Dims: 1.5" x 0.6" x 0.4" (3.8 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm)
Wt: 18.7 g
Kunar Valley, Afghanistan
Though not showing the best of form, this specimen of Spodumene from Afghanistan is large and has a faint, blue-violet color that is not very often seen in this stone. It occurs as a doubly-terminated monoclinic prism that shows considerable damage. Its intact prism faces are heavily striated and its termination faces show rather large growth patterns, and all have a vitreous luster. Its blue-violet color is best seen when viewed through either termination face against a white background. It is transparent and quite clear, though several internal fractures are visible. A lapidarist could probably get a few small faceted stones out of this piece.