A single pristine main crystal stands out from a sweeping array of all colorless quartz crystals. The whole specimen is in exceptional condition with the main crystal being the most impressive one. Completely glassy with a sharp pointed and flawless termination. Definitely a gorgeous specimen of unique character!
A very nice, compact apatite crystal that shows best shiny luster on all sides! The inside is partly obscured by some cracks and inclusions but large parts are gemmy and transparent. The main crystal is accompanied by a smaller second one which adds some character despite being free of matrix. Rough parts around the periphery are due to limonite encrusting not damaged.
A very elegant crystal with a glassy body from bottom to top. It shows a symmetric, tapering habit and has a pointed termination that is somewhat rough but not damaged. Around the bottom there are some short side-crystals all of which are in best condition as well. The base is not broken but re-crystallized which makes this an actual floater. Very impressive and in superb condition!
This sparkling little specimen is a real eye-candy! Sharp and lustrous titanite on a matrix of pristine white pericline and smaller titanite side-crystals! The largest crystals are one doubly terminated, gemmy titanite with 1.6 cm in length and a sharply protruding and equally gemmy one that has 1.3 cm. Also the backside of the specimen is largely crystallized and in best condition. Absolutely gorgeous in person!
This fluorite from the important "Eiskluft" shows quite the unusual aesthetics. The cubical fluorites are arranged as a distinctive spatial pocket, completely clad in sharp, lustrous and glassy purple crystals. The periphery of that pocket is contacted but has no damage. The fluorite aggregate is elevated on some matrix which makes it even more attractive from the aesthetical approach!
Adularia is one of the more uncommon species found in the Rauris valley yet some very nice pieces are known. This is an excellent specimen that shows large and pristine crystals on a contrasting dark matrix. The larges adularia is 3.3 cm across, well defined, lustrous, translucent and set at the prominent top of the specimen. Very attractive and of superb quality and condition! Ex Wolfgang Vötter collection.
Unlike most sceptre specimens from this locale this one comes with white matrix on a massive quartz body. It is quite the colorful and rich specimen. The main crystal, a single amethyst of great gemmy quality and nice lightish purple color (characteristic for the locale) is set against the snow-white feldspar matrix. Below you can find green chlorite, orange limonite and some golden needles, probalbly rutile, included in the quartz. Due to strict regulation it is impossible to collect new material in this area which makes these classics even more important. Ex Wolfgang Vötter collection.
A rich cluster of sharp tabular hematite is prominently perched on a small piece of rock matrix of just the right proportion! Distributed about the lustrous hematite are small but gemmy red rutiles as is characteristic for the localte. Some white feldspar enhances the contrast and perfects the stunning aesthetics. One single issue on a smaller front crystal is present but hardly a matter on this otherwise flawless and stunningly beautiful specimen!
This is pure textbook aesthetics that unites pristine crystal quality and perfectly balanced composition! A V-formation of two completely glassy and highly lustrous crystals is set on a silvery rock matrix of just the right proportion. Absolutely mesmerizing for its overall perfection and beauty!
Excellent combination of one single gemmy titanite crystal on chloritized adularia. The crystal has very nice and open green color that is quite catchy against the grey and white background. It shows no damage whatsoever. One patch at the front edge might have been a chip or contact but is completely re-crystallized. Picture one shows the piece with some applied backlight, picture two uses only front illumination. With a crystal size of over 2.5 cm this titanite is quite impressive and attractive.
This simple quartz crystal has much to offer. Beautifully structured surface on all sides stretches around a completely glassy and transparent core. Minimal chloritization makes the tip somewhat rough but even with the loupe you will find no flaws here. Save for some small and hard to identify chips at the otherwise crystallized bottom the piece is all complete and free of damage. The brilliance of surface and crystal core really shine and impresse at this single Rauris-quartz!
The golden color of these calcite crystals originates from iron oxide and creates a distinctive contrast to the light grey/brown matrix. Hundreds of scalenohedral crystals are crowded on the rock and show good luster and quality. A nice locality piece from this uncommon locale!