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Alpine Treasures 38

GE901 - Smoky Quartz - 2500€
Wiesbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.6 x 8.7 x 6 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 had the piece in his private collection!
A unique and most attractive piece from this famous locale that is most prominently known as Europs best source for specimen quality emerald!

MW642 - Rutile included Quartz - 460€
Rauriser Schwarzkopf, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.2 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm
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This rather small quartz specimen is particularly nice and impressive due to the distinctive rutile needles it carries. The water clear and highly lustrous quartz is interspersed with remarkably thick rutile needles, which are easy to see through the broad front face. The piece is in very good condition, although not quite perfect. A small abrasion can be seen on the upper edge. The back is covered with fine albite and rutile needles which makes it an overall highly appealing miniature!

LL711 - Adularia and Pericline - 330€
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 6.4 x 6.3 x 4.5 cm
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Sharp translucent white adularia crystals and porcelaine colored pericline are well balanced and richly interlocked on this combination specimen. While adularia is a bit more dominant here, the pericline constitutes the base and provides a contrast: Not of color but of crystal shape.
As I turn the piece around I can't find any damage. Even the bottom is fully crystallized and fine. A lovely specimen of alpine feldspar!

KU084 - Smoky Quartz with Epidote and Adularia - 380€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7 x 6.1 x 4.8 cm
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The main crystal is set on a fine mixture of smaller smoky quartz with albite and a greenish growth of epidote, which is typical for the site. It is partially intergrown with epidote, but still shows very good luster, especially on the front. The general condition is excellent. The main crystal is a bit rough at the tip, but not damaged. The side crystals and even the fragile albite are also in remarkably good condition. A very aesthetic and natural piece from Val Giuv.

KT207 - Hematite with Rutile - Sold
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 4 x 2.5 x 2 cm
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Sharp and mirroring hematite on quartz and with fire-red rutile on it! The hematite is of spectacular quality and virtually flawless. It is richly studded with rutile which is characteristic for the locale and highly appealing! At the base there is some transparent quartz and some fledspar wich rounds out the overall gorgeous aesthetics!

QD772 - Quartz - 1350€
Erfurter Steig, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14.7 x 5.9 x 4.6 cm
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This large and dominant crystal is in superb condition with only minimal abrasions on very few spots. Luster and clarity are just beautiful and there are hardly any internal cracks as well. The backside is overgrown with quartz micro-crystals which looks a bit rough but is all undamaged. At the completely re-healed base it has some feldspar association which adds much to the aesthetics. A piece of high quality and elegant appeal!

UX566 - Fluorite - Sold
Planggenstock, Göscheneralp, Göschenen Valley, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 10.1 x 9 x 7.9 cm
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It's a single fluorite octahedron from Planggenstock with a spectacular size of 10.1 cm!!
That means the crystals is over 8 cm on edge and exceptionally well developed! While the underside is rough and irregular, it is not broken but completely crystallized. The crystal itself is really marvelous, especially if you give it some backlight, which is when it reveals a satiated homogenous strawberry-red color! The main body is free of internal cracks, only around the periphery you can see some cracks but actual damage is unbelievably low. One single small damage at the bottom is visible, the rest is perfect! Have a look on our video for a better impression on this marvelous specimen! But make no mistake: The video was done in daylight. If you add some warm light the color really starts to glow!

LF028 - Rutile included Quartz - 2250€
Ankogelgruppe, Anlauftal, Gasteinertal, Pongau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.7 x 7.1 x 5.5 cm
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This is a splendid matrix specimen of fine rutilated quartz with a 5.6 cm main crystal. The specimen is beautifully crystallized on all sides with white periclin on a rock matrix. As you can see in the picture, the luster and clarity of the quartz are absolutely terrific and allow a great view into the lively interior, where sharp rutile needles grow out of an iron oxide-orange lower area. The whole thing is accompanied by a beautiful matrix with brilliant periclins. The crystal is largely perfect with only an abrasion on the side.

UP8 - Quartz Phantom - Sold
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 11.5 x 7.6 x 4.5 cm
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This is not quite the usual specimen from Cavrein valley but a distinctive phantom quartz on matrix! The main crystal is 5.1 cm long, colorless and transparent. At the center it displays a very sharp brownish phantom as a shadow of the former crystal that has later grown further to the current size. The main crystal is accompanied by smaller quartz which show the same kind of phantom inside. They are all grown on a natural grey rock matrix with a crust of microscopic feldspar. The tip of the main crystal is a bit rough but which is contact induced, not damaged. Very nice and unusual specimen in best condition!

WK615 - Titanite - 470€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.1 x 1.6 x 0.9 cm
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A single floater crystal of nice olive green titanite with a minimal association of feldspar and chlorite around the base. It is a doubly terminated twin crystal and in very best condition with only one rough patch that might be contacted or perhaps slightly chipped. The rest is sharp and lustrous and really just impressive!

JA652 - Smoky Quartz - 750€
Tiefengletscher, Urseren, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 9.8 x 8.7 x 6.5 cm
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Highly appealing from an aesthetical point of view! The 7.5 cm main crystal strikes with a glassy and highly lustrous body and a sharp pointed termination! It is flawless with only a contact at the back. Side-crystals are largely intact too and show the same high quality! The contrast with the feldspar rich matrix is lovely and really makes this a wonderful specimen!

VJ300 - Quartz Sceptre - 350€
Kreealm, Hüttschlag, St. Johann im Pongau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.9 x 3.6 x 3 cm
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This well shaped sceptre quartz shows brilliant luster and clarity. The head is sharp and shows a nice surface structure as you can see on our picture and video. It has some rough parts and edged here and there. Some of that is slightly chipped but most is just contact induced and natural. The sceptre stem has a crust of feldspar and limonite which adds some contrast and emphasizes the head. A very attractive specimen in overall great condition!