Dims: 1-3/4" x 7/8" x 3/8"
Wt: 16.7 g
Northwestern Frontier Province, Pakistan
Though merely a thumbnail specimen as far as size is concerned, this little Pakistani Spodumene crystal is one of the nicest that I have seen in my travels! First, it is nearly colorless with a pearly luster, and exhibits only tiny spots of damage. Secondly, apart from a few largish internal fractures near its base and one or two tiny ones near the termination, it is perfectly clear and transparent. Finally, it has exceptional crystal form, with a complete termination that is somewhat complex. One one side of the oblong, flat prism, there are some very subtle and shallow transition faces between the termination and prism faces. This crystal is equally apt for a specimen or a piece of high-quality gem rough, although personally I couldn't bring myself to destroy its amazing form.