Bare, metallic pyrite of such sharp outline is more than rare in the Austrian Alps as most specimens are covered in a layer of limonite. Quality like this has only been discovered in one single find, around 20 years ago. We were lucky to get this piece out of the finders private collection. The crystal on this specimen is 3.7 cm on edge and reflects golden color all around. It prominently sits atop a piece of feldspar matrix, covered in chlorite. Nice textbook aesthetics catches the eye and emphasizes the large pyrite crystal, heart of this exceedingly rare piece!
This one is a real blast! With 12.9 cm in size it is quite a piece and there is no damage all around. A cluster of metallic black huebnerite freely protrudes from a 3-dimensional composition of lustrous white quartz crystals. Smaller transparent quartz crystals have grown on the huebnerite but cover it just to the right extent to protect the brilliant aesthetic of this outstanding specimen. Even the bottom is fully crystallized so there are no downsides at all. It comes from the famous Pasto Bueno District in Pallasca Province, Peru, which is known for some of the very best huebnerite specimens worldwide.
Probably the best single rutile crystal we have ever seen coming from Austria. It is doubly terminated, free of damage and shows some nice red color, although - due to its thickness - only at the surface. The whole crystal is brightly lustrous as you can well see on our video. While the Ankogel group is usually famous for great sagenite rutile, this fantastic crystal is massive and exceptionally thick. A real stunner in person!
Almost like a citrine this remarkable quartz sceptre shows staggering golden color. Still, this is a perfectly colorless and transparent quartz which gains its bright color from iron oxide, covering many of the natural "window" faces you can find all over this incredible specimen. Holding no significant damage, this is a fantastic Austrian quartz of best quality and absolutely unique development!
A masterpiece in respect of composition and color combination and crystal quality alike! A dominant colorless and water-clear quartz crystal of utterly beautiful surface structure emerges from a group of quartz crystals, intensively orange to red with iron oxide. To the right of the specimen is a nested cluster of green epidote with some white adularia, which makes for a very rare and desirable combination. With no damage and best quality this is a superb specimen for any collection of fine Alpine minerals!
The combination of cuprite and silver is amazing on this specimen! There were just a few specimens with this combination. The cuprite shows a very intense red color on the surface when lighted.
Waht a beautiful hematite from the Swiss Alps. The whole specimen is balanced very well and a floater all around. Every collector who is looking for a hematite from the Alps would love to get a crystal on white adularia. This specimen has all what you can look for and is perfect for the advanced collector therefore.
This is one of the most aesthetic vanadinites I have ever seen. All the crystals are well-situated on the yellow-brownish barite and also very nice isolated, what makes this specimen different to almost all the others. The crystals have a bright red color, good luster and the whole specimen is a floater all around.
This is an exceptional cluster of mangano calcite with a very unusual shape. Some small chalcopyrites are present, what makes it even more interesting. It is very hard to get such a good specimen nowadays, so I was pretty lucky to get it!
Curschellas Tumaisch and Lukas Monn found this exceptional gwindel in 1966! The outline of the specimen is very uncommon, with a pointed termination on the left, and a stepped termination on the other side. It is free of damage, except one very tiny spot of 2mm, what is not visible from the front but just if you have a very closely inspection trying to find it. On the bottom side it is grown into some matrix. It is free of cracks and has a very nice color. Comes with the old label shown on the picture.
Another fine specimen of great aesthetics!
WOW, what a beautiful epidote! Many crystals are pointing in different directions, like machine made! In the front section a small calcite is present, making a small accent of color and contrast! The epidote on this piece has a great luster and is very sharp. It is a floater all around and crystalized on the back as well, what is very good visilbe on the video. Most of the pieces coming from this locale are repaired due heavy blasting at mining, but this piece is completely free of any repairs. The condition is very good over all, and just some minor damage is present on the top right of the crystal in the middle! Luckily a small crystal is grown over this later on, and so this is mainly hidden because of that. This is an exceptional piece for the locale and very impressive and 3-dimensional in person.