Alpine Treasures 17

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SL48 - Fluorite - 270€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 6.8 x 5.2 x 4.5 cm
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A glassy foater specimen of etched fluorite from Italy. The surface is frosted but smooth enough to let you see inside the clear crystal. It is free of any damage and shows a greenish tinge. Near the backside you find some spots of purple that distribute the color throughout the fluorite. Very 3-dimensional and appealing in person!

FB33 - Quartz - 135€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 8.2 x 3.9 x 2.8 cm
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A single quartz crystal, not spectacular at first glance but a real beauty in detail!
The quartz is water-clear and shows perfect luster on all sides. The arrow-head shape is quite unusual and distinctive. With no damage and a re-healed bottom, this specimen is very attractive in person. The backside holds some small hematite and muscovite inclusions, very characteristic for an Alpine quartz specimen. A stunningly beautiful single crystal!

KA23 - Wulfenite and Barite - 480€
Stefanie Mine, Bad Bleiberg, Bleiberg District, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnsiche Alpen, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 13 x 10.7 x 4.1 cm
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A true rarity among the wulfenite specimens from Bad Bleiberg are these green wulfenite in association with white and rust-orange barite. This very specimen is rather large for the species. The wulfenite, hidden among the dominant barite, forms a continuous, sparkling green crust on the rock matrix. Single wulfenite crystals reach a size of up to 7mm. Barite threatens to overtake the wulfenite but leaves just enough space for the green brilliance to break through and impress with color and great quality. An excellent piece for the collector of the exceptional!

BT13 - Smoky Quartz - 2900€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 15.2 x 9.5 x 6 cm
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Fully loaded with glassy smoky quartz crystals this plate enchantingly sparkles in proper showcase light! All crystals are flawless and highly lustrous. The color varies a little where larger crystals generally show a darker brown, smaller ones are almost colorless.
Like hidden in plain sight is a rather large gwindel(!) at the center of the piece but wich is 90° rotated and thus exposing its pointed side. A brilliant discovery!
Best crystal quality and great outline are combined on this masterly smoky quartz specimen. Have a look on our video which stunningly displays the incredible luster on all sides!

RK314 - Quartz - 55€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.5 x 4.2 x 3.7 cm
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A left-handed quartz crystal of best quality and flawless is accompanied by some additional quartz and small patches of matrix. Despite its rather small size this specimen has much to offer, be it quality, great aesthetics or super condition - even the bottom is crystallized and well. A lovely little example from the famous Cavradi gorge!

VA13 - Quartz - 1200€
Pizzo Lucendro, St. Gotthard Massiv, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 12.4 x 9 x 8.3 cm
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Two flawless smoky quartz crystals of brilliant quality protrude from a matrix of nested quartz crystals, adularia and some rock. The piece is quite 3-dimensional and full of details. What might seem a little chaotic inevitably leads the view to the two main crystals which act as a calm and harmonious anchor. Much better in person with some green chlorite at the terminations, these two crystals are absolutely super!

KI17 - Emerald - 1700€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.9 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm
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Very characteristic for the famous Leckbackrinne in Habachtal this specimen presents a great contrast of dark silvery mica schist and a single, intensively green and gemmy emerald. The crystal is 1.9 x 0.7 cm in size and shows a fantastic emerald-green color. It is free of damage and has a frosted surface. A well proportioned specimen from Europes best locality for emerald crystals!

KB70 - Quartz Sceptre - 190€
Erfurter Steig, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 5.2 x 2.1 cm
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A distinct quartz sceptre peeps out between some other translucent quartz crystals. All surfaces are lustrous and undamaged. some rust brown limonite adds color to this lovely little - yet highly aesthetic - specimen! Have a look on our video which gives a perfect impression of this charming piece!

WZ36 - Fluorite with Calcite - 1000€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm
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While most comparable pieces of this region are etched from humid acid and thus dull, this very specimen is fantastically lustrous and sharp. Found in the local permafrost soil, this floater is one of a very little number of comparable pieces. White the top patch - behind the catchy doubly terminated orange calcite - is contacted, there is no actual damage anywhere on this piece. Even the backside is completely crystallized and perfect. The crystals are intensively purple at the core with a zone of colorless, transparent fluorite around it. A beautiful and rare piece from Weißeck!

AP6 - Quartz var. Amethyst - 350€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 8.8 x 5.4 x 3.4 cm
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A classic amethyst specimen from Mörchnerkar that very distinctly shows the characteristic "windows", pretty sceletal pyramidal faces that leave the sharp edges intact. The lower parts of this specimen are opaque and white only to gain more and more in clarity and color the further up you look. Especially the termination shows lovely purple color. Mostly the condition is fine with no major damage but there is some edge-wear present. Also the backside is intact and crystallized with only some contact at the bottom. A nice and characteristic amethyst specimen from this important locale!

WZ26 - Epidote - 6500€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.2 x 5 x 4.2 cm
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Looking for a Knappenwand-piece of perfect aesthetics? Her you go!
Several black epidote crystals are appealingly arranged on a sparkling epidote-byssolite matrix of just the right proportion. The crystals are of best quality and completely flawless. At direct light they show - depending on the light-angle - gemmy brown to green color. The longer crystal to the left is well over 4 centimeters long and 0.8 centimeters thick. Besides the high quality of the epidote I especially love the arrangement that provides for a beautiful outline for the photos and a 3-dimensional charm in person! A real highlight from the famed Knappenwand!

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