Calcite, Apatite
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 6.0 x 4.7 cm
Tole (Tui; Toyee; Toj Shingi), Wana, South Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan
Well-crystallized calcite is quite rare from Pakistan. This fine specimen features an aesthetic cluster of sharp calcite rhombs, dominated by the large rhomb that is 5.0 cm on the diagonal. The rhombs have a scintillating, overgrowth of secondary calcite. The piece is very nicely accented with pastel-pink, translucent, tabular, hexagonal apatite crystals to 1.6 cm, most of which, are hidden on the partially contacted back of the specimen. This excellent and rare combination specimen is from an uncommon locale - Tole in Waziristan.