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SK11 - Fluorite with Calcite - SOLD
Röhre Angertal, Remsach, Gastein valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.3 x 3 x 2.9 cm
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This piece was found in 1996 at the construction of the Remsach storage power plant. This is actually the first specimen we have from this exact locale, the “Röhre Angertal”, where fluorite specimen of this quality were rarely found. The beautiful aesthetics and the remarkable crystal size of 1.2 cm on edge are quite convincing and attractive. This piece is distinctly 3-dimensional, so a look on the video would help seeing this piece in a better light. A lovely little piece, especially for the locale!


NL20 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Governador Valadares, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 6.7 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm
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What you see here is a single tourmaline of light blue color protruding from a piece of white quartz. A perfect textbook-composition as it is rare, especially considering the high quality of the crystal. The tourmaline, though generally blue, has a beautiful pink shimmer to it, visible behind a surface of pristine luster. A overall fantastic and very much catchy piece!


AF17 - Quartz - SOLD
Wolfskogel, Schwarzenbachtal, Zillertaler Alpen, Ahrntal, South Tyrol, Italy
Size: 7.8 x 4.4 x 2.3 cm
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A lovely, highly aesthetic specimen of quartz with pericline on matrix. The grey schist-matrix holds a white group of pericline from amidst which a single glassy quartz crystal freely protrudes. The tessin-habit quartz is sharp, clear and lustrous and perfectly meets well balanced on the matrix. Brilliant aesthetics on a high class Alpine combination!


PB192 - Pyrite - SOLD
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru
Size: 7.6 x 7 x 5.2 cm
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The crystals on this piece show just spectacular mirroring luster. The two main crystals are nicely perched on a beautiful pyrite matrix, underlined by a blanket of white calcite. There is some edge wear present on this piece but truly nothing to worry about. The visual impact of this specimen is just brilliant, the two main crystal focusing your attention and redistributing it to their marvelous surrounds.


SS19 - Quartz - SOLD
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 13.3 x 8.2 x 4.2 cm
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The composition of this specimen is just outstanding - in the literal sense of the word. The grey matrix is very much 3-dimensional and crystallized on all sides making this piece a perfect floater. Atop of this beautiful matrix a single elongated prismatic quartz crystal shoots out and captures the attention of the viewer. An unusual piece of very good quality. While the crystal might not be perfectly clear, it hold fantastic luster and is absolutely flawless over its total length of around 7 cm. A uniquely attractive piece of exceptional composition!


BB10 - Schorl - SOLD
Gamsmutter, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.3 x 3.4 x 2.9 cm
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A 360° sparkling cluster of schorl speckled with some snow-white pericline and dark green chlorite. The piece is crystallized all around with only some contacts at the bottom. It is in overall good condition, while some minor damage is inevitable on a fragile piece like this. A very elegant, clean and attractive example of Alpine schorl from this rare locale where only few pieces have been found in the past. Direct illumination adds a blood-red shimmer to the surface. An aesthetic specimen of high quality and distinct character!


RT57 - Quartz - SOLD
Valsertal, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7.6 x 4.6 x 3.5 cm
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An utterly attractuve quartz specimen of well defined composition on matrix. The main crystal is 5.5 cm long, perfect and has good luster at the front. The backside is frosted and adds a milky look to the water-clear crystal. Several side-crystals are evenly flawless and make for a great picture. A nice Swiss quartz of great aesthetics!


ST11 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 7.5 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm
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A lovely amethyst sceptre showing "windows" as is characteristic for specimen from Mörchnerkar. The sceptre body is of colorless quartz while its head shows nice purple color. The surface is mostly frosted but the terminal faces are highly lustrous and sharp. There is some minor damage to this piece though mostly just contacts or re-crystallized issues. Definitely a nice and distinctive Alpine amethyst specimen!


AP14 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
Saurüssel, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 6.1 x 4 x 2.9 cm
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Two lovely amethyst scepters with "windows" on the pyramidal faces are sitting on a small pice of matrix like a pair of mushrooms. Highly aesthetic and of very good quality with hardly any visible damage. An appealing small cabinet piece with glassy crystals, faint but visible amethyst color and appealing composition!


KN01 - Quartz with Pericline - SOLD
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 17 x 16.4 x 12.4 cm
 
 
 

This is one of the best quartz specimens I am aware of the Austrian Alps. The Rauris valley is famous for producing quartz specimens. Most of the crystals which have been found there are not balanced very well or just have big contacts, no luster or bad damage. This specimen is different, it has great luster, aesthetics and is in combination with well crystallized pericline. The impressive crystal in combination with the pericline makes this specimen to a true killer from the Austrian Alps. The collector Alois Steiner found this specimen around 40 years ago while my father, a collector of Austrian minerals, bought it from him in 2003. Since then, it has been one of the center pieces in his collection. He decided to let this piece go just because he has got a very similar substitute last summer. Normally it is impossible to get such a good quality on a specimen of this caliber. Better in person!


SL06 - Aquamarine on Muscovite - SOLD
Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Province, China
Size: 6.7 x 5.6 x 4.1 cm
 
 
 

What a stunning floater! This specimen is perfect all around and has the best luster you can look for. It is in combination with very nice crystals of muscovite. It's very 3-dimensionals in person.


AT24 - Quartz - SOLD
Pardatsch, Val Nalps, Vorderrhein, Tujetsch, Switzerland
Size: 6.5 x 4.2 x 6.3 cm
 
 
 

A very fine group of quartz with the best quality you can get. The crystals are very nice situated on the brownish matrix which makes a very good contrast. The whole specimen is pristine all around.