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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)
 

RM2864   Tourmaline, var. Rubellite with lepidolite and quartz

Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

This old piece stands out for the size of the crystals and their color. The largest crystal presents the classic fractures, perpendicular to the main axis. The minor, with the terminal face. They are pieces that came out many years ago, around the 70s. This specimen also stands out for the label of Joan Montplet, a well-known mineral seller from Sant Celoni (Catalonia).


Size: 6.4 x 5.4 x 4.7 cm.
Main crystal: 4 x 1 cm.
Found in ±1970.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona). Adq. Joan Montplet (Sant Celoni).


 

RM2863   Calcite "sand"

Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, United States of America

A cluster of "sand calcite" calcite which the locality is well know for. Crystals show a hexagonal form, the main one doubly terminated. From a former Spanish collection.


Size: 4.9 x 2.9 x 1.6 cm.
Main crystal: 4.4 cm.
Found in ±1984.

Col. Trigo (Mataró, Catalunya)
Classic locality


 

RM2862   Chalcopyrite, Sphalerite and Quartz

Casapalca Mine, Casapalca, Huarochiri, Lima, Perú

Group of chalcopyrite crystals, bright, interpenetrated, with well defined edges. On the faces of the crystals we can see small aggregates of crystals, probably tetrahedrite. They are accompanied by sphalerite crystals on matrix. An old piece, from the time of those that are preserved in the Freiberg Mining School Museum.


Size: 6 x 4.8 x 2.2 xm.
Main crystal: 1.7 cm.
Found in ±1985.

Col. Manchion (Barcelona).


 

RM2861   Grossular, var. hessonite

Jeffrey Mine, Val-des-Sources, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada

This miniature is a gem, formed by several grossular crystals, with brilliance, very well defined, transparent and with an intense color. Since the mine closed it is difficult to see specimens of this type. From a former Catalan collection.


Size: 3.2 x 3 x 1.8 cm.
Found in ±1989.

Col. Trigo (Mataró, Catalunya)


 

RM2859   Fehrite and devilline

Les Ferreres mine, Rocabruna, Camprodon, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Fehrite is a recent new species found in Almeria (Spain). Some years ago (2012) we identified this species in the Les Ferreres mine (Camprodon) but unfortunatelly we didn't have enough sample to finish detrmination and structural studies. Recently we found some more samples and the characterization was carried out based on the results obtained from the application of various analytical techniques: SEM-EDS, Raman and X-ray diffraction. Les Ferreres mine is the second locality worldwide for the species. We will send all reports to the buyer.
In this Catalan mine, fehrite appears as elongated elongated tabular to fibrous crystals, with a delicate bluish-green tone, and fibrous terminations. Usually, it is accompanied by devilline (blue) and brochantite (green). It is the magnesium analogue of ktenasite.


Size: 2.8 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm.
Found in ±2019.

Analyzed specimen with report


 

RM2858   Fehrite and devilline

Les Ferreres mine, Rocabruna, Camprodon, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Fehrite is a recent new species found in Almeria (Spain). Some years ago (2012) we identified this species in the Les Ferreres mine (Camprodon) but unfortunatelly we didn't have enough sample to finish detrmination and structural studies. Recently we found some more samples and the characterization was carried out based on the results obtained from the application of various analytical techniques: SEM-EDS, Raman and X-ray diffraction. Les Ferreres mine is the second locality worldwide for the species. We will send all reports to the buyer.
In this Catalan mine, fehrite appears as elongated elongated tabular to fibrous crystals, with a delicate bluish-green tone, and fibrous terminations. Usually, it is accompanied by devilline (blue) and brochantite (green). It is the magnesium analogue of ktenasite.


Size: 3.4 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm.
Found in ±2019.

Analyzed specimen with report


 

RM2855   "Window" smoky quartz with inclusions

Jbel Amalo nTarhis, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

An excellent specimen of quartz, with a slight smoky tone, which presents very aesthetic "window" geometric growths. Doubly terminated and with complex crystallography. With inclusions. Not very seen in the market.


Size: 6.2 x 3.6 x 2.6 cm.
Found in ±2020.

 

RM2856   "Window" smoky quartz with inclusions

Jbel Amalo nTarhis, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

An excellent specimen of quartz, with a slight smoky tone, which presents very aesthetic "window" geometric growths. Doubly terminated and with complex crystallography. With inclusions. Not very seen in the market.


Size: 6.3 x 3.8 x 3 cm.
Found in ±2019.

 

RM2854   Hematite

Taouz mine, Tadaout, Taouz, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Nice botryoidal specimen of hematite, very brilliant. In the fracture zone we can see radial growths. A Moroccan curiosity.


Size: 8 x 5.8 x 3.6 cm.
Found in 2018.

 

RM2853   Globular and stalactitic Malachite

L'Etoile du Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, Congo, Democratic Republic of

Very aesthetic specimen that shows various globular and stalactitic aggregates of malachite, velvety and green color with zoning. Peppered by small malachite crystals, under the magnifying glass we can see that they are small transparent and defined crystals. In a matrix with goethite. From this classic Congolese locality for the species.


Size: 10.5 x 5.6 x 4.5 cm.

Classic locality
 

RM2851   Scepter quartz

Izizauen, Alnif, Tinghir, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of quartz crystals in parallel growth and with a "scepter" structure. Very well defined faces and edges, brilliant and transparent to translucent. Very aerially disposed on the matrix. An good size and excellent specimen from a Moroccan locality not very known.


Size: 10 x 7.2 x 5.5 cm.
Main crystal: 5 x 4 cm.
Found in ±2019.

Price: 160 €Buy
 

RM2850   Sphalerite

Las Manforas Mine (Áliva), Camaleño, Cantabria, Spain

Group of complex sphalerite crystals with striated facets. Bright, translucent and with a toasted honey color. Exfoliated on the back.

 


Size: 5.5 x 4 x 2.9 cm.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Price: 60 €Buy
 

RM2848   Stibnite

Baia Sprie, Maramures Co., Romania

Group of very elongated prismatic crystals, in parallel growth, very brilliant. The back side has a coating of quartz microcrystals. A piece from the Astor collection acquired in 1974 from Bailey Minerals (Ángel Jesús Talabán García, Segovia 1942-Madrid 2007).


Size: 6.5 x 3 x 2.2 cm.
Found in ±1974.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2844   Dioptase, duftite and calcite

Tsumeb mine (Tsumcorp), Tsumeb, Otjikoto, Namibia

In a vug of the matrix there are numerous complete and brilliant dioptase crystals with the characteristic intense green color. They are accompanied by small yellow crystals of duftite, on calcite rhombohedra. A very aesthetic classic from this mine.


Size: 6.4 x 6 x 5 cm.
Main crystal: 3 mm.
Found in ±1980.

Price: 100 €Buy
 

RM2845   Twinned cerussite

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

Exceptional and old specimen of cerussite from this classic Moroccan locality. It presents several divergent prismatic to tabular crystals of good size, twinned in a "V" shape. Translucent and with a smoky hue. Pure aesthetics, a very difficult specimen to get nowadays.


Size: 4.4 x 4 x 2 cm.
Main crystal: 4 x 2 cm.
Found in ±1980.

Classic locality
Price: 240 €Buy
 

RM2846   Wulfenite and mimetite

Ojuela mine, Mapimi, Municipio de Mapimi, Durango, México

Druse of tabular wulfenite crystals, transparent, well defined and with a soft yellowish to greenish hue. They are accompanied, on a goethite matrix, with sheaf aggregates of mimetite crystals. Very aesthetic.


Size: 8.2 x 4.5 x 3 cm.

Classic locality
 

RM2847   "Window" quratz

Allos Pass, Uvernet-Fours, Barcelonnette, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Quartz specimen with marked "window" growths with inclusions. These Allos pass crystals are not very common on the market. Allos pass is situated on the edge of Mercantour National Park approximately 20 km from the small village of Barcelonnette.


Size: 8.5 x 6.3 x 3 cm.

Price: 65 €Buy
 

RM2843   Aerinite in dolerite

Reguer del Congost, Estopanyà (Estopiñán del Castillo), Huesca, Aragón, Spain

Blocky aerinite criptocristalline with fragments of dolerite included. Aerinite was used as a blue pigment in many Romanesque paintings in the Pyrenees between the 11th and 14th centuries. Its characteristic blue color varies from dark to pale blue. In fact, its name comes from a Greek root aerinos meaning "atmosphere" or "sky", as it was only known by that color.


Size: 6.5 x 5 x 3.7 cm.

 

RM2838   Bournonite, pyrite, sphalerite and quartz

Quiruvilca Mine, Quiruvilca, Santiago de Chuco, La Libertad, Perú

Group of cyclically twinned bournonite crystals, with a metallic gray color, interpenetrating each other. They are disposed on a matrix of very brilliant octahedral pyrite, partially covered by complex sphalerite crystals.


Size: 6 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm.

 

RM2841   Pyrite, sphalerite and crandallite

Quiruvilca Mine, Quiruvilca, Santiago de Chuco, La Libertad, Perú

Group of octahedral pyrite crystals, very brilliant and well defined, which are accompanied by complex crystals of sphalerite. On them we observed numerous white globular crandallite aggregates (analyzed by XRD). This combination of minerals is unusual in the deposit, with this phosphate being the first citation.


Size: 5.5 x 5.3 x 2.7 cm.

Price: 55 €Buy
 

RM2839   Pyrite, sphalerite and crandallite

Quiruvilca Mine, Quiruvilca, Santiago de Chuco, La Libertad, Perú

Group of octahedral pyrite crystals, very brilliant and well defined, which are accompanied by complex crystals of sphalerite. On them we observed numerous white globular crandallite aggregates (analyzed by XRD). This combination of minerals is unusual in the deposit, with this phosphate being the first citation.


Size: 8.4 x 6.9 x 5 cm.
Main crystal: 18 mm. py

 

RM2840   Pyrite

Quiruvilca Mine, Quiruvilca, Santiago de Chuco, La Libertad, Perú

Druse of pyrite crystals with faces of the cube and rhobododecahedron, with diploid forms, striated faces, complex crystallography, which adds interest to the specimen. The luster is exceptional, not easy to take photos. The crystals are interpenetrated. A classic from the mine from which the bases for the FIFA football award "Ballon d'Or" are obtained...


Size: 9.2 x 6.8 x 4.6 cm.

 

RM2837   Pyrite

Quiruvilca Mine, Quiruvilca, Santiago de Chuco, La Libertad, Perú

Druse of pyrite crystals with faces of the cube and rhobododecahedron, with diploid forms, striated faces, complex crystallography, which adds interest to the specimen. The luster is exceptional, not easy to take photos. The crystals are interpenetrated. A classic from the mine from which the bases for the FIFA football award "Ballon d'Or" are obtained...


Size: 6.7 x 5.4 x 4 cm.

Price: 70 €Buy
 

RM2836   Iowaite, var. chromium-bearing Iowaite, Stichtite, serpentine

Kaznakhtinskii massif, Ust-Koksinsky, Altai Republic, Russia

Compact mass of purple chromian iowaite with minor inclusions of greenish-brown serpentine. Iowaite is one of the former minerals on the locality and mostly replaced by stichtite, which forms a similar aggregates but is more light, lilac coloured.


Size: 7.6 x 4 x 2.7 cm.

 
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