Lepidolite With Tourmaline on Albite
Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 15.9 x 12.0 x 8.9 cm
I first saw these at Munich, just a few pieces, and now had the chance to select some material direct from the mines via emailed pictures. After trimming and cleaning, we got out 3 very choice specimens of this new find of unusual "ropey" lepidolite, with a velvety texture and deep lavender color. This specimen hosts a "flowing" cluster of lepidolites that looks like it is oozing off the top, and is about 8.5 cm across. Yuo can see minor tourmalines poking out here and there, too. Very pretty and unusual for the region - lepidolite specimens as a primary mineral are frankly unheard of from here and I wouldn't have thought they would make my list of desirable Afghani minerals in collectible quality, til now!