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Alpine Treasures 22

AB43 - Quartz - 180€
Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7 x 5.3 x 4.2 cm
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A lovely group of quartz crystal in very best condition all around! The crystals are set on a very thin plate - obviously a mix of quartz, chlorite and limonite - that is completely crystallized on the bottom. The quartz is of rather good quality, glassy and lustrous, with all perfect pyramidal terminations. The periphery is contacted but apart from that there is nothing to worry about. Have a look on our video for a better impression!

QZ2 - Amethyst Sceptre - Sold
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 6.8 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm
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Color and composition of this small cabinet amethyst sceptre are absolutely stunning and extremely rare! The piece was found in the 1980s by the famed collector Heinz Kirchtag who was digging near the "Saurüssel", a distinctive rock formation.
The main body is transparent quartz with chlorite inclusions staining it dark green. Atop this body are several sceptre heads the largest of which is prominently set at the very top of the specimen to show its bright purple color! All sceptre heads are glassy, sharp, flawless, lustrous and with the most intensive and bright purple color!
Around the bottom of this piece is some characteristic muscovite plus orange-brown limonite. A real stunner in person as you very well can see in our video!

GM32 - Quartz - 450€
Druntobel, Sedrun, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 6.4 x 4.8 x 3 cm
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Two beautiful quartz crystals set on a well balanced piece of matrix, all naturally grown and crystallized. Both crystals are complete and flawless. The body is glassy from tip to base with fantastic luster all around. The terminations are sharp and pointed with minimal chloritizations on the pyramidal faces. Beautiful enough the matrix shows chlorite and small quartz crystal on all sides, meaning it is not trimmed but completely natural. This is a small but strikingly brilliant exemplar of Alpine quartz on matrix!

KT1 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 1050€
Galenstock Mt., Tiefenbach, Urserental, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 3.5 x 2.6 x 0.9 cm
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This is surely a fantastic little smoky quartz gwindel of very best striking quality! Amazing enough it is a half open, half closed gwindel which is extremely rare! The crystal is perfectly see-through with a brilliantly lustrous and nicely structured surface. There is no damage present, only some rough edges on the lower parts. This is a brilliant piece for a reasonable price! Have a look on our video to see the sparkling quality!

GD1 - Quartz Sceptre - 4000€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.5 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm
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Luster, clarity and composition of this outstanding specimen are absolutely gorgeous and unique! I had this piece in my personal collection for many years and for a good reason! The sceptres head is sharply cut with a complex design that is in parts constructed from doubly terminated crystals. Pyramidal faces show "Fenster" which adds even more to the exceptional beauty! This glassy sceptre head is set on a slightly milky stem with very aesthetic side-crystals all of which are perfect and with re-crystallized contact faces. There is one very tiny chip near the tip but which is only visibly in very close inspection. All in all this is a remarkable piece that really catches the eye with pristine quality!

LM1 - Hematite on Adularia - Sold
Fibbia, Fontana, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 5.1 x 3.4 x 2.7 cm
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An association of shiny white adularia and metallic black hematite roses up to 1 cm in diameter. The white to even transparent adularia shows very best luster and provides a perfect contrasting background for the hematite! The hematite on the other hand is richly covering the adularia almost on every side like a parasite – but a beautiful and sparkling parasite it is! The iron roses are very well developed with distinctive, somewhat bulky rosettes! The whole thing is without damage, only the bottom is contacted. A marvelous specimen of highly unusual architecture as you can very well see in our video!

SM1 - Smoky Quartz - Sold
Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 10.3 x 3.4 x 2.4 cm
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This is basically a single smoky quartz crystal but its incredibly high quality really makes it something special! The prismatic crystal is glass from top to bottom and shows very best wet-look luster all around! The termination is a sharply cut pyramid with a narrow chisel-tip. At the crystals base is a small smoky quartz side-crystal as well as some white adularia which adds much to the overall aesthetics of the specimen! A straight and classic specimen of rarely seen quality!

CH7 - Titanite - Sold
Gamsmutter, Habach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 2.4 x 1.2 x 1 cm
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This is a fantastic little jewel of absolute perfection and best textbook aesthetics, a MUST for every thumbnail collector! The single titanite of yellowish green color is set on small yet well balanced piece of adularia matrix. As a twin crystal it shows perfect symmetry with a sharp pointed termination. A complete flawless floater!

IN902 - Hematite on Adularia - 1200€
Fibbia, Fontana, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 3.4 x 3.1 cm
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Fibbia is by far Switzerlands most significant source of hematite in the iron rose aggregate habit! This is a superb example for the high quality and aesthetics this locale is capable of! The single isolated iron rose is exceptionally sharp and displays absolutely best metallic luster! It is completely flawless and set on a likewise undamaged piece of matrix. The rock-matrix is covered in sparkling adularia which is impressively beautifull all over! Aesthetics and crystal quality are pushed to the highest quality on this fabulous Alpine specimen!

RP1 - Pericline - 950€
Senninger Klamm, Hollersbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 19.5 x 14 x 8.1 cm
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As a complete floater of pure pericline this is a highly unusual specimen for the locale. It is tremendous specimen with a distinct outline and a very much 3-dimensional character! The naturally grown cluster is shaped like a ship with superstructures of pure pericline atop. The eye-catcher at the center is a group of three tower-like shapes the longest of which protrudes around 5 cm from the base. All in all this is a distinctly 3-dimensional pericline cluster with only minimal issues, some contacts that are not easily discernible. Unusual and appealing!

IG161 - Axinite - Sold
Le Bourg-d'Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Size: 3.4 x 3 x 1.7 cm
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This sharp and brilliant axinite specimen is from the classic locale in Le Bourg-d’Oisans and shows one very well defined crystal of characteristic brown color with a slight purple tinge. The axinite – a ferro-axinite to be precise – is a super brilliant marvel in person! It is extremely sharp and 100% perfect! The surface is higly lustrous on all sides and shows nice striations. The 2.8 cm long main crystal itself is especially glassy, like a scalpel made of glass! The axinite sits on a small yet perfectly proportioned piece of matrix that is again studded by small axinite and green epidote crystals. Concerning aesthetics and quality this is one very striking specimen from the Type Locality!

OA464 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - Sold
Dammastock, Göschener Alp, Göschenen, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 4.3 x 2.9 x 1.2 cm
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As you can immediately see in the picture, this piece shows very unusual growth: Like a 2.1 cm broad gwindel grown atop the 2.9 cm broat base. To anticipate your question: This crystal is completely perfect and what looks like a break is all re-crystallized and obviously happened aeons ago, long before the narrower part of the gwindel grew along. The gwindel is of the closed variant which is even more rare. The body is completely impid without any inclusions or internal cracks! Very much unique and of best quality!