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RM1781   Spodumene (var. hiddenite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to slightly yellow green spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas. A good size gemmy specimen.


Size: 7.5 x 2.4 x 1.0 cm.

Price: 90 €Buy
 

RM1780   Spodumene (var. hiddenite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to slightly pink spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas. A good size gemmy specimen.


Size: 3.8 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm.

 

RM1779   Spodumene (var. hiddenite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to yellowish spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas. From a classic locality for the species.


Size: 3.0 x 1.4 x 0.9 cm.

Price: 85 € 55 €Buy
 

RM1774   Spodumene (var. Kuncite)

Laghman, Afghanistan

Well crystallized colorless to slightly pink spodumene crystal, with well defined terminal faces and parallel growths. The crystal is translucent with marked transparent areas.A gemmy specimen.


Size: 3.8 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm.

Price: 80 € 60 €Buy
 

RM797   Lazurite (sulfide-rich haüyne)

Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

A fine lazurite specimen from the Type Locality: Sar-e Sang, Afghanistan. A group of very sharp blue-violet lazurite crystals, one of them dominant and very aerially diposed, contrasting white the calcite (marble) matrix, with larger crystals within the marble. They show dodecahedron faces and cube faces on the main crystal.
It must be said to be strict, that these crystals are really sulfide-rich haüyne. In the words of the recently published article about Sar-e Sang in Mineralogical Record (Vol. 45, 3), all specimens analyzed from Sar-e Sang contain some sulfide, but is nevertheless sulfate-dominant. Note that in nature is not described any sulfide-dominant lazurite. 

 


Size: 8,5 x 5,2 x 4,0 cm.
Main crystal: 24 x 22 mm.
Found in 2012.



 

RM1463   Lazurite (sulphide-rich haüyne)

Ladjuar Medam, Koksha Valley, Sar-e Sang, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

A fine quality specimen of lazurite from the type locality for the species. It is a crystal with a good size, very aerial and contrasting on the matrix of calcite (marble). It presents an intense blue color, with very defined faces (not polished) of the dodecahedron.
It must be said, to be strict, that these crystals are really haüyne rich in sulphide. According to the published article of Mineralogical Record (Vol. 45, 3), all the analyzed specimens of this locality contain sulphur, however, in nature there is no lazurite with dominant sulphide.
In the mining area several mines are worked. Ladjuar Medam is a generic name meaning "lapis lazuli mine" and therefore can refer to any of the mines in this area.


Size: 5.8 x 5.5 x 4.0 cm.
Main crystal: 21 x 17 mm.

 

RM1533   Epidote and diopside

Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Mts., Khogyani, Nangarhar, Afghanistan

A rich specimen formed by numerous epidote prismatic crystals of gem-quality, brilliance, transparence and with an intense green color. They are accompanied by diopside crystals with a darker green tone. An aesthetic piece and full of shine.


Size: 7.5 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm.
Main crystal: 9 x 4 mm.

 

RM519   Magnetite with andradite, epidote, clinochlore and diopside

Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Mts., Khogyani, Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Groups of very sharp magnetite crystals showing octahedral forms with staggered epitaxial growths on faces. Intense metallic luster, color is deep black and very sharp faces and edges. It is accompanied by green epidote crystals, brilliant and transparent; prismatic crystals of diopside (more grayish green tone), andradite and some clinochlore. A complete gemmy specimen.


Size: 6,0 x 3,9 x 2,4 cm.
Main crystal: 8 x 7 mm.
Found in 2011.

 

RM1866   Elbaite var. rubellite

Paprok, Kamdesh, Nuristan, Afghanistan

Group of prismatic crystals of elbaite in parallel growth, with striated faces in the prism and defined terminal rhombohedral faces, some fractured. Transparence, brightness and very uniform pink color. A nice gem.


Size: 3.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm.
Main crystal: 3.2 x 0.8 cm.
Found in ±1990.

Col. J.M. Manchion, Barcelona. Nr. 608.


 
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