Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm
A large, complete and undamaged crystal of aquamarine from Pakistan. It has a very fine glassy luster - one face on the back is either naturally etched or grew against another crystal, but natural nonetheless. It is translucent towards the bottom, and very gemmy for the top 2 cm. The termination is exceptional; there are a couple of sub-terminations where the crystal branched out into two smaller sub-crystals that terminate as "shelves" along the side. Weighs 96 grams.