Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm
Nuristan, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
An unusually displayable chloritoid cluster in that it is on matrix (contrasting matrix at that!), and has multiple crystals (to 3 cm) instead of the usual broken single crystal one so often sees. Chloritoid is very rare, and great crystals, the world's best, seem to have come out from only one aberrant find in Afghanistan about 1999-2000. Notable specimens made their way into several prominent collections at the time, mostly coming through dealer Herb Obodda, as with this one which was sold to Lawrence Conklin in NYC at the time for his personal collection of rare species miniatures. This is a very showy specimen because of the contrast as the jet black, lustrous, chloritoid crystals perch upon quartz. Minor bright red rutile serves as an accent on the quartz mass.