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 Post subject: Amethyst from Austria
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:11 pm 
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This one is aimed at AMGUY :wink:

There are only occasionaly finds of alpine Amethyst in Austria. One location where we do find szepter amethysts from time to time is the Mörchnerkar, a high alpine region in Tyrol. Most of the pieces from there are light coloured and usually smaller than 6 cm.

But the Hofer Brothers, well known Rockhounds from our region opened a cleft in 2004 containing the best Amethyst crystals mined so far in Austria. A rare and precious find, same location as the Moonstones by the way.

Have a look at these beauties: About 20 cm long

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Link to a bigger Picture of the bigger group of crystals:

http://www.mindat.org/photos/0220463001239008037.jpg

Merry crystalmas everyone

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Wow..thanks Nik..those are fantstic..i really love alpine type minerals and even standard minerals that come from alpine locations/clefts..they form in very unique environments and lots of times have very unique attributes..thanks for the pics..I wonder if those were at the Munich show?

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Your´e right Amguy, they were displayed at the special exhibition of alpine treasures from the Hohe Tauern National Park.

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Nikolaus,

It is not everyday that one sees such gorgeous amethyst crystals for the Alpes!

Thank you for sharing Nikolaus and Happy New Year 2010!


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