Spodumene var. Kunzite

Mawai, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 12.4 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm
Start Time: 10/16/2008 8:00:00 am (CDT)
End Time: 10/23/2008 8:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A most unusual spodumene specimen for both the geometry and the subtle coloration. This is from the collection of an agent over there who supplied minerals to Western dealers for about a decade and then sold his personal stash as well, 2-3 years back now. It is nearly impossible to photo and show the true gemminess and clarity - but its like glass, suffice to say. The geometry is interesting, for the growth offset so clearly visible, where during growth the crystal seems to have broken, shifted over 1.5 cm, and started growing again in the same vertical plane as if nothing had happenned - with the bottom annealing to the old stub and "rehealing" to make a complete crystal again over time. The color is subtle. In fluorescent light it is a pale yellow-green, with hints of pinks at certain angles. With stronger light, it goes more pink on one axis (the long axis) and bleeds a little color to the front as well. In sunlight or halogen lighting, it is a stronger pink color, and the closeups are taken with the piece sitting right under a halogen bulb. In most normal case lighting, you'd see a yellowish crystal (pastel color), with a pink tip, I expect. With stronger lighting, you'd see more pink. A fine, unusual specimen with a SUPERB termination, 3-dimensional and equant in a world dominated by "typical" matte kunzites that are flat and chisel-like. I love the piece. Valued $4000

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