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Tourmaline ON spodumene rare association attractive combination piece
Dara-i-Pech, Kunar Province, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 9.7 x 3.7 x 3.0 cm
Tourmaline ON spodumene is a rather rare association, and this attractive combination piece is of high quality for aesthetics aside from this rarity. The crystals are gemmy, glassy, and a nice pastel pink color. They reach 2.5 cm and are perched on a pale pink kunzite crystal. It also has a fantastic provenance, as one of the earliest fine specimens to come to the West out of Afghanistan - and to ... Read more
In late 1940s George Ashley discovered large cache kunzite Vanderberg
Vanderberg Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, California, USA
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.2 cm
In the late 1940s, George Ashley discovered a large cache of kunzite at the Vanderberg mine. I believe that this doubly terminated, lustrous and gemmy, rich pink crystal is from that time. It then ended up in a collection in Hawaii, and comes with a museum display label. A beautifully 3-dimensional, hot pink example of San Diego county kunzite from an unusual find! Ex. Lyman House Museum in Hilo, ... Read more
Attractive sharp Afghani Kunzite excellent hot pink color symmetric
Mawi, Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Large Cabinet, 16.8 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm
Attractive and sharp, this Afghani Kunzite has excellent hot pink color and a very symmetric and pointed termination. At 16.8 cm, the size of this long, slender crystal is quite impressive. The core is gemmy, with a silky luster and a light pink color. Few crystals are so long and yet colorful as this Kunzite in a size that is large, but yet very manageable for any collection case.
A dramatic kunzite crystal showing unusually fine sharp termination
Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 10.3 x 6.4 x 4.5 cm
A dramatic kunzite crystal showing an unusually fine and sharp termination, that measures 10 x 4 x 2.5 cm. It has some small amount of attached pegmatite pocket matrix to one side as a welcome accent and difference from all the singles out there. The broad, deep, textbook termination really makes the piece at another level compared to most from this locale, which tend to have etched or irregular t... Read more
weight 29 4 pounds Perhaps world s largest crystals species It
Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Large Cabinet, 54.0 x 12.0 x 8.6 cm (appro x 0.2 feet)
weight: 29.4 pounds. Perhaps one of the world's largest crystals for the species! It is complete all around, and with remarkably little etching effects given the size of the crystal. It is nearly entirely gemmy, especially in the center. The tip just glows with purple and maroon hues, with any kind of good lighting, especially when light comes down the c-axis. For the remarkably equant and sharp t... Read more
A shocking locality specimen This came small pocket hit recently 2002
Elizabeth R. Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 4.4 x 1.4 cm
A shocking locality specimen! This came out of a small pocket hit recently (2002) by mine owner Roland Reed. It is a vivid hue and has great glassy luster to it. It is completely terminated atop and is complete all around except for a few small trivial cleaves along the back edge (facing away from the term). It comes with an equally significant gemstone cut from rough out of the same pocket (below... Read more
A classic old kunzite earliest locales County 40 grams
Pala Chief Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 2.3 x 1.0 cm
A classic old kunzite from one of the earliest locales in the County. 40 grams.
When I offered specimen email source Peshawar said just hauled
Kunar Valley, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Large Cabinet, 26.0 x 17.0 x 13.0 cm
When I was first offered this specimen via email from a source in Peshawar, who said it had just been hauled in from Afghanistan, I passed on it. I thought it must be a glued-together fake, and a pretty bad fake at that since it was so obvious this could not be real. Unrepaired and a pristine floater complete all around?! HAH! (In fact, I was a little upset my source had the poor judgment to pass ... Read more
A highly unusual pollucite crystal nicknamed brain weird patterning
Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 11.0 x 8.3 x 6.3 cm
A highly unusual pollucite crystal we have nicknamed "the brain" for its weird patterning and selective etching of the surface. The crystal is 6 x 4 x 4 cm in size, and perched 3-dimensionally up on bladed cleavelandite matrix. Actually, the piece displays both vertical and horizontally, with equal impact. When vertical, a thin kunzite crystal on one end becomes its base and pokes out at the botto... Read more