Beryl (Var: Emerald)
Khaash, Badakhshan (Badakshan; Badahsan) Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm
These Emerald crystals hail from one of the oldest mineral localities in the eastern world. These specimens are not seen in any frequency on the market these days, and they do not get nearly the same recognition as other worldwide Emeralds. This specimen is comprised of several rich green color, prismatic crystals of Emerald intermixed with Quartz and Feldspar. The crystals are only translucent, and several of them are contacted on the terminations, but this is classic material. The largest crystal measures 1.6 cm, which is very good size for a matrix Emerald from this historic locale.