Afghanite, Lazurite
Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley (Kokscha; Kokcha), Badakhshan (Badakshan; Badahsan) Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 3.8 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm
A lustrous, sharp, hexagonal, 2.3 cm, curved afghanite crystal perched atop marble matrix, which itself is on pyrite-speckled lazurite. The afghanite has classic azure-blue color. One end is nicely terminated, while the other is contacted. Sar-e-Sang is the Type Locality for both afghanite and lazurite. It is uncommon to see both species on the same specimen.