- Quartz (Tessin Habit)
- Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm
- Bedretto Valley, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin), Switzerland
This is a stunning, elongated quartz crystal in the rare Tessin habit of crystallization, with secondary smaller crystals on matrix. The main crystal is 7.5 cm tall, perfect 360 degrees, and beautifully studded on the back with tiny hematite crystals which accent the gemminess and faces of the quartz itself. The habit is extremely rare worldwide, and superb specimens from this namesake locality are even more so. I exchanged this from a European dealer who got it from the strahler (collector), directly. I have seen only a very few comparable matrix specimens for sale, including recently one in the private collection of the dealership Siber & Siber. Joe Budd photos.