New Western Europe Update 26 February 2021

26 February 2021

Today we conclude our tour of mainland Europe with visits to France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Probably every specimen in this Friday’s selection is categorised as a European classic, be this a Swiss Smoky Quartz Gwindel, a stunning lavender Fluorapatite from its type locality in Germany or a magnificent mauve-blue Fluorite from Spain. We have a wide range of very classy specimens, so let’s not waste any more time teasing!

La Viesca mine in Asturias, Spain, produces magnificent Fluorite and this specimen is stunningly beautiful. Transparent to gemmy cubic colour-zoned Fluorite crystals form a 3-D domed mound of gemmy mauve to delicate sky-blue cubic crystals, grading to pale lavender and colourless towards their centres. This specimen has the appearance of large cubes of squishable jelly due to the slightly rounded crystal faces which give a soft appearance with a brilliant glassy lustre.

We have three Pyromorphites, one from Resuperferolitica in Spain and two from France; Les Farges and Asprières. The latter has lustrous, oily siskin green rounded Pyromorphite crystals of bubbly habit covering the entire top surface of a matrix of Baryte. That from Resuperferolitica mine is composed greenish mustard-yellow hexagonal prisms of Pyromorphite up to 1.5 cm long.

Our Fluorapatite is from its type locality near the town of Ehrenfriedersdorf in Saxony, Germany. The deep lilac crystals up to 9 mm wide and 5 mm thick have pale lavender terminations grading to rich lavender centres. It is superb!

Amongst the metallic minerals look out for excellent examples of Native Bismuth from Saxony; the silver antimonide Dyscrasite from the Black Forrest; an incredible Acanthite from Niederschlema; a lovely Native Silver with Galena from Hiendelaencina in Spain and a fascinating Pyrite in Calcite from Oberdorf an der Laming in Styria, Austria.

Today’s Alpine choices include large Rutile crystals from the Pfitsch Pass; a stunning Sceptre Quartz from Mésage mine in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes of France; a fantastic Swiss Smoky Quartz Gwindel with Adularia crystals, partly coated with sage green Chlorite and a magnificent, museum grade, bed of Dauphiné terminated Quartz crystals from Isère near Grenoble.

Many of the specimen you will see today are of a size and quality fit for any fine mineralogical museum, so just think how good they would look in your collection. If Alpine minerals are your thing, then you won’t be disappointed. And if not, then there are plenty of other superb goodies to admire and perhaps be tempted by. Have a great weekend and enjoy looking through today’s stunning selection.

Here is what you have to look forward to in next week's updates:

Tuesday 2nd March and Friday 5th March - Africa


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Author: JH
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