Tourmaline, Beryl (Var: Goshenite)
Darra-i-Pech (Pech; Peech; Darra-e-Pech) Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar (Ningarhar) Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 3.9 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm
A RARE and SPLENDID combination specimen from the famous pegmatites at Pech, Afghanistan. A pristine, 1.8 cm, sharply hexagonal, colorless, gem goshenite beryl crystal, two water-clear quartz crystals and a bit of albite are very aesthetically attached to the side of a lustrous, polychrome tourmaline crystal. There are even a couple of small tourmalines embedded in the goshenite! Most of the tourmaline is jet-black schorl. The gemmy area at the termination has a thin, green zone, followed by glassy, colorless zone and is attractively capped by a beautiful blue termination. SELDOM do you see a goshenite beryl so attractively combined with a polychrome tourmaline from Pech! Ex. Wayne and Stevia and Laura Thompson collection.