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A277 - Apatite - SOLD
Lappenkees, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 3.5 x 3.2 x 1.6 cm

Lovely apatite cluster, found 1955. An old label is coming with the piece. No damage.

SB21 - Adularia with Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Tiefengletscher, Furka, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Size: 6.3 x 4.7 x 4.8 cm

Lovely twinned adularia crystals perched on clear smokys. Very showy all around, no damage.

ED15 - Smoky Quartz with Ankerite - SOLD
Hocharn, Kärnten, Austria
Size: 8.2 x 5.7 x 3.8 cm

Rare and well balanced combination of smoky quartz and yellowish ankerite, from a famous pocket on Hocharn mountain, found by Georg Kandutsch in the 1980s. Ex Gerd Stefanik collection.

A369 - Quartz with Amiant - SOLD
Miage, Mont Blanc Massif, Courmayeur, Aosat Valley, Italy
Size: 7.4 x 4.5 x 3.4 cm

Lovely clear quartz with amiant and epidote inclusions. No damage.

A437 - Fluorite - SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Size: 7.1 x 5.4 x 2.9 cm

Beautiful colourless rotated phantoms in purple phantoms in bright green cubic crystals! The double phantom effect is truly amazing and well visible in all 4 crystals of this specimen. The bottom side is crystalized also. What an amazing piece!

XY103 - Fluorite - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 11 x 7.5 x 5 cm

WOW! This is indeed a masterpiece fluorite from the famous Rufibach pocket, found 1962 on Vorderer Zinggenstock. The Rufibach family worked at this pocket for decades, and this is one of the very best fluorite specimens i have ever seen from this important alpine location. A large, well formed and totally undamaged fluorite octahedron is perched on a nicely contrasting granite matrix. Small calcites and smoky crystals set a nice contrast. What an awesome killer piece!

XY99 - Quartz with Hematite - SOLD
Cavradi, Val Curnera, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 11 x 8 x 5.5 cm

Found by Theodosin Venzin 1980, this piece is an excellent classic sample of hematite and quartz from Cavradi gorge. Two large hematite blades rest among doubly terminated quartzes. Great composition, perfect condition!

XY101 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Göschener Alp, Göschenen, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 9 x 5.5 x 2 cm

WOW!! Amazingly thin and well formed Gwindel, featuring an awesome twist! Totally clear and free of cracks or inclusions, fantastic smoky colour and luster, what else to look for?

XY100 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 18 x 13 x 7 cm

Floater crystal cluster from the famous Rufibach pocket. Two predominatnt crystal perched on top set a cleat focus and give special character to this superb piece. Great aesthetics and condition!

XY102 - Fluorite with Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 9 x 7.5 x 3 cm

What a gorgeous killer specimen from the famous Rufibach pocket! A pink fluorite perched on doubly terminated smoky quartz crystals, a complete floater and in perfect condition. Found in 1962, the pocket still sets the standard for smoky quartz crystals and combination pieces.

XY98 - Iron Rose with Adularia - SOLD
Fibbia, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 5 x 4 x 3 cm

Mirror luster and razor sharp edges make this ironrose on adularia truly outstanding and special!

XY94 - Sphene - SOLD
Graukogel, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.2 x 4 x 3.5 cm

WOW!! What a masterpiece! A shockingly large and deep green titanite twin in a gorgeous cluster with sidecar crystals! This is indeed one of the best Austrian sphenes i have ever seen. A slight chlorite coating is not at all a detraction, on the contrary, it adds the typical alpine character, that makes this piece so special and outstanding.