Hauyne var. Lazurite Pseudomorphing after Phlogopite Afghanistan
Perched aesthetically on white marble, and contrasting beautifully, is a starkly displayed royal blue-colored lazurite crystal measuring 4 cm in length. The crystal is complete all around and is definitely the WRONG shape for the species!
It is, in fact, one of the very rare examples of Lazurite replacing (pseudomorphing after) a previous crystal of Phlogopite mica. In the presentation, balance, and size of the specimen overall, this is one of the very finest examples of the replacement that we have seen.
Herb Obodda, who use to export some of these Afghani pieces in the 1980s and 1990s but they were very small pieces this is one of the largest crystal found up to date and It is a startling piece when seen in person. It’s truly remarkable to find such a Hauyne (var Lazurite) pseudomorphing after Phlogopite.
Without a doubt an interesting reference specimen of Lazurite (now a variety of Hauyne) which are actually replacements (partial pseudomorphs) after Phlogopite Mica. A great rarity in the mineral world, and from what I understand, these specimens are no longer being found.
Hauyne var. Lazurite Pseudomorphing after Phlogopite Afghanistan Specification
Small Cabinet Size:
7 x 6 x 4.8 cm
xl: 4 x 3.5 x 1.2 cm
Weight: 267 grams
Sar-e Sang, Lapis Mine, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.