A massive, fat aquamarine crystal serves as the core of this specimen.It is completely crystallized, 360 degrees around, and very 3-dimensional. The crystal is more glassy and more deeply colored than nearly all other Nagar aquamarine s(which have a sad reputation for pale color, though some, like this, transcend). Overall this is the size of a small melon or a large grapefruit, very impactful and massive in presence compared to the more common, slender and elegant style for aquamarines from Pakistan. It is as close to pristine as you can ask for, with just the most minute of dings if you look closely - a miracle, given the size and weight of the piece. They are not always able to be so tender in extracting these from the mountainside and hauling them to market, as we collectors would wish. Large and heavy specimens in particular, are hard to get in this condition. I obtained this after it was mined in 2007, directly from a source in Peshawar. Although Nagar aquas were and still remain commonplace on the market, this is NOT a common Nagar in aspect or quality, and really stands out from the crowd. 2.15 kilos in mass
This is a natural jewel, a complete 147-gram floater aquamarine crystal from one of the most famous finds for beryl on the planet, really almost a legendary find as everybody wants one but so few specimen-quality pieces survived the cutter wheels. It is a barrel-shaped, classic Jaqueto aquamarine crystal...the best ones are just like this, tapering on the ends and with a big fat gem nodule in the middle. This locality is not in Minas gerais, but further north in Bahia, its own little deposit. This locality has produced some of the purest , most intense natural blue aquamarine for the gem trade in the past - and a few small pocekts of specimens as well. I showed this to a gem dealer friend, who routinely buys such things for cutting, and he told me that if the cut works ideally, there is a $10,000 gemstone in the central portion of this crystal. And, in that analysis, is why you see fewer and fewer of these survive as specimens when the cutting value is so easily obtained as gem rough. It also makes it difficult for dealers like me to buy these in Brazil, from old stashes, because we must compete and pay more than the cutting price to preserve the specimen.
ex. John Barlow
This is THE RED BERYL SPECIMEN TO OWN, if money is no object and other treasures are too common. It is not cheap by any means, in fact it is an insane price. But, it is considered by many to be one of the finest and most unique American mineral specimens in existence, and the changes of ownership have required that it comes with a price to match. It was mined and sold directly to prominent collector F John Barlow in the early 1990s (and is listed in his book, page 357, as the world's foremost example of the species). He had a core suite of 14 remarkable specimens of which this was the most important, and spent a fortune keeping on top of the finds here to have the best assemblage possible from this unique site. The locality is currently defunct but until recently was attracting the attention of gemstone giants like Tiffany's for its novel mineral. This particular piece is featured prominently in many media, including the F John Barlow Collection Book, Lapis special issues on beryls, and probably any other work that references red beryl. Although it "disappeared" briefly and could not make the American Mineral Treasures exhibition in Tucson in 2008, it well should have been in that compendium case. However, the photo was still chosen as the lead specimen for the Red Beryl chapter of the companion book to that monumental exhibition, and is shown full-page on page 217 of American Mineral Treasures. I now have it in my own hands, and am proud to offer this world class specimen that i view as one of the top 10 US mineral specimens in existence. I feel truly privileged to be able to offer this for sale. It is a literal Van Gogh in our mineral world. I am biased perhaps as I LOVE this rock. i have always loved this rock...it's a freaking 2 inch red emerald on matrix after all! Joe Budd photo on the graded background
When I was first offered this specimen via email from a source in Peshawar, who said it had just been hauled in from Afghanistan, I passed on it. I thought it must be a glued-together fake, and a pretty bad fake at that since it was so obvious this could not be real. Unrepaired and a pristine floater complete all around?! HAH! (In fact, I was a little upset my source had the poor judgment to pass on to me such an obvious fake.) I have since been proven wrong, as I found when another foreign source bought the piece and put it in front of me here in the US, trusting I would freak out over it. It is real, it is unrepaired despite its intricate geometry and sheer size (nearly a foot tall!); and it is pristine and undamaged all around as advertised. Oh yes, and it is a floater! The morganite measures 8 x 8 x 3.25 cm and is the size of a hockey puck and as symmetrical as a crystal model. It is PERFECT, as if it were carved from pink ice. The color is a classic pink, not peachy-orange. The contrast of the pastel pink morganite and its sharp hexagonal form to the crazily tilting vertical spray of intense pink kunzites is, obviously, quite startling and exciting to see. It is one of the most 3-dimensional mineral specimens I could imagine and I feel privileged to offer this all-too-real miracle of survival. I was told recently by another dealer that they were offered the specimen in Peshawar when visiting (this was in 2007) but through an intermediary, and at a much higher price. My suspicion is that it did not sell simply because any buyer would have had to be suspicious of its reality - which I have thoroughly checked now in a modern prep lab to be sure of. This is a world class gem pegmatite combination specimen. Note that in normal lighting the photos below are more accurate. The first photo was taken by Joe Budd using stronger, studio lighting.
This remarkable piece dates to the 1960s heyday of Brazilian pegmatites, when spectacular pieces were found more frequently near the surface than they seem today. The piece is from a famous old deposit, which today produces beryls but nothing so impressive as what you see here. The matrix of claeavelandite is actually typical of this region, and quite nice in its own right. The morganite, though, has KILLER color, really a hot pink and a form more associated with modern material from Afghanistan than anything from Brazil. Most people would immediately peg this as an Afghani piece, I would bet (and in fact this has happened). However, the giveways are the slightly different cleavelandite (more sharp and sparkly than Paprok material) and the coloration and style of the small tourmaline included in the morganite. The morganite itself is complete in about 95% of its display area, with only a small bit in one corner restored with matching epoxy. The morganite is VERY sharp, totally undamaged otherwise, and measures 4.5 INCHES (11.2 cm) across. Believe it or not, this piece came up from Brazil in the 1970s, in a suitcase, as a specimen that was triple this current size and mass at the time. A natural history collector purchased it from the Amsterdam Sauer Museum in Rio de Janiero in around 1976. This museum was both a display for the owner's well known personal collection and a storefront for selling specimens outright. Apparently, this collector simply put it on a coffee table where it sat, unappreciated by anybody in the core mineral community, for the next 30 years. After a tipoff, I bought the piece and had it trimmed down to its current, more aesthetic and balanced size. Still, at the weight of perhaps 20 pounds and the size of a decent watermelon, "trimmed down" has a whole different meaning here.
This large, 780-gram, crysatl looks more Brazilian than San Diegan for its sharp hexagonal form and albite association, but it is definitely from the White Queen! It features a solid crysatl on which, on the back, a plate of matrix albite still is attached. A thin plate of albite is attached to the lefthand face as well , sharply defining that side of the crystal by contrast. On the righthand side, the crystal is terminated fully, though covered at the very edge by more contrasting white, albite matrix. These flanking bits of white albite on the back and sides serve to enhance the pink color in the core, visually, and help sharpen the look of the classic hexagonal form when seen in person. The top termination is excellent, 100% complete and pristine, and wrapping to the backside - the photos do not do it justice really. The crystal is complete on the top half, the display faces as I would call them, but has some damage from removal from its pocket in the lower half of the crystal (starting just below where the frontal white cleavelandite attachment is located). Still, it displays well , has rich color, and shows the classic form for which this mine is/was famous. Rare on the market in such quallity, and size, at anything under $5000 or so based on my previous experience with these.
This is a complete floater, crystallized all around with "etch effects" caused by resorption into solution after the crystal was formed which affected all edges, and masses at 267 grams. In person, this incredibly sparkling specimen glitters like it is made of glass that is covered with sugar, and has the rich pink color of a ripe grapefruit! The shot in a hand shows a view from one side, looking in down the long axis. It is BEAUTIFUL. I have thought other WQ morganites to be aesthetic, nice, colorful, big, etc etc...but I cannot recall ever seeing one that struck me for sheer color and sparkle as being so attractive compared to Brazilian and Afghani material which came out in more recent years. This piece GLOWS when put on a shelf. If I did not personally know this came from a family member of the mine owner who self-collected it with him, I would frankly believe 100% it was an etched morganite from Golconda in Brazil. The WQ is known for generally sharp hexagonal crystals that are usually rather pale in color when compared to Brazilian or Afghan material from modern finds. Not so, this piece. In fact, all the pieces in this little suite have unusually intense color for the mine and the locality. 267 grams.
A VERY interesting, floater crystal that is unusually trigonal in overall appearance! This is a classic White Queen color, a rich, intense pink hue like a normally ripe (but not over-ripe) grapefruit shade. It is 362 grams. The crystal is complete all around, all faces complate. It displays nicely on a shelf, showcasing the front "window" in which you can look into the depths of the crystal. The other sides, as is typical for this mine, are frosted and not so gemmy, which only serves to focus the eye and the light right into the core through the front. Unusual, fine crystals from this classic US locality!
This is a coke-can-sized single floater crystal, 964 grams, complete all around, even if somewhat irregular in symmetry. It shows no "beryl-like" hexagonal faces clearly, but DOES show off large flat planar faces that are broad and gemmy to look into. These large side faces are flanked by unusual scallop-like minor faces at the bevels and sides. The crystal is HUGE fo rthe White Queen, and has a rich, intense pink color that you seldom see here (probably it is volumetric, because the piece is so thick. It is a floater, crystallized on all sides - but unfortunately also with minor damage on all sides as well (and hence the adjusted low price for a monster like this!). There is only a trivial bit of damage to the display face as shown, , on the right upper corner where some shallow edge wear can be seen in person. It is definitely there, but in context not so distracting. On 3 of the other 5 sides, there is similar minor , and shallow, edge wear. However again, this is all in context with the size and beauty, and the fact that the minor cleaves out of the surface elsewhere are simply not seen unless you go looking for them. I cannot recall seeing such a large WQ morganite crystal on the market in recent years! I hate to say it, but this is probably worth a LOT more as carving rough to some lapidary butcher, so I'd rather preserve it as a crystal myself.
ex. Wendell E. Wilson
Exquisite, absolutely gem-clear hexagonal crystal of Beryl sitting on two books of mica. The luster is perfect, and the beveled edges make the aesthetics even better. It is dazzling in its simplicity and clarity. As with some others here, I challenge you to find a better thumbnail-sized example that isn't just small, but rather has some pizzazz and association to make it a quality piece period.
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