Scapolite - gem crystal
Marble Occurance, Moogoro, Ulugaru Mts.
1.5 x 1.4 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
Post Tucson 2022
A single sharp and totally transparent gem crystal of Scapolite from Tanzania. Delicate yellow color and showing a well-defined termination, this is from the Marble Occurrence deposit that years ago produced some very fine crystals. In great condition, fluorescent under short wave UV and super lustrous in daylight, a small, fine gem thumbnail.
Scapolite (purple gem crystal)
Laduar Medam, Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley, Khash and Kuran Wa Mun
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 Badakshan, which are world class for the specie.
A clear, mostly colorless terminated crystal with a vibrant orange core that gives the entire crystal a rich color. The cat's eye effect is very strong and has a distinct "shimmer". In very good condition, with very minor contacts and no eye visible damage or chips. Scapolite is a common mineral, but good gem grade is quite rare, this locality has produced very few fine pieces like this one. A good value.