The Joy of Gemstones
The "Binntälli" (little valley of Binn) as it is affectionately called by the locals has for hundreds of years a magnet for academics, researchers, and rock collectors. Documents in the community archives dated 1609 and 1714 attest to this fact.
K. Jost wrote a history of history of Binntal in 1946, which includes: "Binn – the valley of crystals – was not named as such because of the rocky, narrow gateway that forms the entrance, nor because it was particularly rocky. No, this name stems from the crystals which are peculiar to Binntal…
…Crystals and passes aren’t merely two words for residents and guests; over the course of the last two centuries they have come to be central ideas intimately connected with the development and renown of the valley."
For mineralogists the valley of Binn is one of the most famous in the world due to the multitude of gems and their fine crystallization. Gems from Binntal fill not only entire departments in big museums of metropolises like Paris, London and Berlin, but also the showcases of many private collectors. These local museums host especially interesting collections of the treasures of Binntal:
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Last update: 29.03.2016