3.2" Gorgeous Topaz Crystal on Albite and Mica - Pakistan

This is a captivating topaz specimen that was collected from Shigar Valley in Baltistan, Pakistan. The topaz crystal has wonderful rose-gold coloration along with well defined edges and faces. It's naturally associated with orange mica and white albite aggregations.

There is a natural fracture through the middle of the topaz crystal, however there is no repair to the crystal. This beautiful, collector quality specimen comes with an acrylic display stand.

Topaz is a rare silicate mineral that is also considered to be a semi-precious gemstone. It occurs naturally in a wide range of colors, but most natural topaz is colorless to light-yellow. Topaz has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs hardness scale making diamonds, corundum, and chrysoberyl the only commonly known minerals that are harder.

It primarily forms crystals within veins and voids of volcanic rocks. The crystals grow during the later stages of magma cooling while degassing releases the fluorine required for crystal formation. Topaz crystals are either mined from inside these voids in pegmatites or collected after it has eroded out of the rock.

Most topaz is light sensitive and can fade in color if exposed to direct sunlight for too long.
Topaz, Albite & Mica
Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan Province, Pakistan
3.2 x 3.2"