Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Miniature, 3.2 x 3.0 x 2.3 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. This piece hosts a very nice, sharp, gem quality crystal of Aquamarine with good glassy luster and a soft blue color flaring directly out of a partial crystal of white Albite. No damage, and very aesthetic.