Scapolite (purple gem crystal)
Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley
2.6 x 2.4 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A deep, intense purple, very lustrous Scapolite crystal from Badakhshan Afghanistan. Tranparent to translucent and in very good condition this is a particularly choice small gem crystal. Classic habit for these rare crystals from Badakhshan, which are world class for the specie.
A great new locality the Sepon mine in Laos has been producing a few unusual and very fine Azurites. This is a very distinctive specimen with electric blue bladed crystals standing free of the matrix. In perfect condition, some of the Azurites are zoned with a slight alteration to Malachite. Very lustrous and sharp, the matrix is a mix of malachite balls and spheres of slightly irridescent Goethite. An excellent, esthetic miniature.