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55 specimens listed
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Vanadinite - large hoppered crystal
stock #19.1-853
Mibladen Mine, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khenifra Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
3.2 x 2.1 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $180


A super sharp geometric sculpture formed by the hoppered faces of this hexagonal crystal. This year there was a major find of very find Vanadinites in Mibladen, probably the best pocket ever found. Large bright red crystals in large numbers were found in several habits, this has an especially esthetic form and is a textbook example of face hoppering. Excellent color with some faces slightly more intense red than others as is typical in this find.
Smithsonite -very fine Moroccan
stock #19.1-374
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
10.6 x 7.3 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $2750


Large cabinet specimen of well crystallized and very lustrous Smithsonite from the Touissit Mine (Morrocco). The crystals are transparent and when magnified many show color zoning and phantom of a reddish core. Botryoidal and "finger" growths are fully covered by sharp, bright crystals. The color is a light green-blue hue and contrasts nicely with the reddish matrix. In fine condition, Smithsonite from this locale have never been very common (the mine has been closed for decades) and now top pieces are quite rare. This is a sizable display specimen with excellent impact, a fine addition to any serious Smithsonite suite or Moroccan collection.
Vanadinite
stock #19.1-300
Mibladen Mine, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khenifra Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
4 x 3.4 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
price: $320


Among all the nice Vanadinite that has come from Morocco, a few pieces do stand out as having a next level of color, form or general impact. This is an outstanding miniature with that intense red color, bright luster and sharp, free standing crystals. The overall composition is attractive from almost any angle, there is just a little matrix that adds nice contrast. With the past few years production of Moroccan Vanadinites it is easy to take these for granted, yet they are clearly superb and one of the best values in the mineral market. No damage.
Fluorite - new find
stock #18.1-523
Fluorite Quarry, Jebel tighemi, Taourirt, Taourirt province,
l Oriental Region, Morocco
5.1 x 4.6 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $550
Dec 2018

A very fine, ultra clear and sharp pair of Fluorite cubes on matrix from the new find of Moroccan Fluorites. This find has produced a lot of larger, somewhat crude cubes, most being opaque to translucent only. Very few have come out with this perfection and transparency. No damage and displayable from almost any angle, the Fluorites are well exposed and just barly connected to the matrix being perched on small pedestals of crystallized matrix. The Fluorite itself does look a bit like a fine Llamas Quarry piece but is also differnt on close exam. Some faces show a slight frosting that under magnification shows a beautiful recrystallized texture with a melted look. The matrix is easily seen right through the Fluorite.
Aragonite- radiating crystal clusters
stock #18.1-490
Sefrou, Sefrou Province
Fes-Meknes region, Morocco
8.6 x 4.8 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $140
Dec 2018

Very impressive form and esthetics for any Aragonite. Ball like radiating clusters of crystals in elongated translucent prismatic form twins that are joined in a chain. Some internal coloring on some areas adds a nice contrast. Fine condition overall, a few chips are seen on the backside but otherwise this is a 360 degree piece, displayable from most any angle.
Apatite (CaF) on Pericline
stock #13.1 -163
Anemzi Village, Midelt Province
Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
5.3 x 4 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $320
Late Summer 2018

The sort of gemmy Apatite that is sometimes called "asparagus stone". Set on a complex Feldspar matrix, there are a few small Apatites there as well. The main crystal is textbook sharp, transparent and depending on the lighting looks either lemon yellow or asparagus green. Close exam reveals what looks to be a repair, if so it is well done. Of course the price is adjusted for that. A choice display piece regardless the contrast is especially nice.
Azurite- slender form, complex cluster
stock #17.1-789
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
6.6 x 4.2 x 2.8 (cabinet)
price: $650
Late Summer 2018

All Azurite crystals with no matrix to speak of. This slender jackstraw habit much like a modern art sculpture was distinctive for the Touissit mine more than twenty years ago. The Azurites are of a complex habit and have several different styles of jagged terminations. In fine condition despite the delicate form, a few bits of adhering gossan are noted in some of the nooks and crannies. A choice and now classic specimen this style Azurite is noticeably unlike any from other localities.
Cerussite -fine silky luster.
stock #18-AX-18-051
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
5.7 x 4.3 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $450
Worldwide mix summer

A remarkable and fine Cerussite from Touissit with at least 3 generations of crystals and no matrix. The largest are the silky type twins that are optically transparent from some angles and almost opaque from others as they have a "cats eye effect". These contrast with both a black druzy (heavily included by Galena) and small colorless Cerussites. Remarkably this is fully undamaged and pristine from all angles. Touissit is sadly long closed but did in its day produce some of the worlds best Lead secondary minerals and a few of these unique silky luster Cerussites,. This is a very choice example from any angle, and better in person.
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