Connoisseur's Corner               

In this regular feature, we will display an elite specimen and discuss what makes it a masterpiece. These pieces will be chosen from collectors around the world.

                                     previous  next  

Topaz Ghundao Hill Katlang Pakistan Pink

Topaz on Matrix
Ghundao Hill, Katlang, Pakistan
8.0 x 6.0 x 5.5 cm

- Irv Brown Collection

As with every masterpiece, one must consider layer upon layer of detail to fully appreciate the desireability of the piece. To begin with, raspberry-pink topaz specimens are incredibly rare, and exceedingly few remain on matrix. The lightly striated main crystal measures 4.0 cm and is completely damage free. While crystals of this size have been found, almost none have the saturation of color like this piece. At the foot of the main crystal lie several quartz prisms and an additional 1.5 cm topaz crystal which adds color to the bottom portion, drawing the eye across the whole specimen. Exquisite!

–ex F. John Barlow Collection, plate #3-90
–Cover Mineralogical Record Vol. 26, issue 1

–Key Attribute: Color

Thomas Spann photo

Send an email to nominate pieces for inclusion in a future Connoisseur's Corner segment


DALLAS, TX              (903) 574-0196  -- * NEW mobile number * --