The two fat crystals, grown together on this matrix, look very impressive! The crystals are modified by stepped growth, what makes a good contrast to the very nice quartz!
This is an exceptional wulfenite from the classic austrian locale. The crystals have a bright orange color with sharp edges and a very good luster. To find a good wulfenite has become very hard nowadays, while this is an exceptional piece for the advanced collector. No damage is present!
Another very nice cube with good color and great aesthetics on matrix!
I have seen many regular quartz crystals from different alpine regions over the years. Some of these also looked like citrine, but they were not, as the color just came form a small layer of iron oxide on the surface of the quartz! This is one of the very few pieces of true citrine, which I have ever seen coming from the alps. It is free of damage and beautiful in person. Concerning how rare this is, it is a perfect fit for every alpine collection.
What a lovely crystal in great condition and high quality! It is highly lustrous, well terminated and with a great color zonation!
These three knee-twin crystals of rutile are of marvelous quality! Brightly red, brilliant and nicely striated. Especially in combination with this attractive matrix, sugared with feldspar, the aesthetics of this specimen is striking. Take a closer look, also at the video, you will be positively surprised!
Lovely and virtually perfect, this floater is a marvelous composition of purple apatite with accompanying calcite, which adds much to the beauty of this piece. The largest crystal is 1.7 cm long and of fine quality. A distinctly 3-dimensional thumbnail for any collector of fine minerals.
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!