When travelling the Alps it's increasingly hard to get good rocks but sometimes - all too rarely - you get lucky! This incredible quartz is one of those kick-ass specimens that gets us Alpine collectors going! All prims faces, safe for the backside which is somewhat rough, are extremely lustrous and beautifully structured! The terminal pyramid is sharp and with exceptionally well defined architecture! The quartz is glassy from bottom to top with only very minimal internal cracks or impurities. The bottom, where the crystal detached from the rock, is completely re-healed, even crystallized. Absolutely amazing in quality and size! What a sublime crystal!
Switzerland is not exactly known for great scheelite which makes this striking little specimen even more exceptional! The well defined crystal is sharp and has a beautiful caramel color! It is in very best condition all around with a small quartz crystal stuck to the side. A marvelous rarity of its intensive color and sharp octahedral shape!
This colossal apatite crystal was found by Anton Paluc (see the attached picture) at the Saukopf area which is now a nature reserve and thus closed for collecting. And that's unfortunate, considering the superb quality and tremendous size of this crystal! The 2.7 cm thick colorless apatite is part translucent, part transparent. The front face is lustrous, backside and the sides are a bit rough but still in good quality. At the bottom and the left side the crystal is contacted and intergrown with some feldspar and mica. Massive size, good quality and the rare locale make this an outstanding collector's piece! Ex. Dr. Alexander Spunda Coll.
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!
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!
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!
This piece is all about quality! Set on a sparkling quartz covered matrix is a single 4.3 cm main crystal that strikes with perfectly limpid body and pristine wet look luster! It shows not the smallest ding or imperfection. Through the crystal you can see the beautiful matrix which adds some inner life to the crystal. On the back there is a smaller side-crystal that is evenly perfect. If you look for perfection and top quality, this is the piece to go for!
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.
A lustrous 1.7 cm iron rose is set on a marvelous matrix, studded with albite and some silvery mica aggregates. The hematite shows spectacular luster and exceptionally sharp hexagonal blades. Its very well developed and free of any damage! The black hematite contrasts with the sparkling white background which strongly emphasizes the main crystal. Absolutely lovely and in very best condition all around!
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!
Beautiful as much as unusual! This quartz shard is a complete floater that shows exceptionally nice surface structure reflecting in wet look luster! The backside shows regular prism faces of the original crystal which is interesting but nothing as stunning as the front. With only some minor edge wear, this is an attractive specimen of pure Swiss quartz!