Dims: 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.5" (2.3 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 5.0 g
Muchara Nala, Hunza, Pakistan
At least 3 Spinel crystals rest in the pegmatite host of this thumbnail specimen. Only one of these exceeds 2 mm along any axis- it has visible dimensions of 0.4 x 0.3 x 0.2" (1.0 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm) and looks as if it has been cleaved in one area. All have reasonably good octahedral form, with well-defined edges and slightly striated but clean faces that possess a bright pearly luster. They all have a dull violet color with a hint of red, and are dimly transparent and contain many internal fractures. A very small amount of muscovite is also present, but does not have any appreciable form.