Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Quartz, Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 5.1 x 4.7 cm
When it comes to Aquamarine, Pakistan is the most productive country for specimens in the modern age of mineral collecting. Some of the very 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 a real treat. The piece hosts a solitary, euhedral, pale blue color, prismatic crystal of Aquamarine measuring 1.7 cm long which is protruding from a matrix comprising sharp, well-formed, distinct, snow-white crystals of Albite.