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Grossular var. Hessonite (classic locale)
stock #21.1-198
Ala Valley, Lanzo Valley, Turin
Piedmont, Italy
5.8 x 3.4 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Early summer 2021

A plate of highly lustrous Garnets from the famed Ala Valley. The color and transparency of these Grossular is outstanding. There are several larger, more isolated crystals that are set in a matrix of much smaller Grossular. The larger crystals reach 1 CM and glow a vivid red when backlit. In normal lighting the color is darker red as seen in the photos. This is a particularly rich piece with a fine color and dense coverage of bright sparkling Garnet. Overall in very good condition, some rough spots are seen with magnification but these are very minor and almost invisible in the context of the piece. Far better than average esthetics and visual impact from the Piedmont region.

Epidote gemmy crystals with minor Byssolite
stock #17.1-281
Antrona Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province
Piedmont, Italy
7.9 x 5.2 x4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $170
new year 2021

Fine transparent crystals of olive green Epidote clustered in a pocket on a Rodingite matrix. Ex Glenn Petrie and Brizzi Giancarlo, (labels included), this specimen is dated March 1982. Most crystals are sharply terminated but some are incomplete due to being contacted. The luster is bright and glassy as is expected on any good alpine Epidote.

Adularia - vintage specimen, gemmy crystal (twinned)
stock #18.1-672
Mt Forno, Devero Alp, Baceno, Ossola Val. Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province
Piedmont, Italy
5.6 x 3.4 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $275


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.

Pink Fluorite with Clinozoisite, Rhombic Adularia, Clinochlore etc.
stock #AX-10-723
Villadossola, Verbano-Cusio-Ossala Province
Piedmont, Italy
6.5 x 5 CM, Crystals to 6.5 mm. (cabinet)
price: $360
Spring 2013

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 spiky 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)
stock #AC-095
Montaju Mine, Traversella, Turin
Piedmont, Italy
5.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
price: $90


A bright and well-crystallized garnet plate with many translucent dark orange-yellow crystals up to .7 cm. covering the surface. In good condition overall but with some contacted and damaged crystals as seen in the photos.