Sodalite & Nepheline (excellent display piece)

Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
9.6 x 8.0 x 5.7 cm
Start Time: 07/30/2020 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/06/2020 6:35:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $590

Item Description

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A VERY RARE, colorful and exceptional combination from this historic skarn deposit locale, where lapis lazuli has probably been worked for 9000 years (MINDAT)! Sharp, lustrous, moderately translucent royal-blue sodalite crystals, to 3.6 cm, are very aesthetically clustered on the sculptural matrix. RARE, large for the locale, sharp bone-white nepheline crystals, to 3.3 cm, are an outstanding accessory and contrast. The nepheline crystals fluroesce white under LW UV light and the modest bit of bruising to the sodalite crystals reveals that the interiors of the sodalite crystals fluoresce orange. The BACKSIDE is another story! Here the bright orange sodalite interiors really jump out along with the white of the nepheline crystals. AND the glassy brown Phlogopite crystals fluoresce yellow under SW UV light. It is possible that the fluorescence also helps indicate different zoning and other species present. The piece displays dramatically without aid. This impressive combination rarity has it all, including striking fluorescence. Valued at $1500-2500 for rarity and quality.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
jabaco $590 08/06/2020 6:29:09 pm (CDT)
hiawatha $565 08/06/2020 6:29:09 pm (CDT)
hiawatha $535 08/06/2020 6:25:14 pm (CDT)
jabaco $510 08/06/2020 6:25:14 pm (CDT)
jabaco $364 08/06/2020 6:18:43 pm (CDT)
moosemountain $354 08/06/2020 6:18:43 pm (CDT)
moosemountain $287 08/06/2020 4:51:42 pm (CDT)
moosemountain $277 08/06/2020 4:51:25 pm (CDT)
t8c2u $275 08/06/2020 4:51:25 pm (CDT)
t8c2u $224 08/06/2020 4:51:07 pm (CDT)
moosemountain $214 08/06/2020 4:51:07 pm (CDT)
t8c2u $165 08/06/2020 3:58:17 pm (CDT)
kingofzulu $155 08/06/2020 3:58:17 pm (CDT)
t8c2u $145 08/06/2020 11:05:58 am (CDT)
Husky $135 08/06/2020 9:55:51 am (CDT)
t8c2u $125 08/06/2020 9:55:30 am (CDT)
Husky $120 08/06/2020 9:55:30 am (CDT)
t8c2u $110 08/04/2020 12:38:38 am (CDT)
Duncan $100 08/04/2020 12:38:38 am (CDT)
t8c2u $70 08/03/2020 11:53:04 pm (CDT)
Duncan $60 08/03/2020 11:53:04 pm (CDT)
Duncan $49 08/01/2020 6:01:49 pm (CDT)
rocks r us $44 08/01/2020 6:01:49 pm (CDT)
rocks r us $10 08/01/2020 1:17:32 pm (CDT)