Sapphire – 179 Carat Crystal from Badakhshan


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This sapphire crystal is from Hazrat Saeed in the Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakshan, Afghanistan. There appears to be little known about this sapphire occurence other than that it also contains mica and corundum. Sapphire is the colored variety of corundum and it is an aluminum-oxide. In pure form it is colorless but trace elements in the crystal lattice can color corundum almost any color. This crystal has a well defined hexagonal habit. It is double terminated with a mottled blue color and a vitreous luster.This crystal measures 1 3/4 x 1 x 5/8 inches or 45 x 25 x 16 mm.

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Weight6 oz

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