Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Schorl
Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 14.5 x 13.0 x 8.0 cm
This is a brilliantly lustrous, sparkling blue specimen that is large and unrepaired. The major crystal is 4 inches tall, and 2 inches across the termination! ALL crystals here are GLASSY, with the best luster I have seen, almost glassy and polished in appearance. Even the terminations share the incredible luster and clarity. Within the larger crystal is a large moving water bubble, easily seen; and a few smaller ones as well. The whole piece is a pocket floater! It broke away from the pocket wall and the backside was microcrystallized, so it is complete even on the bottom in a technical sense. Small schorl crystals are scattered on the aquas.