Saphira Minerals is located in the beautiful, historical town of Freistadt, Austria. We specialize in purchasing and selling high quality mineral specimens from localities all over the world. After many years of experience as a sole trader and join partner of Watzl Minerals GmbH, Rudolf Watzl has started his own enterprise in early 2013 to advance his own notion of trading fine and rare minerals for ambitious collectors.
Rudolf was raised in a mineral collecting family, and was captivated by the beautify of minerals at a young age. He was especially intrigued by the Alpine Mineral Collection of his father, Anton Watzl Senior (also a renowned mineral photographer), which posed an ideal and encouraged Rudolf’s further development. Rudolf’s first collection primarily consisted of self-collected specimens from the Austrian Alps, containing some outstanding iron roses. To this day, the collection has increased to an impressive collection of the finest minerals from the world’s best localities.
In Rudolf’s own words, “Collecting minerals is a passion I’m happy to share with a great community around the globe. I’m looking forward to handling many more of this world’s most amazing crystal treasured and I hope to inspire this enthusiasm in many others.”