Zoisite (gem crystal from Pakistan)
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
2.9 x 1 x .5 CM (miniature)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A gem clear Zoisite crystal that is not at all like the usual from Tanzania. This is a nice small example with well defined striations and habit that is also distinct and shows dichroism. This came out over 10 years ago and since then we have not seen any. A minor chip is noted with magnification so this is not for the picky perfectionist, but it is a nice displayable gem crystal that is affordable. A rare example from an unusual locality.