Elbaite, Albite
Miniature, 4.6 x 4.2 x 2.4 cm
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
These elbaites were first mined in the mid to late 1980's and were found in profusion. One must look diligently to find this quality in today's market - and this would have been a stellar miniature even at the time they came out! This translucent, doubly terminated elbaite is multi-hued, grading from pink to dark green, to light green, to a thin colorless rim. It measures 4.5 cm in length and is aesthetically surrounded by bladed stark white, albite. Most such specimens are larger - there are very few, especially complete doubly-terminated crystals in matrix, of miniature size. I think I can really say that this HAS to be among the best miniatures, period, for the find. To this day, this pocket remains memorable and unique in its aspect. 4.6 x 4.2 x 2.4 cm