Dims: 2.0 x 2.0 x 1.5" (5.1 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 3.6 oz. (102.3 g)
Kunar Valley, Afghanistan
This large thumbnail specimen consists of a single highly warped Spodumene crystal. It is in excellent condition, showing minimal damage, and has a highly warped monoclinic prismatic form, with both straight and curved edges and faces that are flat, curved, and have a conchoidal appearance. Its luster ranges from matte to vitreous (see the close-up image) and its pleochroism makes it appear a pale violet color when viewed from overhead, and a very pale beige color when viewed from its sides. It is transparent and surprisingly clear, though it does contain many internal fractures. There is no host or base rock present.