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Alpine Treasures

AF50 - Adularia - 125€
Stgegia Alp, Medel Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 6.1 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm
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A nice, massy adularia crystal on matrix with just the right proportion. The crystal shows the typical rainbow-colored sheen and is lustrous, especially on the front faces. There is some edgewear here and there but no acutal damage. Even the bottom of the matrix is nicely crystallized and offers a worthy base for this fine single adularia crystal.

FA222 - Epidote - 190€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 4.3 x 2.7 x 1.1 cm
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This epidote from the worlds finest epidote deposit at Knappenwand shows good forest green color with the characteristic color-change to brown at the right angle. Especially at the larger 0.6 cm thick crystal this effect is well visible. This piece is in very good condition. The sides are contacted but rehealed. A typical Knappenwand epidote of nice Alpine elegance.

WA61 - Adularia - 350€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 7 x 6 x 3.1 cm
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This is a classic piece of adularia or K-feldspar from Mörchnerkar, better known for its superb hematite and adularia specimens. The large main adularia sits on a matrix-like cluster of smaller crystals, encrusted with rust-red limonite. The adularia is translucent to even transparent and of fantastic luster at the front. Very attractive and practically a floater with only a small contact at the bottom.

AB52 - Apatite - 180€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 2.8 x 2.5 x 2 cm
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One remarkable apatite crystal of size is perched on a small piece of matrix, covered with smaller apatite and muscovite. Aside of one contact at the side which is nicely recrystallized there is no flaw on this piece. The beautiful Alpine character combined with good quality provides a special charm to this specimen.

WA56 - Gypsum - 35€
Höllgraben, Pfarrwerfen, Werfen, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.6 x 7.8 x 4.9 cm
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Bright red gypsum with grey, contrasting schist matrix on all sides. The gypsum is gently washed out leaving a smooth surface between the sharp-edged schist. Overall this is a beautiful and catchy piece, a floater that is free of any damage and 360° appealing!

BL31 - Quartz - 275€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.1 x 6.6 x 3.9 cm
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WOW, what a beautiful cluster of parallel grown quartz crystals, pointing in the same direction. This piece is coming out of an old collection, with a sticker on it reporting that it was found in 1966. It is a floater with just very minor damage on one of the tips at the bottom. Very lovely in person and completely different to most of the quartz I have seen from this locality.

WA6 - Quartz - 140€
Foiskaarsee, Obersulzbachtal, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.7 x 5.1 x 3.3 cm
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Neat, compact and overall attractive. Two main quartz crystals with a slight smoky hue protrude from a brown piece of matrix, accompanied by several quartz side-crystals. Aesthetics and outline are totally appealing in person and with no considerable damage in sight, this is a good choice for the locale and Alpine quartz in general.

XY15 - Smoky Quartz with Adularia - 190€
Monte Prosa, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 5.3 x 4.6 x 3.8 cm
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This floater shows unique, untamed aesthetics. The outline very well shows the larger, doubly terminated main crystal with several side-crystals and adularia that has grown all around this specimen. There is virtually no damage, one smaller break on an adularia crystal is only visible from the backside and utterly acceptable. A distinctive and fragile piece in very good condition!

FB22 - Adularia - 250€
Pizzo Lucendro, St. Gotthard Massiv, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 9 x 4.5 x 2.1 cm
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An elongated stack of translucent to transparent white adularia crystals of highest luster, classy and aesthetic. A line of smaller adularia stretches from bottom to tip like a spine to support the crystals weight. Some chlorite brings color to the picture while not overdoing it. A perfectly elegant adularia specimen from Pizzo Lucendro, beautifull all around and free of damage!

FJ4 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 6800€
Furkapass, Kanton Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 4.7 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm
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Closed gwindel of such fine quality and lovey aesthetics are absolutely marvelous and extremely rare. This one is flawless with a strong right hand twist and perfect crystal quality. No internal cracks, no inclusions, only pure quartz of intense smoky color. The surface is lustrous at the front faces and only slightly chloritized at the slanted faces. The bottom is largely crystallized as well with crystal imprints but no damage at all. A classy, rare and highly desirable specimen!

HW30 - Quartz - 350€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm
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Another quite remarkable quartz from the cavradi gorge. While the high quality of the quartz, with superb luster and clarity is typical for the locale, this special combination with faden-quartz and quartz of unusual crystal habit has a unique look. The whole piece is in very good condition with an absolutely perfect, gemmy main crystal. A sublime piece for the collector of exceptional mineral specimens.

XY38 - Quartz with Siderite - 330€
Lukmanierschlucht, Disentis, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 7 x 6 x 3.3 cm
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The combination with siderite provides this quartz specimen with its very own special charm. The main crystal is like a carrier rocket and everything - the flawless side crystals, the iron oxide coating and the rust-brown siderite - thematically revolves around it. This whole piece is in a very good shape. The main crystal is contacted at the back (which you can very well see through the water-clear crystal body) and has a minor ding, a "Wilbur", at the termination. A great piece of excellent aesthetics and quality!