Thumbnail, 3.1 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm
Laila, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan

An exceptional crystal of the phosphate lazulite (not to be confused with Lazurite), from a remarkable species-best find a few years ago in 1998-1999. This material really set off bells when it came out and most major collectors leapt at the few larger specimens available at the time. Crystals above 2 cm were few, and this one would thus rank as somewhere in the upper-middle percentiles for size; certainly huge by any previous standards and not small even by the standards of this find , either. It is GEMMY internally! The crystal is sharp and lustrous, showing a fine termination (exceptionally gemmy and strangely, these are mixed yellow and blue ). It is a very displayable piece and LOOKS like it should cost a lot more than it does here, based on the prices I have seen on the few remaining crystals available these days. If you know what this is, and you've wanted one, I can pretty much guarantee you'll like it in person. 3.1 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm This Photo was Photo of the Day - 29th Aug 2009