Quartz (''Faden'') with Chlorite

Tole, Wana, South Waziristan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prov., Pakistan
Ex. Herb Obodda
Cabinet, 11.3 x 8.3 x 4.3 cm
Start Time: 01/04/2024 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/11/2024 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $249

Item Description

Some of the most distinctive Quartz specimens found in Alpine deposits around the world are the attractive "Faden" crystal groups. These pieces form when the crystals are essentially "pulled apart" in the pockets, causing thin lines to form inside, which are essentially "scars" from where the crystals healed. This specimen shows the classic "Faden" (German word for string) form that is well known from this locality. The piece exhibits a prominent, thick central "Faden" that runs across the of the sharp, highly lustrous, colorless, gem/gemmy crystals, the largest of which is doubly-terminated. Minor green Clinochlore ("Chlorite") makes for a pleasing two-tone effect. The piece is in great shape, with no major damage, only a point of attachment on the base where it was separated from the pocket wall. The overall quality of the crystals on the Quartz is very good, and nearly as lustrous and gemmy as any I've seen from this area. These Pakistani pieces seemed to have dried up in recent years, and I personally think they are highly underappreciated for what they are.
From the dealer stock of Herb Obodda, valued $2,500.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$249 01/07/2024 5:48:43 pm (CST)