Dims: 1.0" x 0.8" x 0.7" (2.5 x 2.0 x 1.8 cm)
Wt: 14.7 g
Kunar Valley, Afghanistan
This Goshenite crystal shows obvious damage upon first glance, but closer examination will show that this damage occured before the crysal was mined, and that some slight partial healing has taken place. It has a hexagonal prismatic crystal form with an almost complete hexagonal outline, but two of its prism faces are almost completely removed. The other prism faces are generally in good condition, and like all of the visible secondary termination faces, have a frosted texture and a dull, waxy luster. Both basal termination faces are incomplete- one is almost nonexistent. However, these both show a bright, vitreous luster, and one can see completely into the crystal in the larger one. The crystal itself is colorless, transparent, and surprisingly clear, enough so that one could cut a good-quality stone of at least 2 or 3 carats out of it!