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Alpine Treasures 23

CW1 - Smoky Quartz - 950€
Gletschhorn, Furka pass area, Urseren, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 7.8 x 4 x 3.1 cm
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Exceptionally dark and sharp crystal of smoky quartz in very best condition! The quartz is highly lustrous on all sides with fine surface striations. Inside the crystal it soon gets very dark and murky, only direct strong backlight is able to penetrate the almost black crystal - you would probably call this specimen a "morion". What you can't see in the picture is the broad chisel tip termination with a 1.5 cm blade, so sharp you could cut your finger with! Have a look on our video for that specific detail! A side-crystal at the base of the quartz adds much in terms of aesthetics. The bottom is contacted, not broken and there is no damage anywhere on the piece.

MD328 - Titanite - 1400€
Auernig, Mallnitz, Ankogel, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 11 x 5.6 x 4.7 cm
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Olive green fishtail twin crystals of titanite in combination with pericline and chlorite completely cover the surface of this rock matrix. The largest titanite right at the center is 1.5 cm long, transparent and flawless. Overall there is hardly any damage, only some peripheral issues on smaller crystals. The composition appears very natural and classic. An abundance of crystals on a heavy, naturally broken rock. Very unusual and hard to get from this remote locale!

ZP1 - Quartz - 2200€
Piz Regina, Adula Alpen, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 12.3 x 8.3 x 6.3 cm
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The single dominant main crystal is embedded in a somewhat chaotic aggregate of evenly brilliant side-crystals which lends this specimen its very own sublime aesthetics! The main quartz is glassy like a cut gem with sharp edges and brilliant luster. There is some edge-wear present very little and hardly visible on this rich and vibrant specimen. Turning the piece around one can see only more and more amazing aspects of this sparkling beauty. The backside is contacted but is completely re-crystallized and pristine. The bottom as well is crystallized and associated with grey schist inclusions. This is an absolute marvel of best quality and sweeping aesthetics!

OK1 - Pericline - 135€
Großer Happ, Venedigergruppe, Hohe Tauern, Prägraten, Osttirol, Austria
Size: 10 x 6.2 x 4.6 cm
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Nice blocky albite crystals of the pericline variety are clustered on a piece of naturally broken matrix. The largest crystals are over 3 cm long and snow white with only minimal chlorite. Some peripheral crystals are contacted but there is no damage. Between the pericline there are a couple of smaller adularia crystals which are a bit hard to see though for the lack of contrast. An overall elegant piece of classic Alpine character!

KE2 - Quartz - 480€
Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 8.7 x 5.5 x 2.3 cm
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This is a classic from the Swiss Binntal, a beautiful specimen of several water-clear quartz crystals on matrix! The long prismatic main crystal that protrudes 5,8 cm from the matrix shows great luster and a sharp chisel-tip termination that is in absolute best condition without even the slightest wear or abrasion! Colorless, transparent, glassy and attractively attached to a well proportiones piece of matrix!

PU477 - Quartz - 500€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm
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A water-clear floater of very much unusual shape! Perfect wet-look luster shines on every crystal face - and there are plenty of faces, fine structures, windows and terminations. Scattered across the quartz are some single isolated pyrite crystals around 3-4 mm in diameter. Characteristic iron oxide coatings between the gaps adds some golden orange shimmer to the specimen. The whole piece is near-perfect. Only at the bottom there are some minor chips but the rest is flawless. Intriguing and beautiful in person!

YZ581 - Quartz - Sold
Schlatenkees (Schlaten glacier), Gschlöss Valley, Tauern Valley, East Tyrol, Austria
Size: 13.7 x 7.5 x 6.6 cm
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A classic prismatic quartz crystal of transparent interior is completely covered in a uniform not-too-heavy coating of chlorite microcrystals which makes it strikingly unique! Also the bottom is fully crystallized and partly covered in chlorite. There is no damage whatsoever. The coating grants the crystal a fabric-like texture which feels and looks quite wonderful. Still, through this chlorite you can easily see the internal transparency of the crystal, which is amazingly beautiful if you have some love for the unusual and natural! Found by Gottlieb Obkircher some 20 years ago.

CW863 - Quartz - 1850€
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.5 x 5 x 3 cm
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The Rauris region is one of the finest locales for quartz in Austria and this incredibly fine quartz specimen is definitive proof of that! The main crystal has its very own unusual architecture. Obviously it is constructed from at least three intergrown crystals, very naturally combined to one sinlge dominant dagger-like crystal! Sharp edges and termination as well a the brilliant luster and limpid body make this a fantastic high quality specimen! Several smaller side crystals improve the overall aesthetics and make this piece so very much unique! A stunner of distinctive aesthetics and highest crystal quality!

DP692 - Quartz - 1150€
Winterstock, Göscheneralp, Göschenen Valley, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 10 x 8.7 x 6.2 cm
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A very well composed piece of quartz on an all crystallized feldspar and chlorite matrix! The quartz shows a subtle smoky color and is developed in straight prismatic crystals with pointed terminations. The inside is completely clear, the surface lustrous with only very slight chloritization on the terminal faces. I like the overall aesthetics of the piece that features one obvious main crystal and several supportive side-crystals on a very natural matrix with no damage. Very nice in person and hard to come by in such appealing design!

KO840 - Titanite - 1800€
Lienzinger, Hollersbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.1 x 1.4 x 0.8 cm
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Luster and surface structure on this gemmy green titanite twin are outright spectacular! Sharp like a scalpel and designed like a piece of engraving artwork this crystal is utterly unique! The tabular crystal is unusually flat and somehow irregularly constructed but which gives it just another dimension of uniqueness. The inside is all gemmy with a mix of apple green and earth brown zones. The backside is flat with a frosted surface. It's about the front which is just breathtaking indeed. Always astounding what nature is capable of!

SO49 - Quartz Sceptre - 4600€
Sandkopf, Kleines Fleißtal, Hohe Tauern, Kärnten, Austria
Size: 9.5 x 4.3 x 4 cm
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Not a single scratch! It might be hard to believe on a high quality specimen like this but however close you look, there is nothing, not the slightest abrasion, no damage, not a single scratch! This scepter is out of the famous 1980 find at the Sandkopf and it is a total stunner. The glassy head is very sharp and distinctively developed. It shows best luster, colorless transparency and a uniquely fine architecture! The stem is somewhat more milky with some feldspar inclusioins which separates it from the head. Surface luster and condition are equally perfect here, even the bottom is not broken but contacted and re-healed. This is a gorgeous marvel of considerable size that is a masterpiece for the mineral and the locale alike!

VT2 - Quartz - 1300€
Turbhorn, Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 16 x 6 x 4 cm
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A superb quartz specimen from the Binntal that strikes with incredibly good quality and the impressive size of 16 cm! The striated surface shows excellent luster, encompasses the tessin quartz habit and emphasizes the sharp contours! The tapering shape leads right up to the pointed and flawless termination! Around the middle section and the base you will find some mica which adds much to the already attractive design! Overall this glassy specimen is in very best condition. One broken side crystal at the base is the only small flaw, the rest is just pristine and perfect!