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Mixed Minerals from
Pakistan and Afghanistan




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Peridot from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7061c.jpg] Peridot from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7061b.jpg] Peridot from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7061d.jpg] Peridot from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7061a.jpg]


No. PERPAK7061 - SOLD

Peridot

Locality: Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 1.8 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)


These are some of the largest and finest Peridot crystals in the world. This little gem features a pair of excellent quality bright lime green color crystals with exceptionally sharp terminations for this material. So many specimens from this locality are distorted and often very rounded with poorly defined faces, but not this one. The piece is complete all the way around and has such great form for a piece this size. The luster is also quite good for this locality, and as you can see by the photos, this piece is exceptionally gemmy. Keep in mind that this locality has produced the finest quality Peridot crystals in the modern era. With the exception of St. Johns Island in Egypt (which typically did not produce specimens that are larger than thumbnails and the majority of them were found at the turn of the 20th Century), there are only a few world-wide localities that produce gem quality Peridot of any substance, and the majority of that material is not even crystallized ! I have to stress that this species is exceptionally rare in well crystallized specimens such as this one.



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Peridot with Ludwigite Inclusions from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7062a.jpg] Peridot with Ludwigite Inclusions from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7062d.jpg] Peridot with Ludwigite Inclusions from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7062c.jpg] Peridot with Ludwigite Inclusions from Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan [./PakAfghanMix906/perpak7062b.jpg]


No. PERPAK7062 - $ 1400.00 SOLD

Peridot with Ludwigite Inclusions

Locality: Soppat (Suppat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm (miniature)


These are some of the largest and finest Peridot crystals in the world. This specimen features a pair of excellent quality rich lime green color crystals with black silky fibrous inclusions of the relatively rare borate, Ludwigite. These inclusions are characteristic of many of the Peridot specimens from this locality. The Peridot crystals themselves have exceptionally sharp terminations for this material. So many specimens from this locality are distorted and often very rounded with poorly defined faces, but not this one. The piece is complete all the way around and has such great form for a piece this size. The luster is above average for this locality, and as you can see by the photos, this piece is amazingly gemmy. Keep in mind that this locality has produced the finest quality Peridot crystals in the modern era. With the exception of St. Johns Island in Egypt (which typically did not produce specimens that are larger than thumbnails and the majority of them were found at the turn of the 20th Century), there are only a few world-wide localities that produce gem quality Peridot of any substance, and the majority of that material is not even crystallized ! I have to stress that this species is exceptionally rare in well crystallized specimens such as this one, and the rare Ludwigite inclusions make it that much more impressive.



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Pollucite from Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/pollafgh7062b.jpg] Pollucite from Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/pollafgh7062a.jpg]


No. POLLAFGH7062 - $ 90.00 SOLD

Pollucite

Locality: Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan.

Specimen Size: 2.1 x 2.0 x 1.1 cm (thumbnail)


Pollucite is an unusual Cesium-bearing member of the Zeolite group, and excellent, gem quality specimens are found most often in pegmatites of all places ! Some of the most famous gem quality Pollucites are known from the various localities in Oxford County, Maine, but recently, Afghanistan has yielded some of the finest transparent Pollucite specimens extant. This particular piece, despite lacking much in the way of crystal form (it is etched on all sides), is amazingly lustrous and so gemmy inside. The etching does not allow for easy photographing, but take my word for it, its better in person, and a stunning example of a gem Pollucite from this great pegmatite locality.

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Ferrocolumbite on Albite with Muscovite from Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanisan. [./PakAfghanMix906/columbafgh7061a.jpg] Ferrocolumbite on Albite with Muscovite from Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanisan. [./PakAfghanMix906/columbafgh7061b.jpg] Ferrocolumbite on Albite with Muscovite from Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanisan. [./PakAfghanMix906/columbafgh7061c.jpg]


No. COLUMBAFGH7061 - $ 1100.00

Ferrocolumbite on Albite with Muscovite

Locality: Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanisan.

Specimen Size: 10.2 x 9.1 x 4.0 cm (cabinet)
Largest crystal: 1.1 x 1.0 cm.


Let me say first that this specimen is a mixture of Ferrocolumbite and Ferrotantalite. Realistically, when a species is referred to as simply Columbite it is in reference to Ferrocolumbite. I believe this piece is closer to Ferrocolumbite in its chemistry, and for a Columbite, this is one of the best Ive seen from Afghanistan. The piece features a pair of converging forming a highly striking pseudo-twinned, X-shaped crystal aesthetically flaring out of a matrix composed of fairly thick, moderately lustrous, chalk-white Albite crystals and associated with a few Muscovite blades plus several gemmy Quartz crystals pointing downward. The X group of Ferrocolumbite crystals are superb quality showing bright, metallic luster and razor-sharp faces with no damage. There are a few contacted crystals on the piece, but your eye is immediately drawn to the X-shaped group. For the visceral impact, and overall quality, it is one great cabinet display piece of very high quality. This was the only piece from the lot that featured a completely undamaged pair of crystals on matrix.

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Spessartine on Albite from Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/spesspak7063a.jpg] Spessartine on Albite from Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/spesspak7063c.jpg] Spessartine on Albite from Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/spesspak7063b.jpg]


No. SPESSPAK7063 - SOLD

Spessartine on Albite

Locality: Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 2.3 x 2.0 x 1.9 cm (thumbnail)


When these specimens first started emerging from Pakistan, they were (and still are) regarded as some of the finest crystallized Spessartine specimens in the world. They are for my money, the finest red Spessartines available today. This is a real smoker of a thumbnail. This piece hosts a pair of rather large, textbook trapezohedra of Spessartine with deep wine red color, excellent luster and very sharp faces sitting atop minor white Albite. The piece displays well from several angles. The larger Spessartine has actually replaced/covered Albite on the reverse side of the specimen which gives it an interesting look. Strong backlighting shows the rich gemmy red color of the crystals. The quality definitely is there on this piece, and these specimens are becoming less and less available on the market, certainly in the last 5 years. Considering how widespread and diverse the various species of Garnet are, it is surprisingly difficult to find extremely well crystallized matrix display specimens such as this one. This is one of the finer thumbnails of this material Ive ever seen.



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Spessartine on Albite from Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/spesspak7062a.jpg] Spessartine on Albite from Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/spesspak7062d.jpg] Spessartine on Albite from Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/spesspak7062b.jpg] Spessartine on Albite from Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanMix906/spesspak7062c.jpg]


No. SPESSPAK7062 - SOLD

Spessartine on Albite

Locality: Seydar, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 2.7 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm (thumbnail)
Largest crystal: 8 mm.


When these specimens first started emerging from Pakistan, they were (and still are) regarded as some of the finest crystallized Spessartine specimens in the world. They are for my money, the finest red Spessartines available today. This particular specimen features a sharp, lustrous, gemmy, rich red color textbook trapezohedron of Spessartine aesthetically sitting atop a mound of beautifully contrasting white Albite crystals. The Spessartine is virtually undamaged and complete all the way around. Strong backlighting shows the super color in this crystal and the aesthetics are ideal. The quality definitely is there on this piece, and these specimens are becoming less and less available on the market, certainly in the last 5 years. Considering how widespread and diverse the various species of Garnet are, it is surprisingly difficult to find extremely well crystallized matrix display specimens such as this one. A superb thumbnail worthy of any collection.



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