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A182 - Beryllonite with Lepidolite, Tourmaline $ 800 (=~ £ 593) SOLD
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 8.7 x 5.5 x 3.5


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Beryllonite with Lepidolite, Tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a182a.jpg] Beryllonite with Lepidolite, Tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a182b.jpg] Beryllonite with Lepidolite, Tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a182c.jpg]

Large white Beryllonite crystal attractively set in Lepidolite crystals with small green Tourmaline.


A184 - Tourmaline on Morganite $ 450 (=~ £ 333) SOLD
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 6 x 3 x 3


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Tourmaline on Morganite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a184a.jpg] Tourmaline on Morganite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a184b.jpg] Tourmaline on Morganite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a184c.jpg] Tourmaline on Morganite from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a184d.jpg]

A unusual feature of pegmatites is the occasional occurrence of "bent" crystals, believed to be caused by repeated fracturing and rehealing within the pegmatite. This specimen features a "bent" Tourmaline draped over the shoulder on a gem Morganite crystal. The Tourmaline grades from dark green to pink at the termination. The Morganite is crystallized on all sides, truely unique.


A183 - Indicolite $ 250 (=~ £ 185) SOLD
Kunar Prov., Afghanistan
thumbnail - 2 x 0.9 x 0.9


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Indicolite from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a183a.jpg] Indicolite from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a183b.jpg]

Gemmy single crystal with great blue color, matte surface luster on the termination. Undamaged.


A179 - Tantalite $ 300 (=~ £ 222) SOLD
Shengus Mine, Skardu District, Pakistan
small cabinet - 6 x 3 x 2


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Tantalite from Shengus Mine, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a179a.jpg] Tantalite from Shengus Mine, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a179b.jpg] Tantalite from Shengus Mine, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a179c.jpg]

Lustrous black Tantalite crystals sitting upright in a jumbled row across Albite crystals. A very aesthetic specimen in hand, much more than the photos indicate.


A178 - Tourmaline on Quartz $ 150 (=~ £ 111) SOLD
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
miniature - 3.4 x 2.5 x 2


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Tourmaline on Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a178a.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a178b.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a178c.jpg] Tourmaline on Quartz from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a178d.jpg]

Terminated21.cm Tourmaline crystal, dark with a medium green termination, set in a double terminated clear quartz crystal.


A176 - Fluorite, Schorl with Quartz $ 400 (=~ £ 296) SOLD
Shengus Mine,Skardu Dist., Pakistan
small cabinet - 8 x 7.5 x 4


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Fluorite, Schorl with Quartz from Shengus Mine,Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a176a.jpg] Fluorite, Schorl with Quartz from Shengus Mine,Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a176b.jpg] Fluorite, Schorl with Quartz from Shengus Mine,Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a176c.jpg] Fluorite, Schorl with Quartz from Shengus Mine,Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a176d.jpg]

A 6cm Schorl crystal on smokey quartz with Albite hosting a very unusual Fluorite crystal. The purple Fluorite is 1.1 cm across and apears to be a modified octahedral crystal (there are a few small octahedons on other areas of the specimen). The Fluorite forms almost a perfect, complete sphere shape. I am told this formation is known as "Ox eye" Fluorite, though I have never seen anything like it before.


A175 - Pollucite $ 400 (=~ £ 296) SOLD
Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan
small cabinet - 9 x 3 x 2


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Pollucite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a175a.jpg] Pollucite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a175b.jpg] Pollucite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a175c.jpg] Pollucite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a175d.jpg] Pollucite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a175e.jpg]

Pollucite is normally seen as roundish white crystals that resemble baseballs - this is the only prismatic crystal I've ever seen. It's a floater with good smooth faces on all sides. There are small brown spheres of an unidentified mineral on one side. Neat and unusual.


H1 - Hambergite $ 1500 (=~ £ 1112) SOLD
Dassu, Skardu Dist., Pakistan
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Hambergite from Dassu, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ham1.jpg] Hambergite from Dassu, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ham2.jpg] Hambergite from Dassu, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ham3.jpg] Hambergite from Dassu, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ham4.jpg]

Glassy well formed Hambergite crystal of top quality atop Albite. The small partial crystal on top the main crystal rehealed (and was covered in pocket clay when I purchased it). This is fine, sharply formed crystal with transparency, which is exceptional as the vast majority of Hambergites are usually opaque and/or crudely formed, 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm.


A277 - Clinozoisite $ 300 (=~ £ 222) SOLD
Tormiq, Skardu Dist., Pakistan
miniature - 4 x 1.9 x 1 cm


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Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a277a.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a277b.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a277c.jpg]

Complete, glassy and gemmy crystal. This is an intergrown pair with a grove in the termination separating the duel terminations, 4 x 1.9 x 1 cm.


A278 - Beryllonite $ 280 (=~ £ 207) SOLD
Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 3 x 2 cm


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Beryllonite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a278a.jpg] Beryllonite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a278b.jpg] Beryllonite from Shengus Mine, Skardu Dist., Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a278c.jpg]

Gemmy single crystal. Beryllonite was previously very rare until good crystals started coming out of Brazil recently associated with Brazilianite. Then big crystals started to appear from the pegmatites of Pakistan, however while large, most are opaque white crystals. This one is unusually gemmy and is facet quality in areas, 3 x 3 x 2 cm.


A280 - Peridot $ 400 (=~ £ 296) SOLD
Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm


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Peridot from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a280a.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a280b.jpg]

Peridot crystal cluster. The crystals have great lime green color and are very gemmy, size 2.7 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm.


A282 - Peridot with Ludwigite $ 600 (=~ £ 445) SOLD
Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan
miniature - 3.2 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm


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Peridot with Ludwigite from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a282a.jpg] Peridot with Ludwigite from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a282b.jpg] Peridot with Ludwigite from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a282c.jpg]

Transparent gem Peridot crystal with needle-like inclusions of Ludwigite. One main crystal with a small side crystal attached. This one is so clear you can see right through it, size 3.2 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm.


A283 - Peridot $ 225 (=~ £ 167) SOLD
Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm


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Peridot from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a283a.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a283b.jpg] Peridot from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a283c.jpg]

Sharp Peridot crystal with good green color and gemmy. Good Peridot crystals will have sharp edges versus the more commonly seen rounded edged crystals - this is a good one, size 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm.


A288 - Peridot SOLD
Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan
thumbnail -


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Peridot from Sapat Valley, Mansehra, NWFP, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a288.jpg]

Two well formed Peridot crystals with great lime green color, small one is complete, the larger has an area of damage ont he backside, size 1.5 cm and 0.9 cm.


A286 - Vayrynenite $ 500 (=~ £ 370) SOLD
Shengus Mine, Skardu District, Pakistan
thumbnail - 1.4 x 0.7 x 0.2 cm


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Vayrynenite from Shengus Mine, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a286a.jpg] Vayrynenite from Shengus Mine, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a286b.jpg]

Fine crystal of the rare Vayryninite with rich pink color, good transparency, and perfect termination, undamaged, 1.4 x 0.7 x 0.2 cm.
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