Western Alps: Cleft minerals from Switzerland and France

16-121 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - reserved

Vorderes Galmihorn, Bächi Valley, Reckingen, Grafschaft, Goms, Wallis, Switzerland

Size: 14 x 10 x 7.5 cm

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Smoky quartz specimen of great composition with a large Gwindel attached to a dominant prismatic crystal. The Gwindel exhibts a distinct twist (see video) and is free of significant damage: the right-hand side used to be attached to the cleft wall and is fully rehealed. The main crystal holds some internal cracks in the rhomb section and an inconspicuous nick at the tip, but also water-clear portions. Both Gwindel and main crystal show very good luster.

16-168 - Rock Crystal - 1.250 €

Piz Regina, Lumbrein, Lugnez valley, Graubünden, Switzerland

Size: 34 x 30 x 19 cm

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Giant specimen from the renowned cleft at Piz Regina worked by Alfons Derungs und Michael Flepp in 2000-2004. Impressive chisel quartz with grey shist inclusions towering above a body mainly built-up of dense, faden-like aggregates of lustrous rock crystals. The main crystal has a width of 12.5 cm and a height of about 14 cm. It is in very good condition, there is only a small and inconspicuous chip close to the natural notch in the topmost edge. There are several ruptures among the rock crystals of the specimen body. Comes with the little metal stand seen in the images.

16-062 - Rock Crystal - 950 €

Blinnenhorn, Nufenen pass area, Wallis, Switzerland

Size: 30 x 23 x 7 cm

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Large group of lustrous rock crystals grown in transitional habit and partially developed doubly terminated. A fine coating or inclusions of iron oxide at part of the crystals adds a brown-reddish hue. Individual crystal size up to 7 cm. The backmost crystal has a rupture at the tip and one crystal broke off at the base. You can furthermore find small chips at some crystals and inconspicuous ruptures at the periphery, but altogether the specimen has a very intact and balanced appearance.

16-131 - Hematite, Rutile & Rock Crystal - 400 €

Cavradi gorge, Curnera valley, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein valley, Graubünden, Switzerland

Size: 8 x 7 x 4 cm

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The grand Cavradi trio: group of rock crystals carrying hematite blades with epitaxial rutile. The main hematite aggregate measures 20 mm in width. There are some rehealed contacts on the quartz, but no fresh damage.


90-012 - Phantom Quartz - 50 €

Schin gorge, Thusis, Domleschg, Hinterrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland

Size: 4 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm

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Phantom quartz group centered around a bent main crystal. The intensely moss-green chlorite phantoms and their cloudy to granular substructure are most characteristic for the locality. The crystals are highly lustrous and show water-clear tips. No significant damage, except for an old rupture at the bottom.

I personally consider Schin gorge specimen as the most attractive phantom quartz crystals of the entire Alps, and this great miniature shows why.

Phantom Quartz - sold

Piz Regina, Lumbrein, Lugnez valley, Graubünden, Switzerland

Size: 16 x 12 x 7 cm

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Extraordinary group of phantom quartz crystals from the renowned cleft at Piz Regina worked by Alfons Derungs und Michael Flepp in 2000-2004. The deep grey phantoms and colouring stem from grey shist inclusions. The specimen is richly covered with crystals on both sides with the dominant, doubly terminated crystal measuring 10.5 cm. There are several contacts and broken tips across the specimen, which accounts for the moderate price of this truly remarkable specimen.

16-134 - Hematite & Smoky Quartz - 650 €

Etzli valley, Maderanertal, Uri, Switzerland

Size: 18 x 11 x 8 cm

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A massy cluster of stacked hematite blades, shaped like an accordion, of 30 mm width sits prominently in the cavity of a quartz vein, accompanied by a small group of smoky quartz crystals. No significant damage.

Rock Crystal, Hematite & Rutile - sold

Cavradi gorge, Curnera valley, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein valley, Graubünden, Switzerland

Size: 8.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm

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A water-clear, highly lustrous quartz crystal of 7.5 cm length with a slight smoky hue holds three plates of hematite with rutile. Unfortunately, the two major hematite plates are broken, while at least the small one is unharmed. Top and body of the quartz crystal are in very good condition with only some minor edge wear, the bottom is partially recrystallized.

16-145 - Hematite & Rutile - 400 €

Cavradi gorge, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland

Size: 4.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm

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Hematite blades of mirror luster with intense red rutile crystals on a quartz crystal fragment. The dominant massy blade has a thickness of 5 mm. The small foremost blades are broken at the right-hand side.

16-133 - Hematite & Adularia - 220 €

Kleines Furkahorn, Furkapass area, Goms, Wallis, Switzerland

Size: 17 x 12 x 8.5 cm

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Numerous iron roses up to 13 mm diameter grown accompanied by adularia on granite matrix. Many of the iron roses exhibit the "accordion" habit, which is typical for the southern Gotthard. No significant damage.

16-136 - Quartz with Siderite - 220 €

Schin gorge, Thusis, Domleschg, Hinterrhein valley, Graubünden, Switzerland

Size: 12 x 11 x 6 cm

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Group of limonite coloured quartz crystals with numerous siderite aggregates. Floater piece with crystallized bottom. The largest quartz crystal and one of the satellites have rehealed contacts on their tips.

Quartz - sold

Fiesch glacier area, Fiesch, Goms, Wallis, Switzerland

Size: 20 x 12 x 10 cm

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Group of doubly terminated rock crystals with a massive, 20 cm long main crystal. There are some contacts and a partially rehealed fracture surface at a side crystal.

16-143 - Quartz Scepter on Smoky Quartz- 50 €

Choëx-Massongex quarry, Massongex, Val d'Illiez, Monthey, Wallis, Switzerland

Size: 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm

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Group of  lustrous rock crystals including a 30 mm long scepter grown on a smoky quartz fragment. Two of the smaller rock crystals broke off.

Pink Fluorite, Smoky Quartz & Adularia - sold

Vorderer Zinggenstock, Zinggenstöcke, Oberaar lake area, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Bern, Switzerland

Size: 12.5 x 9 x 5 cm

Several pink fluorites, some of them coated with chlorite, with smoky quartz and adularia crystals on leached granite matrix. The fluorite exhibits a multifaceted surface structure from octahedral sub-entities, which is the typical habitus for the locale. The largest fluorite measures 13 mm tip-to-tip. The main smoky quartz crystal was repaired close to the bottom, two minor quartz crystals at the left edge of the specimen are broken.

Fluorite - sold

Dürschrennen cave, Alpstein Massif, Appenzell-Innerrhoden, Switzerland

Size: 7.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm

Representative specimen from a classic Swiss locality, where trespassing is strictly prohibited nowadays. In part freestanding fluorite cubes up to 10 mm edge length with bevelled edges as rhombic dodecahedral growth modification. The crystals are translucent and exhibit the typical green-blueish color. No significant damage.

Hematite, Rutile & Adularia - sold

Pizzo Lucendro, Lucendro Valley, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Tessin, Switzerland

Size: 13 x 11 x 9 cm

Hematite iron roses up to 2 - 2.5 cm diameter on glossy adularia.  The iron roses are free of significant damage and partially carry some rutile crystals.

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