Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 9.8 x 6.9 x 6.4 cm
A large, stunning specimen of gem aquamarine crystals on matrix. It features a fabulous 7.3-cm cluster of doubly-terminated crystals, tightly intergrown, perched on the edge of a matrix of euhedral crystals of albite. All of the crystals in this cluster are terminated, at both ends. The cluster evidently formed with its display side in the open space of the pocket, allowing the bottom terminations to be exposed rather than embedded in albite, so you can see the entire lengths of the crystals.