Imposing like a mountain, littered with masses of sparkling adularia! Atop this mountain stands a dominant structure of metallic black hematite, well contrasting against the background. The hematite shows lovely rosettes of mirroring hematite on otherwise rather thick plates! Along the left side and the back is an amount of chlorite and muscovite which is characteristic for this important locale!
All in all this is a somehow rough piece but completely free of damage and literally studded with high quality crystals!
One doubly terminated titanite crystal horizontally lies across a small piece of matrix. While the middle section is set with some adularia crystals, both terminations are freely visible. The backside shows the countinuous titanite crystal, 4.4 cm long, but the luster is a little less bright and there is one chip right at the center which makes our choise for a main view obvious. All in all this is definitely an appealing specimen that is basically a floater of good quality!
The architecture of this quartz specimen is just incredibly complex! The main structure is a razor sharp pyramidal termination with distinctive "windows" that is just water-clear! Further down however, the crystal dissipates into an increasing number of smaller crystals, sparkling patterns and doubly terminated projecting alcoves. Absolutely mesmerizing in person, like a castle with hundreds of towers! Turning the piece around you see a massive quartz crystal but which is completely re-crystallized with highly lustrous and well structured surfaces all around. No damage, just mindblowing perfection!
A combination of very sharp quartz crystal with attached hematite on a matrix that is coverend in adularia! The matrix is a complete floater that shows beautiful crystallizations of white adularia and metallic black hematite which makes for a fantastic contrast! The three main quartz crystals are clear and almost colorless with only a slight smoky tinge. Especially the larger crystal has a beautiful cover of hematite, but not too much to completely drown it. Very aesthetic in person!
Right at the center of this adularia/chlorite matrix sits a single titanite crystal of bright green color. The nicely crystallized matrix, the prominent position of the main crystal and its open color make this a nice eye-catcher of best textbook aesthetics! The titanite is gemmy and lustrous and completely flawless! Its tip is encrusted with some chlorite but not too much corroded at all. This is a wonderful specimen of high quality and all around amazing beauty!
This is a remarkably beautiful quartz specimen from Val Gronda da Cavrein that shows best textbook aesthetics! One large main quartz surrounded by several side-crystals is perched on a well proportioned piece of rock matrix. The quartz is glassy and lustrous with only very few internal clouds. The chisel-tip termination is exceptionally sharp and completely flawless! Most unusual about this specimen however is the greenish layer that coveres the matrix. The surface is completely covered in transparent quartz which again grew over an association of chlorite and epidote, which is rare for the Swiss Alps and only characteristic for this valley! Very unusual and appealing in person!
Brilliantly glassy adularia is covering this rock matrix in a beautiful and sparkling way. While the base is a carpet of smaller adularia, the crystals increase in size the further up you look. The crown is a cluster of interlocked glassy crystals up to around 1.5 cm in diameter. Nested between the adularia is a single smoky quartz crystal as well as some tiny rutile needles. An overall appealing specimen in very best condition!
A true masterpiece of just perfect composition and outstanding quality! The dramatic "V"-shape of the (not repaired!) epidote crystals in combination with snow-white albite for contrast is simply amazing. Pure textbook aesthetics! There is one small contact at the left crystal - that thin part that surmounts the thicker crystal right where the small white albite sits. Top aesthetic pieces of good size in combination with white albite are "super rare"! Therefore and because of their sheer beauty these are among the highest and most desirable goals we are looking for from the famous Knappenwand. This epidote is a perfect signboard to representing this category.
One single stocky crystal of glassy quality that is partly encrusted with a mix of limonite and chlorite. This crust adds some character to the otherwise straight and classy crystal. The quartz is lustous and limpid to the very most part with only some internal cracks but really not much! The bottom is completely re-crystallized and free of damage. Overall the condition is extremely well and if it were not for rough edge at the backside I would call it perfect! A very likeable specimen of great quality and appeal!
This specimen is huge and full of beauty once you take the time to go into it! As a complete floater it is fully crystallized on all sides. Be it great colorless calcite on the front or sharp white adularia at the back, there is not a speck on this rock that is not covered in crystallized minerals! The front view is dominated by marvelous glassy calcite aggregates with great luster and clarity! The calcite is surrounded by sharply defined adularia rhombs, contrasted by some chlorite. The backside is a 3-dimensional landscape of adularia and chlorite. The overall condition of this imposing specimen is surprisingly fine with only some minor contacts here and there - mostly on the back - but no damage! Hard to imagine how a large specimen like this could survive the retrieving process in such unharmed condition! A unique specimen of great size and beauty!
Titanites are very hard to get in Switzerland as they are so rarely found. this very special one from Val Cristallina shows just lovely aesthetics with superb color and striking contrast! The main titanite is a 0,9 cm thick twin crystal that is gemmy, brightly green and flawless all around! Surrounded by snow white pericline and some silvery mica it is the very highlight and a real eye-catcher! The whole specimen is in best condition with only some peripheral contact but no damage. Highest quality and amazing composition make this a beautiful Alpine marvel!
This is a complete floater, heavily etched all around yet at some areas still showing the original cubical crystal habit! The color is a combination of very light green and violet, showing very interesting zoning throughout the crystal. Some limonite inclusions add an earthy-brown color here and there though most of the fluorite is just transparent and flawless! It is all complete and perfect all around! A stunning specimen from this important locale which is very remarkable in person!