Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Bien, Basha Valley (Basha Nala; Basna), Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm
When it comes to Aquamarine, Pakistan is the most productive country for specimens in the modern age of mineral collecting. Some of the very finest quality Aquamarine specimens come from the various pegmatites in the Pakistani Himalayas. This crystal is a sharp, doubly-terminated, gem quality "pencil" with good glassy luster and a soft blue color.