Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
6 x 3.8 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Sharp, gem clear and in perfect condition, a fine distorted Quartz cluster showing a distinct faden line or string inclusion. This is a cluster of three main Quartz prisms, each of which has a different habit, yet all have faden strings. The main prism is nicely perched and is the focal point, displays well from any angle and has an unusual tabular form. In excellent condition there are no chips or bruises visible by naked eye, 20X magnification inspection finds only incredibly small rough spots, this is essentially perfect. This find in Waziristan was big news in the mineral world, superb, world class and prolific. The large quantities found have kept the cost of a fine piece very reasonable. This specimen is far better than average, better in person.
A fine twinned Sphene crystal is perched like an arrow on the matrix. Small adhering crystals of Schorl, Adularia and Clinoclore add some extra sparkle. The Titanite is very sharp, lustrous and gemmy in areas. Very fine condition, magnification finds some small contacts but otherwise in great shape and damage free.
Beryl v. Aquamarine, Schorl and Albite
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
3.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A neat toenail of gem clear Beryl set on snow white Albite and glassy black Schorl Tourmaline. From recent finds at Shigar, this is a classic combination. The Schorl has a hoppered termination at one end and the Aquamarine is glass clear and perfect on all sides. An excellent specimen that could be trimmed to thumbnail size if desired but is fine as is.
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.