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!
Rutilated quartz from the Alps is a rare species, especially when it comes to undamaged high quality specimens!
This crystal is remarkably sharp and lustrous with a pointed termination and beautiful striations on the prism faces. It has rich inclusions of rutile from bottom to top that catch the light and reflect it as warm golden color which fills the glassy crystal and lets it shine!
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!
This specimen is absolutely amazing in person! The rather large rock matrix holds a beautiful landscape of white calcite and orange quartz. Set amidst this landscape is a brillinat doubly terminated rutile aggregate with fantastic luster and sharpness! While it's mostly opaque direct downlight brings out brilliant blood red patches! With a size of 2 cm this rutile is a striking high quality crystal on a beautiful background!
Pyrite is an extremely rare species at the world-famous locale Knappenwand that usually comes as tiny, hardly visible golden specks. With a crystal size of 2.5 cm this is an absolutely important specimen of remarkable magnitude! The crystal shows small abrasions but is otherwise complete and very well developed. The surface is lustrous and shows a warm orange/gold color.
It is set on a rock matrix, streaked with a vein of epidote.
This is an absolutely unique specimen that we didn't know existed from this locale! We got this piece with no locality information, but according to Andreas Steiner and the Hofer brothers it's definitely coming from the Knappenwand!
Lovely little amethyst sceptre with a clear and distinctive purple head on an unusually shaped body. This body appears kind of amorphous but it is completely crystallized. The head on the other hand is sharply developed, lustrous and completely flawless!
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!
Lovely water-green color, nice sparkling luster and attractive sweeping composition makes this an excelent fluorite specimen that's absolutely gorgeous in person! The three-dimensional shape and overall very engaging aesthetics are hard to visualize on picture and video and are much more pristine in person. Glassy fluorite cubes with nice shiny luster are stacked on a piece of whiteish rock matrix. The whole specimen is in superb condition all around. A really wonderful piece without downsides!