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Alpine Minerals #11


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WU20 - Fluorite - SOLD
Wasenhorn, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 3.7 x 2.6 x 3.6 cm
 

A very rare green octahedron fluorite crystal from the Swiss alps. Great shape combined with frosted faces and pleasing green colour. There is no damage to report, the back side was sitting on a quartz crstal. The pocket was small and only very few fluorite pieces, less than 10 in total, were recovered.


SZ12 - Smoky Quartz - 290€
Val Val, Surselva, Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland
Size: 6.3 x 2.9 x 3.9 cm
 

Super clear and deeply coloured smoky quartz in excellent shape and condition. Great luster all around.


KD19 - Pyrite - 950€
Wurtenkees, Kärnten, Austria
Size: 6.4 x 4.6 x 4.3 cm
 

Lovely ball-shaped pyrite aggregates resting on quartz crystals and rock shards. Actually, the pyrite grew at last and acts as a composite glue, that holds it all together. A very distinct and unique alpine pyrite specimen, very showy on all sides. A perfect floater and true "360° rock". No damage.


KD21 - Sceptre Quartz - SOLD
Bortelhorn, Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 10 x 3.1 x 2.8 cm
 

Crazy unusual quartz scepter. The angles of the scepter head are indeed unique, like a reverse tessin quartz, I have never seen anything like it before. A few chlorite inclusions add a pleasing typical alpine look. No damage.


A760 - Sphene - 3400€
Frosnitztal, East Tyrol, Austria
Size: 7 x 4.3 x 6.2 cm
 

Fantastic reddish brown titanite crystals up to 22 mm perched on snow white albite matrix, what an amazing contrast! The clarity and luster of the titanites is just superb, it could not be better, and the colour is just spectacular. The main crystal stands in upright position and is one of the very biggest from the pocket. Tiny bruises are present one one of the edges. A superb alpine titanite for every advanced collection.


WU06 - Amethyst Sceptre - SOLD
Fieschergletscher, Berner Alpen, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 17.5 x 6.7 x 4.8 cm
 

The dimension of this specimen is really remarkable - a more than 17cm tall quartz crystal with intense purple amethyst scepters on the tip and on the sides. The quartz crystal is matte and shows excellent contarst to the sharp and glossy amethyste scepter formations. Amethyste from alps are generally rare, but material from the Fiesch Glacier represents an outstanding rarity!


KD28 - Gwindel - 3200€
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.


A346 - Fluorite with Calcite - 650€
Weißeck, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.1 x 11 x 3.2 cm
 

Deep purple fluorite from the northern slope pocket on Weißeck mountain. The crystals show interesting hoppered cubic formations, and the calcite scalenoedrons attached to the base side add a pleasing contrast. The pictrue was taken with a little bit of backlight. Great condition and shape.


KD13 - Amethyst Sceptre - 300€
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.


PM126 - Strontianite - 900€
Oberdorf an der Laming, Steiermark, Austria
Size: 4.3 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm
 

This specimen features a large columnar strontianite predominantly sitting on magnesite matrix. Towards the termination the colour gets more intense and results in a pleasing and highly desired reddish brown hue. The prism faces are sharp and lustrous, the termination faces are stepped and bevelled. Oberdorf an der Laming is the only locality in the world that has produced strontianites of that size and quality. This is a remarkably fine miniature, very hard to find in the market today. Ex R. Metzger collection, his label is coming with the piece. A note on the back side says that he sold it to Dr. Thaller in 1961 for 80 Shillings.


FT02 - Fluorite - 4500€
Göschenertal, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Size: 9.6 x 7.9 x 8 cm
 

WOW! What a large rosafluorit cluster from renowned Göschener valley. Two large pyramids are attached to each other and make a wonderful composition. The bottom side is covered by chlorite, minor granite is present in places. Great condition and impact!


WU10 - Smoky Quartz - 580€
Fieschertal, Wallis, Switzerland
Size: 9.8 x 7.9 x 5.6 cm
 

Lovely smoky quartz cluster featuring super high luster and clarity. One predominant crystal is accented by smaller ones on the side. A full floater, the bottom is entirely crystalized. No damage.



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