Topaz, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China
Miniature, 4.0 x 4.0 x 3.75 cm
This specimen floored me when I first saw it, as I thought it was Pakistani until I noted the differences in form and association. This crystal is PRISTINE and measures 4 x 4 x 3.75 cm in size. It is phenomenally equant and displays magnificently as it is centered, nestled in albite, between two splaying smoky quartz points. This is among the best of the new topaz finds from China. Compare with those shown in recent Lapis article from nov/dec Munich show writeup. These are better, best yet. Note the different sharp chisel termination and the style of the smokies, unique compared to Pakistani material. You just could not design a better topaz combination piece and I think the value is worth it no matter where its from. Compared to what a similar piece from Pakistan might cost these days, it is not any more expensive for the extra value of the interesting locale. 7.5 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm