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Alpine Treasures 23

CR910 - Quartz Sceptre - Sold
Schwarzenstein, Mörchnerkar, Zillertal Alps, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 12.5 x 7 x 5.5 cm
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Classic yet highly unusual! This quartz sceptre is a pristine exemplar from the famous Mörchnerkar that combines a large, massive crystal with very fine details and vivid structures! Atop a broad stem of milky white quartz is a conical head, colored with black inclusions. Intensive etchings - the windows or "Fenster" - are visible on every side, distinctively developed and beautifully structured! The whole specimen is in very good condition. Even the bottom is all crystallized and perfect! A dramatic specimen of exceptional quality and visual impact!

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!

TF101 - Magnetite - Sold
Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 5.7 x 4.7 x 3.7 cm
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Binntal magnetites count as the Alps best and are all time classics! While most magnetite is enclosed in mother rock the crystals from this locale are often free, sharp and highly lustrous! The main crystal here is 1.1 cm in diameter and very well placed on a piece of rock matrix. Its octahedral shape is distinctively visible as the crystal stands freely on the rock. The crystal is perfect and of top quality!

VB554 - Smoky Quartz with Fluorite - Sold
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 9.3 x 7.6 x 6.6 cm
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It's a perfectly well balanced combination of one prominent smoky quartz and a single pink fluorite octahedraon on matrix. Especially the fluorite is a stunning eye-catcher with rather good color and perfect, flawless design! There is not a single scratch on this marvel! The quartz is perfectly clear with a sharp, prismatic habit and a well-cut chisel-tip termination. There is a small ding on the tip but which is hardly noticeable from the front. The two main focus points of this specimen are associated with a number of smaller smoky quartz side-crystals, all of which are undamaged and sparkling on the white matrix! The overall picture is totally stunning and leaves a remarkable impact!

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!

OX331 - Hematite - Sold
Fibbia, Fontana, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
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A lovely little hematite of the iron rose aggregate on matrix that is exceptionally 3-dimensional and in absolutely perfect condition from the most famous hematite-locale Fibbia at the central St. Gotthard Massif. I have hardly ever see such perfection and beauty on a miniature specimen like this! The single iron rose is freely set on a beige to white feldspar matrix that is crystallized on all sides. The hematite itself is unusually well developed: the rosette is 2.7 cm in diameter and incredible 1.8 cm thick! Our video provides a better look on the overwhelming 3-dimensional shape! This is true perfection!

LM2 - Quartz - Sold
Turbenalp, Goms, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 9.3 x 4 x 1 cm
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This single shard of glassy quartz is shaped like some kind of chisel or scraper. It is practically a floater with only one small contact. There is no damage here. The unusual flat shape of this crystal is a rare find, especially in such high quality! The crystal is water-clear and brilliantly lustrous. One side shows tiny crater-like imprints as well as microscopic muscovite inclusions. The other side is completely pristine and clear. A remarkably beautiful specimen of unusual design!

YZ581 - Quartz - 170€
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.