Alpine Treasures 14

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LP5 - Quartz - 600€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.4 x 7 x 4.9 cm
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This lovely and fragile quartz specimen is out of an old find from the 1980s. It is composed of an elongated piece of matrix studded by glassy and highly lustrous quartz crystals, chaotically arranged yet with absolutely charming character. Despite the thin crystals this specimen is flawless with only peripheral contacts but no actual damage. Absolutely spectacular in person and a real eye-catcher!

TB12 - Chalcopyrite on Ankerite - 265€
Styrian Erzberg, Eisenerz, Styria, Austria
Size: 12.9 x 9.4 x 3.1 cm
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A rare locality piece from the Styrian Erzberg. A rich display of white ankerite is decorated with golden sparkling tetrahedral chalcopyrite crystals. Except for some peripheral contacts there is no damage visible. A charming classic with great outline and stark contrast!

WF4 - Smoky Quartz - 350€
Hebalm, Koralpe, Styria, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm
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Quartz from the Koralpe in Styria, a very old rock mass, is not found easily which makes this a great collectors piece. The color of this smoky quartz is absolutely top, a warm brown, dark and intense. The frontside shows jsut brilliant luster. The backside is another story, it is heavily broken and contacted. Fortunately the termination is largely intact with only some edgewear. Definitely a great piece for the locale despite some drawbacks but which are only visible from the backside.

IX12 - Quartz with Calcite - 270€
Großer Hexenkopf, Venedigergruppe, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 9.5 x 3.1 x 3.4 cm
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A single quartz crystal of rather good quality holds a pinkish, scalenohedral calcite, 3.1 x 2.2 cm in size. The quartz is transparent yet clouded, has a lustrous surface and a crystallized bottom. The doubly terminated calcite is translucent and is nicely perched to the quartz' side. Overall there is no damage only some minor edgewear here or there. A piece of charming aesthetics from this uncommon locale.

IX30 - Rutile - 640€
Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 2.3 x 1.2 x 0.8 cm
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A rather monstrous rutile from the famous locale Binntal. The prismatic crystal is jet-black with metallic luster and in very good condition with only one or two minimal dings. A large and very well defined crystal of great quality!

TB2 - Skeletal Quartz - 1200€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8 x 3.5 x 3.7 cm
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A beautiful skeletalized quartz crystal of intriguing shape, bent like a tree in the wind or a pillar unter to heavy a weight. Despite the heavy etching you can still make out the hexagonal quartz-shape when you view this piece from the top, which also reveals the marvelous scaly termination. There is practically no damage here, only a very small chip at the bottom which is only visible at close inspection of those parts (which includes turning the piece upside down). The surface is lustrous all around, enclosing a crystal body that is completely water-clear. A brilliant piece of Alpine skeletal quartz in person!

RK466 - Hematite on Muscovite - 690€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 6.8 x 5.1 x 2.7 cm
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An array of tabular hematite around one centimeter in diameter is embedded in a silvery muscovite matrix. This is a high quality miniature of classic character and in near perfect condition. The hematite is highly lustrous and sharp. Very attractive in person!

TB18 - Quartz Faden - 930€
Piz Beverin, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8.7 x 5.8 x 4.7 cm
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This unusual specimen is of pristine quality, much better actually than the pictures would suggest. To get a better impression of the fantastic luster, the glassy crystal body and the 3-dimensional beauty of this piece, I strongly recommend our video! This piece is in fact a group of three quartz faden, each of perfect quality and with a distinct thread running through the crystal, associated with nice iron oxide inclusions. All main crystals are flawless, even the bottom, where it detached from the matrix, is re-crystallized and perfect. Absolutely stunning in person!

GM36 - Titanite on Pericline - 1150€
Amertal, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.9 x 6.7 x 3 cm
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Rich, sharp and colorful! A high number of titanite crystals are sharing this surface with equally many adularia crystals on this naturally formed piece. Some chlorite covers many of the surfaces but spares enough to leave us impressed by sharp, lustrous and gemmy titanite crystals of brown and green color. This piece is very well balanced and in great condition. A characteristic Alpine specimen that generously shows us what the Austrian Felbertal has to offer for mineral collectors!

IX31 - Brookite - 1150€
Elm, Sernf Valley, Glarus, Switzerland
Size: 3.7 x 2.1 x 2.3 cm
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A number of very thin and fragile brookite plates are perched on a contrasting piece of matrix, sharing the space with some nice little quartz crystals. On a piece like this it is only natural that some of the crystals are broken but amazingly the larger main crystal is completely perfect! The brookite shows beautiful hourglass paintings on otherwise orange and red crystals. A charming play of colors and markings that is totally mesmerizing in person. Hardly ever have I seen brookite specimen from this rare locale, finding one in such exceptional quality and lovely aesthetics is a small miracle indeed!

WF7 - Quartz - 1400€
Großer Hexenkopf, Venedigergruppe, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 12.2 x 10.5 x 7.5 cm
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A great outline of striking quartz crystals, all glassy, sharp and lustrous. All contacted or broken zones are completely re-crystallized, even at the bottom of this fine specimen. All over this piecer there are only few tiny chips most of which are re-healed as well. Distinctly 3-dimensional and brilliant all around. Some chlorite inclusions add a little color to the otherwise colorless, transparent piece. An enchanting quartz cluster from Hexenkopf (german for "witch's head")!

IX11 - Quartz with Pericline - 150€
Hocharn, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 3.5 x 1.8 cm
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Nice aesthetics and high crystal quality make this a lovely piece from Rauris, popular among Alpine collectors. The quartz is lustrous all around and completely water-clear at the inside. The termination is not damaged though a little bit etched or contacted. At the base of the quartz there is a small amount of pericline matrix. A lovely piece with no downsides!

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