Topaz, Hydroxylherderite, Epidote
Dache (Dassu; Dasu; Haramosh-Dassu; Dacha), Haramosh Mts., Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm
Green hydroxylherderite is rare - found only in a few pockets in Pakistan, to date. Topaz and hydroxylherderite combination specimens are very uncommon from anywhere - I cannot think of any offhand, and here we have such a combination from Pakistan. This fine piece features a glassy, translucent, equant, apple-green hydroxylherderite crystal nicely attached to the side of a glassy, very light brown topaz crystal. The multitude of tiny, sparkly, clove-brown blades attached to the sides of the topaz crystal appear to be epidote or clinozoisite. An excellent and rare combination specimen from the Gene Meieran Collection.