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 Post subject: The Axinite mine closed now
PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:29 am 
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Hi Friends,
The mine of Axinite in Nazar Khel, Mohmand Agency, Pakistan is closed now.. this mine produced axinites usually opaque crystals and translucent rough in the beginning.. After a few months when miners went a little deeper some high grade axinites mined which were almost 235-kg, those were brought in the market and sold very quickly.. no body knew who bought them.. After this very first high grade axinites occur in the mine, the mining closed as the govt. of Pakistan launched an offensive against terrorists.. this area was terrorists stronghold.. See the photos of those axinites, which are an old stock and nowadays very rare to find facet rough axinites.
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8) thanks for sharing the news of the axinite mining in pakistan ceasing, salmangems85, very sad news to read. axinite is a beautiful gem!! welcome to gemology online!! :D


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Thank gingerkid! for your warm welcome.. I will be posting regular information regarding the mines of Pakistan.. This is the photo I am posting of faceted axinite:
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Welcome, salmangems, Your posts on Pakistani mines and gemstones will be most welcome.

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Welcome aboard, salmangems! :D Those axinite are beautiful!

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Welcome on GO! We are looking forward on reliable information from the many mines, pakistans mountains are a host of beautiful gems. And news from the ground are most welcome.

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8) those are beautiful faceted axinite, salmangems85!! love the pear axinite in the lower left-hand corner and the oval one beside it! those are very nice! thanks for posting them and please keep us posted on the events concerning the pakistani mines. :D


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Thanks friends for appreciation..
the same mine in Nazarkhel, produced axinites in different secondary colors blue and green which make them very valuable.. People searching to get any facet rough of green or blue axinite or already cut but I do'nt think if they can find.. they are very very rare.. Sometimes rough pieces of bi-color and tri-color occur, but they are not cuttable.. Please see the photos of such rough:
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Salman,

Are you sure these different colored material is axinite also?

I am not sure about that. You could also have come to a different mineral inside the pegmatite.

Whatever the material is, it´s interesting.

I propose you flatten some of the rough specimen on a lap exactly ther where the color is. And then try to read it´s optical properties to see what it is.

Keep the info´s comin´salman ... I am fascinated.

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:) i think axinite (the axinite group/family) can occur in brown, violet, blue (pale or purplish-blue), and greenish yellow, and violet. mindat has nice photos of the axinite group. i wouldn't know if the photos recently posted by salmangems are axinite or not, but, it's a very nice collection.


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After having a closer look I am convinced and ashamed. I just didn´t know anything else then brownish mixed colors. The last pic looked like a typical crystal in crystal intergrowth. Should have better looked it up before :lol:

Very nice collectio salman! Keep on posting pics!

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Look at his second picture of the facet grade material. Upper right section. There are 2 pieces that are unbrown in there. One with green. Cool.

If you check the properties of the pictures, you can find the site. I know I saved it in my rough links.


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hi,
please examine the photos from closer look..
These are bi-color and tri-color axinite of the ceased mine. There is'nt any other mineral attached with..the secondary color is not spread uniformly..
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Thank you for the pics. I Was not aware of those colors until you mentioned this!

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