Alpine-type localities outside Europe

Gwindel Quartz

Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

In our opinion, some of the best Pakistanese alpine-type minerals come from the Alchuri area. This gwindel is a perfect example. It’s a perfect floater, fullé recrystallized and with some adularia on its base. The luster and water-clear transparency are amazing, well beyond the quality of most of the gwindels we’ve seen coming from Pakistan. The typical gwindel twist is well visible when you look the specimen from the top (see picture 2). Size : 67mm x 46mm x 30 mm

Ref. GW027 – 850€

Closed Gwindel Quartz “Sucre”

Shalman Area, Khyber Agency, (FATA), Pakistan

Here is an absolute rarity: a closed gwindel, also called “sucre” by the French alpine mineral diggers, on its matrix. These closed gwindels are extremely rare, even more on their matrix. Most of the time, you will find them as floaters or without any matrix. If they are very hard to find in the Swiss and French Alps, they are scarce in the Pakistanese mountains. This specimen is one of the very very few I’ve seen from this exotic locality. “Classic” gwindels themselves are not common in Pakistan. Size : 85 mm x 55 mm x 44 mm

Ref. GW026 – 1200€

Faden Quartz

Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Another fine quartz specimen from the Alpine-type deposit near the Alchuri village. The quality is outstanding with great luster and transparency. This quality grade is not common, even on an international level, among faden quartz. The specimen is lightly smoky and shows a closed crystal shape, looking like a closed gwindel. Size : 70 mm x 65 mm x 50 mm

Ref. QUA99 – 650€

Apatite, Albite, Adularia & Chlorite

Arondu, Basha Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Here is a cluster of tabular and very lustrous hexagonal crystals of Fluorapatite from the alpine-type deposits in the Shigar Valley. The contrast is given by micro crystals of chlorite. This apatite-chlorite combination remembers the similar specimens coming from the Austrian Alps. Albite and adularia are also visible at the back of the specimen. Size : 103mm × 75mm × 42mm

Ref. AP011 – 240€

Titanite & Adularia

Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

A gneiss matrix covered with dozens twinned titanite crystals and some lustrous orthoclase (var. adularia) crystals. You can also see some minor dark chlorite. The titanites are green to yellow-green and gemmy. This combination is very comparable to the specimens found in the Salzburg area, Austrian Alps. Size : 92 mm x 81 mm x 30 mm

Ref. TIT05 – 180€

Gwindel Quartz & Rutile

Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

This specimen is one of a kind. Beside the fact that the gwindel itself is water-clear and closed, which is rather scarce in Pakistan, this one shows some thin rutile inclusions (see picture 3). Combination between a gwindel and another mineral is extremely rare, even more if this mineral is an inclusion. Some rare rutilated gwindels were also found in Brazil. The gwindel itself is very lustrous but unfortunately shows some damages on one side (left side on the first picture. Size : 62 mm x 55 mm x 50 mm

Ref. GW025 – 490€

Rutile (var. Sagenite) & Quartz

Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Alchuri, an alpine-type metamorphic-type deposit area, is well known for its fine quality minerals. Here is a very interesting combination of reddish and partially gemmy rutile crystals lying on a big fully recrystallized quartz. Some siderite is also visible. Size : 125 mm x 95 mm x 52mm

Ref. QUA0XX – 280€

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Axinite & Byssolite

Puiva, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia

Brown and transparent ferroaxinite on matrix. The crystals are razor-sharp and high lustrous. They are very contrastful accompanied by white byssolite, a variety of the amphibole supergroup. The crystals are also beautiful striated and mostly perfect. Size : 50mm × 26mm × 16mm

Ref. AX021– 285€

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Gwindel Quartz

Sainj Valley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India

Interesting two-staged (2 generations ?) gwindel quartz on matrix. It comes from a pretty recent find in the Western Himalayas. The gwindel is perfectly undammaged and very lustrous but the pictures don’t do justice to the real luster. Size : 55 mm x 48 mm x 35 mm

Ref. GW054 – 420€

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Anatase & Quartz

Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia

Very light greenish greysparkling chloritic schist hosts around 50 lustrous blue but small octahedral crystals of anatase with patches of tiny clear quartz crystals. Although lightly scattered over the main display face there is a significant grouping of anatase crystals adjacent to one of the quartz patches with a second clustering on one of the edges of the specimen. Looks great with a microscope.

Ref. AN012 – 65€

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Gwindel Quartz 

Udasu Valley, Himalayas, India

Here is a top grade specimen from a very new find in the Himalayas mountains. Three gwindels are lying on their Quartz matrix. The gwindels are very lustrous, not far from the alpine typical quality. Himalayas is one of the rarest known localities for gwindel crystallizations. Size: 190 mm x 67 mm x 40 mm 

SOLD

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Gwindel Quartz

Sainj Valley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India

Scarce closed gwindel quartz on matrix from  the Western Himalayas. The gwindel is perfectly undammaged. Closed specimens are the rarest form of gwindel quartz. This one still sits on its matrix and shows a very nice luster. Size: 70 mm x 60 mm x 30 mm

SOLD

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Gwindel Quartz

Shalman Area, Khyber Agency, (FATA), Pakistan

Here is probably one of the best gwindels that came from Shalman mine during the first finds. While most of the gwindels coming from Pakistan are small and not very high, this one is much more “aerial”. The twist is great but it’s hard to show it with pictures. Like most of the specimens from this locality, it has some little damages and the back is pretty matte. Some inclusions, maybe rutile, are also visible inside. Size: 70mm x 55mm x 26mm

Ref. GW030 – 450€

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Titanite, Calcite & Chlorite

Puiva, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi, Tyumen Oblast, Russian Federation

The specimen consists of scattered sharp brown twinned titanite crystals on a schist matrix. You can see some calcite blades among the titanite twins. The brownish chlorite is typical of the Ural localities like the Dodo and Puiva mines. You can learn more about these in the Mineralogical record 30: 451-465. Size :

Ref. TI022 – 220€ 

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Gwindel Quartz

Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Here is a big smoky gwindel quartz from a classic but rare locality in Western Siberia. This specimens shows a nice twist to the left when looking from the top. Backside is lightly covered with chlorite, while the frontside is very lustrous. Feel free to check the video below to get a better idea of the specimen. Size: 120mm x 90mm x 74mm

SOLD

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Gwindel Quartz

Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Gwindel quartz on matrix from a rare locality. The twist is pretty important, seen from the top (pictures don’t do it justice). This specimen is very lustrous, more than most of the gwindels coming from other localities in Pakistan. Some adularia can be seen on its matrix.. Size: 65mm x 47mm x 30mm

Ref. GW052 – 570€

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Gwindel Quartz

Sainj Valley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India

From a new find in the Indian Himalayas, here is a nice gwindel quartz with some matrix attached. This specimen has some minor damages on its top but it’s still one of the best of this find. The left twist is well visible when looking the gwindel from the top. Size: 42 mm x 41 mm x 31 mm

SOLD

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Apatite & Albite

Gandahab, Ghalanai, Chārsadda District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Superb hexagonal fluorapatite crystals in combination with well terminated gemmy albite over chlorite covered matrix. Fluorapatites are verry glossy and well terminated fluorapatite crystals can be seen on both sides of matrix. Undamaged specimen. A very nice captivating specimen from the locality. Size : 150 mm × 58 mm × 55 mm

Ref. AP011 – 380€

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Gwindel Quartz

Shalman area, Khyber District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

This specimen is actually formed not by one but by two gwindel quartz on matrix. While most of the specimens coming from this Pakistanese area are mate or with a poor luster and often damaged, this one is lustrous and damageless. The twist is visible when you look the specimen from the top. The second gwindel is visible at the back of the main one (see picture 3). Size : 100 mm x 75 mm x 30 mm

Ref. GW056 – 570€

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AN011 – Anatase – 180€

Kharan, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan

Perfect 9mm anatase twin crystals on matrix with some albite and chlorite. The anatase shows great metallic luster. the specimen stands perfectly with the anatase lying on its albite bed. Size: 80mm x 52mm x 50mm 

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EP011 – Epidote– 80€

Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Pakistan 

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Rare faden epidote with great luster and color. Perfect specimen, no damage. Size: 55 mm x 15 mm

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