SVP01 Spodumene var. Triphane
Mawi, Nuristan Prov., Afghanistan
12.4x 2.6x 1.8 cm

A sharp and perfectly terminated gem crystal of light yellow triphane from Afghanistan.  I don't usually buy these, but this one appealed to me as it does  not have the usual etching.  That allows its gem interior and sharpness to be appreciated.

While this is by no means cheap, it is certainly priced better than you would find comparable specimens in Tucson, even (or perhaps I should say "especially") when compared to Pakistani or Afghani dealers.  This piece comes from an old US collection, which has spared it some of the inflation of the last several years...

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