(numbered ERONGO09-301 to 340)
selections from a new pocket discovered in August, 2009
of intense blue
AQUAMARINE on SCHORL
from the ERONGO MOUNTAINS, NAMIBIA
A combination of smoky quartz and white feldspar forms the matrix of this specimen. Emplaced on the matrix are smoky quartz crystals, to 1 cm in length; and splendent, black schorls to 2.0 cm across . The essentially vertical aqua crystals, to 3.0 cm in length stand up from that pedestal. The aquas are glassy and gemmy with a rich blue color and transparent terminations. Very 3-dimensional and space-filling specimen
Emplaced on a small matrix of white feldspar is a cluster of splendent, black schorl crystals to 1.5 cm across. Aesthetically perched on and leaping up from the schorl are glassy and gemmy, richly colored blue aquas, to 5.1 cm in length. The terminations of the aquas are transparent and they are nearly pristine, with just a few small dings. The piece is very 3-dimensional and elegant
A thick aqua crystal, measuring 3.1 cm in height, is associated with massive white feldspar and tiny, splendent, black schorl crystals on the back side. The aqua is glassy and gemmy, a rich blue color; and is nearly pristine. The termination is transparent! A stout, intense burst of color in this fine miniature
Embedded in a matrix of massive white feldspar are several gorgeous gemmy aquas, the largest of which measures 4.1 cm in length.This crystal is glassy and gemmy ; and exhibits a rich two-tone blue color, with the termination being totally transparent. Excellent 3-dimensional display from a number of angles.
White, feldspar matrix is host to lustrous, black schorl crystals to 2.5 cm in length; and two glassy and gemmy, rich blue aquas to 4.0 cm in length. The largest schorl is also doubly terminated. A few insignificant, tiny wilbers are on the edges of the terminal aqua faces as with many from this pocket. The contrast, the mix of forms and colors, is striking , on this very elegant miniature!
A complex jackstraw cluster of glassy and gemmy, richly-colored blue aquas is emplaced on a sliver of white feldspar matrix. The largest crystal, measuring 5 cm across, is doubly-terminated and almost at right angles to the other aquas. As is common with aquas from this deposit, tiny, insignificant wilbers are on some of the terminal edges but do not detract much visually and are hard to spot. Overall this is a very geometric piece, and displays well
This aesthetic aqua miniature features a large vertical crystal and another veering off the left side at a dramatic 45 degree angle. The aquas are particularly glassy and gemmy, with a rich blue color - especially for this locality. The largest aqua measures 4.5 cm in length. A few Tiny wilbers on the edges of the aqua terminations are hardly noticeable and the piece is really as near to pristine as you can normally ask. The sliver of white feldspar matrix also hosts splendent, black schorl crystals to 1.5 cm in length....a wonderful contrast characteristic of this pocket from august of 2009
This richly-colored blue aqua crystal measuring 5.3 cm in length is particularly glassy, with with the top centimeter being transparent. Surrounding the aqua are terminated and unterminated black schorls for nice contrast of color.
Two glassy and gemmy, rich blue aqua crystals to 2.2 cm in length, soar skyward out of a matrix of white feldspar. Other unterminated aquas and tiny black schorl crystals are embedded in the matrix Each aqua has a couple of micro dings on the terminal faces for the very picky to note, but these are absolutely of no significance in context to this Very aesthetic piece!
This is a textbook prismatic, glassy and gemmy, richly colored, blue aqua crystal with associated tiny black schorls at the base. The top third of the aqua is totally transparent. Tiny peripheral chips on the termination in no way affect the beauty of the aqua, but are noted anyhow here and the piece is priced down a bit accordingly - though still very impressive in person!
Even amongst so many unusual association pieces from this pocket, without question this is a very elegant and unusual combo specimen. An ivory-colored feldspar crystal (slightly etched but sharp enough) extends above the lustrous, black schorl crystals (to 3.5 cm across), and is transected by a doubly terminated, glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored, blue aquamarine crystal measuring 6.2 cm in length. That long aqua shows both terminations fully freestanding, and is pristine except for a few very small dings on the top (you must look closely to see them). Other aquas play a minor role as accents, including two that are contacted or broken but only on the back side. The graceful scuptural configuration of this specimen is absolutely first rate! It really hosts and displays the main aqua "front and center."
Emplaced on ivory colored feldspar are lustrous, black schorl crystals, to 4.0 cm in length. Perched on the schorl are several glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored, blue aquamarine crystals, to 6.1 cm in length. The largest schorl is rather equant in form and the largest aqua is doubly terminated, slicing right across that large schorl for maximal contrast not only of color, but of geometry as well. The center of the specimen is dominated by jewel-like, very gemmy, slender aquas on schorl, all atop the feldspar which you can see in some places underlaying. One schorl was broken and then rehealed over, in situ, making for an odd surface face. As with most of this pocket, there are just a few very unobtrusive dings here or there, but you have to really work hard to find them. Out of all the aquas here, only a few of the very smallest are broken, the rest being terminated well. Overall, this is a large plate with lots of flash, and good 3-dimensionality
Ivory colored feldspar is the matrix for a plate of intergrown, lustrous, black, schorl crystals, to 2.5 cm across, upon which are emplaced several, glassy and gemmy, intensely colored, blue aquamarine crystals, to 4 cm in length. A few aqua crystals on the right side are unterminated either by contact or damage; but the major cluster of 8 aquamarines at the left, as shown, are all terminated and pristine. Normally I would trim the plate in the middle, leaving a pristine small cab on the left, with those 8 gemmy crystals - and at a higher price for the perfection. However, the large cluster of schorl is such nice contrast, I just left the piece large still, as the blue-black contrast really does add visually, I feel.
A mound of intergrown, lustrous, black, schorl crystals, to 3 cm across is topped by glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored, blue aquamarine crystal, measuring 4.0 cm in length. At least two of the schorls are doubly-terminated. The back, or non display side, of this specimen has been contacted and the back of the termination of the aqua has a few dings: however, when properly displayed, the contact is not visible. In fact this is one of the more starkly dramatic of the specimens in this size range, and is really superb from the front viewing angle. The large upright crystal is 3 x 1.3 x 1 cm in size.
This specimen is highlighted by large, intergrown, lustrous , black schorl crystals, to 2.5 cm; and glassy and gemmy, intensely colored, blue aquamarine crystals, with one to 6 cm in length. The three largest aqua crystals are doubly-terminated! And pristine... At the bottom of the specimen, two aquas are broken at the base, but this pales to insignificance. Otherwise all is complete and the contrast of blue on black is, really, striking.
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