Austrian Alps: Minerals from alpine clefts and ore deposits

17-025 - Epidote - 450 €

Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Salzburg, Austria

Size: 4.8 × 2.7 × 2.3 cm

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Lustrous epidote crystal with well developed termination and on matrix. The epidote exhibits high translucency (image 3 backlit) and thus distinct pleochroism. The bottom half of the crystal is slightly bent, which is a typical feature of Knappenwand epidote reflecting interrupted growth history. No repair!

16-075 - Smoky Quartz - 180 €

Schönach valley, Gerlos valley, Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria

Size: 7 × 3.9 × 3.1 cm

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High quality smoky quartz with very good color, luster and clarity. The main crystal is doubly terminated with some side cars on a small piece of white granite host rock. No significant damage.

17-013 - Fluorite & Quartz - e-rocks auction closing Dec 16

Stampflkees, Zamser Grund, Zillertal, Tyrol, 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.

RM-1775 - Fluorite - 400 €
Hirschau, Böckstein, Gastein valley, Hohe Tauern, 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, Frosnitz valley, Tauern valley, East Tyrol, Tyrol, 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 - 120 €

Grieswies-Schwarzkopf, Krumlkeeskopf area, Hüttwinkl valley, Rauris valley, Hohe Tauern, 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, Tauern valley, Mallnitz, Ankogel group, Hohe Tauern, 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, Tauern valley, Mallnitz, Ankogel group, Hohe Tauern, 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.

Titanite - sold

Kristallwand, Frosnitz valley, Tauern valley, East Tyrol, Tyrol, 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

Vorsterbach valley, Wörth, Rauris valley, Hohe Tauern, 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, Maurerbach valley, Ströden, Virgen valley, East Tyrol, Tyrol, 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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