Namlook Mine, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.3 cm
Triplite is an EXTREMELY rare manganese/iron phosphate that has only one known location in Pakistan, and that fairly recently. Crystals are almost unavailable and they have their own unique beauty. Upon discovery there, the crystals were x-rayed at both the Smithsonian and the GIA (Gem Institute of America). This watermelon-colored Triplite is gemmy and attractive, though small. I believe this find will remain as rare, if not more so, than the Vaerynynites which come from the same region and command such a premium. Certainly, these two species are among the holy grails of Pakistani minerals. Small, but sharp and superb!