Closed gwindel specimens are extremely rare and even more so in such exceptional quality and color! Characteristic for the locale the quartz shows warm brown color, encased in a surface of beautiful structure and brilliant luster. The crystal is encompassed by several smaller smokies, held together by a flat quartz aggregate that is completely crystallized on the backside. The whole specimen is damage-free with only some peripheral contacts but which are hardly visible. An absolutely striking and gorgeous closed gwindel specimen!
When searching for Swiss amethyst specimens mindat.org shows me exactly 10 pictures. A sign for the sheer rareness of this mineral in Switzerland, as most Alpine amethyst comes from Austria. This scepter amethyst is out of the famous find at Fieschergletscher, made by Kaspar Fahner. The intense purple color is unique for this locale and absolutely fabulous. This cluster of colorless quartz and amethyst is appealingly aesthetic with a distinctive outline and good color contrast. An incredibly rare piece and utterly beautiful!
Very nice quality pericline crystals with a couple of small adularias in between. The largest pericline is around 2.5 cm long. An elegant specimen of beautiful white color that's free of any damage.
The 15 cm quartz crystal show a classic symmetric shape with a pointed termination and broad, lustrous front faces. The bottom is contacted halfway up on the back where the crystal detatched from the rock but is all free of damage as is the rest of this rather dramatic specimen. The clouded lower part is accompanied by a couple of small side-crystals which makes for a nice outline. Further up the crystal turns completely glassy and tapers towards a sharp and flawless pointed termination! A marvelous quartz of considerable size!
A classic aggregation of glassy quartz crystals and brown to orange limonite with a dominant main crystals protruding from the top. While there are very few minor issues here or there the main crystal is all perfect. Even the backside of the more massive quartz matrix is all crystallized making this a complete floater specimen! The contrast of limonate to colorless quartz is characteristic for the locale and overall appealing. Classic Alpine beauty in strikingly well condition!
The main crystal at this high quality smoky quartz specimen is a stocky exemplar of best luster and clarity with a distinctive brown color. The growth pattern is rather unusual, two parallelly intergrown crystals forming a single large and dominant quartz. It is prominently nested between a number of smaller crystals that display the same beautiful quality. A brilliant and highly attractive smoky quartz on matrix!
With considerable size and brilliant, sparkling quality, this is an exceptionally fine piece from the Rauris valley! The single crystal is all flawless, transparent and lustrous right down to the crystallized bottom. A complete marvel with no downsides!
This crystal shows a very distinctive architecture: A sharp cut sceptre head with nice etchings atop a well proportioned stem. The whole specimen is brilliantly glassy and lustrous with very sharp edges and a pointed termination. The edges are a bit rough but which but apart from one single chip on the backside there is no damage whatsoever! Also the bottom is contacted, not broken. Between head and stem you can see iron oxide inclusions which add extra life and color to the otherwise clear and colorless crystal. A superb little specimen of outstanding design and quality!
High quality colorless fluorite from this abandoned mine in northern Italy is famous yet extremely rare on the market. The optical clarity of this specimen is characteristic for the locale and especially well visible on the large main crystal that's well over 3 cm on edge! This main fluorite is set on a stepped cluster of evenly transparent crystals. While color and quality are rather uniform about this piece the main crystal sets itself apart from the rest through its great size and the resulting window-like front face that grants a view upon the blueish, opaque interior. The whole specimen is in exceptional condition with only very insignificant edgewear. An outstanding piece from this rare locale!
This might not be the largest quartz but its quality is absolutely fascinating! The 8.3 cm specimen is from Tessin and shows the characteristic growth habit that is named after this region! The single crystal is of superb quality with brilliant luster and a completely limpid body! The surface shows fine striations and is all perfect. On the backside there are a few inclusions near the surface which add some life to the otherwiese totally smooth specimen! Perfectly well developed and with flawless edges and a pointed termination, this specimen is really something special!
An untamed, vivid composition of large, blocky quartz crystals on a 3-dimensional gneiss matrix with limonite, muscovite and adularia hiding in the corners. The quartz is all glassy and highly lustrous with perfect pointed terminations. All over this is a specimen that's full of details and hidden beauty. Have a look on the video for a better impression!
Phenakite is a rare colorless gemstone that might easily be mistaken for adularia by strahlers. But the chances of you having a disguised phenakite in your cases is slim as this mineral is so extremely rare in the Alpine region! This specimen is an outstanding one dispite its thumbnail size. The sharply defined crystal shows very best luster and a mostly gemmy interior. It is a complete crystal without any damage! A rare chance for this uncommon mineral especially as there is no chlorite present which impairs most Alpine phenakite. Absolutely fantastic in person!