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The Itrongay region Madagascar produced finest gem crystals Orthoclase
Itrongay, Madagascar
Miniature, 4.2 x 3.5 x 2.1 cm
The Itrongay region of Madagascar has produced the finest gem crystals of Orthoclase. This miniature is VERY RARE AND LARGE for the fine condition it is in, only being cleaved at the bottom where contacted. The crystal is 100% gem, golden, totally transparent, with many of the crystal faces present. The faces are glassy and textured with small, curvy trenches that look like subparallel and tiny worm tracks. This gem Orthoclase's mass is 61 grams. Specimen of this quality for both gemminess and luster WITH a good form at the same time, are quite uncommon although they have trickled out slowly for years.
A minute 0 2mm gemmy isolated hexagonal crystals bazzite scandium
Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Piemonte, Italy
Small Cabinet, 9.5 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm
A few, minute (0.2mm), gemmy, isolated, hexagonal crystals of bazzite (scandium analogue of beryl) and a single, parallel growth cluster, all with a rich light blue color in small miaroles within a granite matrix accompanied by brownish green aeschynite-(Y); colorless, transparent to translucent, bertrandite; silver-gray muscovite; and albite plates. Ex. Paulo Matioli collection.
A rare locality piece historic collecting location Ernie Schlicter s
Furce Pass, Canton Uri, Switzerland
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 2.6 x 2.3 cm
A rare locality piece from historic collecting in this location and part of Ernie Schlicter's alpine suite. This is a superb, lustrous single crystal, complete all around except only a small contact to matrix in the lower back. I bought this and some other pieces in this update from the collection of Ernie Schlicter back around 2007, before the whole collection was sold, and held it till now.
This rare highly desirable locality unique distinct style Two pastel
Ziggenstock, Grimsel, Bern, Switzerland
Miniature, 4.9 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm
This is from a rare and highly desirable locality, with unique and distinct style. Two, pastel pink, gemmy, heavily modified fluorite crystals to 1.5 cm across are aesthetically perched on lustrous, sugary adularia, a variety of orthoclase. Although not as deeply colored as some of its alpine cousins, the transparency and complexity of the crystals is absolutely superb. This pocket, or this style rather from this region, is notable for its difference from the common sort of Alpine fluorite. I have seen such pieces at Munich for twice the price, in Euros yet, as they seem overly valued to me in the European market.
This classic alpine style specimen large fist sized cluster gemmy
Vizze Valley (Pfitsch Valley), Bolzano Province (South Tyrol), Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Cabinet, 10.1 x 9.5 x 6.0 cm
This is a classic alpine style specimen: a large, fist-sized cluster of gemmy, translucent orthoclase feldspar crystals. The cluster is a floater, complete all around. It is unusually pristine and sharp, and very 3-dimensional in person. The photos show it in normal frontal lighting, though it has a better "glow" to it when backlit. Impressive, in person! 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.