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Alpine Treasures 15

OK28 - Adularia on Pericline - 650€
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 15.8 x 9.8 x 5 cm
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A broad landscape of snow white pericline crowned with some milky adularia. The piece is all perfect save for inevitable peripheral contacts. The largest adularia crystal is 3.5 cm in size, lustrous and studded with some tiny hematite. A lovely piece with many details that shows best quality and a great Alpine character!

ZH2 - Titanite - 1200€
Kristallwand, Frosnitztal, East Tyrol, Austria
Size: 7.5 x 6.7 x 3.5 cm
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A natural matrix specimen with sharp-edged, sparkling titanite crystals of amber-brown color which is absolutely unusual and rare for the Austrian Alps. The crumbly chlorite matrix is partly dissolved but is otherwise complete all around. The titanite crystals are up to around 1.5 cm long and in great condition. Fantastic luster prominently underlines the splendour of the translucent titanite crystals. A rare and outstanding piece of appealing elegance!

XY10 - Quartz - 500€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 3.9 x 3.6 x 1.4 cm
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This little quartz specimen is a real jewel! A floater of unusual shape that is accompanied by a small cluster of adularia. Tiny hematite crystals are very much characteristic for Cavradi. The quartz is completely limpid with a faint smoky color. Most unusual still is the shape, which reminds of a gwindel. Actually if you look very closely you will find a very slight twist but which, in our opinion, does not really classify this as a gwindel. Anyway, this is a brilliant little specimen of best quality!

WF11 - Emerald - 2750€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.8 x 11 x 6.8 cm
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A 2.5 cm long singly crystal on characteristic grey to dark brown schist matrix. The long prismatic hexagonal emerald is 0.75 cm in diamter and shows great luster. The color is an intensive water-green with gemmy patches. The dark matrix nicely emphasizes the crystal and draws the eye immediately to the green center. The crystal is free of damage with a contacted termination where it was grown inside the rock. Very much desirable for the size and quality of this single isolated Alpine emerald!

RT16 - Quartz - 4500€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 14 x 11.6 x 4.8 cm
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A fascinating floater specimen of water-clear, towering quartz on matrix. This piece is crystallized all over, shows a perfectly aesthetic outline and a great variety of doubly terminated crystals. There are no downsides her, only a large diversity of nice details. At very close inspection there are some small chips but nothing of significance. A brilliant quartz floater of characteristically high Cavradi quality!

ZH5 - Fluorite - 6900€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 6.6 x 6.5 x 3.1 cm
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The octahedral fluorite aggregate on this matrix specimen is a staggering 4.6 cm in total, shows intensively pink color and is beautifully developed. The white feldspar matrix provides stark contrast in perfect proportion. I can't remember seeing any specimen from Zinggenstock of such exceptional dimension, especially in such flawless condition! Absolutely spectacular in person!

WA37 - Garnet - Sold
Rossruck, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 17.8 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm
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This is an incredibly rich and exceedingly rare piece of Austrian garnet with crystals up to 1.5 cm in diameter. The rhombododecahedral garnet are blood-red in direct illumination and sit on a silvery mica matrix that very much emphasizes the single isolated crystals. The sheer size of this plate, decorated with so many rounded but flawless crystals is absolutely exciting. A dominant and very attractive specimen for any collection of rare Alpine minerals!

FB36 - Hematite - 4900€
Monte Prosa, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 5 x 4.2 x 3.9 cm
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Hold your breath and have a good look on our video for a 360° view of this masterpiece! This tremendous hematite rose is 4.5 cm broad and staggering 3.9 cm thick! Hundreds of layers of crystallized iron oxide are composing this massive sparkling ball, shaped like a snail shell. This flawless hematite sits on a nice little piece of adularia matrix, contrasting and sparkling. A fantastic and just outstanding Alpine hematite specimen from the famous St. Gotthard Massif!

XY46 - Quartz with Adularia - 1600€
Valsertal, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 17.2 x 6.7 x 6 cm
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The main crystal on this specimen is a doubly terminated, 14.7 cm long and virtually flawless crystal of decent smoky color. It virtically protrudes from a vivid rock/quartz/adularia matrix that is completely crystallized on all sides. The quartz is limpid with only a few internal cracks and shows very good luster all around. Wonderful quality, amazing aesthetics and dramatic size are combined on this totally impressive Swiss smoky quartz specimen!

RK411 - Quartz - 850€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 12.3 x 10.7 x 8.3 cm
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Three colorless quartz crystals around 7 cm in length stick out of this quartz specimen like spikes at the back of an iguana. At the backside there is one crystal missing, the rest is all complete with only very minor edgewear. The quartz is glassy and lustrous, holding some second generation quartz and small white feldspar at the backside which is well visible through the transparent quartz crystals. An aesthetic and very much appealing piece of Rauris quartz!

IX13 - Quartz - 165€
Großer Hexenkopf, Venedigergruppe, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 8.7 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm
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An elongated prismatic quartz crystal that is completely flawless and of good quality. The crystal is transparent with some internal clouds, it is lustrous on all sides and very sharp. The bottom is contacted yet not broken. A decent crystal from Hohe Tauern national park!

WF10 - Smoky Quartz - 320€
Kristallwand, Frosnitztal, East Tyrol, Austria
Size: 10.1 x 3.9 x 3.9 cm
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This is a pristine doubly terminated smoky quartz crystal that shows best luster at the frontside - the backside is somewhat more dull but still good - and some sparkling association of mica and smaller quartz crystals. There is no damage to speak of only microscopic abrasions at the termination. A truly brilliant specimen of excellent aesthetics and superb quality!