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RM1331   Arfvedsonite with actinolite and feldspar

Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of prismatic arfvedsonite crystals, showing parallel growth. With well defined striated faces and polycrystalline terminal faces. Dark green color, near black, in a feldspar crystal matrix with small needles of atinolite. Nice miniature.


Size: 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 23 x 18 mm.
Found in 2011.

 

RM1329   Arfvedsonite with feldspar

Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of interpenetrated prismatic arfvedsonite crystals, showing parallel growth. With defined faces and polycrystalline terminal faces. Dark green color, near black, in a feldspar matrix with very small prismatic zircon orange crystals.


Size: 4.3 x 3.7 x 3.6 cm.
Main crystal: 42 x 20 mm.
Found in 2011.

Price: 55 € 35 €Buy
 

RM1330   Arfvedsonite with zircon and feldspar

Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of prismatic arfvedsonite crystals, showing parallel growth. With well defined faces and polycrystalline terminal faces. Dark green color, near black, in a feldspar matrix with small prismatic zircon orange crystals. Nice miniature.


Size: 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.1 cm.
Main crystal: 18 x 12 mm.
Found in 2011.

 

RM1349   Arfvedsonite with zircon and feldspar

Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of prismatic arfvedsonite crystals, showing parallel growth, one of the predominant and elongated. With striated faces and polycrystalline terminal faces. Dark green color, near black, in a feldspar matrix with very small prismatic zircon orange crystals.


Size: 6.5 x 3.8 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 62 x 15 mm.
Found in 2011.

Price: 60 € 40 €Buy
 

RM1321   Arfvedsonite with zircon and feldspar

Jebel Ewargizen, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of prismatic arfvedsonite crystals, showing parallel growth, one of the predominant and elongated. With striated faces and polycrystalline terminal faces. Dark green color, near black, in a feldspar matrix with very small prismatic zircon orange crystals.


Size: 8.5 x 6.8 x 5.5 cm.
Main crystal: 40 x 28 mm.
Found in 2011.

 

RM1334   Quartz var. Amethyst with inclusions

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Druse of quartz crystals var. amethyst, well defined faces and short prism. Transparent to translucent with inclusions of acicular prismatic crystals, probably epidote.


Size: 6.5 x 5.3 x 2.7 cm.

Price: 40 €Buy
 

RM1322   Quartz var. amethyst with orthoclase, epidote and actinolite

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Druse formed by a group of quartz var. amethyst crystals, showing defined faces and edges, from translucent to transparent. One has a small notch in its upper face. They are disposed on a matrix of feldspar, probably orthoclase, with prismatic crystals of green epidote and fibrous actinolite.


Size: 6.5 x 6.0 x 5.5 cm.

Price: 50 € 30 €Buy
 

RM527   Fluorapatite

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

A really interesting good size and gemmy fluorapatite crystal. We can observe perfectly the combination of the first and second order prisms; very sharp terminal faces, with first order hexagonal dipyramid, truncated by the pinacoid. A specimen to enjoy crystallography and aesthetics.
Crystal shows excellent brilliance, transparence and a vivid yellow color with green tones. These specimens with this quality and size are not common on the market, the small ones are used for gem cutting. The specimen is from a Moroccan classic mine located in the Imilchil mountains area. A chance to get a good representative for the species and locality.


Size: 4,1 x 2,5 x 2,3 cm.
Found in 03/2012.

 

RM529   Fluorapatite

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

A really interesting gemmy fluorapatite crystal. We can observe perfectly the combination of the first and second order prisms; very sharp terminal faces, with first order hexagonal dipyramid, truncated by the pinacoid. A specimen to enjoy crystallography.
Crystal shows good brilliance, transparence and a yellow color with green tones. These specimens with this quality are not common on the market, the small ones are used for gem cutting. The specimen is from a Moroccan classic mine located in the Imilchil mountains area.


Size: 2,8 x 2,0 x 1,7 cm.
Found in 03/2012.

 

RM687   Fluorapatite

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

We have seen many gemmy fluorapatite crystals from Imilchil, with the classic prism and more or less developed dipyramid. In this specimen we have a fantastic complexity of facets for this Moroccan locality. There is an exquisite combination of dipyramids of first and second order, highly developed, and some prism faces. It reminds Alpine fluorapatite. With honey tones and on a matrix with small magnetite crystals. A very interesting rarity. Not more available...


Size: 6,5 x 5,5 x 3,5 cm.
Main crystal: 16 x 13 mm.
Found in 2013.

 

RM1384   Fluorapatite with hornblende

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of sharp fluorapatite crystals of good size showing an elongated prism with vertical striations, and multiple terminal faces truncated by the pinacoid. Good brilliance, translucent and a very distinctive greenish yellow color. They present numerous inclusions of flattened prismatic deep black crystals, also vertically striated and opaque. SEM-EDS analyses indicate that they probably belongs to the hornblende group, most likely magnesio-ferri-hornblende. We will send analysis to the buyer. A very aesthetic and aerial shape specimen.


Size: 7.5 x 4.5 x 2.2 cm.
Main crystal: 13 x 13 mm.
Found in 2016.



 

RM1383   Fluorapatite with hornblende

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Group of sharp fluorapatite crystals of good size showing parallel growth, an elongated prism with vertical striations, and multiple terminal faces truncated by the pinacoid. Good brilliance, translucent and a very distinctive greenish yellow color. They present numerous inclusions of flattened prismatic deep black crystals, also vertically striated and opaque. SEM-EDS analyses indicate that they probably belongs to the hornblende group, most likely magnesio-ferri-hornblende. We will send analysis to the buyer. A very aesthetic and aerial shape specimen.


Size: 7.0 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm.
Found in 2016.



 

RM910   Fluorapatite with inclusions

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

A really interesting gemmy fluorapatite crystal. We can observe perfectly the combination of the first and second order prisms; very sharp terminal faces, with first order hexagonal dipyramid, truncated by the pinacoid. Crystal shows good brilliance, transparence and a yellow color with green tones. With some prismatic black inclusions (epidote?). The specimen is from a Moroccan classic mine located in the Imilchil mountains area.


Size: 6.1 x 4.1 x 4.0 cm.
Main crystal: 20 x 14 mm.

 

RM2019   Coronadite

Taouz area, Filon 12, Taouz, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Excellent stalactitic coronadite specimen, analyzed by SEM-EDS, with rounded shapes, intense gray almost black. Good size. From this classic locality for Moroccan mineralogy. With yellowish goethite matrix. You can find more information about this species and locality in the Rosell Minerals blog.


Size: 10.8 x 6 x 3.5 cm.

 

RM726   Phosphohedyphane with quartz

Taouz mine, Filon 12, Taouz, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

These curious specimens from Taouz mine were collected in February 2013. These cavities are covered by hexagonal prismatic crystals of greenish to yellow color, opaque to translucent, forming nice aggregates. Interestingly, some of the cavities are coated by brilliant small quartz crystals, giving an excellent contrast to the specimen. Iniatilly, these crystals were identified as pyromorphite, but after new SEM-EDS analysis, we can confirm that these crystals contain calcium, with chlorine, phosphorus and lead.

This is the first citation of this species in Taouz.


Size: 5,5 x 5,5 x 4,4 cm.
Found in 02/2013.



 

RM732   Phosphohedyphane with quartz

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

These curious specimens from Taouz mine were collected in February 2013. These cavities are covered by hexagonal prismatic crystals of greenish to yellow color, opaque to translucent, forming nice aggregates. Interestingly, some of the cavities are coated by brilliant small quartz crystals, giving an excellent contrast to the specimen. Iniatilly, these crystals were identified as pyromorphite, but after new SEM-EDS analysis, we can confirm that these crystals contain calcium, with chlorine, phosphorus and lead.


Size: 5,0 x 4,5 x 2,8 cm.
Found in 02/2013.

 

RM908   Phosphohedyphane with vanadinite

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

After a trip to Morocco in 2013, we analyzed few samples of a mineral similar to mimetite species. Results indicated that it was phosphohedyphane. From the same mine we have obtained some specimens of the zone in which came out in 2013 original ones, but now they showed marked differences. After a careful analysis, results indicate that these were also phosphohedyphane, but with a different shape but similar to the pyromorphite appearance. They are covering cavities of the limonite matrix, small hexagonal crystals slightly barrel-shaped, with green to a yellowish tones. Accompanied by brilliant quartz and vanadinite, some rich in arsenic. It seems that they form part of a pyromorphite-phosphohedyphane series. Analysis results will be delivered to the buyer.


Size: 5.2 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm.
Main crystal: 2 x 2 mm. aggr.
Found in 2014.



 

RM909   Phosphohedyphane with vanadinite

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

After a trip to Morocco in 2013, we analyzed few samples of a mineral similar to mimetite species. Results indicated that it was phosphohedyphane. From the same mine we have obtained some specimens of the zone in which came out in 2013 original ones, but now they showed marked differences. After a careful analysis, results indicate that these were also phosphohedyphane, but with a different shape but similar to the pyromorphite appearance. They are covering cavities of the limonite matrix, small hexagonal crystals slightly barrel-shaped, with green to a yellowish tones. Accompanied by brilliant quartz and vanadinite, some rich in arsenic. It seems that they form part of a pyromorphite-phosphohedyphane series. Analysis results will be delivered to the buyer.


Size: 4.5 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm.
Main crystal: 1 x 1 mm aggr.
Found in 2014.



 

RM504   Goethite

Taouz area, Filon 12, Taouz, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

A very nice specimen of goethite showing stalactitic-habit with botryoidal forms. Exterior color is olive green, with very curious terminations. In the base we can observe that these growths are formed by several goethite crystals in radial disposition. A quality specimen for this Moroccan mine. 


Size: 5,0 x 4,0 x 2,5 cm.
Found in 01/2013.

 

RM505   Goethite

Taouz area, Filon 12, Taouz, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

A very nice huge size goethite specimen showing stalactitic-habit, well developed, with aesthetic botryoidal forms. Exterior color is olive green, with very curious terminations, very thin. We can observe that these growths are formed by several goethite crystals in radial disposition. A high quality specimen for this Moroccan mine.


Size: 8,4 x 8,2 x 3,6 cm.
Found in 01/2013.

 

RM1737   Goethite

Taouz area, Filon 12, Taouz, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Very brilliant specimen of goethite, from this classic Moroccan mine. It presents an aesthetic botryoidal aggregate, with an intense metallic luster and a deep black color.


Size: 6.7 x 6.0 x 4.8 cm.

 

RM1897   Hematite

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

Brilliant botryoidal hematite specimen. In the back side we observe very esthetic concentric growths of different colours, fibrous, of hematite. These pieces have been cleaned in origin with sand which eliminates the surface oxide layer to let us see these spherical forms of good size. Very curious Moroccan novelty.


Size: 10 x 6.5 x 5 cm.
Found in 2018.

 

RM2057   Hematite

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

Good botryoidal specimen of hematite. In the back side we observe very esthetic growths of different tones, fibrous, of hematite. These pieces are usually cleaned at the origin with sand, but in this case and because of the luster, we do not believe that it was. Very curious Moroccan novelty.


Size: 7 x 3.5 x 3 cm.
Found in 2018.

Price: 50 €Buy
 

RM2058   Hematite

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

Brilliant botryoidal hematite specimen. In the back side we observe very esthetic concentric growths of different colours, fibrous, of hematite. These pieces have been cleaned in origin with sand which eliminates the surface oxide layer to let us see these spherical forms of good size. Very curious Moroccan novelty.


Size: 7.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm.
Found in 2018.

Price: 60 €Buy
 

RM473   Vanadinite with siderite and goethite (limonite)

Taouz area, Vein 12, Taouz, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

This specimen was collected a few days before our visit to the mine. A group of vanadinite crystals with a hexagonal shape and forming nice globular aggregates. The color is orange to reddish, with good transparency and disposed on vugs in the compact limonite matrix, covered by small goethite lenticular crystals. A not very common specimen from this classic mine.


Size: 5,5 x 4,3 x 4,2 cm.
Main crystal: 5 x 4 mm.
Found in 02/2013.

 
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