Turning this piece around in my hands I can see a distincly 3-dimensional fluorite thats full of wonderful details, nice colors and heavily etched aesthetics. Despite all those fragile, thin structures there is no damage to be found here. A remarkable aspect about this specimen is the color variation, that goes from greenish yellow to pink and purple at the core. A marvelous composition overall and an appelaing sight.
A very dark, almost black example for richterite, an extremely rare amphibole group silicate. It is a very sharp, slender single crystal with a perfect termination. Some abrasions are present but no actual damage. A rare piece from an uncommon locale.
Black calcite from Herja is a unique and utterly appealing mineral variety. Especially unusual are the sharply zoned half-white, half-black specimens like this one. It is a complete floater, nicely shaped of stacked, flattened calcite crystals and shows the distinctive color change. The black color is due to inclusions of boulangerite and jamesonite which is unique for the locale. There is some minor edgewear present but all in all this piece is in great condition with no actual damage. An eye-catcher for any collection of classic European minerals!
Not exactly Alpine, this cut Amethyst comes from Maissau in the northern part of Austria which is geologically part of the Bohemian Massif. Maissau counts among the worlds largest accessible Amethyst veins but as there is no active mining there it is hard to come by collectible pieces. This is a rare cut and polished amethyst of considerable size for the locale with brilliant glassy quality. Different color zonations from light to dark purple and some brownish yellow zones make an astonishingly beautifuly picture. Very attractive and rare!
A doubly terminated colorless quartz crystal carries an amethyst like a crystalline backpack. The color is pale yet lovely and easily visible. Both crystals are in exceptionally good condition, with nice surface structure and great luster. This is a highly aesthetic floater specimen, unusually composed, virtually flawless and brilliant!
Beautiful!! This was the first word that came to my mind as I saw this rock the first time. This specimen is really unbelievable fine, because it has so many hematites sitting very well on the crytallized matrix of albites. Normally you can be lucky to have even one hematite on matrix, however on this plate there are many on it! The small titanites in combination complete the beauty of this specimen. The luster of the "iron roses" is really great and the best you can look for. All the hematites are completely perfect and you cannot find even the smallest damage. I cannot remember that I have ever seen such a fine hematite from Pakistan.
This is a beautiful silver miniature from the classic Silver Mining District in Kongsberg. It has a very lovely shape, excellent patina and traces of calcite.
This specimen is a floater all around without any damage! The color is a mixture between green an yellow, what looks very good in person.
What an awesome apatite from the Swiss Alps! The Pizzo Lucendro is much more famous for producing some of the best hematites in the world then for good findings of apatites. Even more I was surpirsed to find this specimen together with some smaller pieces from that find. It is a floater all around without any damage worth to mention. It is one of the very finest apatites I have ever seen from Switzerland!
Extremely rare and outstandingly beautiful! To see the whole overwhelming elegancy of this specimen, you would have to watch the video in awe! Brilliant quality, a perfect composition and wonderful contrast all add up to this fantastic specimen of Alpine apophyllite.
This anatase shows a perfect and flawless pointed tip, as is rare at this species. The doubly terminated crystal is almost black but shows a slight blue shimmer when illuminated directly. It is accompanied by some quartz and sits perfectly on a grey and rust-brown matrix. A marvelous and perfect piece with a mysterious character in person.
This piece is outstanding in any respect. Two marvelous amethyst sceptres are combined a this piece with a number of side-crystals. The whole piece is free of any damage, is a floater and is just amazingly rich in details. Perfect purple scepter-heads are in dramatic contrast to green chlorite and yellow and red rutile needles. The faces of the bigger sceptre show windows between perfectly sharp edges. Nothing more to say, this piece is perfect!