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Elbaite with Cleavelandite - purple cap
stock #19.1-002
Stak Nala, Haramoush Mountains
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
4.4 x 4.2 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
price: $400


A "purple cap" Tourmaline crystal set on contrasting white Cleavelandite. In fine condition, the termination is perfect and clear while the body of the crystal is dark and opaque. The Elbaite is 4 CM tall and the luster is very bright. Depending on the lighting used to display the piece the cap can look almost colorless or has a slight blue hue though in most settings the cap is a light violet. These are modern classics and as far as I know unique to this locality.

Apatite on Albite with Clinochlore
stock #15.1-1027-(SM3197)
Tormiq Valley, Haramoush Mountains, Skardu District
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
5 x 4.1 x 4.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $400


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.

Hematite on Adularia and Quartz
stock #16.1-102
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.1 x 4.2 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1450
Late Summer 2021

Lustrous flat crystals of Hematite esthetically perched on a contrasting matrix. The Hematites have some bright mirror-like faces and some faces with a dusting of Chlorite. The Adularia is also well-crystalized in stacked arrangements with a few small Quartz crystals tucked in as well. In exceptional condition, the individual Hematite crystals reach over 2.8 CM and are in nicely aligned clusters and stacks. The Alpine minerals of Pakistan can be incredible as seen here, and rival some of the famous finds in the European Alps. More impressive in person, a classic Alpine cleft assemblage. This looks great from several angles.

Zircon
stock #8.1-461
Chilas Valley
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
6.6 x 4.3 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $480
Early summer 2021

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.