Month: October 2017

Gwindel Quartz

Shalman Area, Khyber Agency, (FATA), Pakistan

Here is probably one of the best gwindels that came from Shalman mine during the first finds. While most of the gwindels coming from Pakistan are small and not very high, this one is much more “aerial”. The twist is great but it’s hard to show it with pictures. Like most of the specimens from this locality, it has some little damages and the back is pretty matte. Some inclusions, maybe rutile, are also visible inside. Size: 70mm x 55mm x 26mm

Ref. GW030 – 450€

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Titanite, Calcite & Chlorite

Puiva, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi, Tyumen Oblast, Russian Federation

The specimen consists of scattered sharp brown twinned titanite crystals on a schist matrix. You can see some calcite blades among the titanite twins. The brownish chlorite is typical of the Ural localities like the Dodo and Puiva mines. You can learn more about these in the Mineralogical record 30: 451-465. Size :

Ref. TI022 – 220€ 

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Apatite

Val Cavrein, Grischun, Switzerland

Over two dozens complex, perfectly transparent apatite crystals cover this thin metamorphic rock slice. Overall very lustrous, the crystals are rather complex and covered in numerous faces, sometimes so lustrous and transparent that it makes it hard to photograph. Associated, a number of creamy pericline and adularia crystals of good quality. In excellent conditions and especially rich for the Swiss Alps. Ex B. Florin collection. Size: 107 mm x 73 mm x 20 mm.

Ref. AP010 – 170€

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Quartz var. Amethyst

Haupen Valley, Finkenberg, Schwaz District, Tyrol, Austria

The crystal is sharp terminated and faces are highly lustrous all around. Along edges and corners you can see the light violet color. Very nice scepter from an unusual locality and in fine condition damage-wise. Size : 29mm × 17mm × 12mm

Ref. QA033 – 180€

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Gwindel Quartz

Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Here is a big smoky gwindel quartz from a classic but rare locality in Western Siberia. This specimens shows a nice twist to the left when looking from the top. Backside is lightly covered with chlorite, while the frontside is very lustrous. Feel free to check the video below to get a better idea of the specimen. Size: 120mm x 90mm x 74mm

SOLD

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Gwindel Quartz

Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Gwindel quartz on matrix from a rare locality. The twist is pretty important, seen from the top (pictures don’t do it justice). This specimen is very lustrous, more than most of the gwindels coming from other localities in Pakistan. Some adularia can be seen on its matrix.. Size: 65mm x 47mm x 30mm

Ref. GW052 – 570€

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Gwindel Quartz

Sainj Valley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India

From a new find in the Indian Himalayas, here is a nice gwindel quartz with some matrix attached. This specimen has some minor damages on its top but it’s still one of the best of this find. The left twist is well visible when looking the gwindel from the top. Size: 42 mm x 41 mm x 31 mm

SOLD

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