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Alpine Treasures 31



MI12 - Smoky Quartz - 6500€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 10.9 x 8.3 x 7.5 cm
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The aesthetics of this fine smoky quartz specimen is utterly perfect. The main crystal - a perfect smoky quartz crystal, 2.5 cm in diameter - protrudes from a group of supporting side-crystals, perched on a natural floater-piece of sparkling white matrix. The whole piece is very well balanced. Still, the main attraction here is the dominant main crystal: Quality at the absolute top level on a somehow unusual crystal - at close inspection you see the not quite straight growth on its left side. 360° of condensed beauty!


RK194 - Quartz - 63€
Valsertal, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 9 x 3 x 2 cm
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A single quartz crystal of nice transparency that lets you see right through to the backside where an irregular crust is covering and intergrown with the quartz which, from the front, looks like a rock face. The quartz is lustrous and sharp and in overall good condition but with a damage at the lower left side. The bottom is re-healed, not freshly broken.


IO656 - Apatite and Pericline - 475€
Großer Finagl, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.6 x 8.2 x 4.4 cm
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This is a particularly beautiful and elegant apatite specimen that features glassy apatites on a matrix of snow-white pericline with silvery grey chlorite. The crystals reach up to 1.2 cm in diameter and are perfectly transparent, well developed, lustrous and flawless. The arrangement might seem a bit muddled on the picture but is much clearer in person when you see the three-dimensional shape, the sparkling luster and the contrast. This fine specimen was found at the remote summit region of Großer Finagl from where it found its way to us in fantastic condition all around!


RN369 - Quartz Gwindel - Sold
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8 x 6.1 x 2.5 cm
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This large 8 cm gwindel is from the one time historic find by Josef Kolb in july 1977 which yielded a small number of superb gwindel specimens. While quartz from the Rauris valley is well known and relatively common, the gwindel habit is extremely rare and almost impossible to come by!
As is characteristic for the find this specimen has chloritized tips but a lustrous and clear front and backside through which you can look right through the glassy crystal body. With great condition, dramatic elongated habit and a distinct twist this gwindel specimen is a stunning specimen from a very well known and documented historic find!


WA10 - Calcite - 150€
Dorfgastein, Gasteinertal, Pongau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 30 x 10 x 13 cm
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This huge and heavy calcite specimen was found around 20 years ago and was since then in my fathers collection. It is a massive piece of rock, overgrown with scalenohedral calcite. The calcite is white with yellowish tips which is due to iron oxide. There is some damage here but which is hardly avoidable on a large scale specimen like this.


HJ351 - Quartz - 420€
Wolfskofel, Schwarzenbachtal, Ahrntal, South Tyrol, Italy
Size: 8.2 x 6 x 2.5 cm
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A single doubly terminated quartz lies atop a lovely piece of matrix: silvery mica-schist with a crust of muscovite and pericline atop. The quartz is 5.9 cm long, totally glassy and lustrous and in excellent condition. A very well defined specimen from this uncommon locale near Schwarzenstein mountain.


JC156 - Quartz - 2800€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 18.7 x 12 x 8 cm
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The matrix is a complex, if not chaotic assebly of schist, quartz and feldspar with limonite and some rutile needles. Protruding from this sparkling chaos stands a single towering quart of brilliant quality! The tapering tessin quartz shows beautiful striations with best luster and is completely glassy! A fantastic and undamaged specimen with a winning character of untamed nature!


GS126 - Titanite - 1800€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 4.6 x 4.1 x 2.9 cm
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The main titanite has a size of 2.7 cm and prominently shows its gemmy side with a mix of mossy green and brown. The crystal is very well defined and sharp. Towards its left end it starts to get encompassed by some chlorite which also dominates the back of the specimen where a tight cluster of titanites is present as you can very well see in our video. The titanite cluster is set on a small piece of feldspar/chlorite matrix that is crystallized even at the bottom.


AK878 - Quartz - 270€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 4 x 3 x 2.5 cm
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It's a small jewel of exceptional quality and charming aesthetics! Vibrant luster, complex architecture and glassy transparency! As a complete and flawless floater this is a superb little quartz with no downsides!


DV597 - Pericline - 190€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.3 x 7 x 5 cm
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A three-dimensionally arranged cluster of pericline crystals around a silvery piece of schist matrix. The crystals are up to 3 cm in size with nice off-white color and a waxy luster. It is crystallized all around with no damage and only very minimal contacts. A sculpturesque specimen from this classic locale!


XE561 - Quartz - Sold
Dreiherrenspitze, Prettaukees (Prettau glacier), South Tyrol, Italy
Size: 7.4 x 5.1 x 3.6 cm
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Highest quality quartz, accompanied by a single 4.5 cm pericline crystal. The quartz has best vibrant luster, a brilliant glassy interior and a sharp pointed termination. At its left there is some silvery chlorite but just so much that it accomplishes the beauty of this specimen without disturbing the quality. Dreiherrenspitze (Picco dei Tre Signori) on the border between Austria and Italy is a rather uncommon locale for mineral specimens but this is surely a very attractive specimen of superb quality and appealing aesthetics!


AT37 - Quartz with Adularia - 95€
Erfurter Steig, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.2 x 9.8 x 6 cm
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This combination of quartz and adularia is crystallized all around with a group of glassy quartz at the front and a nice adularia covered landscape at the back. The bottom is contacted but re-crystallized. The overall condition is very good but there is one damaged crystal at the front.