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RM2577   Blue Aragonite

Peñamellera, Asturias, Spain

Specimen formed by aggregates of radial aragonite crystals, with very aesthetic bands of delicate blue color. This old specimen (1980s) is labeled as collected in Peñamellera, Asturies (Spain). Other specimens like this and from the same years where labelled as collected in this Asturian locality. A curiosity from the former Joan Astor collection (Barcelona). With original labelled box.


Size: 6 x 5.5 x 4.7 cm.
Found in ±1985.

Fluorescent under long wave UV
 

RM2570   Analcime and prehnite

Vinyes i Costes quarry, Roca de Sant Julià, Montardit de Dalt, Lleida, Catalunya, Spain

Group of analcime crystals, faceted and translucent to transparent. They are disposed on a rocky matrix partially covered by small prismatic prehnite crystals. From a currently restored quarry.


Size: 7.7 x 6.5 x 3.4 cm.
Main crystal: 6 mm.
Found in ±2017.

 

RM2571   Vivianite

Anloua, Martap, Vina, Adamawa, Cameroon

Vivianite specimens from Cameroon are a worldwide classic. This swampy lake basin contains clays in which aggregates of vivianite crystals were found. Some of them reach more than 2 meters in diameter, with individual crystals up to 1.35 meters. Nowadays not easy to find in the mineral market. This specimen is over 40 years old and remains stable. With deep green reflections. It belongs to the Joan Astor collection (Barcelona), with a handwritten and typewritten label.


Size: 8.2 x 3.4 x 1.8 cm.
Found in ±1975.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
Classic locality
Price: 70 €Buy
 

RM2566   Vanadinite

Mibladen, Midelt, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

Groups of vanadinite crystals, isolated, very brilliant and with an intense color. It comes from the Joan Astor collection (Barcelona), with a handwritten and typewritten label.


Size: 10 x 4.8 x 4.6 cm.
Main crystal: 4 mm.
Found in ±1977.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.


Price: 50 €Buy
 

RM2569   Stibiconite after stibnite and calcite

Real de Catorce (Catorce), Catorce Mountains, Municipio Catorce, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Stibiconite species totally replacing a stibnite crystal, very elongated, with multiple terminations and partially covered by scalenohedral calcite crystals with staggered growths. A classic of Mexican mineralogy. It belongs to the former Joan Astor collection (Barcelona) with a handwritten and typewritten label.


Size: 8 x 1.4 x 0.9 cm.
Found in ±1976.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
Classic locality


Price: 120 €Buy
 

RM2567   Pyrite in serpentine

Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno, Toscana, Italy

Pyrite specimens from the Elba Island are an Italian classic. But specimens of pyrite, richly faceted, sharp and brilliant included in serpentine are very rare. Undammaged. The label of this specimen indicates that it comes from this famous island. It belongs to the Joan Astor collection (Barcelona), with a handwritten and typewritten label.


Size: 6.4 x 6.1 x 4.7 cm.
Main crystal: 1.1 x 1.3 cm.
Found in ±1975.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.


 

RM2568   Goethite after pyrite with fluorite

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

This specimen of goethite after pyrite from Pedrera Berta (El Papiol, Barcelona) shows several cubic crystals completely transformed into goethite and limonite. Very brilliant and with fluorite on matrix. A classic of this mine, nowadays not easy to find. It belongs to the Joan Astor collection (Barcelona), with a handwritten and typewritten label.


Size: 6.6 x 5.8 x 2.6 cm.
Main crystal: 6 x 6 mm.
Found in ±1975.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
Classic locality


 

RM2564   Eucryptite, cookeite and quartz

Londonderry Li deposit, Nepean, Coolgardie Shire, Western Australia, Australia

In this specimen we can observe cookeite in pink tones. It is associated with eucryptite, a rare lithium aluminosilicate, and quartz. Eucriptite-quartz pseudomorphs were first discovered at this Australian mine in 1963, they are pale pink and, more rarely, dark glassy brown in color, and fluoresce reddish under shortwave ultraviolet light. Eucryptite is in the area indicated by the arrow.


Size: 6.4 x 4 x 3.6 cm.
Found in ±1978.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
Fluorescent under short wave UV


 

RM2565   "Fir" Wood Opal

Warden, Grant Co., Washington, United States

The fossil woods of the US state of Washington have been well known since the 19th century. This specimen is a wood opal from this area and clearly shows the growth rings of the tree in question. If it is a fir tree or another member of the pine trees, it is already a subject on which we cannot pronounce ourselves.
As we can read in a brochure from the 80s (visit link): "Petrified wood is found throughout the state and is symbolic of our early forests. It represents a period of geological time when extensive volcanism buried great forests with volcanic ash and basaltic lava".


Size: 7.5 x 5 x 1.7 cm.
Found in ±1975.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.


 

RM2562   Uvarovite and diopside

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

The uvarovite specimens from the Jeffrey are not at all common. This specimen from the Joan Astor collection (Barcelona, Catalunya) dates from the 70s, when some specimens were collected. Small but brilliant and transparent crystals of this garnet, extreme with chromium of the grosularia-uvarovite series.


Size: 5.7 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm.
Found in ±1975.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
 

RM2561   Boulangerite and pyrite

Noche Buena Mine, Noche Buena, Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico

A very ancient specimen showing a quartz matrix with carbonates and pyrite crystals. Covered with thin boulangerite needle-like crystals. Very brilliant and dotted with calcite or dolomite colourless rombohedrons. The original handwritten label of the Astor collection, dated in 1978, indicates it comes from Concepción del Oro, but we believe we can say it is from the Mazapil area, a locality very close to Concepción. In those years, geographical themes were not so determined. Adquired in a very "old mineral shop" in Plaça Reial square, Barcelona.


Size: 6.9 x 5.5 x 3.4 cm.
Main crystal: 1.2 cm.
Found in ±1978.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.


 

RM2560   Phacolite, chabasite var.

Gads Hill, Upper, Mersey Valley, Meander Valley, Tasmania, Australia

Colorless, vitreous and brilliant phacolite crystals covering the volcanic rock matrix. Phacolite is a variety of chabazite, with a pseudohexagonal lenticular shape, due to the twinning of several rhombohedrons. A very nice miniature from the former Trigo collection, from Mataró (Catalonia), with its handwritten label.


Size: 3.4 x 2.5 x 1.5 CM.
Found in ±1985.

Col. A. Trigo, Mataró.


Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2559   Smithsonite and malachite

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

On this classic matrix from Pedrera Berta (quarry), with quartz, fluorite, pyrolusite... we can observe some cavities in which some small but brilliant rhombohedral smithsonite crystals stand out, with a golden color. Viewed under magnification they are really aesthetic to take a "microphoto". They are accompanied by malachite aggregates. Collected by the well-known Catalan mineral collector Manuel Moreno "Manolo" and from the Joan Astor collection, with labels.


Size: 8.6 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm.
Found in ±1974.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
Classic locality


 

RM2587   Elbaite

Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A very aesthetic miniature, but with an exceptional color variation. Between red, blue and green. A delicatessen from Brazil.


Size: 2.1 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm.

Col. A. Trigo, Mataró.
 

RM2586   Elbaite

Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A very aesthetic miniature, but with an exceptional color variation. Between red, blue and green. A delicatessen from Brazil.


Size: 1.4 x 1 x 0.7 cm.

Col. A. Trigo, Mataró.
Price: 110 €Buy
 

RM2130   Magnetita and microcline

Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Groups of octaedral magnetite crystals, some in staggered growth, with an excellent luster, very well defined faces and edges. They are disposed on a matrix of microcline crystals.


Size: 5 x 4.6 x 3.3 cm.
Main crystal: 5 mm.

Price: 50 €Buy
 

RM2576   Čechite and fluorite

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

Probably čechite specimens from the "Rasa de l'Alzina" open pit works could be considered between the best crystals for the species worldwide. They are brilliant, black color and show a tabular shape defined by different order orthorhombic prisms and developed pinacoidal faces. They are disposed on a fluorite matrix. This finding is close to the Maria Magdalena mine, near of the beautiful town of Ulldemolins (Tarragona, Catalonia).
SEM-EDS and EPMA analysis show that, in some cases, on the čechite crystal surface we found copper content, but inside the crystal is near to pure  PbFe2+(VO4)(OH), with minor Zn(II). In most specimens from other localities the presence of manganese is important, but these specimens are Mn free.


Size: 5 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm.
Found in ±2017.

Analyzed specimen with report
 

RM2575   Amethyst quartz

Las Vigas de Ramírez, Veracruz, Mexico

Group of quartz crystals, of the amethyst variety, the main one is very elongated. Very transparent, with defined faces and edges, and with a delicate and uniform purple color. From the former Trigo collection, from Mataró (Catalonia), with its handwritten label.


Size: 7.2 x 3 x 2.5 cm.
Found in ±1993.

Col. A. Trigo, Mataró.


Price: 70 €Buy
 

RM2558   Parasymplesite, arseniosiderite and adamite

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

Rich specimen of parasymplesite from this classic Mexican mine. Several divergent aggregates of prismatic to tabular parasymplesite crystals, with a light green color on the surface and a very dark green, almost black, color inside. They are disposed on a goethite matrix with cavities layered by small honey-colored arseniosiderite crystals and adamite. This specimen belongs to the Joan Astor collection (Barcelona), with a handwritten label and another typewritten.


Size: 6.5 x 5.4 x 3.2 cm.
Main crystal: 3 mm.
Found in ±1977.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
Classic locality


 

RM2573   Cerussite, goethite and quartz

Cassandra Mine, Can Ventaiola, Ribes de Fresser, Girona, Catalunya, Spain

An old piece, showing prismatic cerussite crystals, of a snowy white color and brilliance. Striated faces of the prism and disposed by the matrix. Fluorescent under LW-UV light. The specimens of this classic Catalan mine located in the Vall de Ribes, Catalan Pyrenees, are impossible to find on the mine (almost disappeared) and are only seen in collections from years ago. It belongs to the Joan Astor collection (Barcelona), with a handwritten label, collected by himself on 1978, october.


Size: 6.5 x 6.2 x 4.5 cm.
Main crystal: 5 mm.
Found in 1978.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.
Fluorescent under long wave UV


 

RM2555   Natanite and rhodochrosite

El Potosí Mine, Francisco Portillo, Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico

Natanite is a rare iron and tin hydroxide. It shows octahedral crystals truncated at their vertices by the faces of the cube. In this aesthetic specimen we can observe some very well defined, transparent crystals with an intense yellow color. They stand out on a matrix with brilliant rhodochrosite crystals. An exceptional sample for the species and the locality. Although the best specimens of natanite have been found in the Potosí mine, the type locality for the species is in the former Soviet Republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.


Size: 3.4 x 3.2 x 1.5 cm.
Main crystal: 1 mm.

 

RM2553   Romanèchite

Haití mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

These are the most fine quality romanèchite specimens ever found in Spain. These botryoidal aggregates show the velvet surface formed by several small romanèchite/pyrolusite crystals (see SEM photo). These specimens has not been treated, only fresh water. Romanèchite shows in fresh fracture the classic grey color. You can observe small but brilliant crystals of pyrolusite on the stalactitic surface. Analysis will be send to the buyer.


Size: 4.7 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm.
Found in ±2017.

Analyzed specimen with report


Price: 45 €Buy
 

RM2557   Ludwigite

Miniera di Brosso, Léssolo/Brosso, Cálea, Torino, Piemonte, Italy

Radial aggregates of ludwigite crystals, a rare magnesium iron borate. It is accompanied by pyrite. Usually many of these specimens have been acidified, this is not the case. It belongs to the collection of Joan Astor, with a handwritten label.


Size: 7.8 x 5.3 x 2.4 cm.
Found in ±1979.

Col. J. Astor, Barcelona.


 

RM2551   Panasqueiraite, triplite, isokite, quartz and pyrite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

From specimens like these, this very rare species was identified: panasqueiraite. Identifying it in each sample is an almost impossible task. Panasqueiraite is a monoclinic calcium-magnesium phosphate, it would be an hydroxylated analog of isokite. In Panasqueira, its type locality, it is found as massive fine-grained aggregates together with other phosphates (fluorapatite, thadeuite, wolfeite, triplite, althausite and vivianite), with topaz, quartz and sulfides (arsenopyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and sphalerite) in veins hydrothermal. The panasqueiraíta closely resembles the thadeuíta and the wolfeíta, but with the naked eye the three species can be distinguished by their slightly different colors: thadeuite: yellow-orange; wolfeite: pink salmon; panasqueiraite: pinkish orange.
Panasqueiraite crystals are not known, but there are always exfoliation planes {010}, also for thadeuite (Caries Curto, Jordi Fabre: The Panasqueira Mines. The Mineralogical Record, January-February 2014, volume 45, number 1).


Size: 5.2 x 4.6 x 2.7 cm.
Found in ±2005.

 

RM2552   Panasqueiraite, triplite, isokite, quartz and pyrite

Minas da Panasqueira, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal

From specimens like these, this very rare species was identified: panasqueiraite. Identifying it in each sample is an almost impossible task. Panasqueiraite is a monoclinic calcium-magnesium phosphate, it would be an hydroxylated analog of isokite. In Panasqueira, its type locality, it is found as massive fine-grained aggregates together with other phosphates (fluorapatite, thadeuite, wolfeite, triplite, althausite and vivianite), with topaz, quartz and sulfides (arsenopyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and sphalerite) in veins hydrothermal. The panasqueiraíta closely resembles the thadeuíta and the wolfeíta, but with the naked eye the three species can be distinguished by their slightly different colors: thadeuite: yellow-orange; wolfeite: pink salmon; panasqueiraite: pinkish orange.
Panasqueiraite crystals are not known, but there are always exfoliation planes {010}, also for thadeuite (Caries Curto, Jordi Fabre: The Panasqueira Mines. The Mineralogical Record, January-February 2014, volume 45, number 1).


Size: 5 x 3.7 x 2.9
Found in ±2005.

 
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