Quartz (skeletal)
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm
Val Pigutga, Val Cavrein, Graubunden, Switzerland
Switzerland is justly famous for its huge variety of quartz formations, but this piece stands out even amonst so much diversity as something special for its shocking luster (hard to convey in photos) combined with complex skeletal growth on the sides. That growth is contrasted to a perfect prismatic termination, whereas most crystals that are skeletal are so from the bottom to the top. The textural and geometrical contrasts of this, in this crystal, are just amazing in person. The sparkle and luster, and total 100% gemminess and clarity of the crystal, take it up to a level of specimen that few quartz singles reach, to my mind. It was from recent finds, brought out at Munich in 2015, and said to be the best example of the pocket by my source. Joe Budd photos.