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RM1954   Native copper

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane 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: 9.2 x 6.0 x 1.5 cm.
Found in 2018.

 

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: 110 €Buy
 

RM1782   Native copper with quartz

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

A huge size and aesthetic native copper, which shows an arborescent growths formed by copper crystals. They are partially covered by copper salt species, together with cuprite and quartz. A very displayable piece.


Size: 13.0 x 12.0 x 4.2 cm.
Found in 01/2018.

Price: 150 €Buy
 

RM627   Quartz (amethyst) with "hour glass"

Adrar Trich Boû Oudi, Tata, Guelmim-Es Semara, Morocco

These doubly quartz crystals with amethyst hour glass color zoning never are always amazing. In this specimen we see this internal color zoning and delicate and thin brown filamentous inclusions. Defined edges and faces, of course. To increase its interest, one could see some faces of the prism and rhombohedra with opalescent dull luster, while other rhombohedral faces are completely transparent and allow us to see clearly the geometric color zoning inside the crystal. On the back shows usual for these specimens recrystallized contact. A specimen to enjoy crystallography and aesthetics.


Size: 3,0 x 2, 0 x 1,2 cm.
Found in 2009.

 

RM1165   Galena with quartz and sphalerite

Aouli, Midelt, Meknès-Tafilalet, Khénifra, Morocco

Excellent specimen of galena that shows a group of sharp cubic crystals, brilliant, interpenetrated and which are peppered by small crystals of honey color sphalerite. Partially covered by sharp, brilliant quartz crystals and minor calcite. This deposit has been operated by several french compagnies from 1923 to 1960. A quality specimen for this Moroccan locality.


Size: 7.8 x 7.6 x 4.3 cm.
Main crystal: 18 x 18 mm.

 

RM1684   Fluorite

Taourirt, L'Oriental Region, Morocco

Long time since I saw good quality fluorite specimens from this Moroccan mines (Tawrirt, ⵜⴰⵡⵔⵉⵔⵜ), located in the Oriental region of the country. These specimens of fluorite show forms of the cube, with very sharp edges, translucent, with slight color zoning, between violet to purple, semidull faces, very curious. It shows unusual elongated cubes. Partially covered by black goethite. A very aesthetic piece.


Size: 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.0 cm.
Main crystal: 17 x 11 mm.
Found in 2017

 

RM1682   Fluorite and Baryte

Taourirt, L'Oriental Region, Morocco

Probably the best specimen I can get from this pocket. Very rich group of interpenetrated fluorite crystals showing forms of the cube, with very sharp edges, transparent to translucent, with marked color zoning, intense violet color and  brilliant faces. Contrasting with the white baryte matrix. A very, very aesthetic specimen.
Long time since I saw good quality fluorite specimens from this Moroccan mines (Tawrirt, ⵜⴰⵡⵔⵉⵔⵜ), located in the Oriental region of the country.


Size: 8.0 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm.
Main crystal: 14 x 12 mm.
Found in 2017

 

RM1656   Fluorite and Baryte

Taourirt, L'Oriental Region, Morocco

These specimens of fluorite show forms of the cube, with very sharp edges, transparent to translucent, with some color zoning, intense violet color, brilliant to semidull faces, very curious. Partially covered by goethite and very aerial disposed on baryte crystals. Long time since I saw good quality fluorite specimens from this Moroccan mines (Tawrirt, ⵜⴰⵡⵔⵉⵔⵜ), located in the Oriental region of the country. An aesthetic piece.


Size: 5.2 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 15 x 13 mm.
Found in 2017

 

RM1658   Fluorite and Baryte

Taourirt, L'Oriental Region, Morocco

These specimens of fluorite show forms of the cube, with very sharp edges, transparent to translucent, with some color zoning, violet color, brilliant to semidull faces, very curious. A very aerial and aesthetic miniture. Long time since I saw good quality fluorite specimens from this Moroccan mines (Tawrirt, ⵜⴰⵡⵔⵉⵔⵜ), located in the Oriental region of the country.


Size: 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm.
Main crystal: 14 x 13 mm.
Found in 2017

 

RM1769   Anglesite

Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker, Jerada, L'oriental Region, Morocco

Aesthetic and historic specimen of anglesite, formed by a well developed tabular crystal, lanceolated, very rich in faces, with various rhombic prisms facets and striated pinacoids. It presents an excellent transparence and good brilliance. It is disposed on a galena matrix accompanied by other crystals of the same species. A pleasure to enjoy the crystallography of the piece. An ancient specimen of the former Manchión collection.


Size: 6.2 x 5.2 x 4.8 cm.
Main crystal: 2,5 x 1,8 cm.

Col. J.M. Manchion (Barcelona) - No. 326 (J. Viñals, 1989)


 

RM1689   Anglesite and galena

Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker, Jerada, L'oriental Region, Morocco

Very rich and brilliant specimen of anglesite, formed by several prismatic crystals, with transparence, brilliance, defined faces and edges and colorless. A pleasure to enjoy the crystallography of the species. They are partially covering a vug in a galena matrix. A sample from former Daunis collection (Barcelona), with many years on his "shoulder".


Size: 8.0 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm.
Main crystal: 12 x 8 mm.
Found in ca. 1970's.

Excol. Daunis (Barcelona)


 

RM1770   Cerussite

Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker, Jerada, L'oriental Region, Morocco

Very esthetic and historical specimen formed by crystals of cerussite, transparent to translucent, with an unusual brightness, elongated prisms, rich in faces and some twins. Closely observed, it becomes a crystallographic pleasure. From a classic Moroccan mine from where nowadays is not easy to find samples with this quality.


Size: 6.5 x 5.5 x 4.4 cm.
Main crystal: 12 x 4 mm.
Found in ±1985.

Col. J.M. Manchion (Barcelona) - No. 322 (J. Fabre, 04/1986)
Fluorescent under long wave UV
Price: 120 € 100 €Buy
 

RM1553   Quartz var. Chalcedony

Smara, Es-Semara, Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra, Morocco

A floater nodule with blackish and whitish spheroidal forms with some visible crystalline faces. They're a silicified fossil sponge which have preserved the original morphology of the biological specimens.


Size: 6.7 x 3.6 x 3.0 cm.
Found in 2016

Price: 25 €Buy
 

RM1551   Quartz var. Chalcedony

Smara, Es-Semara, Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra, Morocco

A floater nodule with blackish and whitish spheroidal forms with some visible crystalline faces. They're a silicified fossil sponge which have preserved the original morphology of the biological specimens.


Size: 6.2 x 5.0 x 3.0 cm.
Found in 2016

Price: 25 €Buy
 

RM1728   Baryte

Echemmaia, Youssoufia, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Baryte specimens from this Maghrebian locality are very unusual. They appear labeled as Irhoud and there is a discussion about the locality. These are aggregates of tabular lanceolate baryte crystals those form beautiful rosettes, very aerial disposed, with inclusions those give them these reddish tones. On a matrix with quartz. A rarity.
Echemaïa (Arabic: الشماعية) is a city of Morocco, located in the region of Marrakech-Safi between the city of Safi and Marrakech. Formerly called "Al Kasba" it was renamed "Chemaïa" (literally: "La Chandelière") since the establishment of one of the largest candle factories in the region.


Size: 9.5 x 7.0 x 4.7 cm.
Main crystal: 25 mm.
Found in 1970's.

Col. J.M. Manchion (Barcelona) - No. 325 (1987)


Price: 60 €Buy
 

RM1492   Baryte

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of barite crystals with parallel growth, between transparent and translucent, with brilliant, honey to yellowish tone and with defined tabular shape. An aesthetic specimen with a minor marcasite matrix.


Size: 4.8 x 4.3 x 3.7 cm.
Main crystal: 3.7 x 2.8 cm.
Found in 2013.

Price: 45 € 40 €Buy
 

RM1314   Baryte with inclusions and marcasite

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Pure brilliance, pure aesthetics. Group of tabular crystals of baryte showing curved shape with a slightly yellowish tone. Transparent to translucent, with zoned inclusions. It is accompanied by twinned and brilliant crystals of marcasite. A true delicacy.


Size: 6.0 x 5.2 x 3.0 cm.
Found in 2013.

 

RM1335   Baryte with marcasite

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Good size parallel growth of tabular crystals of barite, very sharp and with very well defined faces and edges. They are translucent and accompanied by very bright and small marcasite.
These mines are located approximately 50 km south of Alnif, near the border with Algeria. This area was already mined in medieval age for the extraction of copper. In the 60s of the last century, French companies expanded shafts and mineral extraction.


Size: 7.9 x 5.5 x 4.3 cm.
Found in 2013.

Price: 40 € 35 €Buy
 

RM1302   Baryte with marcasite and quartz

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Fine quality specimen that shows aggregates of tabular crystals of baryte, with a slight bluish tone, brilliant and with defined faces and edges. Accompanied by several marcasite crystals showing various twins, such as "cockscomb", as aggregates or very aesthetic individual crystals. On a quartz crystal matrix.
These mines are located approximately 50 km south of Alnif, near the border with Algeria. This area was already mined in medieval age for the extraction of copper. In the 60s of the last century, French companies expanded shafts and mineral extraction.


Size: 6.8 x 5.4 x 5.3 cm.
Main crystal: 12 x 10 mm.
Found in 2013.

Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM1347   Baryte with marcasite, pyrite and quartz

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Good size parallel growth of tabular crystals of barite, very sharp and with very well defined faces and edges. They show a yellowish tone, translucent with inclusions. Accompanied by cubic pyrite with small octahedral faces. On a quartz crystal matrix with marcasite.
These mines are located approximately 50 km south of Alnif, near the border with Algeria. This area was already mined in medieval age for the extraction of copper. In the 60s of the last century, French companies expanded shafts and mineral extraction.


Size: 9.8 x 9.3 x 6.5 cm.
Main crystal: 38 c 30 mm. bar.
Found in 2013.

Price: 75 € 60 €Buy
 

RM1298   Baryte with marcasite, pyrite, chalcopyrite and quartz

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Good size parallel growth of tabular crystals of barite, very sharp and with very well defined faces and edges. They show a pale blue to grey color, translucent and very bright and have flattened crystals of marcasite showing the twin known as "cockscomb". On a quartz crystal matrix with cubic pyrite and minor chalcopyrite.
These mines are located approximately 50 km south of Alnif, near the border with Algeria. This area was already mined in medieval age for the extraction of copper. In the 60s of the last century, French companies expanded shafts and mineral extraction.


Size: 8.4 x 5.7 x 4.0 cm.
Main crystal: 20 x 18 mm.
Found in 2013.

Price: 60 € 45 €Buy
 

RM1300   Baryte with marcasite, siderite and quartz

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Elongated baryte crystals with very well defined faces and edges, transparent, very bright, with a brownish-yellow color and with darker selective micro-inclusions on some of the faces. On a pyrite matrix with marcasite twins, orange micro-siderite and quartz crystals.
These mines are located approximately 50 km south of Alnif, near the border with Algeria. This area was already mined in medieval age for the extraction of copper. In the 60s of the last century, French companies expanded shafts and mineral extraction.


Size: 7.7 x 6.4 x 2.4 cm.
Main crystal: 40 x 14 mm.
Found in 2013.

Price: 70 € 55 €Buy
 

RM1357   Baryte and marcasite

Bou N'has Mine, Oumjrane area, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Huge size parallel growth of tabular crystals of barite, very sharp and with very well defined faces and edges. They are translucent and very bright and have flattened crystals of marcasite showing the twin known as "cockscomb".
These mines are located approximately 50 km south of Alnif, near the border with Algeria. This area was already mined in medieval age for the extraction of copper. In the 60s of the last century, French companies expanded shafts and mineral extraction.


Size: 10.7 x 7.3 x 4.5 cm.
Main crystal: 34 x 27 mm.
Found in 2011.

Price: 75 € 60 €Buy
 

RM786   Copper with azurite and malachite

Oumjrane mines, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

A very curious copper specimen pseudomorphed by secondary copper minerals such as malachite and azurite. In this sample we can find a layer of small but brilliant azurite crystals and larger ones very well defined and isolated. Accompanied by small quartz crystals. A piece to enjoy under the magnifying glass.


Size: 6,5 x 4,5 x 3,0 cm.
Found in 2008.

 

RM1669   native copper

Oumjrane mines, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Exceptional native copper specimen from this classic Moroccan locality. This piece stands out for the feather formed by elongated crystals. It is accompanied by numerous crystals with deformed and complex cubic habit. A very aerial and aesthetic specimen.


Size: 4.3 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm.
Main crystal: 30 x 6 mm. pluma

 
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