Welcome to the
Spodumen Gallery!



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Spodumen is an interesting mineral that is found in many lithium pegmatites.  It has been discovered at the end of the 19th century in the Pala mining district in San Diego County, CA, by Dr. Kunz. Like tourmalines it can come in different colors and then has different names. The lilac form is named Kunzite, the green ones are called Hiddenite, yellow specimen are called Triphane, rarealy there are also blue hues seen in Spodumen crystals.



Kunzite with ClevelanditKunzite
Afghanistan

Kunzite, the lilac variety of spodumen, with Clevelandit (variety of Feldspar)  from Afghanistan, find of 2004


Obtained
from www.jrmineral.com
   

Giant KunziteKunzite
Giant KunziteKunzite
This is an outstanding Spodumen of really impressive dimensions: > 23 cm or 9 inches long!!!), douply terminated, color zoned, and geologically highly interesting specimen. The main termination actually consists of several well formed terminations, most of which have frosted termination faces. What makes this piece so dramatic is the extra spodumen that grows in the middel of the main termination at a tilted angle! This crystal is color zoned: the middle part is colorless (Spodumen) and not very clear. However, on the left and right sides the color becomes lilac and more gemmy (Kunzite). The piece is geologically very interesting because of the accompanyning minerals: 1. there are some small quatzes as well as a doubly terminated flat quarz of a maybe 3 cm size attached to the kunzite. 2. There a sprays of blue tourmaline associated with the Kunzite and the Quartzes. And finally, 3.: There are two bright orange Spessartines included in one of the lilac Kunzite sides, each estimated at ~ 5 mm size.



Kunzite on MatrixKunzite on Matrix
Kunzite (Afghanistan) on Matrix have become rare in the recent years. This intensely lilac colored Kunzite is perched on light lavender Lepidolithe. The top face are well fromed but frosted from an etching process. The backside of the matrix is white clevelandit which is covered with a brownish mineral (perhaps borocookeite).
    

      
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Links to other Rooms in our Virtual Mineral Museum:

Tourmaline Room - Garnet Room - Quartz Room
 
Topaz Room - Spodumen Room - Fine Minerals Room
 
Alpine Room - Namibia Room - Pakistan/Afghanistan Room