USD 3,000.00 2,500.00BUY*
Fluorapatite with Actinolite
Ganadao (Gandahab), Mohmand Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
46 x 39 x 27mm

This specimen was collected in the summer of 2016, and we were able to pick up what, so far, have been the best pieces from this discovery. These are gorgeous "Alpine"-type specimens of Apatite with classic inclusions of "Byssolite" that are incredibly similar to the classic and desirable specimens from the Knappenwand in Austria. This piece comprises sharp, well-formed, tabular, hexagonal crystals of VERY GEMMY colorless Fluorapatite which are included with brilliant rich green colored fibrous Actinolite (variety: "Byssolite") at the base to create a gorgeous two-tone effect. When the piece is backlit, the color really glows, and this particular shade of green is almost never seen in Apatite, even if it is caused from the inclusion of another mineral. The pinacoid faces have good luster and one spot on the piece actually shows a cool radial hexagonal growth pattern on the surface. The prism faces are lustrous as well, and when I look around the specimen, I can't really find any true damage, maybe just some incomplete growth. It's crystallized on the base, and I can't find a genuine point of attachment, so I would declare that this piece is a complete "floater". There are only two places in the world where I've seen crystals of Apatite with these beautiful green "Byssolite" inclusions, Austria and Pakistan, so don't miss out on this eye-catching piece with wonderful color
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