Wow! This rutile has everything an Alpine mineral specimen needs to be appreciated as a real classic. Two knee-twin crystals of brilliant blood-red color and sparkling luster are perched on a beautiful matrix that provides a perfect contrast. The matrix is grey at the lower part and shows a golden yellow covering as background for the rutile crystals. Incredibly there is not the slightest damage to be found anywhere on this remarkable piece of overwhelming quality. Aesthetics is one thing, crystal quality is the other. Seeing both combined on this piece in such a manner renders me rather speechless!
A lovely symmetrical quartz specimen of very fine quality that is virtually flawless all around. High luster and limpid crystals combine to this vivid piece. The backside holds some matrix which is visible through the glassy crystals. The right one of the three quartz crystals is contacted at the bottom which is about the only issue on this piece. A totally lovely piece for a low price!
This perfectly aesthetic specimen features a single brookite crystal on a well proportioned platy quartz matrix, all sparkling and generously supporting the main crystal. The brookite is of rust-brown color and, even if the light does not quite reach through, warmly reflects the direct illumination. It is all complete and unharmed. With 1.7 cm in length it is quite dramatic in size and an outstanding piece for the locale, where only a small number of brookite specimens have been found now fifty years ago. Nicely composed and well preserved, this is a rarity of outstanding visual impact!
This incredibly nice specimen was found at the Kristallwand in East Tyrol and shows the characteristic brown coloring, although the large main crystal has a green core which makes for a dramatic visual effect! The mentioned main crystal is 2.3 cm long, sharp and of exceptional quality: glassy and super-lustrous. At very close inspection the crystal has minimal abrasions but which are of no importance here as the whole composition is nothing short of spectacular! The matrix is crystallized all around and provides the perfect base for these wonderful crystals. Brilliant and absolutely unique!
The presentation of emerald crystals on this specimen is just staggering! The matrix of dark, silvery glittering mica schist is the perfect base for two bright green emerald crystals that are held up and shown quite freely. Both crystals are encased at both terminations but the sides are almost completely free and five out of six side faces are visible! The color is an intense emerald-green that is easily brought out through the translucent crystals. The size of the two crystals is 1.9 x 0.7 cm and 1.5 x 0.4 cm. Not without reson is Leckbachrinne Europes best location for emerald crystals!
An extraordinarily rich specimen of cherry-red garnet that is a total stunner not only for the locale but for the Alps in general! The middle section of this pieces main view is a lovely sparkling combination of tiny orange garnet and silvery muscovite and is completely surrounded by a crown of rather large, flawless garnet crystals, reaching over 1 cm in diameter. The backside shows some contacts but no considerable damage. With no downsides, this is an important piece of Alpine garnet of exceptionally fine quality. To cap it all, the shape of this piece even reminds me of the most famed Matterhorn, near which it was found. Absolutely astonishing and beautiful in person!
What a fine ettringite! This specimen has bright yellow color. The crystal is well-terminated and is pristine all around! It has great quality and shape! A perfect fit for every collector who is looking for African minerals.
What a striking combination of a smoky quartz with snow white adularia. The smoky quartz is a very short gwindel, while the side shown on the foto is the top side of the gwindel. The aesthetics and the color change of this specimen is beautiful. The smokey quartz is crystallized all around and free of any damage. The combination between quartz and adularia is very rare and hard to find. I have seen just a few specimens within many years and this is the best of it.
I have very rarely seen a good datolite on the market in the last years. This is an exceptional cluster of datolite with very sharp crystals, and a very nice pale, green color. On some faces the datolite is coverd by small, sparkling crystals of apophyllite. One small damge is present in the middle of the specimen on one of the smaller crystals, but this does not detract the beauty of this piece at all and is hard to see. It is very 3-dimensional in person!
This fluorite is very typical for this locale and comes from the famous Ruffibach find, which was made many decades ago! Many crystals are coming out of the matrix, looking like a small christmas tree, what looks very lovely! The octahedral crystals are showing a stepped growing and have a very nice color. The piece is in a very good condition over all.
This is a wonderful fluorite with many fine octahedrons of bright color. The crystals have a good clarity, luster and sharp edges. Many crystals are grown together, but also the matrix is very good visible, what makes a very good aesthetics over all. Some small chipping is present in the lower section, but this is just minor and the piece is in a very good condition over all. Much better in person!
This rubellite comes from the famous find at the Jonas Mine made by Ailton Barbosa in 1978! This was probably the best find of rubellite ever made and many consider this the best pocket of minerals over all! This crystal has an intense red color, good luster and clarity. It is repaired, but therefore lower priced and very showy for this! Beautiful in person!