This is something we have not seen before: A glassy adularia crystal with attached iron roses!
This piece was found at the Austrian Mörchnerkar, famous for its beautiful hematites. But even here this kind of combination is almost nonexistent! The main hematite aggreagate is right atop the adularia, has a diameter of 1.8 cm and is in outstanding condition. A second “rose” is attractively perched at the adular’s side which makes for stunning textbook aesthetics!
The backside is covered in a cluster of muscovite with some hematite and a layer of chlorite, all in best condition.
This is a fantastic specimen all around and 100% unique!
Brilliant and totally transparent quartz with flawless pyramidal termination in combination with smaller evenly perfect side-crystals. The aesthetics of this specimen is absolutely textbook and with no downsides. Even the bottom is crystallized, partly covered in some residual rock matrix.
It's a lovely specimen of high class knee-twin rutile on a sparkling white feldspar/chlorite matrix. The rutile is dark but with fire red accents at direct illumination. It is sharply developed and near-perfect with only one small but visible chip. Absolutely gorgeous specimen of brilliant rutile from the Rauris valley!
A floater specimen of cream-white pericline with a single quartz crystal that stands up at the top. The pericline is in best condition all around, the quartz has a hardly visible chip at the tip. At some spots there are small rutile needles which is characteristic for the locale in the rear part of the Rauris valley. A very nicely crystallized specimen in best condition!
This is really a fascinating piece. Not only is it an important exemplar from a historic find. The aesthetics and crystal quality are absolutely stunning too!
The main apatite is a colorless jewel of superb quality, single isolated on a contrasting grey matrix. It is complete and flawless with brilliant luster on all sides. It measures 1.2 cm long and up to 1.2 cm in diameter.
The supporting matrix is a crystallized wonderland of smaller apatites, adularia, light green epidote and chlorite that beautifully emphasizes the main apatite!
The composition of this titanite/quartz combination is a marvelous example of a complex matrix specimen. The whole piece is rather two-dimensional which is unusual especially as both front and backside are completely covered in feldspar microcrystals. The right side has a layer of metallic sparkling hematite.
The titanite and quartz crystals are arranged along the ridge like the spikes on a dinosaurs back. Gemmy green titanite and colorless glassy quartz are all in flawless condition and brilliant!
It's a jewel of a quartz crystal that features fantastic luster, glassy interior and a sweeping composition of interlocked crystals. It is a complete floater without any damage or even abrasion. Some inclusions of orange-brown limonite add color to the otherwise glassy quartz.
This superb doubly terminated quartz shows perfectly developed tessin-quartz habit without any compromise. Both terminations are sharp and pointed and almost perfectly symmetric. Minimal contact induced roundings at the tips are only visible with the loupe. The quartz is transparent with characteristic chlorite inclusions which add a very nice green color that is especially strong towards the terminations. Absolutely amazing single quartz specimen of highest elegance!
The combination of sharp epidote crystals with silvery blueish byssolite is rather characteristic for the historic mineral locale Knappenwand and it's just amazingly beautiful in person!
A group of dark brown epidote crystals is nicely embedded in byssolite like rocks on the mountains are surrounded by soft grass. The main epidote has visible 2 x 1.1 cm, is sharp, lustrous and gemmy as soon as you add some backlight! While the whole piece has a more chaotic appearance there is no damage but only stacked crystals with re-crystallized contacts. A charming specimen of best quality for the admirer of unique natral mineral specimens with distinct natural appearance!
The single titanite twin crystal is perfectly aesthetically set on a small piece of matrix, accompanied by white adularia. The titanite is very well developed, doubly terminated and gemmy! It has small abrasions but which are only visible at very close inspection. Absolutely gorgeous thumbnail specimen!
Picture one shows it in artificial light, picture two uses natural light only.
Two parallel grown smoky quartz crystals with a crust of chlorite and rutile at the backside. The crystals are in best condition, even the bottom is completely crystallized. A very attractive specimen from this uncommon locale!
Pyrite of this unusual spherical architecture and such exceptionally aesthetical design is totally unique for this locale and the Austrian Alps as a whole!
Two balls of pyrite with a rust brown patina are prominently set on a very nice vivid matrix that is a combination of mica-schist with feldspar micro-crystals and orange/brown limonite. The pyrite is in very best shape and without even the smallest abrasions! This is a gorgeous specimen of utter importance for the locale!