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Alpine Treasures 33

JF548 - Pericline - 400€
Seebachtal, Ankogelgruppe, Mallnitz, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 6.2 x 6.1 x 4 cm
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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!

IG598 - Titanite with Apatite and Adularia - 1870€
Bruchgraben, Hollersbach valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.8 x 4 x 2.8 cm
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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!

KB64 - Hematite on Muscovite - 680€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 4.4 x 3.6 x 3.4 cm
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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!

FQ15 - Smoky Quartz - 2900€
Wiesbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.7 x 8.3 x 7.3 cm
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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!

PF241 - Pericline - 350€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13 x 11.2 x 9.5 cm
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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.

UP326 - Quartz - 1250€
Turbhorn, Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 10.6 x 6 x 5.6 cm
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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!

BY139 - Rutile - 1150€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.7 x 3.4 x 2.8 cm
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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!

RS553 - Pericline - 360€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.8 x 6.8 x 2.4 cm
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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!

YK599 - Titanite and Quartz - 3500€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13.6 x 8.2 x 3.9 cm
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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!

AT510 - Quartz - 185€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm
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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.

TL309 - Epidote with Byssolite - 1500€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.9 x 5 x 3 cm
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The combination of sharp epidote crystals with silvery blueish byssolite is rather characteristic for the historic mineral locale Knappenwand and it's just amazingly beautiful in person!
A group of dark brown epidote crystals is nicely embedded in byssolite like rocks on the mountains are surrounded by soft grass. The main epidote has visible 2 x 1.1 cm, is sharp, lustrous and gemmy as soon as you add some backlight! While the whole piece has a more chaotic appearance there is no damage but only stacked crystals with re-crystallized contacts. A charming specimen of best quality for the admirer of unique natral mineral specimens with distinct natural appearance!

LU122 - Smoky Quartz - 550€
Romatespitze, Bad Gastein, Pongau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.7 x 3.9 x 1.8 cm
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Two parallel grown smoky quartz crystals with a crust of chlorite and rutile at the backside. The crystals are in best condition, even the bottom is completely crystallized. A very attractive specimen from this uncommon locale!