Schorl, Tourmaline (Var: Indicolite), Albite (Var: Cleavelandite), Quartz
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 9.2 x 6.8 x 5.4 cm
A fine combination specimen from the mid-1980s finds at Stak Nala, Pakistan. Four intergrown, bi-colored tourmaline crystals, projecting upward like smokestacks and up to 8.9 cm long, are aesthetically wrapped in bladed cleavelandite accented with quartz crystals. The lustrous tourmalines are schorls with gemmy, teal-blue indicolite terminations. The striking, 4.7 cm, glassy, transparent to translucent quartz crystal is doubly terminated and is nearly pristine. The expanding base consists of many smaller tourmalines, nearly all with broken terminations and rich rosettes of cleavelandite blades. This is a fine, complete-all-around combination piece from this noted locale. Ex. Saller Collection.