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Alpine Treasures 32



IM078 - Pericline - Sold
Grieswies, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8 x 7.5 x 7.2 cm
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The size of these pericline crystals is absolutely stunning! The largest crystal at the center is around 4 cm long, massive and very well defined. The whole specimen is exceptionally three-dimensional which looks really amazing in person. As a complete floater it is in best condition all around.


FT147 - Titanite - 470€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 10 x 7.5 x 5 cm
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The single isolated, sharp and lustrous titanite crystals are set on a fragile feldspar matrix, associated with chlorite and some black schorl. Miraculously this whole specimen is flawless all around with a filigree three-dimensionally structured matrix. Very attractive in person with crystals up to around 1 cm.


RT46 - Hematite and Quartz - 125€
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.4 x 4.6 x 3.7 cm
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The single hematite aggregate on this specimen shows brilliant luster and characteristic sharp development. There are tiny red rutile crystals present too which is well known from this locale. At the lower end of the rock matrix there is a group of quartz and calcite. The whole specimen is in best condition.


FI814 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - Sold
Felli Valley, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 9.8 x 9.8 x 5 cm
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Not one but TWO high class gwindels are present and dominant on this unusually fine specimen! Our video gives a much better impression about the distinctly 3-dimensional shape than you could possible see in the flat picture. The two gwindels are arranged behind one another. The one at the back being more "classic" in shape, the one at the front showing a really dramatic twist of over 50°! Such a strong twist is extremely rare as it takes a slim yet long gwindel to achieve which is uncommon to say the least! Both crystals consist of glassy smoky quartz with a nice and warm brown color through and through. The surface is great with the top 2 cm of the front gwindel showing some chloritization but the rest being all lustrous, well structured and sharp! The gwindels are set on a piece of rock matrix accompanied by some smaller smoky quartz side-crystals. Absolutely stunning and highly aesthetic in person!


SW460 - Pericline - Sold
Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 9.2 x 6.5 x 5.6 cm
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This is one of the nicest pieces of pure pericline I have ever seen. It is a disctinctly three-dimensional specimen with stacked snow-white crystals and some associated rutile and quartz micro-crystals at the base. The bottom is completely crystallized as well which makes this an actual floater specimen that's in fantastic condition. An outstanding and absolutely gorgeous specimen for this mineral!


NR351 - Quartz - Sold
Forsterbachtal, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.5 x 2.6 x 3 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 terminations on bottom and top. The quartz shows very good quality with a glassy interior and lustrous faces all around. Some iron oxide here and there adds orange color to the otherwise colorless quartz specimen. Very three-dimensional and of beautiful quality!
Ex Wolfgang Vötter collection


LW935 - Titanite - 920€
Bruchgraben, Hollersbach valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 7.7 x 6.2 x 5.2 cm
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The crystals on this specimen are arranged in a vug that opens in a porous feldspar-rich matrix. Looking in that vug you find absolutely brilliant apple-green titanite with best wet-look luster in combination with white adularia. The largest titanite has a little over 2 cm. It's a very natural looking specimen with high quality crystals!


KB71 - Quartz - 185€
Erfurter Steig, Rauris, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 12 x 3.9 x 3.6 cm
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The shape of this single quartz specimen is a patchwork that tells of its history. At some point in its past it must have broken and reattached in an odd angle. The bottom, but also a large part at the upper half, are contacted but fully re-crystallized. This specimen is in overall very fine condition with only a small ding at the tip. Luster and clarity are both very good.


NA779 - Gypsum - 850€
NEAT Tunnel, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino, Switzerland
Size: 14.7 x 9.1 x 4.9 cm
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While gypsum is not per se a rare mineral I can honestly say that this is the best and most dramatic specimen I have seen coming from the swiss Alps. We received this piece labeled as "mica" but analysis conclusively revealed it to be gypsum.
The crystal is colorless and transparent with a rather distinct architecture. The backside has some rock and is generally more irregular, displaying the layered character of the material. The whole thing is in great condition. A crack at the front got stabilized but you can see it doesn't run through. A marvelous and totally unique specimen from the very depths of the Swiss mountains!


XM179 - Aragonite - 400€
Styrian Erzberg, Eisenerz, Styria, Austria
Size: 21 x 17 x 12 cm
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This is a massive specimen that combines a brown rock matrix with white curls of aragonite. It is not a piece of distinctive individual crystals but rather a characteristic locality specimen with great showcase presence due to its dominant size and the well emphasized contrast. Naturaly there are many broken curls here which is unavoidable on a large specimen like this.


FY477 - Smoky Quartz - Sold
Val Nalps, Vorderrhein, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.9 x 4.3 x 2.3 cm
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An attractive composition of two elongated high quality smoky quartz crystals with some rock matrix around the connecting point. Both crystals are transparent, sharp, lustrous and with excellent pyramidal terminations. The longer crystal has some abrasion at one edge but is otherwise flawless.


UW851 - Titanite - 2400€
Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.2 x 3.9 x 1.4 cm
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The size of this single crystal titanite specimen is absolutely stunning, combined with very good quality and a near-flawless condition! While the inside has some impurities and clouds it also has very good gemmy patches and attractive zones of brown and green color. The surface is lustrous with no chloritization which would be common for this material. It is in overall great condition with minimal edge-wear.
Picture 1 and 2 are taken with artificial light, picture 3 and 4 show the piece in natural light with some indirect sunlight from the back.