Alpine Minerals 12

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BB15 - Quartz - 460€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14.2 x 4 x 3.3 cm
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This dominant single quartz crystal shows brilliant quality, is sharp and flawless. The bottom is completely crystallized making this a perfect floater. The quartz body is transparent with some "clouds" but no internal cracks. The surface shows beautiful striation, causing sparkling reflections at direct illumination. The very tip of this large crystal is contacted but - as you can very well see at closer inspection - not damaged. A great and dramatic quartz crystal of high quality!

FB46 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 4700€
Galmihorn, Münster, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 8.8 x 7.1 x 2.9 cm
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Amazing! The quality of this massive smoky quartz gwindel is really astonishing as there is not a single internal crack or any kind of inclusion. The surface is beautifully structured and pristinely lustrous at the front, while smoothly chloritized at the back. The right sides has some minor edgewear but thats all there is to say. Even the bottom, where it detached from the pocket, is full crystallized and perfect. A fantastic gwindel of brilliant quality and excellent aesthetics!

FB19 - Adularia - 60€
Pizzo Lucendro, St. Gotthard Massiv, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 7.3 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
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A monolith of translucent to transparent white adularia partly covered in green chlorite reminding me of a weathered crag covered in moss. This specimen is a complete floater and free of any flaws. The front face of the main crystal is nicely lustrous and free of chlorite. Several side crystals are perfecting the picture. A great piece of unique and appealing composition paired with high quality!

FB48 - Epidote - 1250€
Chammegg, Guttannen, Hasli Valley, Bern, Switzerland
Size: 9.1 x 4 x 2.2 cm
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Hardly ever have I seen epidote from this locale none of which was near such dramatic size! The crystal aggregate is of characteristic brown and green color which is revealed at strong backlight illumination, while the core stays dark. The surface is brightly lustrous, traversed by a web of cracks. At the bottom of the epidote some white, chloritized adularia is visible. This whole piece is free of any fresh damage, only rehealed breaks and contacts. A very classic and rare piece of spectacular size for the locale!

GM33 - Quartz - 450€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 6.6 x 4 x 3.5 cm
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Two brilliant quartz crystals are emerging from a piece of matrix like rabbit ears - no, I don't mean the famous blue cap tourmaline but the actual animal. Both crystals are completely flawless, water-clear and extremely lustrous on all sides. Sitting on a nice piece of grey matrix the crystals are accompanied by smaller quartz and some mica here and there. The great outline and incredible crystal quality instantly catch the eye making this a great choise of a fine Val Bedretto specimen!

RT18 - Smoky Quartz with Adularia - 5900€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 17.5 x 10.5 x 7 cm
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A massive specimen of mindblowing quality and aesthetics! The many smoky quartz crystals show the very dark, red-brown color that is characteristic for Val Giuv specimens. All crystals are clear, lustrous and in great condition. Between thos amazing smoky quartz there is snow-white adularia present, nicely structured, filigree and of high translucent to transparent quality. The contrast between dark quartz and white adularia is truly staggering - and extremely hard to photograph! Aside some peripheral dings there is no considerable damage on this fantastically aesthetic specimen. A real eye-catcher in person!

WA5 - Aquamarine - 1000€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm
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If you haven't seen aquamarine from Habachtal before then don't worry: It is extremely rare and hard to come by! Similar to the famous emerald specimen of this locale, the aquamarine is embedded in a characteristic, well proportioned grey mica schist matrix. But the light reveals the difference! Charming turquoise blue color radiates from this Alpine gemstone and more than baffles the viewer. The crystal is flawless and transparent with one sharp edge at its front. Absolutely remarkable and rare, found by the famous Sebastian Berger around the year 1980.

FB45 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 5500€
Galmihorn, Münster, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 8.5 x 6.3 x 4.2 cm
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This is a highly unusual shape even for a gwindel. Almost round like a disc this marvelous crystal is perched on a small quartz cluster. From a crystallographic view this is a closed gwindel variety with a left hand twist that is laterally attached to the supporting quartz. It is completely clear and free of internal cracks, has good luster and a not too strong smoky color. The condition is perfect. There is one single chip but which seems older and already started to reheal. Aside of that there are only contacts at the back, nothing serious. A striking and absolutely unique specimen from the Swiss Alps!

BB8 - Scheelite - 750€
Wurtenkees, Innerfragant, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 4.2 x 4 x 2.2 cm
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This is an dramatically large translucent orange-brown scheelinte from the Hohe Tauern region in Austria. The crystal shows good luster and is in almost perfect condition. Some contacts at the bottom and minor edgewear are of no concern on a rare and otherwise complete piece like this. This is a perfect fit to every alpine collection and brings some color into it!

FB23 - Adularia on Smoky Quartz - 950€
Pizzo Lucendro, St. Gotthard Massiv, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 10.5 x 5.2 x 4.8 cm
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An amorphous cluster of yellowish white adularia is perched on a single smoky quartz crystal. An unusual composition of great contrast and catchy aesthetics. The quartz is mostly clear with some internal cracks, especially at the upper half, where the adularia is attached. The termination is frosted while the rest is of good luster. The whole specimen is free of any considerable damage. Its a small miracle this unique and fragile structure is still perfectly intact!

FB25 - Fluorite on Quartz - 6800€
Winterstock, Göschenertal, Switzerland
Size: 5.7 x 3.5 x 3 cm
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This water-clear and highly lustrous quartz prism is overgrown by a cluster of pink fluorite octahedrons, the largest of which is over 2 cm on edge! The fluorite is all transparent, flawless and shows a nice frosted surface. An absolutely lovely and extremely rare combination piece, found by the famous "Strahler" Kaspar Fahner. The elegance of this brilliant piece is simply unsurpassable as you can very well see in our video!

FB34 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 1400€
Galmihorn, Münster, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 4.3 x 3.8 x 1.5 cm
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Reduced to the essentials, this miniature smoky quartz quindel offers a perfect outline, a distinct twist and a clear crystal body with only some internal cracks at the bottom third. This whole specimen is virtually flawless with great luster on all sides and an intense grey-brown color. A lovely piece with no downsides!

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