Beryl (Var: Morganite)
Gillette Quarry, Haddam Neck, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm
Long before the California pegmatites had been discovered, the pegmatites of central Connecticut produced the best beryls and tourmalines in the U.S. This beryl var. morganite is doubly terminated, translucent, and a pastel-pink color. The sharp, prismatic morganite measures 8.6 cm in length! The diopside crystal embedded at one end is a really neat accent. There is one long diagonal repair, which is barely visible in the front. When properly displayed, the damaged area on the back side is not visible. Gemmy? NO! Significant? YES! Ex. Dick Schooner and Jarnot Collections. The Jarnots are Connecticut specialists and I obtained this classic, very fine, old-timer in a major trade some years ago.