Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 13.9 x 4.7 x 4.0 cm
These pics pretty much say it all: dramatic, huge, gemmy, transparent aqua crystal perched on the edge of a bit of matrix! However, what they do not well convey is the really interesting line of "something" running up the middle. There is some kind of growth feature that, internally, makes for a squiggly line that runs up along the c axis of the crystal and gives this crystal some internal pizzazz. You just have to see it in person to know what I am talking about. It does not detract at all, whatever this is, but really adds tot eh appeal and draws the eye to the core of the crystal. The termination is exquisitely bevelled, and the crystal is complete all around. There is one repair at the top of the junction to the matrix, but it is cleanly done and nearly invisible. In any case, on a crystal of this magnitude and relatively good pricing (in my opinion), it is certainly acceptable. 13.9 x 4.7 x 4 cm