Cabinet, 11.0 x 5.5 x 4.0 cm
Zagi Mountain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, NWFP, Pakistan
Zagi Mountain has produced what many consider the world's finest crystallographic examples of the species, and on this sharp specimen it is easy to see why. The stark symmetry and form, luster, and intense color of the crystals on this piece make it world class level for the species, but it is the arrangement and overall aesthetics with the banded granite make it a world class collectible display specimen for a rare species that normally, if we are bluntly candid, is not often at the caliber to be displayed in a case with "sexier" minerals. This is actually one of the finest overall examples I have seen of these finds when you take all the qualities of the piece together, and is a stunning specimen in person. The gemmy crystals measure to 1.8 cm wide and 1.2 cm thick (on the largest). This came out through Wayne Thompson some years ago, and has been in a private collection since then. No repairs. No restorations. I am not normally so hyperbolic about this esoteric species, but this one truly is exceptional. It belongs next to tourmalines and aquamarines, and holds its own. Now there are thousands of specimens on the market from this mountain alone, but this one really leaps ahead of the crowd, by enough to count. Comes with a custom lucite base. Price on Request. Joe Budd photos.