Perfect textbook aesthetics combined with high quality crystals is like the holy grail for every mineral collector. This smaller specimen nicely offers these characteristics. Brilliantly lustrous tabular hematite with brightly red rutile, presented on a small matrix-piece that is covered with calcite on all sides. Still, there is one blemish to be mentioned: A small break at the very top, that loweres the price on this otherwise perfect specimen. A fantastic piece if you can live with a small imperfection!
A octahedral pyrite crystal on a contrasting white quartz matrix, strikingly aesthetic and of impressive crystal size. The main pyrite is flawless and a staggering 5.3 cm in diameter (4.1 cm on edge). The surface is somewhat rough but not damaged. In combination with just the right amount of quartz this is a very attractive specimen from the famous pyrite deposite in Peru.
Impressive and fat! This quartz specimen is completely amazing! Perfect in every respect it offers brilliant crystallization all over - even the bottom is sparkling and complete - and a sharp and flawless termination. The surface is highly lustrous and just beautifully structured. Exceeding its status of a single crystal by far this mesmerizing quartz instantly draws attention. Have a look on our video, there are no further words necessary!
Alpine bornie is a rare thing to get thus we are happy to present such a classy specimen here. A large number of bornite crystals are distributed across the matrix that is otherwise covered in yellowish mica. The metallic black bornite stand in stark contrast to the background which makes for a nice appearance. About damage there is not much to report with some peripheral exceptions but nothing serious. A charming piece for the collector of Alpine classics and rare specimens in general. in den Alpen sehr selten. Bekannter Kupferbergbau am fuße des Hochkönigs. Nicht mehr aktiv.
Here you can see a beautiful smoky crystal on matrix of very high quality. It has a very nice smoky color, of middle intensity. The crystal is very glassy and lustrous. Some small adularia is attached to the matrix. Free of damage!
This is a very lovely fluroite from an old find at the Hocharn Westwand, well known as the "Reiter pocket"! Only a very few good pieces was found there! It is very risky to collect at this place, because it is in the middle of a vertical wall, and sadly the guy who found it died at this place. I personaly like these a lot because of the beautiful intense purple color!
Hundreds of gemmy quartz crystals are nested in this elongated specimen and form a distinct, pretty aesthetics. The whole piece is of high quality with a crystallized backside and just one contacted zone. Heart of this specimen is a brilliant 7.6 cm long doubly terminated crystal. Very nice, very sparkling, very appealing!
A single apatite "wheel" prominently sitting atop a matrix that is a mix of siderite, mica and smaller colorless apatite crystals. It is mostly transparent with some matrix covering parts of its backside, lustrous and well shaped. The apatite itself is 1.5 cm in diameter and 0.65 cm thick. Alpine character meets great aesthetics and a rare mineral for the locale!
The massive base of pure pyrite, completely covered in cuboctahedral pyrite crystals, supports the massive main crystal that sits right on its center. Perfect condition, a wonderful surface structure, beautiful modifications and a striking luster distinguish this specimen. Front left you find numerous scalenohedral calcite crystals of milky white coloring that give the impression of lovely butterflies warming in the sun. Smaller sphalerite all over the main crystal are adding nice accents. This is a beautiful piece with its own certain charm!
This is surely an impressive piece! 15 cm long and over 6 cm thick, this specimen is as massy as it is appealing. The upper half of the crystal is limpid and lustrous with delicate surface structures on all sides. Green chlorite inclusions and coating add a nice Alpine character. About damage: There is hardly anything to report. Even the bottom of this specimen is crystallized to the major part with only contacts but no breaks. A broad crack in the middle of the crystal has happened ages ago and shows recrystallizations as deep as the crack reaches. An imposing piece of exceptional aesthetics!
This zeiringite is for collectors of the rare and unique. Deepest blue color as is extremely rare for aragonite anywhere in the world comes from the Austrian locale of Oberzeiring, where this variety first occured. The zeiringite is heavily broken but which is practically the only way to get this extremely rare mineral at all. The zeiringite crust is around 3 cm thick on matrix, the layers of differing color intensity are nicely visible from the sides. An interesting piece that brings color to your Alpine mineral collection.
Now, this is something unusual! Quartz from the Koralpe in Carinthia is already a rare find but this special crystal attracts my attention. The overall shape is a typical prismatic quartz with pointed termination but in this case all faces show a scaly pattern like a dragon skin. Slight etching does the effect and in a very much unique way. The lower parts show some contacts but over all there is no considerable damage to be found here. A real eye-catcher of great quality!