Lazurite, Pyrite, Marble
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.7 cm
Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley (Kokscha; Kokcha), Badakhshan (Badakshan; Badahsan) Province, Afghanistan
A well-formed euhedral crystal of lazurite (lapis lazuli) - not to be confused with lazulite, which just to confuse everyone SOUNDS more like "lapis lazuli" but is a completely different mineral (one of which, just for fun, is in this auction). Good undamaged crystals showing this many faces up off the matrix are not easy to find at all! Fine trim job - the crystal is centered nicely on the marble matrix. Obviously, this region is not exactly conducive to specimen mining right now and these have really dried up on the market over the last few years...and this is a NICE minniature! 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.7 cm