|This huge spodumene was on sale across from the Rocks & Relics booth in which I worked at the TGMS event last week and eventually sold. It comes from Afghanistan, but I wonder if it has been artificially made to be "tri-color" as it's appearance looks fake to me. |
*UPDATE 4/22/16: Today I spoke with Justin Zzyzx at the Paso Robles Rockhound Roundup Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry about this blog post and this stone. At the time I posted it three years ago he criticized me about it on social media vehemently defending the stones' color as natural and its sellers as above reproach. Over the course of our discussion about this today, I realized that although my paranoia about color manipulation in stones is generally justified, in this particular case it was not. True, the stone was irradiated giving it that beautiful but surreal coloration, but that irradiation occurred naturally in the ground as occurs with other stones such as smokey quartz. I do hereby rescind my skepticism and beg the original sellers' pardon. However, I am leaving the original part of this post for future reference so others may see how this matter unfolded and was resolved. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).