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Uncommon fine quality specimens complex alumosilicate obscure members
Kokscha Valley, Badakshan Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 5.0 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.
Named host country rare discrete crystals afghanite Sar e Sang reaches
Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 3.4 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm
Named for its host country, and rare in discrete crystals elsewhere, afghanite at Sar e Sang, reaches its zenith for the species. A 2.5 cm tall, rich blue, translucent, lustrous, afghanite crystal is nicely perched on white marble. It is still a rare member of the feldspathoid group of minerals. THE COLOR IS TOPS on this one, and with a rare translucency!