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RM1581   Pyromorphite

Saint-Salvy mine, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme, Tarn, France

A very rich specimen formed by several aggregates of acicular to prismatic pyromorphite crystals with an intense green color and silky luster. On a rocky matrix. A French classic from old "times".


Size: 5.3 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm.

 

RM1592   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: 7.1 x 6.5 x 3.2 cm.
Main crystal: 3 mm
Found in 2000.



Price: 40 €Buy
 

RM578   Zinkenite with siderite and chalcocite

Vallée de l'Ubaye, Saint-Pons, Barcelonnette, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France

Excellent and rich group of prismatic zinkenite crystals, some of them with a good size, with striated faces, with a huge size chalcocite crystal with planar to curved terminal faces. Good metallic luster and well disposed on a vug with lenticular siderite crystals. Usually they occurs covered by calcite. A hig quality specimen from this species and locality.


Size: 5,7 x 5,2 x 4,0 cm.
Main crystal: 9 x 4 mm.

 

RM1253   Arsenic with Löllingite

Gabe Gottes Mine, Sankt Jakob vein, Neuenberg, Ste Marie-aux-Mines, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France

A very old specimen from Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. A matrix, full of cavities, those are partially covered by small but brilliant löllingite crystals and arsenic clustered together. With some quartz. We can enjoy this sample under magnification. We have analyzed the specimen and we will send results to the buyer. These specimens are extremely rare on the market.


Size: 6.4 x 5.0 x 4.0 cm.

Ex-col. Eric Martini


 

RM632   Aragonite with quartz (Jacinto de Compostela)

Bastennes, Amou, Landes, Aquitaine, France

No, it is not a Spanish aragonite, it is French. This specimen shows various crystals twinned and interpenetrating each other. They have a good brilliance and some transparence and color varies between from brown, reddish to colorless. With small red quartz crystals (Jacinto de Compostela), giving it a distinctive touch.  Dedicated to aragonite collectors.


Size: 4,4 x 3,9 x 3,7 cm.
Found in 1980's.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM631   Aragonite with quartz (Jacinto de Compostela)

Bastennes, Amou, Landes, Aquitaine, France

No, it is not a Spanish aragonite, it is French. This specimen shows various crystals twinned and interpenetrating each other. They have a good brilliance and some transparence and color varies between from brown, reddish to colorless. Peppered by small red quartz crystals (Jacinto de Compostela), giving it a distinctive touch. Huge size. Dedicated to aragonite collectors.


Size: 5,2 x 4,8 x 4,8 cm.
Found in 1980's.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM1017   Fluorite

Arbouet quarry (Birrity), Arbouet-Sussaute, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitania, France

Druse formed by a rich group of cubic fluorite crystals with a yellowish tone, with geometrical zoning color, more violet in some outer edges. Noted for its definition. Translucent and dull luster. This deposit has some similarities with those of Asturias in Spain. A representative and quality specimen for this not well represented in collections French locality.


Size: 9.3 x 7.4 x 6.0 cm.
Main crystal: 27 x 25 mm.

 

RM202   Pyromorphite with quartz

Mine de La Vidale, Bréziès, Asprières, Decazeville, Aveyron, France

Globular growths of barrel-shaped orange yellow to green crystals with a good luster. The crystals are on a matrix with small crystals of quartz.


Size: 7.6 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm.
Main crystal: 5 x 5 mm. aggr.
Found in 2010.

 

RM1278   Pyromorphite with quartz

Mine de La Vidale, Bréziès, Asprières, Decazeville, Aveyron, France

Good sized doubly terminated pyromorphite crystals. They show curved faces and edges, almost giving spheroidal shapes. They are bright, have a yellow slightly green color. They are partially covering vugs on a matrix with quartz. These specimens were collected working in old dumps of this French mine. This is one of the best specimens I've seen.


Size: 10.0 x 9.1 x 5.5 cm.
Main crystal: 6 x 6 mm.
Found in 03-2011.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM1279   Pyromorphite with quartz

Mine de La Vidale, Bréziès, Asprières, Decazeville, Aveyron, France

Good sized specimen formed by several globular aggregates of pyromorphite. They are bright, have a yellow slightly green color. They are partially covering a matrix with quartz. These specimens were collected working in old dumps of this French mine. This is one of the best specimens I've seen.


Size: 9.8 x 8.5 x 8.3 cm.
Main crystal: 23 x 20 mm.
Found in 03-2011.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM1380   Fluorite with baryte

Chaillac mines, Filón/vein Rossignol, Chaillac, Indre, Centre, France

Exceptional specimen of fluorite from this classic French mine. It shows a group of cubic crystals, interpenetrating, brilliant, intense yellow-orange, translucent to transparent and tiled growths on their faces. It is accompanied by barite tabular crystals. A French classic with a brightness and superior quality for the locality.


Size: 7.0 x 6.4 x 5.0 cm.
Main crystal: 20 x 20 mm.

Excol. Guillert.
Fluorescent under long wave UV


 

RM1381   Fluorite

Fromelennes, Givet, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France

Group of cubic fluorite crystals, with defined faces and edges and polysynthetic growths. Purple color with zoning and good transparency. Hard to see in collections.


Size: 9.2 x 7.4 x 4.0 cm.
Main crystal: 12 x 12 mm.

 

RM1382   Fluorite with quartz

Fromelennes, Givet, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France

Group of cubic fluorite crystals, with defined faces and edges and polysynthetic growths. Purple color with zoning, more intense on edges and good transparency. Hard to see in collections.


Size: 7.7 x 6.7 x 5.0 cm.
Main crystal: 12 x 12 cm.

 

RM2010   Bournonite and sphalerite

Mine des Cèdres, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Les Malines, Gard, France

Specimen formed by cyclic twins of bournonite, with gray metallic luster. Theyu have rounded faces and edges, good luster and is disposeded on a matrix of defined crystals of sphalerite toasted honey to black tones. A classic from this French mine.


Size: 8.0 x 4.8 x 2.0 cm.
Main crystal: 1.5 cm.

Col. Manchion.
Price: 75 €Buy
 

RM1584   Hematite and quartz

Brézouard Massif, Ste Marie-aux-Mines, Haut-Rhin, France

This good size brilliant specimen is an old time hematite from "Le Brézouard", a early 80's finding in the area of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. These specimens show a very characteristic hexagonal shape formed by several tabular to laminar brilliant hematite crystals forming aggregates interpenetrated and on a quartz matrix. A really classic specimen for French and "Sainte-Marie" mineralogy.


Size: 7.8 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm.
Main crystal: 8 x 4 mm.
Found in 1980's.

 

RM1583   Hematite and quartz

Brézouard Massif, Ste Marie-aux-Mines, Haut-Rhin, France

This brilliant specimen is an old time hematite from "Le Brézouard", a early 80's finding in the area of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. These specimens show a very characteristic hexagonal shape formed by several tabular to laminar brilliant hematite crystals forming aggregates interpenetrated and on a quartz matrix. In this specimen highlights the visibility of the quartz crystals of the matrix, unusual, and the aggregates of small doubly terminated crystals of quartz on the hematite. A very aesthetic and classic specimen for the mining area of Sainte-Marie area.


Size: 7.0 x 5.1 x 1.5 cm.
Main crystal: 11 x 5 mm.
Found in 1980's.

 

RM1585   Fluorite and baryte

Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, France

Very rich specimen formed by numerous sharp crystals of fluorite, with cubic habit, and very well defined faces and edges, good transparence, intense color between purple and violet with intense zoning. This color zoning becomes very evident when the crystals are exposed to the ultraviolet light (LW), since the fluorescence also presents this zoned cubic geometry. They are accompanied by several tabular crystals of baryte on a matrix layered by small quartz crystals.
These specimens come from the town of Bergheim, known for being on the Alsace wines route. Although fluorite crystals were already known in some of the mining works of the area, these specimens come from a work done in a "domaine" (vineyard) in 2017.


Size: 6.0 x 4.8 x 4.5 cm.
Main crystal: 6 x 6 mm.
Found in 2017.

Fluorescent under long wave UV


 

RM1587   Fluorite and baryte

Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, France

Very rich specimen formed by good size sharp crystals of fluorite, with cubic habit, and very well defined faces and edges, good transparence, intense color between purple and violet with intense zoning. This color zoning becomes very evident when the crystals are exposed to the ultraviolet light (LW), since the fluorescence also presents this zoned cubic geometry. They are accompanied by several tabular crystals of baryte on a matrix layered by small quartz crystals.
These specimens come from the town of Bergheim, known for being on the Alsace wines route. Although fluorite crystals were already known in some of the mining works of the area, these specimens come from a work done in a "domaine" (vineyard) in 2017.


Size: 5.2 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm.
Main crystal: 9 x 9 mm.
Found in 2017.

Fluorescent under long wave UV


 

RM448   Pyromorphite with quartz and barite

Mine des Farges, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France

On a quartz matrix are disposed some sharp pyromorphite crystals with a very interesting color zoning between light green in prism faces and yellow tones on terminal pinacoids. Crystals show a hexagonal barrel-shaped prism with flattened terminal faces on the top. They have grow in divergent directions. Some of the crystals are isolated, with an elongated prism. A classic between classics from this well known french mine closed in 1981. A nice specimen of pyromorphite.


Size: 4,7 x 3,5 x 3,5 cm.
Main crystal: 14 x 6 mm.

 

RM449   Pyromorphite with barite

Mine des Farges, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France

On a barite matrix are disposed several sharp pyromorphite crystals with a very interesting color zoning between olive-green in prism faces and yellow tones on terminal ones. Crystals show a hexagonal barrel-shaped prism with the pyramid terminal faces on the top. They have grow in divergent directions. Some of the crystals are isolated, with an elongated prism. Contrasting with the dark brown matrix. A classic between classics from this well known french mine closed in 1981. A great opportunity for pyromorphite and old classic mineral collectors.


Size: 5,5 x 4,0 x 2,8 cm.
Main crystal: 7 x 2 mm.

 

RM450   Pyromorphite with barite

Mine des Farges, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France

On a barite matrix are disposed several sharp pyromorphite crystals with a very interesting color olive-green color. They have grow in divergent directions. Some of the crystals are isolated, with an elongated prism. Really excelent specimen. A classic between classics from this well known french mine closed in 1981. A great opportunity for pyromorphite and old classic mineral collectors.


Size: 6,8 x 4,5 x 3,4 cm.
Main crystal: 10 x 2 mm.

Precio reducido-Reduced price 140€
 

RM454   Pyromorphite with barite

Mine des Farges, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France

On a barite matrix are disposed several brilliant and very sharp pyromorphite crystals with a very interesting deep olive-green color. They have grow in divergent directions. Some of the crystals are isolated, with an elongated prism. Very interesting under stereomicroscope, we can see excellent crystal growths. Really nice specimen. A classic between classics from this well known french mine closed in 1981. A great opportunity for pyromorphite and old classic mineral collectors.


Size: 7,5 x 4,8 x 2,3 cm.
Main crystal: 7 x 2 mm.

Precio reducido-Reduced price 135€
 

RM540   Autunite

Vénachat (pegmatite field), Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France

Rosettes of sharp hexagonal tabular autunite crystals, interpenetrated between them and some isolated. The intense yellow color is characteristic of the species. Crystals are disposed on a pegmatite matrix. This is a sample extracted from Vénachat area late 70's and comes from a reduced extension pegmatite field embedded in granite, near Compreignac. Traces of workings from the 19th century can be found, beside an open pit worked for uranium by COGEMA in 1982-1987. A good quality French historical specimen.


Size: 6,5 x 3,8 x 3,2 cm.
Main crystal: 2 x 2 mm.
Found in 1970's.

Precio reducido-Reduced price 50€
Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM559   Allanite-(Ce) with calcite and talc

Trimouns talc quarry, Luzenac, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Gem quality allanite-(Ce) specimen, with a good size, elongated and showing well defined faces and edges. It is embedded in the matrix of calcite with brilliant talc. Transparency and luster are excellent and shows a zoning toasted honey color, with green pleochroism visible depending on light. It is accompanied by other smaller crystal similarly defined and transparent. The area where I extracted no longer exists, when quarry has been extended. A piece of Rare Earths (REE) of a classic French locality, aesthetic and not easy to be found nowadays.


Size: 5,5 x 4,0 x 2,8 cm.
Main crystal: 15 x 3 mm.
Found in 2006.

It shows Pleochroism
 

RM746   Allanite-(Ce) with dolomite and calcite

Trimouns talc quarry, Luzenac, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées, France

This specimen is showing a very rich group of allanite-(Ce) crystals, disposed randomly on a cavity covered by dolomite and calcite. This mineral with Rare Earth Elements (REE) is a classic for this French quarry, in the Pyrenees. It shows very elongated prismatic crystals, with transparence and brown to toasted honey tones.


Size: 9,2 x 6,5 x 5,5 cm.
Main crystal: 6 x 1 mm.
Found in ±2004.

 
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