Vesuvianite, Clinochlore
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.8 x 2.6 cm
Hachupa (Hashupi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
These are some of the more attractive and unusual Vesuvianite crystals to come out of any "Alpine cleft" locality. This piece features a very sharp, 7 mm, highly lustrous, gemmy, "root beer" colored prism of Vesuvianite with strange "straw"-colored "cat's-eye" terminations. It is reminiscent of Tourmaline crystals that I have seen from Brazil with the same "cat's-eye" effect at the tips of the crystals. The Vesuvianite crystal is surrounded by a mound of thin, bladed, green-grey colored Clinochlore crystals on matrix.