Spodumene var. Triphane

Khauraz, Laghman, Afghanistan
Large Cabinet, 16.1 x 2.8 x 1.2 cm
Start Time: 07/01/2009 6:15:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/14/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

From an unusual pocket found in 2003, this is a very easily identified style as it is quite different than the norm from Afghanistan. It seems more spodumene of the kunzite variety comes out, than yellow-green triphane, for one. It is a doubly-terminated floater, VERY lustrous (like glass!) and with a definite heliodor-yellow color that is unlike the usual pastel green and green-yellow hues we normally see in this species from, well, pretty much any locality. It is not evident in the photos how unique the color is, and how glassy and lustrous the crystal is, perhaps. But, in person, you can see it really is a unique style from other Afghani material and as a gem crystal, stands out in a crowd. The bottom is terminated, if somewhat crudely, so it is a floater crystal with no attachment points. The upper termination is SHARP and robust, and lustrous. Valued $2500-2750.142 grams

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