Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 9.7 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm
A large, intensely bright and gemmy crystal of aquamarine from Pakistan. Doubly-terminated. The anomalies you see along the side faces, mostly at one end of the crystal (and the termination at that end) are natural pocket etching. The interior is glassy-clear, cutter-quality through about 2/3 the length of the crystal. Weighs 57 grams.