Topaz, Quartz
Schneckenstein cliff (Konigskrone Topaz Mine), Kielberg Mt., Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony, Germany
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.4 x 3.6 cm
This is an important old locality. Material from this famous erratic deposit goes back nearly 300 years in the literature. These were treasured by mineral collectors when all collectors in Europe were nobility or their associates, and considered one of the hallmarks of great collection. Here, a gemmy and lustrous, 2.6 cm, yellowish topaz crystal with a complex termination is elegantly set on a field of quartz needles on quartz-rich matrix from the famous Schneckenstein cliff of Saxony, Germany. It is a large piece, an aesthetic piece, and this is a very large crystal for this classic locale. It is nearly pristine. Smaller topaz crystals are a nice accent. Note how the large crystal sits up on the matrix, instead of being buried in matrix as so many from here are. Circa 1800 (assuming the "98" on the old label is dated 1798 by its similarity to others I have seen), and comes with two old labels.