A large gem clear Quartz that is a light smoke brown with coatings and inclusions of Schorl Tourmaline. Complex multi faced sides with ramparts make this a statuesque crystal. In excellent condition the overall look is an alpine type habit. In exceptional undamaged condition a few areas show a coating of Hyalite opal as well. Especially fine and choice for the locale this is far better in person.
A very odd old French Quartz specimen ex Gilles Emringer collection. The light brown Smokey quartz in clear and colorless at the tips and outer edges but the core is composed of thousands of tiny bubbles like a froth that have a golden brown hue. Previous label calls this a Fadden and it has the right habit to be one, but since I can not find the internal string we are calling this Fadden-like as it seems not to be a true fadden. On the backside is a zone of deeply etched tiny crystals that look like either Bertrandite or Phenakite which both occur on the massif. In perfect, undamaged condition and quite a pretty alpine Quartz that is really different.
Smoky Quartz (alpine gemmy)
Tujetsch, Vorderhien Valley
4.4X1.6 CM (miniature)
Gem clear, sharp and clean is what everyone looks for in a Swiss quartz. This is a fine small example with the lovely red brown color that makes these so distinctive. While this could be sold as a perfect example, 10x magnification and strong lighting can find some very tiny chips, so this is just "near perfect". Still an excellent small alpine crystal reasonably priced.