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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.

FA116 - Epidote - 440€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.8 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm
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As you know, epidote is a very fragile mineral. Most specimens are repaired and so is this one. But aside of this one repair this beautiful epidote cluster is in superb condition with virtually all of the smaller clystals intact. It is very much 3-dimensional with some byssolite here and there. A remarkably aesthetic mineral specimen of high quality, good general condition and a dramatic visual impact.

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.

AB35 - Quartz - Sold
Grimsel, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 9 x 5.8 x 4.2 cm
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Right to the point: If you can live with an encrusted backside then this is a marvelous choice for a reasonable price. In fact the completely clear crystals with mirroring luster grant a unimpeded look at said backside, making for a unique and highly appealing view! The whole piece is flawless and a complete floater. Definitely a striking piece of exceptional beauty!

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!

RK339 - Quartz - Sold
Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 5.9 x 3.2 x 1.4 cm
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Water-clear crystals and a distinctive fork-shape are distinguishing this quartz specimen. At the main crystals back you find some iron oxide and mica which adds a very nice color-effect. The bottom is perfectly recrystallized and free of damage as is the rest of this impressive little specimen.

FB35 - Amethyst - 3700€
Fieschergletscher, Berner Alpen, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 5.4 x 2.9 cm
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When searching for Swiss amethyst specimens mindat.org shows me exactly 10 pictures. A sign for the sheer rareness of this mineral in Switzerland, as most Alpine amethyst comes from Austria. This scepter amethyst is out of the famous find at Fieschergletscher, made by Kaspar Fahner. The deep purple color is unique for this locale and absolutely fabulous. This cluster of colorless quartz and amethyst is appealingly aesthetic with a distinctive outline and good color contrast. The backside is contacted with one small chip but is otherwise in flawless condition. An incredibly rare piece and utterly beautiful!