Lazurite on Marble

Sar-e-Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 4.8 x 4.5 cm
Start Time: 06/13/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A sharp and very well-formed, indigo-blue lazurite jauntily sits atop a contrasting white marble matrix. This species is also know as Lapis Lazuli, and is typically used for cabochons and carving in its massive form. Rarely are such sharp crystals found, and the majority of them tend to be rather lumpy, and rounded with a somewhat "melted" look. The crystal measures 2.0 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm. The base and one side have been sawed to enhance the display quality. For the quality, size of the crystal and overall aesthetics, this is certainly a worthwhile lazurite from this most historic of localities. Pristine, and great quality for the species. Valued $750. MUCH, MUCH BETTER IN PERSON!!!

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