Epidote is known from hundreds of world localities, but the finest and most desirable examples of the species are those from the world famous Knappenwand in Austria. The gorgeous display specimen features a group of dozens of fine quality, sharp, rich green color, prismatic, lustrous, crystals in diverging growth. The largest crystal actually shows a slightly "bent" or "curved" habit, which is rare for the locality. Typically the specimens from the Knappenwand are too dark to see any color, but this piece features crystals thin enough that the color actually shines through with good backlighting. You can see the strong classic pleochroism of the crystals as they change from green to golden-brown when rotated 90 degrees! Overall in great shape as the majority of the crystals are undamaged, with only a few very minor imperfections. A very good specimen of this well known material from this renowned locality in the Austrian Alps. From the collection of Kay Robertson (#3999).
ex Kay Robertson collection
Locality: Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Specimen Size: 5.3 x 4.8 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 3.8 cm
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