Three chisel tip Peridot crystals in a line like mountain peaks. A choice older specimen with fine color and transparency. With any backlight this will really glow. Nearly all good cutting grade, there are virtually no inclusions to be seen. Some minor bruises can be seen but they are very minor, and the naturally frosted faces soften them even more. This is unusually well formed and sizable for a Sopat Peridot which are often very degraded or damaged. Far better in person, a very good value.
Pink Fluorite crystal with fine clarity, light frosting and distinctive form. No damage, the Fluorite is nestled among sharp Muscovite crystals and is well protected. The habit is a highly modified octahedron with complexity that adds to visual interest. A 1.5 CM gem clear Fluorite that is better in person. A really good example of Pakistani pink alpine Fluorite that will not break the bank.
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
Baltistan, Northern Areas,
3.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Blocky type crude crystals of Manganotantalite in a cluster that show the red-brown color very well. An older piece from Skardu that has several intergrown crystals these are in quite good condition and most of the faces have very clear striations. Typically this specie has rounded, crude form crystals, often indistinct especially as they get larger. However this is a good deal sharper than most and there is only one spot with a very small contact, otherwise complete on all sides, a floater specimen.
Fluorite on Beryl (Aquamarine)
Gilgit, Gilgit district
7.3 x 5.2 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
A choice combination specimen with light pink octahedral Fluorite on gemmy clear Aquamarine. The largest Beryl is 2.5 CM tall and well exposed on the matrix of Muscovite and Albite. This is a typical Northern Pakistan assemblage. The condition is quite fine, good magnification finds some tiny rough spots on a few Beryl edges but this is perfect by naked eye. Ex. William Hladysz collection. Separately both the Beryl and the Fluorite are fairly good but not extraordinary, however in a combination like this they are much more impressive.
Spessartine on Muscovite
stock #18-AX- 14-337
Gilgit, Gilgit district
4.7 x 4 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
Superb glassy garnets arranged in parallel or epitaxial stack making a wonderful natural sculpture. Perched on Muscovite crystals the Spessartine is very lustrous and in fine condition. Displays well from several angles, this was collected almost 25 years ago. Eyecatching and esthetic.
Epidote -Doubly terminated
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
4 x 1.6 x .6 CM (miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
A glassy yellow-green crystal cluster of classic form that is largely transparent from Alchuri. Doubly terminated and nearly a complete floater. There is a small edge rough spot where this was in contact with another crystal. The Pakistani Epidote can look a lot like other Alpine localities but have some distinctions too. This is a nice complete and very affordable example.
Dark Tourmalines (deep green- brown to black) that are translucent and very lustrous with a green Fluorite crystal. Small Quartz crystals and Albite are also present. In excellent condition as seen the terminations are sharp and complete. It is likly that this Tourmaline is a mixture of both Elbaite and Schorl in zoned growth. The Fluorite is a modified octahedron and the combination is very attractive. A choice small miniature from the amazing pegmatites of Stak Nala.
A single terminated Elbaite crystal 3.1 CM long is nicely set on Clevelandite blades from the famed Stak Nala pegmatites. A few crystals of the Clevelandite have grown into the Tourmaline but most of it is well exposed and fully visible. In good condition, the three color Elbaites are much less common at Stak Nala. A cute miniature that is quite affordable for one of these.