Titanite, Actinolite (Var: Byssolite), Adularia
Arondu (Arundu; Arandu), Basha Valley (Basha Nala; Basna), Skardu district, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Toenail, 3.0 x 2.1 x 2.0 cm
Pakistan has produced a great variety of Titanite specimens, in a great range of colors and habits. Some of the varying finds include disc-like, tabular pinkish crystals and steep, honey colored wedge shaped crystals, but the most popular and attractive of all the habits of Titanite from this locality would have to be the green crystals with Orthoclase (var: Adularia). These are "Alpine-type" Titanite crystals. In fact, these specimens are so indicative of true Alpine pieces, one can sometimes have a great deal of difficulty trying to discern which pieces are from Pakistan and which are from the Alps. This specimen features a few sharp, highly lustrous, green color, flattened crystal of Titanite associated with sharp, lustrous Orthoclase (var: Adularia) crystals and acicular "Byssolite" matrix.