Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
Skardu Road, Haramosh Mountains, Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Ex. Marc Weill
Diopside from Pakistan seldom reaches this kind of size, gemminess, and quality level. Normally they are just thin, bladed, rocks of moderate interest only. This stunning gem crystal is, in fact to my eye, the best I have seen for several reasons: its olive-green color, superb sharp habit, broad termination, and size. It is totally unique from the fine diopside being produced in Tanzania, which are the only ones I think even remotely compare, at this level of gemminess.It is actually complete all around, though having very minor edge wear on a few minor back edges. It is big, dramatic, and has glassy luster....extremely impressive in person! For a Pakistani or rare gem crystals suite, this is a major addition.