Epidote, Actinolite (Var: Byssolite)
Knappenwand, Knappenwand area, Untersulzbach valley, Hohe Tauern Mts, Salzburg, Austria
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 5.8 x 4.8 cm
A showy epidote specimen from world famous and classic Knappenwand, Austria. Gemmy and lustrous, olive-green epidote crystals to 1.3 cm richly fill a vug at the base of a "mountain" partially covered by a "snow field" of soft, felt-like, grayish-green byssolite fibers. The matrix is nearly solid, massive epidote. Ex. Rolf Wein Collection, a noted Alpine collector, and purchased in 1967.