Dims: 2.2" x 1.9" x 1.3" (5.6 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 2.85 oz. (80.8 g)
I count 6 Zircon crystals in the albite host rock of this Afghani specimen that are 0.1" (3 mm) in diameter or greater; only two of these appear to be undamaged and complete enough for one to see their tetragonal bipyramidal form. However, the larger of these crystals will take all the attention away from the broken ones. It is rather large , measuring 0.7 x 0.5 x 0.5" (1.8 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm), and is in near-perfect condition- I have not seen a Zircon crystal of this size in such good condition before! It is more than 50% exposed, and though there appears to be two natural "gouges" in spots, one of which is partially filled with albite, they are both quite small, and are the only visible imperfections. Its form is really splendid, complete with the acute angles that mark the "terminations" on each end. Though it is only slightly transparent in one or two spots and partially translucent even in sunlight, one can readily see its red-brown coloration due to some internal fractures that are near the surface. There seems to be a very thin film of albite partially covering most of the visible faces that dulls the crystal's adamantine luster, but this is likely not difficult to remove, and I actually took a bit off with a fingernail. Besides the other unbroken crystal (which only measures 1" or 3 mm in diameter) and the broken ones, the albite matrix only houses a bit of black biotite mica. It is an excellent example of a good Zircon crystal.