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Zircon
stock #8.1-461
Chilas Valley
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
6.6 x 4.3 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $480


A big 3.6 CM Zircon crystal is perched on a hard matrix. Most faces are rather lustrous, sharp and the crystal is unusually large. There is contacting on the back and some edges, so this is not a perfect textbook form, but this still presents well and is impressive. There are transparent and translucent areas and has a good UV florescence. The red color in some areas is very well pronounced. From a find over a decade ago.

Elbaite - multi-color - on Cleavelandite
stock #19.1-014
Stak Nala, Haramoush Mountains
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
4.3 x 4 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $1350
new year 2021

A fantastic blue cap Tourmaline . The main crystal with four distinct bright colors dominates this esthetic miniature. The smaller side crystal is also a blue cap with three colors and a large percentage of bright pink. In perfect, undamaged condition, when examined under good magnification even more color zones can be seen as faint areas between the main parts. From Stak Nala which is one of the world's best localities for fine Tourmaline. From time to time some exotic and uncommon color combinations like this are found there. The dark area in the middle is actually a dark green when backlit with strong illumination. A fine addition to any suite of gem crystals or tourmaline collection.

Grossular
stock #7.AE-315
Seydar, Hoh Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu district, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
5.2 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $620
new year 2021

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.

Hambergite on Smokey Quartz
stock #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.

Apatite
stock #19.1-369
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District
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 var. 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.

Vayrynenite -rare gem crystal
stock #19.1-299
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
1.7 x 1.3 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $450


The rare gem mineral Vayrynenite has been found in a very few places worldwide, but by far the best have come from Pakistan, in small pockets sporadically over the past thirty years. This is from a pocket found in 2017 which was the last good find. Good orange red color, transparent to translucent showing very rough, crude terminations that at first glance look broken. These seem to have been etched and recrystallized at some point in the past. Well defined striations on the prism faces, this has well above average color, luster and transparency in a simple thumbnail.