Lazurite (Lapis Lazuli)
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm
Koksha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan

A sharp specimen with several SUPERB crystals to 3.5 cm with really top color and luster for this normally rock-forming material, from the classic ancient locality for Lapis Lazuli. This was the "stone of kings" since before Biblical times. This is a sharp, freestanding crystal way beyond the normal quality: the major crystal is 3.5 cm across 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.

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