Alpine Treasures 15

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RK330 - Quartz - SOLD
Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.4 cm
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The brilliance of this highly aesthetic quartz specimen is simply unsurpassable! Best wet-look luster, a completely limpid body and unusual crystal habit make for a striking little jewel! The main crystal at the center is accompanied by a smaller, similar crystal to the right and a more amorphous, milky but all crystallized quartz to the left. Some minimal edgewear is present but nothing serious at all. A just marvelous miniature!

AT07 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7.1 x 6.2 x 4 cm
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The beautiful chocolat brown color immediately tells you one thing: This small cabinet smoky quartz comes from the Swiss locale Val Giuv! Admittedly there is some minor damage present but nothing very obvious from the front view. The crystals are all glassy with very good luster on all sides, especially the largest crystal with 2.2 cm in diameter shows best quality and color. Very pretty on all sides and characteristic for the locale!

OK28 - Adularia on Pericline - 650€
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 15.8 x 9.8 x 5 cm
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A broad landscape of snow white pericline crowned with some milky adularia. The piece is all perfect save for inevitable peripheral contacts. The largest adularia crystal is 3.5 cm in size, lustrous and studded with some tiny hematite. A lovely piece with many details that shows best quality and a great Alpine character!

ZH2 - Titanite - 1200€
Kristallwand, Frosnitztal, East Tyrol, Austria
Size: 7.5 x 6.7 x 3.5 cm
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A natural matrix specimen with sharp-edged, sparkling titanite crystals of amber-brown color which is absolutely unusual and rare for the Austrian Alps. The crumbly chlorite matrix is partly dissolved but is otherwise complete all around. The titanite crystals are up to around 1.5 cm long and in great condition. Fantastic luster prominently underlines the splendour of the translucent titanite crystals. A rare and outstanding piece of appealing elegance!

FA115 - Quartz - SOLD
Piz Miezdi, Valsertal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.3 x 3 x 2.5 cm
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The large terminal face, perfectly clear and lustrous, grants an unimpeded look to a beautyful grey, cloudy phantom which makes this piece so special. The crystal is sharp and window-clear at the front, getting less transparent to the backside, where the phantom is lurking. A grey shadow inside a pristine crystal of great condition with only some very minor issues!

XY10 - Quartz - 500€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 3.9 x 3.6 x 1.4 cm
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This little quartz specimen is a real jewel! A floater of unusual shape that is accompanied by a small cluster of adularia. Tiny hematite crystals are very much characteristic for Cavradi. The quartz is completely limpid with a faint smoky color. Most unusual still is the shape, which reminds of a gwindel. Actually if you look very closely you will find a very slight twist but which, in our opinion, does not really classify this as a gwindel. Anyway, this is a brilliant little specimen of best quality!

WF11 - Emerald - 2750€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.8 x 11 x 6.8 cm
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A 2.5 cm long singly crystal on characteristic grey to dark brown schist matrix. The long prismatic hexagonal emerald is 0.75 cm in diamter and shows great luster. The color is an intensive water-green with gemmy patches. The dark matrix nicely emphasizes the crystal and draws the eye immediately to the green center. The crystal is free of damage with a contacted termination where it was grown inside the rock. Very much desirable for the size and quality of this single isolated Alpine emerald!

WF12 - Quartz - 2000€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.7 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm
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Almost like a citrine this remarkable quartz sceptre shows staggering golden color. Still, this is a perfectly colorless and transparent quartz which gains its bright color from iron oxide, covering many of the natural "window" faces you can find all over this incredible specimen. Holding no significant damage, this is a fantastic Austrian quartz of best quality and absolutely unique development!

RT16 - Quartz - 4500€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 14 x 11.6 x 4.8 cm
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A fascinating floater specimen of water-clear, towering quartz on matrix. This piece is crystallized all over, shows a perfectly aesthetic outline and a great variety of doubly terminated crystals. There are no downsides her, only a large diversity of nice details. At very close inspection there are some small chips but nothing of significance. A brilliant quartz floater of characteristically high Cavradi quality!

ZH5 - Fluorite - 6900€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 6.6 x 6.5 x 3.1 cm
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The octahedral fluorite aggregate on this matrix specimen is a staggering 4.6 cm in total, shows intensively pink color and is beautifully developed. The white feldspar matrix provides stark contrast in perfect proportion. I can't remember seeing any specimen from Zinggenstock of such exceptional dimension, especially in such flawless condition! Absolutely spectacular in person!

WA37 - Garnet - 115€
Rossruck, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 17.8 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm
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This is an incredibly rich and exceedingly rare piece of Austrian garnet with crystals up to 1.5 cm in diameter. The rhombododecahedral garnet are blood-red in direct illumination and sit on a silvery mica matrix that very much emphasizes the single isolated crystals. The sheer size of this plate, decorated with so many rounded but flawless crystals is absolutely exciting. A dominant and very attractive specimen for any collection of rare Alpine minerals!

XY62 - Quartz Faden with Calcite - 875€
Scharans, Thusis, Domleschg, Hinterrhein Valley, Grischun (Graubünden), Switzerland
Size: 10.6 x 9.9 x 6.7 cm
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A very 3-dimensional landscape that holds a broad variety of beautiful details. The base is composed of sparkling quartz and yellow calcite discs. In the center of this arrangement are tall, towering "faden"-quartz sculptures of best luster, clarity and with a very distinct grey and white thread (or "faden") running from bottom to top. The whole piece shows no damage that would distract from the unusual aesthetics of this remarkable and rare piece from the uncommon locale Scharans in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

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