- Quartz (Var: Rose Quartz), Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
- Miniature, 5.0 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm
- Darra-i-Pech (Pech; Peech; Darra-e-Pech) Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar (Ningarhar) Province, Afghanistan
I remember seeing some of these specimens around 2006, and they certainly made an impact on me due to their amazing similarity to the classic and famous Rose Quartz specimens from Brazil. This specimen features a rarely seen and highly sought after "halo"-shaped growth of intense pink Rose Quartz crystals sitting atop a light colored Smoky Quartz crystal. The piece is amazingly reminiscent of those from Itinga, Brazil which were found over 30 years ago. For the size of the crystals, the color is outstanding, and even though Rose Quartz is fairly common in the world, there are only a handful of localities where well-crystallized display specimens such as this are found. Afghanistan is obviously not what comes to mind when one thinks of Rose Quartz specimens, and this piece is a great example of how certain pegmatites on opposite sides of the planet can resemble one another. I'm told that these specimens are no longer coming out of the ground. Ex. Brian Kosnar Collection.