A very good cluster of rose quartz and smoky quartz with perfectly crystallized front AND backside. Due to the thin architecture this specimen is especially easy to illuminate with some backlight! Great luster and lovely color make this quite the appealing specimen!
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!
This wonderful floater specimen of dark andradite is a super-elegant exemplar from this classic locale as you won't find alike! It is completely crystallized with well developed trapezohedral garnets with a nice silky surface. What looks black in normal light becomes a dark and satiated red when provided with direct backlight - at least at the edges, where smaller crystals are more easily lit. Between the garnet there is also some hematite but which is the only association on this specimen. Condition is overall extremely good. There are two contacts but no acutal damage or even abrasions.
Size, weight and overall shape of this topaz specimen are rather dramatic in person! Especially the top section is also quite gemmy and shows a very well cut termination of characteristic topaz habit. With bright luster and a distinctive shape of two side-by-side crystals this piece would be a marvelous specimen if it wasn't for a couple of damages, especially aroud the base and on the backside. Still this piece has a lot going on and if you can live with some imperfections, this is an imposing piece for little money!
High quality single crystal tourmaline with distinctive pink and green color zoning. Especially the upper half shows gemmy quality right up to the complex and flawless termination. It's an excellent specimen without any downsides!
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!
A perfect floater of stacked green fluorite cubes that shows exceptionally good luster! The 3-dimensional shape is composed of countless transparent fluorites, grown upon each other. At the bottom you can see where the piece detached from the matrix but it's all crystallized and covered with some yellowish crust. The whole thing is without damage. A distinctly 3-dimensional specimen from this classic locale!
Hematita is better known for its alexandrite appearance, but in recent years some very fine topaz finds have been done. This specimen has the straight and sharp frame of a cut gem, with a limpid body that has only very few internal cracks. The surface is highly lustrous and shows a lovely structure. With some contacts and minimal edge-wear this piece is not perfect but in very good condition still and of high quality and aesthetics!
It’s a gorgeous rose quartz from a newer find of summer 2019. What’s so very special about this find is the exceptional quality of the quartz that is very transparent and with lovely pink color through and through! The construct of this specimen is impressive too as it is a combination of short prismatic crystals at the base with thin sail-like quartz plates along the upper side. These “sails” have originally been thin coatings on calcite which later on dissolved, leaving only the quartz. Very beautiful and elegant!
Epidote from the Alpine type clefts of Pakistan are a well known species that impresses with gemmy quality and a multitude of different shapes!
What catches the eye is the great transparency and the delicate character. The almost two-dimensional specimen is nicely shaped, virtually flawless and of superb quality!
We all know the great dioptase specimens from Tsumeb which entered the market in the 1970s. But this specimen is much older as the enclosed label from the collector Russel Jones indicates who optained the piece in 1939, when Tsumeb was still unknown. This specimen is a beautiful small cabinet piece by any standard, no matter where it is from. It has sharp crystals to 1.2 cm smothering a matrix coated with calcite. The crystals show blueish green color and sparkling luster, nicely contrasted against the white calcite and quartz coated matrix. Some damage is undeniable but not distractive on an old classic like this!
Alpine tourmaline is a rare thing to have especially if it is supposed to be attractive!While most significant classic schorl specimen are from Lohning quarry in Rauris Valley, this lovely piece was found at the Habach Valley. It is a sparkling composition of thin, jet black tourmaline needles all showing best luster. Both front and backside are equally beautiful with flat terminated schorl crystals and some chlorite in between. There is no damage to speak of. A 360° appealing Alpine schorl specimen!