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morg11
Morganite
Cabinet, 12.4 x 12.1 x 9.1 cm
Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
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An unusual crystal measuring 5 x 5 x 4 cm, the size of a tangerine, just stuck there unlikely as it is, atop tentacles of albite and cleavelandite matrix. It is fat and unusually "round" in apperance, but it DOES have all the faces there. Internally it is pink with some unusual white wispy patches I cannot explain and have not seen before the like of (perhaps included matrix deep within?). The crystals is translucent to light, but not gemmy/transparent, so this is likely the explanation and those white patches are NOT surface defects. Note that the color in real life is perhaps 20% less pink than these photos show.