Titanite (GEM twin) with Calcite

Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mts., Roundu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm
Start Time: 11/25/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/30/2023 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $140

Item Description

Tormiq is one the classic "Alpine-type" cleft deposits in the high mountains of Pakistan. The pieces found at this locality are notably similar, and in some cases superior to their true Alpine cousins from Europe. This piece is a fine quality example of the famous Titanites from Tormiq, featuring a GEM quality, vibrant green colored, very thin/tabular twinned crystal measuring 1.7 cm, sitting among white/colorless rhombic crystals of Calcite, along with a bit of silvery "Chlorite" on matrix. The Titanite is doubly-terminated, but you have to look closely in order to see the upper termination, as it's tucked behind one of the Calcite crystals. Very minor imperfections can be seen under magnification, but I can't see any major damage with the naked eye. These specimens are now very seldom seen on the market, as the deposits have largely been mined out, at least the material that's closest to the surface, so without more industrious methods of collecting, there probably won't be any more of them in any quantity for the foreseeable future.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$140 11/30/2023 5:20:57 pm (CST)
$130 11/30/2023 10:22:58 am (CST)
$123 11/30/2023 10:22:58 am (CST)
$88 11/27/2023 11:36:28 pm (CST)
$78 11/27/2023 8:23:06 pm (CST)
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$68 11/27/2023 7:03:50 pm (CST)
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$48 11/27/2023 7:03:29 pm (CST)
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$38 11/27/2023 12:10:36 pm (CST)
$33 11/27/2023 12:10:36 pm (CST)
$20 11/27/2023 6:23:59 am (CST)
$15 11/27/2023 6:23:59 am (CST)
$10 11/26/2023 2:35:30 am (CST)