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Quartz - faden habit
stock #AX-25-006
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
6.3 x 2.3 x .5 CM (cabinet)
price: $240
Pre Tucson

Textbook perfect, a gem clear faden Quartz crystal with distinctly visible central white string inclusion. The crystal is in the form of stacked and conjoined flattened sections most of which have aligned striations and all of which are flawless with no chips or issues. This style of faden Quartz is famed from several old European Alpine localities, but this level of perfection from there is very rare and typically very expensive. The amazing finds from Pakistan (Waziristan area) have been one of the great mineral discoveries of the past decade. The quality and quantity were enough to allow fine pieces like this to be far more affordable. However, nothing lasts forever and these Quartz are already becoming classics. This specimen was selected from hundreds found in 2019 for condition and esthetic presentation, it is far better than average for this find.

Faden Quartz (gemmy yellow)
stock #19.1-150
Barranc del Cargoi, Arestul Llavarsi, Pallars Sobira, Lerida
Catalonia, Spain
5.2 x 2.4 x .4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $450
new year 2021

A perfect, gem-clear yellow Quartz crystal that has tabular form and a distinct faden line inside. Excellent, undamaged and with textbook form. Certainly a very choice faden from anyplace, this important small locality has alpine type veins and distinctive tabular forms. The color is a nice yellow to light orange at some angles, this seems to qualify as a Citrine. A clean floater, this is doubly terminated and the nicest specimen I have seen from this interesting locality.

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.