Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley (Kokscha; Kokcha), Badakhshan (Badakshan; Badahsan) Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 4.1 x 1.6 cm
Afghanite from this locality has set the mineral world abuzz with something new from Afghanistan, found only in a trickle this last decade, that hadn't been seen before. This is a superb, doubly-terminated, 5-cm-long crystal that has a vivid blue color, super translucency, and sharp termination. This is very rare. Ed David, who specialized in his second collection in pegmatite and rare species, bought this piece from Herb Obodda after one of his trips overseas in the 1990s. Ex. Ed. David Collection.