- Apatite With Tourmaline
- Miniature, 5.2 x 4.9 x 2.5 cm
- Shengus, Haramosh Mtns, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
This is a very unusual apatite specimen from a new find in the area, not to be confused with the typical Pakistani apatites from Chumar Bakhoor. This piece has a very impressive 5 x 4.5 x 2 cm apatite crystal with the unique rich maroon-pink color that is apparently characteristic of this pocket, impaled on one edge by a diagonal dark green tourmaline. The apatite is almost complete all around, with just a few minor growth-contact points on the back side and the bottom-facing narrow face being entirely a growth contact. Certainly it is complete on the display face and all sides that matter! The color in person is to my eye exact with the monitor...a much redder hue of apatite than we are used to seeing from Pakistan with deep color, not pastel at all.