This little quartz specimen of characteristic "tessin quartz" habit shows absolutely fantastic quality! Very best luster and clarity is united in this sharp knife shaped crystal! Unfortunately the tip is slightly chipped but the rest of the piece is in very best shape with even the bottom being contacted, not broken. A brilliant piece of highest quality if you can live with the small issue at the termination.
This hematite is a complete floater that shows one dominant rosette at the front and a conglomerate of several smaller ones with some white calcite matrix at the backside. The iron rose is thick and well developed with good, yet not very good luster, which might be about the only shortcoming on this otherwise lovely specimen that is overall appealing and in very best condition!
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!
Hessonite from this remote locale are top Alpine classics and extremely hard to get. Brilliant cherry red crystals are crowded on this impressive specimen, beautifully sparkling and sharp! The largest garnets are very close to 1 centimeter in diameter and come as well developed modified rhomb-dodecahedrons. The matrix is one of solid red garnet and has green clinochlore micro-crystals on the backside. The whole specimen is in very good condition with some contacts but no actual damage. A very impressive and remarkably attractive specimen from a unique find!
Very nicely crystallized adularia on a calcite matrix. The floater specimen is an interesting cluster with one main crystal thats 2.5 cm broad, sharp and dominant. Yes, it's white crystals on a white matrix but still lovely how the waxy, rounded calcite distinguishes itself from the sharper, more striking and somewhat striated adularia. A very elegant specimen without any damage!
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!
What immediately catches the eye here are the amazing lustrous faces and modifications this outstanding apatite has to offer! This beautiful surface structure continues all around the crystal which is even a floater. Alpine apatite of such exceptional quality and shape is extremely rare and hard to come by. With its gemmy interior, the nice pastel color and the waxy luster this is a brilliant specimen of very best design!
The largest one of these modified cubical fluorite crystals is 7.3 cm in diameter and, like the rest, in outstanding condition! This terrific fluorite was found at the so called "Gipfelkluft" (=summit cleft) which produced some of the best specimens of this whole area! The fluorite is a spectacular mix of green and purple zones as you can easily see with some backlight illumination. And it doesn't need much! A little sunlight or some artificial light (LED, halogen, etc.) is sufficient to have this crystal shine in all kinds of colors from purple to green and blue and everything in between, depending on the light source. We tried to capture that with the camera but the different versions don't really do it justice as the camera is just never as good as the human eye! Always better in nature, trust me on this one! When turning it around you will find that the whole backside is crystallized and with very minimal damage. The front is completely flawless and shows a beautiful array of stacked fluorite cubes. Totally stunning for its striking aesthetics, the sheer size and of course the impressive colorplay!
The silvery schist matrix holds a combination of colorless quartz and yellowish calcite. One main quartz is protruding at the piece's center and presents great luster and good clarity. The surrounding matrix is largely covered in calcite and some mica. A classic Alpine piece in overall good condition!
I totally love the aesthetics of this one! An elongated vertical quartz has attached wing-like crystals on both sides which makes this really an unusually attractive piece. If you take a closer view you will realize that the main crystal is not even a single quartz but a combination of several towering ones that lead right up to a dual-pointed termination. It is a brilliant and unique specimen in very best condition!
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!
This highly unusual fluorite was found by Gerhard and Hannes Hofer and was displayed at the Bramberg museum. It is a complete floater in excellent condition, glassy and with intensive pink color. What is most unusual are the rounded tips and edges. The whole specimen is etched but without disturbing the distinctive octahedral main shape. Very attractive, exceptional and of superb quality!