Miniature, 3.9 x 3.4 x 2.0 cm
Paprok, Nuristan Province (Nurestan; Nooristan), Afghanistan
Petalite is a rare lithium silicate found in lithium-rich pegmatites. This is a rare crystal of translucent gem-quality petalite from the well known recent find. The chisel termination and steep wedge shape are typical of the species. Petalite grows in a strange fashion. We believe this to be a complete-all-round floater. The sloped faces appear to be constrained by contacting, but have no damage, per se. The ends and base are naturally etched.