Dims: 1.6 x 1.4 x 0.2" (4.1 x 3.6 x 0.5 cm)
Wt: 12.9 g
Kunar Valley, Afghanistan
A single monoclinic Spodumene blade comprises this thumbnail specimen. It is in excellent condition, showing only minor damage- even the breakage surface at its base is mostly partly-healed. Its form is also excellent, with well-defined, straight edges and striated but clean and flat faces that possess a bright pearly luster; one of the termination faces, however, have a much duller waxy luster, and the other has an even duller matte luster. Though the crystal appears to be nearly colorless, it is not- there is a very subtle "phantom" of violet color that is visible in the lower one-third of its length, if one views it against a pure white background. This coloration is quite visible when the crystal is viewed through its termination faces to take advantage of its intense pleochroism. It is transparent and quite clear, though there are many internal fractures and a few layers of cloudiness near the termination that suggest other "phantoms". There is no other material or host rock present.