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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2022 03:22    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Firmo Espinar wrote:
Hi Tobi.
Thank you for your post. Nice to see you here.
I found the smoky quartz during my last holiday in 2021 and fell in love with it.
I appreciate you wasting time writing me.
Regards.
Hi Firmo, you "found" the specimen? I guess this means you bought it - or was this a self-find?! ;-)
P.S. It's never a waste of time to browse and comment our member's mineral galleries!
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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2022 17:24    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Hi Tobi.

You´re right in both sentences.

I´ve said “found” because it was a last minute find one night on the seafront of a Mediterranean coastal town, where an unexpected dealer was selling minerals from Morocco and Brazil.

And, of course, is always interesting to know more details about our minerals.

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2022 17:28    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco.

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limonite from Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain.



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 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 37 mm x 26 mm x 23 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  2897 Time(s)

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 Mineral: limonite
 Locality:
Almagrera Mine, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 24 mm x 44 mm x 11 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  2895 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 29, 2022 13:10    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Quartz from Valdemorillo, Comarca Cuenca del Guadarrama, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain.


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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Valdemorillo, Comarca Cuenca del Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
 Dimensions: 116 mm x 55 mm x 46 mm
 Description:
Floater doubly terminated crystal of milk quartz. With a small crystals second generation over a prism face. This is a rare specimen due the good size, with moderate lustre from this locality. Collected in october 1993. Weight: 328 gr.
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PostPosted: Feb 03, 2022 05:18    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Fluorite from La Viesca Mine, Huergo, La Collada, Siero, Asturias, Spain.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias, Spain
 Dimensions: 83 mm x 75 mm x 63 mm
 Description:
Light blue coloured fluorite with a light purple core. The crystal forms stepped pyramidal cubic faces. It´s almost a floater specimen with just a small cleaved area.
Found in 2008. Weight: 348 gr
 Viewed:  2660 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias, Spain
 Dimensions: 83 mm x 75 mm x 63 mm
 Description:
Under UV backlight.
 Viewed:  2658 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Feb 03, 2022 06:54    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

I like that effect that you use on your photos recently, Firmo, all of your specimens are real floaters now ;-)

But really: Like me, you made a huge progress in your photography during the last years, congratulations!
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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2022 17:06    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Hi Tobi.


As The Jackson Five sang in 1978 about the boogie:

Don´t blame it on the sunshine,
Don´t blame it on the moonlight,
Don´t on the good times,
Blame it on the Covid.


House confinement in 2020 due to the Covid-19, allowed me to spend time to investigate some software like Photopea (online free photo editor) and later trying with Photoshop.
Then it’s more affordable to face the software and go looking for effects.

And finally, we have teachers here who show us the way to get really quality photos.

Thank you for your post.
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PostPosted: Feb 09, 2022 13:10    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Quartz from Santander Department, Colombia.

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Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco.



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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Santander Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 14 mm x 47 mm x 9 mm
 Description:
It seems to be a typical Sonoran Desert cactus called Saguaro. (Nº-116).
 Viewed:  2474 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 27 mm x 23 mm x 21 mm
 Description:
Peach coloured crystals where it is possible to see the growth phases in the main one.
 Viewed:  2476 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2022 16:40    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Fluorite from Xinyang Prefecture, Henan Province, China.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Xinyang Prefecture, Henan Province, China
 Dimensions: 204 mm x 138 mm x 45 mm
 Description:
Dark green fluorite crystals forming a museum size plate and displaying growth features on their surfaces, associated with tiny white calcite crystals.
 Viewed:  2350 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Xinyang Prefecture, Henan Province, China
 Dimensions: 204 mm x 138 mm x 45 mm
 Description:
Due that this specimen is a solid plate with no matrix, here we can see the whole piece under back lighting.
 Viewed:  2353 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Xinyang Prefecture, Henan Province, China
 Dimensions: 204 mm x 138 mm x 45 mm
 Description:
Strongly blue fluorescent fluorite with calcite crystals easily seen by their white colour here. Under SW UV we´ll see this calcite with a pink fluorescence.
 Viewed:  2348 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite and Calcite
 Locality:
Xinyang Prefecture, Henan Province, China
 Dimensions: FOV 25 mm
 Description:
Close up of the biggest calcite crystal.
 Viewed:  2353 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Feb 15, 2022 02:59    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Nice and impressive fluorite from China!
I like the idea with the different photos including backlight and uv light.

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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2022 11:52    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Thank you Tobi for your post and for your kind words.


Andradite from Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China (Peoples Republic).



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 Mineral: Andradite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 51 mm x 33 mm x 16 mm
 Description:
Reddish brown Andradite crystals on matrix.
Some of them show a combination of both dodecahedral and trapezohedral forms, with larger rhombic dodecahedral faces.
Largest crystal is 9 mm long.
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PostPosted: Feb 24, 2022 13:22    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco.

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Quartz from Santander Department, Colombia. (Nº-117).



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 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 32 mm x 26 mm x 22 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  2052 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Santander Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 16 mm x 42 mm x 10 mm
 Description:
(Nº-117)
 Viewed:  2054 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2022 17:59    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Opal-AN (variety hyalite) from Zacatecas, Zacatecas Municipality, Zacatecas State, Mexico.


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 Mineral: Opal-AN (variety hyalite)
 Locality:
Zacatecas (City), Municipio Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 45 mm x 21 mm x 17 mm
 Description:
Transparent hyalite in rhyolithic matrix. A colourless variety of opal, hyalite is opal-AN, an amorphous silica-glass containing about 3-10% water.
 Viewed:  1850 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Opal-AN (variety hyalite)
 Locality:
Zacatecas (City), Municipio Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 45 mm x 21 mm x 17 mm
 Description:
Fluorescet in yellowish green in both UV SW and LW. Here photographied under UV LW. Most Common Activator: (UO2)2 (Uranyl ion) as impurities.
 Viewed:  1850 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2022 07:02    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Quartz from Bolívar, Santander Department, Colombia. (Nº-118).


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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Municipio Bolívar, Vélez Province, Santander Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 32 mm x 53 mm x 24 mm
 Description:
Three quartz needles.
 Viewed:  1646 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 11, 2022 06:52    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Opal from Wegeltena, Delanta Woreda, South Wollo Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia.


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 Mineral: Opal
 Locality:
Tsehay Mewcha, Wegeltena, Delanta District, Semien Wollo Zone (North Wollo Zone), Amhara Region, Ethiopia
 Dimensions: 16 mm x 10 mm x 6 mm
 Description:
Oval cut cabochon of hydrophane opal with a white body and vivid colour flashes.
 Viewed:  1435 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 16, 2022 17:49    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Pyromorphite from Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain


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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 18 mm x 22 mm x 16 mm
 Description:
Group of brownish green prismatic and floater pyromorphite crystals.
 Viewed:  1199 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 21, 2022 17:09    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Spessartine from Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China (Peoples Republic).


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 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
 Dimensions: 67 mm x 41 mm x 28 mm
 Description:
Brownish-red spessartine crystals on bright feldspar matrix forming a great contrast from this classic locality. Weight: 65 gr
 Viewed:  1048 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
 Dimensions: FOV 12 mm
 Description:
Crystals couple.
 Viewed:  1050 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2022 02:29    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

A beautiful garnet and you did a good job with the floating specimen photo!
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PostPosted: Mar 26, 2022 18:13    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Azurite from Reformada Mine, Bédar, Almería, Andalusia, Spain.


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 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Reformada Mine, El Pinar de Bédar, Bédar, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 115 mm x 68 mm x 75 mm
 Description:
Self-collected in 2014.
 Viewed:  852 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Reformada Mine, El Pinar de Bédar, Bédar, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: FOV 10 mm
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 Viewed:  855 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 27, 2022 12:50    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Must have been a wonderful experience to collect that beauty, I guess :-)
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