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.
faden Quartz with tabular form
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
7.3 x 3.8 x 1.4 CM (cabinet)
A perfect stack of tabular Quartz, gem clear and undamaged with a very distinct faden (string). The faden is at a slight angle off the C axis and is also slightly tapered. The flattened Quartz alone would be a very nice specimen, sharp, clear and lustrous but the strong faden and the textbook form make this especially choice. There have been occasional finds of faden quartz in Waziristan, this example comes from one of the last large pockets in 2015. Prior to these finds such a perfect Quartz from other locales would have been a magazine cover (and costly). The Waziristan Quartz finds did produce a lot of quite good pieces and the market price is currently much more affordable. Well above average and better in person too.
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, Baltistan
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.
Spessartine on Quartz
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
3.2 x 2.5 x 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
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.
A choice thumbnail with good presence from the newer finds of Titanite in the Tormiq Valley. These are sometimes exceptionally transparent and have some color zoning as well. Quite different from the prolific finds in Brazil, these stand apart and are distinctive. This is an excellent example that is in fine condition as seen. Presents well from several angles, with fine color, luster and flash.