Gemmy, DT, floater, Forsterite var. Peridot

Soppat, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan Dist., NWF Prov., Pakistan
Miniature, 5.1 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 06/13/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2011 6:36:04 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A gorgeous, doubly terminated, floater, lustrous, lime-green, peridot crystal from Soppat, Pakistan - a beautiful modern classic though somewhat rarer of late than in the 90s! This is a striking, very fine single crystal with multiple terminations of what have become some of the finest peridot crystals in the world available to collectors. No world locality has produced the quality and quantity of euhedral peridot crystals like Soppat. This is a high, remote mountainous region that is literally accessible only a few months of the year, forbidding even by tribal standards here. These is a lot of intrinsic gem quality, 'cutter' material. Complete all-around and pristine, except for the most trivial of termination wear. These were relatively common for a short while and now are hard to get in this quality compared to simply reference level specimens. An outstanding peridot specimen and valued at $1800-2000. 35 grams.

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