Cabinet, 13.5 x 8.5 x 6.0 cm
Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Aquamarine is now abundant from Pakistan, and it takes a really novel form to get my attention to anything that is not super gemmy, per se. This is a beautiful piece that has really sculptural form, like a piece of art glass. It is intricate and seemingly delicate, yet robust. The narrow termination seems to have been either truncated in situ, or broken and then "healed" over with later growth, but it is terminated either way. The bottom shows etched, cityscape terminations and is mostly complete (only a few minor breaks to sidecar crystals are present on the piece, which I find acceptable in context of size and interest overall). This came out in 2008 and was briefly in the Gene Meieran collection. Joe Budd Photos