High quality quartz, rust brown rutile needles and some glistening grey matrix are grown upon each other to form this unusual very three-dimensional and - in its very own fetching way - beautiful specimen. On the main view you can see rock matrix and sharp colorless quartz framing a nice and well developed sagenite grid that is in parts overgrown by completely transparent quartz. This interplay of rutile and quartz is utterly beautiful while presented on an piece of wild beauty. The whole piece is in very good condition with damage only on the bottom and lower backside. Very attractive and unique if you tend towards natural specimens that defy the common textbook aesthetics.
This breathtaking floater specimen is from a new find and I must say, I haven't seen this kind of combination before: Sparkling green top quality titanite crystals are abundantly set on the characteristic filigree adularia matrix. What's so special here is the glistering addition of metallic hematite that has grown on larger, second generation adularia crystals. This combination of hematite, adularia and titanite is absolutely marvelous, especially due to the high overall quality and the well preserved condition!
A classic smoky quartz specimen consisting of one main crystal and two accompanying side-crystals. The quartz shows very high luster and clarity and are in perfect condition. Even the bottom is not broken but mostly crystallized. A nice and elegant specimen without any downsides!
This group of stacked cubical fluorite and transparent, colorless calcite is arranged in a very distinctive mushroom shape. It seems obvious that this happened in a matter of several evolutionary steps with broken and re-crystallized parts and a mushroom stem that somehow attached and integrated into the object. Very much unique and completely flawless. The fluorite is translucent with purple color inside and a level of luster that ranges from frosted to brilliant. It's a very distinctive eye-catcher of great quality and aesthetics!
Adularia is one of the more uncommon species found in the Rauris valley yet some very nice pieces are known. Here you can see sharp interlocked white crystals with nice luster on a contrasting grey calcite matrix. Very aesthetic and in best condition!
Ex Wolfgang Vötter collection.
The crystal quality of this single quartz specimen is way beyond average. Fantastic clarity on a crystal that is not exactly colorless but shows a slightly smoky, somewhat golden tinge. But that is not even the most impressive and important part. What is most unusual here is the mesmerizing surface structure! While the termination strikes with one single face that is plain and lustrous like a window pane, further down there is a lot going on. Embedded in highly lustrous, sparkling, striated prism faces there is an unusual rhombic shape like frosted glass, framed by bevelled edges. Very unique and beautiful in person! The backside has an old contact that is all re-crystallized. The condition is incredibly good, leaving no downsides on this spectacular quartz specimen! It was found by Ludwig Rasser from whom it went to the collection of Ingeborg and Anton Watzl sen.
A three-dimensional aggregate of lustrous, dark hematite is set on a white adularia floater of perfect proportion! The hematite is very well developed, completely flawless and beautiful on all sides. Very unusual in composition and attractive all around!
This epidote from the worlds finest epidote deposit at Knappenwand shows great forest green color with the characteristic color-change to brown at the right angle. Due to the chaotic arrangement of crystals you in fact always see a mix of green and brown which is quite charming in person! All crystals are lustrous, sharp, well terminated and gemmy which is especially well visible at the larger 0.6 cm thick crystal. This piece is in very good condition all around with only one broken smaller crystal. A typical Knappenwand epidote of great Alpine elegance!
The 2.5 cm pyrite crystal is set on a rock matrix with veins of epidote and byssolite which is rare for the locale and found only in a single find in the 1980s. The crystal is very well shaped with golden color and sharp edges. It is virtually flawless on all sides with only what you would call a "wilbur" or two. Very nice and extremely rare!
Clear as glass, perfectly lustrous and without even a sinlge scratch! This half open, half closed gwindel is a pristine marvel of uttermost perfection. It is almost a floater with only a minimal contact at the bottom, the rest being crystallized and sharp. The quartz is almost colorless with only a faint smoky tinge. If you want perfection, this is the one to go for!
A glassy floater 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 but with a purple zone right in the middle! Very 3-dimensional and appealing in person!
A highly lustrous and well defined hematite thumbnail of highest perfection! The jet black hematite is developed as sharp hexagonal aggregates that are flawless and shiny all around! The surface is studded with micro crystals of mica but which in no way compromised the striking beauty of this small but impressive specimen!