Alpine Treasures

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FA113 - Apatite - 300€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 3.1 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm
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This single apatite crystal impresses with its massy body - 1.8 cm thick - as well as its polyhedral crystal habit. The apatite is clear, lustrous and in good condition. Aside of one damage at the bottom, there is no visible flaw on this piece. An appealing specimen of imposing size and quality!

SS10 - Quartz Gwindel - 1900€
Druntobel, Sedrun, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 4.3 x 4.2 x 3.5 cm
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Brilliant in any possible way this piece catches the eye in such a manner as is remarkable for a gwindel this size! Perfectly clear with pristine luster and free of any flaws this gwindel is a real jewel. The combination with a protruding prismatic quartz crystal adds much to the overall aesthetics. For a better view on the 3-dimensional character of this piece please watch our video. This is a real killer and a one of a kind quartz specimen!

SL49 - Fluorite - 270€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 6.9 x 5.8 x 3.4 cm
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On etched specimens like this you have to look really carefully to not overlook imperfections. But in this case i got lucky anyway as there are none! The crystal is perfectly clear, a floater and in outstanding condition. While the main part is colorless or with a greenish tinge, there is some vague purple color almost hidden inside this crystal. Fascinating and in a way mesmerizing, this fluorite is a wondrous phenomenon all around!

SS09 - Quartz Gwindel - 5500€
Marmottakluft, Grimselpass, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 10.3 x 4.7 x 4.6 cm
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Colorless quartz gwindels are actually harder to find in the Alps than are smoky quartz gwindels. Fortunately in 1987 the famous Marmottakluft produced this great matrix piece, being a rarity even to this cleft. The nearly closed gwindel is of exceptional luster and clarity. Being perched on a beautiful matrix among high quality side crystals we can honestly say we are dazzled by this specimen. There are two smaller chips at the backside, being hidden for the jagged crystallization und thus not visible from the front. The rest - even the side crystals - is just perfect. The brownish matrix holds a couple of tiny anatase crystals, is naturally broken at the bottom and a fittingly pretty base for this pristine crystal. The solidification of a real "wow" factor!

XY55 - Smoky Quartz with Adularia - 560€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 14.3 x 9.1 x 7.3 cm
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A compelling landscape of dark brown smoky quartz and snow white adularia crystals on matrix. It is a piece of stark contrast, like quartz and adularia fighting an everlasting war for attention. Both minerals are well balanced, none is getting the upper hand. In between those fronts there is some associated chlorite and byssolite to fill the gaps. An impressive piece of high quality, free of damage and full of lovely details spread all across the massy, natural matrix.

RK100 - Epidote - 2160€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.7 x 2.9 x 2 cm
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See the pictures and don't forget to breath! This epidote group is not just of incredible aesthetics, but most of all holds a perfect quality. I don't know if I have ever seen such fantastic luster on an epidote! The whole front surface of the main crystal is like a flawless mirror, erupting from a group of nesting smaller crystals. Wonderful! As you might have guessed, the crystal is repaired once, but this is almost invisible from the front and thus absolutely acceptable, considering the marvelous aesthetic and uniqueness of this specimen. Most of the side crystals are perfect too, while two of them are broken, which does not at all disturb the outstanding aesthetic of this piece.

SL36 - Fluorite - 240€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 6.5 x 4.8 x 5.5 cm
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I love the exceptional beauty of this etched specimen as it offers something immensely fascinating to the viewer. Color, shape and the incredibly perfect clarity sum up to an astonishing etched fluorite specimen. Very massy and 3-dimensional, flawless and simply beautiful. The color might be a little more to the green side of the spectrum but that is hard to capture on a picture. A piece that is even better in person!

SL52 - Siderite with Quartz - 450€
Mésage Mine, Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Vizille, Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France
Size: 6.2 x 5.6 x 3.2 cm
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While most Alpine siderite is highly weathered and brown, this cluster is of a brisk olive-green color. Combined with glassy quartz needles, this is a wonderfully aesthetic specimen with bright and lustrous crystals. I especially love the outline with a sharp crystal of 1.7 cm on edge that proturdes at the very top. A beautiful piece of very fine quality!

RK408 - Titanite - 5800€
Schwemmhäuslbruch, Koralpe, Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria
Size: 10.8 x 7.8 x 2.6 cm
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This dramatic titanite is out of a spectacular new find from this spring (2016). A massy piece of solid titanite, incredible 10.8 cm long and 2.6 cm thick! It is a perfect floater that is absolutely flawless and impressive all around. The backside is partly encrusted with some matrix, chlorite, iron oxide and albite which provides a very lively, landscape-like view. The front is lustrous, sharp edged and of typical mossy green color. The greatest part is free of chlorite which is unusual for the locale. This is definitely one of the very larges and best titanite specimen we have seen coming the Alps.

HW15 - Quartz - 250€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm
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Both sides of this unusual, tabular quartz crystal are just incredibly lustrous. Shaped like a butterfly, this specimen is utterly limpid, of unique shape and shows a beautifully sparkling surface. If searching for it, you find a smaller damaged zone at the side pointing to the back, but which is not visible from the front. Aside of that, this piece is in outstanding condition and of marvelous quality. Stunning, pretty and unusual alike!

XY22 - Fluorite - 850€
Göschener Alp, Göschenen, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 4.5 x 3 x 2.9 cm
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Aesthetically composed, this piece is a very sculptural specimen of pink fluorite, vertically stacked upon a piece of matrix. The crystal's faces show some kind of coating or inclusions but beneath that the fluorite is clear and shows great color. The whole piece is translucent and shines in backlight illumination. It is practically free of damage save for a couple of minor wear, not visible from the front or at casual observance. A very fine fluorite specimen indeed.

HW19 - Quartz with Epidote and Clinochlore - 190€
Seebachtal, Ankogel, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 5.3 x 3.3 x 2.8 cm
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A single crystal of totally glassy quartz encrusted with a layer of epidote on clinochlore, this specimen is rare beauty. Especially nice about this piece is the dashy contrast and the fresh green color of the epidote which creates a unique character. The quartz itself has a small damage at the tip. Still, this is a very much appealing piece: Pretty on all sides - the coating is flawless all around - and of outstanding aesthetics.

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