Dims: 2.73x1.03x0.87" (6.94x2.61x2.20cm)
Wt: 2.17oz (61.6g)
Kunar Tal, Nuristan, Afghanistan
This is a very pretty specimen, with a single large spodumene crystal partially buried in a mass of crystals and colorful crusts which includes albite, lepidolite, and something green which looks like chlorite but could be any of several similar minerals. From some angles the spodumene looks slightly greenish (making it hiddenite), while when viewed from one end, an edge appears pink (making it kunzite), but overall I judge it as colorless so that this is a true spodumene. The crystal has distinct striations along two faces. One end shows a well-formed roof termination, while the other end shows an uneven fracture. One unusual thing - the large crystal is not firmly attached to the polycrystalline mass. It seems secure, but slight movement yields a clicking feel although I cannot see any movement.