The quality of this piece is hard to put into a photograph so I strongly recommend our video where clarity and luster are much better discernible. This smaller gwindel is half closed which is extremely rare. Except for on minimal ding this piece is flawless and even at the bottom, where it detached from the matrix it is nicely crystallized. Inside the crystal there is not a single crack! A brilliant piece of marvellous quality that is much better inperson!
When it comes to aesthetics, this is sure one of the very finest specimen out of the Hocharnwand smoky quartz cleft that is regarded as the best of the whole Eastern Alps! Found by Dr. Georg Kandutsch in 1985 under harshest conditions it appears almost too pretty and calm to have been retrieved from under ice and snow, in a deep and hostile rock cleft.
This piece is not trimmed but all naturall. The two main crystals form a dominant "V" that distinctly stands out from a group of smoky side-crystals and some ankerite. The quartz is clear, has best smoky color, nice shimmering luster and is completely flawless which is a small miracle if you consider its history. This is a totally unique treasure for any collector of Alpine minerals!
This is a very good crystal of ilvaite with very nice calcites attached at the side. It is a floater all around without any damage!
A perfect floater with a very interesting combination between a yellow calicte, a smoky quartz and some small adularia crystals, which makes this specimen truly unique! I have never seen such a nice combination before from this locale. Some small chlorite is also present partially.
One more very sweet fluorite well situated on white quartz!
A very good gold is well situated on a quartz matrix here! It has a bright yellow color and good luster! The contrast of the yellow gold to the white quartz is intense and makes the piece very showy! Alpine gold is very rare and therefore this is a perfect fit to every alpine collections! Beautiful in person!
WOW, this is a very choice crystal of high standard! The colors are well-defined and intense here! The pointed termination is skeletal like shaped, while the lower part of the crystal is smooth! The condtion is very good and just very tiny edgewear, which is hardly visible, is present!
Like fruity, sugar-sweet candy, these two crystals lie on a shimmering grey muscovite matrix and let your mouth water. Fantastically lustrous and of marvelous orange color, these crystals are truly impressive and just awesome. The nicely structured surface is sparkling and allows a deeper view into the clear crystal. While the smaller crystal has one tiny wear, the main crystal is absolutely perfect. To see the fascinating beauty of this piece, please watch the video!
The textbook aesthetics of this piece, combined with highest quality is just amazing. The main crystal is a smoky quartz scepter with beautiful inclusions and skeletal pyramidal faces - the "windows". This main crystal proturdes from a base of nicely fanned out quartz crystals that show bright red inclusions. All in all this is a specimen of pure aesthetics made of brilliant quality crystals and perfectly composed.
Like beams of pure energy, emerging from a common center, three tufts of strontianite are spectacularly composed on this specimen. It is a floater and free of any damage. The backside shows some snow-white matrix at the center of that strontianite explosion. As a piece of plain aesthetics, flawless and eye-catching, there is no need for many words. Just this one more thing: Watch the video!
The colorplay of this specimen is quite spectacular. While the main part is colorless with a slight yellow tinge this fluorite has a intense purple core that spreads its color throughout the whole crystal. The many details and fine structures make the search for flaws a difficult task, but a search without results anyway. This floater-piece is free of any damages and a wonderful piece of great aesthetics!
A stunning fluorite of incredible quality from the Swiss Alps! There is not much to say, as the picture speaks for itself here!!