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Alpine Treasures 21

IV2 - Titanite - 350€
Val Cristallina, Val Medel, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 3.1 x 1 x 0.7 cm
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A light green single crystal specimen of titanite that displays rather unusual crystal shape. Unlike many wedge-shaped, compact crystals this titanite is elongated and has a rounded yet completely flawless termination! Some extensions around the base are damaged but the main crystal is all complete and fine. The surface is lustrous, the crystal is mostly translucent with some gemmy patches along the edges. Very unusual and especially rare for the locale!

MI2 - Epidote - 5800€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 3.1 x 2.7 cm
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A classic epidote specimen from the worlds best locale for the mineral: Knappenwand! The largest crystal of the piece is a little over 1cm thick and 5 cm long. It has brilliant luster and a sharp termination with some rough corners but no damage. Combined with several other crystals it is grown out from a compact cluster of epidote and byssolite that is naturally developed all around with no breaks or contacts. The backside shows a small apatite crystal, very characteristic for the locale. The condition is near-perfect with only some damage at the smallest of side-crystals. Definitely one of the finer specimens of epidote with its very own elegant character!

FQ15 - Smoky Quartz - 3100€
Wiesbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.7 x 8.3 x 7.3 cm
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One single smoky quartz crystal of dark brown color stands out from a piece of characteristic Habach Valley schist matrix. It is around 4 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm large and flawless. The crystal is accompanied by several smaller side-crystals of matching quality. Still, the main crystal is the unmistakable center of this specimen and dramatically draws the attention to it! This highly aesthetic specimen is from the famous find from around 1993 by Alois Steiner and Reinhard Heim, the latter of whom just recently sold the piece to us from his private collection! A unique and most attractive piece from this locale!

FB50 - Quartz - 850€
Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 29.5 x 16 x 6.7 cm
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This is an outstanding etched quartz specimen with impressive size that shows exceptionally rich structure, color and just beautiful details! The unusual etched shape reveals its secrets when you turn the piece around (go ahead and watch our video for a look on this aspect). You can see on the flat prism faces, that this was once a huge single quartz crystal that only later dissolved to form this remarkable piece! That’s long-age geographic history made visible in one dramatic specimen! The quality is high, showing very good clarity and great luster. Some surface chloritisation at the back radiates dark green color throughout the whole crystal. Absolutely stunning and beautiful in person!

RK148 - Quartz Faden - 120€
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.6 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm
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A vertical piece of matrix, sparkling with some quartz micro crystals, holds a cluster of clear and colorless quartz. The quartz is grown in an unusually complex pattern which is very much appealing and perfectly presented on matrix. The right end of the structure is contacted which accounts for the surprisingly low price for this otherwise outstanding and beautiful piece!

RK273 - Scolecite - 75€
Arvigo, Calanca Valley, Misox, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 2.7 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm
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A single spray of glassy scolecite needles from the gneiss quarries of Arvigo, one of only a few Alpine sources for this mineral. The crystals are transparent and lustrous and in overall very good condition. The scolecite is associated with some greenish prehnite. A nice and attractive little rarity from the Swiss/Italian border.

PE3 - Milarite - Sold
Urseren, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 6.2 x 2.6 x 2 cm
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First of all look at the size of these milarite crystals! A combination of two main crystals vertically extends over a length of 4.8 cm across the white feldspar matrix. This is absolutely outstanding and stunning for this rare minerals which is mainly found in very small crystals, mostly under 1 cm. The single crystals measure 3.1 and 2.6 cm whereby especially the upper, doubly terminated and freestanding milarite impresses with its superb quality! Glassy, gemmy, highly lustrous and in perfect condition! The front side is largely covered in chlorite but still the luster is shining through. The backside is completely free and grants the insight into the gemmy colorless inside! The whole specimen is in excellent condition and crystallized even at the backside. An important specimen for the mineral that is exceptionally aesthetic and impresses with staggeringly large high quality crystals!

RP9 - Smoky Quartz - 670€
Goldbergspitze, Hohe Tauern, Raurisertal, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.2 x 7.4 x 6.3 cm
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Every collector of Rauris minerals has the same problem: It's almost impossible to get a good smoky quartz from this region. Especially one that shows such dark brown color as this very specimen we have here! The single dominant smoky quartz is very well developed and clear at the insice - with imperfections and inclusions, but which is acceptable on a rare specimen like this. The surface shows especially nice luster at the front with striations and sharp edges. The termination is flawless and sharp! On the backside there are several intergrown sidy-crystals which show contacts yet fortunately the main view is in very best shape! An outstanding and exceedingly rare specimen from the Rauris valley!

SB7 - Quartz - 1750€
Saurüssel, Mörchnerkar, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 10.3 x 7.2 x 4.8 cm
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The Austrian Saurüssel is well known among collectors for outstanding amethyst specimens as well as beautiful hematite roses. Less known are colorless quartz specimen yet here we have a specimen that tops the vast majority of quartz from this famous locale! A group of high-quality quartz prisms is set on a naturally broken piece of granite gneiss. That matrix is covered in quartz micro-crystals and some orange limonite that adds color and contrast. The quartz itself is water-clear, sharp and contains beautiful byssolite needles at the core. The piece is in very good condition. Minimal damage is present though hardly disturbing or even visible from the front view. A highly attractive specimen for its unusual, appealing aesthetics and the superb crystal quality!

FA25 - Hematite - 2800€
Fibbia, Fontana, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 9.6 x 7.5 x 4.3 cm
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This iron-rose cluster is a massy piece of high quality. The roses are neatly structured and hold some rutile at the surface. Despite the very fine structure, those nested roses are very thick and show sparkling luster. At the back and the bottom of the specimen you find some matrix, which nicely adds contrast to the overall beauty. A fine piece of imposing size and top quality alike.

YP2 - Titanite - 950€
Val Cristallina, Val Medel, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 4.3 x 1.6 x 0.7 cm
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A light green single crystal specimen of titanite that displays rather unusual crystal shape. Unlike many wedge-shaped, compact crystals this titanite is elongated and has a rounded yet completely flawless termination! In fact the whole crystal is virtually flawless safe for one minuscule chip that is hardly visible. The surface is lustrous, the crystal is mostly translucent with some gemmy patches along the edges. Very unusual and especially rare for the locale!

SN1 - Quartz Gwindel - 2500€
NEAT Tunnel, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 8.6 x 6 x 4.5 cm
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This completely colorless gwindel is nothing short of spectacular for its pristine quality, the well defined development and the overall aesthetics! Colorless gwindels are much rarer then the smoky variant and this glassy white specimen is like out of this world! Or better: From far below this world as it was found during the construction works for the NEAT tunnel, the longest road tunnel this world has ever seen! And what are the chances to hit and not just simply destroy such a beauty in that dark, industrious environment? Still, here it is and it has not a single scratch! 7 cm long, 2.6 cm thick, sharp, lustrous and set on a evenly pristine matrix-like cluster of colorless quartz. Absolutely stunning in person!