This Specimen has been sold.
1.05" Lustrous Diopside Crystal - Markikhēl, Afghanistan
This is a 1.05" tall, lustrous, yellow-green diopside crystal. It has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.
This specimen comes from the Ghunday talc deposit in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. It's located on the north slopes of the Spin (Speen) Ghar mountain range where metamorphic rocks including amphibole, gneiss, marble, quartzite, and marble are intruded by Cretaceous plutonic rocks. This deposit produces the highest quality talc (99% purity) in the Spin Ghar mountain range, as well as a variety of minerals that include andradite garnet, clinochlore, diopside, epidote, magnetite, and vesuvianite.