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Alpine Minerals 28

LG081 - Smoky Quartz - 380€
Göschener Alp, Göschenen, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 8.7 x 4.6 x 3.1 cm
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A classic smoky quartz specimen consisting of one main crystal and two accompanying side-crystals. The quartz shows very high luster and clarity and are in perfect condition. Even the bottom is not broken but mostly crystallized. A nice and elegant specimen without any downsides!

ZT226 - Fluorite with Calcite - 3600€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10.9 x 8.9 x 3.8 cm
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This group of stacked cubical fluorite and transparent, colorless calcite is arranged in a very distinctive mushroom shape. It seems obvious that this happened in a matter of several evolutionary steps with broken and re-crystallized parts and a mushroom stem that somehow attached and integrated into the object. Very much unique and completely flawless. The fluorite is translucent with purple color inside and a level of luster that ranges from frosted to brilliant. It's a very distinctive eye-catcher of great quality and aesthetics!

FB1 - Hematite on Adularia - 670€
Monte Prosa, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Tessin (Ticino), Switzerland
Size: 5.2 x 4.7 x 3.7 cm
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A three-dimensional aggregate of lustrous, dark hematite is set on a white adularia floater of perfect proportion! The hematite is very well developed, completely flawless and beautiful on all sides. Very unusual in composition and attractive all around!

PW1 - Epidote - 670€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 4.7 x 3.6 x 1.7 cm
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This epidote from the worlds finest epidote deposit at Knappenwand shows great forest green color with the characteristic color-change to brown at the right angle. Due to the chaotic arrangement of crystals you in fact always see a mix of green and brown which is quite charming in person! All crystals are lustrous, sharp, well terminated and gemmy which is especially well visible at the larger 0.6 cm thick crystal. This piece is in very good condition all around with only one broken smaller crystal. A typical Knappenwand epidote of great Alpine elegance!

JR293 - Quartz Gwindel - 2000€
Furka pass area, Urseren, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.2 cm
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Clear as glass, perfectly lustrous and without even a sinlge scratch! This half open, half closed gwindel is a pristine marvel of uttermost perfection. It is almost a floater with only a minimal contact at the bottom, the rest being crystallized and sharp. The quartz is almost colorless with only a faint smoky tinge. If you want perfection, this is the one to go for!

SL43 - Fluorite - 165€
Camissinone Mine, Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 6.5 x 5.2 x 5.5 cm
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A glassy floater specimen of etched fluorite from Italy. The surface is frosted but smooth enough to let you see inside the clear crystal. It is free of any damage and shows a greenish tinge but with a purple zone right in the middle! Very 3-dimensional and appealing in person!

QR3 - Quartz - 430€
Ritterkopf, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 13.6 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm
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Quartz from this remote locale is rather rare so it is even more impressive to find this doubly terminated exemplar! The crystal is clear from top to bottom with only minimal clouds inside. The surface is all lustrous with very little iron oxide coating here and there that adds some nice golden color to the otherwise colorless crystal. A fine quartz that is 100% flawless and of very nice quality!

CH3 - Fluorite - 2500€
Zinggenstock, Grimsel area, Hasli valley, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 9.4 x 6.7 x 4.2 cm
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A classic white and grey granite matrix holds superb pink fluorites of octahedral habit with modifications at the tips and edges. The largest one has 1.7 cm at the longest extension, is glassy and with a distinctive pink core. The surface is slightly frosted but not too much to obstruct the view to the interior. Several smaller crystals are distributed about the matrix and add up to a rich specimen from this important find. All crystals are in brilliant condition and of best quality! Very attractive and classic!

UJ396 - Quartz Sceptre - 380€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm
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This sceptre is absolutely brilliant from bottom to tip! Pristine colorless quartz with a sharp, gemmy, wet-look luster termination! The broad stem shows some side-crystals of quartz, calcite and what under the microscope appears to be orange prehnite on the front. Surface structure and those orange blooms somehow resemble a heart shape which makes this specimen additionally charming and almost unreal. I love this crystal and I got the feeling it loves me back!

FL921 - Hessonite - 600€
Schwarze Wand, Hollersbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 3.2 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm
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Lovely little specimen from this highly coveted locale! It is richly covered in deep red hessonites of sparkling luster, associated with green cliochlore! The largest crystals are up to 8 mm in diameter which is a significant size for the locale. A rare and definitely beautiful specimen of Alpine garnet!

DI240 - Quartz - 600€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.5 x 6.2 x 3.5 cm
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This "Fensterquartz" is absolutely wonderful and vibrant in person! Fantastic luster, glassy interior and a sweeping composition of interlocked crystals. It is a complete floater with a contact on the backside but which is re-crystallized and not damaged. Very three-dimensional and of highest quality. You definitely have to see this in person to realize its sheer beauty! The piece was found by Wolfgang Vötter, an important Austrian collector who sadly died in 2018 during a collecting trip.

KF667 - Fluorite - 1850€
Riedingsee, Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.3 x 11.4 x 8.1 cm
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Beautiful pastel green fluorite cubes are crowded all over this limestone matrix. The crystals are bright and limpid with lustrous faces. The largest fluorites are up to 1.6 cm on edge. There is hardly any abrasions on the main view but contacts around the periphery are present. In between the crystals you can see some free patches of matrix which lets you relate to the locality and the mother rock. Very attractive, showy and special from this admired locale!