Sold Minerals

AB32 - Adularia on Pericline - SOLD
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 16 x 10 x 7.5 cm
Watch Video

An absolutely dramatic piece of snow-white pericline on matrix, holding some beautiful adularia crystals of outstanding condition. Out of a find from around ten years ago, this is one of the few very best pieces to be found at this locale. This admirable specimen is naturally broken all around, which gives it an even more impressive character. As a piece of sheer aesthetics, high quality and imposing size this piece is a king among Alpine feldspar specimens.

XGEM - Gold on Quartz - SOLD
Eagle`s Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
Size: 3.3 x 1.6 x 0.9 cm
Watch Video

The search for a perfectly composed gold specimen with pristine luster and color has finally found its happy ending! A sculpture of shiny flattened gold crystals protrudes from a perfectly white quartz crystal. The aesthetics of this piece is typical for the Eagle's Nest Mine yet is it hard to find such an outstandingly composed specimen. A perfect choice for any collector of thumbnails or high quality mineral specimens in general.

FA257 - Sapphire - SOLD
Hunza Valley, Hunza-Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 4.5 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm
Watch Video

The Hunza valley is arguably the largest corundum deposit in the world, best known for its ruby on marble specimens. This piece shows the more rare blue sapphire color, ranging from steel blue to purple with some patches of light pink. The staggering 3.4 cm long hexagonal crystal lies on a white calcite matrix of perfect contrast. A likewise rare and appealing specimen from the famous Hunza valley.

WK16 - Stibnite with Quartz - SOLD
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania
Size: 10.9 x 7 x 5.9 cm
Watch Video

Hundreds of thin stibnite needles are exploding in all directions, held together only by sparkling white quartz that fills the gaps and competes with the stibnite in beauty and charm. Herja is well known for its hedgehog type stibnite specimens but this combination with contrasting quartz is a rare sight and stunningly beautiful at that. Watch our video for a better impression of this unusual item!

FA255 - Neptunite and Benitoite - SOLD
Dallas Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), San Benito Co., California, USA
Size: 9.3 x 8.6 x 4 cm
Watch Video

A rich display of black neptunite on white natrolite, associated with blue benitoite, characteristic for the popular Dallas Gem Mine. The neptunite is perfectly sharp, flawless and jet-black with some blood-red patches. The benitonite is scattered between the neptunite, its largest representative reaches 1.1 cm but is contacted at the edge of the display face. A highly appealing, catchy and sharp paragenesis from the worlds most famous locale for neptunite and benitonite. This specimen has been with the Vienna based collector Walter Knobloch for many years and is now on display again!

PB01 - Huebnerite and Quartz on Fluorite - SOLD
Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, La Libertad, Peru
Size: 18 x 13.5 x 15 cm
Watch Video

Wow, what an explosion of pure aesthetics combined with highest quality and impressive size! This piece is a real eye-catcher in any possible showcase. Being from an older find from about 15 years ago, this was by far the best of its pocket. Sure, there have been other noteworthy pieces but no combination of this caliber. Exeptionally thick, lustrous hübnerite crystals are elegantly protruding from a spectacular pink fluorite matrix like lighthouses on a rock, surrounded by sparkling white quartz needles. The hübnerite is black with metallic luster, which makes a fantastic contrast to the pink and white matrix. This piece is a floater, a mesmerizing 3-dimensional landscape that is completely free of damage or any other imperfections. Price on request

SS20 - Quartz - SOLD
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 12.1 x 9 x 6.5 cm
Watch Video

This wild and chaotic beauty convinces with high quality quartz composed in a piece of striking outline and a lovely 3-dimensional character. Also the backside of this matrix-piece is covered in sparkling crystals with some additional bladed calcite. A brilliant piece with just minor chips but in generally very good condition. For a better view on all of its qualities, please watch the video!

RK286 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Aletschgletscher, Berner Alpen, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 14.2 x 6.6 x 4.2 cm
Watch Video

Very characteristic for Swiss Alps this piece shows smoky quartz in combination with white adularia on a rock-matrix. Except for some peripheral contacts there is no damage to report. The quartz is all clear and sharp, superbly lustrous and comes in both, the right-handed and the left-handed variant. Its color is a bit paler than on the picture, you might want to check the video for that aspect. This is a charming Alpine specimen from the not so common Aletsch Glacier!

RK300 - Emerald - SOLD
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 6.1 x 3.5 cm
Watch Video

Who doesn't know the unique emerald from Habach Valley? This silvery piece of characteristic mica schist holds one 1 cm long and 0.5 cm thick translucent emerald crystal of saturated water green color. This might not be the most spectacular piece ever found but the 3-dimensional elegant matrix and the flawless, prominent crystal make a fine combination and a very typical collection piece for this famous Austrian locale!

XY28 - Quartz - SOLD
Lukmanierschlucht, Disentis, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 9.2 x 6 x 4.2 cm
Watch Video

The shape of this quartz specimen reminds me of the Swiss Alps' rugged landscape. The combination of excellent quartz crystals on a characteristic matrix with accessory minerals and accentuating iron oxide provides a nice, favorably chaotic picture. Especially the main crystal is impressive: glassy, nicely structured, lustrous and flawless. An unusual and very much 3-dimensional piece.

OK11 - Scheelite - SOLD
Laperwitz-Kees, Glocknergruppe, Kals, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 4.3 x 3.1 x 3 cm
Watch Video

This incredible golden-yellow scheelite is out of a unique find from the 1970s, famous for producing the Alps best scheelite. It is contacted at the sides but otherwise completely perfect. The crystal is all translucent to transparent and displays a typical modified pseudo-octahedral shape. Some faces are encrusted with chlorite, characteristic for Alpine pieces. This is a rare and stunning scheelite from a famous and utterly unique find!

OK24 - Adularia with Chlorite on Quartz - SOLD
Keilbachtal, Ahrntal, Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy
Size: 4.7 x 3.9 x 3 cm
Watch Video

Almost like a mushroom head, the adularia is clustered atop a transparent, prismatic quartz crystal. The adularia is covered in a thick layer of green chlorite leaving only the shape to let us know what's underneath. Still, at some spots the white color of the adularia breaches the dark green crust. While the quartz is broken at the bottom and backside - which is not visible from the front - the adularia is almost perfect with only a couple of small spots of damage at the backside. A great and highly unusual specimen of outstanding aesthetics!