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PQ20 - Prase Quartz - SOLD
Serifos Island, Greece
Size: 6.2 x 5.4 x 5 cm

Sharp and pointed prase quartz crystals forming a beautiful crystal group. The luster is excellent, and the colour is a rich and intense green. More 3-dimensional in person. All crystals are in perfect condition, there is no damage to report. Displays very well from all sides.

A566 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix , Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
Size: 10.9 x 8.7 x 4 cm

WOW! What a superb French gwindel! The crystal features perfect textbook shape and a great twist. It is fully clear from top to bottom and the luster is great. The piece is in excellent condition all around, just tiny little bruising is present on a few tips, nothing of significance. The height of th this gwindel is way above average level, it is truly special and stand out the crowd!

NQ04 - Quartz - SOLD
Ganesh Himal, Somdang, Bagmati, Nepal
Size: 6 x 5.5 x 3.7 cm

A really crazy assemble of sharp terminated, lustrous rock crystals. The crystals are waterclear, only the lower thrid of each crystal shows the typical greenish chlorite inclusions. Hard to capture this wired assemble with the camera, so I have to note that it is much better in person. Pristine condition all around.

ZF16 - Fluorite - SOLD
La Collada, Siero, Asturias, Spain
Size: 7.3 x 4.9 x 5.3 cm

Deep purple fluorite cubes on top of a quartz matrix. the cubes have nicely stepped7bevelled edges and an amazing phantom that just glows when backlight! The largest cube measures 3.6 cm across.

SB03 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Tiefengletscher, Furka, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Size: 10.8 x 8.8 x 5.9 cm

A very aesthetic specimen from this famous locality. It is a combination of common smoky quartz crystals with a gwindel at the base. All crystals show exceptional luster, fine clarity and sharp terminations. No significant damages to report, and even developed as a floater - the backside is fully crystalized and covered with small sagenite rutile crystals.

TT93 - Epidote - SOLD
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.7 x 3.4 x 2.4 cm

This is an incredibly lustrous and transparent epidote crystal cluster. All crystals have perfectly shaped and undamaged terminations, and nice striations along the prism faces. Due to the exceedingly fine transparency the typical pleochroism effect is very well visible! Great aesthetics, quality and condition!

A564 - Quartz with Adularia - SOLD
Tiefengletscher, Furka, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Size: 7.1 x 5 x 3.2 cm

Waterclear, sharp terminated rock crystals attractively set on matrix with one exposed larger main crystal in the center of the piece. One well shaped adularia crystal, powdered with greenish chlorite is attachted to the right hand side and helps to give a nice contrast to this specimen. No significant damages to report.

KD13 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
Wurtenkees, Kärnten, Austria
Size: 3.7 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm

Lovely double-headed amethyst scepter from Carinthia. Only very few pieces were recovered at this locality.

HS11 - Baryte - SOLD
Pöhla, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 5.4 x 3.8 x 4.5 cm

Deeply coloured, doubly terminated barite crystals on matrix! The specimen is very 3-dimensional and showy all around. Great condition and visual impact!

KD28 - Gwindel - SOLD
Gotthardtunnel, Uri / Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 12.3 x 10.1 x 3.3 cm

A large and tall bi-colour gwindel from the famous Gotthard tunnel. The lower left section is totally clear and lustrous, whereas the top right section is dusted with a thin layer of chlorite. The result is a pleasing contrast, so typical of many alpine localities. A few small chips are present, though minor in context. The size and overall appearance are truly impressive.

ZW82 - Proustite - SOLD
Niederschlema, Schlema, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Size: 2.5 x 1.4 x 1 cm

Killer TN proustite from Niederschlema! This specimen has been preserved in the dark since the time it was found, and hence it still glows incredibly red. The colour shows up very well, even without backlight! A little bit of trivial edge wear is present, but the piece is still in great condition. In fact, the colour, transparency and lustre set the standard of the species!

GQ03 - Gwindel - SOLD
Mohmand, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan
Size: 5.8 x 2.6 x 1.3 cm

Clear, glossy and exceptionally tall... all that makes a superb gwindel! This is an exceptional piece from recent finds in Pakistan. A small regular crystal and a little piece of matrix are attached at the base.