Alpine Treasures

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BB9 - Titanite - 600€
Amertal, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.4 x 1.8 x 1.9 cm
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A 3-dimensional twin-shape of light green sphen, all translucent and lustrous. This single crystal is a complete floater with a small piece of matrix at the side. All edges are overgrown with dark chlorite wich adds a unusual rough appearance, like saw blades. At the bottom there is a small chip but the rest of this striking piece is unharmed and beautiful. Have a look on our video for a better impression of the 3-dimensional quality of this fine apple-green sphen!

AT08 - Smoky Quartz - 445€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8.4 x 6.4 x 4.2 cm
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This smoky quartz specimen is a lovely cluster of clear and lustrous crystals of intensive color. It is in very good condition all around with only some contacts or small peripheral damage. All main crystals are flawless and crystallized even at the beautiful underside that is richly speckled with adularia. The roughly U-shaped piece impresses at closer view and embodies a characteristic Val-Giuv smoky quartz specimen.

FA106 - Quartz - 600€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 11.3 x 8.4 x 5 cm
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A real eye-catcher that strikes with best luster, clarity and a vivid inner life. When eyeing this specimen you soon realize this is in fact a doubly terminated crystal on matrix accompanied by several high quality side crystals. There is one small ding at the tip worth mentioning but which is hardly visible from the front. The rest is in great condition with some peripheral contacts and an older rehealed breakage at the lower back. As you can very well see in our video, this is a dramatic quartz specimen of utter beauty and strong, remarkable aura!

OK33 - Adularia and Pericline - 400€
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 15.5 x 9.4 x 6.5 cm
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This tightly packed specimen is full of brilliant white pericline, mounted with several adularia crystals. As you can very well see in the video, the backside is fully crystallized too, showing adularia and chlorite. The crystals are generally in good condition with only some contacts at the sides. Distinctly 3-dimensional and of high quality, this is an excellent Alpine specimen!

RK421 - Titanite - 960€
Schwemmhäuslbruch, Koralpe, Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria
Size: 6.7 x 5.3 x 3.6 cm
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This dramatic titanite is out of a spectacular new find from this spring (2016). The titanite sits on a white feldspar matrix that provides a fantastic contrast for the dark mossy green crystal. The frontside is lustrous and completely free of chlorite which is unusual for pieces from this locale. This specimen is a more or less complete floater that is crystallized on all sides but with a cracked patch at the bottom. The titanite itself is rather large and has around 3.5 cm in diameter. An excellent piece for this quarry and the Alps as a whole.

GM17 - Smoky Quartz - 4200€
Medelser Schlucht, Val Medel, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 9.4 x 8 x 6 cm
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This is exactly the type of dark brown color with a slight reddish tinge most collectors are looking for and I rarely see pieces of such calibre! The prismatic crystals on this specimen are completely limpid and free of internal cracks. Fantastic luster on 360° and sharp pointed terminations are perfecting this outstanding piece. The quartz is grown on a contrasting, crystallized matrix and prominently presents its warm and harmonious aesthetics. The main crystal is in fact a combination of two intergrown crystals, showing twin terminations. There is one really small ding at each one of these terminations but which are unapparent on this unique specimen. Marvelous in every aspect and exceptionally rare in color and quality!

BB18 - Quartz - 230€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 12 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
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Doubly terminated, rather large and of lustrous, transparent quality, this quartz specimen is quite striking for the locale. Smaller side crystals are sitting directly at the main body, enhancing the overall aesthetics of this piece. Some accessory pericline at the bottom supports the already striking lower termination. The top is somehow chipped but which does not strike the eye easily. A great quartz of dominant and attractive appearance!

GM25 - Fluorite - 7800€
Göschener Alp, Göschenen, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 6.1 x 4.5 x 4 cm
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A spectacular crown of intenive raspberry red fluorite on a white piece of feldspar matrix. The octahedral fluorite is completely free of damage with only some contact at the backside. The crystals are sharp and beautifully modified. Göschener Alp is widely known for fine fluorite but crystals of such vibrant color have rarely been found in all its history. I am happy to offer such a breathtakinig piece that is radiating red color even at low light but literally exploding with it at direct backlight!

SS18 - Quartz - 360€
Valsertal, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7.3 x 4.9 x 3.5 cm
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A 3-dimensional cluster of transparent, elongated quartz crystals with its very own distinguished chaotic beauty. As a complete floater there is no actual damage to be found here. Even at very close view only one or two small chips are visible. The unique shape and outline these nested, lustrous crystals offer is highly aesthetic and even better in person that on the picture. Strikingly pure and pristine!

GM24 - Fluorite on Smoky Quartz - 2300€
Winterstock, Göschenertal, Switzerland
Size: 4.4 x 3.5 x 2.9 cm
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Winterstock at the Göscheneralp is well known for its pink fluorite specimen and fine smoky quartz crystals. The combination of fluorite ON smoky quartz is however exceptionally rare and - due to great contrast and lovely playfulness - overwhelmingly beautiful. The octahedral fluorite on this specimen is 360° complete, partly etched but with perfect edges. The smoky quartz is highly lustrous with beautiful striations and in parts overgrown with white feldspar. At its backside there is some damage present but which is not visible from the front and does not at all distract from the visual splendor of this fantastic rare beauty. Finding a lovely specimen like this is a one in a million chance!

FA295 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 4000€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 14.5 x 11.1 x 8.6 cm
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Large and massy yet very lively and 3-dimensional, this combination of two smoky quartz gwindel and accompanying prismatic crystals is a real stunner! The quartz shows a very intensive, warm brown color and is completely clear at the inside. The surface has a somehow "dusty" look but is otherwise lustrous and well, with no actual damage. Only one or two minor dings are visible but surely acceptable on a major piece like this. The smoky quartz gwindels from Val Giuv are among the worlds very best, which is obvious when you see this fantastic specimen.

FA40 - Strontianite - 580€
Oberdorf an der Laming, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 8.6 x 5.1 x 4 cm
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Found in the world's best strontianite-locale, this specimen shows an unusual crystal habit. A number of elongated prisms with pointed terminations are nicely clustered on a white and grey matrix, like the spikes on a hedgehog. The coloring of the crystals is typical beige with a zone of brownish orange at the center. A really good piece of fine aesthetics!

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