Almandine Garnet, Albite and Muscovite, on Schorl
Shengus, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
Cabinet, 10.6 x 3.4 x 3.2 cm
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
Classic combination piece from a well-known Shengus locality. As a combo, it is very dramatic with a garnet perched in the middle, and all these pegmatite species in association. The 10.3 cm Schorl is striated and lustrous, with a slightly etched termination. On the Schorl is a blood-red, 1.6 cm Almandine (along with smaller ones) that has classic etching, several 2.2 cm Albite crystals, and beautifully formed Muscovite crystals up to 3 cm across. The form and balance of this piece create a very good aesthetic balance. It has a mine-run repair to the schorl at just above the height on the cluster where the albites attach. The crack is miniscule from the front, but does have a slight gap when seen from the rear. This can be fixed in the lab with epoxy fill, but it looks so good from the front that we have elected not to add restoration just for the backside, and the expense that goes with it. So, the piece is an apparent bargain (and looks far more expensive in style!), although this is the reason why.