Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Quartz, Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Large Cabinet, 16.8 x 11.0 x 10.4 cm
Some of the finest quality Aquamarine specimens come from the various pegmatites in the Pakistani Himalayas, especially in the Shigar Valley. Matrix specimens of Aquamarine are still fairly uncommon in the world, and to find an association piece such as this is amazing. The piece hosts a solitary, euhedral, gentle blue color, prismatic crystal of Aquamarine measuring 3.8 cm long which is protruding from a hefty matrix comprising sharp, well-formed, distinct, lightly frosted crystals of Smoky Quartz (some are doubly-terminated) which are associated with contrasting snow-white crystals of Albite and minor Muscovite. Rarely does one see Aquamarine on doubly-terminated Quartz crystal matrix from this area, but to have the addition of the white Albite is a nice bonus. The great color contrast, associations and overall size of the piece make it a superb specimen of this classic material.