Quartz, Muscovite (Var: Fuchsite)
Chaprot valley, Chalt, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm
Over the years I have seen perhaps less than 10 specimens from this pocket found in 1993, which produced strange quartzes of an unearthly green color. They initially were labeled everything from Chrysoprase crystals to Quartz included by dye. It turns out, so far as I know now, that the color is due to dispersed microscopic inclusions of fuchsite, a green mica species. Nevertheless, these are the world's best green quartzes, bar none, whatever the reason may be. This particular crystal is the largest in good condition I know of, and is a pristine floater, complete all around except for a few trivial dings on the bottom tip only. Ex. Lindsay Greenbank Collection.