Scheelite (RARE Pakistan locality)

Pari, Kharmang District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistani
Small Cabinet, 5.3 x 4.3 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 09/15/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/22/2022 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

These attractive and interesting Scheelite specimens date back to the mid 2000s. The discovery was fairly short-lived, and to the best of my knowledge, no more have been found since the initial find. Of all the minerals to come from the high mountains of Pakistan, Scheelite is not something that you would expect to see. The various pegmatite and "Alpine-type" deposits are not necessarily the environments that one would expect to find Scheelite, and according to the entry on mindat.org, these Scheelites came out of a pegmatite, which is highly unusual in my experience. This piece is a good large miniature / small cabinet display specimen featuring several sharp, lustrous, rich orange colored, pseudo-octahedral (di-pyramidal tetragonal) crystals measuring up to 1.7 cm sitting atop gemmy, colorless, prismatic Quartz. The larger Scheelite has an interrupted growth on the right edge, but it's not broken, as I looked at it closely with loupe. It's almost completely re-crystallized ("re-healed"), and I'm assuming it simply grew against the pocket wall, or possibly another Scheelite crystal underground. The crystals are slightly translucent when backlit. If you collect Scheelites, tungsten minerals or interesting pegmatite specimens, don't miss out on this showy display piece from this odd locality in Pakistan. Priced in the inventory at $2,200 retail.