Topaz, Schorl, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 10.5 x 7.0 x 6.4 cm
A huge, cabinet-sized, complexly crystallized, very gemmy, cognac-colored topaz crystal beautifully accented with a 3.7 cm schorl and bladed cleavelandite from recent finds in the Shigar Valley of Pakistan. There is a 3.0 cm conchoidal fracture on one side, but this is very hard to see in the photo, and frankly not immediately obvious in person either from a distance, due to the super gemminess. The ding is on the same side as the schorl termination and there is bruising to the cleavelandite around the schorl. Weighs 586 grams or nearly 1.3 pounds.