This formidable pericline specimen shows beautiful textbook aesthetics which is extremely unusual for the mineral. One sharp and lustrous major pericline - 3.5 cm long and 2.8 cm broad - is surrounded by a cluster of small side-crystals. On the pericline there is a nice dusting of chlorite which helps the eye to perseive the three-dimensional shape of the otherwise snow-white specimen. The whole specimen is a floater with a completely crystallized underside where even some titanites are present. It's an absolutely stunning and beautiful specimen of finest Alpine pericline!
Apatite, titanite and adularia are all individually situated on a beautiful natural piece of matrix. The glassy apatite aggregate is the focus of the left half. It is highly lustrous and completely flawless with a diameter of 1.2 cm. The right edge of the specimen is dominated by a well shaped adularia with some chloritization. Closer to the center you can see the single titanite crystal, 1.9 cm long and perfect as well. It nicely contrasts against the white and grey matrix and is prominently set right on the upper ridge.
The aesthetics of this specimen is amazingly beautiful: Single isolated crystals of best quality and condition on a highly detailed crystallized matrix!
Two interlocked lustrous iron rose aggreagates are set on a three-dimensional silvery mica matrix. Both are in marvelous condition and very detailed on all sides. On the backside there is another, smaller hematite with tiny rutile needles atop. It's a lovely specimen all over that shows best quality and a very nice aesthetics!
One single smoky quartz crystal of dark brown color stands out from a piece of characteristic Habach Valley schist matrix. It is around 4 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm large and flawless. The crystal is accompanied by several smaller side-crystals of matching quality. Still, the main crystal is the unmistakable center of this specimen and dramatically draws the attention to it! This highly aesthetic specimen is from the famous find from around 1993 by Alois Steiner and Reinhard Heim, the latter of whom just recently sold the piece to us from his private collection! A unique and most attractive piece from this locale!
Pericline from this locale are Austrian classics that characteristically show well defined crystals with porcelaine-like appearance. This richly crowded specimen is a destintly three-dimensional shape with very nice and lustrous iron-stained crystals, chaotically arranged like colliding ice floes and with some smaller quartz in between.
The piece was found around 1975 and comes with an old label.
During the 1990s some of the best Alpine titanite specimens have been found in the Hollersbach valley. This amazing specimen features a single twin-crystal of gemmy green (at the center) and brown (towards both terminations) color! It has a dramatic size of 3.5 cm and is completely perfect!
The crystal is set on grey rock matrix that has titanite microcrystals all over it. A superb and unique specimen, found by Andreas Steiner.
Specimens of such distinctive Tessin habit quartz on matrix are not exactly common and this one has the top notch quality that elevates it to a higher level!
The group of elongated quartz crystals is all in best gemmy quality and completely flawelss up to the tip! The main crystal at the top is 5.4 cm long and clear like a window! The matrix is a beautiful mix of mica, quartz, feldspar and tiny rutiles. An overall brilliant specimen with a distinctive three-dimensional character and highest crystal quality!
Brilliant and totally transparent quartz with flawless pyramidal termination in combination with smaller evenly perfect side-crystals. The aesthetics of this specimen is absolutely textbook and with no downsides. Even the bottom is crystallized, partly covered in some residual rock matrix.
It's a lovely specimen of high class knee-twin rutile on a sparkling white feldspar/chlorite matrix. The rutile is dark but with fire red accents at direct illumination. It is sharply developed and near-perfect with only one small but visible chip. Absolutely gorgeous specimen of brilliant rutile from the Rauris valley!
A floater specimen of cream-white pericline with a single quartz crystal that stands up at the top. The pericline is in best condition all around, the quartz has a hardly visible chip at the tip. At some spots there are small rutile needles which is characteristic for the locale in the rear part of the Rauris valley. A very nicely crystallized specimen in best condition!
The composition of this titanite/quartz combination is a marvelous example of a complex matrix specimen. The whole piece is rather two-dimensional which is unusual especially as both front and backside are completely covered in feldspar microcrystals. The right side has a layer of metallic sparkling hematite.
The titanite and quartz crystals are arranged along the ridge like the spikes on a dinosaurs back. Gemmy green titanite and colorless glassy quartz are all in flawless condition and brilliant!
It's a jewel of a quartz crystal that features fantastic luster, glassy interior and a sweeping composition of interlocked crystals. It is a complete floater without any damage or even abrasion. Some inclusions of orange-brown limonite add color to the otherwise glassy quartz.