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    Mont Blanc Massif (Monte Bianco Massif), Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

    Ever since the Roman upper crust developed a lust for tableware carved from rock crystal and were willing to pay the big denarii for said tableware, there have been people willing to risk their paltry lives to gather the raw materials for such baubles from the high Alpine aeries where only eagles feel at home. Over time these people formed a class or profession: strahler. Strahlers laid the foundation for all of the mountaineers and rock-climbers ever since. The descendants of the strahlers still prowl the high valleys, cliffs and glaciers of the Alps, only now they harvest more than just rock crystal. It turns out that the cliffside fissures in the Alps are the place to find this rarely encountered pink variety of Fluorite. It appears as simple octahedrons of rosy hue, usually found in association with Smoky Quartz. Here we have a textbook example of that combination, with a little White Feldspar thrown in for good measure. The Fluorite displays a simple, octahedral habit some 1.125 inches (2.96 cm) across that is attached through the feldspars to a couple of typical Smoky Quartz crystals of extreme transparency. Both Quartz crystals exhibit unusual growth patterns on surfaces left by separation from other crystals while the pocket underwent deformation during growth. The condition of this group of classic Alpine minerals is pristine.
    Overall measurements: 2.75 x 2.15 x 1.6 inches (7x 5.5 x 4.1 cm).

    Provenance: The Rocksmiths [Hoppel # D0175]

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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