French Autunite

A friend showed me a lot of old French autunites, and I could not turn it down.  These specimens come from the collection of Jean Chervet (chervetite) a French mineralogist who specialized in French uranium deposits.  He passed away in 1962, which should give some indication of the age of these specimens.

Some of these have been stabilized, this is necessary for most autunite specimens.  

I would greatly prefer to ship these within the USA, but if you wish to assume the risk, I will ship them internationally.  I have never actually had a problem shipping this sort of specimen internationally, but I have heard horror stories from other collectors, so I felt this necessary to mention.

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AUF1 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
7.0x 5.2x 2.7 cm
$1450

A rich cabinet specimen of autunite, covered in deep yellow bundles of sheave-like crystals.

As mentioned in the text at the top of the page, this piece comes from the collection of Jean Chervet (chervetite), which would date this piece to before 1962.  Today, you would be much more likely to see a similar piece from Washington, than from France.

The Margnac Mine closed in 1995, though this was found decades before.








AUF11 Autunite
Venachat, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
7.3x 6.8x 3.8 cm
$385

A beautiful specimen of more isolated greenish-yellow autunite crystals on a nicely contrasting matrix. 









AUF13 Autunite
Venachat, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
3.8x 2.9x 1.8 cm
$380

A miniature specimen of bright autunite crystals, many showing a slight greenish tint, from a classic French locality.

The color is much brighter in person! Radioactive.








AUF14 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
4.5x 3.6x 1.8 cm
$345

A miniature sized plate of bright yellow autunite crystals. Radioactive.

 







AUF15 Autunite
Margnac II Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
4.5x 3.6x 2.4 cm
$0

Autunite crystals on matrix from a classic French locality. Radioactive.









AUF16 Autunite
Augenes, France
4.1x 2.7x 1.3 cm
$0

A miniature sized plate of well-formed autunite crystals from a classic French locality.

Radioactive.







AUF17 Autunite
Peny quarry, Razes, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
3.7x 3.0x 1.0 cm
$0

A miniature sized cluster of well-formed autunite crystals from a classic French locality.

Radioactive.







AUF18 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
3.0x 2.2x 0.9 cm
$0

A miniature sized cluster of well-formed autunite crystals from a classic French locality.

Radioactive.







AUF2 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
6.1x 6.0x 4.3 cm
$0

A rich cabinet specimen of autunite, hosting a vug filled with deep yellow bundles of sheave-like crystals.

As mentioned in the text at the top of the page, this piece comes from the collection of Jean Chervet (chervetite), which would date this piece to before 1962.  Today, you would be much more likely to see a similar piece from Washington, than from France.

The Margnac Mine closed in 1995, though this was found decades before.








AUF20 Autunite
Venachat, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
2.9x 2.6x 1.5 cm
$245

A miniature specimen of bright autunite crystals, many showing a slight greenish tint, from a classic French locality.  Radioactive.

The color is much brighter in person!








AUF21 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
3.5x 2.0x 3.2 cm
$0

A miniature specimen consisting of a segment of a vein lined with very brightly colored autunite crystals.  Radioactive.









AUF22 Autunite
Peny quarry, Razes, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
4.7x 3.0x 1.5 cm
$340

A specimen of bright autunite crystals on matrix,  from a classic French locality. Radioactive.









AUF3 Sabugalite on Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
8.0x 7.0x 4.2 cm
$1400

An exceedingly rare specimen of sabugalite on autunite, in an abnormally large size.  There were only a few of these in the collection, the bulk of the specimens were just autunite.

I have only ever seen a few sabugalites for sale, almost always from France.








AUF5 Sabugalite on Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
8.9x 7.1x 4.2 cm
$1100

An exceedingly rare specimen of sabugalite on autunite, in an abnormally large size.  There were only a few of these in the collection, the bulk of the specimens were just autunite.

I have only ever seen a few sabugalites for sale, almost always from France.








AUF6 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
9.8x 4.4x 1.1 cm
$485

A cabinet sized plate of bright yellow autunite crystals, on a thin matrix.  The color is much brighter in person.

This material is rarely seen today-- most autunite on the market is from Washington, and a few years ago there was a small pulse from Germany, to say nothing of the less-well-crystallized examples from Portugal.








AUF7 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
7.4x 6.0x 4.4 cm
$490

A cabinet sized plate of bright yellow autunite crystals, on a thin matrix.  The color is much brighter in person.

This material is rarely seen today-- most autunite on the market is from Washington, and a few years ago there was a small pulse from Germany, to say nothing of the less-well-crystallized examples from Portugal.








AUF8 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
4.8x 4.2x 2.5 cm
$430

A miniature specimen hosting numerous autunite crystals, from a classic French locality.









AUF9 Autunite
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
4.5x 3.0x 1.5 cm
$360

A miniature specimen hosting numerous autunite crystals, from a classic French locality.









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