Fluorite on Smoky Quartz
Small Cabinet, 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm
Point Kurtz Pocket, 1991, Mount Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France

Fluorite crystals to 1.4 cm in size surmount a cluster of smoky quartz, one doubly-terminated, in this supremely good small cab from the famous 1991 find at Point Kurtz. This is one of a few select specimens at the top of the find for quality of aesthetics, form, and condition. Eric Asselborn purchased the lot, and this piece was sold soon after to Gene Meieran with whom it remained for some time. It is one of the better pieces for balanced fluorite richly coating the smokies, that I have seen for sale...but I also have their word on it from seeing the whole lot in context. There is no damage of note, and the piece is complete all around. It "glows" with color, when well lit. The smokies under the fluorite are also quite gemmy. This pocket has remained the pinnacle of Alpine fluorite collecting for 16 years now, and a specimen of this caliber should remain both a good investment and a desirable thing to own for the future, I would think. They are, I admit, pricey...but then this goes with the territory because they are so desirable and hard to obtain today, coming out only from the collections where they have been generally for a decade or more. I bought this back recently from a collector I sold it to after trading for it from Gene Meieran around 2001, and I would buy it back a second time too, even at a high price, because one simply cannot get them any other way and to me they stand out so dramatically from the crowd of other Alpine fluorites as THE best pocket for many tastes.