This collection presents mostly « rare gems » or « collector gems », more often not used in jewellery because of rarity or hardness. Rarity is due to the quantity available, or a rare color, source or inclusion, or the difficulty to cut the rough into a faceted gem. Microphotographies are taken with an old Olympus microscope and an iphone. These gems are not for sale, but some extra specimens may be available. The collection is visible but stored in a specific location, so please contact me for an appointment.
Pakistan is a major source of beautiful classic minerals but also fantastic rare gems. The collection brings together a quite large selection or the rarest gems from Pakistan and Afghanistan like Brookite, Anatase or the trichroic lazulite among others
Ferro-Axinite is a rage gem. This one comes from Balochistan and has a rare blue zoning
Rough: © Mindat
Väyrynenite is extremely rare, crystals being mostly very small, included and opaque. The small gem has a very good color, a fantastic dispersion and is flawless. The larger gem is flawless too.
Rough. © Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com
Sphène is a wonderful stone with an amazing dispersion. This specimen comes from Skardu and present a rare color change and chrome. Small two-phase inclusion seen with microscope.
Batnaesite is en extremely rare mineral and one of view rare-earth minerals. This specimen comes from the Zegi Mountain in Pakistan and present a rare color change and an extremely good clarity and dispersion for the specie. Batnäsite is piezoelectric.
Rough: © Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com
Manganotantalite is very rare as faceted gem because very hard to cut (cleavage). This small specimen comes from Konar district Pakistan.
Triplite is an extremely rare gem, especially in this color and clarity. It comes from the Shigar district, Pakistan. (one other is available)
Rough: © Mineralatlas
Brucite is very rare as crystal. This specimen is exceptional in size color and clarity. It comes from Killa Saifullah disctrick, Pakistan.
rough: © Mineralfind
Afghanite is a very beautiful and rare member of the Caccrinite group. This one comes from Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan. It has a small chip but it’s clarity is absolutely exceptional for the specie.
Anatase is an extremely rare gem, one of the three rare Titanium Dioxyde, usually brown, dark and opaque, this exceptional specimen is bicolor, with yellow and blue, translucent and light. A great rarity from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Two tiny chips on one edge but we decided to not take risk of recut (stone has a perfect cleavage). Luster is alamandine.
A Faceted rutile of this size and clarity is very rare. Luster is alamandine. This one comes from Skardu, Pakistan.
Brookite is extremely rare as faceted gem. It is mostly very dark gem and only extremely small flat crystals are clear and transparent. It comes from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Luster is adamantine and dispertion very strong.
0,51 ct with a GIT full certificate, XRF and Raman tested
Rough: © Universal Gems Minerals
Epidote is rare as faceted gem. This one is very clean for the specoei and comes probably from Skardu.
This gem is a kind of hybrid, a mix of Hackmanite and sodalite, with glas filling treatment. It is not tenebrescent but react to UV.
Lazulite is mostly known as blue. But the Laila Mine (Gilgit, Pakistan), closed in 2007, produced unique and amazing trichroic lazulite. These are now extremely rare.
The small one is only 0,2ct but almost flawless. The largest has a good presence of the yellow and green.
The rough wonderfully separates the three colors on each sides. Microscopic view with polarized light shows the two colors very well.