Dims: 0.8" x 0.7" x 0.5" (2.03 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 7.1 g
Kunar Valley, Afghanistan
This thumbnail specimen consists of a single Topaz crystal that boasts exceptional orthorhombic prismatic form. It is in excellent condition, though one of its acute prism edges is damaged near its base. Its termination edges, though, show only a few chips that are almost microscopic in size. All edges are straight and very well-defined, and all faces are clean and show a bright, vitreous luster. The crystal has a pale beige coloration with a slight hint of pink and is transparent and very clear. It does contain a few noticeable internal fractures and inclusions; these are just large and numerous enough to prevent the cutting of a flawless stone in any good size. There is a tiny bit of a host rock present; I cannot identify it, but I have a feeling it is some kind of feldspar.