Beryl (Var: Aquamarine), Fluorite, Muscovite
Nagar (Nagir), Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Large Cabinet, 20.8 x 16.4 x 8.3 cm
This is a dramatic large specimen of aquamarine on its own merit, and as a bonus it has two subtly-colored octahedral fluorites perched in the middle of the aquamarine cluster. Each fluorite is approximately an inch, transparent and gemmy, and brilliantly sparkling from many etched faces. I have seen the association before, of course, but usually it's a fluorite sitting at the edge of a plate, or loose and isolated on mica - seldom do you see the fluorites actually in the midst of the aquamarines. The plate is nearly pristine, despite its size, which seems a minor miracle of survival. It weighs in at 4.6 pounds, thus over 2 kilograms.