085 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 specimen shows multiple exposed crystals of up to 1 cm in size. The titanites are overgrown with a second generation of smaller, highly lustrous titanites. That is the reason why the whole specimen sparkles. There are two chips, which do not quite draw attention. The specimen is self-standig.
Size: 6 x 4 x 3.7 cm
largest crystal 1 cm
Price: 240 Euro (including the story in pdf, with the photo of the specimen on the front page and white cardboard cotton filled specimen box)