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RM1993   Smithsonite with adamite

Ojuela mine, Mapimí, Municipio de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico

Very, very aesthetic specimen, unusual, showing two globular aggregates of smithsonite, colorless, transparent that let us see a whitish crystal aggregate core, with very curious growth. They are accompanied by small crystals of the same species in the form of globular grains. To give a touch of color and quality, several aggregates of olive green adamite crystals, visible terminal faces, bright, translucent and sprinkling the goethite matrix. It is an exceptional and rare old material from the Manchion Collection. Probably this specimen comes from the Palomas Oriente area of the mine. Pure aesthetics... With the label from Manchion Collection.


Size: 7.6 x 5.2 x 2.6 cm.
Main crystal: 17 mm. glob. aggreg.
Found in 1988.

Col. Manchion #378, 1988, Kucera.


Price: 170 €Buy
 

RM1991   Almandine with schorl and feldspar

Cap de Creus, Cadaqués - El Port de la Selva, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

An old piece from el Cap de Creus (Creus Cape), in Girona. It presents different almandine crystals, with colour between pink to orange, some altered, others faceted, which are included in a matrix of pegmatite. They are accompanied by black schorl. Nowadays it is forbidden to collect anything in that area and it is difficult to find available pieces.


Size: 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 6 mm.
Found in ±1978.

Col. Manchion.


Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM1990   Fluorite

Berta quarry, El Papiol - Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Rich group of sharp isolated octahedral fluorite crystals, from translucent to transparent. They show an interesting slight apple green color. They are accompanied by small quartz crystals. On a granite matrix. This matrix is classic for modern specimens and comes from low levels of the Berta quarry.


Size: 5.8 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 6 mm.
Found in ±1989

Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 55 €Buy
 

RM1989   Descloizite

Berg Aukas Mine, Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa, Namibia

Aesthetic group of several descloizite crystals. Every one of these group of crystals is a group of little crystals of slightly curved edges, a typical shape in the classic samples from Namibia. Intense brilliance a deep color. From this former Sapnish collection.


Size: 4.0 x 3.3 x 3.2 cm.
Main crystal: 13 mm.
Found in 09/1986.

Col. Manchion #245


 

RM1979   Vanadinite with Baryte

Coud'a area, Mibladen, Khénifra, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Floater specimen. Excelent group of vanadinite crystals showing a defined hexagonal shape, with very well defined faces and edges, intense red color. Good brilliance and some transparence, with internal reflections between red and orange. Crystals size is remarkable. A piece with two faces. One of them, crystals are disposed in an isolated way on a barite lenticular rosette crystals. In the other, they are forming rich crystalline groups. The presence of this baryte matrix is highly appreciated by collectors and gives to the specimen a special aesthetics.


Size: 9.4 x 5.2 x 4.4 cm.
Main crystal: 8 mm.
Found in 2013.

Classic locality


Price: 110 €Buy
 

RM1975   Kasolite with malachite

Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga, Congo, Democratic Republic of

Kasolite is one of my favorite species. In this sample (from Dr. Viñals, Barcelona) we can enjoy several vugs with lanceolated kasolite crystals. With the orange color, some transparent and isolated, some forming aggregates. Contarsting on the green matrix.


Size: 4.1 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm.

Presents radioactive activity.
 

RM1974   Čechite

Maria Magdalena Mine, Rasa de l'Alzina, Ulldemolins, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

These specimens were found in a outcrop close to Maria Magdalena mine, close to the beautiful town of Ulldemolins (Tarragona, Catalonia). Probably, these crystals are the most defined crystals of Čechite worldwide. They are brilliant, black color and show a tabular shape defined by different order orthorhombic prisms and pinacoidal faces. Disposed very aerial on a fluorite matrix.
Čechite is very rare lead iron vanadate that is only found in a few places in the world and it is the first citation in the Iberian peninsula.
SEM-EDS and EPMA analysis show that, in some cases, on the crystal surface there is Cu2+ has been formed but the crystal is pure PbFe2+(VO4)(OH). In most specimens (all) from other localities the presence of manganese is important, but these specimens are Mn free. We will send more details to the buyer.


Size: 4 x 2 x 1.8 cm.
Main crystal: 1 mm.



 

RM1955   Native copper

Bou N'hass Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

An aesthetic native copper of good size and very aerial, which shows an arborescent growth formed by flattened crystals. It is partially coated with copper salt species, together with cuprite. A very displayable piece.


Size: 11.6 x 6.2 x 2.4 cm.
Found in 2018.

Price: 95 €Buy
 

RM1943   Wulfenite

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

Rich group of wulfenite crystals, bright, slightly color from yellow to orange. Crystallized in both sides. Most are intact, something unusual in the specimens of this site. From the former collection of J.M. Manchion.


Size: 7.5 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm.
Main crystal: 14 mm.
Found in ±1986.

Col. J.M. Manchion. #293, 01/1987, E. Kucera


Price: 150 €Buy
 

RM1941   Copper with cuprite

Bou N'hass Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

Specimen of native copper with arborescent and dendritic growths formed by rounded crystals, partially covered with cuprite. Good size. From this classic Moroccan mine.


Size: 6 x 5.7 x 2.8 cm.
Found in 2017.

Price: 50 €Reserved
 

RM1940   Octahedral fluorite

Berta quarry, El Papiol - Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

A group of fluorite crystals those, at first glance, seem just octahedra, but if you take a look carefully you will see complex terminations. Green color and dull luster. Acompanied by small quartz crystals. A classic from the former Manchion (Barcelona) collection, collected by himself in January, 1986.


Size: 7.8 x 6 x 5.8 cm.
Main crystal: 8 x 8 mm.
Found in 01/1986.

Fluorescent under LW-UV and SW-UV lights


 

RM1964   Baryte, Quartz and Pyrite

Bou N'hass Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

The matrix of this sample is defined by a druse of quartz crystals, between milky and hyaline, very well defined, short prism and brilliance. These crystals are peppered by various pyrite aggregates. What stands out, very aerial, is a group of barite tabular crystals, very bright, also dotted with small pyrite-marcasite crystals. An exceptional piece for display, excellent for this mine.


Size: 14 x 11.5 x 6.6 cm.
Main crystal: 7 x 4.5 cm aggreg.
Found in 2017.

Price: 120 €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
 

RM1967   Twinned calcite with pyrite

El Hammam Mine, Djebel el Hammam, Meknès, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Very curious group of calcite crystals showing forms twinned. Bright, with defined faces and curved edges. They are accompanied by aggregates of tiny crystals of pyrite, partially included in the calcite. Reddish fluorescence under UV light. Uncommon Moroccan specimens.


Size: 6.5 x 5 x 4.2 cm.
Main crystal: 5.5 x 4 cm.
Found in 2017.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM1969   Pyromorphite

Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang, China

Rich group of hexagonal prismatic pyromorphite crystals. Some of them with hoppered forms and marked color zoning. Excellent green color, brilliance and with translucent crystals. A specimen of good size and exceptional quality. Today it is difficult to find them in the market, if we take note that they were seen more often years ago.


Size: 7.5 x 6.5 x 6.8 cm.

Classic locality
 

RM1961   Silver with acanthite

Balcoll mine, Pozo 2 (shaft 2), Falset, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

In this specimen we can enjoy several groups of wire silver, with showy wire to skeletal growths and metallic luster. Accompanied by black acanthite crystal aggregates. From a classic locality for the Catalan and Spanish mineralogy. A good chance to represent this locality in your collection. Nowadays it is very difficult find specimens, only from old collections...


Size: 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm.
Found in ±1998.

Classic locality
Price: 75 €Reserved

 

RM1960   Silver with acanthite

Balcoll mine, Pozo 2 (shaft 2), Falset, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

In this specimen we can observe very aerial growths of skeletal native silver, accompanied by acanthite. Intense luster. These specimens come from the findings of the last years of the XXth century, being today very difficult to find them in the market and less with this quality.


Size: 4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm.
Found in ±1998.

Classic locality
 

RM1959   Silver with acanthite

Balcoll mine, Pozo 2 (shaft 2), Falset, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

In this aesthetic specimen we can enjoy numerous groups of silver filiform crystals with skeletal growths, brilliant and of a bronze tone. They are accompanied by some acanthite crystals. These pieces come from a classic locality of the Catalan mineralogy such as the Balcoll mine. On a matrix with calcite. Almost impossible to get today and less with this quality.


Size: 3.5 x 3.3 x 3.0 cm.
Main crystal: 8 mm.
Found in ±1998.

Classic locality
Price: 140 €Reserved
 

RM1958   Silver with acanthite

Balcoll mine, Pozo 2 (shaft 2), Falset, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

In this specimen we can enjoy several groups of wire silver, with showy wire to skeletal growths and metallic luster. Accompanied by black acanthite crystal aggregates. From a classic locality for the Catalan and Spanish mineralogy. A good chance to represent this locality in your collection. Nowadays it is very difficult find specimens, only from old collections...


Size: 4 x 3 x 2.4 cm.
Found in ±1998.

Classic locality
 

RM1957   Silver with galena and acanthite

Balcoll mine, Pozo 2 (shaft 2), Falset, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

In this specimen we can observe numerous skeletal growths of native silver, accompanied by octahedral crystals (with some cube faces) of acanthite and, very interesting, several cube octahedral galena crystals. These specimens come from the findings of the last years of the XXth century, being today very difficult to find them in the market and less with this quality.


Size: 4.6 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm.
Found in ±1998.

Classic locality
 

RM1956   Acanthite with Silver

Balcoll mine, Pozo 2 (shaft 2), Falset, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

Acanthite in the specimens of the Balcoll mine, usually appears in small crystals. In this piece there are several groups of acanthite crystals of good size, showing facets of the cube and the octahedron, some of them have grown on skeletal aggregates of native silver. Very interesting for the species and for this classic Catalan locality. These specimens come from the findings of the last years of XXth century, being today very difficult to find them in the market and less with this quality.


Size: 6.8 x 3.8 x 2.4 cm.
Main crystal: 5 mm.
Found in ±1998.

Classic locality
Price: 160 €Buy
 

RM1935   Fluorite with quartz

Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain

Group of cubic crystals of fluorite, with transparency, color between purple to violet, with polysynthetic growths on the faces, very defined. A Spanish classic.


Size: 12.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 cm.
Main crystal: 25 x 22 mm.

 

RM1931   Microcline

Montnegre Mts., Sant Celoni, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Rich group of microcline crystals, some of them with the Mannebach twin, well defined. Specimen belonging to the collection of Sr. Manchion, acquired at the Sant Celoni mineral show in March 1985. A piece with history.


Size: 7 x 5.5 x 2.8 cm.
Main crystal: 15 mm.
Found in ±1985.

Col. J.M. Manchion, Barcelona. Num. 159.
 

RM1932   Fluorite with baryte

Moscona mine, Villabona area, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Asturias, Spain

Historically the most representative fluorite specimens from mina Moscona are yellow, recently some of violet tones have been collected. This ancient specimen is one of the few that appeared in the mine with this pink to purple color, with zoning. It is a floater, formed by growths of cubic crystals with faces with polysynthetic growths, very brilliant and translucent. They are partially covered with sharp tabular barite crystals, between transparent to opaque on the outer edges. No damage, good size and fluorescent (UV-LW). A very unusual piece for this classic Spanish mine, from a former German collection.


Size: 16 x 14 x 6.5 cm.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM1929   Actinolite and Fluorapatite

Montijos quarry, Monte Redondo, Leiria, Portugal

Former specimen of actinolite adquired in marzo de 1987 at the Sant Celoni mineral show by Sr. Manchion. It shows radial aggregates of green crystals of actinolite, with whitish fluorapatite prisms included in. It comes from a Portuguese quarries abandoned for decades.


Size: 6 x 5 x 2.4 cm.
Main crystal: 10 mm.
Found in ±1987

Col. J. M. Manchion. Num. 305.


Price: 65 €Buy
 
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