Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.3 x 2.1 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 Paki Himalayas, especially the pieces from around Shigar. This locality has produced some of the most exciting Aquamarine specimens in recent years. This specimen features a very nice, sharp, lustrous, gemmy, rich blue color prismatic crystal surrounded by sheaf-life, porcelain white Feldspar crystals. The piece can be displayed from several angles, and for my money, the best matrix for Aquas is white Feldspar. A very attractive matrix display specimen with great aesthetics and color contrast from this most prestigious of Paki pegmatite localities.