• Topaz with Quartz
  • Topaz with Quartz
  • Topaz with Quartz

Topaz with Quartz

ID: CC21147
Schneckenstein Cliff is a famous German Topaz locality on the north-west slope of Kielberg mountain in Saxony.  This greisen deposit has yielded superb Topaz specimens for many years but collecting is now entirely banned.  This large miniature is a gorgeous example displaying several golden-lemon Topaz crystals nestling amongst colourless Quartz crystals in a shallow open vug.  The largest Topaz crystal measures 2 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm (approximately) and lies across the cavity cojoined to a slightly smaller yet similar crystal.  Both are mainly transparent grading to translucent and exhibit mirror-like prism faces and terminations.  The surrounding Quartz crystals aesthetically frame the Topaz and mask the underlying massive granular milky Quartz matrix.  A delightful example of Topaz and Quartz from the historic Schneckenstein Cliff occurrence, ex. the Dr Josef Clemente Collection of southern Germany.

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6.0 × 7.5 × 3.5 cm
Quartz and Agate, Silicates
Schneckenstein Cliff, Kielberg, Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony, Germany, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Quartz, Topaz

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