Grossular v. Hessonite
Colle del Paschietto, Balme, Ala Valley, Lanzo, Turin
5 x 3.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An old Garnet specimen from the Piedmont that has nice light cinnamon brown Grossular on a contrasting white Feldspar. This locality is very close to the metropolitan city of Turin, in the Ala valley. Ex Sommondetti collection, this is in good condition, the main Garnets are perfect and are up to 1 CM diameter. The Rodingite outcrops of the Piedmont are justly famed for their Epidote, Vesuvianite and especially Garnets. The Garnet color is not typical and the matrix is very unusual as it is usually a Clinoclore and Rodingite mixture.
Dolomite with Quartz
Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese DistrictMetropolitan city of Tur
5.3 x 3.5 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A cute and unusual Dolomite that is in translucent blocky rhombs nestled with clear Quartz crystals. A vintage specimen with old labels ex Pallanza collection. Very good luster and condition, Dolomites from this area of the Piedmont are known in many habits and styles, this one look much more like a French Alpine specimen but is really from the Piedmont.
A super sharp, clear and lustrous gemmy Adularia crystal is nicely perched on matrix. A very old specimen, ex Roberto Palumbo (Rome, Italy mineral dealer active 1928-1945) with his label. The Feldspar is distinctly twinned as well and perfcely undamaged even at high magnifications. The locality of Monte Forno in the Piedmont has several well known alpine localities on it but also many tiny clefts that were worked mostly by Swiss Strahlers over a very long period. This is a choice piece with the Adularia well above the matrix and presenting well from all sides.
A fine alpine cleft Pink Fluorite that is NOT Swiss or French but a much rarer Italian Piedmont piece! With magnification this is especially striking, the octahedrons are glassy, sharp and show complexities, they are set in a vug lined with spikey Clinozoisites and glassy rhomb form Adularia. All with a sprinkle of bright green Clinoclore (Amesite?). Very rare to see any of these for sale this is an especially nice older specimen of pre 1960 vintage. Ex Bill Hlaydsz collection.
Garnet (Andradite -Topazolite)
Montaju Mine, Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese District, Torino
5.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
A bright and well crystalized garnet plate with many translucent dark orange - yellow crystals up to .7 CM covering the surface. In good conditiion overall but with some contacted and damaged crystals as seen in the photos.