Quartz Var. Smoky
Near Talefre, Mt. Bianco massif, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 8.5 x 4.5 cm
An Italian smoky quartz of exceptional clarity, from an unusual locale (at least to us non-Italians). This is a beautiful crystal with a slightly frosted finish to some faces, focusing the eye on the gemmy band through the interior as looked at, head on in the photos. It is nearly pristine: it has 2 small dings on edge corners, and a perfect termination atop. Just a nice Alpine quartz from an unusual locale. Size is as shown... the crystal is actually 10 cm tip to tip. Bonisoli collection. Joe Budd photos

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