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Alpine Treasures 18

BT4 - Smoky Quartz - 680€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13.7 x 5 x 4.1 cm
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A single smoky quartz that's pracitcally flawless with a completely crystallized base and only a minimal Wilbur at the tip. The crystal is clear with intensive smoky color and very good luster on all sides. The termination shows some chlorite but is still lustrous and at least partly transparent. Two smaller side crystals are attached to the crystals backside. This is a dominant smoky quartz specimen of good quality and no downsides!

JZ2 - Amethyst Sceptre - 3850€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 11.7 x 6.3 x 4.7 cm
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This is a first class specimen of Alpine amethyst, developed as a cluster of scepters that show absolutely best purple color! The crystals are sharp and extremely lustrous, glassy and virtually flawless. Only some minor chips are visible but not significant on an important piece like this. Bottom and backside are contacted but not damaged. The incredible color and luster of this specimen are best visible in our video!

ZA2 - Epidote with Albite and Apatite - 650€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 17 x 10.6 x 8 cm
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An unusually rich paragenesis from the Knappenwand that shows a well balanced composition of epidote and albite in combination with some apatite and byssolite. The epidote comes in two generations, a grass-green coating of sparkling micro-crystals that covers around half of the rocks surface and a second generation of larger crystals, characteristic for Knappenwand specimens. This epidote stands in contrast to the snow-white adularia that forms cloud-like clusters on the specimens upper half. Small apatite crystals up to 0.5 cm in diameter are distributed between the epidote. This rock is naturally broken and shows us a paragenesis thats very much characteristic for the locale, yet surprisingly rich and detailed!

BT8 - Quartz - 600€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14.3 x 9.6 x 5.7 cm
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White stocky quartz crystals are clustered to form this sparkling floater specimen. The quartz is mostly glassy and transparent with superb luster and very little edgewear. The bottom side is equally nice with smaller crystals but therefor additional white adularia, tiny hematite and even at some spots some titanite, which is a totally characteristic association for the locale. Elegant and appealing in person!

PW12 - Epidote - 6500€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.8 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm
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Dramatic in size and shape, this is a very dominant epidote crystal with a 4.7 cm broad lustrous front face! The termination is chisel-shaped and all flawless, though a little dissolved. Further down there are broken crystals but which are very old and completely re-healed, as is the bottom of this spectacular piece. Due to the thickness of the crystal it's very hard to get any color and only in strong and direct backlight the emerald green is revealed at the edges. This is an old classic in best condition and of amazing size and appearance!

PW4 - Augite - 550€
Söllenkar, Krimmlertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.8 x 5 x 4 cm
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An aggregate of sharp, blocky prisms of greenish black augite on a schist matrix with some white albite that provides a stark contrast. The augite crystals shows very good luster on all sides. The 3-dimensional structure is contacted at the periphery and shows some damaged crystals there but all in all the condition is just fine and little issues are very much acceptable on a rare species like this! Have a look on our video to get a better impression of the overall aesthetics of this piece!

QZ1 - Quartz var. Citrine - 750€
Hoher Sonnblick, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14.6 x 8.5 x 5 cm
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Natural yellow quartz is the shiny prince of the quartz family and extremely rare! This massy specimen from the Rauris Valley is an old classic that fortunately found its way to our stock to proceed to your collection. The whole crystal is in best condition with only microscopic edgewear at the tip. Where the lower parts are milky with impurities or internal cracks, the tip is completely glassy and with the subtle color of sweet lemon-cake. The luster is perfect at the termination and mediocre at the prism faces. The bottom is all healed, not freshly broken. A stunning piece for any collection of Alpine rarities!

ZA1 - Quartz with Adularia - 3300€
Amertal, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14.6 x 12.4 x 8.1 cm
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A fantastic combination of a large, water clear skeletal quartz on a snow white adularia matrix. The whole thing is a floater and undamaged all around. I actually find both the front and the back absolutely beautiful, with a different character but matching quality. The frontside shows the skeletal quartz in all its beauty, the backside scores with large and sharp adularia. The quartz is all perfect, intensively skeletallized yet still showing the typical quartz-termination. The adularia is sharp, translucent white and associated with some, but very little chlorite. Best quality meets unbeatable, unique aesthetics!

IK4 - Smoky Quartz - 2750€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 12.5 x 8.7 x 5 cm
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Typical for Zinggenstock, this smoky quartz specimen shows absolutely best quality. Superb crystals of intensive brown color are grown on a starkly contrasting white matrix, studded with some lovely adularia. The largest quartz is 3.7 cm long, limpid and perfectly lustrous on all sides, as are all other crystals on this wonderful specimen. The matrix is cut at the bottom but all naturally broken at the sides with no damage and hardly any contacts. One tiny little issue: The larger crystal has a wilbur at the tip. All the rest is in absolutely perfect condition which I consider a miracle when thinking of the rather harsh conditions on the mountain. In short: fantastic!

ST6 - Quartz - 360€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.5 x 4.4 x 4.3 cm
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A marvelous sculpturesque skeletal quartz, 360° etched and beautiful. The quartz is completely water-clear with thousands of sparkling faces and great structure. Except for some hard to spot chips this crystal is in very good condition from bottom to top. An intriguing specimen of the rare etched type!

PW16 - Rutile - 1450€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5 x 4.3 x 2.7 cm
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This is a rich and lustrous rutile on matrix from Grieswies that shows rutile crystals up to a little over 1 cm. The rutile is developed as knee-twins and shows very good luster!The crystals are generally opaque but show a dark red shimmer at downlight due to some gemmy red patches. The overall aesthetics is great with the main crystal cluster sitting nicely atop the characteristic and well contrasting matrix.This is an aesthetic rutile matrix piece of exceptionally fine quality with no damage at all!

VA10 - Quartz - 3500€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 16 x 7 x 6 cm
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This is quartz at its very best!
An impressive single crystal that is clear as glass with a perfect wet-look luster. It is almost colorless but shows a nice yellowish tinge throughout the whole crystal body. The sharp pointed termination is a bit rough at the tip but which apparently is not due to damage. Also the bottom, where it detached from the rock, is not freshly broken but fully re-healed.
As you can well see in our video, this is an elegant and truly fascinating specimen of Alpine quartz!