Khauraz, Laghman (Lagman; Nuristan) Province, Afghanistan
Large Cabinet, 16.1 x 2.8 x 1.2 cm
From an unusual pocket found in 2003, this is a very easily identified style as it is quite different than the norm from Afghanistan. It seems more spodumene of the kunzite variety comes out than yellow-green triphane, for one. It is a doubly-terminated floater, very lustrous, and with a definite heliodor-yellow color that is unlike the usual pastel green and green-yellow hues we normally see in this species from pretty much any locality. The bottom is terminated, if somewhat crudely, so it is a floater crystal with no attachment points. The upper termination is sharp, robust, and lustrous. Weighs 142 grams.