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English: Beryl
Locality: Darra-i-Pech (Pech; Peech; Darra-e-Pech) Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar (Ningarhar) Province, Afghanistan (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: cabinet, 14.6 x 10.0 x 7.4 cm
Morganite on Cleavelandite
This superb specimen is a glowing pink morganite crystal with exceptional color, perched smartly on a well-trimmed matrix of cleavelandite. I trimmed it down from the larger specimen it was when I got it in an exchange. It had been in only one collection since its discovery about 6 years ago (in the Marc Weill collection). The crystal is remarkable for its symmetry, and its gemminess, which is obvious even in the photos. The faces are SHARP, showing none of the typical rounding one normally sees in large morganites from here. It is 9 x 6 x 5 cm in size. As is expected for this locality , the front and back faces are glassy and some of the side faces are of a duller, matte lustre - typical for the locality, in any case. Usually, only one gemmy frontal face shows and these tend to be buried in the matrix, this making this exceptional for its display position which shows both rear and front faces off. What is really atypical, and to me takes the piece to the next "level" of competitive quality when combined with color and gemminess, is the fact that the side faces are so sharply defined by steep bevels - and this is NOT common in Afghani morganites, which usually have flat sides. Lastly, the specimen is as close to PRISTINE as you can expect. Shocking, for the size and exposure of the crystal. Try getting out a matrix morganite of this size, today, from Afghanistan. I tried, last year - I can assure you it was not easy! ex. Marc Weill Collection. Comes with custom base.
Deutsch: Beryll
Fundort: Darra-i-Pech (Pech; Peech; Darra-e-Pech) Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar, Afghanistan (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 14.6 x 10.0 x 7.4 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
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