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Alpine Treasures 18

BT4 - Smoky Quartz - 680€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13.7 x 5 x 4.1
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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, Tirol, Austria
Size: 11.7 x 6.3 x 4.7
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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!

WZ2 - Quartz - 1650€
Hoher Sonnblick, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.1 x 4 x 3.3
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Sharp, glassy and with hundreds and hundreds of mirroring faces this specimen appeares as an ivory tower of pristine quality! The piece is crystallized all over with some limonite covering the sharp bottom termination. The tip is a scepter that is completely gemmy with best luster and not the slightest chip. A rare beauty of unique shape, flawless crystallization and absolutely best quality!

WZ34 - Smoky Quartz - 6000€
Val Giuv, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 11.6 x 9.6 x 7.1
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No picture and no video can show you the full beauty of this specimen!<br> Best quality meets a wonderful 3-dimensional shape, amplified by so many little details! The smoky quartz has marvelous brown color in totally clear and glassy crystals, all covered in smooth surfaces of best wet-look luster. All terminations are unharmed and even the periphery shows no damage whatsoever. The underside is crystallized with quartz and chlorite, making this a complete floater-specimen. Absolutely gorgeous in person and in perfect condition!

ZA2 - Epidote with Albite and Apatite - 650€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 17 x 10.6 x 8
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

PW8 - Hematite - 8500€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertaler Alpen, Nordtirol, Austria
Size: 12.3 x 8.7 x 4.4
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This iron rose is a real colossus! Thick, large, mirror-like plates of hematite are stacked together to form this heavy yet nicely developed specimen. The faces show lovely rosettes as is characteristic for Alpine hematite. The backside is smothered with silvery muscovite. The whole thing is in best condition with only very minor issues that are natural on a heavy and exceptional piece like this. <br>Mörchnerkar is known for yielding some of the best Alpine hematite where this specimen is just outstanding for the sheer size and the overwhelming beauty!