Smoky quartz from Switzerland

  Crystal clear.   Smoky quartz gwindel from Zinggenstöcke, Switzerland. The main gwindel crystal is 4.5 cm tall x 4 cm wide. The whole specimen measures 10.2 cm x 9.1 cm. (Photo: Mia Dixon)

Crystal clear. Smoky quartz gwindel from Zinggenstöcke, Switzerland. The main gwindel crystal is 4.5 cm tall x 4 cm wide. The whole specimen measures 10.2 cm x 9.1 cm. (Photo: Mia Dixon)

This specimen appeals to the connoisseur on so many levels. Matrix gwindel specimens of this caliber are quite rare. What is very nice about this piece is it has a double-terminated single crystal smoky in front of the gwindel. The clusters of quartz crystals surrounding it are all terminated and sit on a white feldspar matrix. The gwindel itself is perched on the side, bending and twisting toward the center. It is well viewed from every angle.

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This specimen was featured in the August 2016 issue of our newsletter Pala Mineralis

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