083 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.
The pictures shows two parallel-intergrown titanite-crystals with sharp edges and up to 1,5 cm in length. The highly lustrous crystals stand out well from the dark chlorite-matrix. At the rear area of the specimen sits another small exposed crystal. The specimen stands in this position without any help.
Size: 4.5 x 4 x 4.8 cm
largest crystal 1.5 cm
Price: 300 Euro (including the story in pdf, with the photo of the specimen on the front page and white cardboard cotton filled specimen box)