Faden Quartz starts as grains of quartz in a rock split by earthquakes, and become intricate and beautiful patterns trying to bridge an ever widening fissure deep in the earth.
These represent a very unique geologic phenomena that occurs when certain minerals (apatite, quartz, et al.) grow in a fault zone, as movement continues, here quartz deposition continues to add to a chain of quartz that has deformed and yet fully terminated and brilliant crystals that mend, knit, and augment the broken chain as the earth movements persist.
When uncovered by erosion and mining, these minerals are found in amazing chains, or floater singular compound crystals with nearly unrecognizable habit.
Item: 5736 Locality: South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Architecture lesson and geology lesson in one specimen. At bottom still has some base attached, then it follows a tortuous chain that even curves back at the end. Classic Faden Quartz. Faden means thread in German.
Item: 6002 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan,FATA, Pakistan
Very fine group of Faden Quartz, has two different sizes, all terminated. Very difficult to find these pieces intact in the fissures where they form. Contact us for information on the geologic formation of Faden Quartz.
Item: 1661 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan,FATA, Pakistan
Group of brilliant Quartz xls. detached from country rock that produced these quartz by growth after earthquake activity. With each event the crystals added to chain growth to bridge a fracture in Quartzite. The Himalayas are undergoing uplift to this day, and small earthquakes occur regularly. The rock responds by forming Faden Quartz, Faden is German for "thread. Click
Item: 6012 Locality: South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Study in Geology-Faden means thread in German. This specimen has several complete bridges across a vein where the Faden Quartz was repeatedly broken by
earthquakes but healed itself to complete chains of quartz crystals attached to the previous ones. Perfect condition. Displays from many directions. Phots available on request.
Item: 1658 Locality: Dara Ismael, Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Brilliant transparent tabular quartzes rising from thin Quartz lining that was on the fracture of a Quartzite vein caused by earthquakes. Ask us to send our flyer on Faden Quartz. This is a textbook example of classic
Geology while being very aesthetic. click on photo to see larger views.
Item: 6202 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
The best Faden Quartz we have at the moment. This one has a small piece of Quartzite (country rock) at the base (shows on one side) and from there rises in a zig zag shape, an extreme example of healing across a widening fissure by a quartz crystal. Multiple display directions. More Photos on request. We can send you a copy of the Mineralogical Record Faden Quartz article.
Item: 7457 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Classic specimen of parallel threads, each sprouting brilliant crystals at different angles along length. Perfect condition, AAA Ask us to send you our informaion sheet on Faden Quartz. Click on photo to enlarge.
Item: 6085 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Very rare single thread Faden Quartz rising from base which was contacting a fracture in Quartzite created by an earthquake. Subsequent tectonic activity widened the fissure and quartz attempted to bridge the gap, at one point the gap was too wide to make a bridge. Ask us to send you our Faden Quartz information sheet.
Item: 5993 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan,FATA, Pakistan
Rare matrix specimen consisting of a remnant of quartzite broken into a fissure and lined with faden quartz. All the crystals are terminated. Even underneath there is a section of smaller crystals pointing down. Miraculous that this was recently mined in a strife ridden border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Item: 9851 Locality: Dar-I-Ismael, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
A very wicked cluster of parallel chains, a floater, seemingly no point of attachment. This textbook example of life in a fault zone for Quartz breaking and healing repetedly while a fissure in the earth shifts with each tectonic event. Click on view of backside of cluster. Not one ding on any of the crystals. Mesmerizing.
Item: 1659 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan,FATA, Pakistan
Two very interesting chains of growth on this Faden. Faden means thread in German. A Faden Quartz grows between two walls of a fissure cause by an tremor in a developing mountain range. With each quake the Quartz reacts with a healing segment to complete the bridge between the two walls. Here there is a very thin curving harpoon-like chain barely connected to
Item: 1679 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
16 choice Faden Quartz, a few are multi crystals. All are floaters, ie, no visible breaks from surrounding rock. Collection has nearly all of the most common patterns in Faden Quartz, we have a flyer we can email. It explains how Faden Quartz forms. Sizes here are up to 3 inches..