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Clinochlore and Adularia, Xenotime -Y, Rutile etc.
stock #20-FC-006-(9885)
Fieud Alp, Fontana, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina
Ticino, Switzerland
9.3 x 6.3 x 6.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $1450


Clinochlore is not often seen as a display quality specie, it is usually a minor associate or coating of other minerals. Here the Clinochlore crystals are sizable, well-defined and lustrous. The prismatic and sheaf-like crystals are unlike the more normal flat micaceous forms. The dark green crystals contrast well with the transparent to translucent white Adularia. Some micro species are noted in spaces between large crystals, most noticeable are gemmy Xenotime-Y with a yellow to orange color. A few spots of bright red Rutile crystals are also seen with magnification. Ex. Eric Asselborn collection, (France), this is a superb older Alpine specimen and exceptional for the specie, locality and habit.

Fluorite with Calcite
stock #20.1-133
Orismuhle Quarry, Seltisberg, Liestal
Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland
7.3 x 3.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $320
new year 2021

Not often available for sale, especially outside of Europe, this is a choice specimen from the Orismuhle Quarry in Liestal, Switzerland. The Fluorites are sharp honey-yellow to orange cubes. The Fluorites are set among sharp scalenohedral Calcite crystals that add a good contrast. In good condition overall the largest cube is 1.3 CM across diagonally. The specimen is well trimmed section of a vug that has preserved most of crystals inside well. Excellent addition to a serious world Fluorite suite and certainly unlike most well-known Swiss Fluorites.

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
new year 2021

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.

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.

Siderite -curved epitaxial group
stock #18.1-442
Gauli Glacier
Bern, Switzerland
5.7 x 4 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $550


An exceptional Swiss alpine specimen of perfect curved rhombs in an esthetic stack. From a less well known locality at the Gauli Glacier in the Bernese alps. This zone is not well known for minerals but as the large glacier has been retreating some things have come to light. Recently (August of 2018) a heatwave uncovered a WW2 vintage US aircraft that is the second such wreck uncovered on Gauli. This Siderite is elegantly formed with a few small quartz and Rutile crystals as minor accessories. In exceptional condition and very eyecatching, this is a super Siderite from anyplace but especially choice and rare in such perfection from the Alps.