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RM2949   Epidote

Argentière Glacier, Massif du Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

Epidote specimens from this area of Mont-Blanc are not at all common. This specimen was purchased by Joan Astor in Chamonix. It is an idiomorphic crystal, of a good size, with well-defined faces, except for one in the upper part that is fractured. We can also observe growth fissures. This specimen has its history since it was acquired from Francesc Garcia, one of the referents of Catalan mountaineering.


Size: 4 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm.
Found in ±1975.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Classic locality


 

RM1164   Smoky quartz with dolomite

Talèfre glacier, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

A rich group of quartz crystals, brilliant, transparent and with a very delicate and aesthetic smoky tone. They show well-defined prism and complex forms in top faces. They are disposed on a rocky matrix with albite. Talèfre glacier is located in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif.


Size: 9.5 x 7.3 x 4.6 cm.
Main crystal: 23 x 8 mm.
Found in 07-08/2014.

 

RM1151   Smoky quartz

Pointe des Periades, Glacier de Leschaux, Massif du Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

In this floater specimen we can observe a group of quartz crystals, two of them clearly dominant, with well defined faces and edges. We see a well-developed prism with rhombohedral terminal and trapezohedron faces. Transparence and brilliance are both excellent and with a very uniform smoky tone.


Size: 6.2 x 4.7 x 4.3 cm.
Main crystal: 35 x 28 mm.
Found in 2014.

 

RM1113   Smoky quartz

Pointe des Periades, Glacier de Leschaux, Massif du Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

In this specimen we can observe a group of quartz crystals with well defined faces and edges. We see a well-developed prism with rhombohedral terminal and trapezohedron faces. Transparence and brilliance are both excellent and with a very uniform smoky tone. It is not easy to find specimens from this Alpine quartz locality.
Note:  Le Règne Minèral. Minèralogie du Massif du Mont-Blanc. Hors Sèrìe V, 1999.


Size: 8.4 x 5.4 x 2.8 cm.
Main crystal: 50 x 32 mm.
Found in 2014.

 

RM1114   Smoky quartz

Argentière Glacier, Massif du Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

A very aesthetic group of very sharp quartz crystals with a uniform smoky tone, more intense in terminal rhombohedron, well developed prism followin main axis. From a classic Mont-blanc area for this species.


Size: 7.4 x 6.5 x 4.7 cm.
Main crystal: 72 x 25 mm.
Found in 2014.

 

RM1115   Smoky quartz

Pointe des Periades, Glacier de Leschaux, Massif du Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

In this floater specimen we can observe a rich group of quartz crystals, one of them dominant, with well defined faces and edges. We see a well-developed prism with rhombohedral terminal and trapezohedron faces. Transparence and brilliance are both excellent and with a very uniform smoky tone. It is not easy to find specimens from this Alpine quartz locality.
Note:  Le Règne Minèral. Minèralogie du Massif du Mont-Blanc. Hors Sèrìe V, 1999.


Size: 7.2 x 7.3 x 3.8 cm.
Main crystal: 74 x 41 mm.
Found in 2015.

 

RM682   Smoky Quartz

Talèfre glacier, Mont Blanc Mts., Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

In this specimen we can observe a group of quartz crystals, one of them dominant, with well defined faces and edges. We see a well-developed prism with rhombohedral terminal faces and a possible small trapezohedron face. Transparence and brilliance are both excellent and with a very uniform smoky tone. It is not easy to find specimens of alpine smoky quartz at reasonable prices, without nicks, and less with this size.


Size: 9,2 x 9,0 x 6,0 cm.
Main crystal: 6,8 x 4,3 cm.
Found in 2012.

 
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