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Fluorite with Calcite
stock #22.1-514
Jaimina Mine, Carrales, Obdulia vein, Caravia Mining District
Asturias, Spain
5.4 x 4.9 x 3.1 (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $390
Fall 22

A pair of perfect, gem clear cubes nestled in a cluster of Calcite crystals. This looks a lot like some recent finds from the Llamas Quarry but this is slightly different and quite fine for the Jaimina. The Fluorite cubes are modified on the edges and are water clear with very glass-like faces. The Calcites are scalenohedral, textured and have a milky to pale-yellow color making a nice contrast with the purple Fluorite.

stock #21.1-339
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
Asturias, Spain
2.9 x 1.8 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $480
Late Summer 2021

A pair of edge modified cubes of transparent Fluorite in an esthetic cluster. The condition is incredible with textbook perfect form, the color a light violet and the one crystal is tabular. An excellent large thumbnail, it is hard to capture the clarity and form in photos, in person it is especially impressive. The faces appear glass-like and smooth at first but on close inspection with good lighting the surfaces are covered with tiny geometric growth structures. A few very tiny Fluorite cubes are perched on this as well, and there is a shard of snow-like Quartz matrix that adds a nice sparkle. Aside from a small cleave on the underside of the lower crystal (not visible on display) this is perfect from all points of view, competitive quality.

Fluorite - gemmy
stock #21.1-317
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
Asturias, Spain
3.1 x 2.3 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $550
Late Summer 2021

Limpid clear and perfect a single modified cube of light violet Fluorite on a small matrix druse of Quartz. Some faces are perfectly glass-like while other have some etched growth structures. The insides of the cube are fully transparent with no inclusions. From the small but remarkable locality of Cantera Llamas, this is far better than typical for this find, a competition grade thumbnail. The clear cube is more impressive in person as the color and clarity are hard to render on a computer screen.

Calcite - classic Spanish locale
stock #17.1-800
La Union Mine, Sierra de Cartagena
Murcia, Spain
7.1 x 6.3 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $450
Early summer 2021

A fine Calcite from anyplace and for this locale superb in esthetics, quality and condition. La Union is a very old Silver mining zone. It was the source of much of the Silver in Roman times. As a mineral locale this is well-known for excellent Barites, Cronstedtites and several good Lead and Zinc minerals. Calcites are not often seen as very attractive pieces, this one is however exceptional. No eye visible damage, all the crystals even at the edges are complete and perfectly intact. Many are doubly terminated as well. There are some crystals with a subtle coloring of golden brown presumably from the Hematite included in those.

Faden Quartz (gemmy yellow)
stock #19.1-150
Barranc del Cargoi, Arestul Llavarsi, Pallars Sobira, Lerida
Catalonia, Spain
5.2 x 2.4 x .4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $450
new year 2021

A perfect, gem-clear yellow Quartz crystal that has tabular form and a distinct faden line inside. Excellent, undamaged and with textbook form. Certainly a very choice faden from anyplace, this important small locality has alpine type veins and distinctive tabular forms. The color is a nice yellow to light orange at some angles, this seems to qualify as a Citrine. A clean floater, this is doubly terminated and the nicest specimen I have seen from this interesting locality.

Fluellite with Metavariscite
stock #16.1-232-(CN3917)
Cantera Azcarate, Eugui
Navarra, Spain
9.1 x 5 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
new year 2021

An unusual color for Fluellite, this find was, I believe, the only well-defined violet crystals of the specie ever found. An open vug holding lots of small, perfect crystals of both species but mostly Fluellite. The find was late 90's vintage. Ex Charles Noll collection with a few additional previous labels, these were sold in 1999-2000 by Jordi Fabre (Barcelona, Spain) with none like this since.

stock #AX-32-234
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
Asturias, Spain
2.7 x 1.6 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $160

Transparent violet Fluorite with an unusual edge modification that is only seen on two adjacent edges. A nice looking thumbnail with some light face frosting and no damage, this is a fine example for the habit and locality. Cubes with edge modifications are not very unusual BUT a cube with just one or two edges beveled is quite uncommon. There are no corner modifications either, simply some edges are cleanly beveled. Even without the odd crystallography this is a nice thumbnail.

Aragonite - zoned crystals on matrix, type locality
stock #AX-10-668
Molina de Aragon
Castile-la Mancha, Spain
4.5 x 3.6 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $230
Spring 2020

Aragonite crystals with a violet core perched on matrix from the type locality in Aragon, Spain. Matrix crystals from this prolific locality are incredibly rare and the purple zones are the most desirable. The matrix is quite fragile which helps to explain why most specimens are single loose crystals. An older specimen from the Ara Dildilion collection with original label.