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!
One single quartz crystal stands out from a complex matrix of glassy quartz crystals, white adularia and some brown limonite. The main crystal is perfectly flawless and of very good quality. The matrix is mostly unharmed too but right beside the main quartz there is a rough zone which is partly due to contact, partly damaged. A rewarding Alpine specimen if you can live with some imperfection!
A single crystal smoky quartz gwindel with not the smalles chip or abrasion anywhere. The gwindel rather typical in shape with a good 20° twist. Some chloritization is present on all faces but still the crystal maintains a certain amount of luster and clarity - also the interior is free of inclusions or cracks. The bottom, where it detached from the matrix, is re-crystallized and perfect. A nice single crystal specimen from the French Alps!
With the shape of a mountain and the elegance of pure colorless ice this skeletal quartz is one of a kind of this rare material! The dissolving process on this specimen is very extensive and makes it next to impossible to guess the original crystals shape. Water-clear interior, covered by a breathtakingly rich and beautiful surface. With no noteworthy damage or abrasions this is a dramatic piece for any Alpine or quartz collection!
White stocky quartz crystals are clustered to form this sparkling floater specimen. The quartz is mostly glassy and transparent with superb luster and very little edgewear. The bottom side is equally nice with smaller crystals but therefor additional white adularia, tiny hematite and even at some spots some titanite, which is a totally characteristic association for the locale. Elegant and appealing in person!
This is a characteristic specimen from Habach valley that features a single 3.2 cm emerald crystal that's embedded in a silvery schist matrix. The emerald shows intensive and gemmy green color that only needs very little light to emerge from between the silvery glistening mica! Size and quality of this crystal are quite amazing!
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 floater of solid fluorite with a lustrous, nicely structured surface! The irregularly etched piece is all flawless and with a clear, slightly greenish interior. Definitely an attractive piece from this important locale!
While the interior of this smoky quartz is mostly coulded and non-transparent the surface is nicely lustrous with striations from bottom to top. Towards the termination, where you will also find some glassy patches, the color is especially intensive which is rare for the locale and the most special aspect of this piece. Unusual and in exceptionally well condition!
This doubly terminated quartz has a smoky tinge to it and is nicely presented on a small piece of rock matrix. The crystal is glassy and lustrous with some chloritization at the terminations. It is complete and without even the smallest abrasions. Very unusual and attractive specimen of Alpine quartz!
It's a perfect little tessin-quartz from Val Bedretto that strikes with highest quality and textbook shape alike! It shows wet-look luster on all sides and up to the flawelss and sharp termination. The backside has some mica and limonite which adds color and structure without disturbing the classic elegance. An absolutely brilliant little specimen of finest quartz!
One prominent quartz crystal of excellent quality is set on a light grey rock matrix with accompanying smaller crystals. The main crysal is 4.3 cm long, glassy, sharp and flawless. Absolutely amazing Cavradi quartz quality!