Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Galileia, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 3.3 x 2.9 cm
This large Brazilian aquamarine crystal dates from finds back in the 1950s and 1960s at the Galilea Mine. Weighing 84 grams, it is extremely gemmy and is DOUBLY-TERMINATED. The bottom termination and back of the crystal are complexly modified by natural etching. You can see the patterns of the etched areas in back through the clear front (display face) of the crystal.