Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Cabinet, 9.5 x 7.1 x 5.6 cm
Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
A BIG (5 cm across!), translucent-to-transparent, super-lustrous crystal of aquamarine, of tabular hexagonal form, dominates this rich aquamarine specimen. Other crystals of similar form crowd around it. There must be a dozen here. The color is a very faint blue, nearly colorless - these might be more accurately described as beryls than aquas. At any rate - a very impressive specimen showing this more uncommon form of aquamarine (though typical for China). much better than it appears, over all very 3-D, glassy, and colorful.