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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 03:34    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

To Aymeric:

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I'm glad you like it.

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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 08:52    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

I like it too Carles - it's fascinating.
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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 09:15    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Thank you for your comments, Tracy!
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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 11:46    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Tourmaline (dravite)

Huge (1,283 g) single dravite crystal with mica. Complete all around. Overall size: 113 mm tall x 84 mm wide. Purchased in 1978 from Jaume Serrate, Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia.

Soklich Open Cut, Yinnietharra Station, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia. The deposit was discovered in the seventies but I believe is now exhausted.

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Soklich Open Cut, Yinnietharra Station, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia
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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 14:07    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Pyromorphite, quartz

Brown pyromorphite prismatic crystals on a matrix of crystallized quartz. Undamaged. Size: 49 mm tall x 30 mm wide. Weight: 24 g. It was purchased in 1963 from Jordi Figueras, Barcelona, Catalonia, for the 'large' amount of €0.39 (about €12 or $17 adjusted for inflation to today's value). Don't ask me where the shop is because it went out of business more than 40 years ago. Sorry!

This is an old specimen from a classic German locality which was confirmed back then by the famous collector Joaquim Folch i Girona (b. 1892, d. 1984) http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=441

Braubach, Bad Ems District, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

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Braubach, Bad Ems District, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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PostPosted: Aug 07, 2009 06:01    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Fluorite, quartz

Purple to green octahedral fluorite crystals on quartz. The specimen seems to have been etched with hydrofluoric acid to expose the fluorite that had iniatilly been completely covered by the quartz matrix. Overall size: 150 mm x 80 mm. Main crystal size: 30 mm on edge. Weight: 292 g.

De'an Mine, De'an Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China

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De'an Mine, De'an Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
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De'an Mine, De'an Co., Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2009 05:34    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Magnetite, pyrite

Group of rhombododecahedral {110} magnetite crystals with octahedral {111} pyrite. Overall size: 120 mm x 97 mm x 45 mm. Main magnetite crystal: 13 mm wide. Main pyrite crystal: 10 mm on edge. Weight: 642 g. Specimen mined before year 1981.

Brosso Mine, Cálea, Léssolo, Canavese District, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy.

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Brosso Mine, Cálea, Léssolo, Canavese District, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
120 mm x 97 mm x 45 mm. Main magnetite crystal: 13 mm wide. Main pyrite crystal: 10 mm on edge

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Brosso Mine, Cálea, Léssolo, Canavese District, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2009 17:08    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Apophyllite, stilbite

Group of sharp lustrous transparent pale green crystals of apophyllite with some pink to white stilbite. Undamaged. The apophyllite crystals are prismatic and show the usual combination of {100} with {111} faces. Overall size: 105 mm x 70 mm. Main apophyllite crystal: 22 mm wide edge to edge. Weight: 266 g.

Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India.

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Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India
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PostPosted: Aug 11, 2009 09:33    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Apophyllite, stilbite

Hard to photograph group of small transparent pale green crystals of apophyllite on translucent colorless stilbite. Undamaged. Overall size: 66 mm x 56 mm. Field collected about year 2002. Ex Buma and Wilke collections.

Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India.

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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2009 00:04    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Thanks for the constant supply of fresh pics, Carles! Please post more -- especially gem crystals.


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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2009 03:44    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Hi Jim!

>Thanks for the constant supply of fresh pics, Carles! Please post more -- especially gem crystals.

In fact I'm running out of specimens to shoot. Most of the pieces left are just the ones most hard to photograph. And I don't have a good time taking these shots with my humble camera.

Jim, I envy your Arkansas diamonds collection. It must be the best of all from the Crater. The Damien's 14 mm diamond published in "Private Mineral Collections in Texas" is really superb too.

The largest diamond in my collection is .... 2 mm wide! Of course, I'm not planning to post it here.

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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2009 10:23    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Jim wrote:

Hi Carles,

Thanks for the compliments on the diamonds. I have been intensely hunting down the larger and more important AR diamonds for several years now. No one else was doing this for some reason, so I stepped up to the challenge. If you come to Denver or Tucson you can see these diamonds in person. They are also part of a large, special exhibit at the Heard Museum in McKinney, Texas.

My array may not seem large to the untrained eye, but those diamonds represent years of investigative work to locate. I can't say that it has more work than actually mining them, but it could well be close! The yellow diamonds from AR are especially exquisite.

Now, back to your collection! Too bad you're running out of specimens. The same is true for me. I don't go quantity, I go for "best of best" quality. I don't find aesthetics and perfection boring; I find that these types of crystals are the true rarities and have much to teach someone geologically and artistically. 'Perfect" thumbnail gem crystals "speak to me" every bit as much as oddities, etc.

Now your collection seems to be more inclusive in terms of size than mine.
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Jim also said: "That said, what are your most favorite specimens?"
This sound to me as a new thread, so I created it moving the Jim's request there. On this way, him figure as the creator of that new thread -> http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=6685#6685

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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2009 11:50    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Jim Houran wrote

>Now, back to your collection! Too bad you're running out of specimens. The same is true for me. I don't go quantity, I go for "best of best" quality. I don't find aesthetics and perfection boring;

I wouldn't like to own a large collection. As you may know, due to the high population density most Europeans live in a flat or condo, and so do I. I have the room limited to a little more than one hundred square meters (just over 1,100 square feet) for my whole vital activities, sleeping and taking a bath included. In addition, I don't want to have to manage a great deal of specimens like a museum has. Fortunately for our fellow Gail Spann, she and her husband own a large home that allows them to maintain a collection with more than 3,000 specimens (not to mention their blessed economy, I guess). But ask her how much of her time has she to spend cataloging, storing, moving, cleaning, protecting from pets, and so on.

I now own 450 pieces and am fighting to get rid of the least valuable. From time to time I even send some of them to the trash bin. I think the ideal would be not more than 500 if one can get a minimal quality level. As you do, I also try to get the best quality I can afford instead of the largest quantity, although sometimes I do get wrong. But not all of my current specimens are 'postable'. Many have just a sentimental value (I worked hard in the field very long ago to get them), and others are worth only for Catalan local collectors. That means that only a little more than a half of my minerals are decent enough to be published.

I hope you will understand now what is the reason I'm running out of specimens for posting. I'm really sorry...

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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2009 14:08    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Babingtonite, prehnite, quartz

Group of more than a dozen tabular black babingtonite crystals on translucent pale green botryoidal prehnite and several small colorless quartz crystals. Undamaged. Overall size: 83 mm x 59 mm. Longest crystal: 25 mm long. Second crystal: 20 mm wide, 7 mm thick. Weight: 124 g. It seems to be a floater (I can't find any attachment point).

Qiaojia, Zhaotong, Yunnan, China.

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Qiaojia, Zhaotong, Yunnan, China
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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2009 11:19    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Vanadinite

Group of intergrown, translucent, reddish-brown vanadinite crystals, many doubly terminated and some of them cogwheel shaped. Very clean of damage. It's almost a floater. The back side is covered with a secondary vanadinite phase of yellowish-brown color. Overall size: 57 mm x 50 mm x 36 mm. Major crystal size: 16 mm wide edge to edge, 11 mm tall. Weight: 141 g.

ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco.

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ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco
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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2009 16:39    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Orthoclase, quartz, aegirine

Single twinned orthoclase crystal with smoky quartz and numerous very small aegirine crystals set mainly on the orthoclase's frontal and one side face but not on the back nor on the other lateral face. Overall size: 106 mm x 25 mm. Orthoclase crystal size: 92 mm tall, 26 mm wide, 17 mm thick. Weight: 80 g. Repaired because an accident with a sleeve.

Mt Malosa, Zomba Plateau, Malawi.

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Mt Malosa, Zomba Plateau, Malawi
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Mt Malosa, Zomba Plateau, Malawi
106 mm x 25 mm. Orthoclase crystal size: 92 mm tall, 26 mm wide, 17 mm thick

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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2009 19:18    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

I like this one...there's something very elegant about it.

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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2009 03:15    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Hi Tracy!

You're right. It's very elegant. You don't always have to spend much money to get nice specimens. I don't know why, but that kind of pieces are really low priced. As you may know, a thread about this topic has been recently opened at http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=699

Thank you once again for your comments,

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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2009 09:34    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Calcite, realgar

Group of calcite with a very small realgar crystal included, typical of the locality. Mined on December 2002. Overall size: 123 mm x 100 mm x 50 mm. Description from the vendor: "Aesthetic calcite with perfect tips and a nice position of the crystals which are crossed and upright on the matrix. A really minor small realgar crystal inside one of the calcite crystals."

Shimen As-(Au) deposit, Shimen Co., Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.

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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2009 15:53    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Beryl, apatite, muscovite

Several crystals of pale blue to almost colorless beryl and a lustrous pale pink tabular apatite set on a matrix of bladed muscovite. No damage. One of the beryl crystals, unexpectedly only one, shows a fully developed {2111} face that makes the prism base square rather than hexagonal. Overall size: 102 mm x 83 mm x 41 mm. Main beryl crystal size: 21 mm wide edge to edge. Apatite crystal size: 14 mm wide. Weight: 367 g.

Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

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Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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