Scheelite on Quartz
Cabinet, 10.3 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm
Gharmung area, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Scheelite from Pakistan has come out in a trickle, from at least two localities, over the last few years. But seldom have we seen anything really major by worldwide standards for the species, from Pakistan or Afghanistan. This piece really excited me for the overall crystal size, and the aesthetic placement on matrix. Also, it has a different visual aspect to it than the other scheelites from China, Korea, or other sparser locales. You just see it cannot be from anywhere else. The large crystal is something like a pagoda in form, and is 6 cm tall. It is freestanding with a fine, complete termination. Found in mid-2010. Joe Budd photos