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The lovely aquas that make up this piece are unusually intergrown, even at their terminations. The combined effect of geometry and color, and big lustrous end terminations, is really striking! They exhibit glassy luster and gemmy terminations with a deep, rich blue color. The crystals reach 3.8 cm in length. As is common, very minor chipping at the terminal edges is present but is very minimal, and really does not detract from what is a most dramatic specimen. As an added bonus, the lower bodies of the aquas are accented with splendent, black schorl crystals. Displayed vertically, in particular, the totally gem smaller crystal just shoots off the top and presents with more pizzazz than most such specimens.
Three aqua crystals highlighted by the central robust crystal reaching 4 cm in length, are perched upon a natural pedestal of lustrous black schorl crystals to 2 cm or so. The aquas exhibit glassy luster and gemmy terminations with a rich blue color. Very minor edge chipping is admittedly present but does not detract from the overall visual quality of the specimen , though it is priced down a bit to make up for it (most pieces of any size in this pocket have such small dings anyhow).
A dramatic contrasting blue on black specimen: a single glassy and gemmy, rich blue aqua measuring 3.5 cm in length is nicely perched on splendent, black schorl crystals to 3.0 cm. One of the smaller aquas is doubly terminated. Other aquas are broken off right at the matrix and provide color accent. This si a very dramatic piece of unusual appeal for the way the single larger isolated aqua leaps out.
This is an aesthetic and impactful, combo specimen of aqua accented by contrasting black schorl. The large, glassy and gemmy, rich blue aquamarines, to 7 cm in length, form a wide cluster with the dominant fatter crystal shooting up ion the middle and capped by a 4-cm-long gem termination coming out at the viewer. The splayed angles at which these crystals interact make the piece seem larger, more space-filling and more visually 3-dimensional. There are jet black schorl crystals to 1.5 cm scattered about and accenting the aquas. All of this is on a thin crust of white feldspar matrix. As is common to this region, some aqua termination edges do show some minor wear (mostly in situ from the tight pocket conditions). If pristine, it would cost more simply for that reason, but no improvement in overall aesthetics would result; and this wear is quite minor , visually. Despite its open geometry, this is not repaired, as you might think, but came out in one piece. Overall, this is a major aqua specimen for the district and one of the most impressive pieces at the price and size range. Comes with custom, carved lucite base for display
Aesthetically perched and angled up for display as if placed on a pedestal, is a majestic, fully exposed crystal of glassy, rich blue aquamarine. It is 8 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm in size, thus very thick, and intensely color-saturated. Piled in a dome-like pattern beneath and propping up the aqua on feldspar matrix is a large cluster of splendent, black schorl crystals to 2 cm across (and some small aquas, not all complete, but nice as color accents). Some very minor chipping (characteristic of this pocket) on the terminal edges of the aqua in no way detracts visually, though there is a slight contact on the back of the termination where it seems it grew against feldspar. The piece is really 3-dimensional, and can be displayed from either side view to good effect: showing the aquamarine overhanging diagonally above the contrasting schorl crystal mound. However, the piece can also be displayed frontally, maximizing the impact of the aquamarine as it is head-on to the viewing angle, and you would then see the schorls as accents , poking out from behind the dominating vertical aqua at this angle. Either way, in all 3 display angles, it looks very impressive. Other than the shallow contact, hard to spot anyhow, the termination is complete all around and freestanding, shooting into space from the schorl pedestal. This combination of geometry and association, not to mention the crystal size itself, makes it one of the more dramatic pieces, overall, in the lot and in the find that I have seen (and one of my favorites among several hundred pieces I have seen). Comes with custom, carved lucite base for display
This is a dramatic, space-filling, 3-dimensional specimen that can be displayed 360 degrees around. A thick crystallized matrix of white feldspar is surmounted by splendent black schorl crystals, to 2.5 cm in length, from which shoot out a number of glassy and gemmy, rich blue aquamarines. Three gem-tipped smaller aquamarines present as accents are dominated by the 6 x 3 x 2.5 cm fat crystal that sits smack in the center of the specimen. It is among the glassiest in the find, and is very fat yet quite gemmy. The termination of the large aqua crystal is nearly pristine, despite its exposure. It is displayable 360-degrees all around because of the quality and stark contrast with which it displays. Clearly, this is another superb aqua specimen and is one of my favorites for the size and price range here. Comes with custom, carved lucite base for display
Emplaced on ivory-colored feldspar are lustrous, black schorl crystals, to 2.0 cm in length. Perched on the schorl are a few glassy and gemmy, intensely colored, blue aquas, to 4.25 cm in length. This is a piece with great contrast and super quality, totally representative of the contrasting association that will make this pocket remembered.
A superior display specimen, this is stunning in its geometry which hihglights the large doubly-terminated crystal in the center. This cluster is a combination of three aqua crystals, the major of which is doubly terminated, forming a natural and exquisite Y shape (when displayed upright). The aquas exhibit glassy luster with gemmy terminations and rich, blue color - among the best in the find. The largest aqua measures 6.2 cm in length and forms the long right side axis of the Y. Adding to the beauty of the specimen is a cluster of splendent, black, schorl crystals, to 2 cm in length, which give contrast. Shown horizontally, the piece is elegantly impressive as well - but I prefer the vertical orientation, I admit. All of this is emplaced on white massive feldspar. The terminal ends are among the most pristine of the specimens from the pocket and it is a miracle such a freestanding cluster survived intact. Beautiful, unusual and simply elegant, this is one of our favorites of the lot (which I saw over 500 pieces from)! Comes with custom, carved lucite base for display
Smothering a mound of ivory colored feldspar, are lustrous, black schorls to 3.0 cm aross: the largest of which is doubly-terminated. Perched on the schorl are several glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored aquas to 4.0 cm in length. Minor, but unimportant, wear on some crystal edges and terminations of the small associated aquas is present but the main crystal of approx 4 x 1 x 1 cm is in excellent condition.
Two crystals of glassy and gemmy, intensely colored, blue aquamarine, to 3.75 cm in length, are aesthetically perched on a matrix of ivory colored feldspar and lustrous, black schorls to 3.0 cm across. Although there is a small bit of edge wear on some crystal edges, the scuptural and textural quality of this piece is superb and balances that little detraction at the right price.
This is a jewel-like, attractive combo specimen of schorl and aquamarine on ivory colored feldspar. The lustrous, black schorls reach 2.25 cm across and the glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored aquas reach 2.1 cm in length. This specimen exhibits a pleasing sculptural form and has among the best glassy lustre and gemminess in the lot. It is a miniature or small cab depending on how displayed (lengthwise, as shown, a small cab)
Nearly a complete foater, this specimen features intergrown, lustrous, black schorl crystals, to 2.5 cm across, upon which rises a pristine, single, thick, glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored, aquamarine crystal... An absolutely elegant specimen! In fact this is one of the more starkly dramatic of the specimens in this size range, and is really superb from ANY angle at all. The large upright crystal is 3 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm in size.
What makes this combination specimen of schorl and aquamarine special is that it ALSO contains two spear-like crystals of smoky quartz, to 4.5 cm in length. Quartz seems rare in this pocket at least. Additonally, this plate of feldspar matrix is smothered by lustrous, black, schorl crystals to 2.75 cm across; and a bevy of glassy and gemmy, intensely colored, blue aquamarine crystals to 4.0 cm in length. A few aquas exhibit very minor wear on their terminations but it is trivial in context, and the piece overall has a very stark and fine separation to the crystals which highlights their sharp form. Lastly, the right side of the specimen is coated liberally by hyalite opal in small white crystals. .
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.
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.
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