Brusson Mine, Brusson, Ayas Valley, Aosta Valley, Italy
Awesome specimen of crystallized native gold in milky quartz from the Brusson mine (“Brosso” in Italian), an old mine located in the Italian Alps. The These gold specimens have become very hard to find because the Brusson mine is now closed and forbidden. This one comes with its typical quartz matrix, localy etched to make the gold veins more visible. Rare opportunity to get a nice piece from this world classic locality. Size: 53 mm x 37 mm x 30 mm
Ref. GO015 – 360€
Les Droites, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, France
Here is a outstanding complex pink cubo-octahedral fluorite from a single find made by C. Peray near the Aiguille Verte mount, famous for its pink fluorites. These fluorite shapes are very rare. A great constrat is made by the crystal itself lying on its adularia covered matrix. Size : 61 mm x 42 mm x 25 mm.
Ref. – FL077 – 300€
Fluorite & Quartz
Les Courtes, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, France
This specimen consists of a single pink fluorite crystal on its granit matrix with some quartz. The main quartz crystal is actually a tiny gwindel. The fluorite itself is perfect but naturally etched, which makes it unsual for the locality. Maybe it was once a perfect octahedron, some million years ago. Size : 50 mm x 39 mm x 18 mm.
La Gardette (Giraud), Villard-Notre-Dame, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
A very aesthetic and aerial quartz cluster from a locality known as “mine à Giraud”, which is part of the famous La Gardette undergrounds area. Pictures don’t do justice to this specimen and its quality. The luster and transparency of the quartz are amazing. No damage. Size : 77 mm x 75 mm x 72 mm.
Here is an other curiosity from the Mont-Blanc mountains: the granit matrix is covered with complex pink fluorite crystals. Their crystallization looks like a second generation of octahedrons was growing on the first generation fluorites. A very unusual but beautiful example of pink fluorite. The tiny black spots are hematite flakes. It comes from the amazing find of C. Peray & S. Khayati in 2016. Size : 43 mm x 35 mm x 24 mm.
Naturally etched pink fluorites octahedrons on matrix from the south face of Les Droites in the Mont-Blanc mountains. Some microscopic hematite flakes are visible around the strange-looking fluorites that seem naturally melted. An interesting specimen from this famous locality. It comes from the amazing find of C. Peray & S. Khayati in 2016. Size : 65 mm x 45 mm x 35 mm.
Aiguille Verte, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, France
Scarce purple fluorite cubes on smoky quartz matrix. The specimen is a floater and the quartz is fully crystallized. Purple fluorite is scarce in the Mont-Blanc, much more than pink fluorite. Also the cubic shape is pretty different from the “usual” octahedral pink fluorites found in the area. This specimen comes from a unique and notable find in 2016. Size : 100 mm x 65 mm x 51 mm.
Les Grands Montets, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, France
Here is a rare and complex specimen showing five pink cubo-octahedral fluorites aside purple fluorite remains. These crystal shapes are very uncommon in the Mont-Blanc mountains. This specimen and the one above on this page come from a unique find made by C. Peray near the Aiguille Verte mount, famous for its pink fluorites. Size : 100 mm x 64 mm x 60 mm.
La Gardette, Villard-Notre-Dame, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Here is a fine desirable quartz cluster from the famous La Gardette mine. The brightness and transparency of the quartz from this locality put these specmins among the best in the World. This specimen is damageless and shows a very typical pale yellow tone, coming from iron inclusions. Nowadays, such specimens are nearly impossible to find because the mine was closed long time ago. The base is sawn for a better presentation. Size : 100 mm x 80 mm x 60 mm.
This water-clear gwindel comes from a famous find, at pretty low altitude, near the Argentière glacier, made some years ago. You can read about this find in the amazing french minerals magazine “Le Regne Mineral” N° 103. The specimen is well twisted and damageless. Its shape is very typical of the Mont-Blanc gwindels, less elongated than Swiss specimens. Size : 70 mm x 67 mm x 42 mm.
Here is an unusal alpine specimen from the French Alps found near the Leschaux glacier, Mon-Blanc). This one is a rare closed gwindel, also called “sucre” by the French crystal hunters, closed gwindels are scarce but this one is pretty unique since it’s naturally etched on some parts. The whole specimen is covered with light chlorite. Size : 70 mm x 63 mm x 45 mm.
Les Enclaves, Massif du Beaufortain, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Still from the French Alps but not from the Mont-Blanc, these two Amethyst scepeters on matrix was found at 2250m (7382 Feet). A rare and interesting example of French alpine mineralogy, harder and harder to find nowadays. You can read about this find in the amazing french minerals magazine “Le Regne Mineral” N° 87. Ex Philippe Michelin collection. Size : 75 mm x 50 mm x 45 mm.
Laietto, Condove, Susa Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
Another Alpine classic: grossular garnet var. Hessonite with some green Diopside and Clinochlore. Garnet crystals are very lustrous, nearly gem quality. The orange / red color is typical of the alpine localities. This locality has produced some of the most beautiful alpine garnets and even so extremely rare faden garnets. Size: 92 mm x 50 mm x 30 mm
Brusson Mine, Brusson, Ayas Valley, Aosta Valley, Italy
Native Gold on Quartz with some scattered pyrite crystals. Small but very fine specimen from a classic and now closed locality. Unlike most of the specimens seen on the market, this specimen has not been treated with acid around the gold leaves. Size: 27mm x 24mm x 14mm
Cavradi gorge, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch, Surselva Region, Grisons, Switzerland
Cavradi is a world famous locality for its epitaxial red rutile on hematite specimens. This one shows lustrous hematite blades carrying partially gemmy, deep red rutile crystals attached to a small rock crystal with rehealed bottom. As always, pictures don’t do justice to these metallic specimens. Size: 40 mm x 25 mm x 25 mm
Mockleiten Mine, Brixlegg-Rattenberg, Tyrol, Austria
Rare and aesthetic specimen from the famous Mockleiten Mine in Austria, well known for its unique curly malachite specimens. The fragile malachite fibers are lying in their dolomite nest. Size: 68 mm x 50 mm x 49 mm
A sharp terminated, very glossy amethyst crystal on minor matrix at the base. Alpine amethyste is generally very rare, but from this locality more or less impossible to find! The good discoveries were done 30 to 50 years ago, today you would need years and great luck just to find such a nice, small crystal on matrix. No significant damages to report. Size: 26mm x 19mm x 13mm
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.
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
Here is clear smoky gwindel quartz on matrix from the French Alps. This big specimen comes from a unique find with smoky quartz and hematite near the Talèfre glacier. This combination is not very common in the Mont-Blanc mountains. Some of the best specimens of this find are visible at the Chamonix mineralogy museum. The gwindel is very lustrous with undamaged points. Some hematite roses are visible on the back. Size: 160mm x 130mm x 80mm
Villette quarry, Aime, Albertville, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Several quartz crystals lying on their matrix. Most of them are doubly terminated and their luster gives a nice contrast with the matrix. The organe tones come from iron oxydes. Some little calcite crystals are also visible. Size : 115 mm x 68 mm x 48 mm
Les Droites (South Face), Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, France
This specimen comes from a unique find in 2015. It’s a scarce pink fluorite crystal, with complex crystallization, on its matrix. This shape is very unusual in the Mont-Blanc and it may be the first time that we see this kind of crystallization from this locality. It’s interesting to note that similar pink fluorites were found in Peru and Pakistan. Size: 20 mm x 15 mm x 12 mm
La Gardette (Mine à Girau), Villard-Notre-Dame, Isère, France
This very aesthetic quartz cluster comes from the same are than the famous La Gardette mine. The main quartz crystal, wich is more or less 50 mm high, stands perfectly on its matrix. On the backside is hiding a perfect shiny hematite rose (+/- 10 mm). Size : 88 mm x 86 mm x 70 mm
La Gardette, Bourg d’Oisans, Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France
Perfect quartz cluster from the famous La Gardette mine. Beside having produced some fine gold specimens, this locality has seen some of the best quality quartz in the world. The quartz used for the chandeliers of the Versailles castle came from La Gardette. The mine was closed years ago and these specimens become harder and harder to find. This one comes with its original old label from the ex Gerhard and Edeltraut Breust collection. Size: 62 mm x 53 mm x 55mm
Nice colorless quartz specimens coming from the same pocket . Both of them were found during summer 2015 near the “Couvercle” mountain shelter. The gwindel and the quartz cluster are damageless. Very lght chlorite give some relief to these pieces. Size of the gwindel: 80 mm x 48 mm x 29 mm and size of the quartz cluster: 105 mm x 60 mm x 50 mm.