Pakistan

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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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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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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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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