Herderite, Schorl and Albite
Shigar Valley, northeast of Skardu, Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature, 3.3 x 3.0 x 2.3 cm
An extremely rare thing, this! Green herderites of this odd tabular form were found just once, about 5-6 years ago, and specimens are seldom obtainable today. I got this one from Herb Obodda, who brought them out at that time and seems to have found a straggler in his stock recently. This one features a 2 x 2 x 1 cm crystal perched on a knob of albite, with a small schorl hanging off one side for accent from that view; and the beautiful white of the albite ball presenting on the other side. There is a smaller, secondary crystal nebeath the major crystal atop, but it is broken at its base anyhow and serves mainly as color accent, not the visual focus. I think these herderites are, to my taste, the finest for the species since the purple Brazilian ones came out in the 1960s