Kollergraben, Binnenthal, Valais, Switzerland
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 5.6 x 3.5 cm
Sharp specimen of classic Alpine magnetite, with razor sharp, lustrous octohedral crystals perched on granite matrix. This is an old, classic specimen, from the Herb Obodda collection. Such pieces are sold with a premium that seems admittedly mindboggling to outsiders, but this material is among the cream of Alpine classics, and sharp fine specimens are very hard to come by. These are considered by most collectors to be the finest magnetite crystals, when this fine. Formerly in the collection of the British Museum of Natural History. The main group of crystals is 2 cm across. Joe Budd Photos.