Zagi Mountain, Mulla Ghori, Khyber Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan
Miniature, 4.2 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm
This is a huge, clearly "twisted" xenotime crystal that has to be at the top of the charts for the locality, from what I have seen on the market. Most xenotimes from this locale, already pretty world class I might add, are 1-2 cm. Few exceeded 3 cm, and this is the largest I have personally seen out of several hundreds looked at in the last 3 -4 years since they started to trickle out here. The color is very good, and changes a bit in hue depending on the spectrum of the lighting from red-brown to yellow-orange. The gwindel-like twist is particularly dramatic because of the vertical height in which it can express itself, making this a miniature with a bit more pizzazz than you expect out of most generally drab REE species. I feel this is a MAJOR rarity for Pakistan, in exquisite display quality.