Dims: 2.62x1.10x0.51" (6.66x2.79x1.30cm)
Wt: 1.10oz (31.1g)
Kunar Tal, Nuristan, Afghanistan
This is a very unusual specimen - it is a phantom of kunzite in a spodumene crystals. Of course, kunzite is just pink or lilac colored spodumene, but what makes this specimen so nice is that the bottom 40% of the crystal is lilac in color, with the remainder being nearly colorless. The colored portion has the same shape as the overall crystal. There is a hint of the kunzite crystal impressed upon the pink druze which coats one side of the crystal. Upon tilting the specimen, the color zoning becomes evident. Speaking of the druze, it is lilac colored and I wish I could identify it. A loupe shows that the crystals are transparent, have a basal termination, and as far as I can tell, A CIRCULAR CROSS SECTION. There is so much of it that I am sure it is something common but with an unusual form and/or color.