Smoky Quartz (Alpine)
Cavradi, Tavetsch, Grissons
6.5 x 5.9 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
Good Alpine Swiss Quartz has a look that is unlike any other. This has a main crystal 6 CM in size that has a warm brownish hue and is gem clear. The main crystal faces are glasslike and lustrous in close to perfect condition- only a very tiny nick as seen in the photos. The matrix is all quartz and has a few partial and complete crystals that offset the main prism nicely.
A very distinctive thumbnail with excellent crystal form that is typical of fine alpine Prehnite. Ex. Wendy Melanson's great thumbnail collection, her locale lists Cavradi Gorge Tavetsch, however it is likely that this came from Tavetsch but maybe not in Cavradi itself, but it right for that area. No matter what this is an elegant piece showing well crystallized colorless "pinwheel" forms in an attractive 3 dimensional arrangement. No damage, great luster.
A wonderfully esthetic example of Swiss Adularia, a well defined Manebach twin set on a slender shard of matrix. Excellent condition, sawn on the back to remove this without damage. You don't need to be a Feldspar collector to appreciate the setting of this twin!