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!
This is pristine high quality adularia clustered on a white feldspar matrix. The main crystals here are of glassy, gemmy quality with superb luster and sharply developed as is extremely rare in Alpine pieces! Being in very best condition this is an exceptional piece of Alpine feldspar!
Ex Wolfgang Vötter collection!
When searching for Swiss amethyst specimens mindat.org shows me exactly 10 pictures. A sign for the sheer rareness of this mineral in Switzerland, as most Alpine amethyst comes from Austria. This scepter amethyst is out of the famous find at Fieschergletscher, made by Kaspar Fahner. The intense purple color is unique for this locale and absolutely fabulous. This cluster of colorless quartz and amethyst is appealingly aesthetic with a distinctive outline and good color contrast. An incredibly rare piece and utterly beautiful!
This is quartz at its very best!
An impressive single crystal that is clear as glass with a perfect wet-look luster. It is almost colorless but shows a nice yellowish tinge throughout the whole crystal body. The sharp pointed termination is a bit rough at the tip but which apparently is not due to damage. Also the bottom, where it detached from the rock, is not freshly broken but fully re-healed.
As you can well see in our video, this is an elegant and truly fascinating specimen of Alpine quartz!
Exceptionally dark and sharp crystal of smoky quartz in very best condition! The quartz is highly lustrous on all sides with fine surface striations. Inside the crystal it soon gets very dark and murky, only direct strong backlight is able to penetrate the almost black crystal - you would probably call this specimen a "morion". What you can't see in the picture is the broad chisel tip termination with a 1.5 cm blade, so sharp you could cut your finger with! Have a look on our video for that specific detail! A side-crystal at the base of the quartz adds much in terms of aesthetics. The bottom is contacted, not broken and there is no damage anywhere on the piece.
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!
This very distinctive stock quartz crystal strikes with superb luster and a complete, limpid transparency throughout the whole crystal! Tthrough one of the steep pyramidal faces that act as window to the inside you can see right to the bottom where a nice green byssolite lawn is visible. The crystal is perfect on all sides on the bottom and the termination. There are some contacts but no damage at all! Very attractive and of highest quality!
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.
This massive 3.6 kg quartz group was found by my father Anton Watzl senior in 1987 near the "Neue Thüringer Hütte". It rested inside a 5 meter deep cleft together with smaller specimens like adularia, titanite and skeletal quartz. Both crystals are of excellent quality, glassy and lustrous. The condition is overall very good. One crystal is damaged at the tip but luckily that is not visible from the front. The bottom is not broken but contacted or re-crystallized after detachment. During extraction from the cleft the two crystals went apart and had to be glued together but that is nothing you would easily see. Size, quality and composition make this an eye-catcher of pure Alpine quartz!
This fluorite is something very special! Most comparable pieces of this region are etched from humic acid and thus dull. But not here! Found in the local permafrost soil this piece is fantastically lustrous and sharp. The color is a pleasing deep purple with some grey and white faces. At the front you will find a group of scalenohedral calcite crystals that add some lively contrast. One special detail is to be found at the back of the specimen. Go ahead and watch the video, you will be pleasantly surprised!
While not exceptionally large this specimen amazes with brilliant quality and an unusually complex and fascinating architecture. All around you can see interlocked crystals of very best quality that sum up to this sparkling sculpture!
A dominant and massy cluster of water-clear, colorless quartz with best luster all around and only very few peripheral issues. A small chip at the termination is re-healed. The whole piece has a greeninsh tinge due to some chlorite which is present but not too much to distract from the beauty of this rock. The bottom is completely crystallized and covered in green byssolite which also shines through the glassy quartz. A distinctly 3-dimensional piece of 360° beauty (go on, watch our video!) that shows great Alpine character!