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Cerussite with Barite
stock #21.1-554
Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province
DrĂ¢a-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
9.8 x 6.6 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $490

Large amounts of Cerussite from the finds at Mibladen Mine are easy to find on the mineral market. Despite the quantity, really fine quality is very scarce. This one has an excellent form, great contrast, and a main crystal that is both gemmy and very large at 4 CM across. The piece has the pink to red Barite blades mixed with two generations of Cerussites, which are a smokey yellow-brown hue. Glassy luster and good transparency are noted as are the geometric growth structures. At some angles the crystals seem to have been faceted. In great condition overall, there are some contacts and tiny rough spots not easily seen, for this famously delicate and sensitive mineral the condition is really impressive. More esthetic and well composed than 99.9 percent of these. This occurrence is already a modern classic, The profusion of average to good pieces has kept prices affordable and a very good value for nice Cerussites. The few pieces of this caliber do stand out and will certainly be much appreciated in the future. The strong yellow florescence is especially good on this.

Elbaite with Orthoclase and Quartz
stock #21.1-463
Beni Bouzra, Chefchaouen Province
Tanger-Tetouan-Al Haceima Region, Morocco
4.4 x 4.1 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
price: $2850

From the newest finds in Morocco, this is a superb red (Rubellite) Tourmaline with top color, luster and great esthetics. The first finds of Moroccan Elbaites made huge news a few years ago. Recently a new series of pockets was found with a much richer red color and impressive form. This miniature has a small, clean repair that is essentially invisible, it was professionally done. Nearly every piece needed some repairs in this find as the pockets were shattered long before the discovery. The habit, associations and style is very much like a classic Elba Tourmaline but the color is more intense. A killer from almost any angle.

Roselite on Calcite
stock #21.1-320
Aghbar Mine, Aghbar, Agdz Cercle, Zagora Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
3.3 x 1.8 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $90

A well crystalized thumbnail sized Roselite with fine color and gemmy crystals. In very good condition as seen, from the great finds at Aghbar Mine which produced some of the very best Cobalt minerals of all time.

Cobaltoan Calcite
stock #21.1-188
Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
4.2 x 3.8 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $390
Late Summer 2021

Intense color and well formed crystals of Cobaltoan Calcite with a strong visual impact. From the mines at Agoudal (Bou Azzer, Morocco) which have produced some of the best of these, and many other important Cobalt minerals. Crystals on this reach 1.4 CM but most are smaller. Cobaltoan Calcites at Bou Azzer is found in zones every few years, most is more pale than this specimen.

Malachite replacing Azurite with Dolomite etc.
stock #21.1-329
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
4.6 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $650
Late Summer 2021

A super well-composed specimen with two main Azurite crystals one partly and one fully replaced by Malachite. Touissit is famed for its great Azurites the Malachite replacements are not as often seen. This piece with the largest crystal 3.1 CM tall dominating the matrix looks fine from all sides. No damage and very good contrast to the matrix. The largest crystal has an unaltered termination of lustrous blue Azurite, while the larger prism faces are a velvety chatoyant green Malachite. A few sharp Dolomite crystals also add contrast. At a high magnification a little Brochantite is seen along with some primary Malachite crystals, so this is certainly a complex miniature. The last operations closed in 2002 here, but the most important shafts which were the best specimen sources closed earlier. In a short period, this locality gained worldwide fame as one of the best sources of exceptional Lead and Copper minerals. These are prized today.

Cerussite - V twins with cat's-eye
stock #21.1-325
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
3.2 x 2.5 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
price: $650
Late Summer 2021

A sharp and lustrous pair of "V" twins are conjoined along one edge. A super large thumbnail from the great mines at Touissit. The crystals are gemmy, transparent, and have the silky chatoyant "cat's-eye" inclusions that are so distinctive for these from Touissit. This is the quality needed to make the rare faceted or cabbed cats-eye gems, but the fine condition of the crystals would make that a real shame to cut. The color ranges from cognac to almost colorless depending on the light angle striking the crystals. Overall in fine condition from most every angle, this is incredible for such a delicate and fragile mineral. Close inspection shows ultra tiny edge roughness and small contacts but as seen the the condition is very clean. This specimen dates to the "golden age" of Touissit mining in the late 1970's era. This incredible locality is closed forever and no more of these will be found.

Roselite - well-crystallized
stock #21.1-321
Aghbar Mine, Aghbar, Agdz Cercle, Zagora Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
6.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $290
Late Summer 2021

Vivid deep color and highly lustrous, these crystals of Roselite contrast with the Dolomite matrix. The finds at the Aghbar Mine of Roselite, and several other fine Cobalt minerals, are considered to have been the best for these species in the world. The crystals here are translucent to transparent, densely deposited in a protected vug 4.6 CM across.

Psilomelane - iridescent, on Barite
stock #0345-JM-3890
Aouli. Midelt, Khenifra Province
Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
8.8 x 5.8 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
Early summer 2021

A complex stalactitic and botryoidal growth of Psilomelane on Barite with colorful iridescence. This looks otherworldly in person like something in a science fiction film. The dark masses of Psilomelane have both a dull and a metallic luster that is impressive with bright lighting. This contrasts well with the cream colored Barites. From Aouli in Morocco, this was in the John Marshall collection since 2000 and is one of the best examples I have seen of the specie from that region.