Tourmaline with Morganite and Kunzite
Dara-e-Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 5.3 x 4.3 x 3.9 cm

Elegant pegmatite combination specimens like this are not common and this one from Afghanistan is very colorful and super attractive. A gorgeous, divergent spray of slender prismatic, gemmy blue-green Tourmaline crystals is the centerpiece and looks like an exotic tropical flower. All of the Elbaites display a 1 to 2 mm pale-colored zone near the tip and are then are dramatically capped with blue-purple tips for amazing effect. The crystals in this spray are transparent and up to 2 inches in length and very lightly striated. They display an internal chatoyance due to their close grouping. The radial divergence of the Tourmalines is apparent when looking at the bottom of the piece. The majority of the crystals are terminated and those that aren't are barely noticeable. For added effect, a partially terminated, pale pink Morganite is present at the base of the piece along with a pair of small (8 mm), blocky 8mm, dark pink Kunzite crystals. This piece has great contrast and aesthetics and is well composed.

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