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. 

 

 

 

 

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$

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-773

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

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

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

Back

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

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

Back

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$

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front

Back

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$

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-286

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$

 

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