ex. Irv Brown
This area of Utah produced the finest, largest, red beryl crystals in the world. This particular crystal features a 1.5 cm , doubly-terminated, gemmy and lustrous crystal perched on white rhyolite matrix. It has GLASSY lustre and a top quality internal brightness that is rare in the species. From this crystal, at least two large stones in excess of a carat could be cut, and they go in excess of $1000 per carat these days. In my opinion this is a world class thumbnail specimen and it would be extremely hard to find a better MATRIX, GEMMY red beryl of this size and poise, for a thumbnail. These go up in value now, solidly, every year as supply becomes scarcer. Even mediocre ones can go for this price range, but the catch here is that this is truly outstanding in every way and stands far above the average, especially for thumbnail specimens which dont often have such pizzazz to them.
ex. Irv Brown
This is a totally transparent, 16.1 carat, nearly flawless, light emerald green crystal with a smaller sidecar perched near the termination. The large crystal measures 2.3 cm in length. This is typical of the Jos area emeralds, in that they are gemmier but more blue-green in color than their cousins around the world. Specimens are rare and highly desirable, and much less common than Colombian emeralds on the market from which these are readily distinguishable by the strange color range. Jos emeralds tend to occur only as single crystals - I have never seen them on matrix and only rarely in clusters, of which this is an extremely aesthetic specimen for the associaiton of the two crystals, giving it a pizzazz beyond wha tyou normally can expect.
ex. Dr. Edward David
This is a MAJOR specimen which Ed purchased directly out of a prominent California collection years ago. It has a morganite of the quality and brightness to rival Afghani material coming out today, although these are distinct upon close inspection. Few pockets of the San Diego material have the sheer COLOR and thus the impact of this specimen and its ilk from this one unique pocket (circa 1960s), where they formed embedded in this thick albite matrix. I have seen only 3 specimens from this pocket over the years, and all have the same brightness and color that make them, to my eyes, the top San Diego morganite find to date. This crystal is huge, measuring in at about 3 x 3 inches. It is so gemmy you can look into it and through most of it to the underlaying matrix blades. The placement of the crystal is such that it shows off both the sharp hexagonal form (without modifications to skew the sharp natural symmetry, as with so many other White Queen morganites) AND the gemminess of the crystal itself. The crystal is actually complete on the backside, and doubly-terminated - the back is exposed and sticking out the other side of the matrix! This allows even more light to transmit through the crystal itself, making it "glow" nicely in a showcase. This specimen came from Ed at about twice the size and was artfully trimmed down .
ex. Dr. Edward David
This is a ballbuster aqua. And, you know i normally dont get excited about big single gem xls. this thing GLOWS and has the juiciest deepest richest blue color i chacteristic from the famous Medina pocket of 1997. Well, ok, all the good ones really had equivalent color, truth be told - a remarkable consistency among the pocket contents. Most folks consider this the most important find of gem quality aquamarine in a single pocket, since the 1940s find of the style of the "Pioneer Aqua" in Brazil. This piece i can recommend because, although it doesn't COST six figures, the quality is every bit as good as what you can ever hope to get from the find and so you do not sacrifice quality at all to buy this one as opposed to waiting for one of the few bigger ones to resurface; they remain uniquely recognizable in the beryl world as being from a unique and special pocket; the history and pedigree are good; and the piece is just plain gorgeous. The strength and the problem with the material from this find is that it is all gemmy and gem rough. it is glassy, and better in person in that regard. so the good part is that makes them beautiful. the bad part is that makes them "cutters" of obvious and easily realized value to the miners. Thus, Wayne Thompson, when he bought the specimens from the pocket in brazil and took them to market in tucson in 1997, had to pay gem rough prices for them ($10 per carat for good quality aqua, adding a premium for the large potential size of the stones, and this would have cost him at the time $15550 plus some 10-20% premium charge, IN brazil). What wayne bought is what was saved from destruction and use in the gem trade. They cut big, beautiful stones. Few survived for our market, and a certain percentage of those have even been cut since for the large rough in them. This one was, he says, the best of the "smaller" aquas from the find (there were a few that were 1 foot in length, and these go for 100k and up nowadays). this one was sold to Ed David, at that time.
A dramatic 7 x 2.2 x 2 cm aquamarine here looks like it is about to leap off a well-trimmed matrix of schorl and albite. The piece is, for the size range, one of the most dramatic I saw of this new lot for those who like simple, stark dominant-crystal aesthetics. The aquamarine is freestanding on half its length, and is complete all around. It is nearly pristine with just the tiniest bits of edge wear (I am told this is from the difficulty of collecting these while having to hang upside down). It has the most robust deep blue color I have seen before in an Erongo specimen, with a translucent and deeply colored body and a gemmy termination atop. The intense color, and large size, combined with lustre and a contrasting schorl association, all conspire to make this a special pocket considered by those who saw them recently at the Denver show to be among the best aqua finds here in about a decade of quite sporadic aquamarine mining.
The larger crystal measures 6.5 x 3 x 2 cm in size, and the smaller is about 4.5 x 3 x 2 cm. These fat, 3-dimensional crystals tick out dramatically from a matrix of albite, and with schorl in the background for contrast. The matrix is actually a portion of an albite crystal, not just massive rock. There is a small bit of edge wear to each crystal's termination, which detracts only a tiny bit visually if you go looking, but for which the price is reduced quite a bit from the original price given to me in the "lot" group i bought. It has the most robust deep blue color I have seen before in an Erongo specimen, with a translucent and deeply colored body and a gemmy termination atop. The intense color, and large size, combined with lustre and a contrasting schorl association, all conspire to make this a special pocket considered by those who saw them recently at the Denver show to be among the best aqua finds here in about a decade of quite sporadic aquamarine mining.
This specimen features a large, fat aqua impaling the matrix of schorl and hyalite opal. The aqua actually DOES run all the way through, and sticks out the other side. It is 7 cm long, though only 4-4.5 cm sticks up from the matrix after it passes through. The aqua is pristine and undamaged, though some of the schorls surrounding it are broken and have edge wear. Nevertheless, a VERY dramatic specimen for the size and price range, and the aqua itself is, again, pristine. It has the most robust deep blue color I have seen before in an Erongo specimen, with a translucent and deeply colored body and a gemmy termination atop. The intense color, and large size, combined with lustre and a contrasting schorl association, all conspire to make this a special pocket considered by those who saw them recently at the Denver show to be among the best aqua finds here in about a decade of quite sporadic aquamarine mining.
A whopping 10 x 3 x 2.2 cm crystal, doubly-terminated, sits astride a cluster of fat schorl crystals (on albite core matrix). This crystal is HUGE for the locality, and has the robust deep blue color of this new pocket.. It is actually complete all around, and has both terminations, though with a small bit of edge wear on one end (very minor) and a bit of contacting where it grw against something, on the smaller and tapered end. It has the most robust deep blue color I have seen before in an Erongo specimen, with a translucent and deeply colored body and a gemmy termination atop. The intense color, and large size, combined with lustre and a contrasting schorl association, all conspire to make this a special pocket considered by those who saw them recently at the Denver show to be among the best aqua finds here in about a decade of quite sporadic aquamarine mining. This would be a dramatic specimen from ANYwhere, of course. The schorl association, and the size of the crystal, make it a major example from this find.
One of the most aesthetic pieces to my eye, in the lot I saw, this 6.5-cm-tall crystal stands front and center, backed up by crystallized feldspar matrix and schorl accents. The drama of the piece is obvious in the photo. The crystal is freestanding for over half its height, is complete all around, and has almsot no edge wear at all. It is as close to pristine as you can get from here. It has the most robust deep blue color I have seen before in an Erongo specimen, with a translucent and deeply colored body and a gemmy termination atop. The intense color, and large size, are unusually fine for this locale
A 5.5-cm-long aquamarine crystal sticks straight up fro ma nest of contrasting schorl here. The associated shorter but fatter aqua at the base of the piece Is about 3.4 cm tall (and much fatter). Both have very, very minor edge wear on the terminations but in context not bad at all. The overall look of the piece is very dramatic, very sword-in-the-stone like, as it stands upright at its best display angle. All schorl is pristine, and the contrast is really what will make this pocket famous down the road. The quartz association is unusual
This specimen features two very blue crystals, 5.5 and 3.5 cm, perched on schorl matrix. The crossbar appearance of the doubly-terminated larger crystal (1.5 cm width), set against the black schorl, is striking and unusual. Note there is a hairline fracture near the termination, but no repair. This is a very 3-dimensional specimen. The aquamarines have the glassy lustre this pocket will be known for and are super gemmy at their tips.
This specimen is a starburst of intergrown schorl and aquamarine, shooting out from all angles. It is a very 3-dimensional specimen overall, with crystals on 3 sides and contacted in back where it was removed from matrix. Most of the aquas are 2 cm or so in length (though one is 3 cm). A fat, very gemmy aquamarine is nested in the center of it all. All aquas on the display face are fully terminated and exceptionally glassy. Only one schorl on the display face seems broken, and it is hard to spot anyhow.
A straight-up 5.6 x 1.6 x 1.2-cm aquamarine, with robust blue color, hits you in the eyes as the dominant part of this specimen. It rises from a base of contrasting white albite nesting around the bottom termination, and contrasts then with the schorl and smaller aquamarines on the knoll of matrix which sits behind. The top of the termination is gemmy, and the whole crystal quite glassy by the standards of this locality. Some of the smaller flanking aquamarines (under 1 cm) are broken off at their tips, but this main crystal is pristine and also freestanding. In person, it is obviously more 3-dimensional than it can appear in a photo - the crystal looks pushed out and forward, remarkably preserved attached to the matrix. One of the more dramatic examples for overall geometry.
Aquamarines and schorl combine here to make a very dramatic, contrasting, 3-dimensional specimen featuring 3 core aquamarines on which a nest of smaller aquas hang off. The larger two aquamarines in front are 5.5 and 6 cm long. The 5.5 cm crystal is dramatically doubly-termianted wih both tips gemmy. The other crystal is partly doubly-terminated, with some of the bottom tip showing and the rest buried in white albite. The large crystal behind them, standing dramatically over the piece, is about 4 cm tall and 2.3 cm wide, notable for its gemminess, and glassy lustre. It is, i turn, crossed by a 4-cm-long doubly-terminated crystal hanging off its backside! All major crystals are pristine, though some very minor associated crystals to the sides show damage. All crystals have the robust blue which is characteristic of this pocket and much more lustrous, and less gray-blue, than most previous finds. VERY DRAMATIC SPECIMEN!
This piece screams with color and has amazing 3-dimensional arrangement of the aquamarines upon the contrasting schorls. The large aqua is DOUBLY-terminated and 9.5 x 2.9 x 2.7 cm in size. It graces the back or the front of this specimen depending on how you want to show it. From one side, you have a shocking cluster of fat, very gemmy, aquas hanging off the schorl backdrop, featuring this largest doubly-terminated crystal in the middle. A few small aquas are broken off to the periphery, but none of the majors and it is inconsequential in context. A very minor bit of edge wear, a few dings that are trivial in context, are present on the big aqua terminations, but this does not detract visually as they are shallow; and i only mention it for accuracy here. From the other display angle of view, you have what looks like a totally different, more elegant specimen, featuring several fat aquamarine tips poking up over hills of schorl (and with the forest of accenting aquas below, like trees on a slope). The piece looks incredible from either angle of display - and as I said, it looks really like two entirely different pieces depending on your choice of angle. Overall, this has some of the most robust, deep blue color I have seen before in an Erongo specimen, with a translucent and deeply colored body and a gemmy termination atop. The intense color, and large size, combined with lustre and a contrasting schorl association, all conspire to make this a special pocket considered by those who saw them recently at the Denver show to be among the best aqua finds here in about a decade of quite sporadic aquamarine mining. With its unique aesthetics and schorl contrast, this is a major display quality, cabinet aquamarine that is DIFFERENT then anything that ever came out of Brazil or Pakistan.
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