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: 6319 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Curved branching Faden quartz, floater. We can send you the Mineralogical Record article on Faden Quartz, to understand the miracle of nature that these crystals are.
Formed high in the Himalayas fissures forming underground during earthquakes, these crystals were stressed and/or broken repeatedly and grew across fissures, forming a bridge the widening gap filled with hot solutions. The c axis
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: 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: 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: 8841 Locality: Dara Ismael, Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Extremely elongated "thread" (faden is german for thread) running from a blocky distorted tabular Quartz into a more slendar needle like Quartz registering various episodes of tectonic movement in the adjacent wall rock. Nature's seismograph..
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: 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: 6203 Locality: Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Large plate of Faden Quartz, brilliant complexes rising from contact where it broke from quartzite in a fissure. Bottom of plate is recrystallized with small quartzes. These j from 12,000 feet in the Himalayas, and were packed out by mules. Excellent condition.