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Alpine Treasures 35

DR491 - Titanite and Schorl - 2600€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.3 x 5.7 x 2.7 cm
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Finding fragile sculptures like this in such exceptional condition and beautiful aesthetics is a small miracle indeed! A dainty shard of feldspar matrix is crystallized on all sides, sparkling with feldspar and chlorite. Along the ridge you see sharp mossy green titanites right up to the top where individual crystals reach 1.7 cm in length. A single 2.7 cm long free-standing schorl at the lower right side adds a further aspect that's rare for the locale.
This specimen is without doubt a remarkable one for a collector who can appreciate the delicate elegance of this Alpine treasure!

HF181 - Quartz - 1700€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 13.8 x 9.5 x 6 cm
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As you can see in the pictures, this marvelous quartz crystal shows stunning surface structure with just brilliant luster on all sides! This dramatic crystal is set on a beautifully supporting matrix of silvery schist, white feldspar and glistening muscovite on the backside. Appealing aesthetics and high crystal quality make this an outstanding specimen of intense showcase presence!

ES460 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 970€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 4.7 x 3.1 x 1 cm
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This closed gwindel specimen shows a very distinctive twist and is in best condition! The quartz is transparent all the way without internal cracks or impurities. Its surface has a slight chloritization which is a bit stronger on the narrow faces and hardly there on the broad main faces. A very well designed closed gwindel from Val Giuv!

VQ213 - Schorl - Sold
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7 x 3.6 x 1.4 cm
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A towering cluster of black schorl is aesthetically set on a piece of rock matrix which is in this extent very unusual for Alpine clefts! The needle thin tourmalines are three-dimensionally arranged along a zentral spine and rises more than 4.5 cm from the matrix. Some of the crystals even show the fire-red color this mineral only shows when very thin and very pure. A remarkable piece of Alpine tourmaline!

MJ255 - Titanite, Calcite, Pericline - 850€
Gamsmutter, Habach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.6 x 8.8 x 5 cm
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The single most interesting crystal on this paragenesis is set at the very top: A brilliant golden colored 1.3 cm titanite twin crystal of gemmy quality and in fantastic condition! It is emphasized by the beautiful matrix, covered in white pericline and grey calcite with some smaller titanites in between. A look on our video reveals the superb quality much better!

LS015 - Smoky Quartz - 4850€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 11.6 x 10.1 x 8.6 cm
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Smoky quartz from the Cavradi gorge is not exactly common, especially when it comes to large and massive specimens like this one! The main crystal is stunning 11.2 cm long and 7 cm broad and is attractively perched on a piece of rock matrix. Through the transparent quartz you can see this matrix which really brings live to the crystal! It is highly lustrous, shows dark and warm brown color and is a complete doubly terminated crystal. One small chip at the bottom is the only little flaw, the rest is perfect. The matrix has some smoky quartz side crystals as well as hematites, mostly at the underside. The whole specimen is impressive in size as well as quality and it's totally outstanding for the locale!

XW937 - Hematite on Quartz - Sold
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 4.5 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm
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Now this is really an adorable combination of hematite with feldspar on quartz!
As you can see in the picture the quartz is completely transparent, lustrous and sharp. It is well shaped all around with only a contact at the backside but no damage! Grown on and even inside this fine quartz are metallic black tabular hematites up to 1.8 cm in diameter that are lined up like pearls on a string with the largest crystal sitting at the very top! If you are looking for exceptional pieces of stunning aesthetics then this specimen might be just perfect for you!

HW28 - Quartz Sceptre - 150€
Wurtenkees, Innerfragant, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 3.3 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm
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It's a sceptre quartz specimen of distinctive design and very nice quality! The asymmetric head is lustrous and sharp and set on a stem that is only slightly less lustrous but also completely transparent. The condition is overall very good with only a tiny, hardly visible ding at the tip.

WB292 - Calcite - 130€
Ritterkopf, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.3 x 6.5 x 3.7 cm
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This group of white calcite crystals was found at the Ritterkopf massiv below the Glockkaserkar. It's a fine locality piece with interlocked crystals up to 2.8 cm with good clarity and nice waxy luster. There are minimal peripheral contacts and a small damage but most crystals are complete. In the video you can see how the backside is all natural.

RB562 - Smoky Quartz - 900€
Ritterkar, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.9 x 6.8 x 5.4 cm
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This is a rare smoky quartz specimen from the Ritterkopf that dates back to the 1980s. It is a stocky, glassy and highly lustrous crystal in very best condition with one small side-crystals that very much improves the aesthetics. While the upper half of the main smoky is all transparent and with a very nice brown color, it gets opaque and white further down with some limonite coating on the re-healed bottom faces. All in all this is an uncommon and highly appealing piece in superb condition!

AB29 - Quartz - 250€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.1 x 5.2 x 4.4 cm
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Brilliant colorless quartz in a lovely three-dimensional arrangement! The quality of the quartz crystals is amazingly good: Glassy crystals with superb luster and sharp architecture! As a floater this specimen is crystallized from top to bottom and in very good condition. The smaller of the two main crystals has an abrasion at the tip and there is one damaged at an insignificant bottom-crystal. The rest is perfect and brilliant.
It's a highly attractive and sparkling specimen in sweeping shape!

WO474 - Quartz Phantom - 680€
Schinschlucht, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8.7 x 4.8 x 3.8 cm
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This is a distinctive high quality floater specimen of transparent quartz with fascinating green chlorite phantoms inside. The 8.1 cm main crystal is doubly terminated and set on a beautiful cluster of white quartz with some orange calcite in between. The whole specimen is in outstanding condition, brilliant and of striking aesthetics with intriguing chlorite phantoms which make it highly unusual and appealing in person!