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.
Adularia with Chlorite
St Gotthard, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina
8.7 x 6.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
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.