Fluorapatite on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 6.2 x 4.6 cm
From the gem pegmatites of Pakistan, this aesthetic specimen features a castle-like cluster of glassy and gemmy, pink crystals of fluorapatite to 2.0 cm in length, perched on contrasting crystals of muscovite to 1.3 cm across. The largest fluorapatite crystal is doubly terminated and almost an inch in size. It is nearly perfect but does have a small ding to the back of the top termination... when properly displayed this is not evident. Overall, considering these are usually priced at the source as if they were pink gold crystals, this is a very aesthetic specimen at a fair price, with remarkably freestanding presentation of the crystals. I obtained it direct at the mines and trimmed it up to get it this way...with some luck, I admit!