Alpine Treasures

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XY33 - Apatite - 220€
Sella, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 2.4 x 2 x 1.3 cm
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An apatite of good size, clarity and color. It is a floater that has some contact at the bottom, but no actual damage. Delicate surface structure, a soothing color and remarkable condition combine to an apatite specimen that is characteristic for the locale at the Lago della Sella.

RK416 - Adularia - 250€
Gotthard tunnel, Switzerland
Size: 7.3 x 7.1 x 5 cm
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A very massy and sculptural adularia formation of appealing aesthetics. The translucent crystal is white to cream-colored with about half of its faces showing mirroring luster with typical rainbow color reflections. Some accessory quartz at the bottom is damaged but the adularia itself is free of any kind of abrasions or other flaws. A very rich piece of confidence and charisma!

WS06 - Wulfenite - 35€
Mežica (Miess), Slovenia
Size: 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm
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This piece is out of a wulfenite find in Mežica, Slovenia that is famous for the extremely rare bipyramidal crystal habit that was found there. The wulfenite crystals of carrot-orange color are perched on a nice piece of limestone that offers a charming background. Some of the crystals are prettily covered with a crust of calcite as if covered in snow. A small but very much appealing specimen from this famous locale!

XY43 - Smoky Quartz - 180€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.8 x 5.8 x 3.7 cm
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This is a fine piece of sceletal smoky quartz. While the luster is not the best I have ever seen, color and clarity are remarkable indeed. Nicely shaped like a blazing flame this floater is flawless all around and a dashy view. The video shows a better impression of the 3-dimensional quality of this fine piece.

FA23 - Fluorite - 90€
Hirschwald, Böckstein, Gasteinertal, Pongau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.9 x 6.8 x 4.4 cm
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Green octahedral fluorite, clustered on matrix. This habit is typical for the region it was found in. While probably no world-class mineral, this is indeed a fine specimen for the locale. The color, included in crystals of a size up to 2.2 cm on edge, is of a warmer green in nature. A better view on this specimen is presented in the video.

FA105 - Quartz Sceptre - 250€
Saurüssel, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 10.6 x 3.8 x 1.4 cm
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This scepter is generally composed of a flat quartz tile with a "windowed" amethyst atop. Both, shape and coloring of this piece are remarkable. Chlorite inclusions and covering, as well as layers of iron oxide and some specks of sagenite grid are composing an overall appealing picture. The scepter-head is brilliant, largely windowed and purple colored at the tip.

SL35 - Fluorite - 380€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 8.8 x 7.4 x 5.1 cm
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While the main view of this piece is a fabric of stacked cubical fluorite crystals, the backside is etched all over and thus shows a more amorphous shape. As this is a floater that's free of damage there are different ways to display this fine piece. The fluorite is mainly colorless with clouds of dark purple that nicely show through the transparent outer layer. A great example of Alpine fluorite in perfect condition.

RK398 - Fluorite and Quartz - 4700€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 10.7 x 10.5 x 5.3 cm
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Most stunning about this beautiful piece is the very intense purple color that's revealed at backlight illumination. Even at low light the fluorite radiates an amazing glow that stands in stark contrast to the snow-white quartz matrix. The aesthetics is that of a blooming flower, 3-dimensional and vivid. The fluorite as well as the matrix is crystallized all around and free of damage. The surface is slightly etched but still shows its natural, stepped grown character. A striking piece of great color, aesthetics and quality!

BS04 - Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Grimsel, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 7.9 x 6.1 x 5 cm
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This marvelous piece is a composition of two gwindels, resting on a matrix of pure lustrous quartz. A nice thing about this piece is the differing color of the quartz. While the matrix is mostly just clear and white, the gwindel are slightly smoky and thus are nicely silhouetted against the rest. The whole piece is in perfect condition and of a very appealing and 3-dimensional character. Please watch the video for a better impression! The only downside is probably, that the bottom is cut, but considering the utter beauty of this piece, the superb luster and clarity of the gwindels and the general aesthetics, this is surely acceptable.

RK98 - Epidote - 1850€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.1 x 1.9 x 0.8 cm
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One solid epidote crystal, doubly terminated and smooth. The straight shape makes for a very calm and elegant appearance all around. The crystal is highly lustrous and dark. Due to its thickness, the crystal is opaque, but a smaller, parallel side crystal shows typical olive green color. Around the crystal are some barely discernible abrasions most of which are older and rehealed. A great epidote from the world-famous Knappenwand, classy, sharp and exceptionally massive.

AA19 - Smoky Quartz - 140€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 8.7 x 3.3 x 2.4 cm
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A smoky quartz sculpture with a main crystal prominently sitting atop some accompanying smoky quartz. Like a rocket, ready to take off. Backside and bottom are contacted and in parts recrystallized. Especially the main crystal is of very fine quality. Dark colored, clear, extremely lustrous and sharp. It is virtually flawless on all sides. While the backside is a bit irregular, the front is all smooth and appealing in person!

GM11 - Quartz - 1200€
Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 11.8 x 4.3 x 2.1 cm
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An elongated prismatic quartz crystal of perfect water-clear quality, accompanied by a smaller side-crystal. Both crystals are brilliantly lustrous all around and sharp. One unique aspect about this piece is the crystals surface. Just below the surface you see hundreds of small dots, seemingly imprints of tiny quartz crystals. Anyway as the crystal grew on those small imprints have been closed to form a perfectly smooth surface. What remains is a beautiful sparkling effect! The bottom of this specimen is completely crystallized and in overall well condition. One issue worth mentioning is a small chip at the termination that is but hardly visible from the front. An impressive piece of striking aesthetics and, as you very well can see in our video, just brilliant quality!

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