13 x 6.5 x 6 cm
Zagi Mountain Region, Pakistan
This Zagi Quartz was mined in 2006. There is such a huge diversity of Quartz in Pakistan. We became obsessed for a few years working with a contact in Peshawar to try and develop new and unknown areas for finding ground breaking and breath taking Quartzes. Zagi Mountain is by far one of the most interesting mineral localities in the world. It contains a geological wealth of rare earth minerals.
Within the Quartz kingdom, Zagi is extremely unusual and diverse. The majority of the crystals found here are not complete crystals, but rather, have a C-axis that is parallel to the wall in which they grew, thus creating what we like to call "half crystals". It is not impossible to find complete crystals. They are just not as common as crystals that are found with the back attached to the wall. The number of inclusions within Quartz at Zagi is tremendous, and equally, the colors that we find are fantastic! Many of the minerals found included in Quartz here oh our site are as follow: Aegerine, Riebeckite, Rutile, Astrophyllite, Bastnaesite, trace elements of Yttrium, and surely several others that have not been identified. We have seen at least 4 different colors of Rutile (orange, silver, gold, and red).
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.