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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2012 05:56    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

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Apatite, beryl, muscovite

This may not be a great specimen but shows as a distinctive feature an association of apatite and beryl that is quite uncommon in Mount Xuebaoding.

A pale pink translucent tabular apatite crystal measuring 17 mm across set on a muscovite matrix with an almost colorless transparent tabular beryl crystal, better in person, measuring 19 mm wide edge to edge. No damage in any of both crystals. Overall specimen size: 67 x 45 x 28 mm³. Weight: 55 g. There are two additional smaller apatite crystals, hard to spot in the photos.

Huya W-Sn-Be deposit (Pingwu beryl mine), Huya village, Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China.

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Apatite, beryl, muscovite
Huya W-Sn-Be deposit (Pingwu beryl mine), Huya village, Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
67 x 45 x 28 mm³
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Apatite, beryl, muscovite
Huya W-Sn-Be deposit (Pingwu beryl mine), Huya village, Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
67 x 45 x 28 mm³
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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2012 09:00    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Very nice Xuebaoding specimen!
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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2012 15:52    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

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Fluorite, calcite

A single cube {100} combined with rhombododecahedral {110} stepped faces of sea green fluorite, with a ribbon of disk shaped colorless small calcite crystals. The fluorite crystal is transparent and undamaged, complete all around, but shows a natural internal cleave on the face {111}, as can be seen in some of the photos. Overall size: 71 x 52 x 40 mm³. Fluorite crystal size: 30 mm wide face to face. Weight: 140 g.

Xianghuapu Mine (Maiwan Mine), Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.

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Fluorite, calcite
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing, Lingwu, Lanshan, Chenzhou, Hunan, China
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Fluorite, calcite
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing, Lingwu, Lanshan, Chenzhou, Hunan, China
71 x 52 x 40 mm³
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Fluorite, calcite
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing, Lingwu, Lanshan, Chenzhou, Hunan, China
71 x 52 x 40 mm³

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Fluorite, calcite
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing, Lingwu, Lanshan, Chenzhou, Hunan, China
71 x 52 x 40 mm³

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PostPosted: Jan 28, 2012 06:43    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

A fine assortment of Chinese minerals, Carles, thank you for sharing those specimens!
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PostPosted: Jan 29, 2012 17:19    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Tobias Martin wrote:
A fine assortment of Chinese minerals, Carles, thank you for sharing those specimens!

Tobias,

Danke schön once again for your always kind comments, but all those specimens are really nothing special. You only have to surf the net for a while to realize it.

However, I'm very content that you like them.
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PostPosted: Jan 30, 2012 05:20    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Carles,

Sure, there's always an even better specimen in a museum, in Rob L.'s store or in Giazotto's private collection. But nevertheless i always admire the beauty and the quality of your minerals.
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2012 10:04    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Fluorite, mica

Deep green single fluorite crystal showing cubic {100} and octahedral {111} faces, complete and undamaged, on muscovite set upon a matrix of orthoclase. Overall size: 50 mm x 27 mm. Crystal size: 19 mm wide. Weight: 30 g. If it were not for the slight roughness of the octahedron faces, the crystal would be fully transparent.

Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.

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Fluorite, mica
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
50 mm x 27 mm
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Fluorite, mica
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
50 mm x 27 mm
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 Description:
Fluorite, mica
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
50 mm x 27 mm
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Fluorite, mica
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
50 mm x 27 mm
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2012 10:15    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Hi Carles, As always, a really nice aesthetic specimen. I have missed your posts! --Bob
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2012 10:54    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Hi Carles, i also missed your posts - and your minerals :-)

What a great Namibian fluorite!!! You know i really love Namibian minerals and i've seen a lot of green fluos from Erongo - but that one is really exceptional, congratulations to that wonderful specimen!
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2012 11:08    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

GneissWare wrote:
Hi Carles, As always, a really nice aesthetic specimen. I have missed your posts! --Bob
Tobias Martin wrote:
Hi Carles, i also missed your posts - and your minerals :-) What a great Namibian fluorite!!! You know i really love Namibian minerals and i've seen a lot of green fluos from Erongo - but that one is really exceptional, congratulations to that wonderful specimen!

Yes, it's nice but just a miniature.

Many thanks to both for your kind comments.
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2012 11:50    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Carles Millan wrote:
Yes, it's nice but just a miniature.

I don't agree with "JUST a miniature": Erongo fluorites that

1. have this habitus
2. have such great quality AND colour
3. sit on matrix

are rarely larger than 2 cm. Sure there are larger fluos from the Erongo Mountains, but most of them are cubes or they are paler than yours or they are single crystals or floaters without contrasting matrix or they are damaged/weathered/broken - or all of that ;-)
So you can really be proud of that small but superb specimen.
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2012 12:36    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Tobias,

I fear that I may look like an idiot, but can't remember now having ever seen a fluorite from Erongo except that one. Thank you for giving me such lesson. I'll take note for the future.
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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2012 09:46    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Elbaite, albite

Doubly terminated prismatic elbaite crystal, dark green color with a translucent pale pink upper tip and a translucent green bottom. Accompanied all around by numerous thin colorless albite crystals. Undamaged. Overall size: 96 mm x 51 mm. Elbaite crystal size: 94 mm high, 16 mm wide. Weight: 103 g. Doubly terminated elbaite crystals are not common at this locality.

The albite crystals are very hard to photograph. Sorry!

Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (former Northern Areas), Pakistan.

A nala in Balti language is the place, usually a gorge, where a glacier melts.

A map of Pakistan useful to know where Stak Nala is is available here. Look for the deposit at the map very center.

For those interested in Pakistani minerals, other specimens from Stak Nala can be seen at
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=3933#3933
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=3942#3942
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=8449#8449
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=20588#20588

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Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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Elbaite, albite
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
96 mm x 51 mm

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Elbaite, albite
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
96 mm x 51 mm

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Elbaite, albite
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
96 mm x 51 mm

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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2012 12:51    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Very neat and elegant specimen!
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PostPosted: Mar 08, 2012 13:50    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Schorl, quartz

Group of black short prismatic schorl crystals with smokey quartz. Undamaged, the cracks in the photos seem to be natural. Overall size: 76 mm x 65 mm. Main schorl crystal size: 26 mm wide. Main quartz crystal size: 48 mm high. Weight: 148 g.

Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.

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Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
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Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
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PostPosted: Mar 08, 2012 14:45    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Carles,

Congratulations on a truly aesthetic specimen! LOVE the contrast.

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PostPosted: Mar 08, 2012 15:28    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Jim wrote:
Congratulations on a truly aesthetic specimen! LOVE the contrast.

Hi Jim !

And I envy your self collected Arkansas diamonds. I have on my desktop right now the book Private Mineral Collections in Texas, the page of the Shelly & Jim Houran collection open. You must be proud of all the 14 photos therein.
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PostPosted: Mar 08, 2012 16:21    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

A wonderful specimen of the typical Erongo schorl in a very attractive association with quartz, i really like this one!
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PostPosted: Mar 08, 2012 17:21    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Tobias Martin wrote:
A wonderful specimen of the typical Erongo schorl in a very attractive association with quartz, i really like this one!

Thanks, Tobias, I'm very glad you like it.
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PostPosted: Mar 08, 2012 17:37    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

It's an aesthetic specimen from Namibia - i ALWAYS like such a thing :-)
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