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Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61301a.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61301b.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61301c.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61301d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61301 - $ 3000.00 (=~ € 2689.20)

Tourmaline

Locality: Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 4.4 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm (miniature)


Here we have a superb, pristine, miniature size multicolor crystal with an attractive pyramidal termination, TOP glassy luster and excellent gemminess. Afghanistan (particularly Paprok) has truly produced some of the most attractive Tourmaline specimens around for the last 25 years or so, and they have really held their own against Tourmalines from other world localities. This crystal has a beautiful colorless "Achroite" termination that actually occupies over 50% of the crystal, which is incredibly rare in my experience with this material. The crystal grades into a gentle mint green to a stronger emerald green band which gives way to a soft baby pink hue throughout the rest of the prism. The crystal is complete all the way around, with an undamaged termination and superior luster on all faces. Minor accenting silvery beige Muscovite makes for a nice accent at the base of the crystal. It is becoming more and more difficult to obtain superb quality Tourmalines from Paprok for decent prices, as the locals seem to be charging more and more for them after each new find. It has also come to my attention that the Chinese are buying up a large percentage of the gem grade Tourmalines from this area, so less and less material is available on the market in recent years.

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Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61302a.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61302b.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61302c.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61302d.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61302e.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61302f.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61302 - SOLD

Tourmaline

Locality: Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 5.6 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm (small cabinet)


Paprok has produced some of the most iconic Tourmaline specimens in the world with some of the most vivid colors. This group has a sparkling blue-green hue with wonderful gemminess and bright luster. The color is vibrant, but pastel in areas. All of the terminations are intact, and the luster along the prism faces is very good for the locality. A white patch of associated Albite can be seen on the reverse side of the specimen. Rarely does one encounter Tourmaline specimens with this particular color from Paprok, as it is vibrant and eye-catching, and better appreciated in person. If you collect Tourmalines, you will recognize how special this color is. The only Tourmalines that I’ve seen with similar hue are the classic specimens from the Dunton Quarry in Newry, Maine.



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Tourmaline (“floater”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61303a.JPG] Tourmaline (“floater”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61303b.JPG] Tourmaline (“floater”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61303c.JPG] Tourmaline (“floater”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61303d.JPG] Tourmaline (“floater”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61303e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61303 - $ 950.00 (=~ € 851.58)

Tourmaline (“floater”)

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm (small cabinet)


A beautiful doubly-terminated, multi-color “floater” Tourmaline crystal from the famous Pakistani locality at Stak Nala. This area, for many years, has produced some impressive Tourmalines, but they can sometimes lack in color. This piece is surprisingly colorful showing a brilliant bubblegum pink pyramidal termination with a nearly colorless “Achroite” zone which actually continues in a slender column all the way down the entire prism of the crystal, ending in a colorless basal termination on the other end. In the center, one can see a combination of green hues ranging from olive-green to yellow-green to a very dark green (nearly black) shade. Lastly, it’s rare enough to find doubly-terminated Tourmalines from Stak Nala, but the fact that both of the terminations have amazingly good luster is even more rare.

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Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61304a.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61304b.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61304c.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61304d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61304 - SOLD

Tourmaline

Locality: Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm (miniature)


Here we have a lovely miniature size pastel crystal with an attractive pyramidal termination, glassy luster and good gem clarity at the termination. Afghanistan has truly produced some of the most attractive Tourmaline specimens around for the last 25 years or so, and they have really held their own against Tourmalines from other world localities. This crystal has light whitish-blue termination which grades into pink hues throughout the rest of the prism. The piece is complete all the way around, save one small area near the base. It is becoming more and more difficult to obtain superb quality Tourmalines from Paprok for decent prices, as the locals seem to be charging more and more for them after each new find. It has also come to my attention that the Chinese are buying up a large percentage of the gem grade Tourmalines from this area, so less and less material is available on the market in recent years.



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Tourmaline (“Blue Cap”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61305a.JPG] Tourmaline (“Blue Cap”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61305b.JPG] Tourmaline (“Blue Cap”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61305c.JPG] Tourmaline (“Blue Cap”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61305d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61305 - SOLD

Tourmaline (“Blue Cap”)

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 3.3 x 3.2 cm (miniature)


ex.  Brian Kosnar


A really cool multicolor “Blue Cap” Tourmaline crystal on Quartz and Albite from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. I have seen many Tourmaline specimens from Stak Nala over the years and the one characteristic that many of them lacked was decent color. This specimen features several colors ranging from a VERY rarely seen “Blue Cap” termination which sits atop a split prism of baby pink and olive-green, with further green shades at the base of the crystal. Found in 1992, from my personal collection. Nearly pristine all the way around, and an impressive example of how diverse the coloration of Tourmaline can be, even on the same specimen!



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Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61306a.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61306b.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61306c.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61306d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61306 - SOLD

Tourmaline

Locality: Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 4.5 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm (miniature)


Here we have a beautiful miniature size, bi-colored crystal with an attractive “cat’s eye” pink termination, glassy luster and excellent gemminess. Afghanistan has truly produced some of the most attractive Tourmaline specimens around for the last 25 years or so, and they have really held their own against Tourmalines from other world localities. This crystal has a beautiful green hue throughout and is certainly clean enough in areas to produce wonderful gemstones. The crystal is complete all the way around and even shows a slight pinkish hue on the other end. It is becoming more and more difficult to obtain superb quality Tourmalines from Paprok for decent prices, as the locals seem to be charging more and more for them after each new find. It has also come to my attention that the Chinese are buying up a large percentage of the gem grade Tourmalines from this area, so less and less material is available on the market in recent years.



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Tourmaline (“floater”0 from Gochalay, near Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61307a.JPG] Tourmaline (“floater”0 from Gochalay, near Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61307b.JPG] Tourmaline (“floater”0 from Gochalay, near Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61307c.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61307 - $ 550.00 (=~ € 493.02)

Tourmaline (“floater”0

Locality: Gochalay, near Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 3.0 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm (thumbnail)


Tourmalines are certainly among the most popular species for collectors, and no matter how many one encounters, a good one will always draw attention. This beautiful specimen has a striking color combination with gemmy colorless "Achroite" terminations, which give way to a stunning teal/blue color that mixes into an inky purple color (almost black) in the center. The piece is a complete “floater”, with no visible point of attachment that I can detect. The unique form and stacked appearance of the crystals makes for a very eye-catching large thumbnail / small toenail sized piece. The end with the pyramidal termination is rather lustrous and sharp, while the basal terminations have more of a matte luster. For a smaller Tourmaline specimen, this one is unique, eye-catching and just plain pretty. To the best of my knowledge, the find of these crystals was very limited and I have not seen any of them available from the Pakistani dealers for quite a while. An unusually colored and attractive gem crystal.

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Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61308a.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61308b.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61308c.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61308d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61308 - SOLD

Tourmaline

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 3.3 x 1.4 cm (miniature)


A really cool “Black and White” Tourmaline specimen from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. I don’t know if you could call this a multi-color specimen, since the predominant shades are black and white, which is why I was drawn to the piece in the first place when I bought it. Stark white terminations give way to mostly black bases, with a small amount of pale yellow-green and pink in one crystal. Good condition all the way around, with a bit of roughness on the edge of the bigger crystal. Minor associated Albite can be seen on the backside of the piece. .



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Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61309a.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61309b.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61309c.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61309d.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61309e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61309 - $ 400.00 (=~ € 358.56)

Tourmaline

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 3.8 x 2.3 cm (small cabinet)


An unusual and near “floater” group of Tourmaline crystals with a lovely accenting white “snowflake”-shaped group of Albite aesthetically flaring off one end. The piece has an appearance unlike anything that I’ve seen from Stak Nala, and were it not for the fact that I bought it from one of my most trusted Pakistani sources who personally visits the locality, I would have to question its origin. The internal coloration ranges from soft pastel hues with a wispy appearance ranging from greenish-blue to olive-green to nearly black. The entire specimen has a silky “cat’s eye” appearance when backlit, and soft external luster. The crystals have formed in a very appealing three-dimensional arrangement, with many doubly-terminated crystals throughout. Only a few small points of attachment keep it from being a true “floater”, but still very interesting compared to most from this locality.

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Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61310a.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61310b.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61310c.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61310d.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61310e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61310 - $ 300.00 (=~ € 268.92)

Tourmaline (doubly-terminated)

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 1.9 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm (thumbnail)


A superb thumbnail specimen featuring a great range of colors for a smaller crystal. The steep pyramidal termination ranges from lively pink hue to a slight colorless “Achroite” zone that grades into a nearly black zone that gives way to a very thin olive-green band, and then into a rich blue-green zone with a notable “Achorite” basal termination on the other end. This is a really cool multicolor Tourmaline crystal from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. I have seen many Tourmaline specimens from Stak Nala over the years and the one characteristic that many of them lacked was decent color, so to find so much color packed into a thumbnail like this is unusual in my experience. Tourmalines are not easy to obtain in good thumbnail sized specimens, and this one would make a great addition to any collection due to its unique form and coloration. From a find in 2011.

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Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61311a.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61311b.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61311c.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61311d.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61311e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61311 - $ 400.00 (=~ € 358.56)

Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 3.0 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm (thumbnail)


A wonderful, doubly-terminated, polychrome Tourmaline crystal with Albite from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. I have seen many Tourmaline specimens from Stak Nala for many years and the one characteristic that many of them lacked was decent color. The crystal on this specimen features several colors ranging from a light pink shade at the end of the pyramidal termination, which gives way to a very dark green (nearly black) zone, which grades into a beautiful yellow-green color that gives way to an olive-green color, with a slight colorless "Achroite" basal termination on the other end. A beautiful white “flower”-shaped group of Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) makes for a wonderful accent to this eye-catching large thumbnail / small toenail sized display specimen. The piece is technically a “floater” since I can’t see a point of attachment where it came off matrix. Found in 2002, it is a really cool example of what makes Stak Nala Tourmalines so popular.

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Tourmaline with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61312a.JPG] Tourmaline with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61312b.JPG] Tourmaline with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61312c.JPG] Tourmaline with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61312d.JPG] Tourmaline with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61312e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61312 - $ 1800.00 (=~ € 1613.52)

Tourmaline with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”)

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.9 x 4.3 x 3.1 cm (miniature)


ex.  Brett Kosnar


A superb miniature display piece from a discovery in the early 1990s. This attractive specimen is from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. A pair of pristine Tourmaline crystals feature several colors ranging from beautiful colorless "Achroite" basal terminations on one end to a beautiful blue-green color, then into an olive-green color, then a very dark forest-green color as the base. To top it off, there are a couple of associated rosettes of white Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) aesthetically flaring off the sides of the two Tourmalines. No damage to speak of and very eye-catching for the material. You can tell that this is the old material, good quality and beautiful. This is a great display piece and a wonderful pegmatite specimen from a classic locality. From the collection of my brother, Brett of Kosnar Gem Co.

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Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61313a.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61313b.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61313c.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61313d.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61313e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61313 - SOLD

Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 6.7 x 2.0 x 1.9 cm (small cabinet)


A wonderful, doubly-terminated, polychrome Tourmaline crystal with Albite from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. I have seen many Tourmaline specimens from Stak Nala for many years and the one characteristic that many of them lacked was decent color. The crystal on this specimen features several colors ranging from a very pale pink shade at the end of the pyramidal termination, which gives way to a very pale blue hue, and then transitioning into a very dark olive-green (nearly black) area throughout the majority of the prism, which grades into a beautiful yellow-green color and an olive-green color that changes into a colorless "Achroite" zone and ends with a very thin blue "Indicolite" basal termination on the other end. Several beautiful white “flower”-shaped groups of Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) make for a wonderful accent to this eye-catching small cabinet display specimen. The piece is technically a “floater” since I can’t see a point of attachment where it came off matrix. Found in 2002, it is a really cool example of what makes Stak Nala Tourmalines so popular.



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Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61314a.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61314b.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61314c.JPG] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61314d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61314 - $ 375.00 (=~ € 336.15)

Tourmaline

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm (miniature)


From a find in the early 1990s when Stak Nala produced some of its most memorable specimens, this is a good single crystal from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. The piece features several colors from a beautiful colorless "Achroite" basal termination ranging into a beautiful blue-green color, then into an olive-green color, then a very dark forest-green color. A few minor blades of white Albite (var: Cleavelandite) crystals can be seen flaring off the side of the specimen. This is a good display piece and a wonderful pegmatite specimen from a classic locality.



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Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315a.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315b.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315c.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315d.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315e.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315f.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315g.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61315h.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61315 - $ 600.00 (=~ € 537.84)

Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.3 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm (miniature)


A wonderful group of, doubly-terminated, polychrome Tourmaline crystals with Albite from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. I have seen many Tourmaline specimens from Stak Nala for many years and the one characteristic that many of them lacked was decent color. The crystals on this specimen feature several colors ranging from a very pink shade at the end of their pyramidal terminations, which gives way to a very dark olive-green (nearly black) area throughout the majority of the prisms, then grading into beautiful yellow-green, olive-green and blue-green colors that end with thin colorless "Achroite" basal termination on the other ends. Several beautiful white “flower”-shaped groups of Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) make for a wonderful accent to this eye-catching miniature display specimen. The piece is nearly a “floater” were it not for one minor contact on one of the intermediary crystals. Found in 2007, it is a really cool example of what makes Stak Nala Tourmalines so popular.

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Tourmaline with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61316a.JPG] Tourmaline with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61316b.JPG] Tourmaline with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61316c.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61316 - SOLD

Tourmaline with Albite

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm (miniature)


From the new find in the late fall of 2010, this is an attractive specimen from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. These crystals feature several colors starting with beautiful colorless "Achroite" terminations on one end ranging into a very thin blue-green color on the main crystal, then into an olive-green color, then a very dark forest-green color. To top it off, there is an associated rosette of white Albite (var: Cleavelandite) crystals aesthetically flaring off the side of the specimen. The fact that the two crystals have notably different color zoning is interesting to me, as this phenomenon seems to happen more often at Stak Nala, but is not terribly common at other Tourmaline localities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is a good display piece and a nice pegmatite association specimen from a classic locality.



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Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61317a.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61317b.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61317c.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61317d.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61317e.JPG] Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite from Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61317f.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61317 - $ 400.00 (=~ € 358.56)

Tourmaline (doubly-terminated) with Albite

Locality: Stak Nala, in the northeast part of the Nanga Parbat, Haramosh Mountains Massif, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.1 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm (miniature)


A wonderful, doubly-terminated, polychrome Tourmaline crystal with Albite from the most famous Tourmaline locality in Pakistan. The crystal on this specimen features a few colors ranging from a very light pink shade at the end of the pyramidal termination, which gives way to a very dark green (nearly black) zone, which grades into a very thin olive-green color band, with a colorless "Achroite" basal termination on the other end. A beautiful white “flower”-shaped group of Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) that encompasses the entire Tourmaline crystal makes for a wonderful accent to this eye-catching miniature sized display specimen. The piece is technically a “floater” since I can’t see a point of attachment where it came off matrix. Found in 2009, it is a good example of what makes Stak Nala Tourmalines so popular.

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Schorl on Quartz with Microcline from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61318a.JPG] Schorl on Quartz with Microcline from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61318b.JPG] Schorl on Quartz with Microcline from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61318c.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61318 - $ 350.00 (=~ € 313.74)

Schorl on Quartz with Microcline

Locality: Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 6.3 x 4.1 x 3.7 cm (small cabinet)


An attractive association specimen featuring a stout, jet black Schorl crystal which is flaring out of a group of semi-frosted, gemmy, slightly smoky Quartz crystals and an accompanying cream colored, slightly etched blocky Microcline crystal on the end. The piece is in good shape overall, and displays nicely in a few directions, and is even crudely crystallized on the bottom, so it’s nearly a “floater” as it only has a small point of attachment on the base. Good matrix Schorl display specimens are not terribly common from Pakistan, and to find a piece with little color that is still so attractive is certainly worthwhile.

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Schorl on Albite from Biyano, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61319a.JPG] Schorl on Albite from Biyano, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61319b.JPG] Schorl on Albite from Biyano, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61319c.JPG] Schorl on Albite from Biyano, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61319d.JPG] Schorl on Albite from Biyano, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61319e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61319 - $ 500.00 (=~ € 448.20)

Schorl on Albite

Locality: Biyano, Ho Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.7 x 3.9 x 3.8 cm (miniature)


A beautiful bursting cluster of highly lustrous, jet black prisms of Schorl flaring off of snow white Albite matrix. Most of the crystals are completely pristine, with only a few contacts here and there. The dramatic nature of the piece is certainly unusual for Pakistan, as one does not often seen multiple crystals in such an aesthetic orientation on matrix like this one. The high quality of the crystals with their striking trigonal terminations create a beautiful full sized miniature specimen that would make a great addition to any collection.

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Spessartine on Albite from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61320a.JPG] Spessartine on Albite from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61320b.JPG] Spessartine on Albite from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61320c.JPG] Spessartine on Albite from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61320d.JPG] Spessartine on Albite from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61320e.JPG] Spessartine on Albite from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61320f.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61320 - SOLD

Spessartine on Albite

Locality: Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 7.8 x 5.7 x 3.9 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.0 cm


ex.  Brett Kosnar


Spessartines from Shengus have become some of the most iconic and worthwhile Garnets from any locality in the world. They are for my money, the finest red Spessartines available today. This particular specimen features over a dozen sharp, lustrous, gemmy, rich red color textbook trapezohedra of Spessartine aesthetically sitting atop a mound of beautifully contrasting white blocky, curved Albite crystals with slight graceful etching, plus minor silvery Muscovite. The Spessartines are virtually undamaged and complete all the way around. Strong backlighting shows the superb color in these crystals and the aesthetics are excellent. On the reverse side of the specimen, a pair of GEM quality, prismatic Aquamarine crystals can be seen. The quality is easy to see 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. From the collection of my brother, Brett. A superb small cabinet worthy of any collection.



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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61321a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61321b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61321c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61321d.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61321e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61321 - $ 350.00 (=~ € 313.74)

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”)

Locality: Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.1 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm (miniature)


This is a great rarity for Beryl. Several years ago, I remember seeing some very interesting, rare bi-color crystals of Beryl from Pakistan that were tabular with a pink core and a blue ring surrounding it. These new crystals are even more rare and interesting as they feature the same pink and blue bi-color, but with much more attractive prismatic crystals. This piece features a very attractive, thick, lustrous, sharp, very well formed, translucent crystal with a very light blue Aquamarine termination and pale pink Morganite color at the center of the crystal. Minor Albite and Muscovite can be seen on the reverse side of the piece. The Aqua portion of the crystals is a bit more gemmy than the Morganite portion, which is somewhat confusing to me as there is a distinctive cut off point where one color/clarity stops and the other begins. This is a great rarity to find prismatic Morganite from any locality. Any collector who loves unusual and colorful gem crystals should consider this unusual miniature specimen.

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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) (doubly-terminated) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61322a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) (doubly-terminated) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61322b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) (doubly-terminated) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61322c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) (doubly-terminated) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61322d.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) (doubly-terminated) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61322e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61322 - $ 1200.00 (=~ € 1075.68)

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine” and “Morganite”) (doubly-terminated)

Locality: Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 6.1 x 4.1 x 1.7 cm (small cabinet)


From a find in 2009. This is a great rarity for Beryl. Several years ago, I remember seeing some very interesting, rare bi-color crystals of Beryl from Pakistan that were tabular with a pink core and a blue ring surrounding it. These new crystals are even more rare and interesting as they feature the same pink and blue bi-color, but with much more attractive prismatic crystals. This small cabinet size specimen is a very attractive lustrous, sharp, gemmy to translucent, crystal with a pale pink core in the center and gemmy blue "cat's eye" sections on the ends, and in the middle another set of terminations can be seen. The piece is nearly a “floater”, as it is doubly-terminated with only a tiny point of attachment in the form of Albite that can be seen on the reverse side. I cannot stress how unique this piece is, not only because it is a great rarity to find prismatic Morganite from any locality, but also because of the color banding of blue and pink in the same crystal along with the rarely seen “cat’s eye” effect in the crystals. The quality of this crystal is great for the material and the fact that this is prismatic Morganite makes it highly desirable. A cool gem crystal specimen from Pakistan.

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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Teston, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61323a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Teston, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61323b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Teston, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61323c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Teston, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61323d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61323 - $ 300.00 (=~ € 268.92)

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”)

Locality: Teston, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 2.6 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm (thumbnail)


A very unusual and interesting thumbnail specimen from Pakistan. The piece was very difficult to photograph, and it best appreciated in person, as it has such a complex growth with a simple sharp, highly lustrous, GEM quality, light blue prismatic termination that is sitting atop a prism with an unusual modified / “etched” Aquamarine crystal base which is included with micro prismatic black Tourmaline crystals. Take my word for it, this one is different and unusual, and certainly worth picking up if you collect unusual gem crystal specimens.

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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61324a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61324b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61324c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61324d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61324 - $ 1100.00 (=~ € 986.04)

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”)

Locality: Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Brett Kosnar


From the collection of my brother Brett of Kosnar Gem Co. Some of the very finest quality Aquamarine specimens come from the various pegmatites in the Pakistani Himalayas, especially the pieces from around Shigar. This locality has produced some of the most exciting Aquamarine specimens in recent years. This specimen features a GEM quality (nearly 100% water clear) very sharp, lustrous, blue color prismatic crystal of Aquamarine which is included with black crystals of what could be Schorl or Tantalite. The unusual pyramidal termination along with the second order prismatic modifications make for a unique “pencil”-shaped termination. No damage to speak of, and superb quality for the material. This piece came out around 1985, shortly after my brother was born in March. My Dad actually set this crystal aside for Brett since his birthstone is Aquamarine.

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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61325a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61325b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61325c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61325d.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61325e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61325 - SOLD

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”)

Locality: Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 3.0 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)


A nearly 100% GEM quality, prism of Aquamarine with beautiful rich powder blue color. The beautiful tapered termination is completely pristine, showing unique form with first and second order pyramidal modifications. Keep in mind that before Pakistan started producing fine gem Aquamarines, good crystals were a relatively scarce commodity on the market, as most crystals from Brazil were etched, and old European crystals were rarely gemmy, let alone WATER CLEAR like this one. Pakistan has simply set the standard for gem Aqua crystals versus all other world localities. There is simply no other country that produces high gem quality Aquamarine crystals with the consistency of the Pakistani pegmatites. One day these localities will no longer produce these amazing gem crystals, and they will sky-rocket in value, just as the gem Beryls from Guaratinga (Jaquetô), Brazil or Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine. Pakistani Aquas are underappreciated in my mind simply due to their frequency on the market. There is no other world locality that produced anywhere near the amount of the amazing quality and quantity of specimens as the Northern Areas of Pakistan.



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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Albite and Spessartine from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61326a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Albite and Spessartine from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61326b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Albite and Spessartine from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61326c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Albite and Spessartine from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61326d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61326 - SOLD

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Albite and Spessartine

Locality: Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 9.4 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm (small cabinet)


A classic association specimen from Shengus with the indicative little red dodecahedral Spessartine crystals which are sitting on white blocky, curved Albite along the side of a prismatic, gemmy, sky blue crystal of Aquamarine with a lovely “cat’s eye” termination. Sometimes it’s difficult to say for certain where a particular Aquamarine specimen is from in Pakistan, but the beautiful gemmy Spessartines on this piece are a tell-tale sign that it’s clearly from Shengus. The color of the Aquamarine is darker than most Pakistani Aquas for it’s size and it has a vibrant blue color, not soft blue color. Virtually damage free all the way around, save the bottom where it detached from the pocket wall. An elegant and fairly priced display specimen with a beautiful red, white a blue coloration.



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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61327a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61327b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61327c.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61327 - SOLD

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”)

Locality: Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm (small cabinet)


A very gemmy prism of Aquamarine with beautiful rich powder blue color. The termination is completely pristine, showing classic textbook form with first and second order pyramidal modifications. Interestingly, the basal termination has bright luster, while the modifying faces all have a gentle frosting, creating a very attractive two-tone effect. Keep in mind that before Pakistan started producing fine gem Aquamarines, good crystals were a relatively scarce commodity on the market, as most crystals from Brazil were etched, and old European crystals were rarely gemmy, let alone WATER CLEAR like this one. Pakistan has simply set the standard for gem Aqua crystals versus all other world localities. There is simply no other country that produces high gem quality Aquamarine crystals with the consistency of the Pakistani pegmatites. One day these localities will no longer produce these amazing gem crystals, and they will sky-rocket in value, just as the gem Beryls from Guaratinga (Jaquetô), Brazil or Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine. Pakistani Aquas are underappreciated in my mind simply due to their frequency on the market. There is no other world locality that produced anywhere near the amount of the amazing quality and quantity of specimens as the Northern Areas of Pakistan.



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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Muscovite on Albite from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61328a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Muscovite on Albite from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61328b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Muscovite on Albite from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61328c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Muscovite on Albite from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61328d.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Muscovite on Albite from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61328e.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61328 - $ 400.00 (=~ € 358.56)

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) with Muscovite on Albite

Locality: Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 6.0 x 4.7 x 2.6 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.4 cm


When it comes to Aquamarine, Pakistan is the most productive country for specimens in the modern age of mineral collecting. Some of the very finest quality Aquamarine specimens come from the various pegmatites in the Pakistani Himalayas, especially the pieces from near Nagar. This locality has produced some of the most exciting Aquamarine association specimens over the years. This specimen features a few fine, sharp, lustrous, gemmy, light blue color prismatic crystals associated with glimmering silvery blades of Muscovite that have formed unusual and unique hollow hexagonal “casts” after an unknown mineral. The matrix is a mound of porcelain-esque Albite that can be seen through the beautiful Muscovite formations. The luster on the Aquamarines is very good, and there is virtually no damage to the piece overall. I have seen over a thousand Aquamarines from this locality, and never have I seen one quite this like.

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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61329a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61329b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61329c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) from Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61329d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61329 - $ 350.00 (=~ € 313.74)

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”)

Locality: Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 1.7 cm


Chumar Bakhoor has certainly been one of the most productive localities for specimens in the last 10-15 years, and one of the premier localities in Pakistan, hands down. From killer Fluorites to amazing Aquamarines, this area has given collectors some very notable minerals over the years. This specimen features a sharp, glassy, gemmy, beautiful pale blue color prismatic crystal of Aquamarine aesthetically sitting atop a crystallized group of lustrous, bladed, silvery-golden Muscovite. The piece displays beautifully on its own without the aid of clay or a base. The Aqua is also doubly-terminated, as the reverse side is recrystallized with tiny pyramidal and basal faces everywhere.

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Epidote from Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61330a.JPG] Epidote from Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61330b.JPG] Epidote from Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61330c.JPG] Epidote from Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./pakafg613/pakafg61330d.JPG]


No. PAKAFG61330 - SOLD

Epidote

Locality: Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 2.3 x 1.3 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


Here we have a wonderful non-pegmatite gem crystal specimen from the famous metamorphic “clefts” in the Shigar Valley. It has become increasingly more difficult to obtain top specimens from this locality, especially such fine quality specimens like this one. Epidote is one of the most well-known of all the Alpine cleft species in the world, and some of the finest Epidote specimens in the world have been coming out of Pakistan in recent years. These specimens are seemingly identical to the classic Alpine specimens from the European Alps, and in certain instances, have surpassed the European specimens for quality, size and gemminess. Some of the most celebrated Epidote specimens from the Alps are the highly sought after “sword-shaped” specimens, but they are typically nearly opaque and black internally. This crystal group exhibits the classic "sword-shaped" habit with high luster, very sharp faces, and a rich blending of amber, burnt orange and olive-oil yellow-green hues that can be seen when the piece is rotated in the light as Epidote is strongly pleochroic. It's a very good quality specimen that displays well, and would fit nicely into any collection. Only a small amount of roughness keeps it from being pristine, but this is easily forgiven when compared to most Epidotes from this locality. This material is highly prized by collectors for its exceptional form, as it resembles the classic Alpine Epidote specimens that sell for top dollar around the world. These pieces are highly coveted by Alpine collectors, and good pieces are next to impossible to obtain from the classic European localities. From the "Alpine-type" collection of my father, Epidote was one of his favorite species.



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