Vesuvianite With Calcite
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 3.1 x 2.9 cm
Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
A limestone matrix and millimeter-size epidote form the substrate for a row of colorless, translucent, calcite crystals, the largest of which is 1.0 cm across. Aesthetically, nestled along side the calcite is a cluster of extremely lustrous, barrel-shaped prismatic, translucent red vesuvianite crystals. The largest reaches 1.0 cm across. The total effect, including the color contrast, is mesmerizing. IT IS MUCH BETTER In PERSON and this is one of the better specimens I have sen far seen from new finds in Pakistan.
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