Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Gilgit, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 6.5 x 5.1 cm
A SUPERB and very AESTHETIC specimen of an uncommon Pakistan aquamarine varietal from the Ed David Collection. Beautiful blue, water-clear aqua prisms to 3.9 x 3.3 cm have a unique color-zoned and "frosted" character. The color of this piece is rich, not the usual pastel hue. These stout, upright beauties are pristine, complete all-around and are nicely accented by pearlescent muscovite books. Most of the Pakistan aquas of this variety, and there were not many, came out in the late 80s or early 90s, with perhaps an occasional piece since. Comes with a custom-made, baked clay base made by Ed in his own kitchen oven - Ed being an MIT engineering professor emeritus and former chairman of Bell Labs, science advisor to Nixon, etc...! We have all seen a bunch of Pakistani aquas but this one is a very DISTINCTIVE and BEAUTIFUL aqua group.