Gem Albite Crystals on Quartz
Large Cabinet, 19.4 x 15.5 x 10.1 cm
Dassu, Haramosh Mountains, Gilgit, Pakistan
OK, this one boggled minds at Denver! It fooled me, and it fooled numerous people...nobod guessed BLUE ALBITE CRYSTALS! The identity was finally settled by analysis at U of AZ. It seems to be a one-opff. I have seen no others of this material while waiting for this one to be cleaned and returned to me, and I think its a very important rarity in that it is an extremely impressive (unprecedented?) example of an extremely common and usually boring species. The major crystals reach 5 x 4 cm in size and the slender, most finely formed crystal in the middle is about 3.5 cm tall, very 3-dimensional. Besides, its pretty! I admit I would normally be the last person in the world to say an albite is a world class crystallized mineral specimen, but then that is the fun of the never know what will come out!