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Alpine Minerals #7

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XY60 - Iron Rose - 100€
Monte Prosa, Prevat Valley, Central St Gotthard Massif, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 1.6 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm

Super-fine and super-glossy hematite thumbnail from an old find.

PN26 - Iron Rose - 1300€
Monte Prosa, Prevat Valley, Central St Gotthard Massif, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 3.7 x 2.9 x 2.1 cm

Bright and shiny hematite roses perched on top of a white adularia matrix. The back side is fully covered by hematites also! No damage, what a stunning piece! The luster is indeed bright like a mirror on all crystal faces, a true killer miniature!

PZ10 - Amethyst - 950€
Mörchnerkar, Zemmgrund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 7.6 x 5 x 1.9 cm

Two lovely amethyst sceptres on a floater quartz specimen. Excellent condition and shape!

PE06 - Hessonite and Diopside - 690€
Ala Valley, Lanzo Valleys, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
Size: 3.9 x 2.4 x 2.5 cm

WOW, what an amazing piece! An elongated diopsite is placed upright in a "matrix" nest of sparkling garnets. Excellent miniature!

PM112 - Strontianite - 950€
Oberdorf an der Laming, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 8.6 x 3.6 x 4 cm

Amazingly fine pseudo-hexagonal strontianite crystals covering a dolomite cast! Furthermore, the crystals have the desired "reddish" tips, so typical of these old finds! This is indeed an old classic piece. It was sold by Anton Berger in 1957, as an old label indicates. No damage.

EH05 - Epidote with Byssolite - 1550€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 5.2 x 2 x 1.8 cm

WOW! A lovely cluster of epidote crystals perched on byssolite matrix! Note, the epitote on the right is even doubly terminated. Excellent aesthetics and condition, one of the finest miniatures i have seen on the open market for a long time!

DS06 - Iron Rose - 650€
Fibbia, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 4.6 x 4 x 4 cm

Uncommonly thick cluster of hematites resting on white adularia crystals. Great contrast and aesthetics!

CL07 - Closed Gwindel - 3900€
Galenstock, Tiefengletscher, Furka, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 4.6 x 3.3 x 1.5 cm

WOW! What a huge closed gwindel! The crystal features a dramatic twist and is clear like ice from top to bottom! A few trivial chips are present on the side edges, barely visible when displayed from the front side. Indeed, the size of this closed gwindel is truly incredible, it is one of the biggest and most exciting ones i have ever seen!

CL09 - Closed Gwindel - 900€
Caschle, Rueras, Surselva, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 4.1 x 2.3 x 0.9 cm

Superb closed gwindel, very thin and elegant, featuring a great twist. The bottom side is fully crystalized and not damaged.

PM66 - Wulfenite - 310€
Grube Stefanie, Bleiberg, Kärnten, Austria
Size: 6.8 x 4.8 x 4.7 cm

Thick and sturdy wulfenite crystals on white carbonate matrix. The main crystals are undamaged. Ex Karl Kontrus collection.

SF23 - Closed Gwindel - 1250€
Cavradiras, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.4 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm

This is a perfect closed gwindel freestanding on a matrix formed by regular smoky quartz crystals! It is 23 mm tall and super-gemmy in the top section. The gwindel is in perfect condition.

A376 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 1100€
Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix , Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
Size: 17.3 x 11.6 x 6.3 cm

Superb gwindel on a thin plate of granite matrix. Several regular quartz crystals are scattered around and enhance the predominant position of the gwindel. Small chipping is present along one edge, but it is nothing important and forgivable in context. The colour is a deep smoky hue, and the clarity is striking in person!

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