Dragon Minerals - Update December 27, 2018

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26057: Spodumene (variety Kunzite) - $150
Dara-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan
Small cabinet - 9.4 x 4.0 x 0.8 cm (3.7 x 1.6 x 0.3 inches)
Weight - 72 grams (0.16 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

A nearly complete, doubly terminated, transparent and gemmy kunzite crystal having delicate blue and lavender colors not captured by the camera. (Kunzites are often treated to enhance color, but the color can fade quickly. I've had this specimen for a few years and the color has been quite stable, so I am confident it hasn't been treated in any way.) Luster is beautifully silky. As is typical for kunzites, the color is strongest when viewed along the c-axis. Both terminations are quite sharp, although there is a small cleave along one end (not unexpected, given kunzite's high sensitivity to cleavage along the c-axis). The larger termination has a distinct phantom. Modest fluorescence: red under longwave UV and lilac under shortwave UV. Except for the cleave mentioned previously, the crystal is complete and pristine.

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