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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!

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!

PE3 - Milarite - 6000€
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!

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!

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!

FB32 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 2300€
Galmihorn, Münster, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 6 x 5.4 x 1.5 cm
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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 cm
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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!

AA18 - Smoky Quartz - 200€
Fibbia, Fontana, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 6.5 x 3 x 1.9 cm
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This is a single, doubly terminated smoky quartz crystal of excellent quality with two absolutely flawless terminations. At the base where it was attached to the matrix it features some white feldspar as well as some chlorite, expanding a little over one of the terminations, but the rest of the crystal is completely free and lustrous. A superb specimen of unusually well defined character!

LP7 - Quartz Gwindel - 2500€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.6 x 3 x 1.5 cm
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What a gem! Crystal-clear quartz forms this amazingly lovely and rare structure. Amidst an aggregate of short prismatic colorless quartz has grown a sharp, brilliant and flawless closed gwindel! With a size of 2.5 x 1.9 cm it is a stunning jewel and incredibly rare for Cavradi and the whole region around! As kind of a visual counterweight there is a well defined stocky quartz crystal at the right side of the specimen which adds much in respect of aesthetics! The whole piece is in best condition without any flaws. The underneath is contacted, not broken. Closed gwindel specimens of such perfection are extremely hard to find, no matter the locale. Cavradi however is an even more uncommon place so we are truly happy to present this little sweetie!

TB21 - Quartz - 1600€
Hornspitze, Mitterbachtal, Ahrntal, South-Tirol, Italy
Size: 9.8 x 7.3 x 5.1 cm
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This is a spectacularly beautiful quartz floater specimen in person! A doubly terminated chloritized crystal horizontally lies at the base to support a crown of transparent crystals. Aside some re-crystallized contact at the back and an insignificant chip at the bottom crystal this specimen is in best condition with all main crystals complete and undamaged. This piece clearly speaks a language of elegance and pure splendour!