This stone is one of the best examples of GEM FACET GRADE Afghanite that we've had to offer. It has an "Cushion" cut with nearly eye clean clarity but perhaps the most intriguing part is that it features a strong glowing sapphire blue color (comparable to Hauyne) that is not often associated with Afghanite. This piece, along with several others from the recent mining efforts, has been analyzed and confirmed as Afghanite by several laboratories around the world.
Afghanite is a rare tektosilicate known from a handful of localities around the world, and the only pieces of note, (including GEM material) are found in Afghanistan. The material from Ladjuar Medam forms in the same area where the famous Lazurite has been mined for centuries. Afghanite is found in dark blue and white crystals, which are typically opaque or barely translucent, but recently (2018) a discovery was made of superb quality gem material. If you collect rarities, this is a great opportunity to not only pick up something that's rare, but also incredibly beautiful and colorful. One rarely sees Afghanite stones on the market, and considering there is only one locality for gem material in the world, you won't see it forever. Don't miss out!
Locality: Ladjuar Medam, Badakhshan, Afghanistan (Type Locality)
Weight: 0.18 cts
Size: 3.36 mm x 3.08 mm
Color: Rich Blue
Clarity: Nearly Eye Clean
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Last updated 3 July 2022.
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