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Alpine Treasures 26



CW234 - Quartz - 850€
Marmottakluft, Grimselpass, Haslital, Kanton Bern, Switzerland
Size: 6.9 x 6 x 3.8 cm
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Impressive clarity and aesthetics are main attractions of this very fine small cabinet quartz specimen. The main crystal has a length of 6.7 cm and protrudes from the very center of a very beautiful group of crystals. The quartz is all pristine, colorless, lustrous and highly aesthetic! The tip of the main crystal is somewhat worn but which is not all too obvious and is the only small downside on this otherwise attractive specimen!


FP296 - Fluorite - 950€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.4 x 4.6 x 3 cm
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The majority of fluorites from Weißeck is dull due to humid acid etchings. This breathtaking specimen preserved its scintillating luster embedded in permafrost before it was found in the so called ice-cleft. The quality is beautiful fluorite floater is really amazing with best luster and clarity on sharp and flawless cubes. Also in terms of aesthetics this piece is unique and appealing alike! Very attractive and pristine!


EN459 - Smoky Quartz - 4000€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 23 x 14.6 x 10.8 cm
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It's hard to believe that such an impressive, heavy specimen came out nearly perfect and unharmed! The termination is sharp and flawless and when turning the piece around there is only very minimal damage. One crack at the lower half does no completely run through, there is only a small part broken off. What's special here besides the exceptional size is the superb quality. The quartz is glassy from bottom to top and shows best shiny luster on all sides! Also the bottom is mostly crystallized, not broken. Some muscovite at the side additional character. Absolutely stunning in person with best luster and dramatic size!


EP103 - Fluorite with Calcite - 2850€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.2 x 7.8 x 4.1 cm
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This brilliant fluorite specimen from Weisseck is in absolutely best condition all around! The specimen is an elegant sculpture composed of stacked purple fluorite cubes up to 1.5 cm on edge. The fluorites show intensive purple color at the core with colorless zones towards the surface which makes it easier for the light to enter and let the piece shine! The surface is highly lustrous which is a rare thing for Weisseck fluorites as most of them are dull from humic acid etchings. This piece on the other hand was found at the permafrost soil and kept its superb luster! Here and there you can find some orange calcite crystals attached to the fluorite which adds some more color and diversity. Have a look on our video to see the piece from all sides, including the fully crystallized backside!


RK17 - Quartz - 115€
Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 2.8 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm
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This little scepter quartz is absolutely gorgeous in person! The comparably large head has a smoky tinge to it and is completely glassy with wet-look luster on all sides. The tip is somewhat irregular grown and perfectly crystallised. A lovely little piece of marvelous quality!


SK18 - Quartz - 450€
Auernig, Mallnitz, Ankogel, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 12.7 x 8 x 5.9 cm
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A characteristic Alpine quartz specimen with sharp prismatic shape and pointed termination. Around the base you find green chlorite, smaller quartz crystals and some feldspar which are typical signs for the Alpine origin. Especially the front of the crystal has some beautiful surface structure and is very much lustrous. The crystal's interior is transparent and colorless. Overall the piece is in very good condition with only a couple small chips. The termination is a bit rough but which is contact induced, no damage. A nice classic quartz specimen of great shape and quality!


OK239 - Epidote on Quartz - 4700€
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.1 x 5.4 x 3.7 cm
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While Austria is known for its world class epidote it is extremely diffcult to find epidote from Switzerland. And if you ever do they are usually small or ugly or both. This specimen is actually one of the very best ones I have ever seen. Not only is the epidote unusually large and well crystallized but also is the overall aesthetic of the specimen just stunning and exceptional! The epidote is 3.8 cm long, flawless, mostly transparent and with a characteristic mossy green color. It is prominently set on a group of colorless glassy quartz that is equally perfect. The whole specimen is like a sculpture and very 3-dimensional, as you can see in our video!


QR1 - Quartz - 480€
Ritterkopf, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14.1 x 4 x 3.2 cm
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Quartz from this remote locale is rather rare so it is even more impressive to find this doubly terminated 14 cm exemplar! The crystal is clear with only slight clouds towards the lower end. The tapered shape results in delicate striations from bottom to top which are especially beautiful on the highly lustrous front! This fine quartz is 100% flawless and of very nice quality!


RR23 - Fluorite - 180€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 cm
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The majority of fluorites from this important locale are of the purple, usually cubical sort. This is a nice greenish stack of heavily modified crystals that presents a much more rounded shape which is uncommon and lovely on this miniature. The whole construct is in outstanding condition. Very nice in person!


RT13 - Emerald - 240€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.7 x 6.5 x 4.2 cm
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Very characteristic for the famous Leckbackrinne in Habachtal this specimen presents a great contrast of silvery mica schist and a single, intensively green and gemmy emerald. The crystal is 1.3 x 0.8 cm in size and shows a nice ocean green color. It is not terminated but not damaged either. The prism faces are sharp and lustrous. While it might not be the most spectacular piece it sure is a nice collection piece from Europe's best locality for emerald crystals!


SO76 - Wulfenite - 675€
Bad Bleiberg, Bleiberg District, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 15.5 x 11.4 x 5 cm
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This locality piece from the wulfenite type locality consists of thin bladed wulfenite up to around 4 cm in diameter. Due to the thin crystals it's understandable that many of them are broken but the unusually large size and nice aesthetics make this piece still something very special if you look for a dominant wulfenite from this important locale!


RM692 - Hematite on Adularia - 3800€
Pizzo Lucendro, St. Gotthard Massiv, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 5 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm
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This fine specimen is developed as very sharply edged and highly lustrous tabular hematite, composed as complex intergrown rosettes. That construct is grown on a base of adularia which makes for a great contrast that adds much to the overall aesthetics! This is highest class heamtite in flawless condition and of very best overall design!