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Perched aesthetically marble matrix exquisite formed afghanite
Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mine, Badakshan Prov., Afghanistan
Miniature, 4.2 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm
Perched aesthetically on its marble matrix are two exquisite, well formed afghanite crystals, to 2.2 cm in length, that are lustrous and translucent, along with exhibiting a gorgeous, rich blue color. Larger afghanite crystals are occasionally available but the quality and the two-crystal aesthetics make this specimen one of the best from the deposit in its size range, I would think.
Uncommon fine quality specimens complex alumosilicate obscure members
Kokscha Valley, Badakshan Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 8 x 5 x 2.5 cm
Uncommon in fine quality specimens, this complex alumosilicate is one of the more obscure members of the Cancrinite group, . Typically, Afghanite crystals, no matter how saturated the color may be, are opaque. This crystal is not only exceptionally large at 6.2 cm, but it is partially translucent. The color is a lovely Sapphire blue color which contrasts very nicely with the white Calcite matrix. The crystal has good luster, a fine termination, and it is SHARP for the species. Overall, a very impressive, aesthetic Afghanite with balance and size importance going for it. From the Obodda collection.
From Herb Obodda collection fine Afghani specimen displaying 3 2 cm
Sar-e-Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakshan Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 4.2 x 3.8 x 3.7 cm
From the Herb Obodda collection, this is a very fine Afghani specimen displaying a 3.2-cm-long crystal with absolutely top color and as sharp a form as you can hope to find. The piece is contacted (not broken per se) on the back-left termination and complete on the main termination. While we have seen many of these, usually they are stumpy crystals in big rocks, or corroded big crystals with small matrix. For balance overall, this one ranks very highly. Joe Budd Photos.