A striking fine Tourmaline specimen with both fine color and nice matrix contrast. The largest multicolored Elbaite is 4.5 CM long and well-isolated, free standing. All are gemmy and have glassy lustrous faces. There are several smaller crystals scattered on the matrix including a few damaged crystals some of which are partly recrystallized. The major crystals are in fine shape and are the classic gemmy Paprock type with vivid pastel coloring. The largest crystals have flat basal termination but some others are the prismatic type. The color mix of the purple and off white matrix contrasts well with the glassy pink and green Tourmaline.
A transparent and nearly pure crystallized Pollucite that has been heavily etched. Aside from some tiny inclusions this is all Pollucite with total transparency, and curved crystal faces. Pollucite is one of the few sources of Cesium and sometimes also includes substantial amounts of Rubidium, it is an uncommon gemstone as well. The specimen is broken on the base or underside where it was attached but the visible surfaces are in fine condition and show the characteristic Pollucite structure and luster perfectly. This is just under 36 grams of gem crystal that is very lustrous in person.
Quartz- Faden with tabular form
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
5 x 3.9 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Sharp and complete tabular habit Quartz with wide faces that show well the inner fadden line. Perfect except where this was removed on the base, this from the incredible find in 2017 in Waziristan. This was a large discovery and there were many incredible shapes and habits but just a small percentage were perfect. Better in person the clean clarity is hard to appreciate in photos.
Gem Sodalite on Calcite
Gem Sodalite Locale, Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Kokosha Valley Khash an
4.9 x 3.4 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
new year 2021
A single, partly gemmy, crystal of blue Sodalite sitting on a Calcite matrix. The Sodalite is vividly Fluorescent (yellow-orange) as is the Calcite. From the remarkable deposits at Sar-e-Sang, gem Sodalite is quite uncommon worldwide and the best by far are from this locale. A very nice piece with some very tiny rough spots that are only seen by magnification.
A nice bit of natural mineral sculpture. This single gem crystal is doubly terminated with the "jagged mountain peak" habit and is beautifully etched. The whole has been completely recrystallized and is a perfect floater, there is no damage. Fully transparent with striated prism faces, this looks great from any angle and of course has the strong dichroism that this type of Spodumene is known for.
A complete and undamaged Kunzite crystal that is doubly terminated with good color. The terminations on each end are of different habits, both are very sharp and distinct. The crystal is very transparent, it is possible to read through the center of the prism. Kunzites have a very deep violet color when viewed on end but much more pale pink on the prism faces, this piece has an especially strong color gradation. Fine Afghan specimens like this are a good value.
stock #20 AE-7-082 B
Parun Pegmatite Field, Wama District
5.4 x 3.2 x 3.1 (cabinet)
A big, glassy crystal with a very dark blue-green shaft becomes a lighter blue near the top, then grades to a water clear zone and ends with a thin reddish purple cap. Well terminated with a transparent flat top and with great luster. In very good condition, with only very tiny bits of edge wear that is not easy to spot and a small unobtrusive chip on the back. An older piece this color combination is not very common. The top portion is all gem clear but the majority of the crystal is rather dark and only a little light passes through. Displays well and a good value for a stout single crystal. A hefty 106 grams.
Bright blue and very well exposed on contrasting matrix, this is a striking specimen. In fine condition the form is complete with edge modification clearly visible, and just under 3 CM across. Typically the faces of these crystals are never very lustrous and can be fairly rough or crude. This specimen is about as lustrous as these get, the crystal faces show some course texture but are way more smooth than is normal. From finds a few years ago, a very attractive and clean piece.