Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Padre Paraiso, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Cabinet, 10.3 x 4.3 x 2.6 cm
A very intense blue aquamarine that I have to admit, because of its intensity of color and its unusually tourmaline-like termination (not hexagonal, but beveled and more prismatic in appearance), could be confused as a tourmaline at first glance. This piece is beautiful, and complete all around. 173 grams. From a new find of August 2008.