Afghanistan and Pakistan
I have a good variety of minerals from Afghanistan and Pakistan, including numerous tourmalines from Stak Nala and Paprock, pollucite, brookite, gemmy orthoclase, lapis, aquamarine, kunzite and other minerals.
Pakistan is noted for its tourmalines from the northern areas, with a limited supply in recent years due to the ongoing conflict. I have a modest number of green cap tourmalines from the Stak Nala area and a smaller number of pink, orange, blue cap and other tourmalines, mostly from the Paprock (Paprok, Papruk) Mine in Afghanistan. I mostly see the Paprok spelling, but the place I've bought a lot of these from, in Peshawar, spells it Paprock, so I'll go with that.
CR1115 Tourmaline $495
Pink and Orange Tourmaline, Paprock Mine, Afghanistan. 21.7 grams, 3.7 cm x 2.6 cm x 1.8cm There is a small smoky quartz on the back and minor amount of feldspar. Very nice specimen with striated gemmy tourmaline.
CR1223 Tourmaline, green cap $65
CR1223 Tourmaline Staknala, Pakistan 7.5 grams, 3.5 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm, Nice cleavelandite on the back. Back side slightly frosted with feldspar. Green cap shows up well with good lighting.
CR1223 back. Nice sharp cleavelandite.
CR1115 Tourmaline, back
CR1224 Tourmaline, green cap $125
CR1224 Tourmaline, Staknala, Pakistan, 19.6 g, 3.2 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm Nice Cluster of 4 green cap tourmalines surrounded by well crystallized albite (cleavelandite). There are two smaller attached tourmaline fragments, one on the lower left of this photo. Longest tourmaline is 3.0 cm. This piece stand up nicely on its own and displays well from several directions.
CR1225 Tourmaline, green cap $95
CR1225 Tourmaline, Staknala, Pakistan, 31.1 g, 4.2 x 2.7 x 3.3 cm, main crystal is 3.3 cm with a green cap termination. The other crystal is broken off on top, hence the reduced price for an otherwise fairly large and very nice specimen. The cleavelandite matrix is in good condition.
Rocks, Minerals, Collectibles, Geology
CR1126 Tourmaline, pink, on smokey quartz. Paprock Mine, Afghanistan. 149 g, 6.1 x 5.7 x 4.2 cm. $295. Top view, largest crystal is 3.1 cm to where the base is broken off, 4.4 cm total length. Right, view of top. This is an interesting cluster of rubellite even though the bottom of many of the crystals are broken off.
CR1126 Tourmaline, $295
CR1131 Tourmaline, $295
CR1131 Tourmaline, Rubellite, Laghman Mine, Afghanistan. 30.1 g, 1.8 x 2.3 x 4.0 cm. Very nice single crystal. Stands well on its own. Slight rubbing on the termination but no real damage, contacted at the base.
CR1234 Tourmaline, var. indicolite, on Quartz, Laghman, Afghanistan. 147.2 g, 5.5 x 5.0 x 4.1 $95.
CR1234: The main tourmaline is 4.5 cm long with an irregular, but not broken, termination. The smaller one is 1.7 cm long. Good clarity to the quartz with nice sharp faces in the upper part. Contacted in the lower part and base as seen in the photo on the right. On the back there is an impression of another tourmaline that is no longer there. Displays well.
CR1130 Tourmaline, pink and orange, Paprock Mine, Afghanistan. 64.3 g, 7.0 cm x 2.3 x 2.2 $1400. A marvelous piece, the picture says it all. Good all around.
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