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Alpine Treasures 17

XY25 - Smoky Quartz - 520€
Fibbia, Fontana, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 11 x 6 x 4.5 cm
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A beautyful glassy smoky quartz crystal with very good luster all around. The bottom is nicely crystallized with no damage. The backside of the termination seems to have had a contact but which also is perfectly crystallized and flawless. One or two minor chips are hardly visible and not at all troubling on this overall beautiful and impressive specimen!

RK269 - Quartz - 220€
Greina pass area, Camadra Valley, Blenio Valley, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 7.1 x 5.8 x 3.8 cm
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A beautiful near-perfect doubly terminated quartz crystal of best quality! It shows brilliant luster on all sides, a beautiful structure and some nice inclusions that make this piece even more interesting. While you see a pointed termination at the top the bottom is much more irregular but completely crystallized all the same. This is a highly appealing quartz specimen from the uncommon locale Greina Pass as you can very well see in our video!

KI15 - Schorl - 480€
Gamsmutter, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.2 x 5.4 x 2.5 cm
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Alpine tourmaline is a rare thing to have especially if it is supposed to be attractive!
While most significant classic schorl specimen are from Lohning quarry in Rauris Valley, this rather large and impressive piece was found at the Habach Valley. It is a sparkling composition of thin, jet black tourmaline needles all showing best luster. Some peripheral regions are damaged but front and backside are equally beautiful and in great condition. The backside has some additional chlorite and white albite. All in all this is an outstanding specimen of Alpine schorl!

PA21 - Quartz with Adularia - 1400€
Brand, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.8 x 7.5 x 4 cm
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The quality of this phantom quartz is just amazing!
It's as if the chlorite and rock that's visible inside lies just below the surface of a steady pool of water, all quiet and mesmerizing. At some spots the chlorite breaks through the surface which makes this piece even more lively. As a floater this piece is perfect all around while the luster is admittedly less good at the backside. Some snow-white adularia adds a great visual effect to this overall just beautiful specimen of Felbertal quartz!

PW6 - Amethyst - 3500€
Zirknitz, Goldberg group, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 12.6 x 9.1 x 5.5 cm
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Let's get to the drawback right away: This amethyst specimen is damaged at the tip and one of the side-terminations. Now that that's said, this piece is absolutely fantastic from one of the very best Alpine amethyst finds of all time! Hardly ever have I seen such incredibly strong color on a large and massive Alpine amethyst specimen like this, paired with wet-look luster and beautiful stacked crystallization. Most sections at the back are crudely crystallized but damage is scarce and anyway, the main view is just stunning and a real eye-catcher! Rare and outstanding Alpine amethyst of great size and exceptional quality!

PT8 - Quartz Sceptre - 500€
Saurüssel, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 11.8 x 9.1 x 4.5 cm
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This is a piece of pure natural aesthetics that can only develop its full beauty in person! Lovely sceptre amethysts along other quartz crystals are grown on a bed of cream-colored albite, dark green chlorite and gneis matrix. The longest, most distinct sceptre amethyst is 2.5 cm long, the most voluminous crystal is around 1.5 cm thick, all without damage!
While this piece is not for the collector of textbook composed specimens or crystal fetishists, it sure is a rewarding and exceptional specimen for the collector of Alpine beauties!

SL48 - Fluorite - 270€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 6.8 x 5.2 x 4.5 cm
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A glassy foater specimen of etched fluorite from Italy. The surface is frosted but smooth enough to let you see inside the clear crystal. It is free of any damage and shows a greenish tinge. Near the backside you find some spots of purple that distribute the color throughout the fluorite. Very 3-dimensional and appealing in person!

KA23 - Wulfenite and Barite - 480€
Stefanie Mine, Bad Bleiberg, Bleiberg District, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnsiche Alpen, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 13 x 10.7 x 4.1 cm
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A true rarity among the wulfenite specimens from Bad Bleiberg are these green wulfenite in association with white and rust-orange barite. This very specimen is rather large for the species. The wulfenite, hidden among the dominant barite, forms a continuous, sparkling green crust on the rock matrix. Single wulfenite crystals reach a size of up to 7mm. Barite threatens to overtake the wulfenite but leaves just enough space for the green brilliance to break through and impress with color and great quality. An excellent piece for the collector of the exceptional!

BT13 - Smoky Quartz - 2900€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 15.2 x 9.5 x 6 cm
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Fully loaded with glassy smoky quartz crystals this plate enchantingly sparkles in proper showcase light! All crystals are flawless and highly lustrous. The color varies a little where larger crystals generally show a darker brown, smaller ones are almost colorless.
Like hidden in plain sight is a rather large gwindel(!) at the center of the piece but wich is 90° rotated and thus exposing its pointed side. A brilliant discovery!
Best crystal quality and great outline are combined on this masterly smoky quartz specimen. Have a look on our video which stunningly displays the incredible luster on all sides!

KI17 - Emerald - 1700€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.9 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm
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Very characteristic for the famous Leckbackrinne in Habachtal this specimen presents a great contrast of dark silvery mica schist and a single, intensively green and gemmy emerald. The crystal is 1.9 x 0.7 cm in size and shows a fantastic emerald-green color. It is free of damage and has a frosted surface. A well proportioned specimen from Europes best locality for emerald crystals!

KB70 - Quartz Sceptre - 190€
Erfurter Steig, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 5.2 x 2.1 cm
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A distinct quartz sceptre peeps out between some other translucent quartz crystals. All surfaces are lustrous and undamaged. some rust brown limonite adds color to this lovely little - yet highly aesthetic - specimen! Have a look on our video which gives a perfect impression of this charming piece!

WZ36 - Fluorite with Calcite - 1000€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm
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While most comparable pieces of this region are etched from humid acid and thus dull, this very specimen is fantastically lustrous and sharp. Found in the local permafrost soil, this floater is one of a very little number of comparable pieces. White the top patch - behind the catchy doubly terminated orange calcite - is contacted, there is no actual damage anywhere on this piece. Even the backside is completely crystallized and perfect. The crystals are intensively purple at the core with a zone of colorless, transparent fluorite around it. A beautiful and rare piece from Weißeck!