Beryl (Var: Morganite)
Darra-i-Pech (Pech; Peech; Darra-e-Pech) Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar (Ningarhar) Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 9.2 x 5.6 x 5.1 cm
This beauty is a very impressive Morganite crystal showing a lovely baby pink color and wonderful gem quality sections. The piece has superb textbook tabular hexagonal form with some modifying 1011 and 1121 faces along the pinacoid. On the back of the crystal is an attractive "snowball" of white Albite (var: "Cleavelandite") and due to the fact that the Morganite crystal is so gemmy, the Cleavelandite shows all the way through to the front. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.