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Alpine Minerals #11

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ED04 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Scharrn, Hollersbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 15.4 x 8.6 x 4.2 cm

Elongated, sharp and lustrous smoky quartz crystals scattered on a schist rock matrix. Only very few fine pieces were found at this now defunct locale. This is an opportunity to get a great one! Ex Gerd Stefanik collection, his label is coming with the piece.

HS04 - Fluorite - 390€
Zogno, Brembana Valley, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy
Size: 11 x 9.4 x 5.6 cm

Nicely etched fluorite crystal cluster from Zogno, Italy. The etching produced numerous new faces, rounded corners, hollow forms, all making up for a wonderful 3-dimensional structure on the front and side faces. No damage.

PM56 - Epidote with Byssolite - SOLD
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 6.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm

A group of sharp epidote crystals with very glossy faces. Light green byssolite in the middle gives a nice contrast. Knappenwand probably produced the finest epidote crystals on earth and this is a really attractive sample from this famous, classic locality. Great display from all sides. No damage, no repair.

ME12 - Fluorite - SOLD
Gletschhorn, Göscheneralp, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 4.6 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm

Stunning pink fluorite octahedron with light and intense colour zones and beautiful etching patterns. No damage.

A748 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Scharrn, Hollersbachtal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 8 x 5 x 2.5 cm

A deeply coloured, tall smoky (almost morion) crystal is accented by a smaller sidecar crossing at the base. Gorgeous luster and striations on the sides. Note the extra faces, they are indeed spectacular. Great impact and condition.

A157 - Sphene - SOLD
Amertal, Felbertal, Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 4.3 x 2.9 x 1.3 cm

A very eye-catching floater! The upper part of the main crystal is gemmy and very translucent; it shows that most appreciated vibrant green colour. The darker area below gives a lot of contrast to the piece. No significant damages to report, looks great in each position.

XY128 - Zircon - SOLD
Gridone-Nord, Centovalli, Tessin, Switzerland
Size: 4.7 x 3.4 x 4.5 cm

A 17 x 9 mm zircon crystal sitting in perfect position on a piece of rock matrix. The composition is very aesthetic, it could not be better. No damage to report.

TG25 - Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Galenstock, Tiefengletscher, Furka, Uri, Switzerland
Size: 12.8 x 9.6 x 6.5 cm

WOW! What an amazing smoky crystal group! Three predominant crystals are standing in upright position on a floater cluster built by smaller ones. The clarity is amazing, the luster glossy like a mirror, and the colour a very pleasing reddish brown hue. What else to look for? A great piece for the advanced alpine collector. Great composition and aesthetics.

KD20 - Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Haslital, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Size: 4.9 x 4.1 x 1.3 cm

Discovered in 1962, the "Rufibach" pocket on Vorderer Zinggenstock has set a new standard for smoky quartz that has not been surpassed until today. Aside the big amounts of regular quartz crystals some pink fluorites and even rarer, a few gwindels were recovered. This is a stunning sample that combines the superb qualities of the pocket with great twist and elegant shape. A rare chance to get one of these classic alpine jewels!

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