Afghanistan Minerals For Sale

 

  World class kunzite specimens like this double terminated piece are sometimes saved from the gemstone cutters.  Here is an impressive multi colored tourmaline specimen from Afghanistan.  Here is a dep purple kunzite from Afghanistan.

         Spodumene (var. Kunzite) and Tourmaline                    Spodumene (var. Kunzite)                                Tourmaline                                  Spodumene (var. Kunzite)

 

The minerals of Afghanistan are nothing short of impressive!  Some of the most important kunzite, spodumene and multi-colored tourmalines specimens come from Afghanistan.  While much of this material goes to the gem cutters, thankfully some of these fine crystals are saved and can be found in some of the top collections and museums of the world.

This country has really put itself on the mineral collector’s radar with the fine mineral specimens that it has produced over the years.  I have grown to appreciate the quality of the fine, often gem, minerals.  As a result I have begun to sink some serious money into buying specimens from Afghanistan.  Found in this gallery are some wonderful examples of mineral from Afghanistan for all levels of collectors. 

 

 

 

OKO-758

OKO-758     Spodumene (variety Kunzite)    Kharna-khuna, Darrah Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  16 x 6.4 x 1.3 cm nicely colored kunzite.  A floater with no damage and a scepter like shape.  All etching and striations are on the surface.  Entire crystal is gemmy on its interior.  $500

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-468

OKN-468     Dravite     Pech, Nuristan, Loghman, Afghanistan.  6.7 x 3.2 x 3 cm tapering, double terminated black tourmaline.  No contacts or damage, interesting form and terminations and high luster.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-860

OKM-860     Columbite     Pech Kunar, Prov., Afghanistan.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A very fine, damage free, complex crystal of columbite stands up high on feldspar matrix (blades of cleavlandite).  2.5 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm overall.  Deep red color and nice luster.  A very high quality TN sized specimen of this material.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-787

OKM-787     Morganite     Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Very gemmy morganite measuring 7.8 x 4.3 x 1.8 cm.  Some chatter on one end and a couple chips as seen but not in bad overall condition.  Milky area on the top almost looks like a repair but I believe it is natural.  A desirable specimen showing nice luster and crystal form.  No matrix, minor mineral tac (blue) on base/ back.  $2,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-124

A bluish case detected here is unrealistic... the crystal only shows shades of green and pink.

OKM-124    Toumaline on Quartz     Nuristan, Laghman Prov., Afghanistan.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A complex tourmaline composed of soft greens and pinks.  It measures 7.3 x 7 x 5 cm.  Excellent condition overall with the main tourmaline having only a tiny chip that is difficult to find.  The front view is fantastic and contacts from matrix are isolated to the back of specimen.  All the tourmalines have glassy luster.   A fine display piece.   $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-807

Bottom

OKM-807     Spodumene with Tourmaline     Kharna-khuna, Darrah Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This large fine crystal is damage free, double terminated, of good color and luster.  Excellent all around!  The partial tourmaline embedded in the base of the crystal is a bonus.  A tiny tourmaline is stuck in side of this kunzite and can be seen in the third image.  Wonderful large example measuring 13.5 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm.  Aesthetic and robust.  $3,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-032

OKAA-032    Tourmaline    Nuistan Prov., Afghanistan.        The single terminated crystal seen here measures 5 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  It is pinker in person and a nice match to the stone than the images indicate.  The crystal appears more washed out in the images than it does in person.  It is the typical "bubble gum" pink looked for in this material.  Very tiny termination chip visible with magnification otherwise damage free.  Displays as damage free.  Very light blue phantom just below termination.  Very bright, beautifully cut, flawless, emerald cut stone, and custom engraved acrylic base.   $780

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-974

OKL-974    Spodumene    Laghman Provence, Afghanistan.  Very light purple, double terminated, gemmy crystal measuring 2.5 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm.  Appears to be a damage free floater, mounted in a perky box.  Get out of here price…$35

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ831

OKJ-831    Tourmaline     Afghanistan.  Ex Paul and Dawn Dunning Collection.  Rich pink, striated, gemmy tourmaline measuring 1.1 cm long  Mounted in a perky box.  No damage.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-567

OKJ-567     Elbaite   Panjsher, Afghanistan.   Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Amber yellow color that measures 2.2 x 1.1 x .9 cm.   Excellent luster form and no damage.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-381

Truest color for this specimen

OKH-381    Spodumene    Darrah Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  Rich yellow etched crystal measuring 5 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm.  Sits nicely on cleaved base.  No damage  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-381

OKH-381    Spodumene    Darrah Peck, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  A partial etched crystal of good color and outstanding gemminess.  5 x 3 x 1.5 cm.  You can't get gem rough at this price!  No damage.  50$

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-382

OKH-382     Spodumene    Mt. Kheritha, Kala Dharipeche, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  A complete etched crystal of good color and outstanding gemminess.  8.2 x 3 x 2 cm.  No damage.  Very complex and aesthetic.  A nice quality piece at a decent price for its size.  135$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-628

OKI-628    Elbaite    Panjsher, Afghanistan.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A beautiful 2.6 cm crystal which is all gem material of a pleasant, peridot green color.  A deeply striated crystal which has lead to an unusual termination.  Tiny chip on back of crystal which shows through to the front, because it is so gemmy, appearing as a tiny internal crack.  Very nice specimen and an unusual tourmaline color, even for an Afghan piece.  60$

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-629

OKI-629    Elbaite    Panjsher, Afghanistan.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.   A more typical pink tourmaline for this part of the world, this specimen measures in at 3 cm long.  It is composed of three crystals, two longer, all of which are singly terminated.  Typical striations, gemmy in areas, good color saturation for such a small crystal.  No damage.   45$

 

 

 

 

OKF-713

OKF-713     Spodumene     Darrah Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  A highly etched, gem crystal measuring 3.8 x 3.6 x 2 cm.  Only very minor internal cracking.  Almost all totally gem.  Medium yellow color and no damage.  A fine piece for 40$

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-658

One termination

Other termination

OKF-658    Spodumine     Darrah Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  This is what remains after extensive etching within a gem pegmatite pocket.  This crystal measures 3.8 x 3.4 x 2 cm and appears to be entirely gem material.  The yellow color is sharp and the crystal form all but gone.  Some of the striations remain on what was likely once its prism.  An interesting display specimen which stands on edge and views well from all sides (a damage free floater).  A steal at 40$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-361

Back with albite coating.

Custom engraved acrylic base.

OKE-361    Tourmaline    Paprok, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.   Three beautiful green crystals in tight parallel growth reaching 6.2 cm and .7 cm thick.  Gem crystals of predominantly green color which transition to pink at the terminations.  The terminations are complex, the luster exceptionally high and the piece is damage free.  Albite coats part of one side and base.  Exceptionally clean tourmaline specimen.  Greens are slightly lighter than the image indicates.  450$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-027

OKE-027    Tourmaline with Lepidolite    Paproc, Kunar (Nuristan) Prov., Afghanistan.  This fine, pink, striated tourmaline crystal is translucent/ transparent and has a thin blue green termination layer.  It measure 4 cm and is composed of several parallel growth crystals.  The lepidolite books are well formed, damage free and translucent.  It is an excellent damage free piece with plenty of tiny tourmalines shooting throughout the lepidolite base.  Displays upright on its own.  225$

 

 

 

 

OKE-028

OKE-028    Tourmaline with Lepidolite    Paproc, Kunar (Nuristan) Prov., Afghanistan.  This fine, pink, striated tourmaline crystal is translucent/ transparent and has a thin blue green termination layer.  It measure 5.1 cm and is composed of several parallel growth crystals with one being much thicker and dominant.  One of the thinner crystals has a broken off termination but it is on the backside and not readily noticeable.  The lepidolite books are well formed, damage free and translucent.  It is an excellent damage piece with a couple tiny tourmalines shooting throughout the lepidolite base and main crystal base.  Displays upright on an acrylic base.  350$

 

 

 

 

OKE-029

OKE-029    Tourmaline with Lepidolite    Paproc, Kunar (Nuristan) Prov., Afghanistan.  This fine, pink, striated tourmaline crystal is translucent/ transparent and has a thin blue green termination layer.  It measure 6 cm and is composed of several parallel growth crystals with one being much thicker and dominant.  One of the crystals has a chip off the backside of its termination which is small and not in anyway distracting.  The lepidolite books are well formed, damage free and translucent.  It is an excellent piece with a numerous tiny tourmalines shooting throughout the lepidolite base and main crystal base.  An excellent, aesthetic display specimen.  Displays with no support required.   500$

 

 

 

 

OKE-030

OKE-030    Tourmaline with Lepidolite    Paproc, Kunar (Nuristan) Prov., Afghanistan.  This fine, pink, striated tourmaline crystal is translucent/ transparent and has a thin blue green termination layer.  It measure 7.8 cm and is composed of a single 1.3 cm thick crystal.  It is an excellent damage free primary crystal with a numerous tiny tourmalines shooting throughout the lepidolite base and main crystal base.  One crystal in the base is chipped off.  Small contact on backside.  The lepidolite books are well formed, damage free and translucent.  Displays upright without assistance.  Very displayable and fine.  550$

 

 

 

 

OKE-031

OKE-031    Tourmaline with Lepidolite    Paproc, Kunar (Nuristan) Prov., Afghanistan.  This fine, pink, striated tourmaline crystal is translucent/ transparent and has a thin blue green termination layer.  It measure 4.5 cm and is composed of several parallel growth crystals with one being much thicker and dominant.  The lepidolite books are well formed, damage free and translucent.  This is a great damage free specimen.  It has numerous tiny tourmalines shooting throughout the lepidolite base and main crystal base.  Displays upright without need of aid.  380$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-035

OKE-035    Tourmaline with Lepidolite    Paproc, Kunar (Nuristan) Prov., Afghanistan.  This fine, pink, striated tourmaline crystal is translucent/ transparent and has a thin blue green termination layer.  It measure 5.2 cm and is composed of a single 1.3 cm thick crystal.  There is a chip on the backside of the main crystal which is noticeable from the back only.  Numerous tiny tourmalines shooting throughout the lepidolite base and main crystal base.   The lepidolite books are well formed, damage free and translucent.  Displays upright without assistance.  Attractive specimen.  180$

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-036

OKE-036    Tourmaline with Lepidolite    Paproc, Kunar (Nuristan) Prov., Afghanistan.  This fine, pink, striated tourmaline crystal is translucent/ transparent and has a thin blue green termination layer.  It measure 3.7 cm and is composed of a single 1.7 cm thick crystal.  It is an excellent damage free primary crystal with a numerous tiny tourmalines shooting throughout the lepidolite base and main crystal base.  One crystal in the base is chipped off.  The lepidolite books are well formed, damage free and translucent.  Displays upright without assistance.  Nice and a great price….  175$

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