In this gallery are presented minerals from the Alpine region, including areas of France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. You can browse through and see nice quartz, smoky quartz, pink fluorite, adularia, rutile on hematite and other classic specimens from this region.

 

WALPS-08/11 - Fluorite

Zinggenstock, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

Dark pink octahedral (with dodecahedral modifications on edges) crystals of fluorite to 1.5 cm. on edge grouped to form several clusters on a slab of granite matrix. Their faces show central areas etched, opaque and of whitish color whith the overgrown pink corners being translucent. Some minor cleaving in a couple of areas, otherwise undamaged and quite nice. Bottom of specimen is sawn.

12.7x8.4x4.6 - 415 €

MS 2/12

 

 

WALPS-07/61 - Fluorite and quartz

Zinggenstock, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

Dark pink octahedral (with dodecahedral modifications on edges) crystals of fluorite to 1.2 cm. on edge forming a 2.6x2-cm. cluster on granite matrix. Their faces show central areas etched, opaque and of whitish color whit the overgrown pink corners being translucent. Many smaller crystals on the matrix present purple spots at the corners. The granite surface is partly coated by translucent dull crystals of smoky quartz to about 8 mm. long. Some white crystals of adularia here and there. Back of the main cluster at the edge of the specimen is not complete (cleaved and partly etched in situ), otherwise undamaged. Bottom of specimen is sawn.

12.8x6.1x4.8 - 210 €

MS 11/12

 

 

WALPS-07/64 - Fluorite

Zinggenstock, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

Small loose cluster of octahedral translucent dark pink crystals of fluorite to about 1.3 cm. on edge. The center of the faces has been partly etched and edges and corners may be an overgrowth of second generation fluorite. One face at bottom (as seen in the picture at right) was cleaved, probably in situ, otherwise undamaged.

1.9x1.7x1.3 - 45 €

 

 

WALPS-07/66 - Fluorite

Zinggenstock, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

Floater loose octahedral crystal of translucent dark pink fluorite. The center of the faces has been partly etched and is more opaque and of a whitish color. Edges and corners may be an overgrowth of second generation fluorite. Some chlorite dust at back. Undamaged.

2.4x1.9x1.2 - 40 €

MS 5/12

 

 

WALPS-12/56 - Quartz

Aiguille des Amèthystes, Glacier d'Argentière, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

A lustrous transparent colorless crystal of quartz contacted at bottom. It presents a well developped trapezohedral face (x-face) as well as some smaller making this crystal a "left" quartz. There is a fine dusting of chlorite on some faces. Undamaged.

3.7x2.8x2.2 - Sold

 

 

WALPS-12/34 - Quartz

Glacier de Leschaux, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

A matrixless lustrous transparent colorless crystal of quartz with a few tiny nicks on some edges and at the termination as only damage.

4x2.2x1.7 - Sold

 

 

WALPS-12/32 - Quartz

Aiguille des Amèthystes, Glacier d'Argentière, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

A matrixless lustrous transparent light smoky crystal of quartz with a couple of tiny nicks at the termination as only damage. A nice small example of Alpine "left" quartz.

4x2.6x1.7 - 25 €

 

 

WALPS-12/31 - Quartz

Aiguille des Amèthystes, Glacier d'Argentière, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

A floater transparent smoky quartz crystal with a fine dusting of chlorite on its faces. Bottom is recrystallized. Undamaged.

6.8x3.4x2.3 - 60 €

 

 

WALPS-12/33 - Quartz

Glacier de Leschaux, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

Cluster of lustrous light smoky quartz crystals to 5.2 cm. long with some included chlorite and matrix. Just one small ding difficult to see as only damage, still a very nice specimen with interesting inclusions.

5.2x3.7x2.5 - 45 €

 

 

WALPS-12/27 - Quartz (gwindel)

Glacier de Leschaux, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

A large matrixless transparent "gwindel" crystal of very light smoky quartz with a "normal" crystal at bottom. Approximate size of gwindel is 10.5x6x4.5 cm. Undamaged and complete except at bottom where it was attached to the matrix.

12x8x5.4 - 230 €

 

 

WALPS-12/30 - Quartz (gwindel) and chlorite

Glacier de Leschaux, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

Matrixless transparent "gwindel" crystal of quartz with a dusting of green chlorite. Really minor damage at back of one termination and complete except at bottom where it was attached to the matrix. This specimen is very nice example of this kind of alpine quartz and shows the largest degree of twisting of this group.

6.5x5.6x2.8 - 175 €

 

 

WALPS-08/57 - Quartz (faden)

Glacier d'Argentière, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

A matrixless string of lustrous transparent quartz crystals of slightly smoky color forming a nice "faden" structure. There is some chlorite dust on some faces. Undamaged and very nice for this kind of quartz.

5.6x2.3x1.2 - 140 €

MS 10/12

 

 

WALPS-06/58 - Quartz

Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

Matrixless cluster of transparent smoky quartz crystals the largest being doubly terminated and 5.5x3.5x2.2 cm. There is a fine dusting of chlorite in the terminal faces. Back is recrystallized. There are a couple of minor areas contacted/recrystallized, one of them at back of the termination of the main crystal, otherwise undamaged.

6x5.8x3.3 - 30 €

 

 

WMISC-03/29 - Quartz

Aiguille du Talèfre, Mont Blanc Massif (Haute Savoie, France)

Floater doubly terminated translucent 5.5x4x3-cm. smoky quartz crystal with smaller crystals, some white adularia and a small piece of matrix attached. There is a fine dusting of chlorite. Bottom is recrystallized. There is a secondary crystal broken (seen in the left photo at center), otherwise undamaged.

5x4.7x4.5 - 25 €

 

 

WALPS-02/42/6 - Quartz

Grand Mont, Beaufortain (Savoie, France)

Lustrous transparent needle-quartz crystals to about 2.5 cm. long coat several sides on a quartzite matrix. Most crystals are well terminated altough some are not.

4.4x3.2x2.7 - 18 €

 

 

WALPS-02/42/7 - Quartz

Grand Mont, Beaufortain (Savoie, France)

A thin slab of matrix coated on the top side by lustrous transparent terminated needle-quartz crystals to about 1 cm. long. Bottom also shows crystals of smaller size and the specimen can be considered a floater. Quite clean of damage with just a really few non terminated crystals.

5.4x3.5x2 - 18 €

 

 

WALPS-02/42/8 - Quartz

Grand Mont, Beaufortain (Savoie, France)

A thin slab of matrix partly coated by lustrous transparent terminated needle-quartz crystals to about 1 cm. long. Quite clean of damage with just a really few non terminated crystals.

5x3.2x2.6 - 12 €

 

 

WALPS-02/42/9 - Quartz

Grand Mont, Beaufortain (Savoie, France)

Lustrous transparent needle-quartz crystals to about 1 cm. long coat several sides on a quartzite matrix. Most crystals are well terminated altough a few are not.

5.7x5.3x4 - 20 €

MS 4/12

 

 

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