Aquamarine With Muscovite
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Large Cabinet, 17.5 x 14.5 x 14.0 cm
Ex. Marc Weill
At 10.5 pounds, this is a rather hefty single aquamarine crystal, of some stature. It has absolutely NO DAMAGE and is complete all around! To imagine such a heavy, big piece coming to market from this region without being damaged is difficult today. The piece has a glassy luster and an intense color that is atypically nice for the locality. Although larger crystals are known, I have not seen another this size, showing such geometric perfection and quality in both color and luster. The aquamarines from this locality are simply not often very gemmy, compared to aqua from Shigar Valley. That being said, and taking the size into account, this piece is more translucent than most large Nagar aquamarines, and of course has a deeper intense blue color than most Shigar aquas. It came out in the late 90s and was sold into the collection of Marc Weill. It is illustrated in the Mineralogical Record book on his collection (Jan-Feb 2008). Joe Budd photos