Lazurite (Lapis Lazuli)
Sar e Sang, Kokscha Valley, Badakshan Province, Afganistan
Miniature, 5.5 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm
Ex. Herb Obodda
A sharp, SUPERB crystal, with really top color and luster for this normally rock-forming material, from the classic ancient locality for Lapiz Lazuli. This was the "stone of kings" since before Biblical times. This is a sharp, freestanding crystal way beyond the normal quality: the crystal is 3.5 cm tall and almost as sharp as these ever get. Also, unlike some, I can assure you that this is not one with pale color that has been buffed to sharpness and then rubbed with blue "cement," of glue and powdered Lapis...a constant danger for the collector to be aware of when shopping for these specimens. Joe Budd Photos. Herb Obodda Collection