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PostPosted: Aug 22, 2012 09:59    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

The left crab I believe is a crab ;-) but the right is a superb natural copper that I had the chance to see in the Display Cases of the Tucson Show 2009.
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2012 03:18    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Gail wrote:
In http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=8098#8098 Carles Millan wrote:
Tobias Martin wrote:
That scorpion might be a relative of Gail's crab: http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/tucson_2009__spanns_mineral_food_449.jpg

But I suspect Gail's crab must be rather a (mineral) fake. As far as I know mine is not...

I don't believe it is a fake.

But I wrote those words near three years ago! Just kidding...
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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2012 14:18    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Stibnite

Radiating spray of closely spaced, metallic-gray color, long bladed stibnite crystals, set upon a matrix of white-gray marble. Undamaged. Overall size: 110 mm x 76 mm. Longest crystal: about 20 mm. Widest crystal: 5 mm. Weight: 271 g.

Chashan Mine, Dachang, Nandan, Hechi, Guangxi Zhuang, China.

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Chashan Mine, Dachang, Nandan, Hechi, Guangxi Zhuang, China
110 mm x 76 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2012 15:06    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Very beautiful.
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PostPosted: Oct 21, 2012 15:28    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Gorgeous!

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PostPosted: Oct 22, 2012 05:56    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

A very nice specimen, Carles. I know how much you had to struggle to make a good photograph of this piece; and i finally see a good result, congratulations!
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PostPosted: Oct 23, 2012 08:40    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Stibnite, Baryte

Radiating spray of metallic-gray prismatic stibnite crystals with smaller colorless and transparent Baryte crystals set on top. Undamaged. Overall size: 84 mm x 73 mm. Weight: 223 g. Field collected about 1996-1997.

Baia Sprie (Felsöbánya), Maramures, Romania.

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Baia Sprie (Felsöbánya), Maramures, Romania
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PostPosted: Oct 23, 2012 18:37    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Carles Millan wrote:
Stibnite, Baryte


Sweet.
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PostPosted: Oct 25, 2012 11:34    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Stibnite, calcite

Sculptural group of several prismatic stibnite crystals, some of them bent, with a number of colorless to slightly gray translucent calcite crystals showing a perfect scalenohedral habit. Undamaged. Overall size: 106 mm x 74 mm. Major calcite crystal: 47 mm long, 18 mm wide. Weight: 100 g.

Banpo Mine, Dushan, Qiannan, Guizhou, China.

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Banpo Mine, Dushan, Qiannan, Guizhou, China
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Banpo Mine, Dushan, Qiannan, Guizhou, China
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PostPosted: Oct 25, 2012 13:44    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Carles Millan wrote:
Stibnite, calcite
Sculptural group of several prismatic stibnite crystals, some of them bent, with a number of colorless to slightly gray translucent calcite crystals showing a perfect scalenohedral habit. Undamaged. Overall size: 106 mm x 74 mm. Major calcite crystal: 47 mm long, 18 mm wide. Weight: 100 g.
Banpo Mine, Dushan, Qiannan, Guizhou, China.


Very nice specimen Carles!
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PostPosted: Oct 25, 2012 14:03    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

To Ru Smith, Tracy, Tobi, and Bob:

Many thanks to all for your kind comments. I'm very glad you like those specimens.
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PostPosted: Oct 27, 2012 14:58    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Chalcopyrite, siderite

Tetrahedral chalcopyrite crystals scattered on a matrix of brown siderite showing a lenticular habit with clearly rounded edges. Undamaged. Overall size: 95 mm x 78 mm. Weight: 432 g.

Kaiwu Mine, Hezhang, Bijie, Guizhou, China (according to Berthold Ottens).

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PostPosted: Oct 27, 2012 15:26    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Carles Millan wrote:
Chalcopyrite, siderite
Ganzhizhou Mine, Meigu, Liangshan, Sichuan, China.


Hi Carles,
Has the real locality for these finally been determined? (BTW, nice specimen too!)
Bob
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PostPosted: Oct 27, 2012 15:31    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

GneissWare wrote:
Carles Millan wrote:
Chalcopyrite, siderite
Ganzhizhou Mine, Meigu, Liangshan, Sichuan, China.

Hi Carles,
Has the real locality for these finally been determined? (BTW, nice specimen too!)
Bob

Not sure yet, Berthold Ottens is working on it.
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PostPosted: Oct 29, 2012 06:39    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Titanite, schorl, calcite

A typical wedge-shaped twinned green translucent to transparent titanite crystal with a razor sharp edge, accompanied with schorl on a matrix of crystallized calcite. From an alpine cleft. Overall size: 49 mm x 47 mm. Titanite crystal: 40 mm high, 25 mm wide. Weight: 50 g. The actual titanite color is olive-green to yellowish when observed with natural and fluorescent light, and somewhat orange to brown with halogen light, which is too the color captured by my camera even under fluorescent lighting. Almost undamaged: only some minor wear can be seen on the upper part of the titanite sharpest crystal edge.

Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

Very hard to photograph specimen. After 96 shots made with three different cameras and two sceneries, plus over four hours spent in framing, editing and selecting, the results have been deeply disappointing. I feel like crying...

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PostPosted: Oct 29, 2012 07:14    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Carles Millan wrote:
Titanite, schorl, calcite
Very hard to photograph specimen. After 96 shots made with three different cameras and two light sources, plus more than four hours spent in framing, editing and selecting, the results have been deeply deceiving for me. I feel like crying...

Carles, as i told you before during our conversation about the frustration of (some) mineral photography: I really admire your patience! 96 shots, four hours of work - i would have given up much earlier. Minerals don't make it easy for us to take good shots, some are very easy to take, some nearly impossible to capture. Just look at the recent pictures of my collection thread: I needed 4 or 5 shots for the superb picture of the Sweetwater galena - while there are other specimens i could never shoot not matter how often i tried. So keep your head up - you're not alone with that problem! Nevertheless, though the pictures of the titanite above may not be good, i think everyone here can estimate this specimen as a really good and aesthetic one. So don't worry, maybe you'll get a good picture soon - i keep my fingers crossed :-)
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PostPosted: Oct 29, 2012 07:23    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Tobi wrote:
Nevertheless, though the pictures of the titanite above may not be good, i think everyone here can estimate this specimen as a really good and aesthetic one. So don't worry, maybe you'll get a good picture soon - i keep my fingers crossed :-)

Tobi,

Thanks for your words, but the specimen seen in person and the photos herein are so unlike that seem two different things. This is the cause of my deep disappointment. But I'm already aware I'm not alone.
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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2012 08:28    Post subject: Collection of Carles Millan  

Corundum, biotite

Two hexagonal prismatic, mostly dark red color, corundum crystals showing some zonation between red and blue, aesthetically set on a matrix of biotite schist. No damage at all; the irregularities visible in the photos must be a part of the specimen's history. Overall size: 60 mm x 50 mm. Longest crystal: 23 mm tall. Widest crystal: 15 mm wide. Weight: 96 g. Mined about 2006 by Federico Pezzota and brought to Europe in September 2011.

Zazafotsy Quarry, Zazafotsy, Ihosy, Horombe, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar.

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Zazafotsy Quarry, Zazafotsy, Ihosy, Horombe, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
60 mm x 50 mm

Fuzzy crystal, sorry!
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Zazafotsy Quarry, Zazafotsy, Ihosy, Horombe, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2012 08:54    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

Hello,
I must say carles photo 2520-1024-stibnite3.jpg is amazing even by your usual very high standards this piece is exceptional.

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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2012 09:14    Post subject: Re: Collection of Carles Millan  

nurbo wrote:
I must say carles photo 2520-1024-stibnite3.jpg is amazing even by your usual very high standards this piece is exceptional.

Although I like such specimen (otherwise I wouldn't have acquired it) I'm not proud of the photos you mention. They lack some contrast with the background that I wasn't able to solve, showing also some indefinition of the calcite crystals' edges. However, I thank you for your comment, am glad you like the piece, and must add here that I still have to learn a lot from you concerning minerals photography.
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