A sharp, large, 6.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm, hexagonal morganite crystal is here just perched up , totally freestanding, on a huge feldspar crystal ; and accented by associated cleavelandite blades. For some reason its hard to photograph - I can simply say its MUCH better in person, and very dramatic because the crystal is complete, gemmy, and very geometric in contrast to its matrix. It is complete and pristine, with just minor etching on the top face only
A sharp 5.5 x 2.75 x 2.5 cm morganite, extremely razor-sharp on all faces, embedded deep in a nestling matrix of cleavelandite blades. Dramatic matrix specimen with a 2-inch morganite undamaged and on matrix, without breaking the bank.
This large plate features two matrix crystals, both VERY transparent and gemmy, both sharply hexagonal, and both about 4 x 4 cm in size. They are a little pale but definitely pink, and the color shown here is accurate, in person highlighted by the contrasting matrix of crystallized cleavelandite. Probably too cheap, given you could trim this in half and have two $2000 morganite small cabs...?! But its already back from the trim lab and photo'd...
A superbly balanced 6 x 4 x 1.6-cm morganite, totally gemmy and transparent, surmounting a matrix of crystallized cleavelandite!!! Note the crystal is so gemmy that you look right through to the small bits of cleavelandite blades behind and underneath the bottom portion of the crystal. This stunning gemminess makes it a little less pink than you would like, I admit (about 20% less than shown in the photos), but its all a tradeoff. That white portion to the upper-right is a bit of attached feldpar, for accent. The crystal is complete, razor sharp, and dramatic. Enough said...
The emeralds from Jos can get very large but like this one are usually under-saturated in color. That said, they are infinitely gemmier than their Colombian cousins and exhibit a deeper blue-green color. In addition, they are more interesting from a crystallographic viewpoint, with lovely bi-pyramidal terminations. This particular emerald weighs 9.12 carats and displays a slight color change near the top end of the crystal. BETTER AND MORE GEMMY IN PERSON!
This is the first of two unusual Chinese aqua specimen I obtained in a freak lot of such cherrypicked, showy oddities that I was extremely happy to get ahold of. The large crystal, for scale, is about 2 inches (5 cm) across. I will say up front that most Chinese aquas do not appeal to me, as they tend to be pale to begin with and then flattishly laying about upon matrix, and thus lack the pizzazz of Pakistani or Brazilian beryl crystals. Then again, the Chinese aquas have form going for them that sets them apart from just about any aqua from another locale: namely, this exquisite, sharp, hexagonal form more often seen in morganites from other localites (again, Afghani and Brazil here for comparison), rather than with aquamarine. Why this should be the case, I know not! This piece, in any case, has decent color enhanced by thickness since it is proportional to depth it seems (for China: moderate for Pakistani), and the sharp form, but it is more importantly displayed in such a way that the form is emphasized by the fact that it is such an unusually rich, 3-dimensional, arborescent cluster of sharp hexagonal crystals! Lastly, it has glassy lustre and is pristine, AND complete 360 degrees around as shown displayed vertically....in sum, its one of my favorite Chinese beryls out of literally hundreds I have seen! It stands out for the quality, but also for the unique form and style. This, in a crowded field, is what ultimately makes for a truly superb specimen from a large contemporary find
A most unusual , elegant, TAPERED crystal of aqua curbing gracefully to its termination. Also, teh bottom end is crudely terminated so technically this is a doubly-terminated floater
This amazing combination specimen has absolutely NO REPAIRS (i assure you on this)! This is almost impossible, you'd think, given the apparent exposure of the crystal to the elements. It came out in a very large piece, which was then trimmed down to size, preserving the central core and the protected crystal. The crystal measures 11 x 2.5 x 2.25 cm in size, or about 4.5 x 1 x 1 inch! It is very interesting in its own right, aside from the sheer insanity of the combo aesthetics. This crystal is the product of complex solution events that have given it a very interesting pattern, like a cityscape, around all the hexagonal faces of the side. The top termination, however, is unaltered in form , though it seems to have a secondary oriented coating of micro-aqua that gives matte finishes to some alternating faces. It is hard to describe, but I think the pics do it best anyhow in this case.
This showy specimen features a 7 x 4.5 x 2 cm aquamarine crystal perched on starkly contrasting matrix of crystallized feldspar. It is a large and impressive specimen. The piece is priced very reasonably , I think, because the aqua is repaired (one clean join at its midpoint). If not for the repair, this would easily be a five-figure specimen because of the great clarity and rich blue color of the crystal.
Most Chinese aquas are tabular, short prismatic crystals. This exquisite aqua on muscovite is more prismatic, doubly terminated, transparent, lustrous, with a good blue color. I particularly like the way this 2.7 cm tall aqua sits up on the micaeous matrix. An unusual specimen from a source of plenty of aquas of different habit!
ex. Phil Scalisi
A classic old Russian aqua, illustrated in Phil's 1970s book entitled Classic Mineral Localities of the World. It is a sharp crystal and notable for both that symmetry of form and also the intense color!
A really neat pale blue-green aquamarine crystal, perched in matrix, from old Germany (likely early to mid 1800s). The crystal is 5 cm long and is complete, with only very minor edge wear
An unusually colored green-blue eryl from this classic deposit, measuring 1.7 cm in length. I love the old label!
ex. Al Ordway
Glassy and gemmy, with wispy veils, this pastel blue-green aquamarine is doubly-terminated albeit with some damage or contacting on both terminations. In spite of the damage, it is still a very showy aqua, and a significant locality piece for San Diego pegmatite collectors. The color and gemminess here are quite good, for San Diego beryls (for some reason, more rare than tourmalines here).
ex. Al Ordway
A large, 6.5 cm long, well-formed beryl crystal exhibits good luster, minor translucence and a creamy color. Anhedral quartz is attached to the base of the beryl crystal. This is classic material from a rare, old East Coast locality, seldom seen. Believe it or not, this is what passes for extremely elegant for the material from this locality, and it is in fact colored a blush pale pink in person, in some places. Others might call it a goshenite, but locals definitely call these morganite for that blush. The crystal has one best display angle where it shows a great beryl shape the best. It is , unlike most, not repaired and is well terminated with a medium-lustrous termination that is , again, better than the examples one normally sees from here. Al found this lucky find in an old collection.
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