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5 3 x 2 1 x 2 0 cm Specimen 8 15 carats 11 84 mm Gem A great inclusion
Alchuri, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
Miniature, 5.3 x 2.1 x 2.0 cm (Crystal), 8.15 ct (Gem)
5.3 x 2.1 x 2.0 cm (Specimen); 8.15 carats; 11.84 mm (Gem) - A great "inclusion" rough and cut set that features lovely green acicular "needles" of Actinolite inside of colorless WATER-CLEAR Quartz. Both the crystal and the gem shows the same material, and these pieces obviously must have come from the same discovery due to their similarity. The gemstone has a fairly basic "Round Step" cut on it, but the Actinolite "needle" is positioned so it's dead center, and when viewed directly from above the table, the needle is reflected on all sides of the gem like a kaleidoscope. It's very difficult to illustrate this in the photos, but it's easy to see in person. The crystal is a single hexagonal prism of Quartz with several "wispy" Actinolites included near the base.
Hubert Monmonier loved quartz collection 1000 quartzes He sought
Miage Glacier, Veny Valley, Monte Bianco Massif, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy
Cabinet, 9.7 x 6.3 x 2.7 cm
Hubert de Monmonier loved quartz and his collection must have had 1000 quartzes in it. He sought after all the classic included varieties, of which this was a style seldom seen here in the US market, at least. This is an exceptionally lustrous cluster of gemmy, bright quartz crystals that is complete all around the sides and only contacted in back (nearly a floater). These crystals are richly included by the "byssolite" variety of actinolite, in the form of sharp green needles running through them. Interestingly, on the back side are associated crystals to 2cm of the zeolite species, scolecite, something quite rare and unusual for this locality (and which I had not seen previously from here). From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays and to provide specimens for sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations, in perpetuity.