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Quartz - faden with bend and twist
stock #16.1-303
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
8.9 x 3.6 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
new year 2021

A really extraordinary Quartz. Faden Quartz is well-known as being found in distorted, flattened and elongated crystals, always with the internal "string" or line inside. This piece has all that in elegant gem clear crystals in a series of chains and clusters, but in addition it also has a remarkable bend with a slight twist. We have handled many great Fadens from the Waziristan finds but this is the only piece that has this remarkable form. This is nearly all Quartz, with just a sliver of matrix and is in fine condition, one edge contact is seen with magnification, this display incredibly well. A super addition for any Quartz suite or collection, this is especially impressive in person.

Quartz- Faden with tabular form
stock #AX-25-013
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Afghanistan
5 x 3.9 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $180
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.

Faden Quartz
stock #AX-25-015
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
4.8 x 4.1 x 2 CM (miniature)
price: $135
Spring 2020

A perfect flat style Faden Quartz with very clear line or "string" in a very clear prism. Textbook form and excellent condition, from the incredible find a few years ago in Waziristan. Faden Quartz is fairly rare world wide but this find was so productive that it is still possible to find a choice specimen at a very reasonable cost. As an extra, this has a very slight twist or bend to the main crystal. Remarkably the edges are all perfectly sharp and complete.

Quartz -Faden
stock #AX-25-029
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
6 x 3.8 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $350
Spring 2019

Sharp, gem clear and in perfect condition, a fine distorted Quartz cluster showing a distinct faden line or string inclusion. This is a cluster of three main Quartz prisms, each of which has a different habit, yet all have faden strings. The main prism is nicely perched and is the focal point, displays well from any angle and has an unusual tabular form. In excellent condition there are no chips or bruises visible by naked eye, 20X magnification inspection finds only incredibly small rough spots, this is essentially perfect. This find in Waziristan was big news in the mineral world, superb, world class and prolific. The large quantities found have kept the cost of a fine piece very reasonable. This specimen is far better than average, better in person.

Quartz- Tabular Faden habit
stock #AX-25-030
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
5.3 x 2.4 x .4 CM (cabinet)
price: $150
Spring update

A perfect "floater" that is crystallized all around and is remarkable, in perfect undamaged condition. From the finds in 2014 in Waziristan that produced some of the best Fadens ever found. This is a textbook example, fully transparent with bright luster and sharp edges. The Faden or string inside is distinct, bright and clear see from any angle. We have seen and handled many from these finds, undamaged floaters with such sharp details were very few.

Spessartine on Quartz
stock #A7-055-(623)
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
2.8 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $125
Spring 2014

An especially bright, lustrous garnet sits on a small hill of quartz, tourmaline and feldspar. Bright red color with complex faces, this is an attractive and affordable gem crystal. The main garnet has some adhering quartz contacts but is otherwise in fine condition

Faden Quartz
stock #12.1-082
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
13.6 x 6.5 (cabinet)
price: $290
Spring 2013

Sharp Faden Quartz with large single crystal rising out of a "haystack" base of Quartz.Few specimens of this size are undamaged. This is in perfect condition and displays well from any side.