Beryl (Var: Goshenite)
Beryl-Scheelite deposit, Huya village, Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 5.6 x 5.5 cm
Goshenite, the colorless variety of beryl, is actually quite a bit more rare than the blue variety (aquamarine). This is a cluster of very large tabular, hexagonal crystals, one a chunky 1.7 cm thick, and another 4.5 cm across the face. They have GLASSY luster, and are a lot gemmier in person than the pics make them appear. These fine crystals sit attractively on a bed of bladed muscovite - a truly striking and impressive specimen for this lesser-seen beryl varietal.