Alpine Minerals 12

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RK358 - Rutile on Quartz - 850€
Grimsel, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 5.4 x 5 x 2.8 cm
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This small cabinet quartz specimen prominently holds a metallically shimmering sagenite grid, around 1.7 cm in diameter. Several rutile needles spread from the sagenite, penetrading through solid, glassy quartz. This whole piece is in excellent condition with a crystallized backside that is strewn with tiny rutile and anatase crystals. An attractive specimen with its very own unusual aesthetics!

RK425 - Titanite - 630€
Schwemmhäuslbruch, Koralpe, Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria
Size: 8.5 x 5 x 3 cm
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The size of this titanite is absolutely amazing, a great example for this unique find! The piece shows a strong Alpine character, with accessory pericline, chlorite and some iron oxide. To see the titanite itself in its full extent you might want to turn the piece around as the backside is a massive green plate, incredible 7 cm long! The titanite is translucent with internal cracks and inclusions. Not gem quality but definitely impressive for sheer size and the unique character. This is a large example of Alpine titanite from a new 2016 find that is rather exceptional for this quarry and the Alps as a whole!

WA2 - Quartz - SOLD
Zwillingswand, Zederhaus, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.1 x 7.5 x 5.2 cm
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This is one of the best and most aesthetic quartz specimen ever to be found at the Zwillingswand, Salzburg. The piece shows a great outline, high quality crystals and a sheer fireworks of sparkling surfaces. Some rust-brown iron oxide adds the characteristic color and makes this piece even more lively. Being free of any damage or even abrasions, this is a high class quartz specimen for this part of the Alps.

GM3 - Quartz - 4300€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 13.3 x 11.7 x 6.7 cm
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Hold on to something, that's as good as it gets! The quality of these quartz crystals, aesthetically arranged on that formidable specimen, is absolutely pristine and the best you will ever find. Extremely lustrous and perfectly clear. You could read a newspaper through the 3.4 cm thick main crystal without any trouble. All side crystals are of matching quality and visually support the main crystal. The untamed aesthetics makes for a real eye-catcher and leaves a natural yet somehow supernatural specimen!

FB44 - Quartz - 860€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 11.1 x 6.2 x 4.3 cm
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Three elongated Tessin habit quartz crystals are arranged at this specimen to form a distinctive, catchy outline. The crystals are lustrous and clear with some hematite inclusions. The cluster is in overall very good condition despite some inconspicuous chips at the side crystals termination. The quartz sits on a small piece of matrix, a mix of pericline and iron oxide. Definitely an aesthetic specimen all around!

FB35 - Amethyst - 3700€
Fieschergletscher, Berner Alpen, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 5.4 x 2.9 cm
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When searching for Swiss amethyst specimens mindat.org shows me exactly 10 pictures. A sign for the sheer rareness of this mineral in Switzerland, as most Alpine amethyst comes from Austria. This scepter amethyst is out of the famous find at Fieschergletscher, made by Kaspar Fahner. The deep purple color is unique for this locale and absolutely fabulous. This cluster of colorless quartz and amethyst is appealingly aesthetic with a distinctive outline and good color contrast. The backside is contacted with one small chip but is otherwise in flawless condition. An incredibly rare piece and utterly beautiful!

FJ4 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 6800€
Furkapass, Kanton Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 4.7 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm
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Closed gwindel of such fine quality and lovey aesthetics are absolutely marvelous and extremely rare. This one is flawless with a strong right hand twist and perfect crystal quality. No internal cracks, no inclusions, only pure quartz of intense smoky color. The surface is lustrous at the front faces and only slightly chloritized at the slanted faces. The bottom is largely crystallized as well with crystal imprints but no damage at all. A classy, rare and highly desirable specimen!

RT17 - Hematite with Rutile and Quartz - 7800€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 12.7 x 7.5 x 4.8 cm
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This hematite plate confidently sits ond a grey piece of matrix, well centered, prominent and accompanied by doubly terminated, clear quartz. The hematite is well emphasized by the stark contrast and the mirroring luster of its lovely structured surface. The main hematite plate has a staggering 3.5 cm in diameter and is, to crown it all, studded with fire red rutile. At some spots on the backside there are older contacts visible but there is no damage to be found anywhere on this piece. A gorgeous specimen from Cavradi, famous for high quality minerals specimens!

RT19 - Smoky Quartz with Adularia - 1400€
Val Giuv, Sedrun, Vorderrhein, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 10.8 x 9.6 x 6.1 cm
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A prominent outline, stark contrast between smoky quartz and adularia and a staggering crystal quality are united at this fabulous piece. Especially the main quartz, protruding at the very center, shows beautiful surface structure and a intensive red-brown core, a color you rarely find at smoky quartz specimens. Great composition and outline make for an attractive specimen that sparkles with brilliant surfaces. Some smaller damage is evident but the overall condition is fine with no major breaks. A small chip to the main crystal is not visible from the front. The bottom of this fine piece is nicely crystallized with adularia and grass-green epidote, characteristic for Val Giuv.

BB6 - Adularia - 600€
Obersulzbachtal, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13.2 x 5.8 x 4 cm
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Like a shiny white pearl this flawless adularia sits single isolated on a grey-brown matrix that is sparkling with small adularia crystals. The contrast to the snow-white - and chlorite free - adularia intensely emphasizes the main crystal. The main adularia is translucent with some transparent patches and has great luster. The typical shape is perfectly formed and visible all around as the crystal is only attached to the matrix on a small spot. Great, catchy aesthetics meets highest crystal quality on this flawless specimen!

RT3 - Titanite - 1850€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14 x 11.8 x 4.8 cm
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A rich plate of fantastic Alpine character, studded with white adularia and contrasting apple green titanite up to 1.5 cm in lenght. The plate is crystallized all over with an evenly beautiful backside, overgrown with adularia and dark chlorite. At the sides you even find iron roses, up to 0.9 cm in diameter. All over this large specimen is in great condition, nothing to worry about. Size, quality and the staggering combination of so many brilliant minerals renders this specimen absolutely unique and amazingly beautiful!

GM22 - Quartz with Rutile - 900€
Druntobel, Sedrun, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm
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This lovely specimen is a combination of snow-white quartz crystals and larger transparent crystals that show a vivid inner life, full of fine rutile needles like withered, brown grass. The quartz is sparkling and lustrous all around and shows only minor peripheral damage. A piece of great quality and unusually nice aesthetics.

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