Lisu-konzan mines, Lisu-konzan, Chaung-gyi Zone, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
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Ex. William (Bill) Larson
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Gorgeous blue Lazurite isn't something we expect from Burma and reference to it in the literature is scant. There are only four photos of Burmese Lazurites on and none from this locality. This is a moderately well-formed, one-inch crystal with intense, midnight blue color and good resinous luster! The crystal is translucent along the edges of what is a largely complete crystal (this was not apparent until it was cleaned!) Crystal faces are distinct with some growth interference features present probably from the crystal being originally frozen in the granular Calcite (marble) matrix that is still present on the backside. This probably represents one of very few crystals recovered for collectors from this particular locality, largely thanks to Bill's efforts in educating the locals to preserve such oddities. A saturated blue color, this leaps out to the eye. 12.33 grams