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Bournonite with Sphalerite - French, unusual locale
stock #0934-JM-1400
Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard
Occitanie, France
8.7 x 5.3 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1200
Late Summer 2021

A cabinet sized cluster of intergrown Bournonite crystals with a scattering of sharp, lustrous Sphalerites. This is not from the famed region of Les Malines in Gard, well-known as a major classic locality for Bournonites, this specimen is from an unusual locality at Saint-Laurent-le-Minier which is also in Gard. Mindat list this as a source of Bournonite but has no examples pictured. These crystals are up to 2.6 CM and are covering almost the entire specimen. These have a dark patina, some edges show classic cogs-wheel form but most are prismatic and well-defined. The Sphalerites are a mixture of lustrous black and red-orange crystals some of which are transparent. The minerals coat the matrix everywhere except for a small spot on the underside. A choice French Bounonite with a little different look than the usual more metallic specimens. Ex John Marshall collection obtained by him in 1969.

Parsonite with minor Torbernite, Dewindtite? etc.
stock #20.1-894-(ZS-PNS4129)
La Faye Mine, Grury Charolles, Saone et Loire
Bourgougne-Franche-Compte, France
4.1 x 3.6 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
price: $450
new year 2021

Bright yellow crystals of the rare Lead Uranyl Phosphate Parsonite are on several surfaces, some mixed with green Torbernite. Usually Parsonite is a specie for micromounting but this is a colorful and displayable specimen. Strong magnification also shows what appears to be some orange and yellow crystals of Dewindtite, another rare specie associated with Uraninite. This is not confirmed by x-ray, but this mine is one of the best sources of the specie and this appears to match well. The zones of Parsonite are quite large and and seen by naked eye. The tiny crystals with magnification show they are in radiating sprays and clusters of needles. This was previously in the collections of Kay Robertson and Terry Szenics who are both well-known as knowledgeable, selective and tasteful lovers of minerals.

Quartz - classic locale
stock #15.1-732
Vizille, Grenoble, Isere
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
9.4 x 7.3 x 7.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $230
new year 2021

The Quartz localities clustered near Grenoble in Isere, France were sources of some of the most classic and special Quartz specimens in the world. This piece shows well the forms of the slender clear Quartz prisms perched on an altered Siderite "Limonite" matrix. In exceptional undamaged condition, this is from the Dr. Warren Johansson collection, he purchased this in 1984. A nice sized cabinet specimen that shows well the clarity and luster that these are famed for at a reasonable cost for one of these European classics.

Cuprite - Classic locale and form
stock #20.1-876
Chessy Copper Mine, Chessy-les-Mines, Villefranche, Rhône
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
1.3 x 1.1 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
price: $390
new year 2021

A perfect thumbnail crystal that is complete all around and has textbook perfect hoppered faces. The Cuprite is coated with Malachite as is typical from Chessy. This locality is famous, it is one of the oldest and most classic of European mineral localities. This example is unusually perfect, undamaged with no contacts or missing parts. This was in the collection of Terry Szenics who is well known for excellent taste in minerals, especially copper species.

Siderite (pseudomorphing to Limonite) on Quartz
stock #AX-10-688
Allevard, Grenoble, Isère
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
9.1 x 7.3 x 5.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $850
new year 2021

A fine classic French specimen of gemmy Dauphine habit Quartz decorated with Siderites that are partly to fully pseudomorphed. The Siderites retain the flattened rhomb form perfectly and some are actually "skewered" on the slender Quartz. In excellent condition only one Quartz on the edge has any damage and that is not evident on display. Remarkable that this size and delicacy is intact. This was in the collection of William Hladysz for many years, he obtained this from Carter Rich. Carter's label gives some contradictory locality information, he lists La Mure, Bourg de Oisans and Vizille on the label, but these are really separate locales, all in Isere. This is clearly from Isere but almost certainly from Allevard. Siderite of this sort is not typical of Bourg de Oisans although the Quartz is. The Allevard locality in the same region is assured by our French colleagues as accurate, they know the zone well. Overall a very impressive display piece of classic Alpine minerals from this famed zone above Grenoble. Choice specimens like this are almost never seen for sale, especially in the USA.

SOLD Calcite - classic locale and habit
stock #SOLD 19.1-785
Fontainebleau, Seine-et Marne
Ile-de-France, France
5.7 x 3.5 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0

From the famed ancient locale of Fontainebleau this is a choice example of the classic "Sand Calcite". Two complete clusters of these sharp stacked crystals are complete on all sides with no damage. These Calcites are distinctive and are immediately recognizable. Looks fine on all sides.

Malachite psuedo after Cuprite -classic form, locale
stock #AX-18-032
Chessy Copper Mine, Chessy-les-Mines, Villefranche, Rhône
Rhône-Alpes, France
4 x 3.6 x 3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $1580
Spring 2019

A fine classic Chessy Malachite replacing Cuprite crystals. The stacked hoppered Octahedral crystals show fine stepped growth, skeletal structure and are quite sharp, fully undamaged on matrix. Attractive on all sides these are compound crystals with the longest crystal edge over 3 CM which is quite huge for this famed location. This type of pseudomorph is on the "short list" of highly desirable classic European minerals and this piece is far better than average. super addition to a suite of pseudomorphs, copper minerals or pseudos.

Malachite Ps after Cuprite -Classic locale and form
stock #19.1-240
Chessy Copper Mine, Chessy-les-Mines, Villefranche, Rhône
Rhône-Alpes, France
1.7 x 1.5 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $450
Spring 2019

A perfect complete octahedron of the classic Chessy, French Cuprite form pseudomorphed into Malachite. This is the most iconic habit of this famed locale, and this specimen has the very distinctive hoppered faces that are so unique on these old specimens. No damage and all sides display well, this is a 360 degree piece. An excellent thumbnail with wonderful form.