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SOLD Alkali Beryl
stock #SOLD 19.1-874
Deo Darrah, Khash / Kuran Wa Munjan Districts
Badakshan, Afghanistan
3.9 x 2.3 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
price: $0

A very choice specimen of intense blue Alkali Beryl from the amazing discovery two years ago. These tabular habit Beryl have a unique stacked structure, are zoned with the middle being a deeper hue. This is in perfect undamaged condition. When these were first found it was thought they were a new specie or were Vorobyevite (another rare Beryl family specie). The final conclusion is these are super rich in Alkalai so classified as an Alkali-Beryl and have distinctive appearance but are not a separate specie. There were not many found and these are now highly prized as esthetic, rare and a major modern discovery. This is an especially choice piece. Looks fine from almost any angle, this is a fine addition to any serious suite of pegmatite minerals, Beryls or an esthetic cabinet, the color is exceptional in person.
stock #20 AE-7-082 B
Parun Pegmatite Field, Wama District
Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
5.4 x 3.2 x 3.1 (cabinet)
price: $1750

A big, glassy crystal with a very dark blue-green shaft becomes a lighter blue near the top, then grades to a water clear zone and ends with a thin reddish purple cap. Well terminated with a transparent flat top and with great luster. In very good condition, with only very tiny bits of edge wear that is not easy to spot and a small unobtrusive chip on the back. An older piece this color combination is not very common. The top portion is all gem clear but the majority of the crystal is rather dark and only a little light passes through. Displays well and a good value for a stout single crystal. A hefty 106 grams.
Lazurite -well formed crystal on Marble
stock #19.1-080
Laduar Medam, Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley, Khash and Kuran Wa Mun
Badakshan, Afghanistan
5.5 x 5.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $560

Bright blue and very well exposed on contrasting matrix, this is a striking specimen. In fine condition the form is complete with edge modification clearly visible, and just under 3 CM across. Typically the faces of these crystals are never very lustrous and can be fairly rough or crude. This specimen is about as lustrous as these get, the crystal faces show some course texture but are way more smooth than is normal. From finds a few years ago, a very attractive and clean piece.
Spodumene (var. Kunzite) floater crystal
stock #20.1-114
Laghman Province, Afghanistan
10.8 x 5.5 x 1.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $480
Spring 2020

Complete on all sides and edges, damage free doubly terminated gem clear Kunzite in textbook perfect form. From the large find at Laghman a few years ago, this is fully transparent with deep striations on the widest flat sides and no striations on the narrow edges or terminations. This helps to show the dichroic nature of a good Kunzite like this. 116 Grams, and all gem grade. A choice example of the specie with classic form typical of the find.
Elbaite (doubly terminated) on Cleavelandite
stock #10.1-294
Paprok, Kamdesh District
Nuristan, Afghanistan
5 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $560
Spring 2020

A well exposed complete doubly terminated Elbaite crystal with a pink termination on one end and a flat blue cap on the other end. In fine condition from the famed Paprock pegmatite, this has several color zones and gradations along the length of the crystal. Magnification shows some needle inclusions that look like Byssolite. A choice older Paprock specimen in good shape and nicer in person.
Elbaite on Quartz
stock #19.1-357
Paprok, Kamdesh District
Nuristan, Afghanistan
3.3 x 1.9 x .9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $120

A cute thumbnail featuring a zoned Elbaite crystal 2.3 CM long. Complete, undamaged and terminated, the color is a mint pastel green. With strong magnification a tiny Hambergite crystal is seen on one face of the Tourmaline.
Lazurite - crystals in Calcite
stock #19.1-079
Khash and Kuran Wa Munjan District
Badakshan, Afghanistan
4.3 x 2.1 x 2 CM (miniature)
price: $360
Spring 2019

Top grade, intense blue color of well formed Lazurite crystals that are nicely exposed from the contrasting matrix. A super attractive miniature specimen that has the main crystal perched perfectly on top. No damage though there is contacting on the back that is not visible on any normal display angle. This is far better than typical for the excellent color and form, as a display specimen this has a lot of impact for the size.
Elbaite -multi color with Lepidolite and Topaz
stock #19.1-020
Paprok, Kamdesh District
Nuristan, Afghanistan
4.3 x 1.4 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
price: $400
Spring 2019

A delicate, gem crystal of slender multi color Tourmaline is perched on a mix of lilac Lepidolite and colorless Topaz. Doubly terminated and gem clear, there are 5 color changes along the length of the prism. There is a single repair here that needs to be mentioned, it keeps the price low yet does not affect display as seen. A pretty, lustrous and eyecatching Paprock gem.
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