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Alpine Treasures 21



IV2 - Titanite - 350€
Val Cristallina, Val Medel, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 3.1 x 1 x 0.7
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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!


RQ3 - Fluorite - 2100€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 11.1 x 7.5 x 5.4
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Large cubical fluorite crystals of appealing purple color that is characteristic for Weißeck area. Under direct illumination you can see different color layers. From a pinkish fringe to a light blue interlayer and further to a intensively purple, almost pink core. The composition shows a thin quartz plate around 0.6 cm thick that is encrusted with fluorites of differing size and shape. The main view is like a crown of purple around said quartz plate and highly aesthetic, while the backside is a full fluorite front. The largest crystal on this piece is a remarkable 3.8 cm on edge! The bottom is not a new break but fully rehealed. This is an imposing specimen and a outstanding example for this region and the Austrian Alps as a whole.


MI2 - Epidote - 5800€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 3.1 x 2.7
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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!


UV2 - Hematite - 2300€
Monte Prosa, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 5 x 3.7 x 2
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Bright luster and lovely, very detailed development are trademarks of this fine Monte Prosa hematite! The hematite shows brilliant rosettes on front and backside of mirroring metallic quality! The whole thing is without damage and sits on an amorphous white quartz piece, complete and without breaks. While the outline of this heamtite looks sharp from the front, the side-view surprises with rich catchy details!<br>There is no damage to speak of. One or two hard to identify micro-chips are trivial on a superb specimen of such extravagant beauty and quality! This is a true marvel of an Alpine "iron rose"!


RK148 - Quartz Faden - 120€
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.6 x 3.5 x 2.7
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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!


GB2 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - Sold
Galenstock Mt., Tiefenbach, Urserental, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 8.9 x 7 x 3.1
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Size and quality of this single gwindel crystal are stunning in person! It is incredibly well developed with a distinct twist of around 30°. There is some chloritization around the jagged sides but the smooth front and the more complex backside - if one calls it a "backside" which is not obvious at all - are free of chlorite and show good luster. The crystal is all free of internal cracks. Gwindel specimens of such dramatic size are scarce, especially without damage. This crystal is in really excellent condition! Take a loupe and you will find only one tiny chip, 1mm long. This is what I call a high class smoky quartz gwindel specimen!


PE3 - Milarite - 6000€
Urseren, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 6.2 x 2.6 x 2
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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!


SB7 - Quartz - 1750€
Saurüssel, Mörchnerkar, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 10.3 x 7.2 x 4.8
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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!


YP2 - Titanite - 950€
Val Cristallina, Val Medel, Grischun, Switzerland
Size: 4.3 x 1.6 x 0.7
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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
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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!


FB32 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 2300€
Galmihorn, Münster, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 6 x 5.4 x 1.5
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The spotless, lustrous front face of this impressive smoky quartz gwindel allows a view to the completely glassy crystal body that is free of any cracks or inclusions. The backside is speckled with tiny hematite, adding a sparkling effekt. Admittedly this specimen is not completely perfect, showing a tiny chip at the top plus some abrasions at the sides, but both not really apparent, even if you know where they are. All in all this is a great gwindel with distinct twist and outline, nicely colored and of brilliant quality as you hardly find alike!


IV1 - Aragonite - 800€
Styrian Erzberg, Eisenerz, Styria, Austria
Size: 22.5 x 16.5 x 8
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This classic aragonite (var. "Eisenblüte") from the Styrian Erzberg is a rather large and impressive exemplar with well defined tentacle-like development as is characteristic for this important locale. Hundreds of such tentacles are grown on a thin plate of aragonite in a very vibrant, 3-dimensional, almost biological appearing form. Sure, many of those branches are broken but this is unavoidable on a delicate species like this and to be honest, the damage is rather acceptable - most specimens on the market, even smaller one, are in much worse condition! Large, snow-white and seemingly alive, this specimen adds a very unique aspect to your showcase!