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Alpine Treasures 40

GJ970 - Fluorite - Sold
Glacier du Trient, Mont Blanc Massif, Martigny, Valais, Switzerland
Size: 6.5 x 6.4 x 6.1 cm
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The single fluorite octahedron is all complete and undamaged. It is somewhat rounded through etchings and older contacts but it must otherwise have been completely preserved, perhas in the permanent ice of the glacier where it was found. The crystal has a nice pink color and great clarity. The surface has a frosted sheen and a fine structure. A fascinating crystal from the Mont Blanc Massif!

EW732 - Quartz Sceptre - 1200€
Kreealm, Hüttschlag, St. Johann im Pongau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 12.3 x 5.8 x 4 cm
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This fine specimen is a rather large sceptre quartz from a lesser known locale, the Kreealm. The total size is remarkable 12.3 cm with a 7.1 cm sceptre head. The quartz has a lovely surface structure and great luster. The interior is somewhat clouded but has transparent parts as well. Condition is excellent with no damage anywhere. The backside of the specimen is rough and intergrown with some rock matrix but also here, no damage. Have a look on our video for a view of that backside and an overall impression of the quality!

CU057 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 6600€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.7 x 3.7 x 2.1 cm
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I have to say that this splendid smoky quartz gwindel is really much better in person! Fine chlorite on the surface makes it difficult to photograph even though this piece is brilliant and vibrant in person. The gwindel itself is transparent and has a wonderful smoky color without being too dark. The suface is lustrous with only little chlorite. There is no damage whatsoever, even the bottom is crystallized. On the bottom there is some white adularia and a small epidote which makes this more than just a single crystal specimen. It is a highly natural specimen of best aesthetics, great quality and considerable size!

FI054 - Quartz - 1100€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 8.8 x 3.1 x 2.1 cm
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A textbook example for a Tessin quartz from Val Bedretto. It shows a dominant main crystal with a small side-crystal protruding at the base. Both crystals are highly lustrous and crystal clear and show a distinctive Tessin quartz habit. They are completely undamaged up to the sharp tip! Get a better impression of luster and transparency in our video!

PE876 - Hematite - 3100€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.3 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm
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The arrangement of the hematite plates on this specimen is rather unique and fascinating. One flat plate behind the other, like a spinal column. The crystals are sharp, lustrous and with a striking surface structure that also holds a number of rutile crystals. One of the hematites is broken but that's not visible from the front and in my opinion doesn't much impair the overall beauty of this spectacular piece! At the bottom there is some snow-white fledspar which adds contrast to the otherwise shiny jet-black specimen. Absolutely marvelous in person!

AE481 - Quartz - 4700€
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 15.1 x 8.5 x 7.3 cm
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This is a superb Alpine highlight. The breathtakingly beautiful specimen shows vibrant landscape of brilliant quartz on a rock matrix. The two main crystals are accompanied by a large number of smaller quartz crystals, as well as some isolated epidotes. A transverse double-ended quartz directly beneath the larger of the main crystals is intensely red in color due to iron oxide inclusions, which adds color to this alpine stage. The quality of the quartz crystals is really first-class and they are in the best condition. The red double-ended has small damage, everything else here is perfect. You can see this brilliant quality very well on our video!

WW517 - Schorl - 450€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.2 x 2 x 1.6 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 rise arond 4.5 cm from the matrix. The condition is virtually flawless. A remarkable piece of Alpine tourmaline!

UX686 - Smoky Quartz - Sold
Val Nalps, Vorderrhein, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 9.4 x 4.4 x 2.1 cm
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A unique 9.4 cm long doubly terminated crystal with several small side-crystals. The main crystal is dark brown, sharp and lustrous. The side-crystals add much to the overall aesthetics! The backside of the specimen is rough and intergrown with countless feldspar micro-crystals. Apart from that the specimen is flawless and completely undamaged!

PH395 - Skeletal Quartz - Sold
Gasteinertal, Pongau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.4 x 4.7 x 4 cm
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It's not only a completely transparent etched quartz crystal with best luster but also in surprisingly well condition! At some parts you can see the original hexagonal shape - for example when you look from the top, but also there are some flat faces left. The top and bottom terminations are completely etched. Brilliant luster and perfect transparency make this look like a sculpture of pure ice!

AA898 - Rutile - 3000€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10 x 8.4 x 3.1 cm
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A rutile on matrix from the Grieswies area from a find in 1997. The piece has a total size of 10 cm with individual crystals up to a good 1 cm in length. The matrix is a natural piece of schist with fine growth of calcite, muscovite and rutile microcrystals. On top of it sits a group of rutile crystals with very good luster and bright red color, which becomes visible along the surface at direct illumination. As can be seen in the images, two of the crystals are knee twins. The piece is in excellent condition overall. Some of the crystals look damaged at first glance, but in reality they are all crystallized and undamaged. A very good piece with natural charm!

QR538 - Quartz - 240€
Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 12.2 x 9.5 x 4.6 cm
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It's a complete floater, all around crystallized with fine mica, feldspar and rutile crystals. Atop this floater specimen are several dominant quartz crystals, the largest of which is 5.8 cm long, flawless and of best glassy quality. If you like specimens with a unique natural flair and in unharmed condition, this might be for you!

CL662 - Smoky Quartz - 950€
Gletschhorn, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 10.4 x 4.4 x 3.1 cm
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It's a brilliant composition of three crystals in perfectly flawless condition and with superb quality! The smoky color is present but not too strong. All three crystals are limpid, highly lustrous and sharp. There is no damage whatsoever!
Our video nicely shows the superb quality and beautiful composition!