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RM2865   Fluorapatite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Group of fluorapatite crystals from this famous Portuguese mine. They are accompanied by small lenticular siderite crystals.


Size: 3.3 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm.

Col. Trigo (Mataró, Catalunya)
 

RM2551   Panasqueiraite, triplite, isokite, quartz and pyrite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

From specimens like these, this very rare species was identified: panasqueiraite. Identifying it in each sample is an almost impossible task. Panasqueiraite is a monoclinic calcium-magnesium phosphate, it would be an hydroxylated analog of isokite. In Panasqueira, its type locality, it is found as massive fine-grained aggregates together with other phosphates (fluorapatite, thadeuite, wolfeite, triplite, althausite and vivianite), with topaz, quartz and sulfides (arsenopyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and sphalerite) in veins hydrothermal. The panasqueiraíta closely resembles the thadeuíta and the wolfeíta, but with the naked eye the three species can be distinguished by their slightly different colors: thadeuite: yellow-orange; wolfeite: pink salmon; panasqueiraite: pinkish orange.
Panasqueiraite crystals are not known, but there are always exfoliation planes {010}, also for thadeuite (Caries Curto, Jordi Fabre: The Panasqueira Mines. The Mineralogical Record, January-February 2014, volume 45, number 1).


Size: 5.2 x 4.6 x 2.7 cm.
Found in ±2005.

 

RM2552   Panasqueiraite, triplite, isokite, quartz and pyrite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

From specimens like these, this very rare species was identified: panasqueiraite. Identifying it in each sample is an almost impossible task. Panasqueiraite is a monoclinic calcium-magnesium phosphate, it would be an hydroxylated analog of isokite. In Panasqueira, its type locality, it is found as massive fine-grained aggregates together with other phosphates (fluorapatite, thadeuite, wolfeite, triplite, althausite and vivianite), with topaz, quartz and sulfides (arsenopyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and sphalerite) in veins hydrothermal. The panasqueiraíta closely resembles the thadeuíta and the wolfeíta, but with the naked eye the three species can be distinguished by their slightly different colors: thadeuite: yellow-orange; wolfeite: pink salmon; panasqueiraite: pinkish orange.
Panasqueiraite crystals are not known, but there are always exfoliation planes {010}, also for thadeuite (Caries Curto, Jordi Fabre: The Panasqueira Mines. The Mineralogical Record, January-February 2014, volume 45, number 1).


Size: 5 x 3.7 x 2.9
Found in ±2005.

 

RM2174   Fluorapatite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Very sharp hexagonal fluorapatite crystal, with visible colour zoning, more intense in the core area and clearer in edges. Bright and defined, with another doubly terminated smaller crystal on one of the pinacoidal faces. It is accompanied by muscovite.


Size: 4 x 3 x 2.7 cm.
Main crystal: 3.8 x 1.7 cm.
Found in 1989.

Col. Manchion (Barcelona).
Price: 55 €Buy
 

RM1965   Arsenopyrite with fluorapatite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

A first line arsenopyrite specimen from Panasqueira. It is a large group of prismatic lanceolate crystals of brilliant arsenopyrite, very defined, interpenetrated, with striated faces, ultimately: pure aesthetics. And to give it a touch of excellence we have a group of fluorapatite crystals, brilliant, transparent and with an uniform green tone. A more than worthy representative from this classic Portuguese mine.


Size: 9.4 x 7 x 5.5 cm.
Main crystal: 24 mm.
Found in ±2005.

Classic locality
Price: 290 €Buy
 

RM1928   Arsenopyrite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

This floater specimen shows a curious and aesthetic skeletal growth of arsenopyrite crystals. Oquerous, extremely brilliant, with flattened and striated forms. An exceptional piece for this Portuguese mine that never ceases to amaze us for its top quality specimens. A very different specimen from Panasqueira.


Size: 8 x 4.6 x 3.6 cm.

Classic locality
 

RM1865   Fluorapatite with quartz, muscovite, siderite and pyrite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Group of hyaline quartz crystals, well developed and defined, with some curious crystals of fluorapatite, with a marked geometrical color zoning and inclusions. Theya re accompanied by brilliant pyrite crystals on muscovite and siderite.


Size: 9.5 x 8.5 x 6 cm.
Main crystal: 8 x 8 mm. F-ap
Found in ±1980.

Col. J.M. Manchion, Barcelona.
Fluorescent under long wave UV


Price: 65 €Buy
 

RM751   Ferberite with quartz, siderite, muscovite and arsenopyrite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Excellent combo formed by a group of ferberite crystals with parallel growths, with an intense black color and good brightness, peppered by lenticular siderite crystals. They are supported by a hyaline quartz crystal partially covered by muscovite. Note that quartz has a small dent on one of the faces of the terminal rhombohedra, without affecting the aesthetics of the sample. Arsenopyrite has grown on the ferberite. A specimen with a superb aesthetics, from a classic locality like Panasqueira.


Size: 6,0 x 5,5 x 3,5 cm.

 
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