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PostPosted: Sep 16, 2023 17:16    Post subject: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

Tobi wrote:

Thank you, Jordi and all the best for you!


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...In 2012 Jordi encouraged me to post pictures of my collection. Jordi has been a source of inspiration and knowledge all these years. I cannot thank him enough. Very sad to see him retire from being a dealer.



Hello everyone,

I have always been extremely careful not to mix FMF with my professional activities, which is why I didn't want to post this until the beginning of October when I will no longer be a public seller of minerals. However, the messages from Tobi and Don have prompted me to advance this considering that even though there are still two weeks left, I will soon no longer have any commercial activity related with the public sells.

Thank you very much, Tobi and Don. I wanted to express my gratitude for your kindness and kind comments. As I am currently very short on time, I am copying things I have used before to explain my situation. I promise to return to this thread and respond to all messages starting from October 5th. In the meantime, a bit of 'feu d'artifice' as a French friend of mine played to say ;-)

A brief summary of the situation: I quit the public part of my professional activity. The Fabre Minerals website will continue to exist, but it will no longer be a sales page for minerals, becoming something more like a great Virtual Museum of the minerals that have passed through my hands. I would like this Virtual Museum to serve as a guide and help to future generations of collectors.

Both FMF Forums, Spanish and English, will continue as active as ever or even more, and I will continue to collaborate very actively with the diffusion of mineralogy in all its forms. In a very different style from the current one, but I will still be intensely involved in everything related to minerals, inanimate beings that, paradoxically, fill me with life.

I wouldn't trade the life I've lived for anything, I've always liked intensity and certainly I have had that. So many trips, so many friends, so many minerals...

Anyway, I am sure that you will continue to hear from me, mineralogically speaking, but it will no longer be through my website or exhibiting at shows but mostly here or at any place where interesting minerals could be.



Quartz after Fluorite - Akassi,_Marrakech-Safi Region_Morocco.jpg
 Mineral: 'The Screen'
 Locality:
Akassi, Tazarout, Sidi Rahal area, El Kelaâ des Sraghna Province, Marrakech-Safi Region, Morocco
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Specimen size: 28 x 21 x 11.5 cm
Main crystal size: (The screen) 16.5 x 11.5 cm

We've been offering minerals through a screen for 27 years. What better way to end our offers online than by offering a mineralogical screen!

Here you can see a screen of Fluorite pseudomorphed by Quartz!! ;-) ;-) :-)
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 08:18    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

hi Jordi!
I'm so sad you will be no longer a mineral trader! Ok, this is your choice and we all have to accept it. Neveftheless I am so sad I'm losing a reference point for Spanish minerals and a reference point in Barcelona!
Greetings from Italy by Riccardo.

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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 08:42    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

I wrote this on Mindat:

In 1992, while living in Madrid, I met a Spanish mineral dealer called Jordi Fabre and I started to help him with his sales to non-Spanish clients. In 1995/96 I created a web business for him (I think he was the first mineral dealer to sell over the Internet). That business grew, and now many minerals from many dealers are sold over the Interweb.

Yesterday his business offered its last Interweb specimens and will shut down on 30/9/23.

I think we created the world's first Interweb mineral dealer and now that ends. Both Jordi and I have been involved in interweb mineral sales from 1996-2023. I will miss it all, and I am sad as it is the end of a great journey.
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 09:53    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

Greetings Jordi and I wish you the best of luck in your new "lifestyle".

I just loved your ultra poetic line:

"Inanimate beings that, paradoxically, fill me with life."

VERY appropriate for all of us.

Thanks for all you've done.

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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 11:06    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

Jordi,
Of course, I have mixed emotions regarding your retirement as a mineral dealer. I am happy for you and have a number of fine specimens I acquired from you, which I treasure. I am sad to see you end your run under mixed circumstances.

I will continue to support your forum and I would like to post some of my past Powerpoint presentations given at various symposiums, if you want them. I thank you for your friendship, your professional ethics and decorum, and your vision regarding providing an internet venue to sell quality minerals. Marcie and I cherish our time we spent with you over the years, albeit not enough in our estimation.

Respectfully, Tony L Potucek

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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 11:23    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

It has been said that the only constant in life is change. After being involved with mineral collecting for around 40 years now, this is becoming all too evident. In recent years many of the dealers and other collectors I have had relationships with have moved on from the business/hobby. I always looked forward to seeing Jordi at the major shows, and without his input our collection of Spanish fluorites would be greatly impoverished. I wish him the best of luck in what ever comes next!

Cheers,
Jesse Fisher



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 Mineral: Fluorite on Calcite
 Locality:
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias), Spain
 Dimensions: 6x4x4 cm
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Acquired from Jordi Fabre in 2018.
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 11:23    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

James Catmur wrote:
..I think we created the world's first Interweb mineral dealer a


Without you, nothing would have happened, James!
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 11:26    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

bob kerr wrote:

Thanks for all you've done.


And, hopefully, for everything I still have to do... 😉
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 11:32    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

Jordi Fabre wrote:

...I promise to return to this thread and respond to all messages starting from October 5th.


Ricardo, Tony, Jesse... I promise to respond to all messages, but for now, I have to leave it until October 5th.

Thank you very much, everyone!
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 14:39    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

Hello James,
It takes a lot of philosophy when the years add up.
For you, poor health does not make optimism easier.
But I believe that you have been a link in a chain and that it will not break.
Your action carried out with Jordi will not stop. On the contrary, thanks to you two, an extraordinary forum has been created. It will last because it is necessary for many collectors.
For me this forum surpasses any artificial intelligence because there is always an aficionado to resolve my questions.
I am thinking, for example, of Peter Megaw's answer on the origin of one of my colemanites.
ChatJPT was unable to correctly answer the first question I asked him:
“what were the first molecules that appeared in the nebula”.
I'm not even quoting Bing, whose answer was helium hydride.
An important step for the emergence of life!
The question was simple though.
James, Jordi, your union will never be forgotten or lost. Thank you, I had already told Jordi but I didn't know James' role.
Let me encourage you James. Your experience will remain useful to us for a long time.
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2023 15:30    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

Small but so elegant - a great memory


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 Mineral: Fluorite, Baryte
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La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Principality of Asturias (Asturias), Spain
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PostPosted: Sep 18, 2023 11:54    Post subject: Re: A phase coming to an end (but nothing about FMF ,-)  

Jordi Fabre has always been a very reliable and knowledgeable mineral dealer and a great person and friend. His early retirement is bad news for the entire mineral collecting world.

I've purchased 49 specimens from him in the last 23 years, many of high quality at a reasonable price. Here are just several of them.



8348M-aegirine1.jpg
 Mineral: Aegirine, Orthoclase, Zircon
 Locality:
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: 108mm x 51mm. Main aegirine crystal: 12mm wide, 92mm tall
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 Viewed:  695 Time(s)

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5473M-smithsonite1-JCallen.jpg
 Mineral: Smithsonite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 93 mm x 68 mm x 37mm. Largest crystal size: about 10 mm
 Description:
Photo copyright © Joaquim Callén
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5632M-azurite1.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: Overall size: 70mm x 63mm x 39mm. Azurite crystal: at least 34mm tall x 27mm wide x 10mm thick
 Description:
 Viewed:  694 Time(s)

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8135M-ilvaite1.jpg
 Mineral: Ilvaite, Calcite, Actinolite, Quartz, Andradite
 Locality:
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 64 mm x 61 mm
 Description:
Ex Desmond Sacco collection
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