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Alpine Minerals 28

PJ404 - Hematite with Adularia and Siderite - Sold
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 4.5 x 4 cm
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This fantastic combination strikes with unusual yet highly attractive aesthetics! The rather large and sharp hematite aggreagates come as hexagonal plates with sharply cut edges and lovely sparkling rosettes at the faces. Associated with several of those interlocked hematite aggreagates there is white adularia and orange/brown siderite which both adds color and contrast. Much in favor of overall beauty! Ex. Hannes und Gerhard Hofer Collection!

QR3 - Quartz - 430€
Ritterkopf, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13.6 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm
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Quartz from this remote locale is rather rare so it is even more impressive to find this doubly terminated exemplar! The crystal is clear from top to bottom with only minimal clouds inside. The surface is all lustrous with very little iron oxide coating here and there that adds some nice golden color to the otherwise colorless crystal. A fine quartz that is 100% flawless and of very nice quality!

AB50 - Apatite - Sold
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm
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Very nice single crystal apatite that displays characteristic and sharp hexagonal growth with superb luster. It is widely transparent but with some inclusions and internal cracks at the center. The backside is contacted but there is no damage to be found here. It was found around 2005 by Heiz Kirchtag and Kurt Novak.

WA8 - Pericline - Sold
Teufelsmühle, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 18 x 14 x 6 cm
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Large bloks of pericline are 3-dimensionally arranged to form this impressive specimen. The single crystals are up to around 4 cm long and 1.3 cm thick and very well developed. The whole specimen is covered in silvery green chlorite but which leaves space for some white pericline to surface. Very nice and characteristic for the Austrian Alps! The piece was found on a collecting trip in 2003 by Heinz Kirchtag, Andreas Steiner, my father Anton Watzl sen. and myself, Rudolf Watzl.

RK422 - Titanite - Sold
Schwemmhäuslbruch, Koralpe, Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria
Size: 4.9 x 3 x 2.5 cm
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This sharp titanite is out of a unique find a couple of years ago that brougth this disctinctive specimens of untamed beauty. This piece is a rugged cluster of forest green titanite and tabular rusty hematite that is crystallized on all sides and near-perfect with only some contacts at the bottom. The surface is lustrous and to a certain part transparent. Besides internal cracks and inclusions, there are brilliant patches of appealing mossy green color. All in all this is a striking piece with the typicall character of the already famous find of exceptionally large and impressive titanite at Schwemmhäuslbruch in Austria.

CH3 - Fluorite - 2500€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 9.4 x 6.7 x 4.2 cm
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A classic white and grey granite matrix holds superb pink fluorites of octahedral habit with modifications at the tips and edges. The largest one has 1.7 cm at the longest extension, is glassy and with a distinctive pink core. The surface is slightly frosted but not too much to obstruct the view to the interior. Several smaller crystals are distributed about the matrix and add up to a rich specimen from this important find. All crystals are in brilliant condition and of best quality! Very attractive and classic!

UJ396 - Quartz Sceptre - 380€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm
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This sceptre is absolutely brilliant from bottom to tip! Pristine colorless quartz with a sharp, gemmy, wet-look luster termination! The broad stem shows some side-crystals of quartz, calcite and what under the microscope appears to be orange prehnite on the front. Surface structure and those orange blooms somehow resemble a heart shape which makes this specimen additionally charming and almost unreal. I love this crystal and I got the feeling it loves me back!

MS532 - Titanite - Sold
Val Nalps, Vorderrhein, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 2.6 x 1.4 x 0.8 cm
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A nice, sharp and gemmy titanite twin-crystal with a complex termination. The color is a play of mossy green and chestnut brown, which you can better see in our video. Great single crystal exemplar for this uncommon locale!

FL921 - Hessonite - 600€
Schwarze Wand, Hollersbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.2 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm
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Lovely little specimen from this highly coveted locale! It is richly covered in deep red hessonites of sparkling luster, associated with green cliochlore! The largest crystals are up to 8 mm in diameter which is a significant size for the locale. A rare and definitely beautiful specimen of Alpine garnet!

DI240 - Quartz - 600€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.5 x 6.2 x 3.5 cm
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This so called "Fensterquartz" is absolutely wonderful and vibrant in person! Fantastic luster, glassy interior and a sweeping composition of interlocked crystals. It is a complete floater with a contact on the backside but which is re-crystallized and not damaged. Very three-dimensional and of highest quality. You definitely have to see this in person to realize its sheer beauty! The piece was found by Wolfgang Vötter, an important Austrian collector who sadly died in 2018 during a collecting trip.

KF667 - Fluorite - 1850€
Riedingsee, Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.3 x 11.4 x 8.1 cm
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Beautiful pastel green fluorite cubes are crowded all over this limestone matrix. The crystals are bright and limpid with lustrous faces. The largest fluorites are up to 1.6 cm on edge. There is hardly any abrasions on the main view but contacts around the periphery are present. In between the crystals you can see some free patches of matrix which lets you relate to the locality and the mother rock. Very attractive, showy and special from this admired locale!

ZT193 - Amethyst - Sold
Saurüssel, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 4.2 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm
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A complete and almost perfect single crystal amethyst that looks ordinary at first but really knows to impress the longer you look! The glassy and free of any inpurities interior is a mesmerizing play of colorless zones and intensive purple clouds. The surface has beautiful windows at the smooth, slightly frosted prism faces. The doubly terminated (!!!) crystal shows two very well developed pyramids. What looks damaged at the tip is but a small irregular growing that is encrusted with some limonite. One small chip at the bottom termination is the only issue here, the rest is free of even the slightest abrasions. Very attractive in person and of exceptional quality!