Marialite Crystal - Afghanistan
There’s a lot of confusion about the minerals from Afghanistan. Sometimes they are called wernerite, other times scapolite, and even other times misidentified as sodalite/hackmanite. Wernerite is an obsolete name used to describe a member of the scapolite group. So far, all of these crystallized specimens appear to be marialite - so that’s what I’m gonna call it.
This piece is a large crystal of gem translucent piece of marialite. Under SW it fluoresces a deep red, and a dull yellow under LW, mixed with some bluish white. It is very slightly tenebrescent unlike the a select few of the colorless varieties from this same area.
We have a lot to learn about the scapolite series of minerals from Afghanistan.