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XTSP3 - Tourmaline - SOLD
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan
Size: 2.2 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm
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A perfect thumbnail of pure textbook aesthetics! One gemmy and clear tourmaline of brilliant green color protrudes from a matrix of white albite to form this pretty piece. The tourmaline is perfect, the albite is generally in good condition but shows some damage, which is hardly visible due to its chaotic arrangement. A fine and astonishingly well composed specimen!


XY30 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Felli Valley, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 6.5 x 5 x 4.4 cm
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This piece looks like a warped, weathered and overgrown version of a perfect smoky quartz specimen. The heavy etching that took place here still left enough of the quartz and its side-crystal to maintain insight to the original impression. Adularia crystals that are grown on and into the quartz are very much perfecting the picture. The condition is just about perfect as the only contacts there are are at the bottom and thus not visible. A fantastic piece that shows us what a skilful carver nature can be.


FA218 - Apatite on Diopside with Albite - SOLD
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan
Size: 4.2 x 2 x 3 cm
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The combination of minerals on this piece is just awesome! One single pinkish apatite crystal beautifully sits atop a matrix of diopside accompanied by white calcite. Still the rich color variety of this piece is very much owed to some iron oxide and a green side-mineral we were not quite able to identify under the microscope. An chemical analysis would be necessary but to be frank: the beauty of this outstanding piece is not to be measured in numbers and words. The apatite is of very good quality, being glassy and lustrous with a slight pinkish tinge. A remarkable composition!


SS05 - Quartz - SOLD
Druntobel, Sedrun, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 10.1 x 6 x 5.9 cm
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A large, left handed quartz crystal, 5.5 cm in diameter, carries several smaller crystals, nicely intergrown with white feldspar. The terminations are only slightly overgrown with chlorite, just so much that you can still see inside the completely transparent crystals. The side faces are free of chlorite and lustrous. The somehow chaotic shape of this unusual specimen is totally irresistible and exceptionally beautiful. A flawless piece of pure, untamed beauty!


BB19 - Amethyst - SOLD
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 12.8 x 9 x 5 cm
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This is a exceptionally large cluster of intergrown amethyst crystals of beautiful violet color. In fact this must have been a complex scepter head before it broke off and rehealed at the backside. Unfortunately the very tip of the central termination is damaged but to be honest, a large piece like this from Mörchnerkar would cost a small fortune if it was perfect. This is nevertheless an impressive piece, showing the great quality an Alpine amethyst could reach!


OK6 - Adularia and Pericline - SOLD
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 9.1 x 7 x 4.9 cm
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Balance and contrast are perfectly united at this striking specimen. The dark matrix, covered in dolomite and chlorite, provides a stark contrast to the snow-white pericline and glassy white adularia. The crystals 3-dimensionally stand out from the flat matrix like a shimmering ice formation. A beautiful and well preserved piece of just exceptional aesthetics!


RK450 - Titanite - SOLD
Amertal, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 1.1 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm
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Right, this is not a titanite in natural form and right again, we are not usually selling cut stones. But this little gem totally caught my attention as it is so full of vivid, sparkling color. The gemmy apple green color is accompanied by some red-brown patches which provides an excellent visual effect. A perfect cut reveals the beauty of a crystal in a way nature not always accomplishes. As my heart always beats for Austrian minerals I surely am even more taken by this cut titanite from Felbertal. A real marvel of perfect shape and quality!


OK3 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Hocharn, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.7 x 8.3 x 5.6 cm
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Perfectly composed and of brilliant crystal quality, this is a highly appealing specimen. The quartz shows attractive smoky color and despite some clouds at its body you can still to the most part see through the 3.5 cm thick crystal. With just marvelous luster and beautiful striation on 360° this crystal simply impresses. It emerges from a base of accompanying quartz, nicely colored with iron oxide. When turning it around you will find some contacts but it seems this specimen went off easily as there are no breaks even at the bottom. A wonderful piece of superb aesthetics and brilliant crystal quality!


AA30 - Quartz - SOLD
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 12.1 x 8.3 x 6.7 cm
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With a length of over 12 cm this dominant quartz crystal is most impressive and shows outstanding quality. The wonderfully structured surface is lustrous, all the way up to a perfect termination. The quartz is gemmy clear with very slight phantoms at the upper part. It’s nice to see this beautiful crystal accompanied by other quartz and some matrix. If you look closely, you can even see the bottom crystallized at this specimen. This is a true classic for any Alpine collection!


AA42 - Quartz - SOLD
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm
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The main crystal on this specimen stands out like a sweet candy. Perfectly clear, lustrous and doubly-terminated, it sits on a cluster of smaller quartz crystals of the same quality. This fascinating aesthetics is one of a kind and even improved by smaller inclusions. The bottom is fully crystallized and the whole piece is in a good condition, with just some small damage which hardly visible.


AF33 - Quartz var. Amethyst - SOLD
Eisseehütte, Timmeltal, Venedigergruppe, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 11.3 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm
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A doubly-terminated floater with the slight amethyst-coloring that’s typical for the location. The terminations of this elegant crystal display beautiful windows. The prismatic faces are etched which is very pretty and attractive. All in all, this is a very interesting and nice piece for any collector of Alpine minerals or uncommon quartz specimens.


FA42 - Azurite and Malachite and Dolomite - SOLD
St.Gertraudi, Bez.Kufstein, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 7.7 x 5 x 3.3 cm
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Seldom - if ever - have we seen a historical classic like this! The composition is just perfect: Green malachite and shiny blue azurite, grown on a generation of dolomite crystals, covering a white matrix. The contrast and play of colors is simply spectacular! A truly remarkable piece, one of which is more than hard to come by these days from this classic locale.