specimen of good size and exceptional quality. Today it is difficult to find them in the market, if we take note that they were seen more often years ago.


Size: 7.5 x 6.5 x 6.8 cm.

Classic locality
Price: 380 €Buy
 

RM347   Pyromorphite on quartz

Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang, China

On a matrix formed by corroded quartz crystals, due to chemically aggressive media, are disposed several small pyromorphite crystals of hexagonal prismatic habit, with a extraordinary brilliance, transparence and definition. In addition, its color, almost yellow-green near fluorescent, adds a special touch to this sample. The Daoping Mine has produced a large variety of pyromorphite since ca. 2000 and this is a particular example.


Size: 6,8 x 4,7 x 3,2 cm.
Main crystal: 2 x 1 mm.
Found in 2009

 

RM126   Carbonate-cyanotrichite with Fluorite

Quinglong (Dachang), Sb-Au deposit, Qianxi'nan, Guizhou, China

Thin needle like Carbonate-cyanotrichite crystals disposed as radial aggregates on a matrix partially covered by cubic colorless Fluorite crystals. These aggregates show a intense blue sky color, deep in the core. Really good specimen.


Size: 6,5 x 4,0 x 3,5 cm
Main crystal: 3 mm (aggr)
Found in 2009

 

RM127   Carbonate-cyanotrichite with Fluorite and Malachite

Quinglong (Dachang), Sb-Au deposit, Qianxi'nan, Guizhou, China

Thin needle like Carbonate-cyanotrichite crystals disposed as a velvet layer and as radial aggregates on a matrix with cubic colorless Fluorite crystals. These aggregates show a intense blue sky color, deep in the core.


Size: 4.5 x 4.0 x 3.7 cm
Main crystal: 3 mm (aggr)
Found in 2009

 

RM1536   Cinnabar and dolomite

Tongren Mine, Tongren Co., Tongren, Guizhou, China

Very rich group of cinnabar crystals, well defined, rich in faces, with a really intense red color that grows when the light crosses them. They are accompanied by several crystals of dolomite. Very aesthetic specimen.


Size: 8.0 x 4.6 x 2.5 cm.
Main crystal: 11 x 11 mm.

 

RM705   Calcite with Fluorite and quartz

Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen As-(Au)deposit, Shimen, Changde, Hunan, China

A perfectly balanced specimen. On the one hand we have a large scalenohedral crystal (5.2 x 2.3 cm.) showing perfectly defined the 180° twin between two scalenohedrons. This crystal is very defined and "doubly terminated" shows good transparency and brilliance. On the other hand we have a group of calcite crystals, also scalenohedral, interpenetrating each other, brilliant and translucent, with a slight yellowish tone. They are disposed on a matrix of tiny quartz crystals on which observe small aggregates of cubic violet fluorite, also interpenetrated. A specimen to be displayed.


Size: 9,0 x 7,2 x 5,0 cm.
Main crystal: 52 x 23 mm.
Found in 04/2013.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM704   Calcite

Leiping Mine, Guiyang, Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Group of very sharp calcite crystals, two of them predominant, those show very developed prism faces mixed with the positive rhombohedron faces. Regarding the upper terminal faces we can observe the negative rhombohedron with striations. This type of crystallization is very unusual, I have not seen this combination, with this quality, never before. It presents some transparence and a more remarkable brilliance. It is accompanied by other calcite crystals of the same habitus, with a developed prism. A seldom seen piece for this mine. A sample for the best calcite collector display.


Size: 10,7 x 10,4 x 9,5 cm.
Main crystal: 8,0 x 3,5 cm.
Found in 2013.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM802   Fluorite with arsenopyrite

Xianghualing Mine, Linwu, Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Isolated fluorite crystal showing cube and octahedron faces with polysynthetic growths. Nice zoning violet to deep violet color. Good brilliance and transparence. On a matrix with small arsenopyrite crystals.


Size: 11,2 x 5,8 x 3,0 cm.
Main crystal: 23 x 20 mm.

Precio reducido-Reduced price 85€
 

RM1557   Fluorite with quartz

Xianghualing Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Very aesthetic group formed by sharp cubic crystals of fluorite, some of them interpenetrated, very transparent and with an excellent brilliance. They show a very uniform apple green color. They are disposed in an matrix of quartz crystals


Size: 11.7 x 5.8 x 5.8 cm.
Main crystal: 21 x 17 mm.

 
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