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Rurile in Quartz
stock #20.1-316
Binnenthal
Valais, Switzerland
4.1 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $40


Sagenite type Rutile inside Quartz from the Binn Valley. Classic alpine specimen that has been recrystallized on the bottom and back. A few bruises are noted but still displays OK and is very reasonable in price for a an old Swiss specimen. Older labels with no collection attribution are also included.
Pericline (Albite), Calcite and Rutile - classic locale
stock #20.1-298
Simplon Railway Tunnel, Termen, Brig
Valais, Switzerland
6.4 x 3.8 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $330


A classic old Simplon Tunnel specimen from Valais (Swiss ) that is very well-crystallized. This piece dates to the period of 1898-1921, and these old pieces are very rare in any quality. The areas between the white Pericline crystals are lined with Rutile in reticulated masses. The Calcite crystals are sharp transparent scalenohedra which are also fluorescent orange in long-wave. One old label is included. In excellent condition with no visible damage, the Pericline has textbook perfect form.
SOLD Magnetite - Vintage Swiss
stock #SOLD 18.1-642
Zermatt, Matt Valey, Zermatt-Sass Fee area
Wallis, Switzerland
2.5 x 2.1 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $0


A neat old Swiss thumbnail of well-formed Magnetite octahedrons. Ex A. Kranz, his original label can be dated being written between 1850 to 1888. In good but not perfect condition, magnification finds some small edge roughness. The luster is better than most we have seen, this seems to be nearly Magnetite and crystallized on several sides. This was also in the Jeff Glover collection (all labels included ) which was dedicated to Swiss Alpine minerals.
Quartz- Tessin habit, Rutile included, doubly terminated
stock #18.1-443
Turbe Alp, Albrunhorn-Turbhorn area, Binn Valley
Wallis, Switzerland
5.6 x 4.2 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $330


An alpine classic. Transparent, super sharp, undamaged Tessin Quartz crystals in a cross-like cluster. The two main crystals that form the cross are doubly terminated. There are Rutile (sagenite) inclusions in some zones but others are gem clear. The luster is super bright glassy although a few faces have a sparkling dusting of Muscovite crystals. No damage even with good magnification, this is a nice Alpine Quartz and is certainly not typical.
Pink Fluorite, Epidote, Adularia, Chlorite, Quartz etc.
stock #AX-10-864
Val Cristallina (Cristallina Valley)
Grischun (Grisons), Switzerland
15.7 x 9.3 x 4.9 CM (cabinet /museum)
price: $520


A large, colorful Swiss alpine specimen featuring several well-crystallized species in scattered clusters. The centerpiece is the pink octahedral Fluorites many of which are gem clear. In addition, there are a few small colorless Fluorites and a few areas of dark nearly black Fluorite which is coated by and included with Chlorite. The specimen is also multi-colored fluorescent and amazing when examined under good magnification. Gem clear Quartz crystals show typical alpine habits and sharp transparent Epidote and Adularia crystals add contrast. Very pretty in person this looks even better as you look closer.
Adularia with Chlorite
stock #6.2-916
St Gotthard, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina
Ticino, Switzerland
8.7 x 6.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
Spring 2020

Fine Swiss Adularia crystals up to 2.4 CM with green zoned inclusions of Chlorite are well presented on the matrix. From the type locality (St Gotthard) Most of these crystals have a slight dusting of Chlorite on the outside as well but the majority of the faces are glassy and transparent. Very pleasing esthtetics from almost any angle this is a choice and showy specimen of a usually unimpressive specie. No damage which is incredible for a piece with this complexity. Excellent Alpine classic that shows the textbook monoclinc form perfectly.
Hematite with Rutile
stock #20.1-164
Cavradi gorge, Tujetsch, Surselva Region
Graubunden, Switzerland
3 x 1.7 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
price: $140
Spring 2020

Swiss Hematite with very well formed blades standing on minimal matrix. A close exam shows some tiny but brilliant red Rutile crystals on some faces. A nicely composed thumbnail (or toenail) that looks good from both sides. In excellent condition, a very lustrous and classic Alpine specimen. This specimen was originally labeled as from St Gotthard, but we are assured this habit with the epitaxial Rutile is unquestionably from Cavradi and is distinctive for the Cavradi Gorge.
Hematite (iron Rose) on Adularia
stock #A-9-037
St Gotthard, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina
Canton Uri, Switzerland
5.3 x 5 x 2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $140
Spring 2020

A bright single flower of bladed Hematite contrasting nicely with sparkling Adularia crystals. An older "Eisenrose" this is sharp and displays well, the main rose being 1.3 CM across. A classic Alpine specimen when these are a bit larger they can be incredibly costly. This is a fine smaller piece (far more affordable) and could be trimmed to a fine thumbnail if desired.
22 specimens listed
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