Alpine Treasures 19

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KG4 - Quartz with Adularia - 1250€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9 x 7.4 x 6.4 cm
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This kind of combination is exceedingly rare and only known from this very location! A brilliant single quartz crystal is embedded in a nest of snow-white and sparkling adularia that is partly covered in dark green chlorite. The piece is a complete floater of incredible aesthetics! The adularia forms a vug-like structure with chlorite and quartz assembled at the inside. The quartz has a sharp pointed termination and is glassy with a vivid internal landscape of inclusions.
The whole piece is free of any damage and absolutely gorgeous in person! Have a look on our video for a better impression!

UP10 - Smoky Quartz Faden with Adularia - SOLD
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7.1 x 5.5 x 4.1 cm
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Pure crystallized aesthetics and top notch quality!
This is one exceptional piece that combines a pristine glassy smoky quartz "faden" with contrasting white adularia in a breathtakingly beautiful composition! The quartz shows distinctive brown color, is sharp, highly lustrous and limpid with some striking adularia inclusioins at the center. The adularia is translucent white and all perfect which is kind of miraculous on a fragile piece like this!
To be honest, this quartz fooled me at first to be a gwindel and only at second sight revealed itself to be a "faden" type which is extremely rare on smoky quartz and thus came as a pleasant surprise!
As a floater it has a completely crystallized underside that is associated with some byssolite and epidote microcrystals. A masterpiece of perfection and beauty!

RK80 - Fluorite - 850€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm
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Fluorite from Weißeck are particularly admired for their beauty, the uncommon color and the rareness. As many Weißeck specimens this fluorite changes the color depending on the illumination: the purple you can see on the picture and the video changes to a deep ocean-blue when exposed to white light!
All crystals are nicely developed, transparent and lustrous, especially on the main view. Save for one small contacted patch at the bottom this piece is all crystallized, well developed and free of damage!
It was found at the summit area in the local permafrost soil where it was protected from humid acid etchings and thus kept its luster!

DK26 - Quartz Sceptre - 280€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.7 x 5.8 x 3.7 cm
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An unusually fine sceptre quartz floater that shows great luster on all sides! The quartz is all very well developed and translucent to even transparent especially around the terminations! The whole specimen is in very good condition with only a few small, hardly perceptible issues. A uniquely composed piece that is rich in details and very attractive in person!

RP16 - Apatite - 4700€
Schlegeis, Zillertaler Alpen, Ginzling, North Tyrol, Austria
Size: 7.7 x 4.3 x 1.4 cm
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Rather large and virtually flawless, this is an unusually fine apatite specimen from the Zillertal Alps. Apart from size and the uncommon locale, the most special aspect about this apatite is the striking surface structure. While the front is smooth, the backside is covered with little immersions, probably the imprints of little adularia crystals.
The shape is that of a evenly flat tile with bevelled edges. The bottom, where it detatched from the matrix, is completely re-crystallized. The crystals body is transparent with white, smoke-like patterns. Exceptional, beautiful and extremely rare!

PT3 - Quartz - 700€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.3 x 3.9 x 3 cm
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A perfect and flawless single quartz crystal with a beautiful 3-dimensional black phantom at the inside. The quartz itself is glassy with good luster and some chlorite crust at the backside. The broad front face provides an exceptionally good view at the phantom which makes this a rare and very much appealing specimen!

AP7 - Titanite - 2350€
Schwarzes Hörndl, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.6 x 2.6 x 1.9 cm
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This titanite is something very unusual!
It is a rather large and sharp, arrow-head shaped titanite that is absolutely outstanding if not unique for the locale! The crystal is a floater that shows superb luster on all sides. At the back it has a white pericline crystal, encrusted in some chlorite. With no damage, distinctive shape and a wonderful combination of green and brown color this is an overall great piece from a very uncommon locale!

PW11 - Amethyst - SOLD
Saurüssel, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 8.2 x 4.8 x 5.3 cm
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Amethyst crystals up to around 2 cm in size are neatly set on a natural piece of matrix. The main view offers a calm picture of grey-brown matrix, sparkling with feldspar micro-crystals. Perched atop this matrix is an aesthetic group of translucent, pointed, somewhat etched amethyst crystals with lovely purple color. Turning the piece around you see a much more vivid landscape with smaller quartz crystals, chaotically arranged and associated with feldspar and also some limonite and hematite.
A very natural piece, characteristic for the Mörchner area!

AP15 - Hematite - 350€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 3.1 x 2.1 x 0.9 cm
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This thumbnail hematite specimen is absolutely brilliant on both sides and completely free of damage! The lovely developed rosette of stacked hematite plates forms a sparkling miracle of utter beauty! The bottom is contacted but not broken!
Atop the front face you can find some small quartz crystals which add a little more live to this specimen. Absolutely gorgeous in person!

RK409 - Titanite - 6500€
Schwemmhäuslbruch, Koralpe, Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria
Size: 7.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 cm
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This dramatic titanite is out of a spectacular new find from this spring (2016). The sheer size of solid titanite is just mindblowing. The crystal has internal cracks and inclusions but is otherwise transparent and of dark mossy green color. The frontside is lustrous and completely free of chlorite which is unusual for pieces from this locale. The backside is covered in a mix of iron oxide, chlorite and albite. This specimen is a complete floater that is, with the exception of one single chip at the bottom, free of damage or even abrasions. An exceptional piece for this quarry and the Alps as a whole.

WZ7 - Rutile - SOLD
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.1 x 3.5 x 1.8 cm
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This fine piece of rutile on matrix resembles the landscape it was found in. Graceful green and grey matrix with snow-white feldspar and conspicuous boulders of knee-twin rutile. The rutile shines nicely red when illuminated directly. While there are a number of rutile crystals on this specimen, the biggest and most impressive aggregation is prominently sitting at the very top and has a length of 1.1 cm. This is an exceptional rutile of uttermost perfection.
Finder: Ludwig Rasser.

GM9 - Quartz - 850€
Schinschlucht, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 9 x 8 x 6.6 cm
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A distinctive floater specimen of transparent to white quartz with beautiful green chlorite phantoms inside. The quartz is arranged as three "fingers" with a couple of smaller side-crystals and extensive backside chloritisation around the center. The piece is overall in very good condition with some minor issues along the terminations. A striking quartz specimen from the rather uncommon locale!

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