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RM2691   Rashleighite, var. of turquoise

Gunheath China Clay Pit, Stenalees, Treverbyn, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom

An interesting specimen of turquoise (variety rashleighite) from the Cornwall mines. Formerly, rashleighite was an approved species, now it is defined as a turquoise with a certain iron content, intermediate between chalcosiderite and turquoise. This sample shows a sky blue crust aggregates, with cavities with crystals and a quartz matrix. A Cornish classic from the collection of Joan Astor (Barcelona) and, previously, from Martín Oliete (Madrid), a well-known systematic collector.

Size: 4.7 x 4.1 x 3.2 cm.
Found in ± 1984.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona). Col. Martín Oliete (Madrid).
Classic locality


RM1425   Cerussite

Trevellance Mine, Bolingey, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, Cornwall, United Kingdom

I purchased this specimen more than 10 years ago to the dissapeared dealer Baikal Geo (Madrid). It consists in a rich group of fibrous to prismatic aggregates of brilliant, transparent to white cerussite on a goethite matrix. This specimen is labeled from Trevellance mine, a very old Cornish mine worked for some time during the 1840s. Very interesting specimen from a rare English locality.

Size: 5.2 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm.
Main crystal: 8 x 2 mm.


RM1366   Chalcopyrite with siderite

Carn Brea and Tincroft United Mine, Carn Brea, Camborne-Redruth-St Day, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Brilliant group of chalcopyrite crystals, twinned and with complex forms, but with well defined faces and edges. The golden color, with iridescence, indicates that it is a "old" specimen. The piece comes from an interesting and classic English locality where few chalcopyrite specimens are known with this quality. These specimens were obtained at the beginning of XX century, it is a very "old" mineralogical sample from Clemens A. Winkler, german chemist who discovered the Germanium.

Size: 6.0 x 3.8 x 3.6 cm.
Main crystal: 8 x 8 mm.
Found in ±1900.

Excol. Clemens A. Winkler (1838-1904).