Dims: 0.7 x 0.7 x 0.4" (1.8 x 1.7 x 1.1 cm)
Wt: 0.5 oz. (15 g) w/ specimen box
Peck Nuristan, Afghanistan
This thumbnail piece consists of a single Topaz crystal that is in excellent condition. Its orthorhombic form is very good, but a growth irregularity caused a small parallel "offshoot" that could almost be considered a second crystal. The Topaz has a very pale pink-brown coloration and the standard vitreous luster, and is transparent and contains only a few inclusions and internal fractures. There is no host rock present, and the piece is affixed firmly inside a plastic thumbnail box.