086 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.
Large, perfectly crystalized exposed titanite-crystal on matrix. The completely exposed crystals (main crystals are up to 1.7 mm long) show razor-sharp termination, they show a vibrant internal zoning, luster is excellent. The specimen is crystallized all around, except for the bottom. It looks great from many different angles.
Size: 7 x 5.3 x 3.5 cm
largest crystal 1.7 cm