Sodalite (fine sharp crystals) (ex Obodda)

Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
9.5 x 4.8 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 08/22/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/29/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

The Sodalite specimens from Ladjuar Medam are not only fine quality, but among the best examples of the species extant. They are certainly among largest, sharpest and most colorful crystals ever seen for the species. You will see Sodalites from this area ranging from grey to purple to pink, but the most desirable specimens feature intense BLUE colored crystals. This cabinet sized piece specimen is loaded with fine quality, well-formed, notably sharp, deep blue color dodecahedral Sodalite crystals measuring up to 1.3 cm across (good sized for the material) sitting on a layer of white marble. The vast majority of the Sodalites are undamaged and some of them are actually GEMMY(!) when backlit, showing the finest blue color like gem Hauyne. Under LW UV light, some crystals show a slight pink-orange fluorescence, but an exposed crystal on the front edge shows more of a light blue color. It was incredibly hard to photograph the fluorescence for whatever reason, so you'll have to take my word for it. A colorful and attractive overall specimen of this superb material from Afghanistan. Don't miss out on this one as the locality might be nearly exhausted since very few new specimens have found their way out of the ground in recent years. From the world-class inventory of dealer Herb Obodda. We had this one priced at $3,500 in our inventory for the size and superior quality of the crystals combined with the fact that there are dozens of them on the piece.