Afghanite
Ladjuar Madan (Lapis Lazuli Deposit), Sar-e Sang District, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Two inter-grown crystals of afghanite are perched beautifully and are inter-grown on their pale marble matrix. Afghanite is a rare member of the cancrinite (feldspathoid) group and usually crystallizes indistinctly with rounded edges. These inter-grown crystals are very sharp for the species and are exceptionally gemmy, especially at the terminations.. The crystals also show a good candy-like luster, a feature often compromised by a dusting of silica rich material which usually partially coat the outside of the crystals. The crystals are both doubly terminated and without damage. The marble has been worked to reveal the calcites and there is an area on the marble where an additional crystal is missing, which is visible, but not distracting to the overall aesthetic
5.00 x 2.90 x 7.00 cm

Afghanite

$2,600.00
Available
Item
FSCOAFAF317140017
Previous Owner
Dudley Blauwet (with Mountain Minerals International card)
Locality
Ladjuar Madan (Lapis Lazuli Deposit), Sar-e Sang District, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Category
Minerals Afghanite
Size
Cabinet - 5.00 x 2.90 x 7.00 cm
Class
Silicates