A sharp, almost 3 cm measuring carnation brown Axinite crystal on matrix from the classic French locale of Bourg d´Oissans near Grenoble. The Axinite here is very sharp edged and mirror bright with good transparency and striation. Only very minor bruising, exceeding hard to see without magnification. Many years ago these gemmy, beautiful Axinites (now renamed officially as Ferroan Axinite or Axinite-Fe) from Bourg d´Oisans were the world´s best for the species. Today, the high alpine clefts rarely produce fine pieces and these old classics are considered to be antique treasures. This is a significant, classic specimen from a locality that goes back hundreds of years as one of the most famous in Europe for minerals.