Katlang, Gilgit, Pakistan
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm
This quite literal "gem" has the "imperial" style elongation and termination we more often see from Brazil, but it is from the classic pegmatite in Katlang. It features a 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm gem crystal of totally limpid clarity and of high quality in every manner (color, termination, form, condition). It is fully terminated and perched floating in an albite matrix, overall 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm. You can look through the crystal at all points. It is complete on the other side, too. the photo is a little fuzzy because it had some sticker adhesive still on it - sorry, I only just noticed and removed it! Photo B is more accurate for clarity and luster - it looks lik epolished glass in person! I left the smudged hoto in to emphasize how dramatically pure and bright the piece is, tha tyou can see even such a small smudge put on the surface, against the background of clarity. It is a superior miniature of this style and shape of topaz from the region, I feel, for the clarity, and the aesthetic perch on matrix. Old piece, probably came out 10 years ago, which I only recently bought as a big clunker and was able to trim down to this well-exposed, better size.