Spodumene, var. Kunzite
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Spodumene, var. Kunzite

Specimen # 103014
Mineral: Spodumene, var. Kunzite
Location: Spodumene, Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Size: 3.0 x 1.0 x 0.6 cm

Description

Detailed Description

This is a sharp kunzite crystal, with a simple top termination and etched/stepped faces at the lower termination. The prism faces are striated and the crystal is lustrous. The liac/pink colour is zoned, with a transparent zone near the top of the crystal. In excellent condition Рno damage. The crystal owes its unusual shape to events late in the crystallization process  that ended with etching and minor recrystallization.

A beautiful kunzite.

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About these Spodumene Crystals

These spodumene crystals are from a 2017 pocket that produced colour-zoned (lilac/pink – pale green – colourless) crystals, along with some specimens that were purely lilac/pink and some that had no such hues at all. Although spodumene crystals are often etched or poorly defined, this pocket included sharp well-formed crystals and relatively low incidence of etching/dissolution features.

Additional information

Dimensions 9 × 26 × 18 cm