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RM2284   Vanadinite on matrix

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this mining area, we found these new specimens with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in Coud'a shafts. They have a more than exceptional brilliance, probably due to a last phase of crystallization in which a thin layer of almost transparent vanadinite was deposited. Crystals are very well defined, with staggered axial growths in the prism and with color zoning, more orange than red. Contrasting on a solid rocky matrix. Vanadinites from the Mibladen area are well known worldwide and although we have seen many of them, they never cease to amaze us. Amazing specimens!


Size: 10 x 8.5 x 7 cm.
Main crystal: 1.2 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

Price: 450 €Buy
 

RM2283   Stalactitic Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this Moroccan mining area, we found these stalactitic specimens of vanadinite with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in the Coud'a shafts area. They have a really good brilliance. Crystals show attractive stalactitic growths, also uneven developments in the directions of the prism, very well defined, interpenetrated and with some color zoning. Vanadinite specimens from Mibladen area are well known iworlwide and although we have seen many, they never cease to amaze us. Exceptional specimens.


Size: 5 x 4.6 x 3.5 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

Price: 380 €Buy
 

RM2282   Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this mining area, we found these new specimens with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in Coud'a shafts. They have a more than exceptional brilliance, probably due to a last phase of crystallization in which a thin layer of almost transparent vanadinite was deposited. Crystals are very well defined, with staggered axial growths in the prism and with color zoning, more orange than red. Vanadinites from the Mibladen area are well known worldwide and although we have seen many of them, they never cease to amaze us. Amazing specimens!


Size: 11 x 7 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 2 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

 

RM2281   Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this mining area, we found these new specimens with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in Coud'a shafts. They have a more than exceptional brilliance, probably due to a last phase of crystallization in which a thin layer of almost transparent vanadinite was deposited. Crystals are very well defined, with staggered axial growths in the prism and with color zoning, more orange than red. On a solid rocky matrix. Vanadinites from the Mibladen area are well known worldwide and although we have seen many of them, they never cease to amaze us. Really amazing specimen!!!


Size: 15 x 12 x 4 cm.
Main crystal: 2,2 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

 

RM2279   Stalactitic Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this Moroccan mining area, we found these stalactitic specimens of vanadinite with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in the Coud'a shafts area. They have a really good brilliance. Crystals show attractive stalactitic growths, also uneven developments in the directions of the prism, very well defined, interpenetrated and with some color zoning. Vanadinite specimens from Mibladen area are well known iworlwide and although we have seen many, they never cease to amaze us. Exceptional specimens.


Size: 5.7 x 3 x 1.8 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

Price: 210 €Buy
 

RM2278   Vanadinite stalactitic

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this Moroccan mining area, we found these stalactitic specimens of vanadinite with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in the Coud'a shafts area. They have a really good brilliance. Crystals show attractive stalactitic growths, also uneven developments in the directions of the prism, very well defined, interpenetrated and with some color zoning. Vanadinite specimens from Mibladen area are well known iworlwide and although we have seen many, they never cease to amaze us. Exceptional specimens.


Size: 5.2 x 3.8 x 3 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

Price: 220 €Buy
 

RM2277   Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this mining area, we found these new specimens with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in Coud'a shafts. They have a more than exceptional brilliance, probably due to a last phase of crystallization in which a thin layer of almost transparent vanadinite was deposited. Crystals are very well defined, with staggered axial growths in the prism and with color zoning, more orange than red. Contrasting on a solid rocky matrix. Vanadinites from the Mibladen area are well known worldwide and although we have seen many of them, they never cease to amaze us. Amazing specimens!


Size: 8.5 x 7 x 6.5 cm.
Main crystal: 1.6 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

Price: 460 €Buy
 

RM2276   Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this mining area, we found these new specimens with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in Coud'a shafts. They have a more than exceptional brilliance, probably due to a last phase of crystallization in which a thin layer of almost transparent vanadinite was deposited. Crystals are very well defined, with staggered axial growths in the prism and with color zoning, more orange than red. They contrast on a solid matrix. Vanadinites from the Mibladen area are well known worldwide and although we have seen many of them, they never cease to amaze us. Exceptional specimens!


Size: 9 x 5 x 4 cm.
Main crystal: 1.6 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

 

RM2275   Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this mining area, we found these new specimens with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in Coud'a shafts. They have a more than exceptional brilliance, probably due to a last phase of crystallization in which a thin layer of almost transparent vanadinite was deposited. Crystals are very well defined, with staggered axial growths in the prism and with color zoning, more orange than red. Vanadinites from the Mibladen area are well known worldwide and although we have seen many of them, they never cease to amaze us. Amazing specimens!


Size: 9 x 8.5 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 2 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

 

RM2274   Vanadinite

Coud'a 24m↓, Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a recent trip to this mining area, we found these new specimens with incredible aesthetics. They were found in a singular cavity, opened in the depths of a 24-meter well, in Coud'a shafts. They have a more than exceptional brilliance, probably due to a last phase of crystallization in which a thin layer of almost transparent vanadinite was deposited. Crystals are very well defined, with staggered axial growths in the prism and with color zoning, more orange than red. Vanadinites from the Mibladen area are well known worldwide and although we have seen many of them, they never cease to amaze us. Exceptional specimens!


Size: 18 x 10 x 4.7 cm.
Main crystal: 2.3 cm.
Found in 02/2020.

Classic locality
Price: 950 €Buy
 

RM2273   Galena and Baryte

Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

Galena crystals from the Mibladen mines are not easy to see today, least of all with this definition. They are cubic crystals, with well-marked faces and edges. Some interpenetrated, some very aerial. They are arranged on a matrix with baryte rosettes.


Size: 10 x 4.5 x 4 cm.
Main crystal: 6 mm.
Found in ca. 1980.

Col. Arguijo (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona)
Classic locality
 

RM2266   Dypingite, hydromagnesite and brucite

Àngel quarry, Montseny massif, Gualba, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

In this piece, three very interesting magnesium species, two hydroxilcarbonates and one hydroxide coexist. On the one hand we observe some aggregates of foliaceous crystals of dypingite, forming rosettes, white color, although they are colorless. They are accompanied by sheaves of flattened crystals of hydromagnesite. All of them are disposed on a rock matrix with blue to gray brucite. A Catalan piece that is hard to find today, with unusual species and quality.


Size: 6 x 5 x 3.2 cm.
Found in 1970's.

Col. Manchion (Barcelona).
Classic locality
 

RM2265   Theisite with azurite

Les Ferreres mine, Rocabruna, Camprodon, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Globular aggregates formed by lamellar crystals of theisite. With a bluish to green color and brilliance. On a dolomite matrix with barite and chalcopyrite. This mineral species is the second citation in Spain. Theisite is a rare copper and zinc arsenate-antimonate that has been described for the first time in this mine in the Catalan Pyrenees. Accompanied by several azurite, transparent, bright, well-defined and some doubly terminated. Analysis results will be sent to the buyer.


Size: 8.6 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm.
Found in 2013.

Analyzed specimen with report


 

RM2269   Wulfenite with barite

Mine des Dalles, Mibladen, Khénifra, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

In this specimen we can observe some groups of tabular wulfenite crystals of intense, very intense orange color, showing defined faces and parallel growth. If anything distinguishes these wulfenite crystals is its vivid color. The brilliance is excellent and in thin areas show transparence. Some of the dominant crystals are disposed very aerial and accompanied by groups of barite crystals. If you observe closely the specimen under the microscope you will see numerous perfect tabular crystals of wulfenite. Very aesthetic specimen.


Size: 7,5 x 5,7 x 4,0 cm.
Main crystal: 1.7 cm.
Found in 01/2013.

 

RM2267   Hematite and quartz

Tête du Violu, Col de Ste Marie, Ste Marie-aux-Mines, Haut-Rhin, France

On a druse of quartz crystals we can enjoy numerous aggregates of hematite crystals with a hexagonal to rounded shape and conical growth, very curious, with brilliance and brown to reddish color. These specimens come from a fortuitous find in an area very close to the well-knoewn town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. An aesthetic rarity.


Size: 6 x 3 x 2.5 cm.
Main crystal: 3-4 mm.
Found in 2000.

Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2262   Hematite and quartz

Tête du Violu, Col de Ste Marie, Ste Marie-aux-Mines, Haut-Rhin, France

On a druse of quartz crystals we can enjoy numerous aggregates of hematite crystals with a hexagonal to rounded shape and conical growth, very curious, with brilliance and brown to reddish color. These specimens come from a fortuitous find in an area very close to the well-knoewn town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. An aesthetic rarity.


Size: 6.2 x 3.5 x 3 cm.
Main crystal: 3-4 mm.
Found in 2000.

Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2256   Shcherbakovite, Schizolite and Lamprophyllite

Rasvumchorr Mt, Khibiny, Murmansk Oblast, Russia

Aggregate of brown prismatic crystals of this rare niobium and tantalum silicate found in the alkaline pegmatites of the Khibiny Mountains, in this remote area of the Kola Peninsula. It is accompanied by pink aggregates of schizolite, an intermediate member of the pectolite-serandite series, and of lamprophyllite. Identified by Dr. D. Lisitsin.


Size: 5.6 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm.
Main crystal: 1.7 cm.

Price: 130 €Buy
 

RM2253   Scolecite

Nashik, Maharashtra, India

radiated aggregate of prismatic scolecite crystals. Translucent to transparent and intergrown. A classic from India.


Size: 6.5 x 5 x 4 cm.
Found in ca. 1980.

Col. J. Astor (Barcelona). Adq. Suministros escolares.


Price: 50 €Buy
 

RM2252   Erythrite

Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

On a matrix with Co-As species are disposed some groups of acicular crystals of erythrite forming colloquially called: hedgehog aggregates. They are partially covering the matrix, as isolated groups or like a velvet. The pink to fuchsia colors confers to the specimen an excellent aesthetics.


Size: 8.5 x 6.2 x 3 cm.
Main crystal: 5 mm. aggr.
Found in 02/2018.

 

RM2249   Coconinoite

Jomac Mine, White Canyon, San Juan Co., Utah, United States

On a sandstone matrix some yellow crusts of coconinoite formed by small tabular to micaceous crystals. This sample has been analyzed by SEM-EDS and we will send the results to the buyer.


Size: 8.2 x 7.4 x 4.2 cm.

Presents radioactive activity.


 

RM2248   Corundum var. Ruby

Mysore, Karnataka, India

Good sized prismatic crystal of corundum, ruby variety. Formed by an elongated prism, staggered and truncated by the shapes of the pinacoid. With small muscovite.


Size: 3 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm.

Fluorescent under long wave UV

Price: 80 €Buy
 

RM2247   Corundum var. Ruby

Mysore, Karnataka, India

Corundum crystal of the ruby variety formed by an elongated prism and truncated by the forms of the pinacoid. Good color and size. From this classical Indian locality मैसूर, कर्नाटक, भारत.


Size: 3.7 x 1.2 x 1 cm.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 85 €Buy
 

RM2245   Kyanite after andalucite

Touro - O Pino, A Coruña, Galícia, Spain

The specimens of this species have been known since ancient times as pseudomorphic kyanite after andalusite. Both species are polymorphic, so substitution is not a rare case. The label says "Santiago de Compostela", but from what we have investigated, it is the area of the Conceilhos de Touro and O Pino, to the E. of Santiago, where for decades this material was worked as kyanite. A piece with history ...


Size: 3.5 x 2 x 1.9 cm.
Found in ca. 1980.

Col. J. Astor (Barcelona).


Price: 55 €Buy
 

RM2244   Azurite

Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker, Jerada, Oriental Region, Morocco

Good-sized azurite crystal from this classic Moroccan mine. It shows very defined and bright faces and edges, with an intense blue color. It presents a small nick in the upper part but almost invisible. Good specimen indeed.


Size: 4 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm.

Classic locality
Price: 90 €Buy
 

RM2241   Elbaite

Cruzeiro mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A very aesthetic miniature, but with an exceptional color variation. Between red, blue, green and yellow. A delicatessen from Brazil, referenced in Joan Astor's published work in issuu, that we recommend you visit and browse.


Size: 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm.
Found in ca. 1976.

Col. J. Astor (Barcelona). Adq. Lapidis.


 
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