Apatite on Albite with Clinochlore
Tormiq Valley, Haramoush Mountains, Skardu District
5 x 4.1 x 4.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Compound crystal of Apatite CaF 4.7 CM across is perched nicely on a snowy white Albite matrix sprinkled with Clinochlore. Well-defined faces, good luster and with nice striations, the crystal is a cream-yellow color and transparent in parts. Good fluorescence also. An alpine style habit and association, this from Pakistan though, it really looks like a fine Austrian piece. Older labels included, Ex Nick Carruth (Cornwall, UK) David Crawford and Charles Noll (USA). In very good condition no obvious damage and better in person too.