Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Schorl, Quartz
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 3.3 x 1.9 cm
A fine miniature with a very unusual look for a Pakistani combo piece. The focus is this super-gemmy, 4.5-cm aquamarine crystal - actually two crystals grown closely together. Both are glassy, complete and terminated, and even more transparent-looking in person. But the unusual thing that really adds to the aesthetic quality of this piece is the little schorl tourmalines that decorate the quartz crystals the form the matrix for the specimen, contrasting strikingly with the aquamarine and the milky quartz.