Seydar, Hoh Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu district, Baltistan
5.2 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Dark red-brown clusters of Grossular Garnets that are partly transparent and have minimal matrix. In very good condition, some of the Garnets have contacts or internal cracks that reflect light and in photos look like damage. Crystallized all around from a find at Seydar in the Braldu Valley, this is a not well documented locality.
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
4.8 x 4.1 x 2 CM (miniature)
A perfect flat style Faden Quartz with very clear line or "string" in a very clear prism. Textbook form and excellent condition, from the incredible find a few years ago in Waziristan. Faden Quartz is fairly rare world wide but this find was so productive that it is still possible to find a choice specimen at a very reasonable cost. As an extra, this has a very slight twist or bend to the main crystal. Remarkably the edges are all perfectly sharp and complete.
Hambergite on Smokey Quartz
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
6.3 x 4.5 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
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.
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5 x 4.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
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.
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.
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District
2.8 x 1.8 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
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
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
2.9 x 2.4 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
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.
Sassi, Gilgit district
3.9 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
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.