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Kunzite & Spodumene
from Afghanistan




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Kunzite from Mawi Pegmatite, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan002a.jpg] Kunzite from Mawi Pegmatite, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan002b.jpg] Kunzite from Mawi Pegmatite, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan002d.jpg] Kunzite from Mawi Pegmatite, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan002c.jpg]


No. KUNZAFGHAN002 - SOLD

Kunzite

Locality: Mawi Pegmatite, Laghman Province, Afghanistan.

Specimen Size: 8.8 x 3.3 x 2.9 cm (small cabinet)


This is a really thick and sharp Kunzite from Afghanistan as most crystals are rather slender. You rarely see such sharply terminated Kunzite crystals from any locality, let alone crystals that are this deep and gemmy. Now I must point out that there is an internal fracture on the corner of the termination that looks like a ding, but it is not any kind of damage whatsoever. It was just a sad place for something like that to show up. You can clearly see when you reflect the light on both sides of the termination that it is completely inside the crystal and does not come to the surface. With that said, I must stress that the crystal is rather gemmy and with the two-dimensional limitations of photography, it was not the easiest specimen to shoot. Dont lose sight of the how sharp (not at all etched) the piece is, plus it has very good luster on all sides. The crystal is also complete all the way around. All in all, this is a notable gem crystal from this wonderful locality.



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Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafgh001a.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafgh001c.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafgh001d.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafgh001b.jpg]


No. KUNZAFGHAN001 - SOLD

Kunzite

Locality: Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Specimen Size: 8.9 x 3.7 x 2.5 cm (small cabinet)


This piece is one of the sharpest, gemmiest twinned Kuznites that Ive seen from this area. To top it off, its also a great bi-color twin as well. If you look closely, the twin actually has a pink Roman Sword-shaped phantom inside. I have only seen a few bicolor crystals before, but never before have I seen a twinned phantom crystal like this one ! Strangely enough, only one of the crystals shows a bi-color, while the other is completely uniform in color. The specimen is also amazingly un-etched with amazingly well-formed terminations and razor-sharp faces all the way around.



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Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan004b.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan004a.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan004e.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan004d.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan004c.jpg]


No. KunzAfghan004 - $ 1450.00

Kunzite

Locality: Kunar Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Specimen Size: 7.7 x 2.8 x 2.1 cm (small cabinet)


This is really an unusual crystal from the standpoint that it appears to be a phantom crystal. By that, I mean the lower portion of the piece shows a very distinct, rich pinkish-purple color, and suddenly stops as it transitions into a pale yellow-green hue. When you hold the crystal up to the light, you can see a faint Roman Sword shaped phantom inside the crystal. It is not out of the question that Spodumene could form phantom crystals. With that said, the piece is still an amazingly good quality bi-color Spodumene crystal. One of the faces is remarkably glassy and lustrous which does well to show off the great gemminess and color. The specimen has a nice frosted termination, with sharp, undamaged edges and the piece is noticeably pleochroic as is the case with most Spodumene crystals.

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Kunzite from Kantiway Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan003b.jpg] Kunzite from Kantiway Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan003a.jpg] Kunzite from Kantiway Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. [./PakAfghanKunz906/kunzafghan003c.jpg]


No. KUNZAFGHAN003 - $ 300.00 SOLD

Kunzite

Locality: Kantiway Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Specimen Size: 3.4 x 2.7 x 1.1 cm (miniature)


This is a strangely compressed Kunzite with amazing glassy faces on virtually every side plus it has great gem transparency. The faces are also razor-sharp leading all the way up to the termination. The crystal would easily yield a large eye clean gemstone, and you cant say that about the majority of Kunzites you seen from this area. I have to reiterate how sharp and glassy the crystal is because were all so accustomed to seeing dull, etched Kunzite specimens on the market today. There is one tiny tiny ding on the termination, but it does not take away from the overall appeal of this important gem crystal

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