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61 specimens listed
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Hambergite on Smokey Quartz
stock #18-AX-30-036
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
6.3 x 4.5 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $520
Spring 2020

A cluster of milky white Hamburgite crystals are perched protruding from the side of a smokey Quartz. The Quartz is doubly terminated and makes a contrast with the Hambergite. Individual Hambergite crystals reach 2 CM and they are in a stacked arrangement, showing well a prismatic form not the usual fibrous look. Transparent on thin edges but mostly translucent, this is a nice example of this uncommon Beryllium specie. Ex collection of Thomas Fitzpatrick, vintage late 1970s.
Fluorite (Pink)
stock #8.1-444
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan
5 x 4.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $500
Spring 2020

A slightly zoned and lightly etched pink Fluorite octahedron from early finds at Chumar Bakhoor. Some of the corners also show a stepped overgrowth with a smoother texture. In fine condition on the display sides, the back is contacted from the matrix and has a little adhering Mica, none of which is seen from the front. The crystal is translucent to transparent and will glow brightly when backlit. Pink Fluorites with this sort of etching are almost exclusively found in Alpine type clefts and this is no exception. In person the color is a more vivid than can be seen in the photos. Good pink Fluorites are prized and often very costly. This is a choice piece and a good value.
Fluornatromicrolite with Topaz on cleavlandite
stock #18.1-771
Urandu Mine, Shigar Valley, Skardu District
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
4.7 x 3.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
price: $1950


A superb gemmy Microlite crystal with very lustrous faces and good color. These were tested to be Fluornatromicrolite but they are also often labeled as "Microlite group" which is a bit less exact. No matter the name, the quality and large size is exceptional and the addition of glassy clear Topaz on the specimen adds some interest too. It is rare to see a crystal so perfect and at 1.5 CM it ranks as a giant for this usually non esthetic specie. From the Urandu mine finds of 2017, this is as fine as has ever been found in Pakistan and for that matter worldwide.
Apatite
stock #19.1-369
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
2.8 x 1.8 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $750


Esthetic thumbnail pink Apatite in a sculptural arrangement. The previous owner called this "The policeman" since with imagination at several angles it looks like a human figure. No matter the anthropomorphic ideas, it is a fine complete cluster of well formed, undamaged Apatite crystals, vividly fluorescent. All are doubly terminated. The terminations all show a fine edge modification having a bevel across all faces. Absolutely one of a kind, I consider it a competition grade thumbnail.
Beryl V. Aquamarine
stock #19.1-361
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
2.9 x 2.4 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $110


A clean thumbnail of gem clear Aquamarine on an Albite matrix. The Beryl is flattened along one axis and has the classic flat termination. In perfect condition, super transparent, the crystal faces are mostly flat with minimal striation. Overall a choice small gem from the great Shigar pegmatite zone.
Hydroxylherderite
stock #19.1-360
Sassi, Gilgit district
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
3.9 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $140


A shard of feldspar matrix hosts a glassy green Herderite crystal in fine condition. Intensely fluorescent, the crystal shows sharp edge modifications and striated faces. From a find in 2005, the crystal here is 2.3 CM in diameter and transparent to translucent. Choice with no visible damage.
Spessartine on Quartz
stock #19.1-358
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
3.2 x 2.5 x 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
price: $390


Super esthetic, an outstanding thumbnail of etched Spessartine showing fine geometric forms. Dark red translucent Garnet with some color zoning on edges. The front display side is in excellent undamaged condition, the back side has contacts with recrystallization so is less distinct. The Garnet faces are showing growth structures which are especially clean and attractive. Similar to the well known Brazilian Spessartine from Navegadora, this is unusual for a Pakistani Garnet. Choice.
SOLD Beryl V. Aquamarine on Albite with Ferro-Columbite
stock #SOLD 19.1-353
Skardu District
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
3.4 x 2.5 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $0


A fine large thumbnail with a perfect gem Beryl nicely perched on rounded Albite crystals. Additionally there are some inclusions of radiating accicular crystals of what are reported to be Ferro-Columbite. These are not tested by us, but do seem to match others that have been. No damage and looks fine from many angles. A great example from this famed Pegmatite zone.
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