Bellecombe, Châtillon, Aosta Valley, Italy

    One of the classic Alpine minerals that collectors have salivated over, have been the brilliantly lustrous Vesuvianites from the Val d'Aosta in the Italian Alps. Never plentiful, these "Alpine kluft" minerals form in narrow tension fractures in the host rock formations ("Kluft" = "cleft" in German), where they line the walls of the fractures. Athletic collectors with little fear of heights carefully pry/chisel/hammer these groups from the walls and bring them to eager buyers down in the low country. This Vesuvianite features stubby tetragonal prisms up to .5 inch (1.2 cm), some of which are double terminated and of such a dark olive coloration that they appear to be black. As mentioned before, the luster is a brilliantly glassy one with minute striations on faces parallel to the 'c' crystallographic axis. Condition is excellent. On the back side/bottom is a sticker with the number "44" but there seems to be no correspondence with any accompanying documentation. The accompanying label is somewhat in error, since "Bellecombe" is in fact: the correct locality. However, it is nowhere near Mt. Vesuvius.
    Overall measurements: 5 x 3.5 x 2 inches (12.7 x 8.9 x 5.1 cm).

    Provenance: Dave Wilber [Hoppel # D1630]

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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