Aquamarine, Albite, Schorl
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Stunning clarity, highest luster, and a crazy-sharp pointy termination make this just a top-of-the-class example of Pakistani aquamarine. This piece exemplifies the qualities you want in such a mineral specimen. It is a fantastic quality crystal, with just the right amount of accenting matrix. The termination is a very rare style, compared to the normal basal hexagonal termination seen in most specimens from here. One looks at the piece, and it just looks carved, it is so sharp. Out of thousands, you seldom still see one of this quality. I cannot rave about it highly enough. This is simply one of my favorite miniature sized specimens I have ever owned. It looks so sharp, it must be carved. From the longtime private collection of dealer and collector Ken Roberts of Tucson, widely known for his superb taste and a radar for finding good things. Joe Budd photos