A cluster of large hexagonal vanadinite crystals, up to 1.8 cm in diameter, on matrix. The vanadinite is lustrous and shows a dark cherry red color inside the translucent crystals cores. In parts there is a sand brown stain to the surface but thats fortunately mostly at the underside, the rest is bright and clean. About damage: there is none, even the backside is nicely studded with tiny vanadinite crystals. A rather large vanadinite cluster of great quality and sculpturesque shape!
A complete floater of brilliantly lustrous, golden pyrite and elongated white quartz, brought to us from the around 4700 meters high mining area Mundo Nuevo. The piece is in best condition and shows a very distinct composition: Attached to a beautiful matrix-like cluster of pyrite and quartz is a massive single pyrite crystal, around 6 cm in diameter, that exhibits the more unusual dodecahedral shape in a modified, rounded, bevelled and striated way. Very well shaped and dramatically situated on this beautiful piece!
A dominant and massy cluster of water-clear, colorless quartz with best luster all around and only very few peripheral issues. A small chip at the termination is re-healed. The whole piece has a greeninsh tinge due to some chlorite which is present but not too much to distract from the beauty of this rock. The bottom is completely crystallized and covered in green byssolite which also shines through the glassy quartz. A distinctly 3-dimensional piece of 360° beauty (go on, watch our video!) that shows great Alpine character!
We all know the great dioptase specimens from Tsumeb which entered the market in the 1970s. But this specimen is much older as the enclosed label from the collector Russel Jones indicates who optained the piece in 1939, when Tsumeb was still unknown. This specimen is a beautiful small cabinet piece by any standard, no matter where it is from. It has sharp crystals to 1.2 cm smothering a matrix coated with calcite. The crystals show blueish green color and sparkling luster, nicely contrasted against the white calcite and quartz coated matrix. Some damage is undeniable but not distractive on an old classic like this!
High class quartz from Rauris, beautifully composed on a grey matrix. This piece is virtually perfect with no damage, naturally broken matrix and sharp, glassy crystals, many of which are doubly terminated. The outline is great with one single crystal sticking out like a tower above a castle's walls. This is definitely a superb specimen of remarkable quality and outstanding class!
A rich plate of fantastic Alpine character, studded with white adularia and contrasting apple green titanite up to 1.5 cm in lenght. The plate is crystallized all over with an evenly beautiful backside, overgrown with adularia and dark chlorite. At the sides you even find iron roses, up to 0.9 cm in diameter. All over this large specimen is in great condition, nothing to worry about. Size, quality and the staggering combination of so many brilliant minerals renders this specimen absolutely unique and amazingly beautiful!
Alpine tourmaline is a rare thing to have especially if it is supposed to be attractive!While most significant classic schorl specimen are from Lohning quarry in Rauris Valley, this lovely piece was found at the Habach Valley. It is a sparkling composition of thin, jet black tourmaline needles all showing best luster. Both front and backside are equally beautiful with flat terminated schorl crystals and some chlorite in between. There is no damage to speak of. A 360° appealing Alpine schorl specimen!
Fluorite from Gastein Valley is an old time classic and extremely rare! This miniature specimen shows best aesthetics with a dominant octahedral fluorite, well centered on a piece of matrix with several side-crystals. The crystal is flawless, shows lovely greenish color, great clarity and a frosted, shimmering surface. Very characteristic in lovely in person!
A brilliant quartz specimen of unusually attractive aesthetics! The cluster of glassy, highly lustrous quartz prisms with beautiful inclusions at the lower parts is perched on a sparkling schist matrix. The quartz is well defined with pointed terminations all in best condition. The matrix is a very lively combination with feldspar, quartz and brown limonite in perfect condition. Overall this piece strikes as a well balanced and exceptionally aesthetic Alpine beauty!
This is in fact a brilliant piece of Alpine titanite on matrix. It might not be the kind of "textbook" composition most people are into nowadays, but then this in nature and what incredibly beautiful crystals nature is able to yield! The main titanite is embedded in grey-white adularia, is 2.4 cm long and doubly terminated. The color is a mossy green but gets amber-brown to the terminations. A stunning twin crystal, nicely presented on a characteristic Alpine matrix. Further to the right is a side-crystal that looks just like a smaller version of the main crystal. All over this specimen is nicely crystallized and free of any damage - only some contacts at the backside. A natural piece of highest quality!
Like juicy oranges, these mimetite crystals impress with strong and bright color. The lustrous surface even increases the effect. Sitting on a brown and orange matrix, this specimen gives the overall impression of an exotic fruit, ready to be picked. The crystals are sharp-edged, lustrous and bright, in parts even clear. With size of up to 1.1 cm in diameter, you really don't have to search for them on this remarkable and virtually flawless piece. There have not been any new finds in quite some time, so we are happy to present such an extraordinary piece, rich in details and simply appealing!
A massive cuboctahedral fluorite of most intensive apple green color, embedded in white cleavelandite. The crystal is absolutely impressive, over 6 cm in diameter translucent to even transparent until deep into the crystals core. As a bonus the fluorite is accompanied by a tourmaline and several amber-brown octahedral mirolite. The fluorite has some etchings and thus has only medium luster but it is free of damage and perfectly presented on the contrasting albite matrix. Size, color and aesthetics make this a unique piece that easily surpasses most other fluorite specimens from Stak Nala!