Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Muscovite, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 12.7 x 11.0 x 6.1 cm
This looks like a snowball with aquamarines poking out. The cleavelandite matrix is stark white and sparkling, totally pure and with a clean whiteness that is most unusual, even from this classic locale. The totally gemmy aquamarines poke out every which way, showcasing their gem transparency against the clean white background. It makes for one of the more sparkling combination pieces I have seen from here. Sharp, silvery-metallic muscovite crystals add some geometric contrast to the piece, as well. Lastly, it is nearly a floater: a complete crystallized mass of muscovite, aquamarine, cleavelandite, all perched on a bit of minor schorl tourmaline sticking down and out the bottom.