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Alpine Treasures 24

MI10 - Quartz - 950€
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8.8 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm
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High quality, best condition and a distinctive aesthetics make this piece special and recognisable among the large number of Alpine quartz specimens. The matrix is a sparkling landscape of albite and quartz microcrystal from which a number of larger crystals emerge. At the very center of the 3-dimensional piece stands a spray of elongated prisms that make for a attractive and very much distinctive look! The quartz is transparent, lustrous and sharp, showing hardly any signs of abrasion or damage - with the exception of a small chip at the larger crystals tip thats but hardly visible on a remarkable and complex piece like this. Simply beautiful!

WZ28 - Fluorite - 1600€
Riedingsee, Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 24 x 17.5 x 7.5 cm
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"Weißeck" is catchphrase for every collector of Alpine treasures! Fluorite specimen of this famous and classic locale are often of very appealing color and good quality though they have become scarce on the market.
This incredible specimen is just HUGE with hundreds of stacked fluorite cubes up to just under 3 cm on edge. The color is a charming pastel green, the crystals are all transparent with good to very good luster! There are some peripheral contacts but the whole of the main view is virtually perfect and even the backside is largely crystallized with green fluorite cubes.
An absolutely stunning eye-catcher of tremendous size!

RB194 - Quartz - 650€
Roter Mann, Kleines Fleißtal, Goldberggruppe, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 7.7 x 5.8 x 4.5 cm
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This might not be the most spectacular specimen but it is a wonderful marvel that grows in significance the longer you look at it! Being free of any damage with even crystallized bottom faces, this is rather exceptional smoky quartz of lovely quality and aesthetics! The quartz is milky at the base but grows more and more glassy and smoky towards the terminations. A horizontal crystal forms a bridge between the main crystal on the left and a nice group of smaller quartz crystals to the right. Somehow uncommon yet intriguingly attractive!

EV307 - Fluorite and Quartz - 3900€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 6.9 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm
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With 2.4 cm on edge this octahedral fluorite is rather dramatic and very well designed. The pink color is strong throughout the transparent crystal which also shows a dramatic surface structure of strongly modified faces but with sharply defined edges and corners. The octahedron freely sits on a sparkling matrix of white rock and lustrous smoky quartz that perfectly emphasizes the fluorite. Best aesthetics and superb crystal quality from Zinggenstock!

FC428 - Fluorite on Smoky Quartz - 8500€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 6.1 x 5 x 2.5 cm
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I've hardly seen such crazy composition! A 2.1 cm pink fluorite sits right at the tip of a smoky quartz crystal, accompanied by a smaller smoky side crystal and set on a contrasting piece of white matrix! The octahedral fluorite is translucent to transparent with a very nice pink color and a dramatic surface structure of strongly modified faces but with sharply defined edges and corners. Some dark purple spots add even more life to the already nice crystal. The straight smoky quartz is all glassy and lustrous acting as the perfect stand. Some contact at the back is rather unobtrusive. Perfect balance, stark contrast and flawless crystals!

CT585 - Quartz Sceptre - 650€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.5 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm
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A highly lustrous and all over brilliant quartz sceptre with an association of pericline and calcite. The sceptre is distinctively developed with a sharply cut, pointed head. Despite internal cracks the crystal looks gemmy and vibrant. Towards the termination, where the crystal gets increasingly glassy, you can even see thin rutile needles. The whole thing is in marvelous condition. Great quality and textbook aesthetics!

UA879 - Apatite - Sold
Pizzo Lucendro, St. Gotthard Massiv, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 4 x 3.7 x 2.8 cm
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This single tile of white apatite looks almost hand made and polished for its uttermost perfection! The unusual procelaine colored crystal is all perfect and lustrous and is set on a nice pericline/chlorite matrix. The specific hexagonal shape is sharply market out against the background which makes this a highly attractive specimen of superb quality and unique character!

NP4 - Smoky Quartz - 530€
Furka-Basistunnel, Realp, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 15 x 12 x 7 cm
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A characteristic Swiss smoky quartz plate that was found in the 1970s by Michel Rau from France. It is a mix of prismatic smoky quartz crystals and smaller adularia in between, arranged on a white feldspar/quartz matrix. All main crystals are flawless, transparent and with excellent luster! What looks contacted around the left periphery is in fact completely crystallized and perfect. There are some smaller issues but only very few and the overall condition is just great. Nice quality and a distinct 3-dimensional feel! Ex. Jonas Norpoth collection.

UV5 - Quartz - 4200€
Vättis-Calanda, Tamina Valley, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Size: 10.3 x 7 x 4.3 cm
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Don't cut yourself on this one! While most of the larger crystals have textbook pyramidal terminations some of the smallers have nasty chisel tips with razor sharp edges! The completely colorless crystals are limpid to the core and simply pristine. There are contacts around the base but all crystals are flawless. This breathtaking specimen is the very best piece out of a unique find at this not so well known locale. If you are interested already, go on and have a look on our video, you will be stunned by the elegance and beauty of this fine quartz specimen!