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Alpine Treasures 14


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RT51 - Hematite on Muscovite - 2600€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 7.4 x 5.2 x 3.9 cm
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A high quality hematite specimen with distinctive aesthetics and nice silvery muscovite as support. The group of four hematite plates are fan-like arranged and situated on the very top of the lovely shimmering matrix. The largest "rose" is 2.3 cm in diameter and around 0.6 cm thick with brilliant luster and very well defined hexagonal shape. The matrix carries several smaller hematite plates at the lower backside which in turn hold small rust-brown rutile needles. An overall attractive piece of strong visual impact that is full of fine details!


XY64 - Titanite on Albite - 1700€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 5.8 x 4.3 cm
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Like a landscape of sparkling green titanite crystals on white adularia. There is some chloritization present but expecially the frontside is sharp and lustrous. One main titanite crystal over 3 cm in size (!) dominantly sticks out of the piece and dramatically shows its vibrant green color and the sharp and flawless shape. Being free of any damage and very well balanced, this piece really knows how to impress!


KB68 - Quartz Sceptre - 1800€
Erfurter Steig, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.6 x 4 x 3.5 cm
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A quartz scepter of highest quality, sharp, lustrous and very well defined. The whole crystal is in best condition with only one minimal wilbur at the tip which should not concern you on a fantastic piece like this. The bottom tapers to a pointed termination and is completely crystallized. Some yellowish iron oxide markes this as a characteristic Rauris specimen. Characteristic, yet of exceptionally high quality and outstanding aesthetics. A true stunner in person!


TA32 - Skeletal Quartz - 700€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.4 x 5.6 x 5 cm
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This thick little gnome is a brilliant example for a flawless skeletal quartz specimen. Heavy etchings obscure the original prismatic shape of this quartz to an almost unrecognizable extent and leave us with this marvelous, grotesque and stunningly beautiful specimen. Inside the crystal you find some chlorite which is characteristic for the locale and adds even more to the beauty of this piece. The surface is mostly frosted but not too much to allow the view inside the glassy crystal. An amazing crystal that never ceases to impress!


FJ44 - Apatite - 1800€
Fusio, Val Lavizzara, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 5.7 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm
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Alpine apatite of such large and massy calibre is not just rare but almost impossible to get! This piece has been in several important collections before (we include the labels!) and for a reason. The crystal is translucent to transparent and shows a distinct hexagon although the bottom and backside are very much contacted - yet not broken. Its surface is mostly silky flat but especially the front face is highly lustrous. There is some chloritization present all around the crystal which adds a nice Alpine character. This is without question an outstanding piece that impresses with just huge size for an Alpine apatite!


IX32 - Quartz Gwindel - 2200€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 2.6 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm
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An excellent closed gwindel, surprisingly long and with a very distinct twist. The slender shape of this thumbnail specimen makes it very much unusual and exceedingly rare. There is just one minimal ding at the side but otherwise no damage. The crystal is clear with a lustrous surface that ist smooth at the front and slightly chloritized at the back as you can very well see in our video. An absolutely remarkable piece of unique shape! Seidenmatte Oberfläche


WF3 - Fluorite - 1350€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8 x 5 x 2.7 cm
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While most comparable pieces of this region are etched from humid acid and thus dull, this very specimen was protected by ice and therefore is fantastically lustrous and sharp. Found in the local permafrost soil, this floater is one of a very little number of pieces. This whole piece is free of damage or even any kind of abrasions. It is a cluster of modified cubical fluorite stacked upon each other to shape this sculpturesque specimen. It needs some backlight to reveal its color but is totally worth it: At cold light the color is almost blue while warm light brings out a beautiful purple as you can see in our picture. An elegant and classy piece from famous Weißeck!


IX28 - Smoky Quartz - 950€
Galenstock Mt., Tiefenbach, Urserental, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 7.8 x 6.7 x 6 cm
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A doubly terminated smoky quartz crystal vertically stands on a matrix that is playfully covered in white feldspar and smoky quartz side-crystals. One lovely detail which very much highlights this whole specimen is the purple, hexagonal apatite crystal at the frontside of the matrix. It's this little color accent that's totally adorable! The apatite is glassy and lustrous and definitely draws attention despite its small size. The whole piece is in remarkably fine condition which is a small wonder on a fragile piece like this. Absolutely stunning in person!


DK24 - Quartz Sceptre - 180€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.2 x 1 x 0.8 cm
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Yes, its small, but what a lovely specimen this is! The sceptre head prominently rests on the thinner body and impresses with great quality: superb luster and a colorless, transparent crystal. What at first sight looks like some impurities inside the crystal is in fact mostly due to the phantom of the original crystal that has been overgrown by the sceptres head. This is a small beauty that seems to exceed its physical size by far!


RT60 - Emerald - 4000€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 16.7 x 12.5 x 6.4 cm
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No, there is nothing wrong or exaggerated at the picture: this incredibly vibrant color is real! This large and impressive matrix of characteristic mica schist holds several brilliant emerald crystals that strongly contrast with the silvery background. The emerald is lustrous and gemmy but most outstanding is the intensive color that we have hardly ever seen on Habachtal emerald. Embedded in naturally broken matrix of just the right proportion, this is a fantastic piece of rarely seen quality!


BT7 - Quartz - 385€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.2 x 9.2 x 4.8 cm
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A cluster of several quartz crystals, chaotically arranged but of nice quality and widely free of damage. Even the backside is fully crystallized, as are all contacted or broken faces. The terminations of some of the crystals seem a little rough but at closer view there is no fresh damage to be detected. The matrix at the background is a nice agglomeration of calcite and quartz. As a small gift you will find a red rutile, around 3 mm in size. This is a fine piece of very good crystal quality and an appealing 3-dimensional look!


IX27 - Smoky Quartz - 750€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 7.8 x 6 x 3.6 cm
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I love the well balanced aesthetics of this fine smoky quartz specimen. One single main crystal of exceptional quality freely stands out from a perfectly proportioned piece of matrix. In association with smaller side-crystals and some white feldspar the focus is definitely on the main crystal but the surroundings does its part as well! The main smoky quartz is straight, glassy, extremely lustrous and shows a well developed termination. A jewel in any respect!



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