Afghanistan Minerals For Sale, Page 2


  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. 





OKD-773     Lazurite     Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan, Afghanistan.  Ex. Jim Turek Collection.  Two nicely formed, deep blue crystals stand out in relief off the white matrix.  The biggest crystal measures 1.8 cm while the second measures .8 cm.  Both are damage free.  The entire specimen measures 4.5 x 4 x 3.2 cm.  A good example which displays nicely.  175$







OKD-531      Spodumine    Mt. Kheritha, Kala Dharipeche, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.     Rich yellow spodumene with extensive etching.  Good crystal form to prism and single termination while the second termination is totally etched away.  Attractive 141.5 gram specimen.  Gemmy with only minor inclusions.  9.2 x 4.8 x 3 cm.     225$








OKD-532      Spodumene      Darrah Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.     Rich yellow spodumene with extensive etching.  Totally gemmy specimen with interesting form.  78.1 grams.  As cutting rough it would be selling for less than 20 cents per carat!  6.7 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm.  This one won’t be available for long.  75$








OKD-356    Spodumene    Mawi, Laghman, Afghanistan.    This medium yellow, highly etched crystal is fully terminated with no damage and a pleasing form.  The interior is approx. ˝ gem and ˝ included.  It weighs in at 167 grams and measures 1.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm.  Ever as gem rough this should go for at least 10$ per gram (1,670$).  What a steal at 180$







OKD-354   Lazurite     Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan, Afghanistan.   I’ve never cared for the look of these specimens because it is so tough to find a nice displayable one without considerable damage.  Here is a great one well placed on marble white matrix.   The deep blue, opaque crystal measures over 3 cm and the entire piece 7 x 5 x 5 cm.  Great faces with only a single spot on the top/ back which is irregular (regrown).  The crystal stands approx. 3/4ers exposed on the top of the matrix.  A fine value at   550$









OKD-283    Spodumene   Kala, Darrah Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  Nice, large, sharply formed spodumene of a clear to very light green color.  It is double terminated and totally damage free.  Deeply striated with lots of gemmy regions.  Overall dimensions are 16 cm for its length, 5.2 cm for width and 2 cm in thickness with a mass of 339 grams.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Quality example.  365$









Top, blue termination

Basil termination

OKD-284    Tourmaline  Rhodisht, Darrah, Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.   This fine double terminated crystal is a nice translucent green color with well developed striations on all prism faces.  The cap deep opaque blue and hopper like features.  It is 48 grams in mass and measures 3.4 cm long and 3 cm wide at its maximum.  Minor contact with what appears to have been a quartz crystal on its bottom backside (otherwise a floater crystal).  Attractive and well priced for this material.  330$







Basil Termination

OKD-286    Spodumene   Kala, Darrah Pech, Kunar Prov., Afghanistan.  Very attractive crystal which exhibits minor etching on its terminations and well formed, lightly striated on opposing faces.  Nice light pink color.  One termination is chisel shaped while the second is flatter with a regrown, multi-pointed surface.  7.2 cm long, 2.2 cm wide and 1.7 cm thick.  Very attractive, damage free and interesting piece.  200$