Epidote (Gem Crystal)
Miniature, 4.7 x 2.5 x 1.4 cm
Val Varaita, Cuneo, Piemont, Italy

Here is an extraordinarily GEMMY, completely transparent epidote crystal, from this classic district. The specimen has classic olive-green color, perfect, textbook form and terminations, and is pristine. Personally, I MUCH prefer the Italian epidotes of such clarity and gemminess to the darker, slender, and generally opaque-looking Knappenwald pieces that go for so much more money. This piece needs no backlighting. It is not just gemmy, but quite literally transparent as glass. And, it

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