Spinel, Chondrodite
Ladjuar Medam (Lajur Madan; Lapis-lazuli Mine), Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley (Kokscha; Kokcha), Badakhshan (Badakshan; Badahsan) Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.0 x 3.7 cm
One predominant, razor-sharp, highly lustrous, fine bluish purple octahedron of Spinel, along with some secondary less pronounced crystals sit atop a white marble matrix with some minor associated rich orange color Chondrodite on the reverse side of the specimen. The main crystal, which measures 8 mm across, is about as sharp and lustrous that I have seen from Afghanistan. Despite a few small tool marks to the matrix, this is a nice reference specimen.