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Next door to the gem treasure chest that is Afghanistan, Pakistan’s array of coloured gems is also very impressive. Although its mining conditions are difficult and its trade is not as well organised as other gem rich countries, it holds in varying quantities and qualities the following gems in store for us: Ruby, Emerald, Aquamarine, Garnet, Tourmaline, Topaz, Peridot, Spinel, Diopside, Moonstone, Jade, Morganite, Sphene, Lapis Lazuli, Kunzite, Quartz and many other lesser-known varieties.
Many of these gems are found in the north and north-western areas of Pakistan and in particular the famous mountain ranges of Hindu Kush, Himalaya, and Karakoram. In the picturesque Swat Valley, some of the finest Emeralds in the world are being mined, but the area is very difficult to access. While on the subject of green gemstones, Pakistan also provides us with some of the world’s most gorgeous Peridot.
Take the Khyber Pass from Afghanistan into Pakistan and along its routes you will find small tribes mining Lapis Lazuli. These small-scale artisanal mines (informal mining) are owned by individuals or small teams who work with very little technology. This region is renowned as the best place in the world to mine for Lapis Lazuli, both in terms of quality and quantity; however, the terrain makes it very difficult to do so.
This Colour Change Sphene from Pakistan is probably one of our most exciting discoveries!
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