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Alpine Treasures 30



SR884 - Calcite and Quartz - Sold
Kaprun, Glocknergruppe, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.5 x 8.6 x 6.3 cm
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Quality of both from the front visible quartz crystals is rather spectacular with polyhedral development, super-gemmy interior and brilliant luster all around! The combination with calcite makes this piece even more interesting. As you can see in the video the specimen is very three-dimensional. Quartz and calcite crystals on the back are contacted but not broken.


FB366 - Brookite on Quartz - 2000€
Elm, Sernf Valley, Glarus, Switzerland
Size: 4.2 x 2.9 x 2 cm
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Brookite is a super-rare Alpine classic that's hard to find on the market, especially when it comes to aesthetic specimens! This specimen features a 1.2 cm main crystal that is prominently set on a sparkling quartz matrix! It is brown with the characteristic hourglass painting in the center. This main crystal is all complete and undamaged, only a side crystal is broken but which is hard to avoid on such a thin tabular species. Definitely a lovely specimen with a single dominant and well presented main crystal!


XY47 - Quartz with Calcite - 700€
Greina pass area, Camadra Valley, Blenio Valley, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 15 x 12 x 8.6 cm
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The sweeping shape and the vivid sparkling quality make this an eye-catcher of very best and beautiful aesthetic! Glassy white quartz crystals of varying size are stacked upon each other, upright like an attacking cobra! Somewhere in betwee the quartz there are some yellowish calcite rhombohedrons adding some contrast. A spectacular specimen in very best condition!


RT9 - Quartz - 680€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 20 x 6.7 x 6 cm
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A dominant 20 cm quartz crystal of straight upright shape! The termination as well as the backside have some chlorite but the front faces are clear and grant a view through the glassy crystal. Attached to the side there is a flattened crystal which look rather odd and adds a unique touch to this otherwise classic specimen. The whole thing is in marvelous condition and even the bottom is completely crystallized!


OA161 - Fluorite - 800€
Riedingsee, Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.3 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm
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Lovely water-green color, nice sparkling luster and attractive sweeping composition makes this an excelent fluorite specimen that's absolutely gorgeous in person! The three-dimensional shape and overall very engaging aesthetics are hard to visualize on picture and video and are much more pristine in person. Glassy fluorite cubes with nice shiny luster are stacked on a piece of whiteish rock matrix. The whole specimen is in superb condition all around. A really wonderful piece without downsides!


RK340 - Quartz with Hematite and Schorl - Sold
Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 4.7 x 3.5 x 1.1 cm
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A lovely little paragenesis of quartz, hematite, schorl, feldspar and some limonite. The quartz is attached to a flat piece of matrix, consisting of feldspar and quartz micro-crystals. The backside is rich with black schorl as you can see in the second picture and the video. The front has a cluster of iron-roses and some orange limonite. A very nice composition altogether!


PY728 - Titanite - 6700€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 6 x 4 cm
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This is an exceptionally sculpturesque titanite specimen from a new find by Hannes and Gerhard Hofer. Dozens if not hundreds of sparkling green titanite crystals are richly crowded on this fabulous floater specimen! Sharp, bright and gemmy and with beautiful yellowish green color! The matrix is a filigree structure of white adularia with some metallic green chlorite. The "head" part, a rather fragile structure, is stabilized to make sure it doesn't break off. Overall there is only some insignificant contacts on the backside, no visible damage. It is one of the very best pieces of the find and really excellent in composition and quality!


LP6 - Quartz - 135€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.6 x 5.8 x 3.8 cm
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A shard of grey mother rock is encrusted with the most brilliant sparkling quartz crystals you can think of! While most crystals hardly rise more than a centimeter over the surface there are two elongated crystals up to 3 cm and perfectly sharp, clear and flawless.
It's hard to imagine how a fragile piece like this has come out of the mountain unharmed but here it is and it, nice and well!


GM18 - Quartz - 550€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9 x 5.8 x 4.3 cm
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It's a very nice floater specimen of completely colorless, transparent quartz. Around the base there is some silvery chlorite over quartz which adds contrast. The backside of the main quartz is intergrown with chlorite as well but still very well defined. The tip is somewhat rough with edge-wear but the overall condition is very good with no actual damage.


TB947 - Calcite - 850€
Val Nalps, Vorderrhein, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7.9 x 5.5 x 3.4 cm
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The calcite in this specimen comes as a three-dimensional arrangement of very thin transparent tabular crystals with great luster! The elegance of this cluster is absolutely lovely and rare in such considerable size. Condition is overall very good with only some hardly discernible wear. Have a look on the video for a better look on shape and quality of this lovely calcite specimen!


KB69 - Quartz Sceptre - Sold
Erzwies, Gastein Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.4 x 4 x 3 cm
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This unique quartz specimen baffles me every time I see it. It is obviously a complete floater but with pointed pyramidal termination at the top AND the bottom. The crystal is translucent to transparent and colorless with very distinctive crystal habit. The head has the better quality with a transparent tip and very good luster. There is a small chip at the tip but which is only visible from the back. An outstanding quartz of totally unique shape!


RK420 - Titanite - Sold
Schwemmhäuslbruch, Koralpe, Deutschlandsberg, Styria, Austria
Size: 4.2 x 2.8 x 0.9 cm
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It's a rough exemplar of titanite, characteristic for this locale where extremely large crystals of this species where found a couple of years ago. It is mostly opaque but gemmy along the edge. The front is lustous, the backside is more irregular and intergrown with chlorite. Very nice crystals with only minimal edge-wear.