Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Schorl
Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
This specimen looks like nothing so much as a large aqua constricting around a smaller one. Both have extremely complex, unusual, elegant terminations. The juxtaposition of the two nested terminations as you rotate the piece, viewable from any angle, is striking. In PERSON, IT IS MORE LUSTROUS, TRANSLUCENT/TRANSPARENT, and just plain GEMMY than it appears in the pics! The piece also has included within it, diagonally from the bottom, a 1 inch schorl crystal just going straight up into its gut, for extra accent. This is from a new find, I am told. 120 grams. 8 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm Note: The mineral deposits around Alchuri are alpine metamorphic-type. With cleavelandite and schorl, this beryl is obviously from a granitic pegmatite and likely from elsewhere in the Shigar Valley. (Jesse Fisher, Nov. 8, 2006)