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Alpine Treasures 30

SO728 - Quartz - 800€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.5 x 5.7 x 2.9 cm
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A sparkling fireworks of highest quality quartz, artfully arranged on this fabulous floater specimen. The piece is 99% perfect with only one small chip that is virtually invisible on this sweeping and brilliant specimen. Absolutely spectacular aesthetics and quality! Ex Wolfgang Vötter collection

DK27 - Quartz Sceptre - 1400€
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 3.5 x 3.3 cm
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Best luster on all sides, a glassy crystal and a very distinctive sceptre habit make this an attractive specimen in person! Through the transparent sceptre head you can see several individual patches of golden iron oxide which adds much in respect of color and general beauty. The complex termination is in very good although not completely flawless condition. The bottom is re-crystallized and perfect. Have a look on the video for a better view on this unusually nice specimen!

WL909 - Skeletal Quartz - 4500€
Ritterkopf, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 27 x 10.5 x 10 cm
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This huge skeletal quartz is totally unique for its fascinating shape and the marvelous quality! What used to be a large quartz prism is heavily dissolved on both bottom and top while largely keeping the hexagonal shape in the middle section. Through the highly lustrous front face you can see through the whole glassy, slightly smoky crystal body right to the more etched backside which is just beautiful to look at! The condition is near-perfect with only a couple very small chips which is stunning on a heavy piece like this! Shape, quality and sheer size come together on this dramatic specimen!

MI2 - Epidote - 5800€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.8 x 3.1 x 2.7 cm
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A classic epidote specimen from the worlds best locale for the mineral: Knappenwand! The largest crystal of the piece is a little over 1 cm thick and 5 cm long. It has brilliant luster and a sharp termination with some rough corners but no damage. Combined with several other crystals it is grown out from a compact cluster of epidote and byssolite that is naturally developed all around with no breaks or contacts. The backside shows a small apatite crystal, very characteristic for the locale. The condition is near-perfect with only some damage at the smallest of side-crystals. Definitely one of the finer specimens of epidote with its very own elegant character!

KN256 - Smoky Quartz - 420€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 2.8 x 1.4 cm
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This smoky quartz has what you could call textbook aesthetics! A single dominant main crystal is accompanied by two small side-crystals, fanning out from the base. All three crystals are of high quality and in flawless condition!

AT64 - Quartz - 370€
Erfurter Steig, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 14 x 10.7 x 11.3 cm
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One single quartz crystal stands out from a complex matrix of glassy quartz crystals, white adularia and some brown limonite. The main crystal is perfectly flawless and of very good quality. The matrix is mostly unharmed too but right beside the main quartz there is a rough zone which is partly due to contact, partly damaged. A rewarding Alpine specimen if you can live with some imperfection!

ZH3 - Emerald - 1800€
Leckbachrinne, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.1 x 6.4 x 2.8 cm
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This is a characteristic specimen from Habach valley that features a single 3.2 cm emerald crystal that's embedded in a silvery schist matrix. The emerald shows intensive and gemmy green color that only needs very little light to emerge from between the silvery glistening mica! Size and quality of this crystal are quite amazing!

AT62 - Smoky Quartz - 95€
Floitengrund, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria
Size: 10.2 x 4.1 x 3 cm
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While the interior of this smoky quartz is mostly coulded and non-transparent the surface is nicely lustrous with striations from bottom to top. Towards the termination, where you will also find some glassy patches, the color is especially intensive which is rare for the locale and the most special aspect of this piece. Unusual and in exceptionally well condition!

XY6 - Quartz - 90€
Val Bedretto, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 4 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm
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It's a perfect little tessin-quartz from Val Bedretto that strikes with highest quality and textbook shape alike! It shows wet-look luster on all sides and up to the flawelss and sharp termination. The backside has some mica and limonite which adds color and structure without disturbing the classic elegance. An absolutely brilliant little specimen of finest quartz!

FB366 - Brookite on Quartz - 2000€
Elm, Sernf Valley, Glarus, Switzerland
Size: 4.2 x 2.9 x 2 cm
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Brookite is a super-rare Alpine classic that's hard to find on the market, especially when it comes to aesthetic specimens! This specimen features a 1.2 cm main crystal that is prominently set on a sparkling quartz matrix! It is brown with the characteristic hourglass painting in the center. This main crystal is all complete and undamaged, only a side crystal is broken but which is hard to avoid on such a thin tabular species. Definitely a lovely specimen with a single dominant and well presented main crystal!

XY47 - Quartz with Calcite - 700€
Greina pass area, Camadra Valley, Blenio Valley, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 15 x 12 x 8.6 cm
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The sweeping shape and the vivid sparkling quality make this an eye-catcher of very best and beautiful aesthetic! Glassy white quartz crystals of varying size are stacked upon each other, upright like an attacking cobra! Somewhere in betwee the quartz there are some yellowish calcite rhombohedrons adding some contrast. A spectacular specimen in very best condition!

PY728 - Titanite - 6700€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.9 x 6 x 4 cm
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This is an exceptionally sculpturesque titanite specimen from a new find by Hannes and Gerhard Hofer. Dozens if not hundreds of sparkling green titanite crystals are richly crowded on this fabulous floater specimen! Sharp, bright and gemmy and with beautiful yellowish green color! The matrix is a filigree structure of white adularia with some metallic green chlorite. The "head" part, a rather fragile structure, is stabilized to make sure it doesn't break off. Overall there is only some insignificant contacts on the backside, no visible damage. It is one of the very best pieces of the find and really excellent in composition and quality!