Quartz (''Fadens'')

Tole (Tui), Wana, South Waziristan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 4.0 x 2.9 cm
Start Time: 01/20/2022 9:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/27/2022 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

When it comes to well-known mineral species, even people who aren't familiar with minerals have heard of Quartz. It is certainly one of the most popular and diverse species out there. The wide range of colors, habits, morphologies and localities make it one of the most significant minerals in the world. Experienced collectors will know that some of the most distinctive Quartz specimens are the famous "Faden" groups found in Alpine and "Alpine"-type deposits. The word "Faden" comes from the German word for string, and these specimens get their name for the string or thread like inclusions that float inside the crystals. I've been told that sometimes the "Fadens" inside these crystals are actually scars from healed internal stress fractures as the crystals were pulled ever so slightly underground during formation, but others have said that they are tiny inclusions of a fibrous minerals like "Byssolite". This specimen is a wonderful classic, small cabinet "Faden" Quartz from Pakistan, and it's amplified by the fact that there are multiple "Faden" groups intergrown and running in multiple directions. The specimen features sharp, lustrous, colorless Quartz crystals on all sides, with minor matrix. You can see that most of the crystals are GEM QUALITY and upon close inspection, there are distinct, thin white "Fadens" that run through or across the length of the crystals creating a highly three-dimensional and eye-catching display specimen. Excellent condition overall, with very little damage. Hard to photograph, and certainly best viewed in person (the video we've included does help to illustrate the quality). Something like this would be highly prized if it was found in the European Alps. In recent years, it appears that these Pakistani pieces are disappearing from the market, and it's a shame because I think they are underappreciated for what they are.