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7 x 5 x 4.5c m
Faden means "thread" in German, and refers to the white line that usually runs through the center of the crystal. Faden Quartz comes from a handful of locations worldwide but is most prevalent in Pakistan. Historically it came from Waziristan but more recently has been found in the city of Quetta in Northern Pakistan. It also comes from many other alpine-type localities.
Back in 2003 world-class Brookite crystals started coming out of a specific area near Quetta, Pakistan called Taftan. This Brookite surpassed the rest of the world mainly because of its bright red color zoning and substantial length and width, up to 10 cm and up to 4mm thick! With the find of Brookites on matrix, we began finding Brookite included Quartz. The best crystals that came from Pakistan are clean & clear quartz with Red Brookite and Golden Rutile. Corinto, Brazil also produces a nice Brookite included Quartz, with Silver Rutile growing off of the Brookite.
Pakistan boasts a rich array of minerals, many of which have yet to be uncovered. High in the Himalayas, miners attempt insane mountaineering to get to gem pegmatites. Known worldwide first and foremost for stunning Aquamarine specimens, Pakistan regularly surprises the mineral community with combo minerals and new finds all the time. It also hosts a large amount of the pegmatite minerals that are found in Afghanistan, as many of these finds cross the border.
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