082 Titanite (Sphen)
Kristallwand, Innnergschlöß, East Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria
Highly lustrous cognac-colored titanite in rare size and quality: For alpine titanite the cognac-like color is by far less common than the well-known green titanite from Pinzgau. Titanite of poor quality and a size of up to 9 mm are usually found at the Kristallwand (‘crystal wall’). However, during a special discovery at more than 3000 meters above sea level crystals reaching a size of up to 2 cm were found in Paragneis. The quality and luster is excellent. The crystal shows a sharp termination with highly transparent und translucent color. A few specimens were also covered with small adularia and with minor calcite. Due to the high altitude the cleft was only accessable for a few weeks during summer.
Many exposed, highly lustrous titanites of up to 1.5 cm in model form on matrix. The crystals show razor-sharp termination and a high-clarity color similar to cognac. The titanites are overgrown with a second generation of smaller, highly lustrous titanites. That is the reason why the whole specimen sparkles. The specimen stands in two different positions without any support (see photos). There is one small Adularia of up to 1 cm in size and with minor calcite on the specimen. No significant damage to report. An appealing piece of exceptional aesthetics!
Size: 9.5 x 5.7 x 5.3 cm
largest crystal 1.7 cm