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Alpine Minerals #10

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A590 - Epidote - 11000€
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 18.1 x 6.2 x 3.9 cm

WOW! Whan an awesome epidote rocket, rising up from a cluster group of byssolite and epidote crystals. This is indeed one of the tallest crystals I have ever seen from this famous locality, it measures incredible 17.3 cm from top to bottom! The crystal crossing on the lower right side is thick and sturdy, it measures 2,7 cm in width and features a sharp and brilliant termination. The size is indeed shocking and impressive, and the luster is great all around as well. It is actually bright like a mirror, the best I heve seen from this famous classic locality. This piece comes from one of the last great pockets found in 2008/2009 mining season. The locality has produced nothing even close since then. Unfortunately, the miners are quite sure that the Knappenwand is most likely exploited and production will come to an end soon. This is an excellet opportunity to get one of the best and tallest epidote specimens ever fond at this classic Alpine locality. Repaired 10x, all lock fit, no parts missing though, and no damage on any of the terminations.

OS15 - Strontianite - 450€
Oberdorf an der Laming, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 6 x 3 x 1.9 cm

Oberdorf is the most relevant locality for strontianite. Usually this mineral developes tiny, colorless and unattractive crystals in millimter size. Have a look at this remarkable dimension - the specimen is 6cm tall, the stepped faces are glossy and the crystals show really good colour. The horizontal reddish colour zoning makes it even more special. A great sample for strontianite generally and even for Oberdorf exceptional size and quality! It is complete all around and could be displayed 360°, only bottom was on the rock.

SP09 - Sartorite - 170€
Lengenbach, Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 6.8 x 5.8 x 4.5 cm

10 mm sartorite crystal on white marble and pyrite host rock. From a classic Swiss locality! No damage.

A566 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - 8000€
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!

A261 - Quartz - 1300€
Pardatsch, Val Nalps, Tujetsch, Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 12.8 x 12.1 x 5.1 cm

This is a superb and very 3-dimensional quartz cluster group that formed around a part of schist matrix. It comes from Pardatsch, that is a small place in Val Nalps that can geologically be considered as a prolongation of the famous Cavradi zone. This piece is one of the very best ever to come from this place. It is a full floater, the back side is fully crystalized, there are even no points of contact. The crystals are all elongated and clear, an all in excellent condition. There is no damage to report.

BB09 - Sphene with Hematite - SOLD
Gastacher Wände, Dorfertal, Osttirol, Tirol, Austria
Size: 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm

Lovely grass green sphene crystals with ilmenite included in some naturally grown holes. The main crystal is a nice twin, the side crystal shows no twinning. Percect condition.

ED13 - Smoky Quartz - 490€
Breitkopf, Habachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8.8 x 5 x 4.4 cm

Amazing floater cluster of doubly terminated smoky quartz crystals! The crystals feature a very distinct shape, little adularia crystals are present on the side. Found by Kurt Nowak and the Hofer brothers. Great composition, no damage!

WU07 - Quartz - 1100€
Göschener Alp, Göschenen, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 9.6 x 6 x 3.4 cm

Superb clear quartz crystal perched on rock matrix! Amazing luster and clarity, both could not be any better! No damage.

MN09 - Iron Rose - 400€
Kleines Furkahorn, Göschenertal, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Size: 5.8 x 4.6 x 1.7 cm

Highly lustrous iron rose cluster, measuring 3.5 cm across, sitting on granite host rock. Great shape and condition!

SZ02 - Closed Gwindel - SOLD
Val Strem, Surselva, Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 3.6 x 2.7 x 1.2 cm

Lovely semi-closed gwindel showing excellent clarity and luster. Little bruising is present on a few corners.

A635 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
Saurüssel, Mörchnerkar, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Size: 8.9 x 3.8 x 5.8 cm

A 33 mm sceptre amethyst standing upright on matrix, not repaired! The bright matrix indicates at first sight that it comes from the famous Saurüssel mining area. The sceptre head shows lovely fensters, also so typical of this locality. Minor sagenite rutile is present in a 15 mm cluster. No damage.

AS02 - Quartz - 2000€
Gerental, Kanton Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 11.6 x 10.5 x 3.8 cm

WOW! Gorgeous clear quartz crystals forming a highly aesthetic cluster! The shape is a mix of Tessin and Aare styles. Both distinctive habits, striations and the stepped faces are equally fine developed. A small part of metamorphic gneis is attached on the lower left side. This is a real 360° rock, it is very well formed all the way around. No damage.

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