Elbaite on Lepidolite and Albite, Paprok, Kunar Province,Afghanistan, Dr. David London Collection L-007 Collected c. 2007, Medium Cabinet 9.5 x 11.0 x 12.0 cm, $650. Online Sept. 30.
A striking combination of ivory white albite, pinkish-purple lepidolite and gemmy transparent elbaite from the famous Paprok pegmatite district. Even though this is a combination specimen, the highlight is lepidolite. Rich books of lepidolite to 5.5 cm wide and 1 cm thick are aesthetically clustered at the top of the specimen. Specimen is well crystallized to all edges and is in outstanding condition excepting elbaite repair; although I can't tell which is repaired. Specimen appears as Figure 4-8g in “Pegmatites” by Dr. David London.