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RM3091   Andradite, var. melanite (pyreneite)

Espada peak, Varètja, Occitània, Hautes-Pyrénées, France

These specimens, although not remarkable for their great beauty, do present historical interest to many collectors. According to the old label that accompanies it, the place where it was collected indicates that it is the "pic d'Espada" (Sword peak) and in French territory. After several inquiries, we can place this peak in the Varètja area, in the French High Pyrenees, in Occitania, north of the Spanish border with the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. We can observe numerous black dodecahedral crystals of andradite-grossular, melanite variety, which in the past were given the name "pyreneite". It is accompanied by the 19th century handwritten label of Dr. Hugo Francke (Dresden).


Size: 4 x 3.6 x 3.4 cm.
Found in ±1890.

Freiberg Bergakademie - Dr. Hugo Francke
Analyzed specimen with report


 

RM2990   Alumohydrocalcite and siderite

Mas Dieu, Mercoirol, Laval-Pradel, Gard, Occitània, France

Globular and radial aggregates of alumohydrocalcite crystals, white to cream in color and with a silky luster. They contrast on the brown siderite. They come from this classic French mine, nowadays partially restored.


Size: 4.4 x 4.1 x 1.4 cm.



 

RM2711   Goethite crystals

Mont-Roc mine, Mont-Roc, Castras, Occitània, France

Goethite specimen from this classic French mine, now closed and partially restored, which shows druses of goethite small crystals, defined and very, very bright. Under loupe is incredible. The sparkles of the crystals in the light are spectacular. The specimen was analyzed by Raman spectroscopy to confirm the species.


Size: 6 x 6 x 5 cm.

Classic locality


 

RM2712   Goethite crystals

Mont-Roc mine, Mont-Roc, Castras, Occitània, France

Goethite specimen from this classic French mine, now closed and partially restored, which shows druses of goethite small crystals, defined and very, very bright. Under loupe is incredible. The sparkles of the crystals in the light are spectacular. The specimen was analyzed by Raman spectroscopy to confirm the species.


Size: 9.8 x 7 x 5.6 cm.

Classic locality


 

RM2684   Bournonite, galena, pyrite and baryte

La Sanguinede mine, Les Malines, Gard, Occitània, France

These tspecimens from Les Malines are very rare today. Twinned aggregates of bournonite crystals, partially covered by cube octahedral galena, pyrite and sphalerite. They are disposed on a matrix of baryte crystals. These are classics of the largest deposit of lead and zinc in France, whose exploitation dates back to Roman times.


Size: 5.6 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 1.5 cm. aggr.
Found in ± 1974.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Classic locality


Price: 65 €Buy
 
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