Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakistan

Dimensions (H x W x D)

13 x 9 x 8 cm


484 g

Description & Provenance

Epidote is a silicate mineral known for its green to green-brown (and occasionally black) crystals. Although lesser-known to the masses, vitreous epidotes can be quite attractive and are loved by mineral collectors. Many examples with good color are made into gemstones, and well-crystallized examples resemble glass artworks thanks to their propensity to form in prismatic, translucent, lustrous crystals. This is an excellent example that is composed of a prominent primary crystal and several secondary crystals. The main crystal stands upright at a 90-degree angle and acts as the focal point for the piece. The smaller crystals flank and accent it, and also make up the matrix (host rock), anchoring the overall presentation. Their presence adds dimension, detail, and structure. All the crystals are sharply formed with good translucency, rich olive-green coloration, and glossy luster. When light passes through the crystals, they glow with golden-olive and amber-hued tones.

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