Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Cabinet, 11.6 x 2.0 x 1.7 cm
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
This aquamarine specimen is a wonderful gem quality specimen with crystal blue color and exceptional glassy luster. I would say that the crystal is about 80% water clear, with some highly unusual but distinct hexagonal growth patterns on one of the prism faces. These growth patterns also give the crystal somewhat of a skyscraper appearance where the lines resemble the floors of a tall building. Lastly, the piece has a much more dramatic termination than most aquamarine crystals (which usually have a flat basal pinacoid) as it shows both first order (2021) and second order (1121) prism faces. This crystal was once in the Gene Meieran collection, and was even sold by Evan Jones at one point.