Epidote (faden) (ex Rich Kosnar Collection)

Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Nortern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 9.4 x 3.5 x 0.9 cm
Start Time: 12/17/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/29/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

It has become increasingly more difficult to obtain top specimens from this locality, especially such fine quality specimens like this one. Epidote is one of the most well known of all the Alpine cleft species in the world, and some of the finest Epidote specimens in the world have been coming out of Pakistan in recent years. These specimens are seemingly identical to the classic Alpine specimens from Europe, and in certain instances, have surpassed the European specimens for quality and gemminess. Some of the most well known Epidote specimens from the Alps are the highly sought after "Faden" specimens. This crystal group exhibits the classic "Faden" (German word for string) form that is well known from this locality. It is a superb, sharp, lustrous, gem/gemmy, doubly-terminated, olive oil green color crystal group with a well defined "Faden" running perpendicular across the b (010) face of the crystals. It's a very good quality specimen that displays well, and would fit nicely into any collection. This material is highly prized by collectors for its exceptional form, as it resembles the classic Alpine Epidote specimens that sell for top dollar around the world. These pieces are highly coveted by Alpine collectors, and good pieces are next to impossible to obtain from the classic European localities. Valued at $950.

Did You Know We Offer Custom Bases?

Learn More