Aquamarine With Schorl
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan

At nearly an inch wide and 3 inches tall, this is a dramatic aquamarine "single," flanked by two sharp black schorls that make the piece much more aesthetic and interesting than your normal aqua alone might be. The crystal is super gemmy, and it is like a window to look through and see schorls on either side. A fine, complete-all-around small cabinet specimen from recent finds - but unique amongst them. Joe Budd photos