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Alpine Minerals 27


RT5 - Quartz - 490€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13 x 6 x 5.5 cm
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It's a completely flawless single quartz that is crystallized even at the bottom! The whole specimen has a very glassy look to it with brilliant wet-look luster over a very nicely structured surface. The interior is limpid, especially in the middle section. The termination is kind of corroded, possibly contacted, but all natural and not damaged. A wonderful crystal with a unique character!


FS178 - Quartz - 2850€
Grimselpass, Hasli Valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 11.2 x 8 x 10 cm
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It's a gorgeous exemplar of bright golden quartz in best condition and magnificent aesthetics! The 3.5 cm thick main crystal prominently protrudes from a composition of smaller side-crystals. All quartz crystals are glassy, sharp, lustrous and of intensive golden color that originates from a thin coating of iron oxide that fades towards the terminations. The main crystal has a small amount of chloritization at the termination but not much and not distracting. The color is surely the most unusual feature of this specimen but high quality, textbook composition and near perfect condition are really elevating it to a piece of art!


GS05 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 890€
Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France
Size: 5 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm
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A single crystal smoky quartz gwindel with not the smalles chip or abrasion anywhere. The gwindel rather typical in shape with a good 20° twist. Some chloritization is present on all faces but still the crystal maintains a certain amount of luster and clarity - also the interior is free of inclusions or cracks. The bottom, where it detached from the matrix, is re-crystallized and perfect. A nice single crystal specimen from the French Alps!


SL44 - Fluorite - 250€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 7.8 x 5 x 6.8 cm
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A floater of solid fluorite with a lustrous, nicely structured surface! The irregularly etched piece is all flawless and with a clear, slightly greenish interior. Definitely an attractive piece from this important locale!


OK44 - Quartz - 150€
Piz Cavardiras, Disentis, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8.6 x 4.2 x 2.6 cm
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This doubly terminated quartz has a smoky tinge to it and is nicely presented on a small piece of rock matrix. The crystal is glassy and lustrous with some chloritization at the terminations. It is complete and without even the smallest abrasions. Very unusual and attractive specimen of Alpine quartz!


DK25 - Quartz Sceptre - 180€
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.2 x 1.2 x 0.8 cm
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A single sharp and well defined scepter quartz specimen of very high quality! The quartz is glassy and lustrous on all sides with a a pointed termination and a distinctive sceptre character! Inside the crystal there is a single rutile needle, well visible through the clear quartz.
A fine thumbnail specimen in great shape!


PH668 - Titanite with Adularia and Schorl - 1750€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm
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A rare combination of high quality titanite with adularia, chlorite and black schorl that comes as a complete floater and in exclusive aesthetics! The titanite is gemmy and brightly green. The matrix is a cluster of well developed adularia, partly encrusted with sparkling metallic green chlorite. Along the right periphery you can find black needles of schorl which is very rare from the Alps and in this attractive combination! Overall this is a brilliant paragenesis in very good condition and gorgeous aesthetics!


AF149 - Smoky Quartz - 800€
Hochalpl, Untersulzbachtal, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.1 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm
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Smoky quartz is exceedingly hard to get from the Austrian Alps so this nice group is for sure something special! The crystals show very good clarity and luster with some chloritization at the pyramidal terminations. The larger crystal is chipped at the termination but which is hardly visible from the front. The rest of the piece is in best condition with even the bottom being crystallized! A great piece for this region! Finder: Anton Paluc.


EV043 - Quartz - 1200€
Val Gronda da Cavrein, Vorderrheintal, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 8.2 x 6.9 x 5.8 cm
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This very distinctive stock quartz crystal strikes with superb luster and a complete, limpid transparency throughout the whole crystal! Tthrough one of the steep pyramidal faces that act as window to the inside you can see right to the bottom where a nice green byssolite lawn is visible. The crystal is perfect on all sides on the bottom and the termination. There are some contacts but no damage at all! Very attractive and of highest quality!


BL02 - Skeletal Quartz - 230€
Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 5.5 x 5 cm
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Habach valley has produced a small number of very fine skeletal quartz specimens. This one is a complete floater with no damage whatsoever. The crystal is completely etched and leaves no clue about the original shape. It is all transparent without any includions. The chlorite you see in the picture is filling some of the gaps but does not continue into the quartz itself. Very nice 3-dimensional shape and great quality all around!


YX706 - Quartz - 3400€
Marmottakluft, Grimselpass, Haslital, Kanton Bern, Switzerland
Size: 10.7 x 7.7 x 6.1 cm
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Complete and pristine clarity, best mirroring luster and a well-rounded composition are defining this exceptional specimen! You can really find perfection here as there is not the slightest abrasion anywhere on this aesthetic classic. Right through the many glassy crystals you can see the matrix as an appealing base with limonite adding some golden color to the quartz. The bottom is also covered in limonite and some dark pyramidal microcrystals which appear to be anatase. A stunning specimen of highest quality and attractive composition!


DK29 - Quartz Sceptre - 75€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.3 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm
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This single crystal specimen strikes with exceptionally high luster and good clarity from bottom to top. The bottom is partly contacted, partly crystallized but nowhere broken. Around the tip there are some abrasions but the rest is in top condition. Very nice crystal with sceptre character and great overall quality!