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-12/22 - Cafarsite

Wannigletscher, Binn Valley (Valais, Switzerland)

About a dozen cubooctahedral brown crystals of cafarsite to 3 mm. accross lie on the top surface of a gneiss matrix. That surface also shows tiny sugary white albite crystals, small shiny silvery crystals of muscovite and black turmaline needles. Quite clean of damage and a nice example of a rare Alpine mineral from a classic locality.

6x5.5x3 - 85 €

 

 

WALPS-12/20 - Quartz and chlorite

Ofenhorn, Binn Valley (Valais, Switzerland)

A highly lustrous colorless transparent crystal of "Tessiner habitus" quartz with a complex multiple termination. Chlorite appears as inlcusions inside the quartz or intermixed with a miriad of small quartz terminations. Undamaged with a recrystallized bottom termination.

7.8x3.6x3 - 35 €

 

 

WALPS-12/21 - Quartz and chlorite

Ofenhorn, Binn Valley (Valais, Switzerland)

A floater cluster of doubly terminated highly lustrous colorless transparent crystals of "Tessiner habitus" quartz to 7.8 cm. long with some inclusions of chlorite. Undamaged with only a contacted area in one of the crystals. Very interesting group.

8.5x3.3x3 - Sold

 

 

WALPS-08/37 - Titanite and chlorite

Simplon pass area (Valais, Switzerland)

A 1.2x0.6-cm. cluster of lustrous translucent green crystals of titanite to 0.7 cm. across partly coated by chlorite on a creamy matrix with areas of granular green chlorite and a few small quartz crystals. Undamaged.

5.6x4x3 - 45 €

 

 

WALPS-08/36 - Titanite and albite

Muttenhörner, Furka pass area (Valais, Switzerland)

An open surface on a gneiss matrix coated by small white albite crystals and a few gemmy brown highly lustrous crystals of titanite to 0.7 cm. across. The largest titanite crystal is not completed, otherwise in quite well shape.

7.8x5.8x4.5 - 40 €

 

 

WALPS-08/35 - Titanite, quartz and albite

Muttenhörner, Furka pass area (Valais, Switzerland)

A schist matrix with the top surface coated by white albite variety pericline crystals to about 1.5 cm. long, lustrous brown crystals of titanite to 1 cm. across and a 1.5-cm. long doubly terminated transparent quartz crystal, all of them coated by tiny green chlorite crystals. Undamaged and a classic alpine specimen.

9.4x9.3x6.5 - 115 €

 

 

WALPS-07/99 - Titanite

Binn Valley (Valais, Switzerland)

A feldspar-chlorite-rich matrix partly coated on almost all sides by dozens of highly lustrous gemmy transparent cinnamon-brown titanite crystals to about 4 mm. across. Some crystals show interesting black inclusions. Undamaged and a classic Alpine specimen.

7.2x6.6x4.6 - 60 €

MS 2/12

 

 

WALPS-07/80 - Dolomite

Weisser Fluh, Binn Valley (Valais, Switzerland)

Many of the minerals found in the Binn Valley, as those from the world-famous Lengenbach quarry, appear on dolomitic rocks, however it is not common finding good specimens of dolomite. Here is presented a twinned group of whitish translucent crystals to 3 cm. on edge with just a little of creamy sugary matrix at bottom. Just a few minor cleavings mostly at back and a couple of tiny nicks.

3.8x3.8x2.2 - 48 €

MS 5/12

 

 

WALPS-14/14 - Adularia and quartz

Uri (Switzerland)

A thin slab of quartz is the matrix of a group of white, lustrous adularia crystals to 1 cm. on edge and a few transparent quartz crystals to about 1.7 cm. long. There is a preferential coating of green chlorite on some faces of both the adularia and the quartz crystals (some quartz is completely coated but most are coated just on the terminal faces). Undamaged. Ex Steve Pullman collection.

6.5x5x2.1 - Sold

 

 

WALPS-08/33 - Adularia and chlorite

Bäzberg, Andermatt (Uri, Switzerland)

Cluster of Baveno twinned crystals of chlorite-coated adularia to 2.3 cm. long. The small crystal shows minor damage at back. Collected in 1988 by Peter Indergand a well known Swiss strahler.

2.6x2.4x1.6 - 22 €

 

 

WALPS-07/89 - Adularia and chlorite

Oberaargletscher, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

Cluster of large multiply twinned chlorite-coated translucent razor-sharp crystals of adularia. They present some gemmy areas below the chlorite coating. There is a 1.6-cm. quartz crystal associated. Some cleaving/contacting at bottom where it was attached to the matrix, otherwise undamaged.

6x4x4 - 85 €

MS 6/12

 

 

WALPS-07/93 - Adularia and chlorite

Oberaargletscher, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

Cluster of multiply twinned chlorite-coated translucent razor-sharp crystals of adularia. They present some gemmy areas below the chlorite coating. Minor cleaving in one small area as seen in the picture at bottom left, otherwise undamaged.

3.8x3.2x2.5 - 50 €

 

 

WALPS-08/47 - Hematite

Oberaargletscher, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

Small matrixless hematite "iron-rose" of metallic black color. Undamaged. It will be send with a small piece of matrix with some 2-mm. hematite crystals where it was once attached.

1.1x0.7x0.3 - 15 €

 

 

WALPS-08/45 - Hematite

Oberaargletscher, Grimsel area (Bern, Switzerland)

A group of metallic black hematite "iron-roses" to about 1.3 cm. across with some matrix attached as well as some tiny transparent lustrous quartz crystals. Undamaged.

1.8x1.4x1.2 - 25 €

 

 

WALPS-06/49 - Hematite, rutile and adularia

Cavradi, Val Tavetsch (Graubunden, Switzerland)

Hematite "iron roses" are one of the most sought after minerals from the Alps, found in a number of localities. However many collectors consider above all the classic hematite with epitactic rutile crystals coming from the Cavradi Gorge, near the village of Sedrun, at the Upper Rhin Valley, Switzerland.

This specimen presents several highly lustrous black crystals of hematite nicely striated with terminated red crystals of epitactic rutile to about 3 mm. long and partly corroded adularia associated. The small blade at top as seen in the top right picture is not terminated, otherwise completely undamaged and quite nice.

3.4x2.1x1.7 - 65 €

 

 

WALPS-06/55 - Hematite and rutile

Cavradi, Val Tavetsch (Graubunden, Switzerland)

Hematite "iron roses" are one of the most sought after minerals from the Alps, found in a number of localities. However many collectors consider above all the classic hematite with epitactic rutile crystals coming from the Cavradi Gorge, near the village of Sedrun, at the Upper Rhin Valley, Switzerland.

Presented here is a floater cluster of thick highly lustrous black striated crystals of hematite to 2.5 cm. across with red crystals of epitactic rutile to 7 mm. long. Some damage in a few edges mainly at bottom, the indentation seen in the main crystal is natural.

4.2x2.8x1.7 - Sold

MS 4/12

 

 

WALPS-12/25 - Hematite and rutile

Cavradi, Val Tavetsch (Graubunden, Switzerland)

Hematite "iron roses" are one of the most sought after minerals from the Alps, found in a number of localities. However many collectors consider above all the classic hematite with epitactic rutile crystals coming from the Cavradi Gorge, near the village of Sedrun, at the Upper Rhin Valley, Switzerland.

This specimen presents a large, lustrous, black crystal of hematite nicely striated with an attached rose-like group of smaller crystals and small red crystals of epitactic rutile to about 1mm. The main crystal is not terminated at bottom and on the left side, however the rosette is quite clean of damage.

3.2x2.5x1.2 - 30 €

 

 

WALPS-12/26 - Hematite

Wannigletscher, Binn Valley (Valais, Switzerland)

A group of lustrous black crystals of hematite grouped to form several iron-roses to about 6 mm. accross coat the top surface of a gneiss matrix. This surface is most probably a fissure filling and also shows some tiny transparent quartz crystals. The hematite crystals are undamaged.

6.1x3.2x3.2 - 40 €

 

 

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