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    SMOKY QUARTZ "Gwindel"
    Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland

    A very fine example of the rare Quartz habit called a "Gwindel": a multiple crystal aggregate, whose form is that of a helix or spiral. Although known from other places, the greater proportion of the known Gwindels are from the Aare Massif of Switzerland and the Mont Blanc Massif of France and Italy. No one yet, has advanced a theory that conclusively explains how they form. By all accepted standards, this specimen is very good "Gwindel". Such judgements are based on: size - anything over 2 inches is good sized; amount of twist - this one shows an impressive 45 degrees or so; freedom from damage - little to no damage here; color - this deep smoky color is most desirable; and finally, luster - which in this case is quite glassy. One final note: Gwindels are handed - this is a left-handed one. Overall, this is a fine and large example of this highly sought after form of Quartz.
    Overall measurements: 3.75 x 2.5 x 1 inches (9.5 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm).

    Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel # D0286]


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    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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