Tourmaline, Quartz & Cleavelandite

Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
Start Time: 04/02/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/08/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: duncangb

Item Description

An adorable and uncommon miniature tourmaline combination from the well-known pegmatites at Stak Nala. Gemmy bi-colored tourmalines and tourmaline crystal sections are aesthetically set around a glassy, transparent to translucent terminated quartz crystal. Quartz is uncommon from Stak Nala. The classic, pretty, prominent, pristine 2.7 cm trigonal tourmaline has a basal schorl core surrounded by gemmy olive-green tourmaline. A typical 3 mm very light green gem zone lies below the classic 1 mm pink pinacoidal termination. Scattered cleavelandite plates are a typical fine accessory. Cleavelandite is the most common accessory from here. Interestingly, the quartz crystal has an etched primary face flanked by a glass-clear stepped-growth face. The sculptural tourmaline pair is pristine, while the other tourmalines are bruised or have broken terminations. Stak Nala easily produced Pakistan's finest tourmalines from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, with very little since. A very cute, classic and uncommon combination from Stak Nala. Valued at $500.