Tormiq valley (Tormic; Tormik; Tormig; Turmiq), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Toenail, 3.0 x 2.4 x 1.6 cm
Fine rosette of mirror-like Ilmenite perched perfectly on matrix. The rosette is a full 1 cm across, and calls forth memories of the very fine Hematite rosettes that we have seen and appreciated for years. The Ilmenite has a dusting of fine Quartz crystals to add a nice amount of contrast and interest. There is even a nice iridescence along the top edge of the Ilmenite! Ex. Steve Smale Collection.