Austrian Alps: Minerals from alpine clefts and ore deposits

16-0xx Titanite - 400 €

Kristallwand, Frosnitztal, Osttirol, Austria

Size: 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm

Freestanding titanite crystals of intense cognac-orange color on paragneiss matrix. The exposed main crystal measures 14 mm. No significant damage.

17-013 - Fluorite & Quartz - 180 €

Stampflkees, Zamser Grund, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria

Size: 10.8 x 7.2 x 5.1 cm

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Purple fluorite octahedra partially encrusted with a yellowish quartz layer. The specimen stems from a famous find in the 1980's from the slopes below the Stampflkees. While most of the fluorites from this find were green, the purple color of the specimen on hand is rather rare and very much sought-after among collectors.

16-085 - Skeletonized Rock Crystal - 180 €

Wildenkogel, Venediger, Osttirol, Austria

Size: 7 × 3.2 × 3 cm

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Skeletonized rock crystal with  good luster and clarity. Some abrasion near the tip, though not very eye-catching on a highly structured piece like this. Found by the renowned Austrian collector Obkircher Gottlieb.

RM-1775 - Fluorite - 400 €
Hirschau, Böckstein, Gasteinertal, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 22.5 x 18 x 6 cm
Weight: 2480 g

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Museum grade specimen from the Hirschau quarry. Rich cluster of green fluorite octahedra up to 22 mm edge length with some white stilbite coating. No significant damage.

RM-1773 - Fluorite - 300 €
Weißeck ridge, Murwinkel, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
Size: 18 x 11 x 10.5 cm
Weight: 1680 g

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Lustrous fluorite cubes up to 18 mm size with pale blueish color. The backside is covered with micro-cristalline baryte. No significant damage. Find from 1974.

RM-1918 - Wulfenite - 160 €
Grube Stefanie, Bad Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria
Size: 5.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm
Weight: 51 g

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Lustrous wulfenite crystals up to 13 mm size, a classic Bleiberg specimen. There are some tiny contacts.

16-087 - Rock Crystal & Calcite - 120 €

Kleiner Hexenkopf, Mailfrosnitz, Frosnitztal, Osttirol, Austria

Size: 22 x 16 x 10 cm

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Massy group of rock crystals with turquoise schist inclusions accompanied by reddish-white, dull calcite scalenohedra on matrix. The rock crystals measure up to 3 cm in diameter. There are several contacts and ruptures from frost and tectonic activity - while that is for sure an impairment, it somehow also adds a wild, alpine character to this particular specimen.

16-066 - Quartz - 80 €

Grieswies-Schwarzkopf, Hüttwinkl Tal, Rauris, Salzburg, Austria

Size: 16 x 8 x 8 cm

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Densely packed group of rock crystals, crystallized on all sides and partially developed doubly terminated. The bottom side carries some limonite and pericline. No significant damage.

Fluorite & Rock Crystal - sold

Schwarze Wand, Tauerntal, Mallnitz, Carinthia, Austria

Size: 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm

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Floater piece from a renowned alpine fluorite cleft worked by Rudolf Hasler in 1998 and 2013 (cf. Lapis 03/2014). Nicely balanced specimen in paragenesis with mostly clear and lustrous rock crystals. The fluorite octahedra measure up to 11 mm on edge. The second fluorite generation grown in rhombic dodecahedral habit with ink-blue color accents is the unique feature of this particular find. The specimen is in excellent condition, free of significant damage.

Fluorite & Rock Crystal - sold

Schwarze Wand, Tauerntal, Mallnitz, Carinthia, Austria

Size: 5.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm

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Floater piece from a renowned alpine fluorite cleft worked by Rudolf Hasler in 1998 and 2013 (cf. Lapis 03/2014). Nicely balanced specimen in paragenesis with mostly clear and lustrous rock crystals. The main fluorite octahedron measures 15 mm on edge. The octahedron at the bottom also carries the ink-blue second fluorite generation, which the Bockriegel specimen are famous for. The specimen is in excellent condition, there are some rehealed ruptures among the quartz needles but hardly any fresh fracture surface.

Rock Crystal - sold

Eiskögele, Stubachtal, Salzburg, Austria

Size: 18 × 8.8 × 7.5 cm

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Massive rock crystal from a famous find in the dangerous north face of Eiskögele mountain, made by the Hofer brothers in summer 2003 (cf. the video documentary available on DVD from the finder). Despite a good number of huge crystals in this find, only very few were recovered without damaged crystal tips - the specimen on hand has a repair at the bottom but comes with a pristine tip! A typical feature of  the crystals from this find is one dominant, elongated rhombohedral face, which is displayed distinctly by the present specimen. The prism faces show highly lustrous sections alternating with interesting etching pattern. The backside carries some siderite crust with minor calcite and few speckles of ingrown chlorite. Seldom opportunity to get a decent specimen from this spectacular alpine crystal find!

Titanite - sold

Kristallwand, Frosnitztal, Osttirol, Austria

Size: 7 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm

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Three twinned titanite crystals up to 12 mm length on matrix. The titanites exhibit the typical colour of the Kristallwand find, i.e. cognac-like with some green and red accents. In addition to the three main crystals, there are several tiny titanites and mica crystals scattered over the display side of the specimen. No significant damage.

Rock Crystal Scepter - sold

Forsterbachtal, Wörth, Rauris, Salzburg, Austria

Size: 9.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm

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Lustrous, multifacetted quartz scepter developed as a floater specimen. The ingrown doubly terminated crystal measures 35 mm. No significant damage.

Adularia & Pericline - sold

Hoher Happ, Maurertal, Virgental, Osttirol, Austria

Size: 12.5 x 11 x 9.5 cm

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Glossy adularia crystals on snow-white pericline. Some adularia crystals show signs of cleavage. Specimen from one of the best feldspar clefts of the Austrian Alps.

Fluorite with Calcite - sold

Weißeck ice cleft, Murwinkel, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria

Size: 11 x 8.5 x 5.5 cm

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Group of parqueted fluorite cubes accompanied by two intergrown calcite scalenohedra. Unlike many specimen from the famous summit cleft, the fluorites from the ice cleft in the north face generally exhibit very good luster. The present exemplar exhibits zonar colouring with deep purple bodies and colorless edges. The fluorites measure up to 2 cm, the calcites up to 3 cm. No significant damage, the backside was on the rock.

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