Named after the country, Afghanistan, where it was first discovered in a lapis lazuli mine in 1968, this rare and complex aluminosilicate forms blue crystals ranging from light aquamarine shades to saturated sapphire blue hues. The scarcity of gem-quality afghanite makes it a true collector's stone.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert or yellow, sometimes pale yellow, orangish yellow or orange.
Countries of Origin
Canada; Afghanistan; Russian Federation; Pakistan; Unknown; United States of America; Italy; Germany; Tajikistan
Afghanite is named for Afghanistan, the country where it was first discovered. It's a head-turner with amazing blue shades ranging in color from light, sea-blue aqua to compelling, fine sapphire-like blue. Afghanite is a recent addition to the list of desirable gemstones since it wasn't found until 1968. Although gem-quality stones are very scarce, afghanite is definitely worth a second look and prized by astute collectors.
More About Afghanite
Afghanite is relatively unknown and has not garnered any folklore. We believe its color tells its story!