Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Cabinet, 11.6 x 7.6 x 5.4 cm
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
This crystal has one well-done repair. Overall, this elongated gem crystal on a pedestal of matrix is just spectacular! And when you consider how long and slender this fine, gemmy crystal is, it is not all that surprising that it could not be taken out of the pocket whole, but rather that it survived at all. What is great about this specimen is not just the elegance of the aquamarine, but how it is perfectly set on the matrix. This is an 11 CENTIMETER crystal that is DOUBLY-TERMINATED; you can see the bottom termination clearly sticking through the thin matrix "base".