Spodumene Var. Triphane
Mawi, Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 11.2 x 6.1 x 2.6 cm (278 grams)
I am not normally a fan of spodumenes but this one wowed me. The color is unique, and the gemminess superb. It is a complete floater of size and quality - MUCH more gemmy and bright, by the way, in person. In particular, this yellow one is much more glassy and transparent in person than the pics indicate. This piece is like carved glass, with intricate, elven carvings at the ends caused by natural fluid dissolution in the pocket. It is an intense lemon yellow in color like I have never seen before in the species, and along the c-axis (long axis, lower-left photo) it has an even deeper yellow hue to it!