Beryl (Var: Heliodor), Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)
Erongo Mountain, Usakos and Omaruru Districts, Erongo Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm
The photo conveys well how unusual this piece is. The scepter is remarkably equant and well formed, without the etching that often accompanies sceptering in beryls. The color contrast, though, is what strikes you immediately. I have seen sceptered aquamarine from a number of locales and they always are aquamarine upon on blue. This heliodor tip, a distinct greenish-yellow in color, is highly unusual. The crystal is from the well-known African collection of longtime dealer and collector Charlie Key. Weighs 75 grams.