Simplon Pass, Wasen Alps, Valais, Switzerland
Thumbnail, 1.8 x 1.3 x 0.7 cm
Ex. Martin Zinn
This large, well formed armenite crystal, is a major example for the species of huge size and unusual transparency. The crystal is terminated, though hoppered out in back of the termination. This species is a rare, hydrated, barium, calcium, aluminum silicate. Usually micros and ugly, this locality produces crystals like this, rarely, which are lustrous and translucent. But this size is still uncommon. Purchased in 2001 and most likely from a small pocket that turned up at the Munich show in 2000, this is a world class example of the specie sand a competition-level thumbnail for significance points. And it is not as ugly as most!