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PostPosted: Mar 28, 2022 16:51    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Hi Tobi. Always a pleasure to see you here.

It´s a very grateful place since it is an open pit mine and it is not necessary to go into a tunnel.

Although it is more common to obtain azurite that stains the rock in blue and it´s not as crystallized as this sample, you can find these azurites forming small stars. I´ve also found arborescent malachite.

It´s a wonderful experience as you say.
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PostPosted: Mar 31, 2022 10:51    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Fluorite from Esperanza Mine, Melchor Múzquiz, Múzquiz Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Esperanza Mine, Melchor Múzquiz, Municipio Melchor Múzquiz, Coahuila (Coahuila de Zaragoza), Mexico
 Dimensions: 84 mm x 64 mm x 45 mm
 Description:
Aggregate of cubic purple-violet fluorite crystals with internal cubic phantoms.
 Viewed:  2265 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Esperanza Mine, Melchor Múzquiz, Municipio Melchor Múzquiz, Coahuila (Coahuila de Zaragoza), Mexico
 Dimensions: 84 mm x 64 mm x 45 mm
 Description:
It is a floater piece, crystallized all around. Weight: 175 gr. Ex Roger Gnat specimen.
 Viewed:  2259 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2022 09:05    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Goethite from Tharsis, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain.

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Pyromorphite from Resuperferolítica Claim, Santa Eufemia, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain.



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 Mineral: Goethite
 Locality:
Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 40 mm x 35 mm x 23 mm
 Description:
Iridiscent goethite with pink and gold colors.
 Viewed:  2147 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 33 mm x 27 mm x 20 mm
 Description:
Brownish green prismatic pyromorphite crystals on matrix.
 Viewed:  2146 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2022 11:10    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Calcite from La Cuerre Mine, Rionansa, La Florida, Sierra de Arnero, Cantabria, Spain.

Calcite specimens from la Florida mines are known and valued worldwide.



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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
La Cuerre Mine, La Florida Mining Area, Rionansa-Herrerías, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria, Spain
 Dimensions: 47 mm x 38 mm x 35 mm. Calcite sphere is 35 mm diameter aproximately.
 Description:
Very aerial pseudo spherical calcite crystal colorless to cream up to 36 mm diameter with complex rhombic faces showing the rhombohedral shape. It is disposed on a matrix with light pink dolomite.
 Viewed:  2065 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 15, 2022 10:11    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Quartz (variety amethyst) from Mamuju area, Indonesia.

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Fluorite and Dolomite from Moscona Mine, Solis, Asturias, Spain.



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 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia
 Dimensions: 33 mm x 25 mm x 16 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  1969 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite and Dolomite
 Locality:
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias, Spain
 Dimensions: 66 mm x 78 mm x 32 mm
 Description:
Honey color fluorite cubes surrounded by snow white dolomite.
 Viewed:  1971 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 15, 2022 12:56    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Are you sure it is Baryte? I see Dolomite

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Quartz (variety amethyst) from Mamuju area, Indonesia.

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Fluorite and Dolomite from Moscona Mine, Solis, Asturias, Spain.



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PostPosted: Apr 15, 2022 13:12    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

James Catmur wrote:
Are you sure it is Baryte? I see Dolomite


After looking more carefully, I agree: Dolomite with the typical curved edges and faces.
Nevertheless, a very nice picture!

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PostPosted: Apr 15, 2022 16:53    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

I checked the label tonight and I’m happy to say you’re right. The label also says dolomite.

Right. What was I thinking?

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PostPosted: Apr 21, 2022 10:59    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Fluorite from Koh-i-Maran Mountain, Kalat District, Baluchistan, Pakistan.


I personally think that fluorite is one of the most attractive minerals because of the large amount of shapes and colors it can take.



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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Koh-i-Maran, Kalat District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 146 mm × 113 mm × 108 mm
 Description:
The sky-blue to lavender crystals show distinct color zoning when viewed from the side.
It´s almost a floater specimen with one side coated by a yellowish layer.
 Viewed:  1720 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Koh-i-Maran, Kalat District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 146 mm × 113 mm × 108 mm
 Description:
This large size specimen comes from a find in 2017 in Pakistan, and features sharp intergrown and layered cubes of fluorite measuring up to 70 mm across. Weight: 1.650 gr.
Under backlight all its lines are highlighted.
 Viewed:  1722 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Koh-i-Maran, Kalat District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 146 mm × 113 mm × 108 mm
 Description:
Here we see under frontal light all the lilac color splendor in the main cube. This main cube is 72 mm on edge.
 Viewed:  1723 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 27, 2022 10:50    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Opal from Agramón, Albacete, Spain.

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Pyromorphite from Resuperferolítica Claim, Santa Eufemia, Córdoba, Andalusia



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 Mineral: Opal
 Locality:
Opal outcrop, Camarillas reservoir, Agramón, Hellín, Comarca Campos de Hellín, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
 Dimensions: 47 mm x 41 mm x 13 mm
 Description:
Menilite opal self collected eight years ago, in spring 2014.
 Viewed:  1550 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 33 mm x 22 mm x 22 mm
 Description:
Brownish green prismatic pyromorphite crystals without matrix.
 Viewed:  1557 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 03, 2022 11:16    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Goethite (limonite) from Llanos de Arenalejos, Carratraca, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain.


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 Mineral: Goethite (limonite)
 Locality:
Pyrite deposit, Llanos de Arenalejos, Carratraca, Comarca Valle del Guadalhorce, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 44 mm x 33 mm x 27 mm
 Description:
Three-dimensional specimen with intergrown sharp crystals of limonite pseudomorph after pyrite. Excellent condition and typical oxided brown-yellow color.
 Viewed:  1371 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 08, 2022 11:47    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Calcite (variety kanonenspat) and Quartz from Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region, Morocco.


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 Mineral: Calcite (variety kanonenspat) and Quartz
 Locality:
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 87 mm x 56 mm x 62 mm
 Description:
Calcite crystal with very sharp pseudohexagonal outlines, completely covered by a second generation of small crystals, also of calcite, partially dissolved and with small quartz crystals. At the base there are remnants of basalt matrix.
 Viewed:  1269 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite (variety kanonenspat) and Quartz
 Locality:
Jebel Masker, Imilchil area, Tounfit, Khénifra Province, Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 67 mm x 33 mm x 32 mm main crystal
 Description:
Mined in 09-10/2021. One of Jordi´s delicatessen.
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PostPosted: May 13, 2022 08:22    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Goethite from Tharsis, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain.


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 Mineral: Goethite
 Locality:
Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 45 mm x 43 mm x 34 mm
 Description:
Iridiscent colorful goethite.
 Viewed:  1165 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 20, 2022 09:55    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Malachite and Azurite from Touissit, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco.


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 Mineral: Malachite and Azurite
 Locality:
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 46 mm x 35 mm x 25 mm
 Description:
Light green botryoidal Malachite implanted on partially translucent deep blue Azurite crystals on matrix.
 Viewed:  1037 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 29, 2022 09:23    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Quartz from La Belleza, Santander Department, Colombia. (Nº-119).


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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Municipio La Belleza, Vélez Province, Santander Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 62 mm x 12 mm x 8 mm
 Description:
Single Quartz crystal with many horizontal striations that say us about its growing. (Nº-119).
It´s a prism consisting of alternating z and m faces.
It´s surely a Tessin habit sample and maybe a Muzo habit due to the cross section of the upper part, that is not perfectly triangular but it´s trapezoidal.
It´s a colombian´s friend gift who cames from Bucaramanga, the Santander Department capital.
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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2022 12:25    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Opal from Agramón, Albacete, Spain.

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Pyromorphite from Resuperferolítica Claim, Santa Eufemia, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain.



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 Mineral: Opal (variety menilite)
 Locality:
Opal outcrop, Camarillas reservoir, Agramón, Hellín, Comarca Campos de Hellín, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
 Dimensions: 34 mm x 52 mm x 20 mm
 Description:
Menilite Opal self collected eight years ago, in spring 2014.
 Viewed:  786 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 23 mm x 33 mm x 23 mm
 Description:
Brownish green prismatic Pyromorphite floater crystal.
 Viewed:  791 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2022 12:57    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

The Spanish menilite opal reminds me of two paintings by Salvador Dalí:

https://www.dalipaintings.com/images/paintings/millets-architectonic-angelus.jpg
https://www.dalipaintings.com/images/paintings/atavistic-ruins-after-the-rain.jpg

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PostPosted: Jun 11, 2022 17:45    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Hi Tobi.

Fantastic.
Was Salvador Dali a minerals collector? Did he know Camarillas reservoir?



Aragonite from San Giovanni Mine, Punta della Torre, Iglesias, Sud Sardegna Province, Sardinia/Sardegna, Italy.



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 Mineral: Aragonite
 Locality:
San Giovanni Mine, Punta della Torre, Iglesias, Sud Sardegna Province, Sardinia/Sardegna, Italy
 Dimensions: 86 mm x 108 mm x 67 mm
 Description:
Coralloid Aragonite with very clear greenish tints and forming a crystalline aggregate coming from a classic locality. Frontal view.
 Viewed:  605 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Aragonite
 Locality:
San Giovanni Mine, Punta della Torre, Iglesias, Sud Sardegna Province, Sardinia/Sardegna, Italy
 Dimensions: 86 mm x 108 mm x 67 mm
 Description:
Profile view. Weight: 280 gr.
 Viewed:  608 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jun 12, 2022 04:41    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Firmo Espinar wrote:
Hi Tobi. Fantastic. Was Salvador Dali a mineral collector? Did he know Camarillas reservoir?
Hi Firmo, Dalí was interested in rocks, the geology of his homeland Catalonia inspired him for many of his works and he also made jewelry designs. But I don't know if he was an active mineral collector or if he knew Camarillas.
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Aragonite from San Giovanni Mine, Punta della Torre, Iglesias, Sud Sardegna Province, Sardinia/Sardegna, Italy.
Very nice sculpture. Actually I don't collect aragonite but the ones from San Giovanni are really beautiful. I only have one aragonite in my collection and it's from that mine.

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PostPosted: Jun 18, 2022 12:14    Post subject: Re: Collection of Firmo Espinar  

Topaz from Tepetate, San Luis de Potosí, México.


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 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Tepetate, Municipio Villa de Arriaga, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
 Dimensions: 15 mm x 28 mm x x14 mm
 Description:
A topaz flower.
 Viewed:  250 Time(s)

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